Board of Directors

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Bonnie Boyce-Wilson

Chair
Retired Social Worker and Community Advocate Raised in Colorado, received a BA at Colorado State University, Pueblo and Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Denver. Bonnie’s career employment was in the field of child protection, where she worked her way up to serve as Child Welfare Division Director at the Colorado State Dept. of Human Services. She was involved in drafting legislation and working closely with and testifying before the Colorado legislature. Bonnie has lived in Arizona for 16 years, is active in the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women and has served as Public Policy chair and registered lobbyist with both organizations. She taught at the Master’s level in the graduate schools of social work at ASU and the University of Denver, teaching practice and policy. Bonnie worked for ten years as a Social Worker for Hospice of the Valley. Bonnie considers herself a political activist. She is married with 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. She is active in her church and enjoys travel, hiking and ceramics. Bonnie is a board member for Emerge Arizona and the League of Women Voters. She is a member of the Long Range Planning Committee for Sun City West and chairs the Northwest Valley Community Transportation Stakeholders Group.
sharon ward

Sharon Ward

Vice Chair
Biography Coming Soon

Jennifer Drago

Treasurer, Executive Vice President of Population Health, Sun Health
As executive vice president of population health, Drago has played a pivotal role in developing and launching several groundbreaking population health-style programs, including the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing, Care Transitions, Community Education and Memory Care Navigator. Several of these programs have received national recognition for quality and innovation. Drago has more than 20 years of health care experience, including serving as an associate administrator for Boswell Memorial Hospital (now Banner Boswell Medical Center) and Del E. Webb Memorial Hospital (now Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center). She also held the position of vice president of planning services for the former Sun Health hospital system. She earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from Arizona State University, as well as an MBA and a master’s in health services administration.

Sharon Hettick

Secretary
Biography Coming Soon

Connie McMillin

Biography Coming Soon

Courtney Allen

Courtney Allen is a native of Arizona. She went to Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri and graduated with a Masters Degree in Recreation Management and Double Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Recreation and Recreation Management. Courtney has been working with Benevilla since she graduated with her Master’s Degree in 2006, where she started at the Restorative Life Enrichment Program as the Activity Therapist.

Linda Ford

Biography Coming Soon

Tom Profico

Mr. Profico has been volunteering with Northwest Valley Connect since summer of 2015 but has been on the board since January of 2016. Profico works as one of NVC’s board members. In that job as board member, Mr. Profico helps plan and organize events for Northwest Valley Connect. Mr. Profico also volunteers as a driver for NVC in the summer time. He helps organize driving policies and procedures. Mr. Profico also volunteers at many other organizations as well which include: a position at Banner Olive Branch Senior Center, social service work, Sun City’s area transit, and helps find sources for those who have special economic needs. Mr. Profico attended Arizona State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology. Mr. Profico’s favorite part of Northwest Valley Connect is assisting people and helping people within the involvement at NVC. He loves finding solutions to the needs of an aging community. Thomas says, “I love fulfilling the community’s needs” – Thomas Profico

Ron Guziak

Ron Guziak served as President/CEO of Sun Health Services from December 2009 until his retirement in March 2018. A career health care executive, Guziak led a transformation of Sun Health from a hospital system operator to one of the largest and most successful non-profits focused on owning and operating senior living campuses in Arizona. Sun Health also established nationally recognized community health programs that serve thousands of local residents annually through the innovative Sun Health Center for Health and Wellbeing. Prior to his position at Sun Health, Guziak served in senior executive positions at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, CA, Providence Little Company Mary Health System in Torrance, CA and St Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, TX. His health care career was enhanced through business experience gained while growing a small business into a leading import/export company in light manufacturing. He is currently writing his first book explaining how his experience as a 13 year-old caddie has impacted his career, family life and personal relationships.

Joanne Thomson

Joanne Thomson developed a deep commitment and passion for charitable work in the nonprofit field early in her career and grew committed to helping people who have: intellectual and cognitive disabilities, dementia, survived a stroke, mental illness, and Parkinson’s Disease. Thoughtful in her leadership style, she strives to enrich the lives of community members and makes positive changes in how we care for our loved ones. Through her guidance, Benevilla’s programs and services have thrived. The number of persons served throughout the years has been on the rise. The Adult Day Services were transformed into Life Enrichment Programs to better serve the needs of the future customers. In October of 2016, Joanne Thomson was chosen to lead Benevilla as President/CEO. She is an Aging Services CARF Surveyor (since 2014) and travels around the U.S.A. and Canada to assess other aging service providers’ best practices. She has overseen the operations of Benevilla since 2012 and prior to that, she supervised one of the Life Enrichment Programs (since 2007). Joanne Thomson was born and grew up in Reno, Nevada and attended California State University, Chico where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Administration with the option of Therapeutic Recreation in 1999. She was awarded top recreation therapy student of the graduating class.