Meet Our 2018 Officers

2018 Arizona Heritage Alliance Officers

Janice Miano – President  is a former New Englander transplanted to the southwest desert now for over 20 years.   “When I received my first pair of binoculars at seven years old, I became a junior Audubon member and have been a wildlife watcher ever since.” says Miano. She has been a volunteer/activist in environmental issues for over 35 years. From 1991-1995, she worked as the Grassroots Coordinator for National Audubon’s International and Population Programs in Washington DC. She was chosen to represent the members of National Audubon at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Conference in Perth, Australia where she testified to the importance of the Global Forest Protocol. Miano is a graduate of National Audubon’s Leadership Training and worked closely with Vermont’s Senator Pat Leahy and the late Senator James Jeffords and their staff on many critical issues including foreign assistance and population issues; old growth forest destruction and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

After moving to Arizona, she continued to be active with environmental issues. She is Past-President of the Arizona Audubon Council and worked as Volunteer Coordinator for 5 years at the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in central Phoenix. Miano was invited to join the Board of the Arizona Heritage Alliance in 1999. In 2004, she became the Alliance’s Director of Administration. After retiring in 2015, she again joined the Board of the Arizona Heritage Alliance becoming the Advocacy Committee Chairman. Her Additional Honors and Awards are:

  • 2014 President’s Award, Arizona Parks & Recreation Association
  • 2013 Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Award of Merit for Environmental Stewardship (SRP Award) Central Arizona
  • 2010 Audubon Arizona’s Chairman’s Award
  • 1994 The Roy Pilcher Environmental Achievement Award, Rutland County Audubon Society
  • 1992 Vermont Women Making A Difference, Castleton State College

Jim McPherson – Vice President  –









Bonnie Bariloa – Secretary – After working for 14 years in the Business Field as a Manager in the Data Processing Department, Bonnie returned to college at ASU receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture in 1988.  Her first position was Community Development Director for the Town of Florence. In this position she wrote several grants for streetscape projects. She was instrumental in helping create the design and implementation of the 27-acre Heritage Park which contains 3 ball fields, basketball courts, open space, and a skateboard facility.

In 1990 when the Arizona Heritage Fund was established through a voter initiative, Bonnie began writing grants, utilizing the Heritage Fund to provide partial funding for the rehabilitation of many historic properties in Florence.   While working as Sr. Planner for Pinal County from 1996 – 2004, she continued rehabilitating historic buildings in Florence. She was also the Staff Liaison working with personnel from the National Park Service, Arizona State Parks, BLM, and Arizona Game & Fish in establishing the first Trails Plan for Pinal County.

Bonnie has also worked at the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) administering the Federal Grant which is funding for SHPO and as a Planner for the City of Peoria. After retiring in 2004, she continued writing grants and rehabilitating primarily commercial buildings until the Legislature ceased funding the Heritage Fund.   Due to her efforts, many buildings were saved and/or rehabilitated in Florence:   Chapel of the Gila, Old Main at Florence High School, True Value Hardware Store, Harvey/Niemeyer Building, Silver King (Hotel) Marketplace, the Clarke House, and several other buildings.

Throughout the years, she has traveled extensively with her grandchildren who have now visited 49 of the 50 states and several foreign countries.   They visited many, many state and national parks throughout these travels. Bonnie received the Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award in 2001, is a member of the National Trust for Rehabilitation as well as on the Board of Directors for The Florence Preservation Foundation and Arizona Heritage Alliance.   She is also a member of the Planning Committee for the Annual Arizona Historic Preservation Conference.

William (Bill) Thornton – Treasurer  is a second generation native Arizonan, lifelong conservationist, outdoor enthusiast and desert plant lover.   Bill is a longstanding member of the Arizona Heritage Alliance and is currently on the Board and serving as Treasurer.  As an active Board member of the Arizona Heritage Alliance, Bill remains dedicated to establishing a sustainable funding source that will provide support for local, regional and state parks, the state’s historic and cultural treasures and Arizona’s natural environment—thus replacing the half of the Arizona Heritage Fund that was lost in 2009 due to State budget cuts.  Bill also serves as Vice President of the Friends of Ironwood Forest, an all-volunteer organization to educate about, advocate for, and work to protect the natural and cultural resources of Ironwood Forest National Monument west of Tucson.  As an active member of the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society, Bill is a member of the cactus rescue crew that has saved nearly 84,000 cacti and other desert plants from mine sites, residential, commercial, and road construction sites, pipeline and powerline corridors.  Bill is diligent in monitoring federal, state and local legislative actions and is a regular contributor to the local media expressing his views and opinions accordingly. Bill’s recent advocacy activities have focused on marshalling opposition to the administration’s unprecedented assault on public lands (including Ironwood Forest) that belong to all Americans.