THE CENTER STAFF

Tom Carle – General Manager

Tom has been in Tucson for over 50 years, and has built a career- and a life – managing sports events, leagues, and facilities. He also – and don’t hold this against him! – is a long-time AIA basketball/volleyball referee and baseball/softball umpire. Chances are if you have been involved in youth sports in Tucson in the last 45 years, you have come across Tom. His job is to keep the Center running like clockwork. When you visit the Center, say hello to Tom, and should you need anything, he will take care of it for you.

Maria Moreno – Finance Manager

Maria is a native of the southwest and almost a native Tucsonan. Upon graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Business, Maria worked in the financial services industry for 13 years. Her entrepreneurial spirit, lead her to develop a print and design business, NUVO Print & Design, which offered print solutions to individuals and small businesses. Additionally, Maria has extensive experience as a bookkeeper and tax preparation specialist. Her skills and experience are a welcome addition to the administration of the Center.

Mikkel Derfus – Facility Manager

Mikkel has been working with Sporting Chance Center for over two years! Due to her hard work and dedication, Mikkel was quickly promoted here at The Center and continues to show that there is no task too big for her to complete. She has a great personality which makes it easy for her to get along with not only our staff, but our customers as well. Mikkel is currently studying at Pima Community College and plans on going into law enforcement in the near future! We are incredibly lucky to have her on our staff.

Israel Gutierrez – Facility Coordinator

Israel has been working with Sporting Chance Center for over four years! He is currently a student at Pima Community College and in the future, Israel hopes to open his own business. What makes him such a good employee/coworker is his caring personality and ability to motivate those around him to work just as hard as he does. We are very happy to have Israel on our staff.

Lydia Griffith – Café Coordinator

Lydia has been working with Sporting Chance Center for almost a year now! She is currently attending Pima Community College. Having played basketball almost her whole life, she knows a lot of the community here at Sporting Chance Center, and everyone who has met Lydia can tell you she is the most genuine and kind person you will ever meet.

Brandon Derfus – Maintenance Coordinator

Brandon has been working with Sporting Chance for a little less than a year! He has been a part of another one of our amazing siblings duos! He has shown much growth and hard work since starting at the center. He is our maintenance coordinator and takes great care of all routine work, around the center to keep it running smoothly. Brandon definitely keeps us on our toes and smiles on our faces everyday with his jokes and bright personality. The center wouldn’t be the same without him.

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