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 The Opportunity Tree (formerly 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.
Monica Attridge is the President and CEO of the Hozhoni Foundation in Flagstaff, Prescott and Cottonwood. 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. She spent 2 years as Vice-President of Programs with TCH, The Centers for Habilitation, after 14 years in legislative lobbying, association management (for AAPPD, the statewide provider organization and other related industries) and advocating for services and supports for children and adults with chronic illness and disabilities. Monica serves on the City of Flagstaff’s Commission for Inclusion and Adaptive Living, and the State Newborn Screening Advisory Committee. She finds her current work by far the most rewarding of her varied careers and loves living in Northern Arizona with her husband and daughter.
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.
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.
Armando H. Bernasconi was born and raised in the town of Guadalupe, Arizona. He moved to Flagstaff in 1994 to attend Northern Arizona University. From 1994 to 1999 Armando attended Northern Arizona University and dedicated his time to providing employment and in-home supports to the Flagstaff’s disabled community. In 1999, Armando and his wife Melissa co-founded Quality Connections Inc. (QC). The mission was to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities and other disadvantages. Armando served as Chief Operations Officer until 2013 when he assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer. Armando led QC in the development of several innovative programs, which provide services to people with disabilities, our community’s most vulnerable. Armando sits on the Executive Committee of the Arizona Association of Providers for People with Disabilities (AAPPD), and serves on the State of Arizona Set-Aside Committee. He resides in Flagstaff with Melissa, his wife of 19 years, and their 14-year-old daughter Gabriela.
Gordon joined Danville as State Director in 2013. Previously, Gordon had been the Executive Director and Regional Director of ResCare from 1998-2010. As the Regional Director, Gordon was responsible for the overall management of IDD, youth and senior services of three states: Colorado, Nevada and Utah. Gordon has over 25 years experience in the field of developmental disabilities in both the for- and non-profit arenas, including positions as a direct support professional, day program manager, QMRP, program director, and executive director. In addition, Gordon has served on the Executive Committee for Alliance, the developmental disabilities service provider organization in Colorado, and is currently serving on the Executive Committee for the Arizona Association for People with Disabilities (AAPPD) in Arizona. Gordon completed his undergraduate work at Brock University in St. Catharines Ontario and earned his Master of Psychology degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
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.
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.
Jeff took his first tour of TCH’s facility in 2010 and was immediately drawn to its compelling mission. He subsequently served on the TCH board of directors for seven years, including two years as its chairman. Jeff has a B.A. from Boston University and a J.D. from the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law.
Prior to becoming TCH’s CEO, he practiced management side labor and employment law at a local and national law firm, where he held various leadership positions. In addition, Jeff was also recognized on multiple occasions as a leading lawyer in his practice area by virtually every peer and client rating service, including; Best Lawyers in America, Martindale-Hubbell, Chambers are Partners USA, and Southwest Super Lawyer.
Ryan is an entrepreneur with a proven track record of accomplishment both academically and as a business owner. He is the founder of Canaan Health which encompasses multiple companies specializing in all aspects of developmental disabilities. Canaan Health includes companies that serve the developmentally disabled through the lifespan. The company has agencies in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico; all are providers of home and community based Medicaid waivers. Canaan health services over 5000 individuals for both skilled and non skilled specialties including therapies, habilitation, respite, attendant care, nursing, employment, and group home services.
Canaan Health also specializes in custom built software applications to solve unique workflow problems in the niche market of I/DD. Therapy Corner and Direct Care Connect are EMR systems that provide Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) solution that also has a billing and human resource module including payroll.
Ryan is a proud member of AAPPD and continues to advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities in the South West.
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.
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.
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.
Greg Natvig is the President/CEO of Beacon Group. Beacon Group’s mission is to create opportunities for people with disabilities. He has been with Beacon since 2008 and previously served as Vice President of Business Operations. In his role he is responsible to grow employment and other opportunities for people with significant disabilities through job growth, workforce development and advocacy. Greg’s experience before Beacon Group was in marketing, operations and general management of manufacturing and service companies. Greg also previously served on the Board of Directors for Peoria Production Shop, an Illinois non-profit that is a premiere employer of individuals with 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 is proud to be a 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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