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

Accomplished leader with outstanding practical experience and a proven record of achievement. Extensive background distinguished by record-setting sales and success in business development, credit analysis, and financing.

Adept at executing strategies to maximize organizational performance and position. Leverage exceptional interpersonal abilities to forge solid professional relationships; draw on leadership acumen to extend the capabilities of teams and meet challenging organizational goals.




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.


Kathleen Root, Director Ethics & Governance

Graduated Citizens Academy Class of 2011


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.



Pat Phillips, Director Alumni Relations & Membership –

Graduated Citizens Academy Class of 2016






Jennifer Hall, Director Programs –

Graduated Citizens Academy Class of 2017


Marty Heise, Director Alumni Events –

Graduated Citizens Academy Class of 2014

Currently I’m the Labor and Employee Relations Manager for Republic Services, the second largest solid waste company in the U.S. with over 35,000 employees, during my 23 years of service I have worked in Human Resources, Safety, Business Continuity, Security, Disaster Recover, and Strategic Planning. I hold a B.A. in Leadership and Management from Judson University in Illinois, and a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia State University in Louisiana. In my spare time I volunteer for the Jeep Posse working with Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to assist with Search and Rescue, crime scene security, and other details as needed. Served my country for 6 years in the United States Marine Corps



Aaron Ling, Alumni Events

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


Advisors to the Board:

Jane Bjornstad, FBI Community Outreach Specialist

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