Board of Directors
Michael Kuhlmann, Chair
Mike began volunteering with the Spina Bifida Association in 2019 and joined the board shortly after. He had many years of volunteer work with people living with traumatic spinal cord injuries prior that he felt could be beneficial to the group.
Outside of volunteer work Mike has been an Assistive Technology Professional since 2006, providing mobility and adaptive equipment to clients with various disabilities. He currently is employed at NuMotion and works the clinic for Children’s Rehabilitation Services giving him the opportunity to further help children in the Spina Bifida community with their mobility and adaptive equipment needs.
Mike has been married to his beautiful wife, Venika, since 2003. They have one child, a daughter named Sophia, that was born in 2011. In his free time Mike enjoys rockhounding, fishing, and playing Magic the Gathering.
David Martin, Immediate Past 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 and then as a 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 and increase public awareness. Elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2012, he looks forward to growth and increased involvement and giving.
Kimberly Williams, 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.”
Jay Brown, Secretary
Jay brings experience in the legal field. 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 participating with time and donations.
Lauren is very excited to be part of the Board of Directors of SBAAZ!
She is passionate about helping others and hopes to make a difference for individuals with disabilities. Lauren is a speech-language pathologist who works with children with speech-language and feeding disorders. She received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Arizona. She looks forward to helping support the mission of SBAAZ.
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 with families of their own and their first daughter born in 2018.
As our Executive Director, Sharri brings to SBAAZ comprehensive experience in business administration and decades of involvement in 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.