Stephen M. Barkley is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Tungland Corporation. Steve also serves as an officer and director for several other companies and organizations including TBC Services LLC, Metro Care Services Inc., Comstock Children’s Foundation, Terahertz Device Corporation, and Coyote Ridge Homeowners Association. He holds advanced degrees in economics and law.
Wendy Shaw is the President & CEO of AIRES LLC, an organization serving over 600 people in the state of Arizona. AIRES provides a wide variety of services and supports primarily to people with developmental disabilities and the elderly.
Wendy started her career with AIRES 16 years ago as District Director and has served as the CEO for the last 4 years. Wendy has over 27 years of experience in the field, from direct support professional to creating and implementing rules and regulations for the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities.
She also is an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Early Intervention Infant and Toddler Program and previously served on the Social Services Contractors Indemnity Pool Board of Trustees for 5 years and The Children and Family Alliance for 6 years.
Gina Griffiths serves as the Director of Programs at AFH, a nonprofit providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities for over 50 years. Gina has spent her career working with individuals with special needs whether by being an advocate, volunteer, direct service provider, DDD support coordinator or non-profit program manager. Gina also serves on the board of Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health (NOAH) and on the Foundation for Senior Living Home Health Agency Advisory Board.
Gina has a Bachelors degree in Social Work from Northern Arizona University and a Masters degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. She is the proud mom of three energetic and active boys. She and her husband love to take the kids camping and traveling.
Shana Ellis has worked in the non-profit field for over 20 years and is the President/CEO of The Centers for Habilitation (TCH). TCH serves hundreds of individuals with developmental disabilities state-wide through its group homes, day programs, in-home care, transportation, and employment programs.
Shana was born and raised in Tempe and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Computer Information Systems and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, both from ASU.
Shana serves on the Board of St. Luke’s Medical Centers, is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, and is Chair of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce Government Relations and Transportation Committee. She previously served on the Boards of the Tempe Community Council, Valley Metro, Metro Rail, and Tempe Leadership. She also was a member of the Tempe City Council for eight years.
Shana graduated from the Valley Leadership Institute in 2016 and volunteers as a mentor for New Pathways for Youth. Shana was honored to receive a Most Admired Leader Award from the Phoenix Business Journal in 2015 and Tempe’s Don Carlos Humanitarian Award in 2016.
On a personal level, Shana was drawn to the work of TCH due to having an older brother with a disability. She has witnessed first-hand the struggles individuals and their dedicated families face while trying to access services and remain as independent as possible.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Carol Carr has been an Arizona resident for more than 30 years. She studied Science at Glendale Community College and Chemistry at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Thirsty for knowledge, she continued her education, earning both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Phoenix.
Carol Carr has been the ACHIEVE CEO since 2004. Her professional experience in the human services field includes serving as executive director of a non-profit agency addressing the needs of severely abused and neglected children. She has served in executive management positions for more than twenty years. In the for-profit sector, Carr’s background includes tenures with both IBM and the Xerox Corporation inclusive of international business development.
Carr has held memberships in the American Business Women’s Association, San Jose chapter, and served as Rotarian President-elect of the Fremont, CA chapter. While living in the Bay Area, Carr served on the San Jose Economic Council that focused on the development of small, minority-owned business ventures. Nationally, she serves as the secretary to the National Council of SourceAmerica Employers (NCSE). She has been recognized for her merger of the Excel group, Inc. with the Yuma W.O.R.C. Center, Inc., in 2008.
Carr serves on the Arizona Department of Administration, State Set-Aside Committee, and the Governor-appointed Arizona State Rehabilitation Council. Under the SRC, Carol serves on the vendor profile and currently chairs the Employment and Committee Partnership Committee.
She is currently the Chair for the Arizona Association of Providers for People with Disabilities (AAPPD) where she has been a member for more than 10 years. In her role as Chair, Carr represents more than 100 AAPPD provider members in both urban and rural areas in Arizona. She wants people to view AAPPD as the “go-to” advocacy group of industry experts on individuals with disabilities within the State of Arizona.
“AAPPD’s strength lies with its collective competency and expertise of the services being offered to individuals with disabilities,” said Carr. “Our members are representative of the best practices and industry standards in the care and services that are available for individuals with disabilities.”
Carr previously served as an adjunct faculty for the University of Phoenix where she taught the business curriculum for undergraduate and graduate studies.
Always looking forward, Carol believes it is imperative for agencies serving all people with disabilities, including our Wounded Warriors, to find innovative ways to overcome economic challenges.
Carr said, “It is time to move beyond the existing manner in which business has been done. We need to become very creative in addressing the needs of the people we serve while addressing the budget deficit and legislative inadequacies.”
