HELP & HOPE FOR YOUTH STEERING COMMITTEE & STAFF

Christine Wells, PhD, MBA

Interim Executive Director, NAMI Southern Arizona

Dr. Wells holds an MBA, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology.   She worked in private practice as a child psychologist, and as Director of Children’s Services for a private, nonprofit community mental health care agency in upstate New York before she began a management career working with health plans and providers.  Following seven years with Magellan Behavioral Health in Vermont, she became Chief Operating Officer for Intermountain Centers for Human Development in Tucson.  At Intermountain she supervised human resources, training, quality management, information systems and fundraising/development while working closely with the CEO and Board of Directors.  After eight years, she left Intermountain to become Chief Executive Officer in Tucson for Assurance Health and Wellness.  There she developed and executed strategic growth initiatives in partnership with the leadership team, including developing and implementing a fully integrated primary care/behavioral health services clinic.  In 2017, she started her current consulting business focused on healthcare strategy solutions.

Leslie Cohen, J.D.

Interim Vice Chair for Outreach and Community Engagement and Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, UA College of Medicine

Leslie CohenIn her current position, Ms. Cohen is responsible for leadership of Family and Community Medicine’s outreach programs and initiatives. Ms. Cohen has substantial expertise in disability related law and policy including in the behavioral health area. Prior to joining the University of Arizona, she was the executive director for over ten years of the Arizona Center for Disability Law, Arizona's protection and advocacy system for persons with physical, behavioral health and developmental disabilities. For many years, she has served as a consultant to organizations in Arizona and nationally on a wide variety of strategic planning, organizational management and substantive disability issues. She has previously served as President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD); Board President, Primavera Foundation; Board Member, Linkages Arizona and ArSOBO Arizona Sonoran Cross Border Projects for Inclusion.

Cindy Godwin, Consultant

Godwin Marketing Consulting

Following ownership in two Tucson marketing, advertising and public relations businesses, Ms. Godwin played a key role in starting up both for-profit and nonprofit mission-based organizations, including StrengthBuilding Partners, a nonprofit training and coaching organization that works primarily in schools, and Mrs. Green’s World, a multi-media educational resource on environmental sustainability and social justice. For the past two years Ms. Godwin has consulted with NAMI SA, first on creating a marketing plan for the organization, followed by taking a leadership role in the development of the Stigma Reduction and Improved Mental Health for Youth Initiative. She is the mother of a woman with both mental and physical illnesses, and brings her understanding of the challenges family members face in helping their children. As a volunteer Board member, Ms. Godwin chaired the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona Community Investment Team in 2008 when it funded three collaborative groups, each working to create systemic change, in what became the first use of the Collective Impact model of social change in Southern Arizona. Currently she is a member of the Rotary Club of Tucson and a fellow in the Public Voices Fellowship sponsored by the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona.

Arcelia Cornidez, MBA

Project Director

Arcelia (Arcy) Cornidez, MBA, has over 11 years of experience in social services, having worked in case management, intensive home visitation, and respite care. She also has over 17 years experience in education, including out-of-school time and during school time settings, and has worked with children, youth and young adults. She has provided training and guidance to community partners on youth friendly referral systems and has presented nationally on engaging youth in foster care and transforming curriculum. Her goal is to help educate and empower children, youth and young adults so that they may live a fulfilling life. Arcy believes that because the youth are our future, it is our responsibility to encourage them to use their voice and recognize the value of impact they can have on the future.

Emily Rorke

Project Assistant

Emily Rorke is a nonprofit professional and advocate with experience working with school-based health centers and person-centered medical homes. Prior to joining Help & Hope for YOUth, Emily was a consultant for NAMI Connecticut working on the Alliance for Children's Mental Health. Emily graduated in 2010 from the University of Arizona's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Originally from Connecticut, she loves living in Tucson and spending time with her grandparents. Emily is a member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Oro Valley.

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