Board and Staff

Board of directors

David Martin, Chair

Dave has been the Owner and President of Martin’s Auto Repair since 2006 when he took over the family business from his father. His automotive career began in 1974 working as a station helper then as gas attendant.

Dave married his wife Bo in 1992 and they have an adult daughter, Qamree. Dave bowls, plays over the line baseball, and is a passionate football fan-proudly supporting his lifelong favorite team, The Dallas Cowboys.

Dave was born with Spina Bifida and wants to help others affected along with increasing public awareness. Elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors for 2012 he looks forward to growth, increased involvement and giving.

Ron Whiteside, Treasurer

Ron has been involved in the lives of people with Spina Bifida nearly all his life. He has been an Orthotist for over 30 years and loves working with people in the Spina Bifida community. He has owned his own orthotics company and now works for Hanger. Many of our SB Families have a great love for “Mr Ron.” 

Linda Thunn

Linda has been a longtime resident of Arizona, having received her Bachelor of Human Biology from Grand Canyon University, and her Master of Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from AT Still University. She has been a practicing physical therapist since 2000, having worked with children with disabilities in schools and clinics beginning in 2005. Linda has volunteered many hours over the years as a physical therapist with Healthcare for the Homeless. She is an active member of the National and Arizona chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association.

As a member of the Board of Directors, Linda will oversee the monthly adult group. Linda desires to participate in the association programs to increase Spina Bifida awareness and prevention education.

Jay Brown, Secretary

Jay brings experience in the legal field. He was interested in the association because he wants to help people, including children by raising awareness to help decrease the effects of Spina Bifida through education and raise their quality of life by advocating on their behalf. He hopes to network with his fellow legal professionals to assist in raising awareness by their participating with time and donations.


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Staff members

Sharri Runnels, Executive Director

Sharri has been a Phoenix transplant since 1999 coming from Orlando, Florida. Sharri and her husband, John, have three adult sons and are enjoying the new stage of ‘empty nesters.’

As our Executive Director, Sharri brings to SBAAZ comprehensive experience in business administration and the non-profit arena. Her desire for the association is to see increased participation and peer mentoring among the membership as well as strong, purposeful programs to meet needs and empower those served.

Angela Chaput, Program Assistant

Angela has called Phoenix home since 1997 when she and her husband, Mike, brought their two sons from Connecticut.

As our Program Assistant, Angela keeps all the plates spinning with the ins & outs of SBAAZ’s service to our membership. Most of the time, the cheerful voice you hear greeting you on the end of the line at our office will be Angela, ready to direct you to the answer you are looking for!

She has been a great addition to the SBAAZ staff, please let her know how we can make your interaction with SBAAZ a meaningful one.