Monthly Archives: November 2017

Teresa Goorian

Teresa has been a volunteer with TCA for 24 years. Her current position is the office desk on Wednesdays but has also been an active member of the exhibit hanging crew for many years, pulling nails, patching holes in the walls, and hanging artwork.

Her favorite part about volunteering at the art center is getting to know and work with staff and other volunteers. “I enjoy the variety of exhibitions and other programs. Being part of a group that makes a major contribution to cultural life.”

Teresa is a semi-retired “household drudge’ and occasional poet. Her poetry is exceptional and the staff and other volunteers are often gifted with an impromptu poetry reading.

What you may not know about Teresa:

Theresa was born in Oklahoma. She attended college in Oklahoma and Ohio.  She met her husband in Washington, D.C. and started married life in Sacramento, CA. After a year and a half in Sacramento, they moved with their baby daughter to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This was the start of a peripatetic life following her husband’s career assignments as an agricultural and water resources economist. They moved often over the next 30 years, alternating between various states in the US and stints in Ethiopia,  Afghanistan, Iran and Peru. They enjoyed living in and getting to know other cultures and customs. Teresa occupied herself taking care of their four children, helping out at schools the kids attended and/or with helping local charities in the different countries.


Don Cooper Greeter at TCA

Don Cooper

Don Cooper has been a volunteer with TCA for 18 years. He enjoys the position of gallery greeter and he might be the first person you meet when you visit the art center on a Wednesday morning.

Don enjoys the art exhibits at TCA and his position as greeter lets him meet the visitors and interact with staff and other volunteers.

His hobbies and interests include painting, drawing, reading (mostly fiction) and playing golf (a distant last place interest.)


What you may not know about Don:


His main past activity was skiing as an avocational side line. He was a certified professional ski instructor in Canada and New England. His skiing career ended after 2 knew replacements. He took time away from his professional practice in the winters in order to follow his passion for being a ski instructor. People often asked, “What do you do in the summer?” and his response which they never believed, was “Brain surgery.”

Don is originally from the Philadelphia area and attended medical school at University of Pennsylvania and did his residency at Yale. He practiced neurosurgery for 35 years in Connecticut. In the mid 1950’s he spent 2 years on the Navajo reservation in Fort Defiance, AZ. He fell in love with the southwest and retired to Tubac 20 years ago for the desert life.

Sandra Buehler TCA Volunteer

Sandy Buehler

Sandy has been a volunteer at TCA since 2013. She especially enjoys working in the Gift Shop.

“I enjoy meeting people of all ages from many different areas and telling them about TCA and all it has to offer.”
– Sandy

Sandy enjoys reading, golf, mahjong, birding, walking and water exercise. She’s also active in two women’s groups in Green Valley, the Amigas and the American Association of University Women.


What you might not know about Sandy:

“I love everything pumpkin from shakes, to pancakes to pumpkin coffee!” – Sandy

She is originally from New Berlin, WI,  a suburb of Milwaukee. When she retired, she and her husband  moved to a vacation home on Lake Arrowhead golf course, in central WI. During the first retirement winter, they spent a month in Green Valley AZ. The fell in love with the area and bought a  condo. Since they were spending more time in AZ, they bought a bigger home in Green Valley. They sold the WI home and are now full time AZ residents!