Meet Our Leaders
Jenna Biancavilla: president, executive committee member & board of directors member
Jenna is a fearless entrepreneur, financial expert, captivating public speaker and life-enthusiast whose life mission is to serve others. She is the Founder and CEO of Pearl Capital Management, a financial services firm with a passion for helping people.
A graduate of The University of Arizona with a degree in Economics, a trained leader through Scottsdale Leadership, and a seasoned business trailblazer, Jenna is one of Phoenix’s rising stars in the community.
Jenna finds meaning and purpose by serving others. In business this takes the form of helping her clients navigate the investment world and reach their wealth goals. Personally, she devotes her time to many local community service organizations.
Liz Collins: President Elect, Vice President, Executive Committee Member & Board of Directors Member
Liz is a member of an Office Brokerage Team at Cushman & Wakefield. When not at the office, she thoroughly enjoys being involved in the real estate community and has a passion for children’s charities. Along with her PCH involvement, Liz is currently a member of the NAIOP Developing Leaders Steering Committee, ULI Partnership Forum and AzCREW Membership Committee. She recently became a member of the Soar Leadership Council, a Council supporting Children’s Cancer Research Fund; CCRF is a non-profit based in Minneapolis that works alongside University of Minnesota Pediatric Oncology Research to end childhood cancer. She also volunteers with Make-A-Wish Foundation and St. Vincent de Paul. Liz is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.
Jon Nauert: Executive Committee Member, Board of Directors Member, and Secretary
Jon currently serves as an Investment Lead at a single-family office in Scottsdale, AZ, where he sources, analyzes, executes and manages investment opportunities across private equity and real estate.
Previously, he was a Lead Associate & Founding Member at B2 Partners, an independent private equity sponsor primarily focused on the energy and environmental services sectors. Prior to B2, Jon was an Investment Banker at HSBC, where he focused on cross-border acquisitions & divestitures across the oil & gas sector.
During Jon’s college tenure, he served in private equity internship positions at Pegasus Capital Advisors, and Goldman Sachs & Co., respectively. He started his entrepreneurial endeavors while studying at Barrett, The Honors College at ASU, where he double majored in Finance and Marketing and at The London School of Economics.
Jon is the Founder, Executive Director & Chairman of the Board for Millennials for Mental Health Awareness. In addition, he is a Board Member at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, an Ambassador for TGen, a Co-Chair for Maverick PAC, and an Advisory Board Member for Mindot.
He has lectured at Harvard College on early-stage and lower middle-market private equity investing; and at The Concordia Summit in Bogota on food sustainability.
Natalie Pomeroy: Giving Committee CO-Chair and Board of Directors Member
Aaron Gough: Board of Directors Member and Service Committee Liaison
A valley native and entrepreneur, Aaron was drawn to Emerging Leaders by the in-hospital volunteer opportunities available to members. He’s passionate about spending time with patients in order to help them enjoy their time in the hospital. A graduate of Arizona State University, he currently runs both a real estate company and software company in Tempe. He’s also a member of Suns Charities 88 and active in the local political community.
Lindsay Walker: Community Relations Director and Board of Directors Member
Lindsay is the Senior Associate Director of Development at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. In addition to her involvement with Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Emerging Leaders, Lindsay serves as a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona and volunteers with Fresh Start Women’s Foundation.
She holds the CFRE designation by CFRE International, earned her bachelor’s from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Arizona State University and is also a graduate of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, where she received a Master’s in public policy analysis and nonprofit management. Lindsay believes Phoenix Children’s Hospital is an invaluable community asset and is proud to support its mission of providing hope, healing and the best healthcare for children and their families.
Matthew Spring: Finance Director and Board of Directors Member
Originally from New England and a graduate of Boston University, Matt relocated to Phoenix in 2015 to join Stifel Nicolaus as a Financial Advisor serving the investment needs of high-net-worth individuals and their families. A member of Emerging Leaders for the past 3 years, Matt has experienced all of that our group is capable of and has to offer in supporting Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He is passionate about building meaningful connections and giving back to the community. In his spare time, Matt enjoys playing guitar and exploring Arizona.
