About Us

About Us

Our Executive Board of Directors

Our volunteer board works tirelessly to raise awareness, build community outreach, and help the fundraising campaign for Arizona Heroes Memorial to meet its goals. The Board includes:

  • Dick Eggerding, Founder, President & Chair
  • Alan Dankwerth, Treasurer & Director
  • Kay Williams, Vice President & Director
  • Steve Didio, Vice President & Director
  • Vickie Shoopman, Vice President & Director
  • Kathy Sinnott, Vice President & Director
Bill Assenmacher
Chief Kara Riley
Lisa Bayless
Otto Suarez
General (Ret.) Ron Shoopman
Dr. Richard Carmona

Our Ambassadors

Ambassadors are highly regarded and well-connected members of the community. They represent the Memorial and use their resources to engage with others to provide financial support. Ambassadors are appointed by the Executive Board of Directors to assist in our mission.

Honorary Chair

Dr. Richard Carmona

Our Executive Director

Lisa M. Hopper

Lisa handles the day-to-day operations, media relations, board development, community outreach, and awareness. She spearheaded the 2022 capital campaign initiative to raise $2.5 million to build the Memorial. She oversees the construction process and helps plan the education and outreach programs.

A Letter From Our Chair

I am writing on behalf of the Arizona Heroes Memorial. We have more than 400,000 veterans, active military, and first responders in Southern AZ alone. These men and women, fallen and living, had and still have a critical role in both past and present conflicts. Despite their sacrifices, the individuals often have not received the recognition they deserve.

A group of Arizonans recognized the need for a special place in which to honor, remember and memorialize our veterans and first responders. The memorial will be a picturesque venue where visitors, residents, and schoolchildren can learn about the services these men and women give. The Memorial will be a hallowed place honoring those brave, outstanding individuals who have dedicated their lives to ensuring our values and security. The Memorial is unique to all of Arizona.

The Memorial contains art, monuments, and landscaping symbolic to all branches of the Department of Defense, First Responders, and Healthcare Workers. By creating such a place where people gather to remember and learn, we honor the past and educate future generations about the meaning of service and sacrifice to our country and communities.​

We rely on the support of generous individuals and businesses in our greater community. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation before the end of the year from your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) or simply as a tax-deductible contribution. As a 501(c)3, the Memorial qualifies as a charitable deduction not subject to Federal income tax, maximizing your donation. Your support is critical to this one-of-a-kind Memorial.

Thank you for your support –

Dick Eggerding

Founder, President & Chair, Arizona Heroes Memorial

Sponsorships Still Available!

The Memorial continues fundraising, with less than $500,000 to go. Sponsorships for trees, seated walls, and the AZ State flag are available. These opportunities are a great way to be a part of this Memorial and leave a legacy! (Email us at azheroesmemorial@gmail.com for more information!)

Trees: $5000 each

Seated Wall: $10,000 each

Arizona State Flag: $20,000 each 

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