THS Board of Directors
THS Board of Directors, 2018
Andrea Miritello, Board President
Andi was born and raised on Long Island, NY and spent her career in the home fashions industry. Andi was President and C.O.O. of Tentina Window Fashions, a family business, that fabricated custom window coverings under the Hunter Douglas Brand name. Andi discovered Tubac nearly 30 years ago when her love of horses and nature brought her to the Circle Z Guest Ranch in Patagonia. When she retired in 2014, she and her wife, Mary, bought a “winter” home in Tubac. They quickly decided that this was where they wanted to live full time. Andi loves Tubac and its unique vibe. In addition to THS, Andi volunteers at the Tubac Presidio State Park, and the Tubac Center of the Arts. She is honored to serve as President of The Tubac Historical Society.
John James, Vice President
John is a retired librarian with forty years’ experience working in management, collections, and technology in libraries in the U.S. and abroad. He holds graduate degrees from Colorado and Denver, and has done post graduate work in linguistics at Indiana and MIT. John moved to Tubac in 2015 where he lives year-round and volunteers at the Tubac Center for the Arts, The Border Community Alliance, where he serves as treasurer, and at THS.
Betsy Fearnow, Secretary
Betsy and her husband Bill have been visiting Tubac since the mid 1980’s and purchased a home here in 2000. Betsy retired from a 40-year career in Information Technology and Computer Security at IBM and American Express. She continues to lend her computer skills to THS by maintaining the inventory of THS books, artwork, maps, and archival records. Betsy previously served on the Board of Literacy Volunteers.
Karen Wilson, Treasurer
Karen has been a resident of California, Hawaii, and Arizona, and has lived in Tubac since 1991. She established, owned, and operated Maui’s first private employment service. In Tubac, she volunteered and served on the Board of the Tubac Center of the Arts and trained and became a volunteer EMT for three years with the Tubac Fire Department. She was a builder of unique custom homes in Tubac for more than 15 years. She is happy to claim a large Tubac family: son, daughter-in-law, granddaughters, brother, sister-in-law, and sister, and many “steps” from her marriage to Earl Wilson. She has enjoyed serving on the Board of The Tubac Historical Society since 2014.
Diane is a retired Nurse Practitioner. She lived and practiced in San Diego, CA. for 23 years. Diane has lived in Tubac full time for seven -and-a-half years. In addition to volunteering at THS, she volunteers at Tubac Center for the Arts, Valley Assistance Services, and Green Valley Samaritans and serves on the board of the Border Community Alliance. Diane joined the Tubac Historical Society because “I believe that history and art are vital to understanding the society in which we live and work. History helps us know the past, both the good and the bad, so that we can learn from it and work towards making the future better for all. Art brings enjoyment and an appreciation of the struggles of others, again helping us to work towards making the future better for all.”
Brenda was born and raised in Southern Michigan. In the mid 1970’s she moved to Nogales with her husband and two small children. For 35 years Brenda taught English, Social Studies and Literature to Middle School students. She was a reading specialist in an elementary school. In the 1980’s, Brenda served two terms on the Nogales City Council. In 1992 Brenda moved to Tubac where she currently volunteers at the Tubac Presidio State Park and is active in St. Ann’s church.
Rick lives in Tucson and has a background of study in the Spanish Colonial military along the frontier during the mid to late 18th century. Rick is also versed in Southwest Missions and the Indian Wars, especially the Geronimo Campaign. Rick is a National Park Ranger with Tumacacori National Historic Park. Rick creates exhibits, tours, curriculum based educational programs, lectures, and other programs. Rick also works with the Tubac Presidio State Park creating exhibits and interpretive programs. Rick served six years as the President of the Board of the Tucson Presidio Trust and continues to serve on the Board.
Steve, his wife Karman, and sons Mark and Dan have lived in Rio Rico for 21 years. In addition to serving on the THS board, Steve is a board member of the Rio Rico Historical Society, Tubac Fire District Public Safety Personnel Retirement Board, and volunteers at the Tubac Presidio State Park, Tumacacori NHP, and the Rio Rico Historical Society Museum as a docent. Steve and his wife worked and lived in various National Park areas. Steve served in the National Park Service for 42 years at various parks including Grand Canyon NHP, Lassen Volcanic NP in California, Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico, and Tumacacori National Historical Park, with special assignments at the Arizona Memorial In Hawaii and Harpers Ferry NHP in West Virginia. Steve retired in 2014. Steve has a passion for the local history of the area and occupies his time by giving talks on the Baca Float, researching family history, reading extensively about history, and working around the house and yard with his wife.
Nancy is the daughter of Marion and Hans Valentine, two of Tubac’s early artists who helped establish the Tubac Artists’ Colony in the early 1960’s. Nancy lived on the East Coast for many years, but returned to Tubac wondering why she ever left. She has been actively engaged in THS since it was housed in her Historic Pink House beginning in 1995. Nancy has had many civic roles in Tubac including THS board member, former Board member, and President of the Lowe House Project, member of The Anza Trail Coalition, and many more. Nancy is also the author of “300 Years of Tubac Times-Writings, Illustrations and Recollections of Those Who Lived Tubac from 1691 to 2002”, and an historical novel—J.R. Bartlett and the Captive Girl– based on a true story, portions of which take place in Tubac. Her role as Board Member for the Tubac Historical Society allows Nancy to continue her delight in sharing, preserving, researching, and writing about Tubac and the Santa Cruz River Valley, and the region’s rich history and cultural heritage.
Dimity was born and raised in the environs of Boston. After finishing high school in Salem, Mass., witch capitol of the US, she headed west to the University of Arizona to study archaeology. Due to lack of funding, Dimity returned to New England to work for a year. Love intervened, and she married, and shortly thereafter moved to Canada where she and her husband, Tom, lived for 35 years. During that time they had a couple of babies, and Dimity finished her undergraduate and graduate work in archaeology.
Dimity feels fortunate to be able to have worked in archaeology on and off for many years as grants permitted, and in the off times she did a variety of things including social work, musical festival management, and managing an agricultural association for 25 years.
When Dimity and Tom retired, they went to Hawaii for 3 years, and then found Tubac where “I am very fortunate to be able to live in this wonderful place where I can pursue my love of history, make pots, write, and work in my garden”.