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About Us

The challenges kids and families face today are complex and have the potential to devastate lives and derail futures. It is extremely important to work together to protect the kids in our community. The average age a kid will first try drugs is 13. Studies indicate that people who reach 21 without engaging in destructive behaviors are likely to never do so, which is why we passionately educate about current trends, warning signs, and the long-term impact of destructive behaviors. We believe proactive prevention on the part of kids, families, and communities is the answer to long-term success.

Our Vision

Every kid will have the knowledge and confidence to reach their full potential through making positive life choices.

Our Mission

Empower and educate youth, families, and communities with the knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior.

Our Values

Social Thinking: A sincere desire to consider how others perceive situations.

 

Resilience: Acknowledging the inevitability of change, accepting the “new” and adapting.

 

Hope/Faith: A capacity to believe in a purpose or meaning greater than oneself.

 

Self-Control: A capacity to behave in a positive self-directed manner.

 

Integrity: Recognizing and demonstrating the value of ethical behavior.

Inspiring Youth To Make
Positive Life Choices

notMYkid was started in 1999 by Debbie and Steve Moak. The non-profit organization was born out of the real life experience of a family dealing with substance abuse. Through the difficult and dark days of addiction, intervention, and recovery, they found that sharing their story was both therapeutic for them and helpful to others in need. The first years of the organization consisted of one family telling their story through home outreach and support.

 

In April of 2000, notMYkid became an LLC and in November of that same year became a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. By 2004, the organization had hired a program director and was being managed by the founding family and the director. The organization struggled with sustainability, but persisted in the belief that there were families who could be helped by their work. notMYkid instituted a volunteer structure, which provided oversight from a governing Board of Directors and a fundraising capacity. In addition, the organization made a strategic decision to build a website intended to provide information and resources to the community. As notMYkid grew, it began to utilize additional speakers to tell their personal stories about overcoming addiction, abuse, and other destructive youth behaviors. Peer Educators created an emotional connection with the community and helped people recognize the need to address these challenges head on.

 

notMYkid began to partner with school districts to share the message of positive choices and good decision making with middle and high school students. Initially, the organization’s sole focus was substance abuse, but additional issues were identified by schools and other audiences. The organization has since evolved its messaging to include the following youth behaviors: substance abuse, bullying, unhealthy relationships, eating disorders, depression/self-injury, and internet safety. notMYkid recognizes and highlights the interconnectivity of these issues and utilizes messaging to help teens, parents, and educators understand the consequences of these behaviors.

 

Today, notMYkid continues to flourish. The heart of our organization remains solidly committed to promoting positive life choices by educating youth, families, and communities about the consequences of destructive youth behaviors. As notMYkid continues to move into the future, it is focused on ensuring that all youth, families, and communities have the skills and information necessary to make positive life choices. notMYkid’s passion is for families and communities to be healthy and strong, and to avoid destructive youth behaviors that have the potential to devastate lives and derail futures.

Staff
  • SarahStaff
  • JansenStaff
  • JeannieStaff
  • SamStaff
  • andreaA
  • Ainslee
  • ShaneStaff
  • evanEspinosa
  • ahrizaMartinez
  • elenaHale
  • aimeeRunyon
Founders & Board of Directors
  • nancyMailhot
  • SteveBoard
  • RobertBoard
  • GregBoard
  • AlanBoard
  • SteveFounders
  • MarkFounders
  • sethLeibsohn
  • franMallace
  • markGoldberg
  • robinRoeder
  • tracySpalter
  • kellyConner
Professional Advisory Committee
  • elecia
  • ingrid
  • Larry Waldman
  • ChrisPAC
  • ginaFrohlich
  • libby
Auxiliary Board
  • Hillary Alpert
    Brenda Anderson
    Lisa Benick
    Lisa Bentley
    Charlene Berge-Blum
    Jeanne Besh
    Laura Bill
    Kim Brown
    Courtney Buck

