Sun Devil Club Board of Directors Undergoes Changes Heading Into 2018-19 Athletics Season

TEMPE, Ariz. – A new president, additions to the executive committee, and five new members highlight a series of changes for the Sun Devil Club Board of Directors as Sun Devil Athletics begins the 2018-19 athletics season.

Scott Donaldson, a 1980 graduate of the W.P. Carey School of Business, assumes the role of Sun Devil Club Board of Directors President as Jeff Lowe’s tenure ends.   

“I look forward to leading the Sun Devil Club Board and its members as we head into the 2018-19 athletics season at Arizona State University,” Donaldson said. “The approaching season has much to offer in excitement with the arrival of our new Football Head Coach Herm Edwards, the continued rise of our Men’s Basketball program, and the sustained top 10 competitive excellence of many of our Olympic Sports programs. As one of the largest membership-based support groups in the Pac-12, the Sun Devil Club represents the Sun Devil community at-large within Sun Devil Athletics and plays a critical fundraising role, thereby supporting our Sun Devil student-athletes as they excel on the field, in the classroom, and ultimately, within the communities they choose to serve long after they leave ASU. Finally, I want to thank Jeff Lowe for his leadership as President for the last three years. Like the Sun Devil Club’s Founders and all of our Past Presidents, Jeff led our organization to levels not achieved before and allowed the community to play an ever-increasing role in the success of Sun Devil Athletics.”

Scott has been a member of the Sun Devil Club Board of Directors since 2003 and previously served as the board’s vice president. Scott and his family are heavily involved in a wide range of areas within Sun Devil Athletics, as well as with W.P. Carey School of Business and the President’s Club. His wife, Mary, plays a prominent role in the Sun Devil Club’s Wings of Gold program, which raises resources for the department’s 14 women’s athletics programs.

Jeff has been responsible for instituting a number of important developments over the past several years, including tremendous growth in membership, a strengthened committee structure, and the community’s continued involvement in both the Sun Devil Stadium Reinvention and other capital projects.   

“Serving as President of the Sun Devil Club Board of Directors has been a great privilege and one that I did not take lightly,” Lowe said. “We were able to accomplish a number of great things over the past few years because we have an astounding community of supporters dedicated to fulfilling our mission. I am excited for the future of the board with Scott at the helm and will continue to work tirelessly to help the amazing student-athletes who represent our great university.”

“Scott’s passion and dedication to Sun Devil Athletics and Arizona State University is unmatched, and I am excited to see that commitment carried into his new role,” Scott Nelson, Senior Associate Athletics Director and Executive Director of the Sun Devil Club, said. “He has a great understanding of the Sun Devil Club’s mission and is consistently looking for new ways for our community to enhance the lives of our student-athletes. We appreciate everything Jeff did for our department, university and community during his tenure as President of the Sun Devil Club Board of Directors, and look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role as Immediate Past President.”

Christine Michaels, a 1987 graduate of ASU’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences who grew up in the Phoenix Valley, joins the Sun Devil Club Board of Directors Executive Committee as Secretary. Christine has served on the Board of Directors since 2015 and has played an integral role on a number of committees designed to drive affinity and membership. 

Five prominent members of the community – Chris Barr, Matt Dana, Erin Granillo, AJ Maestas, and Darcy Royal – join the Sun Devil Club Board of Directors.

Chris, who received a B.S. in supply chain management from ASU in 2001, is a principal with Quantum capital, an investment firm located in Phoenix. His wife, Kimberly, is the owner of an Arizona based clothing company, Epiphany Blue, and the couple reside in Phoenix with their two daughters.

Matt, a member of the Sun Angels and Cornerstone Society, is a co-founder and managing partner at Dana Whiting Law, a provider of estate planning, estate litigation and probate law services. From 2014–17, he fulfilled a three-year contract to lead the trust and estate practice group at Quarles & Brady LLP. Prior, he served as the founding attorney and managing partner for the Dana Law Firm, P.A. for 33 years. He received his J.D. and B.S. in accountancy from ASU in 1984 and 1981, and an L.L.M. in federal taxation from New York University in 2010.

Erin has more than 14 years of experience in commercial accounts management, specializing in corporate services, staffing and customer services. She has served as president of sales and marketing for Total Presence Management, a staffing and payroll services firm owned by her and her husband, Brandon, since 2009. Prior, she served as a marketing development manager for Coca-Cola Refreshments and held key positions with Safeguard Security Services and Commercial Staffing. She is a non-degreed elementary education ASU alumna and a member of President’s club.

AJ is the founder and CEO of Navigate Research, a firm dedicated to measuring market investments, primarily in sports and entertainment. Prior, he served in supervisory roles for the marketing and advertising firms, rEvolution and IEG, and as a sponsorship marketing consultant for YRC Worldwide (transportation services). AJ has been a guest lecturer and adjunct professor at a number of graduate programs, including Ohio University, served on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, and was recognized as Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40, class of 2015. He received an MBA in sports business from ASU in 2005 and a B.A. in finance from the University of Washington.

Darcy has had a prominent community presence in the Phoenix Valley for the past three decades, including as a current WINGS Board Member of Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, and an associate liaison member and past 50th Ball Chairman and board member for Desert Foundation Auxiliary. She was born and raised in the Phoenix metropolitan area and is heavily involved in both Sun Devil Athletics and Arizona State University as she is a lifetime Gold Member of the ASU Alumni Association and a member of ASU Women in Philanthropy, as well as a past member of the W.P. Carey School of Business Economic Club of Phoenix. Darcy has served Brophy College Prep in numerous capacities, including as the Past President of the Mother’s Guild, Board of Trustee Resource member and Past President’s Club, as well as Xavier College Prep, where she was a Mother’s Guild Board Member, swim team parent liaison and athletic banquets chair. She received a B.S. in general business administration from ASU and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, where still serves as a board member of the sorority’s Alumni Phoenix Chapter. She and her husband Rob, a fellow ASU graduate, established the Royal Family Scholarship for a Sun Devil Football Student-Athlete.

Executive Committee
Scott Donaldson – President, Board of Directors
Jennifer Moser – Vice President
Chris Michaels – Secretary
Mike Olsen – Treasurer
Jeff Lowe – Immediate Past President
Dean Jacobson – Past President
Jim Rund – ASU Appointee, Campus Representative
Scott Nelson – Senior Associate AD, Executive Director of the Sun Devil Club
Ray Anderson – Vice President for University Athletics

The Sun Devil Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to providing resources that afford Sun Devil student-athletes the opportunity to thrive and grow. Through the support of its members the Sun Devil Club annually provides Sun Devil Athletics with financial assistance for scholarships, academic support, operating expenses, facility maintenance and more.


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