SANFP E31: Kathleen Pickrel & Katrina Powell speak about their organizations created to help people.

Barbara introduces two organizations, both created to honor the memory of Husbands who have passed away. The Terrance Pickrel Heart Fund gives assistance to patients dealing with Heart problems and Katrina Powell from the Erik Hite Foundation that supports families who have lost loved ones who were first responders. A unique episode to listen to.

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Barbara introduces two organizations, both created to honor the memory of Husbands who have passed away. The Terrance Pickrel Heart Fund gives assistance to patients dealing with Heart problems and Katrina Powell from the Erik Hite Foundation that supports families who have lost loved ones who were first responders. A unique episode to listen to.

BIO ~ Katrina Powell 

Business Development ManagerThe Erik Hite Foundation 

Katrina Powell grew up in Northern New Mexico and has lived in Tucson for the last 28 years. She and her husband, Dustin, have a son who lives in Scottsdale. She has a BA in English and Secondary Education from Briar Cliff University, a Masters in Educational Counseling from University of Phoenix, and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Organizational Development from Grand Canyon University. 

After 28 years serving in various roles including English and Theatre Teacher, School Counselor, Assistant Principal, Cheer Coach, Athletic Director and Director of Recruitment and/or Development, in both the private and public school systems in Southern AZ, Katrina made the decision to move to nonprofit leadership. She enjoys using her experience in K-12 education and the knowledge she gained from her dissertation research in organizational development to build relationships and find support for nonprofit growth and sustainability. 

The Erik Hite Foundation is a charitable, childcare, educational and family outreach service. We solicit and raise funds, re-distribute funds and/or goods to assist with the funding and undertaking of programs and activities designed to strengthen the services, organization, performance, competence, professionalism and morale of the Law Enforcement, Emergency Services, and Military employees of the City of Tucson, Pima County Government, the State of Arizona and the Federal Government. 

Remembering the life and sacrifice of Officer Erik D. Hite, our programs serve the families of Law Enforcement, Emergency Services and Military Personnel on a close and personal level.  

The Erik Hite Foundation, a non-profit organization, provides a child development center specific to 1st Responder’s and Active Duty Military Member’s variable work schedules and family outreach programs that offer a safe and positive environment.  

Our programs strive to support the difficult work and challenges encountered by 1st Responders and Active Duty Military in life and death situations.  As these men and women serve and protect us and our community, we serve and care for them and their families. 

Company Phone: (520) 637-1110


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BIO ~ Kathleen Pickrel  

Founder and Executive Director of the Terrence Pickrel Heart Fund. 

Kathleen is the Founder and Executive Director of the Terrence Pickrel Heart Fund.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in Social Work. She has been a licensed medical social worker since 2006, working with cancer patients and solid organ transplant patients.  

She was raised in Southern California and moved to Tucson in 1993 when her late husband was transferred with his work at Raytheon. She has 2 children, Kaitlyn (31) & Ian (29). 

Kathleen started the Terrence Pickrel Heart Fund to provide financial grants to low-income advanced heart failure patients in AZ. She had primarily worked with cancer patients for her career, but in 2022 she began a position as a heart transplant social worker.  

When offered the job, she had an epiphany, she could start this nonprofit to provide assistance to advanced heart failure patients and name it after her late husband who passed away in 2014 from heart failure, as a way to honor him. Thus, The Terrence Pickrel Heart Fund was established in August of 2022. 

Our 501(c)3 nonprofit fund is designed to provide much-needed financial aid to heart transplant and mechanical circulatory support (MCS) patients for basic necessities including, but not limited to the following: 

*Rent/mortgage *Utilities *Food *Transportation/gas *Lodging *Medication copays *Insurance copays *Dental expenses (restrictions apply) 

Requests are vetted by hospital social workers and are needs-based. Awards of up to $500 to patients receiving care in Arizona are available, funds permitting. 

Company Name: The Terrence Pickrel Heart Fund 

Company Phone: (520) 775-1963 

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Company Instagram:  @heartfundaz  



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.