HI, MY NAME IS… Greg Jewell, chief financial officer at Arizona’s Children Association (AzCA). Located in all 15 Arizona counties, AzCA provides a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of nearly 30,000 children, youth, and families each year. AzCA’s programs target the type of future we all want to see: a future where every child has a safe and loving home and families are supported through difficult and trying circumstances.
I’VE LIVED IN AZ FOR 18 YEARS AND I LOVE IT BECAUSE… you can usually count on the weather when planning outdoor activities.
A TYPICAL DAY IN MY LIFE INCLUDES… I’m an early to bed, early to rise type. I start with exercise when I get up, then take care of our two dogs, Elvis, and Wrigley. Then coffee. During the week, it’s on to the office. On the weekend, it’s relaxing with a pour-over coffee.
MY FAMILY IS… spread out! From Maine to Southern California. Our immediate family is mostly in Phoenix and SoCal, but the extended family touches many states. I’m also very excited to become a first-time grandfather in May!
ONE THING I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT IS… my wife’s friendship. It’s the second time for both of us, just over 11 years. We are companions not competitors, supporting each other’s interests.
WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I WANTED TO BE… a professional baseball player. Ask my father how many Wiffle balls he had to buy for me! I played through high school and one semester in college.
THE SONG I WOULD SING AT KARAOKE NIGHT IS…first, I would not be singing at karaoke night, but it would be “Living on a Prayer,” by Bon Jovi.
THE ONE PERSON WHO MOTIVATES ME IS… my wife. Having someone in your corner every day, being a positive voice and cheerleader is priceless!
MY FAVORITE MOVIE I COULD NEVER GET TIRED OF WATCHING AND WHY IS… “Field of Dreams.” I’ve been a baseball fan since I can remember. I would love to have seen a game from back in the 20s, 30s, or 40s.
THE LAST THING THAT MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD WAS… probably watching my Boston Terrier, Elvis, have a case of the zoomies!
THE PERFECT DAY IS… sitting in a beach chair in front of the ocean with nowhere else to be.
MY FAVORITE LOCAL NONPROFIT IS… Arizona’s Children Association. The mission is succinct and direct: protect children, empower youth, and strengthen families.
MY LIFE IS… an adventure. I’ve lived in six states and had a wide range of professional experiences. We’re watching our young adult children continue to thrive and evolve.
THE BEST GIFT I’VE EVER RECEIVED WAS… the births of my son and daughter.
MY DREAM VACATION WOULD BE… to travel the country in an RV or van with my wife and visit as many state parks as possible from coast to coast––with no time limit!
THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS… it’s actually a quote by Muhammed Ali my wife tells me, “Don’t count the days, make the days count.”