  • Heidi Bullington
    Tara Cavanaugh
    Carol Clemmensen
    Joni DiMino
    Angela Ducey
    Meghan Fable
    Michelle Fanger
    Laurie Fielder

  • Katherine Flader
    Amy Funk
    Sarah Gallagher
    Elizabeth Garrett
    Shannon Gulbas
    Amy Hall
    Bridget Hanger
    Lisa Henry-Holmes
    Ali Hudak

  • Jennifer Johnstad
    Mary Kaplan
    Christina Karolzak
    Julie Koeth
    Julie Kroot
    Kristy Kufel
    Mari Lederman
    Wendy Lentz
    Martha Martin

  • Kirsten Mashni
    Steffani Meyers
    Deanna Montrose
    Kara Peterson
    Tobi Placenti
    Debbie Placet
    Brooke Porter
    Debbie O’Connor
    Carol Shilliday

  • Lara Sperber
    Effie Theodore
    Kristine Thompson
    Denise van den Bossche
    Annie Visser
    Tarianne Wachtel
    Alyse Wanger
    Penny Warring
    Linda Woodbury

At notMYkid we prepare kids to face everyday challenges with courage and confidence, through our unique education models of peer-to-peer education we address the life-changing issues of: drug abuse, alcohol abuse, bullying, unhealthy relationships, eating disorders, depression/self injury, and internet safety. With prevention at the forefront of all programming - rather than intervention - our mission is to reach young people who fight internal battles about what is "right" and "wrong" and to provide them with the knowledge and resources that empower them to make positive choices in difficult situations.

Programs
YOUTH EDUCATION: amplif(i)

Our amplif(i) Youth Education presentations focus on drug abuse, alcohol abuse, bullying, unhealthy relationships, eating disorders, depression/self injury, and internet safety. Based on the understanding that young people are more likely to listen to their peers, presenters are young adults who range in age from 18-30 and who have completed (at minimum) a 20-hour training program. Group sizes range from small (a single classroom) to large (an auditorium with 400+ kids). Youth presenters are prepared to share their story as it relates to a particular challenge, the consequences they faced, and how they found help in overcoming it. While time is always allotted for a Q & A, the youth presenters often find themselves staying long after the presentation is over to talk one-on-one with those who have questions, personal concerns, or are in need of help.

Goal: Empower and educate youth to amplify their voices to overcome life’s challenges through peer-to-peer education.

Learn More
Schedule a Presentation

(Presentations are available in custom packages to fit your needs)

Email us to schedule a presentation:
info@notmykid.org

Visit amplifimyvoice.org

PARENT & FACULTY EDUCATION

Parent and Faculty presentations focus specifically on drug abuse, alcohol abuse, bullying, and internet safety. Parent groups in school settings and myriad other venues, including the workplace (Corporate Lunchbox Employee Education Program), are eager to participate in programs that help them to understand the daily challenges faced by their children. Moreover, they are informed about the signs of potential problems before they occur. Our adult presenters must have completed training at notMYkid, where we consistently work with local law enforcement agencies (police and FBI) to update and improve the presentations based on current trends. Sessions with parent and faculty groups last one hour with ample time for questions. Attendees at every parent substance abuse program leave with a complimentary home drug testing kit provided by First Check and a personalized family prevention plan.

Goal: Empower and educate families, and communities with the knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior.

Learn More
Schedule a Presentation

(Presentations are available in custom packages to fit your needs)

Email us to schedule a presentation:
info@notmykid.org

CORPORATE LUNCHBOX SERIES

By hosting The Corporate Lunchbox, you can provide valuable information and tools for your employees regarding substance abuse, bullying, and Internet safety for their children. Helping your employees with parenting skills will encourage more positive life choices and allow for more productivity at work. This timely and important education has been a successful addition to many organizations' health and wellness programs. Paradise Bakery is our Corporate Lunchbox partner.

