WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SCORE, – www.score.org – the nation's largest network of volunteer expert business mentors, is pleased to announce its two new board members, Joan Jakel and Larry Tucker, and new board executive team for fiscal year 2016.

Joan Jakel, of Tempe, Arizona, founded her law firm fourteen years ago, dedicated to her passion of advising and assisting entrepreneurs. She has served on numerous Boards, including the TruWest Credit Union, Tempe Leadership, Tempe Chamber of Commerce and the Phoenix Theater. Joan served as the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for the Tempe Chamber and also chaired numerous committees for the Tempe Chamber over the course of a decade. In 2004, Joan was the recipient of the Business Woman of the Year award from the Tempe Chamber.  Joan is a proud graduate of the Tempe Leadership program and her commitment to the organization resulted in serving on its board of directors and chairing its 25th Anniversary Gala Committee. She was also recognized by the Business Journal as an East Valley Business Leader in the Spotlight. Before creating her law firm, Joan served as General Counsel and Vice President of a national publishing company and worked at a boutique business law firm.

"I am honored to serve on the SCORE board of directors," said Joan Jakel. "For nearly two decades, I have advised my entrepreneurial clients to work with SCORE mentors to learn from their valuable expertise and guidance. SCORE has been vital to the success of my start up clients as they create the foundation for their business and SCORE has helped existing clients take their business goals to the next level. It is a privilege to give back and help SCORE further its mission."