"There’s no other university in the United States going through as dramatic a change and improvement in service to its students and its community than ASU. The President’s Club is a fabulous tool, and an opportunity for people who make modest contributions to be joined by hundreds of others. Together we become a very strategic asset."
Leslie grew up in Scottsdale and graduated from the University of Arizona in 1969. She lived overseas for 17 years, where she worked as a travel agent and started a business exporting handmade jewelry from the Philippines. She returned to Phoenix in 1987 and served on the board of directors of the Friends of the Arizona Cancer Center and the Desert Foundation Auxiliary. She volunteered at The Phoenix Zoo for several years, working with the elephants, and is currently a member of ASU’s Women & Philanthropy.
Don was born in Glenview, Ill., and moved to Arizona in 1962. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964. He is one of the founders and the former president of Rodel, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of specialty chemicals used in the manufacture of computer chips, rigid memory discs and specialty optics.
Don is chairman and founding director of The Rodel Foundations, chairman and founding director of Science Foundation Arizona, and chairman and founding director emeritus of the Arizona College Scholarship Foundation. He is a board member of the Morrison Institute, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Basis Charter Schools and Greater Phoenix Leadership. In addition, Don serves on the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, the O’Connor House Advisory Group, the Phoenix Biomedical Campus Advisory Council and Tucson Values Teachers, for which he was a founding director.
Don is the recipient of the 2010 O’Connor House Community Leadership Award, an Honorary Doctorate degree in Humane Letters from Northern Arizona University, the Science of Early Learning Award from New Directions Institute, the Horace Steele Child Advocacy Award from Children’s Action Alliance, the Outstanding Achievement in Higher Education award from the Arizona Board of Regents, the Homeroom Heroes award from Teach For America and the Distinguished Service award from the University of Arizona College of Engineering. He was also named a Distinguished Associate of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy.
Leslie and Don have four children and four grandchildren. Don loves to golf and has enjoyed teaching two of their grandsons the sport. Leslie enjoys golf, writing screenplays, reading and spending time with family including two white German shepherds, Mollie and Cayley.
“ASU occupies a very special position in American higher education. It has adopted the most innovative, most entrepreneurial approach and has positioned itself to be the university of the future. We hope to expand the scope of the President’s Club and its leverage and impact in the larger context of the mission of the university.”
Dionne was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Arizona to attend ASU, graduating in 1991. For more than a decade she worked in the nonprofit arena, serving as vice president of development for one of the largest organizations dedicated to prevention of child abuse. Deciding to continue her education, Dionne obtained her MBA in 2006 from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Francis is founder and chief executive officer of Pivotal Group, a 30-year-old investment firm located in Phoenix, with expertise in private equity investments and all major real estate product types. He completed his bachelor’s degree in engineering at Arizona State University, followed by master’s degrees from Thunderbird School of Global Management and the University of Southern California. At USC, he began his entrepreneurial activities while a doctoral candidate in international political economy.
Francis is chairman of the board of Global Capacity, and previously served on the boards of directors of Network Solutions, NxSystems and Western Alliance Bancorporation. He is also currently on the board of the EastWest Institute, is a member of Urban Land Institute and serves as governor of the ULI Foundation. Francis is also active in WPO (World Presidents’ Organization) and the Chief Executives Organization. Locally, Francis is a trustee of Thunderbird School of Global Management and a foundation board member of Translational Genomics Research Institute. In addition to his support and service to ASU through the President’s Club, he serves on the Dean’s Council of 100 for ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business.
Dionne focuses her two passions, education and community service, with her involvement in several community organizations. She serves on the Arizona Science Center Board of Trustees, is a member of the Phoenix Advisory Board for Teach For America, and recently helped launch “Lead 50 to 1,” a community outreach program designed to help students become involved with Teach For America. Dionne is a member of ASU’s Women & Philanthropy and the Phoenix Children's Hospital Leadership Circle.
Francis and Dionne’s interest in and commitment to community service spans the world. Through his charitable foundation, Francis, Dionne and their family are able to support their wide-ranging philanthropic interests.
"To compete in the 21st Century, America's workforce must receive a high-quality education — we have to upgrade America. The business community, represented by membership on the President's Club, can actively support Arizona State University with this transformation."
Barbara earned her bachelor’s, master’s and law degrees from Arizona State University. She has served as chair of the W. P. Carey School of Business Dean’s Council of 100, and as president of the Carey School-affiliated Economic Club of Phoenix. She also held leadership roles on the ASU Foundation board and capital campaign. Barbara introduced NASA astronaut Sally Ride to ASU resulting in the Sally Ride Science Festivals at ASU, focused on middle-school girls in Arizona, and each year Arizona’s top-achieving middle school boys and girls participate in a summer scholars program based partly on Barbara’s initiatives. Barbara is a frequent guest speaker for student groups and actively mentors students on campus.
Professionally, Barbara is CEO of Triple Creek Guest Ranch in Montana. She serves on the governing boards of the Aerospace Corporation, the Smithsonian Institution, the RAND Corporation, the Lasker Foundation and the Space Foundation. She has been interim president of Thunderbird School of Global Management, U.S. ambassador to Finland, senior adviser to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, CEO of the American Management Association, a leadership teaching fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School, deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, vice chair of the Civil Aeronautics Board and an executive at two Phoenix-based Fortune 500 companies. Barbara was president of the International Women’s Forum and founding chairwoman of a community bank in the Valley of the Sun. She is an instrument-rated pilot and certified astronaut.
Craig attended Stanford University, earning his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in materials science, then teaching as an associate professor. In 1974 Craig joined Intel Corporation. After 35 years of service, Craig stepped down as chairman in 2009.
Craig is a leading advocate for improving education in the U.S. and around the world, and is a vocal spokesman for the value of technology in raising social and economic standards. He is on the faculty of Thunderbird School of Global Management, and chairs numerous national and local organizations related to education and technology, including Achieve Inc., Change the Equation, Arizona Ready Education Council, BASIS Schools Inc., Science Foundation Arizona, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Advisory Board, Skolkovo Foundation Council and the National Forest Foundation. He is a board member of Society for Science and the Public, K12 Inc., the Arizona Commerce Authority and Tallwave.
Craig served on the Council for Foreign Relations’ U.S. Task Force on Education Reform and National Security, co-chaired the Business Coalition for Student Achievement and the National Innovation Initiative Leadership Council, and was a member of the board of trustees for the U.S. Council for International Business and the Clinton Global Initiative Education Advisory Board. He was chairman of the ASU College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council from 1995 to 2007. Awards Craig has received from Arizona State University include Executive of the Year from the College of Business Dean’s Council of 100, a Doctorate of Science honoris causa, the Engineering Excellence Award, the ASU Foundation Award and the Arizona Board of Regents Award for Outstanding Service to Higher Education.