amplif(i) SPEAKERS

amplif(i) speakers are a very important part of our student education program. Speakers carry the message of awareness and prevention into schools and speak to students and youth. amplif(i) speakers are held to high standards regarding the content and quality of their presentations. They are expected to represent notMYkid appropriately and effectively present their stories.

amplif(i) SPEAKER DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES AND QUALIFICATIONS
  • Complete speaker training program.
  • Accurately describe the mission and goals of amplif(i).
  • Speak openly and personally about the causes, experiences and recovery from addiction/behavior.
  • Emphasize how consequences and responsibility relate to individual choices.
  • Must have one year of sobriety/healthy living.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
Apply
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STAFF POSITIONS

At this time there are no openings with notMYkid, however if you have a passion for preventing destructive youth behaviors email your resume to info@notMYkid.org (attn: Jeannie) and we will keep it on file. You never know what might open up in the future.

ADULT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

With a shared commitment, we are making a difference one child at a time. We invite you to explore the many ways you can volunteer at notMYkid and share our goal to give each child the opportunity to reach their full potential. If you are interested in becoming a community ambassador, event volunteer, speaker meeting mentor, or if you’d like volunteer your specific talents (graphic design, audio/video, printing, public relations, blog writing, etc.) to our team, please fill out our volunteer application and email it to volunteer@notmykid.org.

amplif(i) HIGH SCHOOL

Are you, or is your kid, an outstanding high school student who would like to meet a great group of friends while developing leadership skills? If so, check out our Teen Advisory Board.

  • SarahStaff

    Sarah Tisdon

    Youth Programs Manager


    In 2010, Sarah began working for notMYkid as a Depression speaker. In 2012, she was promoted to Manager of Student Programs and still continues to share her story on multiple topics. She is responsible for recruiting, hiring, and training all of notMYkid’s young adult speakers, as well as retaining the speakers already sharing their stories for the organization. Additionally, Sarah manages notMYkid’s scholarship program, which provides college scholarships to speakers who are bettering themselves by continuing their education.

    During rare moments of free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, a good nap, and keeping it real.

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    Jansen Neff

    Event Planner


    In October 2011, Jansen joined the notMYkid team as an intern. Soon after, she became a part time administrative coordinator for the organization and was hired on full time in July 2012.  In her current role as Development Manager, Jansen spends much of her time writing grant proposals and supporting the rest of the development team. She is also the queen of the printer and can locate any item in the office at a moment’s notice. Her favorite part of the job is having the opportunity to hear our speakers share their stories.

     

    Jansen was born and raised in Arizona. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University in December 2011, with a Bachelor of the Arts in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.

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    Jeannie Burts

    Accounting Manager


    In addition to managing the accounting functions for notMYkid, Jeannie oversees human resources, payroll, and purchasing. She also serves as a liaison to the Board of Directors. In that role she prepares agendas and takes minutes at Board meetings.
     
    Jeannie is originally from San Jose, California, where she worked in accounting for a leading company in the Silicon Valley. She also held a key position in a prominent private school system for many years in the San Jose area. Upon retiring from the Arizona public school system, Jeannie brought to NMK a wealth of experience from her service as executive assistant to the CEO/Superintendent of two fast growing school districts in the greater Phoenix area. Jeannie enjoys keeping active with her family and spending time with her grandchildren.

  • SamStaff

    Sam Burba


    Family and Community Programs Manager


    Sam joined the notMYkid team in 2009 as a Substance Abuse speaker and currently serves as Manager of Parent and Faculty Programs. In this role, he oversees all of our parent and faculty education along with notMYkid’s media team. Sam has a passion to learn and spends most of his time researching and developing educational programs, developing and maintaining a current training curriculum, educating parents and faculty members in the community, and actively training all Parent and Faculty Educators.

    Sam began speaking for notMYkid in August of 2009 and moved into his current position in December of 2010. He has a Bachelors of Arts in Christian Ministries with a Minor in Business Administration from Arizona Christian University and is currently pursuing his graduate’s degree in Divinity.

