Hall of Fame
Joe Cardone: 2013 Recipient
Class of 1969 Political Science
Joseph Cardone was one of the principal partners in Sandstorm Films, a Los Angeles-based film and television production company with a first look deal at Screen Gems, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. He has over 35 years of experience in the business of film production and distribution. He has written 23 produced scripts, directed 12 feature films and executive produced many more, which have all been distributed by major studios on a worldwide basis. Two of those films were number one box office hits, and four others were multi award winners on the film festival circuit. Joseph and his wife Carol Kottenbrook, who was also a principal partner in Sandstorm Films, live in Flagstaff. Both hold B.S. degrees from Northern Arizona University, where they were awarded a Distinguished Centennial Alumni Award in 1998 for their dedication to mentoring NAU students pursuing a career in the film industry. In 2009 Joseph was awarded a Community Partner Award for continuing service to the University.
Honorable Tom Chabin: 2013 Recipient
Class of 1976 American Enterprises
Tom Chabin moved from his native Hutchinson, Kansas to Flagstaff specifically to attend NAU. That was in 1972. He was 21 years old. Since that time he has been committed to Arizona politics as a campaigner, organizer, and office holder.
Soon after his graduation then Hopi Vice-Chairman Stanley Honanie, Jr. offered him a position in Kykotsmovi, Arizona. From that time Mr. Chabin continued to live and work in Hopi and Navajo communities and had the extraordinary opportunity to work with all levels of Navajo and Hopi tribal government. When he was elected to the Tuba City School Board in 1988, he became one of the very few Anglos elected to public office in the history of both the Navajo and Hopi Nations.
He was married to the late Delia Fernandez Chabin, who received the national Bureau of Indian Affairs Teacher of the Year Award in 1998. They have one son, Rodrigo and granddaughter Aaliyah.
Mr. Chabin served on the Coconino County Planning and Zoning Commission from 1986 to 1992 and as an elected member of the Coconino County Board of Supervisors from 1993 to 2000. During his tenure as a County Supervisor, Coconino County developed strong land use plans and ordinances which have contributed to the extraordinary quality of life in Coconino County. He played a significant role in passing the nation's strictest county and city Dark Skies Ordinance.
Mr. Chabin was appointed and then twice elected to the Arizona House of Representative in a district that included Flagstaff and five Native American Tribes. Representative Chabin offered a strong voice against the anti-immigration movement in Arizona and a strong voice against the cuts to education and healthcare during his tenure.
He now lives in Tucson and is in a committed relationship with Pam Jensen.
Mitch Ettinger: 2013 Recipient
Class of 1980 Criminology and Criminal Justice
Winner of the NAU Dwight Patterson Alumnus of the Year Award, 2012.
Mr. Ettinger is a 1980 graduate of NAU; attended the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America. Having earned his commission in the Air Force while at NAU through ROTC, he began his professional career as a Judge Advocate. His last active duty assignment was as a Chief Prosecutor for the US Air Force in Europe.
In 1990, he joined Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, one of the largest law firms in the country, where he is the co-leader of the litigation practice in Washington, D.C. He has handled many high profile national and international cases, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matter, and cases involving allegations of health care fraud, procurement fraud, and violations of federal and state conflict of interest laws. His cases include the representation of former Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford and Robert Altman in the BCCI banking scandal, and former President Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case.
Mary O'Driscoll: 2013 Recipient
Class of 1982 Journalism
Mary O’Driscoll is Director of the Division of Media Relations, Office of External Affairs at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil and licenses LNG terminals and hydropower plants.
A native of California who grew up in Reno, Nev., Mary has been involved with the news media for nearly her entire professional career. Following her graduation from Northern Arizona University in December 1982, Mary worked at a succession of newspapers (Las Cruces, N.M., Sun-News, Las Vegas, Nev., Sun and Albuquerque, N.M., Journal), covering everything from theater reviews to state and local politics.
