SANFP E26: Patti Connor and John Awada from Teen Challenge

Barbara hosts two wonderful people who do incredible work with Teen Challenge women and men in these challenging times. Hear from Patti Connor and John Awada about Adults and Teens Life Trauma recovery including families. You’re invited to the great events they have coming up this year.

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Barbara hosts two wonderful people who do incredible work with Teen Challenge women and men in these challenging times. Hear from Patti Connor and John Awada about Adults and Teens Life Trauma recovery including families. You’re invited to the great events they have coming up this year.

ABOUT ~ Patti  Connor 

My dad was in the AF, so we lived overseas and a few places in the states; he retired in the central coast area of CA which is where I was mostly raised.  

After H.S, I got married young and attended Jr. College until I became pregnant with my son within 2 yrs. and then later had my daughter. I happily was a stay at home mom. When they got a little older; I volunteered my time on base with events, helping families arrive or leave to their next station, or find resources for their newborn babies. 

I volunteered and then worked on staff as a tutor, teacher’s aide and substitute teacher at my kids private Christian school for 2 yrs. in N.M.  I moved to Tucson and worked as an Office Coordinator for a year and then rose to Director and Event Coordinator for the next following 12 yrs. at Hands of Hope. I then worked as the Office Supervisor and Scheduler at my husband’s company for 2 yrs. until we sold it after years of ownership. I then came to work at Springboard and have been there for a little over 5 yrs. now as their Public Relations Rep. 

Springboard is a faith-based, non-profit residential home for adolescent girls in trauma. We are affiliated with Teen Challenge of AZ. We offer healing and teach coping skills through our program via classes and guidance counseling among other things. The parents or guardians are also very involved with this process. The girls stay anywhere between 3 – 6 months depending on their progress and they are also taught life skills like chores, cooking, cleaning, among other certain activities. 

Patti Conner 
Public Relations Rep. Springboard Home for Girls w/Teen Challenge of AZ 

COMPANY PHONE: (520) 404-4561 


ABOUT ~ John Awada         

I am currently the Public Relations Representative for Teen Challenge of Arizona Tucson Men’s Center.  I am a former Corporate Chef and Sales Executive in the Food Service Industry.    
I describe myself as a Seasoned Sales, Marketing, and Hospitality Professional being Customer-focused, Detail-oriented, and Results-driven. I believe in creating strong client relationships and satisfaction being my strength. 

I am a lover of people, enjoy cooking, baking, dining, the theater, art, music, and baseball.  I am also grateful for my recovery and my relationship with Jesus!         (520) 792-1790 


Barbara McClure, Executive Director  IMPACT of Southern Arizona 
3535 E Hawser Street 
TucsonAZ  85739                                                    
Phone: 520-825-0009

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Barbara McClure wakes up each morning passionate about going to work at a place that improves lives and inspires futures every day! She has been the Executive Director of a Tucson social service nonprofit called IMPACT of Southern Arizona, for ten years. What is it that keeps you passionate about your role Barbara?

Barbara has been a visionary and planner with decades of experience as a small business owner and in nonprofit leadership; her innovative ideas and strategic thinking, along with a talent for bringing the community together, has helped grow IMPACT five-fold in a very short time. Her talents and interests are diverse but all center around helping people, improving the community, bolstering education, building capacity and sustainability, being vocal about the rights and conditions of others, experiencing art, nurturing all inhabitants of your garden, and enjoying life to the fullest. 

And now Barbara is about to experience another exciting chapter in her life with hosting a brand-new Radio Show Podcast here on the Tucson Business RadioX Network starting in November. 

IMPACT of Southern Arizona is a 20 – year old social service nonprofit stabilizing families and seniors, and moving people out of poverty. IMPACT’s programs are designed to stretch household budgets so earned income can be spent on necessities such as improved housing conditions, fuel to get to work, utilizes, and needed medical attention and prescriptions.  Its clients are your neighbors! People come to IMPACT because it is a welcoming place where they are always treated with dignity and respect, and where they find resources, referrals, coaching, and help to attain the skills that can move them forward into self-sufficiency. 

Barbara grew up in Pasadena CA, moved to Long Beach for college, got married and started our family then moved to Seattle area ten years later. Took our youngest son on an 11-month motorhome trip to get to Tucson – Homeschooled for 10th grade. 

We vacationed at a rustic cabin when I was growing up, where we had no phone or television; and spent all our time outside fishing, hiking, horseback riding, listening to old radio shows, playing pool, reading comic books from the local small grocer, and using our imaginations all day long. I always admired the superheroes who defended people and cities like Gotham and Metropolis, so when our three boys were born, we named them after familiar character: Colin (Bryce for an overlay of Bruce Wayne, Kent, and Parker. Our first grandchild was born last year, and as in the family tradition, named Logan, after the Wolverine. I used to always tell them they were my superheroes – and they still are today! 

Barbara loves working with numbers and has always loved math and the organization of things, so accounting seemed perfect, but I soon realized that I if I became a CPA I would have to spend many months inside doing tax returns, and that did not appeal to me as a long–term career! I have a great imagination and enjoy creating things, so thought I should find a better path that might nurture that side of my personality. I was working in the shipping industry in SoCal at the time and fell in love with import and export, so shifted my majors to Marketing and International Business. Those were wonderful fits, and I imagined graduating and moving to the largest port on the planet, in Germany; then, I met my future husband and things took a different turn. 

A little bit about how Barbara got into Nonprofit work: 

All along with my husband and I were always involved in nonprofits and community volunteer opportunities, and often said it was too bad we could not make a living doing those things we loved so much. Leadership roles in PTO, Boy Scouts, Historical Societies, Junior League, Elks, Rotary and more. Then when we moved to Tucson I looked for a local opportunity to impact my community. A Board position was about to open at IMPACT, and my local bank branch manager, Peggy Smoot, suggested I would be very passionate about getting involved in the mission work there. I worked in the Food Bank. 

There are thousands of nonprofits in Tucson. What makes IMPACT Unique is that they bring the community together to stabilize families and move people out of poverty. Our true success lies in partnering with a large number of businesses, agencies, social clubs and other nonprofits. We invest $2.5 million in the community each year, and we do it all with a lean staff of amazing professionals supported by more than 170 volunteer shifts each week! We have put great systems in place to run efficiently, effectively and with a commitment to sustainability and integrity, protecting the community’s investment in our work, striving for perfect audits, being innovative, building capacity and most importantly – treating everyone with dignity and respect. We are an award-winning nonprofit with numerous nods to incredible customer service. Our clients are your neighbors… We improve lives and inspire futures of people living in Southern AZ.  

So, IMPACT is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and you have been at the helm half that time. Share with me the things IMPACT has accomplished over the years, and the things you have planned for this celebratory year.