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    Andrea Malinski

    School Partnerships Liaison


    Andrea joined the notMYkid team in 2011 as a Depression/Self-Injury peer-educator. She currently serves as the Manager of School Programs and is responsible for getting the amplif(i) speaker program into schools, and managing existing school accounts. Andrea’s favorite part of her job is seeing the difference our speakers make in students’ lives and how many students reach out for help after an amplif(i) presentation.

     

    Andrea is an Arizona native and actually heard her first notMYkid presentation as a student at Xavier College Preparatory. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Azusa Pacific University, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Studies from Arizona State University.

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    Ainslee Hanger

    Grants & Development Coordinator


    Ainslee joined the notMYkid team in January of 2014 and currently serves as the Grants and Development Coordinator. She spends most of her days writing grants for notMYkid and also collects in-kind donations for the organization. Her favorite part about working at notMYkid is hearing the peer educators share their inspiring stories with young people across the state.

     

    Ainslee is an Arizona native who graduated from the University of Arizona in December of 2013 (Go Cats!) with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. She also recently completed a Grant Development and Proposal Writing Certificate through ASU’s Lodestar Center. In her free time she enjoys baking, travelling, shopping, blogging, and spending time with her husband.

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    Shane Watson

    Communications Coordinator


    Shane originally joined notMYkid in January 2013 as a peer educator on the topic of substance abuse.  Shortly afterward, he joined our full-time staff in the role of Communications Coordinator.  He currently oversees the management, maintenance, and content creation for our website, email campaigns, and social media platforms.  He also handles media relations for the organization, which includes interviews for television, radio, print, and web.  Additionally, Shane continues to deliver substance abuse presentations to students, parents, and school faculty and bullying presentations to parents and school faculty.

     

    Shane graduated from Grand Canyon University with a B.A. in Communications.  Prior to joining notMYkid, Shane worked in marketing, eBusiness, publishing, and broadcasting.  He has a passion for public speaking and helping others, and is excited about combining those areas of interest in his work with notMYkid.  In his spare time, Shane enjoys spending time with his family, working out, hiking, traveling, and creating interactive online art projects.

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    Evan Espinosa

    Clinical Director


    Evan joined notMYkid in August 2014 as the Clinical Director.  He currently oversees referral resources, is the direct contact for parents and facility seeking resources and consultations, helps maintain the health and wellness of peer speakers, and provides clinical insight and best practice standards for notMYkid programming and materials.  He also presents on depression, self-harm, and suicide within the community.

     

    Evan graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Criminology.  He also received both his masters and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from The Arizona School of Professional Psychology.  Prior to joining notMYkid, Evan worked in college counseling, intensive outpatient programs, and residential treatment facilities focusing on the mental health needs of adolescent and young adult populations (i.e. substance abuse, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, interpersonal issues, phase of life issues).  He is currently a therapist at Family Psychoassociates were he specializes in seeing youth, adolescents, young adults, and their families.

     

    Evan will be the first to tell you that he is a “homer” who loves talking about the different cultural and diversity factors of New Mexico, including red and green chile.  For fun, Evan likes to read comics, cook, watch movies, and work out.

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    Ahriza Martinez

    Scheduling Coordinator


    Ahriza joined notMYkid in June 2014 as the Scheduling Coordinator. As Scheduling Coordinator, her time is dedicated to scheduling student, parent, and faculty presentations. She also keeps track of data to provide current progress and future projections, and helps out with numerous tasks around the notMYkid office. Her favorite part about working at notMYkid is having the opportunity to watch speakers present and finding herself being inspired at the end of each presentation.

     

    In her free time she loves to cook, bake, and explore new foods. She also enjoys visiting her family and friends in California and playing with her dogs.

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    Elena Hale

    Community Partnership Liaison


    Elena joined the notMYkid team in 2014 as the Community Partnerships Liaison. She works with local businesses to bring the Corporate Lunchbox program to their employees and oversees programming and partnerships with community organizations. Elena attended LIM College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She recently relocated back from New York after working with Harper’s Bazaar and The New York Times for three and a half years.

