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Stephen Ross


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San Angelo

Vice President


Carianne Funicelli



Barbara Waughtel




Tracy Fronimakis


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Dan Branscum


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Future Member


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Future Member


2024 Tucson Bonsai Society Board Bios

Stephen Ross, President

Stephen is from El Paso, Texas, and before landing in Oro Valley, he also lived in northern California and Flagstaff, Arizona. Stephen handles much of the social fun of the organization – both digitally on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok) as well as in-person gatherings (monthly happy hours, bonsai in the park events, and garden visits). Stephen enjoys that bonsai combines his love of art and gardening. He’s a lot of fun and wants you to know that he is always willing to help!

Dominick San Angelo, Vice President

Dominick is a true Tucsonan, born and raised. He loves bonsai because it's an art form that is constantly changing, and he’s only partially in control of the artistic results. It reminds him that he is merely a passenger in the process of life. Plus, it is where the uncool kids hang out, the most fascinating people.  Dominck is a Stay-at-Home parent with an eclectic variety of hobbies and an interest in learning new things from different people

Barbara Waughtel, Treasurer

Barbara is from southern California and works hard to keep TBS organized and financially responsible. Barbara loves plants and is passionate about bonsai, which helps to keep her sane. She spent many years working in construction as a military contractor and although she can handle all kinds of difficult situations, she wants you to know that she is not as hard-nosed as she may seem!

Carianne Funicelli, Secretary

Carianne grew up in Maryland but has felt at home in Tucson ever since landing here in 1997. She has a great deal of non-profit board experience and is a well-known advocate for native plants and restoration for pollinators and other wildlife throughout the southwest. She organizes the newsletter and email communications, builds board meeting agendas, and is excited to contribute to help things run smoothly and professionally.  Ask her about native plants and she might talk your ear off!

Tracy Fronimakis, General Board Member

Tracy is from Salt Lake City, Utah and keeps our website beautiful and up to date. She loves the feeling she gets when looking at bonsai trees and loves the challenge of creating a beautiful tree from scratch. Sometimes this hobby was the only thing that kept her sane while operating a restaurant for 25 years!

Dan Branscum, General Board Member

Dan claims to be from Planet Earth, but we’re not quite sure about that (think MIB) – he’s a bit of a joker. He loves bonsai for its “awesome power, in an itty bitty living space.” His favorite activities are bonsai, hiking/orienteering, playing/teaching bridge and writing. Dan is retired from the US Navy and as a ballroom instructor. He wants you to know that his favorite beer is Negra Modelo, in case you’d like to buy him one at the next monthly happy hour! 


Gabe Reed

Gabe Reed, Sr.

Gabe is our newest mentor but has had vast experience since he started the hobby at age 15.  He was entirely self-taught until he discovered our society at a Foothills Mall show a few years ago.  David immediately recruited him as an intern and assistant, and he studied for two years to become certified by GSBF.  He has performed a number of demonstrations before groups and classes and is eager to share his love of this fascinating art form. Gabe has been very much involved with our “safaris” to locate and dig old trees in the Santa Rita mountains.


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Goals and Objectives of the Society


The Society was formally organized in May of 1972 by David and Judy Meyer, following the first bonsai exhibition ever held in Tucson.  The Society is a contributor and sponsor of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum in Washington, D.C. We hosted the national convention of the American Bonsai Society here in Tucson in 1999.  We have applied for federal tax-exempt status under IRC Code 501(C)(3).


We seek to encourage and foster the study of the art, appreciation, collection, and exhibition of bonsai as adapted to the horticultural growing conditions of the Sonoran Desert and Southern Arizona.  Our educational purposes include such fundraising activities as may be deemed appropriate for the operation of the Society, and to sponsor programs, seminars, workshops, and annual exhibitions for the benefit of its members and the community.

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