FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2021
Dr. Amalia J Luxardo to serve as the new chairperson for Boys to Men Tucson (BTMT), as former chairman John Hudak retires from Board. Anna M. Harper-Guerrero, L.M.S.W., joins the board.
2019 Mentorship Luncheon at the University of Arizona: pictured, former Board Chair, John Hudak (left), with new Board Chair, Amalia Luxardo (right).
Tucson, Arizona – Effective January 1, John Hudak, a founding Board Member of Boys to Men Tucson, retired from the Board of Directors. In his place, Dr. Amalia J. Luxardo has been selected to serve as chair in 2021—the organization’s first female chair. In addition, Anna M. Harper-Guerrero, L.M.S.W., has joined the board as its newest director.
Dr. Luxardo replaces John Hudak, who served as chair from 2016-2020. She currently serves as the CEO of The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona. As the daughter of immigrant parents, her academic and professional careers have been dedicated to social, economic, racial, and gender justice.
“We know that a critical part of helping women to thrive in Arizona is connected to the urgent work of raising healthy men. I’m excited about the growth and direction of Boys to Men Tucson,” Luxardo shared.
Ms. Harper-Guerrero is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Strategy Officer of Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse. Harper-Guerrero has a decorated career in public service, most recently receiving recognition from the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence (2016) for outstanding advocacy, and the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona (2018) for community impact.
“As someone whose life’s work has been devoted to supporting survivors of gender-based violence, I know how important it is to provide young boys with models of healthy masculinity,” said Harper-Guerrero (pictured left). “I do this work because I’m raising a son, and I want for him a world that nurtures his own wholeness.”
Mr. Hudak, Publisher at Tucson Lifestyle, expressed gratitude for his service at Boys to Men Tucson: “It’s been my joy to shepherd this organization from small, grassroots to a thriving nonprofit making a serious impact. I am really excited to watch the next phase of this organization under Dr. Luxardo’s leadership.”
BTMT is part of a national movement with chapters in 14 cities. BTMT has a unique group mentoring process that differentiates itself from other one-on-one mentoring organizations, and compliments the work of other existing organizations focusing on youth.
BTMT holds weekly circles in middle and high schools for boys to sit in a safe and confidential setting with screened, trained adult males where they can discuss the issues they are facing in their lives. In addition, BTMT holds Adventure Outings that include hikes, bowling, visits to workplaces, and more to get the boys away from their phones and computers and interacting with their peers and adult men in healthy productive activities. BTMT also conducts Challenge Adventure Weekends that are modeled after ancient rites of passage.
Studies have shown that the Boys to Men programs and services have increased student attendance, GPA, and graduation rates, while decreasing discipline issues.
The Tucson operation of Boys to Men has become one of the top three in the United States. For additional information, please visit our website at www.btmtucson.com or phone Michael Brasher at 520-344-3624.