Mary caught Potomac Fever in 1987 when she joined the staff of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as a press secretary. Over the next 20 years she moved in and out of reporting for Washington-based business and policy publications such as Greenwire and The Energy Daily, where she focused on congressional energy debates, regulatory matters and the Department of Energy, and business news involving the electric utility industry. The high point of Mary’s energy reporting career was passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, during which time she was a frequent guest on NPR, PBS and C-SPAN programs. She joined FERC as Director of Media Relations in 2007, though she also has served as Acting Director and Acting Deputy Director of the Office of External Affairs. Mary, her husband, Perry Plumart, and teenage daughters Margaret, Ellen and Meghan, live in Silver Spring, Md.
Regent Ernest Calderón: 2012 Recipient
Class of 1979 (BS) Political Science
Ernest Calderón is a sixth generation resident of what was New Mexico Territory, the son of the late Albert (a copper miner) and Nellie (a cook) Calderón. He is a native of Morenci, Arizona and a graduate of Northern Arizona University & the University of Arizona College of Law, has practiced law for over 29 years and practices in all Arizona courts as well as federal courts situated in Arizona, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and other U.S. Circuit Courts. Mr. Calderón founded Calderón Law Offices in 2004 after practicing with a large Phoenix law firm, with two companies as corporate counsel and as a federal law clerk. He is “AV Preeminent” rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Calderón served as President of the State Bar of Arizona in 2002-03 – the first person of Hispanic origin to serve as President since the Bar’s founding in 1933. He served as one of the State Bar of Arizona delegates to the American Bar Association House of Delegates and served two terms nominating candidates to the Arizona appellate bench as a member of the Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments. In 2002 Ernest received national recognition when the Hispanic National Bar Association named him as the Latino Lawyer of the Year.
Ernest has been involved in education policy matters for over twenty years. He served an eight year plus term and is President Emeritus of the Arizona Board of Regents. Ernest serves on the Council of Board Chairs of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (“AGB”). He has over twenty-nine years of experience in representing geographically diverse, school districts (public and private), universities and community colleges throughout the southwest. He has served as adjunct faculty at Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University and Phoenix College (part of the Maricopa County Community College District). He served on former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano’s School Readiness and P-20 Councils. Ernest is an active board member of the Northern Arizona University Foundation and is a member of the WESTEd educational laboratory board of directors.
Mr. Calderón’s community involvement and honors include the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Man of the Year Award; Eagle Scout; Past President of the Grand Canyon Council of the Boy Scouts of America and a Silver Beaver recipient; American Red Cross past board member; Northern Arizona University Foundation board member; Past President of Valley Leadership; Valley Leadership’s 2004 Man of the Year for metropolitan Phoenix; past board member of the Arizona Community Foundation and past Chairman of the Catholic Community Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. Mr. Calderón is a Knight Commander with Star in the Papal Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. He is the proud father of four children, the oldest serving in the United States Air Force in the middle-east wars and triplets attending Arizona State University and the University of Notre Dame.
Cheryl Casone: 2012 Recipient
Class of 1992 (BS) Public Relations
Cheryl Casone joined FOX Business Network (FBN) in September 2007 as an anchor.
FOX News Channel Anchor
Casone is also host of "Cashin' In," a weekend half-hour program on FOX News Channel (FNC) that offers an informative look at how to make your money grow (Saturdays at 11:30 AM/ET). Casone has been with FNC since 2006 when she joined the network as a correspondent for the business unit and was a regular guest on FNC’s "Your World with Neil Cavuto." Casone has years of experience covering finance, business, and consumer news. She has reported on the economic impact of war on the economy, consumer fraud, global markets, foreign investment, and corporate governance in addition to her work covering the U.S. markets.
Before joining FNC, she worked as a freelance business correspondent for CNN, primarily reporting from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and she worked for CBS Newspath as a general assignment reporter. Casone moved to New York to work as an overnight and early morning news anchor for MSNBC and NBC. Prior to that she anchored a business show for San Francisco’s KRON-TV, and served as a business and general assignment reporter. She began her career at CNX Media on the nationally syndicated program "Travel Update."
Casone has served on the boards of the Associated Press Television and Radio Association, California and Nevada Regional Chapter, and American Women in Radio and Television, San Francisco Chapter. A native of Dallas, TX, she graduated from Northern Arizona University.
