Our Board Members
Shannon Smith, MBA
President of Thrive
Ms. Smith has dedicated the past 14 years of her professional career focusing on how to improve medical delivery systems for underserved, low-income and otherwise marginalized populations in Arizona. She currently oversees the development and implementation of clinical programs for the University of Arizona’s Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease and Liver Research Institute and is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where she received a B.A. in Medical Anthropology, a dual minor in Microbiology and Spanish and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Eller College of Management. Her passion lies within the realm of discovering how human behavior impacts health status and how the development of culturally appropriate healthcare delivery systems can promote positive health outcomes in underserved communities.
Edna has been an insurance agent for the past 10 years and has been able to help a lot of people find the right coverage for them. She says it is very rewarding to see how many people are happy to be able to find the right health coverage for their needs with affordable premiums and copayments. At the same time, it’s also very frustrating to see when someone is struggling to afford their copayments because their income is too much to qualify for state assistance but it’s not enough to cover a twenty-dollar copayment to go to their doctors or specialist. This is why she’s very passionate about Thrive Copayment Assistance because we will be able to help those individuals keep their doctors’ appointments and not worry about how they will pay for it. Thrive Copayment Assistance will not only give someone peace of mind but will provide for a better quality of life.
As the director of The Medicare Shoppe, my team and I have seen tears of concerns and fear of how members will pay for their healthcare services in so many situations over the last few years. After seeing situations beyond their control we knew we needed to find a resource and collaborate with other organizations on a solution that would allow these members to obtain care with less stress which would result in better health. We are excited to be part of Thrive Co-payment Assistance Program and helping these individuals with their healthcare needs.
Executive Operations Director
Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Kris attended Flowing Wells High School and Pima Community College. She has raised two terrific sons and currently shares her home with her mother and her dogs. She spent 30 years in the office supply industry and started her health insurance career in 2008. She is very excited to be apart of this wonderful non-profit organization. She says there is such a need in this community to reach out and help those that are struggling financially with medical/prescription co-pays.
Charita Stubbs is an Arizona volleyball alum. She enters her 15th year although not consecutive seasons as an assistant coach after helping lead the Wildcats to five of the last six NCAA Tournaments since her return to the staff. During her most recent six years on staff, Arizona has won 117 games, one of the most successful five-year runs in school history. Arizona has made the NCAA Tournament in 14 of her 15 years on staff.
Prior to landing her first collegiate head coaching position in February 2006, Charita was a member of Rubio’s staff for nine seasons as an assistant coach and associate head coach. Helping the Wildcats reach the NCAA Tournament all nine years and finish in the top 25 in all but one of those seasons, Charita became the seventh head coach in the Wolfpack’s 31st year of volleyball, and the first African-American female to be named a head coach at NC State. Charita also served as the Founder and Executive Director of Club Red Volleyball Inc. in Raleigh, N.C. in addition to being Athletic Director and head volleyball coach at Grace Christian School in Raleigh. Prior to her time with Club Red, she served a four-year stint as the head volleyball coach at NC State.
Charita is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and very involved with her church. She hails from Cleveland, Ohio and is married to Melvin Stubbs. They are the proud parents of two children.
Andrew Ballmann is a Fire Captain with the Golder Ranch Fire District and an affiliate with The Medicare Shoppe. He has been involved in emergency medical services and pre-hospital care for nine years and has seen the effects of delayed healthcare services on senior citizens and disabled individuals due to medical copays and cost. Andrew Ballmann believes that the need for a Charity like Thrive has never been greater. The individuals involved with the creation of Thrive are extremely dedicated to helping every person in healthcare need, and Andrew is excited to be apart of the Thrive team.