notMYkid is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides children and families with truly lifesaving programs, support, resources, and education. Our mission for the past two decades has been to empower and educate youth, families, and communities with the knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior. Our impact is far-reaching. To date, we have served over 2 million individuals and aim to reach 75,000 annually through our statewide and national programs.
Recognizing that the challenges our youth face today are complex and can potentially devastate and derail futures, notMYkid passionately works to educate and protect our community’s kids by providing a full continuum of life-saving prevention, early intervention, behavioral health treatment, and peer support. Our team of prevention and behavioral health experts are dedicated to helping youth overcome challenges during their most vulnerable years. Our programs are traditionally delivered in schools, community organizations, at the workplace, and direct to devices via our Podcast. With the arrival of a global pandemic, it is not business as usual and our commitment to quality and inclusivity led to a swift transition to virtual programs and expansion into treatment services to meet the rapidly changing needs of families in 2020.
Our array of programs and trainings focus on substance use, vaping, bullying, relationships, trauma, body image, depression/self-injury/suicide, and internet safety for youth, adults and the community at-large. We strive to realize the following outcomes through our trauma-informed programming: Build knowledge and social/emotional competencies to enhance resiliency, confidence, and character; and educate youth and adults on where to go and how to ask for help if they or someone they know is struggling with a mental or behavioral health issue.
OUR VISION & HISTORY
notMYkid has a vision that every kid will have the knowledge and confidence to reach their full potential through positive life choices. Steve and Debbie Moak founded the organization in 1999 after battling the substance use addiction of their teenage son. The Moaks’ first-hand experiences inspired them to develop notMYkid and bravely share their journey and help communities eliminate the stigma that fuels addiction, mental illness, and suffering in silence. Their personal story fueled a movement that embraced prevention as the path to saving lives and restored hope in others that recovery is possible.
A sincere desire to consider how others perceive situations.
Acknowledging the inevitability of change, accepting the “new” and adapting.
A capacity to believe in a purpose or meaning greater than oneself.
A capacity to behave in a positive self-directed manner.
Recognizing and demonstrating the value of ethical behavior.
Steve and Debbie Moak
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.
Mark Rohde, PH.D.
Founder and Psychologist
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.
Board of Directors
Seth Leibsohn - Chairman
The Leibsohn Group - Radio Host, KKNT
Seth Leibsohn is the President of the Leibsohn Group and radio host. He is also a 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.
The host of The Seth Leibsohn Show, which airs weeknights on 960 AM radio (KKNT), he is also 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 a graduate degree in political science from the Claremont Colleges and a law degree from Northeastern University. He is the Chairman of NotMYKid and Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy.
Mark Goldberg - Secretary
Goldberg Family Foundation
Born in New York City and raised in Oradell, New Jersey, Mark moved to Arizona in 1991 to attend Arizona State University. After graduating from ASU, Mark returned to the East Coast, where he worked in production for Fox News Channel in New York City. Mark decided to return to Arizona a few years later and has lived and worked in North Scottsdale ever since. Mark is currently an active Realtor who primarily focuses on flipping properties. He also manages the day to day operations of the Goldberg Family Foundation, a private foundation that makes grants to several Phoenix based charities. Mark has a passion for helping today’s youth and feels honored to be a part of Not My Kid’s mission. Mark is married to his wife, Nicole, and has two young boys, Brody and Blake. In his free time you can find Mark on the golf course, at a poker table, or spending time with his family.
Steven Lewis, CFP - Treasurer
SVP, Wells Fargo Advisors
Steve is Managing Director – Investments with Wells Fargo Advisors in Scottsdale. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® ￼and a Senior PIM Portfolio Manager. With two grown daughters, he now finds more time for community service, including notMYkid.
Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC.
