Leadership & Staff

Jared Langkilde

Jared A. Langkilde, MBA, CFRE
President & CEO

Jared Langkilde is a passionate and effective advocate for the role of philanthropy in transforming healthcare. As president and CEO of HonorHealth Foundation, his donor-centered approach inspires philanthropy that advances HonorHealth’s world-leading innovations in patient care, research and education.

Under his leadership, HonorHealth Foundation has achieved consecutive years of record-breaking revenue, surpassing $55 million in 2020, despite the challenges of a pandemic.

Prior to joining HonorHealth Foundation, Jared served 20 years in higher education, performing development and community relations roles.

Jared holds board and volunteer roles with the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, Boyce Thompson Arboretum and the Arizona Alliance of Nonprofits. He earned his MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Joanne Smith

Joanne Smith, MBA
Senior Vice President, Development

Joanne Smith recognizes donors have a multitude of options when making philanthropic investments, and her priority is to keenly understand each benefactor. This involves exploring their individual philanthropic interests and specifically matching those interests to needs within HonorHealth. Not surprisingly, Joanne builds lasting relationships with donors, who are inspired by their ability to touch lives, as well as advance HonorHealth’s nonprofit mission to improve the health and well-being of our community.

Joanne, who has more than 30 years of healthcare fundraising experience, joined HonorHealth Foundation in 1999 and first served as Operations Administrator and Vice President of Major Gifts and Annual Giving before being named to her current role. Prior to HonorHealth Foundation, she worked 12 years at Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, where she oversaw office operations and gained a wealth of expertise in technology systems and management.

In addition to a bachelor’s in business administration from Northern Arizona University, Joanne holds an MBA from Arizona State University.

Christine Kontgas

Christine Kontgas
Senior Vice President, Finance & Operations

Christine Kontgas serves as Chief Financial Officer for HonorHealth Foundation, where she leads daily operations and is responsible for managing all financial and accounting functions including gift processing, recording and funding HonorHealth. She also ensures compliance with state and federal regulations related to federal grants and restricted funds.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2005, Christine served at Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) in California, where she had direct responsibility for all research finances, restricted gifts and federal awards. Her rich experience also includes managing audits for not-for-profit organizations as a partner in public accounting firm Sutton, Kontgas and Associates, and serving as a senior staff accountant with Arthur Anderson & Co. 

Christine earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from San Jose State University in California, and earned her CPA license by the State of California. She is a member and has served as Treasurer and President of local chapters of the Ladies Philoptochos Society, the largest women’s philanthropic organization serving the poor in the United States and internationally. Christine lives with her husband in Fountain Hills and has two grown children.

Debra Stevens

Debra J. Stevens, MBA
Senior Vice President, Communications & Donor Relations

Debra Stevens joined HonorHealth Foundation in 2020 with the challenge to build the organization’s brand and reimagine donor recognition.

She is well-equipped for these challenges as she previously served at the helm of marketing and communication programs supporting some of Arizona’s most visible brands. Most recently, she served as executive director of marketing and communication for Arizona Care Network. Previously, she transformed marketing and communication during her 11 years at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where she was instrumental in driving growth, brand value and consumer engagement. Across 13 years with the Phoenix Suns, Stevens rose through the marketing ranks and also served as executive director of Phoenix Suns Charities.

Serving the community has always been a personal priority for Stevens. Currently she serves as advisory board chair for the Scottsdale/Paradise Valley YMCA and chairs the Opioid Stigma Reduction efforts for Valley Leadership.

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University and an MBA from University of Phoenix. A lifelong learner, she recently completed a graduate certificate through the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication at ASU. Debra and husband have two grown sons.