Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services Director, Col. Wanda Wright is the third generation of her family to serve in the U.S. military. She has three decades of military experience. As a 1985 United States Air Force Academy graduate, Col. Wright began her military career as Deputy Budget Officer with the Tactical Air Command at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with a follow-on assignment to Davis-Monthan AFB as the Budget Officer.Leaving active duty in 1990, Col. Wright joined the Arizona National Guard.
Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services Deputy Director John Scott II is the third generation of his family to serve in the U.S. military. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1999 to 2003 as an M-198 Howitzer Section Chief, obtaining the rank of Sergeant. In addition to his duties, John was also the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Non-Commissioned Officer, and Weapons Instructor for his Marine Corps unit.John attended college at the University of California - Los Angeles and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Luis Marquez is the Assistant Deputy Director for Administration with the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services. Luis manages the Department’s administration division’s strategic goals and oversees its operations which support the needs of all other divisions serving Arizona veterans and their families.Before joining ADVS, Luis served the State of Arizona in various capacities for over 24 years.
Nicole Baker is the Assistant Deputy Director for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs with the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services. Nicole provides oversight of the Department’s unique veteran programs, community-based grants and special initiatives designed to serve Arizona’s veterans, service members and their families.
Kimberly Trotta is an Assistant Deputy Director for the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, serving as the administrator at the Arizona State Veteran Home-Phoenix (ASVH-Phoenix). She manages the strategic goals and oversees the day-to-day operations of the facility, always supporting the needs of our veterans and their families. In her first year of service at ASVH-Phoenix, Kim took the home from a one-star to four-star facility.Kim worked in long-term care for 18 years prior to joining the State of Arizona.
Robert (Bob) Tunila is an Assistant Deputy Director for the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, serving as the administrator at the Arizona State Veteran Home-Tucson (ASVH-Tucson). He oversees day-to-day operations of the facility while managing strategic goals. In his role, Bob ensures that the home and its staff meet the needs of our veterans and their families. While managing ASVH-Tucson, Bob has maintained a four-star facility rating and five stars for quality measures. His health care career included being a Certified Nursing Assistant in addition to a Dietary Manager.
Scott Kurish is the Administrator of the Office of Continuous Improvement for the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services. Scott coordinates agency-wide implementation of the Arizona Management System (AMS). AMS is an intentional management system that is changing the way State government thinks and operates, using Lean principles and tools. Scott has over 35 years of operations management experience, holding key leadership positions.
U.S. Navy veteran Jennifer Harris is the Legislative Liaison for the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services.