     

    In her spare time Elena enjoys watching baseball, old movies, and ballet.

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    Aimee Runyon

    CEO


    Aimee Runyon joined the notMYkid staff as CEO in December 2014. She previously served as the Executive Director of Assistance League of Phoenix, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been improving the lives of children throughout Phoenix for over 50 years. Aimee was selected to be the 1st Executive Director for Assistance League of Phoenix as well as the first out of 122 chapters nationwide.

     

    Prior to the Assistance League of Phoenix, Aimee served as the 1st Executive Director for Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank, located in Chandler, Arizona. Aimee currently sits on the boards of ONE and Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank and is on the steering committee of AZ Gives Day. Previously, Aimee served as the President of the Chandler Non Profit Coalition. With a passion for giving back to the community, Aimee donates her time and resources to several grass root nonprofit organizations in the Valley.

     

    Prior to working with Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank, Aimee was a Vice President at The Community College Foundation in Los Angeles, California. With over 18 years of experience in nonprofit management, the scope of her work has included programs that benefit foster youth, physically challenged youth, technology for underserved populations, and nationwide tutoring programs. Aimee was also responsible for bringing together Freddie Mac, Pearson Education, and Fifth Third Bank to fund projects that provided resources in Mississippi & Louisiana for Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. Aimee has a passion for bringing innovative solutions to at-risk and underserved populations.

     

    Aimee received a BA degree in Communications from Arizona State University and a Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Public Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management.

     

    Aimee was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and is the proud mother of her six year old son Amare.

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    Nancy Mailhot

    Board Member


    Nancy was hired as the PF Chang’s China Bistro’s first Chief People Officer in February 2008. Prior to joining P.F. Chang’s, she was employed by the Phelps Dodge Corporation/ Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE:FCX and PD) from 2001 to 2007 where she served as Vice President of Global Supply Chain. Later, she became Senior Vice President of Human Resources. While at Phelps Dodge, Nancy served as a board member and compensation committee chair for a joint venture company Quadrem. Nancy also served in Global Supply Chain leadership positions at Raytheon Company, Alcoa, and Owens Corning (NYSE:OC). Nancy currently serves as a board member, and is on the Nominating and Governance Committee for notMYkid.

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    Steve Brown

    Board Secretary


    Steve is Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Crescent Crown Distributing. Crescent Crown is a beer distributor servicing the Phoenix area. His 28-year career in the beer distribution industry has placed him in many multi-functional work environments. Steve’s position has given him the opportunity work with leaders throughout the country while shaping the industry’s future as he serves as member to different councils. He is currently serving on the MillerCoors Managed Chain National Council and the MillerCoors National Wal-Mart Advocacy Council.

    A strong advocate of community involvement, he currently serves on notMYkid’s Board of Directors and has worked with UCP, City of Hope, and Habitat for Humanity. In his free time, Steve likes to golf, go boating and travel. He has two daughters – Jillian, a senior in HS and Mackenzie, currently living in San Diego. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management with honors from the University of Phoenix, Arizona.

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    Robert Morocco

    Board Treasurer


    Rob currently serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, and as a Board Member for OrthoScan Inc., an orthopedic imaging company located in Scottsdale, Arizona. Rob has nearly 15 years of executive experience in emerging medical device companies, primarily in orthopedics. Prior to joining OrthoScan, Rob was Chief Financial Officer for IsoTis OrthoBiologics.

    Before joining IsoTis, Rob was the Chief Financial Officer for Opus Medical Inc., a privately held sports medicine company where he was integral in the successful acquisition by ArthroCare Corporation and Orthopaedic Biosystems Inc., which was acquired by Smith & Nephew. Rob began his career at Deloitte and Touche, LLP and received his BBA from Kent State University. He currently is a Certified Public Accountant. Through his involvement in the community with his two adolescent sons, he is both passionate and knowledgeable about the key problems notMYkid addresses in the community.