Check out her Twitter: twitter.com/cherylcasone
Check her out on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ccasone
Lattie F. Coor: 2012 Recipient
Class of 1959 (BS) Social Science
Lattie F. Coor, President-Emeritus, Ernest W. McFarland Arizona Heritage Chair in Leadership and Public Policy and Professor of Public Affairs at Arizona State University, is Chairman and CEO of the Center for the Future of Arizona. For the previous 26 years, he served as a University President, most recently at Arizona State University from 1990 to 2002, and as President of the University of Vermont from 1976 to 1989. He has held positions with a variety of higher education associations, boards and commissions. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Arizona and is a member of the Greater Phoenix Leadership Council.
An Arizona native, Coor was born in Phoenix and graduated with high honors from Northern Arizona University in 1958. He pursued graduate studies in Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, earning a master’s degree in 1960 and a Ph.D. in 1964. He has honorary degrees from Marlboro College, American College of Greece, the University of Vermont and Northern Arizona University.
Elizabeth Driscoll: 2012 Recipient
Class of 1986 (BA) Telecommunications
Vice-President of Public Relations at GoDaddy.com
Elizabeth L Driscoll graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Telecommunications degree in 1986. She now serves as Vice-President of Public Relations at GoDaddy.com
, the world’s largest Web hosting
and Internet domain name provider.
After growing up in rural Cheboygan, Michigan, the Ponderosa Pine campus of Northern Arizona University instantly felt like a home-away-from-home. She was recruited to attend N.A.U. on a basketball scholarship as a member of the NCAA Division I team, known then as the “Lumber Jills.” Elizabeth benefited from Title IX, federal legislation aimed at giving girls the same opportunities as boys. She was once featured on the cover of the Detroit Free Press sports page for being the “only girl” at an all-boys NBA basketball camp, which helped spark her interest in the media.
Elizabeth’s professional news career began in 1987 at Flagstaff’s KAFF radio. She moved to television two years later, covering breaking news for KNAZ TV. She provided extensive coverage of the notorious Jennifer Wilson murder case, which involved child abduction and Arizona’s first-ever murder trial involving DNA evidence.
Elizabeth went on to an Emmy-award winning television news management career, spending six years each at KVOA in Tucson and KPHO in Phoenix. She served on the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Board of Governors and later produced pieces for NBC Nightly News and the Today Show, before making the transition into public relations.
In 2005, Elizabeth joined GoDaddy.com, a technology company known around the world for its media-savvy Super Bowl ad campaigns. Elizabeth’s PR work has been seen on virtually every national network news and entertainment program. She worked on the launch of Danica Patrick’s Go Daddy career and handled PR events with the likes of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Joan Rivers and His Royal Highness Prince Andrew.
Elizabeth loves the outdoors. She has paddled Quartzite Falls in Arizona’s Salt River Canyon and rowed Grand Canyon’s Crystal Rapids and Lava Falls, known as the steepest drop in North America. She is always eager to be in Flagstaff to bike Shultz Pass, ski Arizona’s Snowbowl or make the rounds to Flagstaff’s finest hangouts, such as the Weatherford Hotel.
She traveled internationally as part of a humanitarian mission with Hope for Haiti and enjoyed philanthropic work in support of Parkinson’s research, Make-A-Wish and the Southwest Center for HIV/Aids.
Her parents, both teachers, inspired values of education and hard work. Elizabeth taught news writing at N.A.U. and returned to her alma mater to speak as a scholar-athlete. She is currently working to give N.A.U. students an “inside look” into Go Daddy.
Elizabeth lives in Phoenix with her partner Michelle.