Debbie Moak, Co-Founder of notMYkid
As the co-founder of notMYkid for the past 20 years, Debbie has elevated the conversation in our schools and families, shining a light on the harsh realities of youth mental health and the potentially life-derailing challenges facing young people today. In addition to her many volunteer activities and personal commitment to helping families across the Valley, Debbie is the former Director of Governor Ducey’S Office of Youth, Faith and Family. Debbie oversaw state and federal funds, as well as 8 statewide councils and commissions including, substance abuse, domestic violence, human trafficking, juvenile justice, faith based initiatives, youth, service and volunteerism. The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family provides oversight, funding, technical assistance and resources to coalitions and non-profits throughout the state to support some of Arizona’s most vulnerable populations.
During her tenure in the Governor’s administration, Debbie served as the Co-Chair of Governor Ducey’s Substance Abuse Task Force along with AHCCCS, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sara Salek. After seven months of convening community stakeholders, the Task Force submitted 104 recommendations on prevention, access to treatment, medication assisted treatment and neo-natal abstinence syndrome back to Governor Ducey. Additionally, she served as the Co-Chair of The Arizona Substance Abuse Partnership along with Mr. Bill Montgomery, the Maricopa County Attorney. ASAP is the single statewide council on substance
abuse, prevention, treatment and recovery.
Debbie has personally presented substance abuse education programs to thousands of parents and faculties in Arizona, as well as numerous other states and internationally in Scotland, Thailand and Guatemala. She also has spearheaded two national annual drug awareness campaigns focused on educating hundreds of thousands of adults in cities across the United States. Previously, Debbie worked for ten years as an elementary classroom teacher and a special education
resource teacher in Arizona, Ohio and Kentucky (1986-1996). Debbie volunteered as a librarian and was a board member and donor for the Thomas J. Pappas School for the Homeless (1996-1999). Debbie
continues to serve Young Life in a variety of roles, served on the Joe Foss Institute Board, and in 2010 was awarded the Social Venture Partners Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Debbie obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Northern Kentucky University (1985). In 2017, she was the university’s Inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater. In 2019, Debbie was the top finalist in the category of Mental Health Advocate in the Phoenix Business Journal’s 2019 Health Care Hero Awards.
Debbie has previously cited raising her two adult sons as both the greatest joy and challenge of her life. The past two years have brought three beautiful grandchildren into her life, now considered the greatest blessing of her life. Debbie and her husband Steve recently celebrated 42 years of marriage and look forward to many more. She continues to bring family members personal struggles with substance abuse as her primary source of motivation in all that she does on prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery. “There has been no greater teacher than my earned life experience on substance abuse”.
Laurie Fielder - Owner
Set It Straight
Kelly Conner Rubin - SVP
Alliance Bank of Arizona
Kelly has resided in Scottsdale, Arizona since 1990 but is originally from Calgary, Alberta. She attended the University of Alberta, receiving both a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. Her Master of Business Administration was received from the University of Phoenix.
Kelly’s work experience has exclusively been in the banking industry. She worked for Harris Trust Bank of Arizona from 1991 – 2003 and is currently employed with Alliance Bank of Arizona (since 2003), located at the Thomas & Central Branch, as a Senior Vice President. Her primary focus is law firms, medical practices and other professional firms, as well as heading up the non-real estate escrow division for Alliance Bank.
Kelly has previously volunteered her time as the treasurer for the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center’s preschool for a two year period and most recently as the treasurer for Desert Canyon Elementary School’s PTO for a one year period (2012-2013).
Kelly is married to Mark J. Rubin, MD and has a busy household of four children ranging in age of 12-15 years old (attending 3 different schools in Scottsdale) and two dogs. She enjoys traveling, attending the kids’ activities, staying fit and reading.
Glenn Hamer - CEO & President
Arizona Chamber of Commerce
Glenn Hamer is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, an organization that over his decade-plus of leadership has become the state’s most powerful advocate for job creators. The Chamber has played a leading role on behalf of the business community on a host of policy issues that have enhanced the state’s competitive standing, ranging from taxation, to education, to health care, civil justice reform, business regulation, and much more.
