Virginia G. Piper
Charitable Trust

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust is a private, independent foundation committed to honoring Virginia Galvin Piper’s legacy of supporting organizations that enrich health, well-being, and opportunity for the people of Maricopa County. Piper Trust concentrates its efforts in six areas: healthcare and medical research, children, older adults, arts and culture, education, and religious organizations.

The Trust strives to be a vital part of Maricopa County—not only as a source of leadership and financial support, but as a neighbor sharing a lasting stake in the county’s future. Since it began awarding grants in 2000, Piper Trust has invested more than $380 million in nonprofits, programs, and strategic initiatives.

The Legacy of Virginia Galvin Piper

With exceptional intelligence and grace, Virginia Galvin Piper committed herself to the challenge, reward, and vocation of philanthropy, transforming the gift of a single life into an enduring humanitarian legacy. With profound generosity, she led others to realize and to act upon the greatness and charity within themselves.

Through the establishment of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and the dedicated work of its trustees, Virginia’s legacy thrives, illumined by her signature spirit of intelligent stewardship graced by a noble heart.

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Piper Trust Officers & Staff

  • Susan M. Pepin, MD, MPH
    President & CEO
  • Mary Jane Rynd
    Executive Vice President
  • Carey Chambers
    Chief Financial Officer
  • Marilee Dal Pra
    Vice President of Programs
  • Anna Bettis, MSUS
    Resident Scholar, 2016 - 2018
  • Alma Cuellar
    Facilities Coordinator
  • Debbie Dickey
    Administrative Coordinator
  • Christina Dyciewski
    Senior Accountant
  • Erin Goodman
    Program Associate
  • Krista Ivey
    Accounting Officer
  • Renée Khoury
    Receptionist/Facilities Supervisor
  • Karen Leland
    Director of Communications & External Relations
  • Terri Leon
    Program Officer
  • Roberta Lind
    Communications & Technology Associate
  • Kelly Matti
    Grants Manager
  • Gary Romero
    Director of Grants Management
  • Michael Sieng
    Resident Scholar, 2017-2019
  • Linda Smith
    Board and Executive Assistant
  • Ellen Solowey
    Program Officer
  • Tim Wilmot, PhD
    Director of Strategic Learning
Special thanks to former staff members, Laurie Callan, Clarin Collins, Lynn Hoffman, Leslee Oyen, Diane Prindiville, and Nick Wenham, for their contributions during the fiscal years covered in this report.


For questions or comments about Road to Resilience, Piper Trust’s FY15 and FY16 Biennial Report, or for ideas about future biennial reports, please contact:

Karen Leland
Director of Communications/External Relations
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

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