The Bisbee Foundation has elected a new President, Brenda Morales, a lifelong resident of Bisbee. Nominated by former President Doug Dunn, Morales was a unanimous choice of the foundation board.
Mrs. Morales has been the office manager for the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum for six years in addition to running the Bisbee Visitor Center office at the museum.
A Bisbee Foundation board member for the past four years, she serves on the boards of the Bisbee Boys & Girls Club and the Bisbee Science Lab. Mrs. Morales is a volunteer at the Coalition for the Homeless and is an active member of St. Patrick's Church. With her husband Ramon, they have two adult daughters, both graduates of Bisbee High School, attending the University of Arizona.
In a short statement Mrs. Morales said, “I am honored to be a part of the Bisbee Foundation, an organization that invests in the wellbeing of our youth and community. Family and community have always been the core of who I am.”
Dunn, who will remain on the board, has been on TBF Board of Directors since 2001, and served as President for 20 years. Under his leadership, the Foundation endowment has grown from less than $200,000 to $950,000.
Among many other initiatives at the Foundation, he has been instrumental in setting up educational grants for teachers and helping expand scholarships for students.
A former councilperson for Ward 2, Dunn has been active in the Bisbee community through his work at the foundation. His current interest, with his wife Donna, is in supporting early childhood literacy because reading to children beginning at birth is very important for any child's mental development and eventual success in school and life.
The Bisbee Foundation was founded in 1985 to provide scholarships to Bisbee students/residents pursuing college degrees as well as grants to community organizations to support local programs. They are funded by donations and endowments.
Grant and scholarship recipients will soon be announced from the recent Spring 2022 grant cycle.
More information on the foundation as well as how to contribute is at www.bisbeefoundation.com.