  • GregBoard

    Greg Tipsord

    Board Chair


    Greg has 20+ years of experience in the consumer packaged goods space. He started his career at Procter & Gamble and then moved to Dial/Henkel. At Dial/Henkel, he led all of their businesses in the Senior Vice President/General Manager capacity. His last position was Senior Vice President/General Manager of the Laundry and Home Care business, Henkel’s largest business at $1 billion in sales. Greg currently is the founder and key principle of the Business Consumer Consulting Group, a consulting business that focuses on strategic planning, business transformation, branding, marketing, and general management with consumer-facing businesses. Greg is married with two young children.

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    Alan “Duke” Schwartz

    Board Member


    Alan “Duke” Schwartz, CIC is the Managing Principal of Schwartz Insurance Agency in Scottsdale, AZ. Duke is one of the country’s leading Property and Casualty insurance brokers. In addition, Duke is the Governance/Nomination Committee chair for the notMYkid Board of Directors. He has a passion for helping youth find their potential and avoid the pitfalls that can derail their lives in their formative years.
     
    Duke is also a founding partner of Greek Ladders, a startup company that assists college students to learn pragmatic life and career lessons increasing the opportunity to find a career after graduation. As a University of Arizona graduate, he was an initial member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and served as President of the Chapter. He was inducted in to the Chapter’s Hall of Fame and currently serves on the Advisory Board. Duke and Robin were married in 1991 and have two boys, Austin (’93) and Brandon (’95).

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    Steve and Debbie Moak

    Founders


    Steve grew up in Kentucky and attended Eastern Kentucky University. After graduating and marrying Debbie, he began a business career with stints at Avon Products, NCR Corporation, and American Express. In 1988 Steve moved his family from Ohio to Phoenix to start a company with his college roommate. The company, ProMark One grew quickly to over 2500 employees and was sold in 1996 to a venture firm in CA. After selling, Steve began his philanthropic efforts as a founder of Social Venture Partners, a member of the United Way board, and became active in Young Life. In 2000 after watching family members struggle with substance abuse, Steve and his wife Debbie founded notMYkid. In 2004 in an effort to further notMYkid’s drug prevention program Steve purchased First Check, a retail drug testing company. First Check then gave away thousands of drug test kits promoting notMYkid’s drug prevention program. In 2006 Steve was appointed to the White House Drug free commission under President Bush.
     
    Debbie is committed to instilling a proactive approach to teen and parenting issues by raising awareness through educational programs. She is a much sought after speaker who has traveled internationally, speaking to thousands of teens and parents about her personal experience with substance abuse in her own family, as well as others she has reached through notMykid. A graduate from Northern Kentucky University, Debbie holds a dual certificate in Education and Special Education. After graduation, she taught elementary school for 10 years and cites her experience and work with notMYkid as her “best classroom”. Debbie resides in Arizona with her husband Steve of 36 years. Although having raised her family, it is with the great support of her husband, two grown sons, and her daughter-in-law who motivate her to accomplish more on behalf of today’s youth.

  • MarkFounders

    Mark Rohde, P.h.D.

    Founder


    Dr. Rohde graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State, did graduate work at ASU, University of Oxford (England), and the University of Northern Colorado, and was a Mott Foundation Fellow. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Union Graduate School/Union Institute and additionally completed three years of training with the Post-Graduate Institute for Family Therapy. He most often works with children, adolescents, and families and frequently employs a combination of individual, family, and group psychotherapy.
     
    Mark holds Diplomat status with the American Board of Assessment Psychology and has specialty certification in addictions treatment from the American College of Professional Psychology. He is a former teacher who has held administrative positions at a private school, an addictions treatment center, a community mental health center, and a residential treatment program. Mark has been recognized for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology by the Arizona Psychological Association where he has served on the Governing Council.