Eric Scott Baker: 2011 Recipient
Class of 1986 MA in Political Science
Eric Scott Baker is director, corporate counsel at Starbucks Coffee Company based in New York City. He was born in Pasadena, California and raised in Flagstaff where he attended Flagstaff High School. Mr. Baker received his B.A. in Political Science and German from the University of Arizona in 1984, his M.A. in Political Science from Northern Arizona University in 1986, and his Juris Doctor degree from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona in 1989. Mr. Baker began his legal career at the Phoenix based law firm of Snell & Wilmer LLP and was with the firm for seven years. After leaving the firm, Mr. Baker was Associate General Counsel for Western Wireless Corporation in Seattle, Washington until the acquisition of the company by T-Mobile Wireless and Alltel Wireless. Mr. Baker joined the Starbucks legal department in 2006. At Starbucks, Mr. Baker is responsible for a twelve state region in the Northeast United States, including the New York City metropolitan area. Mr. Baker and his partner, William Kapfer (who holds a Masters Degree and Doctorate from NAU) reside in Manhattan and maintain a second home in Tucson. Both are regular visitors to Flagstaff and their beloved Northern Arizona University. Mr. Baker travels extensively and enjoys theater, snow skiing, backpacking, and the study of politics and history. In 2006, the Baker family established the Lillian Jane Baker Education Fund at NAU in honor of Mr. Baker’s late mother who graduated from NAU and taught in the Flagstaff school system for thirty years.
Corporate counsel for Starbucks Coffee Company
Governor Raul H. Castro: 2011 Recipient
Class of 1939
Raul Hector Castro (born in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico on June 12, 1916) is a Mexican-born United States politician and alumnus of Northern Arizona University.
US Ambassador and Governor of Arizona
He has served in both elected and non-elected public offices, including United States Ambassador and Governor of Arizona. He was the first Hispanic to be elected Governor of Arizona. Castro lived in his native Mexico until 1926, when he moved to the U.S. state of Arizona and later became a United States citizen. Through grueling physical labor and self-denial, he saved enough to enter Arizona State Teachers College (later Northern Arizona University) in Flagstaff, Arizona, from which he graduated in 1939. He worked for five years for the US State Department as a foreign service clerk at Agua Prieta, a border city in his native Sonora, but he never forgot his dream of becoming a lawyer. Accepted by the University of Arizona Law College, Castro earned his Juris Doctor degree and was admitted to the Arizona Bar in 1949. After practicing law in Tucson for two years, he became deputy Pima County attorney. In 1954 he was elected county attorney and served in that capacity until 1958, when he became a Pima County Superior Court Judge. He earned a reputation as a man of keen mind and deep compassion for people during his six years on the Superior Court bench. His national stature grew over the years, and President Lyndon Johnson appointed Castro as U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador in 1964. That four year service was followed by an ambassadorial assignment to Bolivia.
Returning to Tucson, Arizona in 1969 to specialize in international law, Castro continued to rise to the top in Arizona Democratic politics. Seeking state office for the first time in 1974, he surprised the experts by winning his spirited campaign for the governorship. In 1977, when he had completed two years as governor, President Jimmy Carter selected him to be ambassador to Argentina.
He and his wife Pat now live happily in Nogales, AZ where Governor Castro continues to mentor and teach elementary-aged children to reach beyond their current circumstances.
Booker Travis Evans, Jr.: 2011 Recipient
Class of 1969 (BS) and 1971 (MA)
Booker T. Evans, Jr is a shareholder in the International law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, and is based in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Evans focuses his practice in the areas of white collar crime and commercial litigation and is experienced in the areas of criminal defense, commercial litigation, products liability, insurance matters, criminal and civil RICO cases and healthcare matters. Mr. Evans has substantial civil and criminal trial experience; having tried cases involving allegations of defective products, bad faith on the part of insurance carriers, disputes over real estate holdings, copyright and trademark infringement, as well as a number of cases involving allegations of criminal conduct. He also handles post-conviction cases in Federal Courts and is often retained in matters involving the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Before entering private practice, Mr. Evans served as a Chief Deputy District Attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada; as an Assistant United States Attorney in both Nevada and Arizona; and as Corporate Counsel for Arizona Public Service Company. He is licensed and practices in both Arizona and Nevada.
