Barrow Beyond

Ambassadors make a difference through philanthropy

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In 2012, five Phoenix women – Shannon Mishkin, Sharon Pollack, Lisa Geyser, Debbie Shafron and Mara Kotansky – wanted to give back to Barrow Neurological Institute after their lives had all been changed by Barrow’s world-class physicians and scientists. Shannon spearheaded the formation of Barrow Beyond, a group of ambassadors that would engage young professionals and community influencers to support Barrow Neurological Institute.

In their first year, they recruited 50 Barrow Beyond founding members. Initial funds supported brain tumor research. In recent years, the group expanded to more than 100 members, supporting ongoing Barrow projects like Alzheimer’s disease research and the Barrow Emergency Stroke Treatment Unit.

Join Barrow Beyond today to support research and innovative care initiatives at Barrow. Annual memberships are $1,000 for individuals and $1,500 for couples. Your philanthropic gift truly makes a difference in patients’ lives and provides hope for those suffering from devastating neurological diseases.

The benefits of joining Barrow Beyond

Barrow Beyond members share a love for learning, are committed to the community and believe in the importance of medical advancement. Begin building your legacy, give back and meet new friends. The benefits of joining Barrow Beyond include:

Educational Opportunities

  • An insider’s look at the innovative research, patient care and education taking place for diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, stroke, migraine, concussion and more.
  • An exclusive behind the scenes tour to hear directly from physicians and researchers at one of the world’s most innovative brain and spine centers.

Social Events

  • An exclusive opportunity to attend the spring Barrow Genius Bar. The event exposes members to some of the world’s leading specialists in a variety of neurological fields.
  • An invitation to a fall membership event, allowing members to speak with Barrow experts and network with like-minded professionals.


  • Receive updates about news at Barrow via newsletters to keep you appraised of the latest Barrow breakthroughs.

Philanthropy, Leadership and Beyond

Barrow Beyond members make a difference by supporting the mission of Barrow Neurological Institute. All funds raised are directed to a Barrow patient care or research program.

Barrow Beyond members are helping change the face of health care in Arizona – and making an impact worldwide.

Thank you to the 2020 Barrow Beyond Members

Mr. George Abrams
Mr. Orin Anderson
Mr. Mark Aspenson
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bill
Ms. Meghan Bowman
Mr. Michael Bradley
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Brown
Mr. Benedikt Brueckle
Mrs. Cynthia Bullington and Dr. Robert Bullington, Jr.
Ms. Cathy Caris
Dr. and Mrs. Steve Charney
Ms. Kay Collier
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Czerwinski
Mr. and Mrs. Todd Davis
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Dion
Mr. Harold Dorenbecher
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Earnest
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Evans
Mr. and Mrs. Doug Folger
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Forster
Mr. and Mrs. George Getz
Mrs. Joyce Geyser
Ms. Nancy Gillette
Mr. Brad Goff
Mr. Lance Goldberg
Mr. and Mrs. Gene Goldberg
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Goldberg
Mr. and Mrs. Luis Gonzalez
Mr. and Mrs. John Graham
Mr. R Scott Greer
Ms. Amy Greer
Mr. Alan Gregory
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Grossman
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Grossman
Dr. David Hecht
Ms. Mary Heiss
Mr. John Holliman
Ms. Jamie Hormel
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Hornacek
Ms. Ruthellen Kaiser
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Knies
Ms. Kristina Knudsen

Mr. Perry Koon
Mr. and Mrs. Trent Longnecker
Mrs. and Mrs. Larry Mayhew
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew McCain
Mrs. Karen McConnell
Mr. and Mrs. Rod McDougall
Mr. and Mrs. Shawn McLeran
Mr. Norm Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Mishkin
Mr. Cory Mishkin
Mr. Jose Moreno
Mr. and Mrs. Jahm Najafi
Mr. and Mrs. James Nathan
Ms. Laura Osvald
Mr. Frederick Pakis
Mr. and Mrs. Curt Pavlicek
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Perkins
Ms. Rebecca Pierson
Ms. Sharon Pollack
Mr. Elliott Pollack
Mr. Drew Porter
Mr. Paul Rhodes II
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Rich
Mr. Michael Richter
Mr. Richard Saldivar
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sands
Ms. Dina Shacknai
Dr. William Silverstein
Mr. Steven Stern
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Tashman
Ms. Heidi Teets
Mrs. Nancy Teets
Ms. Karen Thorn
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Tigue
Mr. and Mrs. Don Tucker
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Van Denburgh
Mr. and Mrs. Chip Weil III
Ms. Connie Wilhelm
Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Winssinger
Mr. Bradley Wright
Mr. Doug Yonko
Mr. Joe Zavislak
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Zuieback