HELP & HOPE FOR YOUTH STEERING COMMITTEE & STAFF

Christina Bickelmann, MLA

Executive Director, NAMI Southern Arizona

Prior to becoming the Executive Director of NAMI Southern Arizona, Christina had been serving as their Communications and Events Director for nearly seven years.  One of her major responsibilities in that role was to plan, execute and handle all activities related to Southern Arizona's largest annual fundraiser NAMIWalks.  She has collaborated with the media to promote the Walk and NAMI's mission to improve the quality of life for all those affected by mental illness.  Her goal is to continue to expand programs and services to everyone in the community, reduce stigma and reach our youth earlier with mental health information, education and support.  

Before coming to NAMI SA, Christina worked in the field of water conservation in both the public and private sectors.  Her public service experience included nearly 18 years with the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR).  In her role there, she was responsible for program development, public events, community outreach and the development of educational materials.  In addition to her work for ADWR, she also founded and then chaired or co-chaired the annual Earth Day Festival in Southern Arizona for the first 19 years. 

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.

Allison Huff MacPherson, DHEd

Assistant Professor, UArizona Department of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Huff MacPherson is an assistant professor in the UArizona College of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine. Her professional career has spanned several countries and broadly focuses on behavioral health and substance abuse, education, and machine learning in healthcare. She prioritizes the impact of acculturation and sociocultural factors in these areas, particularly for underrepresented minorities. She started her UArizona career in the College of Optical Sciences, where she continues to serve as principal investigator and co-principal investigator on several National Science Foundation grants centered on community capacity building with Native Nations and Indigenous peoples. Dr. Huff MacPherson earned her Doctor of Health Education degree in Community Health and Wellness from A.T. Still University and her Master of Education degree in Instructional Psychology and Technology from the University of Oklahoma.

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.

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