CCC&Y Board of Directors

CCC&Y Board

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, Expect More Arizona

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: Aaron Secakuku, Hopi from the village of Bacavi on the Hopi reservation, I am Greasewood/Roadrunner clan. I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Parks and Recreation from Northern Arizona University in 1997. Currently I serve as the Pathways Youth Program Coordinator for Native Americans for Community Actions, Inc. (NACA). I have been with NACA now for just under 10 years. During my time at NACA, I have also served as the Interim CEO for eight (8) months. Prior to working with NACA, I held the position of Branch Manager for the Flagstaff Loomis Armored transport company for two years and I worked as program director for the Hopi Tribe Managing the Hopi Veteran’s Memorial Center in Kykotsmovi for 8 years. The Hopi Veteran’s Memorial Center is a multipurpose facility that hosted numerous recreational, special and social events. I have been doing recreational-type work for 15 plus years and I enjoy working with youth, their families and the community. Providing youth and their families with various opportunities through a sound youth program has helped the NACA Pathways Youth Program to be recognized as the “2014 Outstanding Out-of-School time” program through the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence. We very much appreciate the recognition. Why Aaron is involved with CCC&Y, “I have a passion about advocating for native youth and promoting their success in today’s society, while also allowing them to stay in touch with their culture.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

Maya Caldwell, M.Ed Administration, M.S. Urban Education (Special Education Concentration)-Director of Student Services, Williams Unified School District: “I am a longtime educator with a passion to advocate for the students in my school district. CCC&Y is a collaborative organization committed to sharing this passion. I value the opinions of the team and the combined efforts have helped so many of our kids.”

Rene RedDay, M.ED- Inclusion Coach, Southwest Human Development: “CCCY ensures I am informed of both community issues facing families with children and local strategies being implemented to support their success. I strongly believe healthy communities are created when organizations collaborate to foster family resilience.”

Peggy Sheldon-Scurlock, Masters in Education, Masters in Counseling- Bereavement Counselor, Northland Hospice & Palliative Care: “I am grateful to serve as a Board Member of the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth (CCC&Y) as I appreciate the positive work that can be accomplished when collaborating with others committed to improving conditions for children, families and our community. As a Counselor, Educator and via my work at Hospice, I believe in learning from all of our encounters and experiences as we journey through life. For me, these life lessons often stem from participation with organizations such as CCC&Y as one delves in to community involvement that addresses needs, sparks hope and nurtures change. Thank you CCC&Y.”

Steve Peru, B.S. Applied Sociology (Emphasis Social Work) and MPA and the Harvard University/Kennedy School of Government  Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program- CEO, United Way: “Creating opportunities for positive youth outcomes will create a strong foundation for the individual and benefits the community as a whole.”

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.”

CCC&Y Board of Directors September 24, 2013