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Board of Directors

Comprised of passionate, generous, and dedicated community leaders, The New Foundation’s Board of Directors is committed to supporting the mission, philosophy, and vision of our agency. For information on becoming a The New Foundation board member, call (480) 945-3302.

Tyler M. Abrahams

Tyler M. Abrahams

Attorney, Broening Oberg Woods & Wilson
Tyler is an attorney practicing civil defense at the law firm of Broening Oberg Woods & Wilson. Consistent with his life long passion for improving education, his professional experience includes serving in the office of General Counsel for the University of Arizona, as well as the office of the General Counsel for the San Diego Unified School District. From 2009-2010, Tyler served in the Glass Leadership Institute for the Anti-Defamation League.

Rachel Tarmen

Vice Chair
Rachel Tarmen

Co-owner, Quality Reliable Solutions
Rachel is the co-owner of Quality Reliable Solutions, a residential and commercial remodeling company in the Valley.  She is a two-time alumna of Arizona State University with a B.S. in Communications and a Master’s in Education.  An active member of the community, Rachel is an Ambassador for the Scottsdale Chamber of the Commerce and spends her free time volunteering.

Brian Brookman

Brian Brookman

Business Systems Leader, Arizona Public Service
Brian originally from New York and moved to Arizona in high school, by way of California for most of his childhood. He graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance and has since obtained a Master’s in Business Analysis from Auburn University. For over 10 years, Brian has worked at APS implementing multimillion dollar enterprise wide transformative technology and software projects.

Jessica Noble


Jessica is an Arizona native and has lived in the east valley most of her life, giving her a distinct advantage of the area and the market. She’s a graduate of Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business and has a long career in real estate. She began her career in 1996 working in title and escrow for one of the nation’s largest escrow companies. She worked 12 1/2 years as an escrow officer before getting her license in 2008. Jessica truly enjoys real estate even with all of the challenges and changes that the recent market has introduced. Jessica specializes in residential real estate working with all ranges of clientele, from the first time buyer to the experienced investor. Jessica brings a wealth of knowledge to her thriving real estate business and continues to grow exponentially.

Jessica’s main focus is the education and customer service she provides to ALL of her customers. She helps Sellers understand the importance of price and presentation when listing their home and provides unique marketing strategies to keep their home ahead of the competition. She enjoys helping Buyer’s to understand the purchase process and helps them through each stage, from pre-approval to closing, answering questions and keeping them informed. She thrives on providing the best possible customer service and making every transaction as stress-free as possible. Jessica understands that this is one of the most important decisions and times in a client’s life and she strives to make it the best possible experience for them all.

Jessica loves living and working in Arizona and is an avid hiker, spending as much time as she can exploring the beautiful areas of Arizona and it’s many wonders (follow her and her hiking adventures at #jessicanoblerealtor).

Renee Higgs

Board Member

Renee Higgs is the Southwest Regional Marketing Manager at Mayo Clinic. She received her Master of Arts in Advertising from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Washington State University.  In her role at Mayo Clinic, she leads all paid media and major sponsorship efforts for the southwest region.

Renee is a Scottsdale Leadership board member and a graduate of Class 31. Renee also serves on the City of Scottsdale Transportation Committee and the Scottsdale Chamber Economic Development Advisory Council.  Her personal highlights include raising two active teenage sons.

Ben Himmelstein

Board Member

Ben Himmelstein is a partner at Radix Law. He is a business lawyer whose practice focuses on business disputes and transactions. His practice includes business dissolutions, misappropriation of trade secrets, business torts, sales contracts, buy and sell agreements, and non-compete and non-solicit agreements. He represents a variety of businesses throughout Arizona in a range of industries, primarily focused in technology, medical and dental. As the former Chairman of the Board of the Arizona Small Business Association, Ben is passionate about the growth of Arizona’s business community. His practice includes all types of business litigation and formation, including civil matters involving contract disputes and intentional torts, as well as the governance of limited liability companies and corporations.

Since 2004, Ben has successfully helped his clients navigate a wide range of disputes involving business issues. His dedication to the successful solution of his clients’ legal issues has resulted in numerous awards received over the course of his practice, including the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell. He has been named one of the Southwest’s Rising Stars by Super Lawyers since 2011, is listed as one of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, as well as one of the Nation’s Top One percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. Recently, the Expert Network recognized Ben as one of the top lawyers in the industry.

