SANFP E28: John George and Anthony Young

Barbara has Anthony L. Young, Esq., Executive Director of Southern Arizona Legal Aid INC. and John George, Executive Director of the Beauty From Ashes Ranch both enlighten our listeners with the incredible work their organizations do in our community. Don’t miss this one!

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Barbara has Anthony L. Young, Esq., Executive Director of Southern Arizona Legal Aid INC. and John George, Executive Director of the Beauty From Ashes Ranch both enlighten our listeners with the incredible work their organizations do in our community. Don’t miss this one!

BIO ~ Anthony Young 

Executive Director, Southern Arizona Legal Aid Inc. 

Anthony has been the Executive Director at Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc., based in Tucson, Arizona, since 2007. 

Anthony attended law school at the University of Nebraska College Law in Lincoln NE. Anthony has worked as a legal aid attorney since 1991, managing legal aid offices in Nebraska and Arizona.  

He is a member National Legal Aid & Defender Association; and serves as a member of the Board of the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona’s, African American Legacy Fund in Tucson. 

SALA is the oldest federally funded legal aid provider in Arizona, having been incorporated in 1952 and is the only provider to of a full-range of legal help to undocumented immigrant survivors. SALA’s budget is approximately $6. million, made up of grants, government contract and private donations. SALA provides free civil legal aid services in nine of Arizona’s fifteen counties as well as limited legal assistance on 11 of Arizona’s 21 tribal nations. 

Phone: (520) 623-9465 



BIO ~ John George 

Executive Director – Beauty from Ashes ranch 

John George is an Arizona Native who has spent a lifetime serving others in one capacity or another. John joined the U.S. Army at age 17 and served as an Airborne, Infantry, Ranger and ended his service in Military Intelligence. 

John’s post military carrier has included multiple executive level leadership positions within the defense contractor community (Northrop Grumman and Raytheon). John has served on the board of directors of multiple non-profit organizations serving wounded veterans. 

John is currently the executive director of Beauty From Ashes Ranch, a faith-based nonprofit organization providing long-term restorative care for survivors of sex trafficking crimes. John has over 25 years’ experience in leading complex organizations. He has advanced degrees in Business 

Management/Administration. John is well-versed in all aspects of business acumen, from supply chain/operations, quality management, program management, financial management (including profit and loss requirements) to executive leadership. 

John is also a proud veteran having served in the US Army as an Airborne Infantryman and Military Intelligence. John also served on the board of directors for a nonprofit organization that supported wounded warriors as well as Gold Star Families and Children. 

John was ready to leave behind the corporate world and use his extensive experience to join Beauty From Ashes Ranch. He is eager to use his knowledge for a worthy cause, stating, “I wanted my next role to not just make a paycheck, but a difference.” 

John was raised in the White Mountains in Pinetop, Arizona and currently resides on a small family ranch in Southern, Arizona with his wife and son. John has 2 older children who reside in Phoenix, Arizona. In his free time John enjoys being outdoors and doing activities such as hunting, fishing, and hiking. 

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, we are driven towards helping young women 18-24 years old with a sanctuary where they can find hope and heal from the trauma associated with sexual exploitation. When you give, you are helping us reach these goals. 

We will strive with integrity, compassion, and strength to give them a brighter future. We want them to know there is hope for the future and their lives are worth fighting for. 

PHONE: (520) 789-6387 





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.