Diversified Investors Group
Scott has been a business executive in the healthcare industry for 25 years. He has a depth of experience in all aspects of strategic leadership and asset management. Over the last 25 years, he has led several product portfolios that exceeded $15B and led teams exceeding 250 employees.
Scott is the Founder and Managing principle for Diversified Investors Group LLC; His Strategic team consists of subject matter experts in all aspects of Real estate investments. He has a proven track record in creating successful businesses by leveraging complex business relationships. His well-established, strong solution orientation and passion for results, has allowed him to deliver top-line profits over his career. Currently, he has Multifamily holdings focused in major secondary markets in the Southwest. His model has been developed over the last five years and provides a premium on risk management and wealth-building for qualified investors. Currently, he works diligently with various partners on sourcing new investment opportunities as well as planning a Charitable Foundation to complete the Diversified Investors Group, LLC organization.
As a parent of 4 children, He has a real passion for several charitable organizations focused on the youth of Phoenix, AZ. Scott currently sits on the board of notMYkid. The mission of notMykid for the past two decades has been to empower and educate youth, families, and communities with the knowledge and courage to identify and prevent youth behavior.
He grew up in Houston, TX, where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University. He has lived in Scottsdale for the last 18 years with his wife Kim and there four children.
M. Zuhdi Jasser, MD - President
Advanced Nuclear Cardiology, PLLC
Zuhdi Jasser, M.D. has been in the private practice of internal medicine and nuclear cardiology in Phoenix, Arizona since 1999. Dr. Jasser leads a small practice with one other internist and a physician’s assistant. In addition to his practice of primary care, he has particular interests in bioethics, organized medicine, and nuclear cardiology. He has served on the Maricopa County Board of Health (2004-2012) and the Board of Directors of the Area Agency on Aging (2007-2012), President of the Arizona Medical Association (2006-2007), and currently a delegate to the American Medical Association House of Delegates (AMA-HOD) for the Arizona Medical Association.
Dr. Jasser earned his medical degree on a U.S. Navy scholarship at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1992. He served 11 years as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy receiving an honorable discharge as a Lieutenant Commander. His tours of duty included Medical Department Head aboard the U.S.S. El Paso which deployed to Somalia during Operation Restore Hope; Chief Resident at Bethesda Naval Hospital; and Staff Internist for the Office of the Attending Physician to the U. S. Congress. He is a recipient of the U.S. Navy’s Meritorious Service Medal.
Dr. Jasser, his wife Gada, and their three children reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Michelle Siwek - Owner
Scottsdale Recovery Center
Michelle has been working in the recovery community for over ten years after finding her own recovery on March 27, 2007. Michelle is the owner of Scottsdale Recovery Center with over 20 years’ experience in the accounting field.
Michelle received her Bachelor’s in Accounting in 1995 from Arizona State University and worked as a Senior Manager at Arthur Andersen for many years. Michelle is on the Executive Board of the Arizona Recovery Housing Association, is actively involved in the Art of Recovery and works one-on-one with women in the recovery community. Over the last four years, Michelle has worked tirelessly on the sober living legislative efforts with Jeff Taylor, Senator Barto and Senator Brophy Mcgee. Michelle is in long-term recovery and is passionate about helping individuals struggling with alcohol and drug addiction and educating the community. She is a firm believer in paying it forward so that all who have a sincere desire can recover.
Alan "Duke" Schwartz, CIC - Managing Principal
Schwartz Insurance Agency
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).
Snell & Wilmer
Brett Johnson is a Partner of Snell & Wilmer. He represents businesses and individuals in government relations matters. His practice includes government regulatory compliance, export, government contracting, political and election law, and health care matters, including professional liability defense and commercial litigation. Brett regularly represents parties and witnesses involved with governmental investigations, including election law, governmental ethics, export control, False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and government procurement compliance laws and regulations. He has experience handling internal investigations and compliance audits for clients on a wide range of matters. Brett also provides training to businesses and governmental agencies concerning compliance matters and the drafting of related corporate policies.
