The ACLA Advisory Board is a diverse group committed to assisting non-profit organizations 
within our communities.


Kathryn B. Nelson  //  DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C.

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Kay Nelson is a shareholder in the Tucson office of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C.  She represents individuals, businesses, banks, and non-profit organizations involved in real estate, commercial finance, natural resource and other business transactions ranging from purchases, sales and leasing to commercial loans and financing. Ms. Nelson’s practice is concentrated in representing financial institutions and borrowers in real estate secured and commercial lending transactions, loan restructures and workouts, and foreclosures.  She has represented clients in commercial projects, construction loans, restaurants, hotels, mining projects, golf courses and residential development loans.  Ms. Nelson earned her Bachelor of Arts (B.A. Political Science, 1988) and law degrees from the University of Arizona, where she was a member of the Arizona Law Review and served as an Executive Note Editor.  She has been practicing law in Tucson since receiving her law degree in 1991. 


Luis A. Ochoa  //  Quarles & Brady, LLP

Luis Ochoa

Luis Ochoa has over 25 years of legal experience and specializes in real estate, Indian law, tribal housing, gaming, business entity formation, real estate development, leasing of non-tribal fee land, tribal trust and allotted land, the application of federal and state tax laws to tribal activities and economic development projects undertaken by tribes, tribal members, and non-Indian business clients.


Mary Beth Savel

Mary Beth Savel

Mary Beth Savel, now retired, was a partner of Lewis and Roca, LLP, practicing in their Tucson office.  Her practice included transactional, administrative, and litigation matters, primarily in the areas of land use, zoning and development, and municipal law.  In addition, she has worked extensively in commercial and tort/insurance defense litigation.  Savel obtained her B.S. in Biology/Chemistry in 1981 and her Secondary Education Certificate in 1985 at the University of Arizona.  She then attended the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona and obtained her J.D. in 1992.  Savel is a member of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association and the Arizona Planning Association, is the chair of the Pima County Legal Community Against Hunger fundraising drive, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Tucson Adult Literacy Volunteers, Inc.