by Bruce Hyland
Kent Burbank – Alliance Fund Board President
Kent was born and raised in Nebraska. He joined the Peace Corps in Thailand; then studied for a non-traditional ministry in Chicago. That’s where he met his husband, Vicente. They lived in Mexico City until Vicente was recruited to teach at the University of Arizona, and they’ve now lived in Tucson for 20 years.
Kent’s ministry morphed into social work. He’s worked with victims of violence, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and migrants. He’s currently full-time faculty in the Social Services Department at Pima Community College.
Kent was previously the Executive Director of Wingspan, and served on the boards of Planned Parenthood Advocates, Hate Crime Task Force, Coalition for Victim Services, and is the current board chair of the Alliance Fund.
Along the way, he and Vicente adopted two children, now both grown. Kent notes that this turn in the road took more energy and time than they dreamed. Yet, Kent seems to thrive on keeping many things going at once and admits “balance” is not his strength.
Kent started with the Alliance fund as a donor twenty years ago and is the current board chair. His message to Senior Pride. “I don’t have much to say. Rather, I prefer to listen, as there is so much history, passion, wisdom and knowledge.”
Andrés Cano, Alliance Fund Director
Andrés Cano has extensive roots in Southern Arizona. In 2020, he was named the first Director of the LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. He is also a current Member of the Arizona House of Representatives, where he serves as the state’s youngest LGBTQ+ state legislator.
Andrés is a native Tucsonan and was raised by a single mom. He is the first in his family to graduate from college with his degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Andrés is very proud to have completed Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives Program in State and Local Government as a David Bohnett LGBTQ Victory Institute Leadership Fellow.
Andrés prioritizes self-care by reading Sunday’s New York Times cover-to-cover. He opens the food section first, as he really likes tackling challenging recipes. His three godchildren are known to devour his creations and he loves spending time with them.