CCC&Y Board of Directors

Executive Committee of the Board:

President: Peter Van Wyck, BA Psychology- Regional Director, First Things First: “Serving on the CCC&Y Board allows me to have a direct, tangible impact on children throughout Coconino. With CCC&Y we can strengthen and develop our community while also improving the lives of our youth and their families.”

Vice-President: Jennifer Hernandez-Northern Arizona Regional Community Engagement Manager, Expect More Arizona: “It is an honor to serve on the board of the Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth, which for decades, has demonstrated leadership in coordinating community conversations, events and public education that promotes the wellbeing of families and advocates for positive change for our children and youth.”

Treasurer: Theresa Kulpinski- Program Manager for AZ Health Zone, Coconino County Public Health Services District: “I have been working with children most of my life in different forms – counselor, coach, teacher, mentor, mom and believe as a collective effort we can improve the health of our community, our families. Advocating for the connection of resources our families throughout the county need, is vital to decreasing barriers to accessing quality childcare, education, food, jobs, giving families security knowing their children will grow into healthy, productive adults.”

Secretary: Andrea Meronuck, MA, LPC, SEP-Clinical Director, Northland Family Help Center: “I serve with CCC&Y because the coalition is a place where the community can come together and explore a shared passion for the wellbeing of children in the county, and take action toward our collective goals of a thriving community. Together we are able to creatively make space for efforts toward healing what needs to be healed, and as well as make space for growing a greater experience of safety, prosperity, connection, confidence, and joy in the youth of our community.”

Member at Large: Kimberly Sevier, MA- DCS Liaison/Clinical Care Coordinator, Steward Health Choice Arizona: “I have a passion for supporting and working with the youth that have challenges in our community.  Being on the CCC&Y board allows for community member engagement working together to provide our youth with the opportunities needed to increase their chances in becoming successful young adults.”

Board of Directors:

Jacelyn Salabye, MSW- Native Americans for Community Action: “My heart lies in advocating for children, youth and families, helping by giving these individuals a voice. Through CCCY I am able to come together with like minds to initiate positive change in the community to see healthy, thriving and successful youth.”

Lina H. Wallen, Ph.D.- Retired Professor, Teacher, Councilor and Housing Administrator. Current board member of: Coconino Foster Care Review Board, Coconino Compensation Board, Flagstaff Family Food Center, Flagstaff DREAMS, NARBHA Legacy Council. “I am involved with CCC&Y because my heart is with children- it has always been that way throughout my life.”

Mary K. Walton, M.Ed.- Assistant Superintendent– Curriculum & Instruction, Flagstaff Unified School District: “Working with the membership of the Coalition has validated my 32 years in education that this Flagstaff community truly cares and takes action to support all children in Coconino County.”

Ophelia Goatson, MSW – Program Supervisor, CPLC Parenting Arizona: “My passion and heart has always been dedicated to families and children, and the mission of my work has lived in empowering and educating to create healthy communities. CCC&Y aligns with my personal goals to advocate for families and children.”

Sandra (Sandy) Diehl, J.D., Coconino County Public Defender: “I have spent my entire career working with and for children and families in Coconino County. CCC&Y has a long history of educating, supporting and engaging our community in ways that enhance the abilities of our citizens and families to lead happy, healthy and productive lives. I am appreciative of the work that CCC&Y does each and every day.”

Todd Madeksza, MPA- Principal, Elevated Advocacy LLC: “The Coalition let’s me have a substantive impact on our community’s most vulnerable members in a meaningful way and to take the message of our efforts to policy makers across the state.”

Completion of full terms and retired from board service since 2016:

Peggy Sheldon- Scurlock

Beya Thayer

Paula Stefani

Mary McKell

Julianne Hartzell

CCC&Y Board of Directors September 24, 2013