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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.  She is a life member of The National Association of Social Workers.  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 20 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 two children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She is active in her church and enjoys travel, hiking and mentoring young professionals. Bonnie chairs the Northwest Valley Community Transportation Stakeholders Group. 



 

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Julie Kent-Partridge (Vice Chair)
 

Julie started with Northwest Valley Connect (NVC) as an MSW (Masters in Social Work) intern in December 2017. She graduated with her Master’s degree in Social Work- May 2019 from Arizona State University (ASU) with an added concentration in Human Resources, Leadership Management and Public Policy. She graduated with the highest honors of Summa cum laude and is a member of the National Honor Society for Social Workers. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work as well as a degree in Public Affairs from ASU. Julie’s work/career experience includes nearly 20 years working in and managing corporate call centers, successful small business ownerships and start up, nonprofit fundraising experience, background/employment in child welfare: Child Protective Services/Department of Child Safety, current and previous experience and employment in disability advocacy to include both adults and children as well as Veterans advocacy. Currently, Julie is a Social Worker in public education, as well as provides habilitation services for children and adults with Autism/disabilities (contracted by the Division of Developmental Disabilities/DDD). She is excited to work on connecting NVC with Vocational Rehabilitation, Public Education or like agencies that will bridge the gap for those disabled to transportation possibilities as they transition through life and throughout adulthood. Julie currently serves on the Arizona Department of Education Mental Health Safety Task Force and is also a Commissioner for the City of Surprise on the Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission. Julie is excited to be part of NVC’s board of directors as she has experience and knowledge that will help to expand NVC’s partnership opportunities by making connections with current contacts as she weaves herself through her various sectors.

    



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Sharon Ward (Secretary)

Assistant Controller with Cornerstone Advisors Inc. based out of Scottsdale Arizona since August 2018.  Prior to this role, she worked in the banking industry for 30 years in multiple areas including retail sales and operations management.

She is married, has two grown children, and three grandchildren.  She was a past member of the Surprise Chamber of Commerce, and worked for many years with Eve's Place as a volunteer fundraiser.  She loves travelling especially with her family and is a fan of all things Disney.                    



  

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Sharon Hettick (Treasurer)

Sharon Hettick and her husband Ken have lived in Sun City West for 15+ years.  Some of the assets she brings to the Board are over 23 years of corporate experience in human resources development and marketing. In addition, working in conflict resolution and coalition building helps her in public policy advocacy and establishing business partnerships and sponsorships. 

 

Sharon has an MA equivalent with management, professional training and teaching experience in California/Nevada/Oregon: holds a BA in Management/Marketing at St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA; and a Lifetime Community College Teaching Credential in Leadership and Sales. 

 

Community involvement has always been an area of interest.  While in Calif and Oregon, Sharon had numerous State appointments including, Redevelopment Commission, Transient occupancy Tax Board and Arts Commission.  In Arizona, she has been involved in helping the Governor in getting Human Trafficking bills passed and sat on Our Neighborhood Network Board as a SCW advocate. She helped develop the Marketing Plan for RCSCW Long-Range Planning/Marketing Task Force.  Currently, she is on the Board of Northwest Valley Connect as the Finance and Public Policy Chair and is involved in getting Transit (of all kinds) in the West Valley.
 
              



 

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Ken Reinstein
 

Ken Reinstein is the director of marketing & communications for Sun Health, a $400-million-dollar organization based in the Valley. He leads external communications, media relations, advertising and social media management functions, including brand, media and community outreach and has more than 20 years of combined senior leadership in marketing and communications. Ken describes himself as an “insane networker,” and has over 2,000 followers on LinkedIn. He has a BA in journalism with emphasis on public relations from ASU. Ken lives in north Scottsdale and also has strong connections in the West Valley. And, he currently serves as a volunteer member of the board of directors for the Phoenix Conservatory of Music, where he is also chair of their marketing committee.                                




 

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Connie McMillin
 

Retired to Sun City, Arizona  1993

 

Active philanthropist, patron and volunteer primarily in the arts and culture sector in the West Valley and Metro Phoenix.

 

Former business executive in REIT industry, financial organizations, architecture, administrative curation of major corporate and private art collection.

 

Graduate of Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri; McGill University, Montreal, Canada; subsequent post graduate studies in architecture, economics, non-profit development, governance and planning.                          



 
 

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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.                           





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Kathy Knecht
 

Kathy Knecht is a long-time West Valley Community leader having served on the Peoria School Board and as the Executive Director of Leadership West.  Among other roles, she currently serves as the Chair of the West Valley Arts Council, on the Peoria Education Foundation Board and as a "Blue Blazer" Lifetime Volunteer at Luke AFB.

                                 




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NADIA JOLIE KASSONGO

Nadia Jolie Kassongo is the Director of Refugee Programs for the Area Agency on Aging Region One, Maricopa County, Arizona.  She was raised in Rwanda until the age of fifteen when facing genocide in 1994 her father left the region.  A refugee at a young age, she was sent to the Congo to live in a refugee camp. Later Nadia resettled in the United States in 2003. However, prior to arrival, Nadia seized the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree at the University of Adjame nestled on the Ivory Coast, West Africa.

 

While living in the US, Nadia began work with Catholic Charities as a volunteer for the “Strengthening Refugees Families” program. It was in January 2004 that she began her career as a Case Manager with the Area Agency on Aging for the Mosaic Elder Refugee Program.  During this time, Nadia had the opportunity to learn and share her skills with additional programs such as, Family Caregiver and DOVES Late-Life Domestic Violence.  Nadia assumed the position of Director of the Area Agency Refugee Program in 2012 where she continues to merge the needs of refugees with sustaining community resources while providing individuals the opportunity to become US citizens.

