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Barrow Neurological Foundation Announces Three New Trustees

March 14, 2024

Dan Burns, Janet Martin, and Earl Petznick join the Foundation’s Board.

Barrow Neurological Foundation is pleased to announce Dan Burns, Janet Martin, and Earl Petznick as members of its Board of Trustees. Board members provide governance to the Foundation in support of its mission to be the catalyst of donors’ passion for transformation by providing Barrow Neurological Institute with the resources to advance its mission of saving lives through innovative research, patient care, and medical education. Under the leadership of the Board of Trustees, Barrow Neurological Foundation continues to be the leading foundation in the CommonSpirit system, increases overall philanthropy every year, and provides record grants to Barrow Neurological Institute. 

“The Foundation is honored to have Dan Burns, Janet Martin, and Earl Petznick join our Board of Trustees; each new member is incredibly well versed in their field and brings extensive experience to the Board,” said Katie Cobb, President of Barrow Neurological Foundation. “Dan is a foremost expert on brand development, a skill that will assist in developing and retaining Foundation donors and revenue. Janet’s tremendous leadership experience and commitment to creating healthier communities will further strengthen the Foundation’s presence in the Valley. Earl’s passion for service, philanthropy, and education and his extensive unique, experience in the nonprofit sector perfectly reflect the Foundation’s mission and values.”

Dan Burns served for over ten years as CEO of EXOS, where he currently sits on the board as Executive Chairman. EXOS, formerly Athletes’ Performance, was solely an elite athlete service-based human performance provider. Under Mr. Burns’ leadership, it successfully evolved to integrate technology with methodology and coaching, driving personalized employee program engagement and measurable health outcomes for high-level employers. During his tenure, EXOS grew from under $10,000,000 to over $170,000,000 in revenue. Mr. Burns also serves as a General Partner of the Sonoran Founders Fund, a Partner of Monsoon Ventures, and sits on several additional business boards. Additionally, he serves as an Associate Faculty and Advisory Board Member at Arizona State University’s Allan “Bud” Selig Master of Sports Law and Business Program. Mr. Burns earned his BA from Amherst College, graduating magna cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in Scottsdale with his wife and two children.

Janet Martin is the Vice Chair of the Boulder Community Health (BCH) Foundation in Boulder, Colorado. Previously, she was the Chair of the BCH Board of Directors. Her 37-year business career began at the nationally recognized design firm Communication Arts Inc., where she started as the receptionist and retired as its President. Ms. Martin has been a leader on numerous business and professional boards in her career. She earned her BA in Art History from Colorado College, graduating magna cum laude, and an MBA from the University of Denver. Ms. Martin splits her time between Colorado and Arizona with her husband, Scott, and daughter, Laura. A fourth-generation Coloradan, she loves the saguaros just as much as the columbines.

Earl Petznick Jr. is the President and CEO of Northside Hay Company, a third-generation, family-owned agricultural enterprise. Born and raised in Phoenix, he grew up in a family that valued service and philanthropy, instilling in him a strong sense of responsibility to give back. Since 1998, he has served on the Men’s Board of Directors at Fresh Start, a local nonprofit founded by his family. Mr. Petznick has provided guidance as a board member of nonprofit organizations and strategic initiatives throughout Arizona focused on education, health care, and environmental conservation. His leadership in the agriculture industry distinguishes his professional journey. He has served and led the Arizona Cattle Feeders’ Association and the National Cattlemen’s Association, among many others. Mr. Petznick earned his BS in Business Administration from Point Loma College. He loves to golf and migrates seasonally between Arizona and North Idaho with his wife, Melinda.

The Board of Trustees, which comprises community members who serve on a voluntary basis, governs Barrow Neurological Foundation. Initial Board appointments are for one year, with reappointment up for three consecutive three-year terms.