Booker T. Evans, Jr received his B.S. in 1969 and his M.A. in 1971, from Northern Arizona University. In 1978, he received his Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University School of Law. While attending Northern Arizona University, Mr. Evans served as the founding President of the University's first African-American Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi; was the first African-American to serve on the Inter-Fraternity Council; was active in student government; and received his Gold Axe Award in 1969. He continued his relationship with the University after graduation by serving on the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association, including serving as the President of the Board in 1992-1993.
Prior to beginning his legal career, Mr. Evans served as a Psychologist and Director of the Westside Counseling Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, and also served as a Counselor and Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and the North Campus of Miami-Dade Community College.
Keven Ann Willey: 2011 Recipient
1980 BS in Journalism
Keven Ann Willey was born in Washington, D.C., during the Eisenhower administration. Her interest in politics began early. Keven’s mother used to take her in a bassinet to the Senate gallery and listen to the likes of Everett Dirksen and Estes Kefauver debate public policy issues. Keven’s father, who worked for the National Institutes of Health, moved the family to Tucson, which is where Keven grew up.
Vice President and editorial page editor at The Dallas Morning News
Keven studied briefly in Europe and at Colegio Cervantes in Guadalajara. She spent the bulk of her college career at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where she was a walk-on varsity volleyball player. She was graduated magna cum laude in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with emphasis in political science and Spanish. She is a 2001 graduate of the Management Development Program sponsored by the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and was also named that year a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University.
Keven began her journalism career at The Associated Press in Phoenix, and later in 1980 joined The Arizona Republic where she covered everything from school boards to murders. She spent 1987-88 covering the presidential campaign, traveling extensively with Bruce Babbitt, George Bush, Michael Dukakis, Richard Gephardt, Al Gore, Jesse Jackson and Jack Kemp. She covered eight national political conventions and has won many awards for news writing, column writing and editorial writing. Her work appeared in The New York Times and she's been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, C-SPAN and numerous other television and radio stations nationwide.
Keven became The Republic’s political columnist in 1989, and was named editorial page editor in 1998. Under Keven’s direction The Republic’s editorial pages twice were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.
Keven became vice president and editorial page editor at The Dallas Morning News in November 2002. Her department’s ongoing Bridging Dallas’ North-South Gap won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing, an award recognizing the groundbreaking journalism of editorial writers Tod Robberson, Colleen McCain Nelson and William McKenzie. In 2011, The News was named "Opinion Page of the Year" among large-circulation newspapers by the National Conference of Editorial Writers. In 2008, her department’s successful four-year campaign to amend the state constitution to require legislators to publicly record their votes was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing.
Keven was elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board in 2008.
Shelly K. Bunge: 2011 Recipient
1984 BS in Journalism
Shelly K. Bunge, Executive Vice President of Music Business Affairs for Sony Pictures, is a 1984 journalism alumnus. She is a Gold Axe recipient (1984), a Centennial award recipient (1996), and a Truman Scholar. Shelly graduated from NAU in three years, earned her master’s in political science at University of Arizona in 1985 and her law degree from Columbia in 1988. Shelly worked as a diplomat to Tunisia after graduating from University of Arizona, then entered law school with the intention of pursuing International Diplomacy. However, personal life choices took her to California and Sony Pictures is where she has been working for over 25 years.
Executive Vice President of Music Business Affairs for Sony Pictures
Adam Rogers: 2010 Recipient
1989 BS in International Affairs
In his capacity as senior advisor for strategic communication, Adam Rogers advises the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on donor relations, advocacy and public affairs and manages a team that is responsible for communication outreach in Western Europe. UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources. It works through a network of 129 country offices, delivering $5 billion in development assistance annually to 176 countries worldwide.
Senior Communications Advisor
From his office in Geneva, Switzerland, Adam supports UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy, in particular in the area of communication for development, access to information, and communication for empowerment. He is an advisor to UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, supporting crisis relief, serving most recently in Haiti immediately after the earthquake. Prior to joining the UN system in 1994, Rogers worked as a journalist, an author, and as an entrepreneur. He has written several books, including The Earth Summit: A planetary reckoning, Taking Action: an environmental guide for you and your community, and The Intrepid Traveler: getting the ultimate experience for your travel dollars anywhere on earth.