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    Seth Leibsohn

    Board Member


    Seth Leibsohn is the President of the Leibsohn Group.  Mr. Leibsohn is a radio host, writer, editor, policy, political, and communications expert. The former Vice President of Empower America, one of the nation’s premier think tanks, Mr. Leibsohn has counseled, written speeches for, and collaborated with candidates for national office and several former Cabinet officials. He has also collaborated in the writing of prominent op-eds, speeches, and several national best-selling books. For the past several years he has served as the Chief of Staff to former Education Secretary William J. Bennett with whom he co-authored the book, The Fight of our Lives. Mr. Leibsohn has been the producer, co-host, and guest host for the nationally syndicated radio show, Bill Bennett’s Morning in America, helping bring it from its debut on 60 stations to over 250 stations nationwide and making it the 7th largest national radio show in the country with over 3.75 million listeners.

     

    He is also the host of The Seth Leibsohn Show, which airs weeknights on 960 AM radio (KKNT), and a Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute, the nation’s leading think tank dedicated to the study of statesmanship and political philosophy.  A political and crisis management expert, Mr. Leibsohn holds a bachelor’s and graduate degree in political science from the Claremont Colleges and a law degree from Northeastern University. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Partnership for a Drug Free America-Arizona Affiliate and a current member of the Board of Directors of Safe Communications, Inc., a family and child safety internet company.

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    Fran Mallace

    Board Member


    A native of Fort Lee, New Jersey, Fran Mallace came to Phoenix to attend Arizona State University and never left.  Mallace began her advertising career working on the client side, and then advertising agency side of the media business. Following her successes in positions such as Account Supervisor and Marketing Director, Mallace decided to explore advertising sales and landed an Account Executive position with KUTP TV 45.

     

    Fran joined Cox Media/Cox Communications in 1992 as a national sales manager and, since that time, has held a number of roles with increasing responsibility in Arizona, Atlanta and California operations.

     

    Fran’s leadership and service also extends to the community, where she has served on Cox Charities as well as the boards of the Better Business Bureau of San Diego, the Chrysalis Shelter for Women, the Foundation for Blind Children and The Boys and Girls Clubs of America.  Currently Fran is on the board for the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Fresh Start Women’s Foundation.

     

    Fran holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Management from Arizona State University and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She has been awarded the American Advertising Federation Ad Person of the Year (2009), a Top 25 Business Women in Arizona by Arizona’s Woman Magazine (2009), one of the Most Powerful Women in Cable (2009, 2010), has earned 12 Cable Advertising Bureau (CAB) Awards, the 2006 CAB President’s Award and three Cox Vision Awards. She has twice served as President of the American Advertising Federation for the Phoenix Chapter.  Fran is married with two daughters ages 16 and 19.

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    Mark Goldberg

    Board Member


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    Robin Roeder

    Board Member


  • tracySpalter

    Tracy Spalter

    Board Member


  • kellyConner

    Kelly Conner

    Board Member


    Kelly Conner

  • elecia

    Elicia Nademin

    Ph.D.


    Since completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Elicia has worked with clientele of diverse backgrounds in a multitude of practice settings, from private and community mental health to correctional and hospital sites. She completed her internship and focused training in weight loss services at Temple University Hospital before moving to Arizona in 2007. From 2007-2009, she worked among faculty of Argosy and Midwestern University (MWU) Clinical Psychology doctoral programs and helped to establish the Psychology clinic at MWU multidisciplinary clinic.
     
    Currently, she works as Home-Based Primary Care Psychologist for the Phoenix VA and maintains a part-time private practice, where she offers weight loss services and psychotherapy in English, Farsi, and Spanish. Elicia also serves as the Diversity Representative to the Arizona Psychological Association. As a member of the Professional Advisory Committee for notMYkid, she cultivates her interests in advocating for youth and less advantaged members of our communities.