Steven Simpson: Board of Directors Member and Marketing Director
Steven is the proud father of Isabella and Steven II and husband to Carol Simpson. He earned his bachelor of science in business and certificates in digital marketing and marketing from the University of Phoenix. He will have his master’s in management degree with a concentration in organization leadership & change completed in February 2019. Steven’s passion to lead, give and serve in his community starts with his daughter Isabella. She was a patient at Phoenix Children’s Hospital for most of her life and after she passed in March 2016, Steven and his wife wanted to give back to PCH in any they could. They started a non-profit organization, The Isabella Rose Foundation to raise awareness about the diseases she battled. In two years they’ve donated over $20,000.00 to PCH. And in April of 2017 Steven and Carol welcomed their rainbow baby child Steven Christopher II.
Riley Koltsova: Leadership committee liaison & board of directors member
Riley works for the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division, as a Government Contracts Specialist enforcing a number of different labor laws. She also works as the Regional Data Coordinator for the western region. Riley is a valley native and earned her BA and MA from the University of Arizona. Riley is passionate about volunteering her time in the hospital playing bingo and assisting with the Family Care Cart. She is also a member of the Junior League of Phoenix. In her spare time, Riley loves to travel to new places with her husband, Alex.
Grant M. Boland: Board of Directors Member and Membership Counsel Liaison
Grant M. Boland, J.D., LL.M., is a Partner at Boland Law Group, PLLC where he focuses his practice in the areas of trust and estate planning, business planning and tax representation. Grant’s practice emphasizes the design, implementation and defense of advanced strategies to transfer ownership of family businesses and legacy properties from one generation to the next (or to charity). Grant is passionate about volunteering his time with the Membership Committee for Emerging Leaders at PCHF and as a volunteer attorney for the Wills for Heroes Legal Clinic at the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, State Bar of Arizona and the Disabled American Veterans organizations. Grant is involved with other various groups across the Valley including, the Scottsdale Bar Association, Central Arizona Estate Planning Council, and the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations.
Natalia mihilli: Past President, Board of Directors
As a former patient at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Natalia understands the importance of educating others about the hospital and empowering people to make an impact. A graduate of Arizona State University and University of Phoenix, Natalia currently serves as Senior Business Development Director at the American Heart Association and is also the founder of BBrave.
Joel Fugate: Leadership Committee Chair
Joel Fugate is a trial attorney at Sanders & Parks, P.C. Joel earned his law degree from ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and his engineering degree from the University of Tennessee. Joel joined Emerging Leaders to connect with other young influencers in Phoenix and help give back to the community. Joel is thrilled to help further Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s mission to provide hope, healing, and healthcare to children and their families. Joel also works with the local Herberger Theater Center to help underserved youth experience the arts. When he’s not at the office, Joel enjoys traveling and trying new restaurants with his wife, Ali. Joel’s two French bulldogs, Harvey and Zoe, ensure that he laughs every day.
Amy Hammerand: Service Committee Chair
Amy Hammerand joined Emerging Leaders in January 2017 after moving to Arizona from Chicago. As a former Auxiliary Board member of Chicago’s National Museum of Mexican Art, she sought out a similar opportunity where she could volunteer and give back to her community while meeting likeminded professionals. She feels thrilled to serve as the Emerging Leaders Service Chair for 2018! As a lifelong learner, Amy holds a Master of Arts in Hispanic Literature with a Minor in Latin American Studies and a Master of Education in Instructional Leadership. During her 13 years working for Chicago Public Schools, she taught K-8 Spanish for 9 years, and at the district-level she administered world languages and international studies programs for 4 years. She currently teaches high school Spanish in Scottsdale and recently completed a medical interpretation program in August.