His past experience includes working as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for a boutique law firm in Phoenix. He is currently a member of Suns Charities 88, a group of 88 business professionals created in 2012. Suns Charities 88 combines a passion for philanthropy with their connection to the business community in Phoenix. He is a founding member of the Arizona Jewish Lawyers Association and is also serving on the Board of the New Foundation. Ben is also active in Phoenix Rotary 100.

Ben graduated from the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law with an additional certificate in Law, Science and Technology. He received an undergraduate degree in psychology from Arizona State University. He is licensed to practice before all Arizona State courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, and the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

In his free time, Ben likes to spend time with his wife and son and enjoys traveling.

Daniel A. Packard, JD, MBA, CPA

Board Member
Daniel A. Packard, JD, MBA, CPA

Attorney, Daniel Packard Law
Dan Packard is an attorney and certified public accountant with over 25 years of experience serving the needs of individuals, privately-held businesses, and nonprofit organizations.  Dan began his career at Ernst & Young. In 1997, he founded Packard Law.

Dan has extensive experience in serving on nonprofit boards, including severing as general counsel for Arizona Baseball Charities from 2000 until 2014, helping to raise over $30 million for Arizona youth.

He has also played key roles in nonprofit development, working directly with major gift donors to obtain individual gifts of up to $3 million.  Dan has served numerous other nonprofits in a variety of leadership roles, including board member, chief financial officer, and interim executive director.

Dan’s current practice focuses on nonprofit organizations, major gifts, and estate planning.  Dan’s nonprofit practice includes commercial and real estate transactions, governance, tax-exempt issues, endowments, and major gift fundraising and structuring.  Dan is highly experienced in planned giving to charity, having served as Senior Consultant in Planned Giving and Endowments for the Manhattan-based Episcopal Church Foundation for five years.

In addition to practicing law in Phoenix, Dan practices in his original hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Dan’s practice in Michigan also focuses on estate planning, as well as the needs of notable nonprofit organizations such as ArtPrize (the world’s largest nonprofit art festival and competition) and Heart of West Michigan United Way.

Margaret Stephens-Reed

Board Member
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Margaret Stephens-Reed is a native of Washington State who moved to Arizona in the winter of 2006 after spending eight years in Northern Virginia.  Mrs. Stephens-Reed has spent the majority of her professional career in the educational setting. Prior to her move to Virginia she spent 11 years with Seattle Public Schools and served as the Director of the Center for Leadership and Learning for the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle for three years. In her role as Community Outreach and Special Projects Coordinator for Arlington Public Schools in Virginia she continued her dedication to make all citizens lifelong learners.

Since her move to Phoenix, Ms. Stephens-Reed served as Director of Development for several area non-profits including Florence Crittenton, where she was instrumental in the agency receiving the $1,000.000 Board of Visitors grant.  In 2009 Margaret joined the VALLEYLIFE team as Senior Vocational Program Manager.  In this role she was accountable for a staff of 30 and nearly 200 vocational trainees.  Margaret was also responsible for the development and implementation of the VALLEYLIFE Enrichment Program which provides life and employment skills to adults with disabilities through the arts.

In November of 2010, Margaret was appointed as the Director of Fund Development for VALLEYLIFE.  Her department is responsible for fundraising, special events, PR and Community Relations, grant writing and other duties as assigned.  They just held a very successful golf tournament at Ocotillo Golf Resort and are in the planning stages for their Legacy of Love Gala celebrating the agencies 70 years of providing services to adults with disabilities.

Mrs. Stephens-Reed earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Washington University of Cheney, Washington, and is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; Central Phoenix Women, East Valley Women and Women of Scottsdale.  She serves on the Arizona State Oversight Board for Defensive Driving Schools and is a Board Member of the Planned Giving Roundtable of Arizona.  She was recently honored as a Strathmore’s Who’s Who and as the Phoenix Suns and National Bank of Arizona’s Banking on the Future Mentor in January 2016. She is married to retired educator Phillip Reed and the parent of a very spoiled cat named Boola.

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