Board of Directors

2018 FBIPCAAA Board of Directors

Kristi Lee, President –

Graduated Citizens Academy Class of 2012

Kristi has an extensive business background in marketing, retail, and business strategy with 34 years of experience in corporate America and private consulting. Previous corporate experience includes responsibility for product and marketing decisions for more than 2,300 Albertson’s Food and Drug stores in 38 states, and negotiations with national brands such as Johnson & Johnson, Proctor & Gamble, Maybelline and Revlon.

Kristi is a Sales Trainer for C-Level Executives, sales teams & entrepreneurs throughout the United States.  She specializes in helping individuals and corporate teams learn proven sales & networking systems to peak perform. In 2010, Kristi co-authored the book License To Dream – Every Woman’s Guide to Financial Freedom Through Network Marketing. She and her co-authors excel at teaching women how to step through limiting beliefs and build successful businesses.

Kristi was one of the Founders of ACEL (Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders), a non-profit organization dedicated to developing emerging leaders in Arizona.  She helped create the Professional Development and Mentorship programs as well as serving as Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors for 4 years. In 2011, Kristi was the recipient of the Positively Powerful Woman Award for Non-Profit Leadership.


Charles Smith, VP Operations

Graduated Citizens Academy Class of 2016

Charles R. Smith is a business, real estate and estate planning attorney in Tucson, Arizona with over 30 years experience in representing an economically and culturally diverse clientele.  He and Carol, his spouse of 38 years, have two married adult children (a son, Chuck, and a daughter, Cathy).  Charles was born in 1960 and grew up in Winona, Minnesota, attended high school in Amarillo, Texas, obtained his bachelor’s degree in accounting from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma and is a 1986 graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law.  In addition to devoting his time to work and family, Charles enjoys travel as well as community service and involvement.  He works with numerous non-profit organizations, and is active in local and state bar associations working to improve the legal community.  He presently serves on the editorial board of The Writ, the official publication of the Pima County Bar Association, and also is a volunteer lawyer for Southern Arizona Legal Aid.  As a 2016 graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy for the Phoenix Field Office, he was honored to become a life member of the FBI Phoenix Citizens Academy Alumni Association, began service a member of the FBIPCAAA board of directors in 2016 and currently serves as its Vice President of Operations.  In 2017, Charles was appointed to the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association’s General Counsel Committee and he also proudly assists the FBINCAAA communications team.


Ellen Andeen, VP Treasurer –

Graduated Citizens Academy Class of 2017

Ellen Andeen is a Senior Account Executive with Ally Bank servicing the Automotive & Recreational Vehicle Industries.  Ally Bank has a long history in the automotive industry originating as the captive finance company for General Motors 90+ years ago.  Ellen has been with Ally since 2013 and in the same industry since 1995 starting with Ford Motor Credit Company.

Ellen Andeen recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Arizona Eller College of Management receiving an MBA and invitation to join the prestigious Honors Business Fraternity,  Beta Gamma Sigma.  Ellen’s background is Accounting & Finance with a Sales & Marketing focus.

Ellen Andeen is a native of Arizona, specifically the Town of Paradise Valley, where she is a Volunteer with the Paradise Valley Police Department.



Miguel Fernandez, VP Secretary

Graduated Citizens Academy Class of 2017

Miguel Fernandez is tenured faculty of Composition and Literature, and Faculty Liaison for Student Veterans, at Chandler Gilbert Community College.  He was the 2012 Gilbert Chamber of Commerce Community College Educator of the Year and a recipient of the 2015 Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Recognition Award for his work with student veterans.


Kerri White, VP Communications –

Graduated Citizens Academy Class of 2013

Kerri enters her 13th year with the Arizona Diamondbacks and is currently the Senior Director of Corporate Partnership Services.  She is a 20-plus year veteran of the sports industry and client services. Originally from outside the Boston area, Kerri graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Broadcasting.  She completed the Phoenix Citizens Academy in 2013 and currently serves as VP, Communications on the FBI Phoenix Citizens Academy Alumni Association Board of Directors.




Karen Ortega Matson, Director Strategy & Initiatives

Graduated Citizens Academy Class of 2014

Karen Ortega Matson is the owner of REMAX RIGHT CHOICE and specializes in the Northwest Valley, North Central Phoenix, Moon Valley and the Desert Ridge areas. She has lived in the Northwest Valley and North Central Phoenix area her entire life and is a 3rd generation Phoenician. She is the daughter of retired Phoenix Police Chief Ruben Ortega, very active in several Valley charities and is the “go to” person if you are looking to sell or buy in the Valley. Karen currently lives in Arrowhead Lakes and has personally sold more homes in Arrowhead Lakes than any other single real estate agent in the past 3 years. Karen is a highly experienced negotiator.