In addition to representing large and small businesses, individuals and pro bono clients, he is the co-chair of the firm’s International Industry Group and the editor of the firm’s International Industry Group’s Global Connection newsletter. Brett also serves on the firm’s Attorney Development Committee.
Professional Advisory Committee
Jeffrey Siegel, MD - Pediatrician
North Scottsdale Pediatrics
Dr. Jeffrey Siegel has been practicing general pediatrics at North Scottsdale Pediatrics since 1998. He
attended Washington University, University of Missouri School of Medicine and trained at Babies
Hospital at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical center in New York City. He is a Fellow of the American
Academy of Pediatrics. He has the distinction of being named a Top Doc by Phoenix Magazine for over
10 years. Dr. Siegel has a special interest in taking care of children and adolescents with mental health
challenges including ADHD, anxiety and depression. He also has an interest in gifted children and gifted
education. His 2 boys have attended Grayhawk Elementary, Desert Cove self-contained gifted program,
Explorer Middle School and Pinnacle High School. He has been married for 24 years and plays drums in
the rock band The Flippin Switches.
Kristen Polin, MAEd
Chief Executive Officer
Kristen Polin has over 23 years of experience in nonprofit management and returned to notMYkid as the Chief Executive Officer in February, 2019 following a one year hiatus to serve as Chief Operating Officer for True Mobile Health. Kristen originally joined the notMYkid team in July 2015 as Vice President of Programs where she developed and expanded programs across Arizona to address early intervention gaps for youth and families and deliver a more responsive prevention solution for schools and the community-at-large. Prior to notMYkid, Kristen worked for Community Bridges Inc. (CBI) for over 17 years. As CBI’s Vice President of Community Relations; Development, she was responsible for all agency public affairs, community development projects and prevention efforts throughout the State of Arizona. Kristen remains active with numerous prevention collaborations; specializes in behavioral health training and education for emergency responders and behavioral health providers; and provides seminars for law enforcement, school districts, parents and the business community. Her passion for this work comes from her own personal experience with addiction and determination to reduce stigma and meet individuals, families and communities where they are on the continuum of prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery. Kristen holds a Master of Arts in Education Degree in Program Management from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Health Promotion; Disease Prevention Studies from Ithaca College in New York.
Kristen is proud to lead a dynamic team of 20 full and part-time staff that are administering and delivering high impact programs designed to inspire and empower youth and families. Kristen works in partnership with the notMYkid Board of Directors to oversee the strategic direction of our mission-driven programs locally and nationally. When she is not doing her passion work for notMYkid, you can find Kristen on the move with her teen boys at sporting events or enjoying downtime with her husband Jon and two rescue pups, Duke and Oreo.
Chief Financial Officer
Kiera Allen, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), joined notMYkid in July of 2019. Kiera brings over 30 years of financial and administrative management experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. In her role as CFO, Kiera oversees all fiscal and accounting functions of the organization, oversight of human resources, and serves as liaison to the Board of Directors. Before joining the Executive Team at notMYkid, Kiera started her career as a Tax Consultant at Price Waterhouse, worked as a Tax Manager at Dreyer, Edmonds and McGlone, then as a Senior Manager at American Express. After relocating from Los Angeles to Scottsdale in 2001, Kiera was the Accounting Manager at Barness Papas Investments. In 2008, Kiera became the Owner and Operator of Save and Gave, LLC, an online sales company, and most recently, worked as the Manager of Finance and Operations at Fountain Hills Theater, where she was responsible for all fiscal, budgetary, and organizational operations. While in her role at FHT, Kiera gained extensive knowledge of Board Governance, and non-profit policies and procedural operations.
Kiera lives in Scottsdale with her husband, David, her five children, and her ridiculously pampered dog, Winnie.
Joronda Montaño, MPA ACPP IV
Joronda Montaño joins notMYkid as the new Program Director overseeing youth and adult programs brought to communities and schools across the State of Arizona.
