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Yvette Gonzales, Carole Kauffman elected to Experience Matters board
Insurance industry leader Yvette Gonzales and Carole Kauffman, now retired, who was a Vice President and Officer at Trellis, formerly Neighborhood Housing Services of Phoenix, have been elected to three-year terms on the Experience Matters Board of Directors.
Through personal connections with Experience Matters, Gonzales and Kauffman became fully engaged with the mission of the Valley-based nonprofit that matches retired professionals with nonprofit organizations to build capacity and support meaningful social-purpose projects through services that include Encore Fellows, Service by Design, RSVP and AmeriCorps.
“When I worked at Trellis, we hosted several Experience Matters Service by Design volunteers,” Kauffman said. “We were helped with our HR policies and were so impressed with their expertise. Now that I am retired, joining the board is one way for me to show my appreciation.”
Kauffman, who lives in Phoenix, spent 12 years with Trellis. Previously, she had been Director of Resource Development with a nonprofit working with severely mentally ill adults in Phoenix, and also worked at American Express and Samaritan Health System.
Gonzales, who also lives in Phoenix and who has more than 30 years experience in the financial services and insurance industry, had served as Chief Information Officer at CopperPoint Insurance. She also currently is a member of the UMOM New Day Centers board of directors.
“Experience Matters changes people’s lives in deeply rewarding ways, matching talent with need in ways that transform people and organizations,” she said. “I am proud to serve Experience Matters and believe wholeheartedly in our mission.”
Rose Law Group adds attorney Olen Lenets
Rose Law Group pc, the largest woman-led law firm in Arizona’s history, is honored and excited to add attorney Olen Lenets to the firm’s Litigation Department. Lenets brings a diverse body of legal experience to RLG that will help the firm serve its clients and grow its litigation and other practice groups.
Lenets has represented clients in real estate and commercial litigation matters. He has also analyzed local ordinances and municipal codes to help clients with permits, licenses and zoning variances. Lenets has worked with a wide variety of clients including homeowners and a marijuana dispensary.
Lenets was born in the Ukraine and lived in Germany and Ohio before his family moved to Arizona. He played on the 2007 State Volleyball Championship team at Desert Vista High School and now plays adult ice hockey. Lenets graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arizona. He served as design editor for the “Daily Wildcat’ newspaper. Lenets received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Lenets was a member of the Criminal Law Society and clerked for Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Jon Thompson. Lenets served a bailiff for the court as part of his clerkship.