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    Ingrid Sutton

    LCSW, MA


    Ingrid is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona providing individual, couples, and family therapy services. As a graduate of Loyola University School of Social Work, she specializes in the clinical treatment of anxiety and mood-related disorders in children and adults. Prior to opening her private practice in Scottsdale, Ingrid ran a school-based aftercare program for high school students transitioning from psychiatric, substance abuse, and residential treatment programs and provided clinical on-site support to students and their families as they returned to their public high school following treatment.
     
    She also facilitates adolescent, parent, and adult psychotherapy groups as an adjunct to her clinical private practice. Additionally, Ingrid is a professional contributor to the KVTK Channel 3 News organization in Phoenix, Arizona and on ABC’s nationally syndicated television news show “The List ” on topics related to children and families.

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    Larry Waldman

    Ph.D.


    Larry is a licensed clinical, forensic psychologist and certified school psychologist in Phoenix, Arizona. He has conducted a successful private practice for the past 35 years consulting with attorneys and working with children, teens, parents, couples, and adults. He was the past president of the Maricopa Psychological Society; consulted to Charter Psychiatric Hospital of Glendale from 1988 to 2000; has been a Medical Consultant for the Social Security Administration for 22 years; and is an adjunct graduate professor in the Educational Psychology Department for Northern Arizona University for 15 years. He has served on the professional board of directors of notMYkid for the past five years because he believes the service provided to the community is very important.

    Larry is a trained public speaker and for the past 25 years has spoken across the country to educators, laypersons, corporations, and fellow mental health professionals, presenting at several state and national conventions.

  • ChrisPAC

    Chris Hallgren


    Chris brings over 18+ years of professional experience in the information technology field in computer forensics, programming, web design, database, and reporting/deployment. As principal consultant to Oracle and consultant to InPower and Tesseract, Chris supported and managed human resource and payroll function software applications and development. Chris currently serves as the President of Helios Data Forensics, a company that offers computer forensic and e-discovery services to business and the civil legal environment. He is also the Director of Information Technology and Corporate Social Responsibility for International Police Training and Consulting Services (IPTACS), a company that provides sustainable law enforcement training to developing countries and new democracies throughout the world. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Systems from Arizona State University and Masters of Business Administration with specialization in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix.

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    Gina Frohlich

    MA


    Gina Frohlich is a doctoral student at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University/Phoenix. Her professional training has afforded her the opportunity to gain experience with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. Over the last four years, her primary training has evolved around adolescence, substance abuse, and holistic wellness. In addition, she is a certified consultant through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology and works with high school athletes and students on performance strategies in athletics and in school. She is currently working towards certification in Applied Behavioral Analysis through the Florida Institute of Technology.
     
    Since receiving her Masters in Clinical Psychology, Gina has taught Psychology courses at Glendale Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, and Grand Canyon University. She remains a member of the American Psychological Association and the Arizona Psychological Association. This year, Gina will be completing her pre-doctoral internship as part of the Arizona Psychological Association at West Valley Family Development Center. She became affiliated with notMYkid in 2011, when she served as the Wellness Coordinator.

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    Libby Howell

    Ed.D., LMFT, SEP


    Libby is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Tempe where she specializes in working appreciatively and collaboratively with adolescents, couples, and families. In addition, she conducts groups for women, works with eating disorders, trauma, mood disorders and bipolar clients. Libby has over twenty years of experience in integrating mental and physical health, with a strong emphasis on mindfulness and meditative methods. She supervises graduate and post-doctoral students, and is currently on the Clinical Psychology faculty at Arizona State University for clinical training of students.
     

    Libby received her M.Ed. in counseling psychology, and her Ed.D. in Sport Psychology from Columbia University. She completed post-doctoral training at Erickson Institute, and the Post-Graduate Institute for Family Therapy in Phoenix. She is a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in trauma training. As an active member of her professional community, she was president of the Arizona Psychology Association in 2009, served for 6 years on the Arizona Board of Behavioral Examiner, Credentialing Committee for Marriage and Family Therapists, and is currently Member Chair for AZPA. She is committed to working with Human Rights International (Doctors of the World) to provide psychological services to refugees.

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