For the past 13 years Joronda has worked as a professional Preventionist spending the last 3 years developing strategic plans, training coalitions, writing and reviewing federal grants. Prior to Independent Consulting she served as the Director of Prevention at Community Bridges Inc. (CBI) developing and implementing evidence based programs and strategies. She has a talent for motivating people to work towards common goals and successfully organized both small multi-disciplinary teams and a large community coalition. She has direct experience implementing SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework and led the Mesa Prevention Alliance to the acquisition of a Drug Free Communities Grant funded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Joronda is comfortable building relationships and has ties to schools, law enforcement, local businesses, health professionals, and youth. She is knowledgeable on underage drinking, synthetic drugs, and suicide.
Joronda is passionate about helping youth and communities overcome challenges and has broad experience in diverse communities worldwide. International travel and volunteer projects have taken her to 13 different countries on 5 different continents.
She offers a breadth of experience in public speaking and group training and is a master level Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer (ASIST). Joronda is also an Arizona Credentialed Prevention Professional Level 4 (ACPP IV) and is a two time graduate of Arizona State University (Go Devils) with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting and a Master’s of Public Administration.
She and her husband Mateo live in Phoenix with their 4 beautiful children.
Koren Hudson, LPC
Koren Hudson joined the notMYkid team in June as our Clinical Director to lead our new behavioral health services program scheduled for opening (pending licensure) in the fall of 2020. Koren has over 12 years of experience working in nonprofit outpatient behavioral health programs, four years in a management role and extensive experience in direct practice in both outpatient and inpatient psychiatric care facilities.
Koren received her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling with a Concentration in Trauma, Abuse and Deprivation from Ottawa University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Koren has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Koren completed all of her licensure hours as a trauma therapist with a significant focus on family therapy to help families understand the impact of trauma while also being able to heal from it. Koren will bring her rich history of individual and group therapy and program development/enhancement to launch notMYkid’s new and exciting venture into general mental health and substance use disorder treatment services for adolescents and their families. Her passion for this work comes from her devotion and dedication to help children and families heal from trauma and addiction.
Mirroring her passion for helping others is her passion for her family. Koren has a blended family of six kids ranging from the age of nine and two over the age of eighteen! A large family keeps her and her husband Josh on the move with plenty of weekend activities, sporting events, and school functions.
Welcome to the NMK Family, Koren!
Public Information Officer
Shane Watson is the Public Information Officer for notMYkid, host of our Win This Year podcast, and also serves as a Prevention Specialist for the organization. His responsibilities include performing media appearances for the organization, overseeing notMYkid’s social media presence, podcast hosting, blogging, facilitating early intervention sessions for the Project REWIND program, facilitating suicide intervention workshops, and performing prevention education presentations for students, parents, school faculty, and other community members.
Shane originally joined notMYkid in January 2013 as a student Peer Educator on the topic of substance use. In his time with the organization, he has performed over 500 speaking engagements to an audience of over 100,000 at schools, corporations, conferences, community groups, and other venues in Arizona, California, Boston, and Kansas City. He’s also made over 100 local and national media appearances, including TV interviews on the Today Show, Good Day NY, and Kansas City Live. His writing credits include prevention articles for the Katie Couric website, AZ Parenting Magazine, and Performer Magazine.
As a father and a person over seven years in long-term recovery, Shane is fueled by his passion for using his personal and professional experience and credentialing to help keep kids and families connected and thriving, and to prevent youth from making unhealthy decisions that could potentially derail their future and devastate their loved ones. In his time as Manager of notMYkid’s early intervention program Project REWIND, he was able to help the program quadruple the number of parents and teens who completed the program vs. the prior year. As a result of Project REWIND, hundreds of teens and families have been able to get back on a path of stronger relationships and healthier decision making.
Shane received his B.A. in Communications from Grand Canyon University in 1999. Prior to his time at notMYkid, he worked in the fields of journalism, broadcasting, marketing writing, and public relations. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, working out, traveling, reading, writing, making music, and creating interactive online fiction projects. Shane is a self-proclaimed “music fanatic” and owns over 2,500 records, 2,500 CDs, and 75,000 mp3s.