Debbie Young, Director of Alumni Relations & Membership –

Graduated Citizens Academy Class of 2008

Debbie graduated from the FBI Citizens Academy in 2008 and is a life-member of the Phoenix Chapter of the FBIPCAAA.  She joined the FBIPCAAA Board of Directors in 2018 and she is currently serving as the Membership Chair.

Debbie has 29+ years of Industrial Security experience working with various U.S. Government customers.  Prior to working with defense contractors, Debbie was in the U.S. Air Force assigned to the White House Communications Agency.

Debbie is currently the Western Region Security Compliance Manager for Honeywell International, Inc.  She has been an NCMS, Inc., The Society for Industrial Security Professionals member for 25 years and is a founding member of the Valley of the Sun Chapter.  She served on the national Board of Directors for nine years in various roles to include Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Marketing & Publicity Chair, and Awards Chair.  She also served on the National Seminar Committee as Volunteers and Giveaways Chair and Entertainment Chair.


Pat Phillips, Director 

Graduated Citizens Academy Class of 2016

Distinctive higher education professional with over 20 years of experience managing cross-functional teams, workflows and system analysis, regulatory and institutional compliance, quality assurance, and record integrity in the Registrar, admissions, student financial services including Title IV, and IT support services areas.


Jennifer Hall, Director Alumni Events Team –

Graduated Citizens Academy Class of 2017

Jennifer Hall is a healthcare compliance professional who moved here from Oregon in 2010 with her husband to enjoy the abundant sunshine.  She worked as a Medical Laboratory Technician for 12 years in the areas of microbiology, hematology and immunology before returning to school to obtain her degree in Paralegal studies.   Her background led her into the quickly expanding field of healthcare compliance, where she continues to work today.

Jennifer joined the Board after graduating the Academy in 2017.  Prior to this position she has volunteered at numerous animal welfare organizations in the Valley.


Aaron Ling, Director Alumni Events Team –

Graduated Citizens Academy Class of 2011

Aaron is a Systems Engineer at Honeywell and exceeds at evaluating and implementing processes. He is a Six Sigma Green Belt and has a heart for giving back to the community.



K Royal, Director Community Outreach

Graduated Citizens Academy Class of 2008

K Royal is an attorney and compliance professional with 25 years of experience in the legal and health-related fields, which provides her a thorough perspective when implementing or overseeing programs globally. She has a particular interest in technology along with its challenges and opportunities. She is skilled in privacy laws, breach management, compliance, training, and program development. As an adjunct professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, she is helping to energize our newest professionals and is also in the dissertation phase of her PhD in Public Affairs.

As an attorney, she has been recognized as a Forty-under-40 honoree for Phoenix, as an educational leader through the YWCA, one of the top pro bono attorneys in Arizona, Member of the Year for the Association of Corporate Counsel (43k members globally), and most recently named an Outstanding Women in Business by the Phoenix Business Journal. She received her law degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, her nursing degree from the University of West Alabama, and is in the dissertation phase of her PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Her areas of work mainly center around privacy and health care regulatory law, while her personal loves are civic education, youth outreach, diversity initiatives, and leadership training.


Chris Krueger, Director Marketing & Sponsorship

Graduated Citizens Academy Class of 2015

Christopher Krueger is a member of the Leadership Team at cStor, headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ.  He leads an account management team that consults to private- and public-sector clients. Since joining cStor in 2004, he has held multiple roles in sales/marketing contributing to cStor’s continued growth in cybersecurity, digital transformation, and data center consulting.

Prior to cStor, Chris worked with Compuware. Before Compuware, Chris led a team for eFunds (now FIS Global) focusing on strategic relationships and initiatives for key international clients, with a focus on major financial institutions in Mexico.

Chris has been an active member of InfraGard since 2010, including serving on the Board of Directors until early 2018. In 2015, Chris graduated from the FBI Citizens Academy. He also participates in the Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance (ACTRA).

Chris graduated as the president of the English Honor Society from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. As a lifelong learner, Chris completed the Global Leadership Program at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, AZ. Several years later, Chris completed the Strategy & Innovation Program at The MIT Sloan School of Management, in Cambridge, MA.


Advisors to the Board:

Jane Bjornstad, FBI Community Outreach Specialist

Charles Smith & K Royal – Legal Advisement Team

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