Chris Lutes, Board Chair
For more than 50 years, Arizona Burn Foundation has provided high-quality support programs for Arizona children and adult burn survivors and their families. Two Maricopa County surgeons — Dr. MacDonald Wood and Dr. William Price — and attorney George “Fritz” Randolph established the Foundation in 1967. Ever since, we’ve collaborated with organizations, communities, medical professionals, burn centers, and hospitals across the state to ensure that anyone who suffers a burn injury receives the highest standard of care and assistance.
What’s more, we help burn survivors reclaim their identity and dignity. We believe each burn survivor is more than the sum of their scars, and that our work is instrumental to their holistic recovery.
In 1991, we launched our inaugural Camp Courage. A decade later, we opened our first Forever Courage House to provide housing support to survivors’ families while in recovery at the hospital. In March 2015, we moved to our current location at 1432 N. 7th Street in Phoenix, Arizona.
Burn Survivor and Owner, Exhale PTSD Recovery
Attorney, Righ/Fitch Law Group
Director of Marketing Operations
Phoenix Fire Department, Technology Division
Executive Vice President
DWL Architects + Planners
48 Real Estate / Revelation RE
Burn Medical Director
Trauma, Critical Care, Burns and Emergency Surgery
Banner University Medical Center Tucson
Nurse Practice Consultant
Arizona State Board of Nursing
Forever Living Products
Chief of Burn Services
Arizona Burn Center at Valleywise
Rex has been a nonprofit leader for 19 years and CEO of Arizona Burn Foundation since 2019. During his career, he has been CEO of Chambers of Commerce in Northern California, where he developed community-wide strategies for growth and development. The desire to serve led him next to Arizona and the Dignity Health East Valley Foundation, where he created a dynamic stroke support program that was of great benefit to families in their time of need.
Most recently, Rex was with the Phoenix Symphony as a Senior Major Gift Officer, working to expand fundraising initiatives to serve the community outreach programs of the Symphony that impact education, health, and wellness. In his current role, Rex works with the Board, staff and community to expand the reach of the Arizona Burn Foundation, which allows us to better serve our mission and those that we impact.
Chief Operations Officer
Mik joined the Foundation in 2014 as Chief Operations Officer. Prior, he spent years managing and developing programs and staff at Grand Canyon University, private Christian schools, and local churches. In his career, Mik has been instrumental in developing new key programs to further the mission of nonprofit organizations, and his entrepreneurial spirit has increased the capacity of those organizations greatly.
At Arizona Burn Foundation, his strength lies in building bridges between community organizations and the Foundation, developing new programs to further the reach of the Foundation, and developing staff members to reach their potential. In addition, Mik supports efforts instrumental to securing grants and hosting major events.
Director of Client Care Services
Lori earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and child development, and later her master’s degree in social work, both from Arizona State University. She began her career as an elementary school teacher, and later transitioned into working in the hospital school environment as a volunteer. It was here Lori discovered her skills and talents in working with ill and injured children, and she became certified as a child life specialist. Lori devoted five years as the primary Child Life Specialist for the Arizona Burn Center, supporting pediatric patients and families in managing new burn injuries.
In moving to the Arizona Burn Foundation as the Director of Client Care Services, Lori supports both child and adult burn survivors even further, as they face and thrive in the healing environment within and beyond the hospital doors.
Client Care Services Manager
Kelsey received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. Kelsey spent the first 8 years of her career working with families experiencing homelessness at UMOM New Day Centers.
While pursuing her master’s degree, Kelsey worked with the City of Phoenix Housing Department as a caseworker for individuals and families living in public housing. From there, Kelsey transitioned to the Washington School District to help elementary children achieve emotional and educational success. Kelsey is passionate about working alongside individuals and families in accomplishing their goals.
Programs Manager: Community Outreach Education and Prevention Education
Krystin joined the Arizona Burn Foundation in July 2019 as the Community Outreach Education and Prevention Manager. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Arizona State University and taught fourth grade in the Mesa Public School District for five years.
She was employed by the Food Drive Department at St. Mary’s Food Bank for a year before transitioning to the Arizona Burn Foundation. She is passionate about youth education, especially when it comes to keeping children safe.
Programs Manager: Camps and Retreats
Marissa joined Arizona Burn Foundation in May 2016. Prior to joining the Foundation, Marissa worked within the national service community, both as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and as a coordinator of a VISTA program. Through these experiences, she discovered a passion for working in the nonprofit sector to strengthen communities and individuals.
In moving to the Arizona Burn Foundation, Marissa supports the Foundation’s work in helping survivors thrive within their communities.
Catherine joined the Arizona Burn Foundation in September 2019 as the Development Manager. She received her master’s degree in English from Northern Arizona University. She has experience in engaging philanthropists through major gift recruitment, cultivation, and stewardship, as well as special events. When Catherine is not in the office, she cherishes time with her family, friends and being outdoors with her three dogs.
Theresa joined the Arizona Burn Foundation in August 2019 after graduating from the W.P.C. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in May 2019 with a Bachelors in Business Management. She grew up volunteering with nonprofits in the East Valley and developed a passion for helping others. This led to her desire to enter the nonprofit sector upon finishing her degree. She loves improving the Foundation’s operations while supporting its mission: prevent, survive, and thrive.