Qualifications, credentialing, and training:
- Registered ASIST suicide intervention trainer
- Certified Peer Support Specialist
- Trained in motivational interviewing
- QPR suicide gatekeeper trained
- CADCA coalition core essentials trained
- First-aid trained and CPR certified
Prevention Manager, Quality Control
Sarah Grado has been working in prevention since 2009. She is an international speaker who shares her inspirational story to youth, parents and professionals. Sarah oversees facilitator training, program development and implementation at notMYkid. She also writes and manages notMYkid’s state, local and foundational grants. She sits on several coalitions around the state including the Tempe Coalition Executive Committee and Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition. Sarah is a SafeTALK trainer and received Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). She also has extensive training on adolescent brain development and trauma-informed care. Over the years, Sarah has facilitated over 500 presentations reaching over 20,000 people.
Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and three wonderful boys. She is an Arizona native with a passion for helping people.
Taylor Popp Garrey
Taylor Garrey is one of notMYkid’s most sought out Prevention Specialists who travels all throughout Arizona and speaks to both large auditoriums full of students and teaches small life skill classes. He is 25 years old and joined the notMYkid team in 2017. Taylor has been fortunate to celebrate over 4 years of continuous sobriety after turning his life around following over a decade of addiction.
Since arriving to notMYkid, Taylor has shared his story and skills with over 25,000 students on topics ranging from drug and alcohol addiction, bullying, depression, unhealthy relationships, body image, internet safety and critical life skills training for youth. Taylor also co-facilitates our Project Rewind Program, supporting families through education and early intervention.
When Taylor shares his incredible journey with youth, there is an immediate connection. His greatest satisfaction in life and his constant goal is to share his experience, strength and hope with others and inspire teens to rise above challenges and embrace their “something better” in life.
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.
Laura Byrne has a B.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara and a M.A. from Arizona State University. She has been a resident of Scottsdale since 2002 and is a Phoenix native. She has been with notMYkid for over 2 years as the Event Coordinator of notMYkid’s two largest signature events and also works closely with the Women's Auxiliary. She and her husband Tom are the proud parents of 4 children: John (19), Daniel (16), Emma (13) and Casey (10). Laura is passionate about prevention and education in our community and works to further the mission of notMYkid. But mostly Laura loves the team here at notMYkid and is humbled everyday by the transformative work they do!
Gail currently services as Office Manager, responsible for Inbound Receivables, Donor Recognition, and Program Support. Prior to joining notMYkid, Gail was a stay-at-home mom for her two children. Gail graduated from the University of Arizona and prior to raising her children, she spent many years as a paralegal. Gail and her husband, Jim, live in Scottsdale with their two children, Emily and James. When her children were younger, Gail enjoyed spending time volunteering at their schools as a member of several committees and as a room parent. Currently their daughter Emily is a student at Northern Arizona University, and son James is a student at Chaparral High School. In her spare time, Gail enjoys traveling with her family, listening to good music, cheering on her son at swim meets, and watching her daughter paint.
Tomas has a passion for empowering adults to prevent negative youth behavior and inspiring youth to make positive life choices. His work as a Youth Development Coach for kids in foster care continued into his current position as a Prevention Specialist with notMYkid. In this role Tomas educates youth and adults from across the nation on life skills and prevention strategies to help kids reach their full potential. Since joining the notMYkid team in 2014 he has directly impacted communities through over 350 speaking engagements to an audience of over 50,000 at schools, organizations, conferences, corporations, and community groups. His experience with the Arizona Governor’s Youth Commission has inspired student leaders from counties across the state to proactively address challenges their peers are facing today. As the Chair of the Tempe Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking and Substance Use, Tomas works with the committee to highlight awesome and fun alternatives so that youth have something better to do. In his spare time you can likely find Tomas hanging out with his family, on a hiking trail with friends, finding the best slice of pizza, or beatboxing till his face turns blue.