Megan Lorenz has a BA in Psychology from the University of Maine. She is the Regional Director for the Southwest Region of the United States for ResCare HomeCare. Megan has worked for ResCare HomeCare for over 16 years, and has 22 years of work experience in the human services field.
Megan selected her career path due to her life experience. Her advocacy for people with Disabilities began at a very early age due to her elder sister of two years having a Developmental Disability. Megan and her sister went through school together and graduated at the same time. In many ways, Megan was her Caregiver, advocate, and protector from others.
Megan states her sister has brought great joy to their family, and she owes her career to her sister. As Megan has faced challenging decisions or situations in her career, her guiding principal has always been, "What would I want for my sister, mother, grandfather." With that in mind, she is always focused on doing the right thing for People.
Monica Attridge recently became the CEO of Hozhoni Foundation in Flagstaff and Prescott. Hozhoni serves about 150 adults with intellectual disabilities in residential, day and vocational programs.
Monica has a diverse background, including a degree in Accounting and certification as a CPA, 14 years lobbying and association management (for AAPPD, the statewide provider organization and other related industries), and 2 years with TCH, The Centers for Habilitation. She finds her current work by far the most rewarding of her varied careers and loves living in Northern Arizona with her daughter Sydney and their husky puppy.
Prior to coming to Danville, Gordon was the Agency Manager for InnovAge Home Care in Denver, Colorado. Prior to that he was a Regional Director for ResCare, Inc. in Nevada, Colorado and Utah, and Executive/State Director for Community Advantage/ResCare in Colorado.
Gordon has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Brock University and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Bowling Green State University.
Mark G. Monson is President & CEO of Community Provider of Enrichment Services, Inc. (CPES). CPES is a 100% employee-owned company with operations throughout Arizona and California. Mr. Monson has over 25 years of executive healthcare and human service experience with a specialty focus in behavioral health, employment and developmental disability services, early education and special needs education, and acute/post-acute medical rehabilitation. His comprehensive management experience encompasses expertise in healthcare and human services operations management, strategic and facility planning, physician recruitment, business development and acquisitions, utilization review, advocacy and public policy, budget, performance improvement, managed care contracting, marketing, and governmental relations and regulatory compliance.
Mr. Monson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Science degree from the University of Arizona. His certifications include Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives; Senior Member and Certified Quality Manager, American Society for Quality; and National and State Examiner, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Program.
Cletus Thiebeau started his career with VALLEYLIFE in 1996 as a member of the VALLEYLIFE Board of Directors. In 2003, he accepted the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to his work at VALLEYLIFE, Cletus had a distinguished career in the commercial financial services industry working with both national and international companies.
Cletus received a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance at Florida State University and a master's degree in business administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
When asked how he feels about his work at VALLEYLIFE, Cletus states, “I have the best job in the world. I get the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people every day.”
Darrell A. Wright, an Arizona native, has been an advocate for children and families in Arizona for over 20 years. He is passionate about ensuring each person’s right to achieve their full potential regardless of physical, intellectual and behavioral limitations. Darrell currently serves as the Executive Director of Arizona Mentor, offering adults, children and families innovative quality service that lead to growth and independence. Darrell holds an advanced degree in business administration.
Traci Gruenberger's career has been dedicated to helping support people, mostly people with a developmental disability. She is passionate about ensuring every person has personalized services and supports. She brought that passion with her to her role as the Executive Director at Mosaic in Arizona where she joined the team in August 2016. Mosaic in Arizona provides opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities live a full life. Prior to joining the staff at Mosaic, she worked at East Valley Adult Resources in Mesa, serving as the Chief Operating Officer from 2014 to 2016. She spent 16 years at Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest, acting in a variety of progressive roles during her time there.
Traci received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and attended Alliance Theological Seminary. She lives in Chandler with her husband Michael, two daughters and three cats.
Dave joined STARS in May 2015 after more than 30 years as a top executive with Ticketmaster before retiring from the company in 2008. For the last six years Dave has been a business development consultant for a century old family-owned specialty printer company.
Dave was a member of the Board of Directors at UMOM New Day Centers for eight years, leading in a variety of capacities including Board President, Vice President and Governance Chair, where he worked collaboratively with volunteers and staff to promote organizational awareness and raise funds for facility refurbishment. Dave has also volunteered his time and talents as a member of the Board of Directors of Audrey’s Angels, Paradise Valley UMC and Desert Foothills Little League.
Dave holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University, and he is in the process of completing a certificate in nonprofit management from the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation.
