Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Echoing Hope Ranch understands that the strength of ongoing support and oversight for the organization resides in a dedicated board members and committee members. Board members are responsible for setting the direction of Echoing Hope Ranch and providing guidelines for quality of services, financial oversight, and continual reinvigoration of the organization. As such the recruitment of board members and committee members is a continual priority.

Current Board members include:

Harlie Garcia, President – Harlie is a Registered Client Associate with Wells Fargo Advisors, and a graduate of University of Arizona. Harlie is happily married to her Husband Jose and they have three amazing children between the two of them. Harlie’s son Jonathan was diagnosed with autism when he was 27 months old. Contact Harlie at

Norman L. Smith, Vice President – Norm retired as Vice President of and was one of the founders of Aztec Engineering. He has worked in the Engineering and Land Surveying field for over forty years. He has P.L.S. Registration in Wyoming and Arizona. Norm has considerable experience in construction supervision over the years. Since retirement he has volunteered at Rusty’s Morningstar Ranch to assist with maintenance and construction remodeling. Norm has become interested in autism since his Grandson has autism. Contact Norm at

Della Thompson, Secretary/Treasurer – Della is a certified teacher in Tucson, Arizona and a graduate of University of Arizona. She has been extensively trained in working with students with autism and is frequently consulted for guidance in effective inclusion practices. Della has three wonderful children, including an adult son with autism. Contact Della at

Ken Jacowsky, Director – Ken has been a resident of Tucson since 1972 where, for the past 30 years, he has worked as a Vice President and branch manager for A.G. Edwards and Sons until it merged with Wachovia Securities which is now known as Wells Fargo Advisors. He currently works as Senior Vice President – Investments for Wells Fargo Advisors and is the President of a HOA for a condo development in Del Mar, California. Ken has been married for 50 years with two daughters and four grandchildren, one of whom has autism. Contact Ken at

Robert Bushroe, Director – Bob is a long-time resident of Tucson where he received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona and worked as an engineer for Hughes Aircraft for many years. Now retired, Bob continues to work for SAIC on an as needed basis. He enjoys digital photography and computer systems. Bob is married and has children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all around the country. Contact Bob at

Patrick McMillin, Director – Pat is a long time resident of Tucson where he worked as a Systems Engineer in the defense industry until retirement. He continues to contribute his technical skills in the IT group at EHR. At home Pat enjoys gardening, music (an electric bass player), home brewing and trading the markets. He is active in his local church, assisting the technical production and music teams. Pat received a B.S. degree in Physics from the California State University at Long Beach. He is married, with four daughters and a grandson. Contact Pat at