Our Team

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The Southwest Center family works from the heart. 

Our board and staff devote their whole, compassionate selves toward creating a healthier, more vibrant Arizona.

Our Board

Jessica Yanow, Board Chair
Chief Operating Officer, Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers

Peter Rodriguez, Vice Chair
Vice Chair/Program Director, Joshua Tree Feeding Program

Jessyca Hipskind, Secretary
Chief Financial Officer, Downtown Phoenix, Inc.

Andy Vaughn, Treasurer
President & CEO, Alliant University System & CA School of Professional Psychology

Mandee Bahadar
Clinical Director, University of Phoenix Masters of Counseling Program

Josef Burwell, PA-C
Founder/Director, Peacework Medical

Janice Dinner
Associate General Counsel, Banner Health, Sonora Quest Laboratories

Wes Foster
Residential Faculty in Nursing, Mesa Community College

Deryck Lavelle
Sr. Assistant City Attorney, City of Phoenix Law Department

Rebecca Lutz
Lead Navigator, Community Bridges

Jeff Ryel
Clinical Trial Site Oversight Lead, Syneos Health

Pamela Schembs
Independent Pharmaceutical Consultant

Jeremy Sherer
Resident Physician, Banner University Medical Center

Debra Stark
Councilwoman, Phoenix City Council

Chad Wolver
Banking Center Manager, Arizona Bank & Trust

Leadership Team

Dolph Goldenburg
Interim Executive Director

Michelle Thetford
Finance Director

Barry Wilson
Facilities Director

Dr. Debra Joseph
Practice Manager

Rocko Cook
Director of Community Services

Lisa M. Fontes, Ph.D.
Grants Director

Directors, Managers, & Practitioners

Jesse Kern, LMSW
Acting Director of Behavioral Health

Vickie McPherson FNP
Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Patrick Kuritz, DNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Danya Valdez
Front Desk Supervisor


Peggy Williamson, RD
Food & Nutrition Director

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