J Auer is an Arizona native and Arizona State University Alumni. J has been with RISE for 19 years and is the CEO of RISE Inc. and Acumen Inc. RISE and Acumen provide services in 15 states across the country including Arizona. J is an MBA and has served as a board member for the Arizona Youth Alliance, was recognized as a national emerging leader by ANCOR in 2014, and is active in state associations in Utah, Oregon, and AAPPD here in Arizona. J is dedicated to serving people with disabilities through RISE's mission of "Creating Opportunities for and with People.”
Deborah Lamoree founded Disability Development Resources in 2004. She is the mother of an adult daughter with a moderate intellectual disability, who receives services from DDD. Her passion for this field stems from 34 years of personal experience with her daughter’s disability and services. Deborah is a proud graduate of Partners in Policymaking and served on the board of The Arc of Tempe for 7 years, with 3 of those being board President. Deborah created and published workshop materials on Relationship Awareness for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. A portion of the materials can be found in the Full Life Ahead transition workbook. She has served on numerous DDD and special needs committees, and presented her copyrighted materials to audiences across the state such as Raising Special Kids, Arizona Dept. of Education, many parent and special needs planning & advocacy groups, as well as facilitated many Person Centered Plans.
Deborah also founded Celebrate! Special Needs Planning to assist families with guardianship, transition, IEP advocacy and SSI issues. One of her greatest joys was putting together a Circle of Friends team that met for over a year to discuss and prepare her daughter for self-sufficiency, disability awareness and independent living.
Her daughter has been thriving in her own home for 11 years now. Deborah’s company has been a member of AAPPD for 13 years and she is honored to be part of the leadership team.
Lindsey Coleman has been with Alexander’s Abilities, Inc. since 2003. During her tenure, she has served the company in many facets, from Direct Support Staff to Administrator and Executive. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Education in Special Education from Arizona State University. Lindsey also holds an Arizona Teaching Certificate and taught elementary special education in the Kyrene School District.
While he may have a degree in Architecture, Mark Jacoby has spent the last 25 years of his life dedicated to services for adults and children with disabilities. Jacoby has worked at all levels of disability services including front line staff, Case Management, Branch Manager and Assistant Executive Director both in Michigan and Arizona.
As Gompers' President and CEO since December 2006, he is most proud of the continuing evolution of Gompers' already exceptional programs and the caring and dedicated staff that make it happen. In addition, Jacoby has been on a variety of state and local associations and committees helping to advance services for individuals with disabilities.
Christine Saeva has been the Executive Director for Family Partners, LLC since 2011. Prior to that, Christine was the Director of the Developmental Home Program for six years with Family Partners, LLC. Other professional experience includes three years of Case Management responsibilities with a large non-profit organization. Christine has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Arizona State University.
Christine has always been drawn to helping others and enjoys her role in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities.
Gina K. Judy, Chief Administrative Officer for Easter Seals Blake Foundation, brings over 30 years of community integrated residential expertise and advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to Arizona.
Ms. Judy holds a Masters of Arts degree in Organizational Management and is presently completing research for her doctoral dissertation on Organizational Leadership. She continues to be recognized for her advanced practice of authentic leadership and her ability to improve the performance of groups.
On an international level, Ms. Judy is recognized as one of the leading experts in individualized program development for individuals with unique challenges. She has developed and implemented a wide variety of community integrated services for individuals in rural communities that have been recognized as model programs in the field of developmental disabilities.
On a national level, Ms. Judy serves as Arizona’s representative to the American Network of Community Options and Resources. These offices and a past position as Executive Director of a statewide organization committed to ensuring quality of life for individuals with disabilities has provided an excellent foundation to continue her strong advocacy role for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
On a state level, Ms. Judy has held a variety of appointments and has actively participated in numerous collaborative efforts that have emphasized positive movement and change in service deliver for individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages. She currently holds several state appointments including an appointment on Arizona’s Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council and an executive officer position with the Arizona Association of Providers for People with Disabilities. Ms. Judy also Chairs the Residential Subcommittee of the Sustainability and Innovation Work Group and has worked for the past several years to explore new service options and the future of residential care through a variety of formats including Framing the Future of Residential Services in Arizona and Residential Forum events.
With a strong belief that within the heart of each community everyone belongs, Ms. Judy continues to advance public policy, develop integrated opportunities, and implement sustainable services rich with uniqueness, mobility, diversity and choice.
A community advocate, Ann serves as the Board President of the Arizona Autism Coalition and Immediate Past Chair of the Arizona Association of Providers for People with Disabilities (AAPPD).
In addition, in 2010, she was appointed by the President of the Senate to an Autism Task Force for Governor Brewer. “It is vitally important to be involved on all levels when dealing with issues, laws, and potential life changing decisions, both on a state and national stage. That’s why I am active at the Arizona Legislature and work with others to get our voices heard.”
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