Jan Christensen

Jan Christensen

Executive Director

Jan Christensen is a Customer and Client Services Manager with extensive experience in travel and tourism, retail direct sales, event planning, general business services and support. Her experience with large corporations such as United Airlines, Nordstrom and Starbucks in Seattle gave her the needed skills to own and run her own businesses after relocating to the Tucson area 10 years ago. She has been active in supporting multiple non-profit ventures.

A former historian and treasurer for the American Legion and an active American Legion Rider, she has acted as advisor and advocate for veterans� causes for many years, and has helped plan and facilitate fund raising events. Her strengths include hiring, managing, and developing employees, project coordination, and analyzing processes for improved profitability while maintaining the highest standard of customer service.

Daniel Rylander

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Daniel J. Rylander

Vice President/Board Member

Daniel J. Rylander, a native Minnesotan, has lived in Tucson since 1990. He graduated from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota, in 1982. Obtaining his law degree from the University of Arizona in 1993, he has worked in private practice in Tucson ever since. Dan�s practice is primarily concentrated on debtor representation in the United States Bankruptcy Court, as well as defending consumers against abuse by creditors. He is proud to be involved in Second Saturday, a monthly street festival in downtown Tucson which attracts thousands of participants, as master of ceremonies/stage manager for the Scott Avenue stage.

Dan is also grateful for the opportunity to work with the dedicated staff and board of Ayuda of Southern Arizona, Inc. in this important work.

Kathy Johnson Finn

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Kathy Johnson Finn

Secretary/Board Member

Kathy Johnson Finn was first licensed as an attorney in California in 1992 and then in Arizona in 1999. In addition, she was a licensed real estate broker and former mortgage broker in both states (currently only active as a real estate broker in Arizona). Having grown up in the Tucson area, she now offers help and assistance to local clients who have encountered financial difficulties. She primarily helps local residents deal with bankruptcies, debt settlement, foreclosures, garnishments and repossessions.

Kathy has always provided nonjudgmental help to those in need. Her involvement with Ayuda of Southern Arizona, Inc. fits with that philosophy. ”There are some individuals who have done everything right, and they still need help. That is what Ayuda is all about.“

Lisa C Thompson


Lisa Thompson

Treasurer/Board Member

Lisa C. Thompson graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law with her Juris Doctor in 1995 and in 1997 with her LL.M. (Master of Laws), in international trade law. She is certified to practice law in Arizona, Nevada, California and Washington D.C. She is the author of Arizona Legal Forms � Debtor-Creditor, Arizona Legal Forms � Limited Liability Companies and Partnerships and co-author of the Arizona Business Law Deskbook.

In addition, Lisa has served on the Pima County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education committee for over 10 years. She focuses her practice on business law, bankruptcy, corporate practice and student loan resolution.