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

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

Chad Wolver
Banking Center Manager, Arizona Bank & Trust

Wes Foster
Residential Faculty in Nursing, Mesa Community College

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

Debra Stark
Councilwoman, Phoenix City Council

Leadership Team

Dolph Goldenburg
Interim Executive Director

Michelle Thetford
Finance Director

Barry Wilson
Facilities Director

Dr. Debra Joseph
Acting Practice Manager

Lisa M. Fontes, Ph.D.
Grants Director

Directors and Managers

Jesse Kern, LMS
Acting Director of Behavioral Health

Rhonda Davis-Begay, NP
Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Patrick Kuritz, DNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Danya Valdez
Front Desk Supervisor

Peggy Williamson, RD
Food & Nutrition Director

Gaia Farnam
Education & Empowerment Manager

Phyllis Coprich
Medical Case Management Manager

Rocko Cook
Outreach Manager

Heather Garcia
HIV/STI Testing Manager


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