Antu discovered his passion for helping others at a young age as a volunteer firefighter/ EMT in Kensington, Maryland. Originally from the East Coast, he has always believed in the importance of education. Antu received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminology at Barry University in Miami, Florida but unfortunately developed an opioid/ benzodiazepine addiction in his early 20’s following a motorcycle accident. After three arrests and seven rehab attempts, Antu knew he needed a new way of life and hopped on a plane to treatment in Arizona.
After going through residential treatment, Antu enjoyed the state and applied to ASU. He devoted himself to his community and worked in the behavioral health field for almost 2 years. His duties ranged from intakes in detox to case management and even running therapeutic meetings. He is knowledgeable about the struggles of addiction and the various stages of recovery. He wishes to teach others about his struggle so that they don’t have to walk the same path.
Since arriving at notMYkid, Antu completed graduate school and received his Master’s degree in Sustainability. He plays an active role in the Tempe Youth Coalition and is a firm believer in educating students with the proper tools to be prepared for the various curveballs in life such as substance use, healthy relationships, and proper mental health care to live up to their full potential. Antu is also a Certified Peer Support Specialist for notMYkid.
Antu spends his free time sponsoring and helping other struggling addicts get clean and sober. He also enjoys cuddling with his gray Doberman Pinscher and playing Xbox while simultaneously binge-watching Netflix.
notMykid is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Every day, our children make potentially life-or-death choices related to topics such as suicide, substance use, digital behaviors, body image, bullying, and dating violence. So many of them suffer in silence and all too often, families also struggle in silence.
You can help us make the difference through proactive and highly effective programming.
Your tax-deductible support is crucial to our mission to inspire positive life choices and help our youth arrive to adulthood, healthy and whole.
- $250.00 sponsors a family in need of our early intervention support program, Project Rewind.
- $500.00 underwrites school programming, where we can impact hundreds of at-risk students with a single event.
- $1,000 sponsors critical training programs for teachers and the community at-large on suicide prevention.
- $5,000 underwrites a full suite (10) of prevention programs at underserved schools.
Every dollar counts. Here are other ways YOU can help.
- Charitable Tax Credit Donations: You may reduce the amount of taxes you owe or increase your refund by making a Charitable Tax Credit Donation to notMYkid. Donors can direct up to $800.00 per couple or $400.00 per individual. This donation is different than the Public or Private School Tax Credit and taxpayers are eligible to make both! Our QCO code is 20724.
- Host or Underwrite a notMYkid Event: Our expert team delivers high quality workshops throughout the year for parents and stakeholders on a wide variety of critical issues facing our youth and community. Sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are available. Learn how. Contact email@example.com
- Sponsor a Program: Honor your preferred institution with the information, education, and tools that will empower youth to reach their full potential by making positive life choices.
Corporate Wellness: Make saving lives the business of your business! Bring notMYkid’s corporate wellness program to your workplace and help us educate parents and caregivers where they work. One of the greatest hidden influences on workplace productivity is the distraction of family issues. Studies show that distressed and distracted employees spend more than 1/3 of their time at work being unproductive.
Volunteer: Join our Women’s Auxiliary! The Women’s Auxiliary is a dynamic group who support the mission of nMk through philanthropy and education. They are on the forefront of community involvement and work to increase the reach of nMk in a variety of school and community settings. They also support our annual spring gala, the largest single source of funds raised for the organization. Contact our Events Coordinator to learn more at Laura@notmykid.org
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Helios Education Foundation ⋅ Arizona Foundation for Educational Advancement ⋅ Dorrance Family Foundation
Mr. Craig Jackson ⋅ First Check ⋅ Thunderbirds Charities ⋅ Legacy Foundation
Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation ⋅ Martin Family Foundation ⋅ Goldberg Family Foundation
Diane & Bruce Halle Family Foundation ⋅ CBRI ⋅ Snell & Wilmer LLP