Nadia’s son is age 14, and her daughter is age 8.  She is also a foster care mom to four teen girls refugees from Africa and South America. Nadia is a recent recipient of a Master of Public Administration and Health Care Management degree from Grand Canyon University.






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Bhakti Gosalia 

Current position: Vice President of Operations for Sun Health Communities.  Providing strategic leadership for operation of Grandview Terrace in Sun City West, The Colonnade in Surprise and La Loma Village in Litchfield Park.


Bhakti has 32 years in health care delivery systems with Sun Health organization.

During 32 years positions held at SH: Executive Director, Administrator, Director of support services, Social services manages, Discharge planner.

 

Education:

•         Master’s in Social Work

•         Master’s in Health Services Administration.

 

Licenses:

•         AZ Licensed Nursing Care Institution Administrator 

•         AZ Certified Assisted Living Facility Manager

•         AZ Board of Behavioral Health – LCSW

 

Recognitions:

•         Award of Honor – LeadingAge - Arizona

•         Who’s Who in Business – Health Care leadership role.

 

Memberships:

•         ACHCA (awarded fellow status in 2015)

•         American College of Healthcare Executives

•         Alumni at University of Maryland – Baltimore Campus (UMBC) Erickson School (with certification in Leadership in Senior Housing & Care)

•         ASU - Social Work, field instructor

 

Multiple tenures on the LeadingAge AZ Board of Directors. Currently Chair elect for AZ LeadingAge.

  

                                         

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Anne White, Ph.D., CFRE

 

Anne White, a fund development and marketing professional for over 40 years, has a wealth of solid experience working for well-known national, regional, and local nonprofit organizations. A native of Brooklyn, New York, she attended college and graduate school in New York City, and spent her business life in the city until 1994 when she moved to Phoenix. 

 

Earlier in her career, Anne served the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, consulting with its 51 chapters in the North Atlantic region - working on strategic development and marketing plans with an emphasis on individual and major gifts, special events and direct mail. As Development Director of Special Olympics International, she developed new chapter special events across the country, inaugurated a gala with the New York Giants, and created the very first Lincoln Tunnel Challenge. As Associate Executive Director of the YWCA of the USA, she built major gift and planned giving campaigns, developed cause-related sponsorship activities, and served as a resource to 4,000-member associations. In 1994, American Cancer Society invited her to assist in the role of creating a new division encompassing Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada. 

 

In 2007, Anne reopened her former business in New York City, Anne C. White Associates, a consulting firm specializing in fundraising and marketing for non-profit organizations, which need professional personalized guidance to help them build capacity for development. A member of AFP since 1977, Anne received her certification as a CFRE in 1987, and Master Trainer Designation in 2011.  She has served as designer and mentor in the AFP Professional Development Program, Board member of the Balsz Community Education Foundation, National Society of Arts and Letters, Phoenix Chamber Music Society, and serves on the Policy Council for the Alliance of Arizona Non-Profits.  An experienced trainer and facilitator, Anne is a certified trainer for the Team Modules of IBM Workforce Solutions and facilitates board development workshops and seminars on developing annual fund plans for sustainability Anne has been adjunct faculty and instructor at Seton Hall University, Fairleigh Dickenson University, Drew University, William Patterson College and Orange County Community College, and developed two one-year long certification programs for two universities in New York City. 

 


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Anthony Valencia

Mr. Valencia’s professional experience gives him a unique perspective in both non-profit and for-profit organizations.  He began his career in an entrepreneurial environment, ultimately serving as Chief Financial Officer for several for-profit ventures.  He spent the next 16 years in various leadership roles at two Arizona nonprofit agencies.  For 4 years he was the Chief Financial Officer for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, then he spent 12 years at Chicanos Por La Causa Inc. (CPLC), most recently as Vice President of Real Estate Operations.  Prior to that, he was CPLC’s Vice President of Finance where he was responsible for managing all finance and accounting initiatives for CPLC and its subsidiaries.  Immediately prior to joining Benevilla, Mr. Valencia worked for a startup transportation company on finance operations and strategy to help the business scale and operate more efficiently.

 


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Brendon Blake

Brendon Blake is the Senior Program Specialist at AARP Arizona. He focuses on advocacy work at the local, state, and federal levels, working on a variety of issues such as transportation, financial security, and healthcare. Previously, Brendon worked in the areas of public housing and mental health. He has a passion to help people in whatever capacity he can. Brendon was born and raised in Phoenix, only leaving to complete his four-year degree in Psychology at Concordia University in Irvine, California. He then returned to his native Phoenix to pursue his Master’s degrees in both Social Work and Public Administration from Arizona State and has used some of those social work skills in previously volunteering for the Alzheimer’s Association as a Caregiver Support Group Facilitator.


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Kayoni Hughes

Kayoni Hughes moved to the city of Surprise from Denver, Colorado with her mom and stepdad in 2018. After graduating from Valley Vista High School in May of 2019, she began volunteering at the call center in June 2019. She is a current student at Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale and will be transferring to Arizona State University (ASU) to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Fall of 2021.

From seeing her aunt with Down Syndrome and her grandmother struggle to find reliable transportation when she was a young girl, she knew and believed deep down that nobody should be restricted from having the mobility and freedom to live life.

In her spare time, Kayoni enjoys watching game shows, traveling, and spending time with family and friends in various states including Colorado, baking, and sitting down with a good book. She is also up for any Country music concert!

 


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Brian Huebner


Along with his wife Julie, Brian owns the local Home Instead franchise providing non-medical homecare services to seniors in the northwest valley. Their office has won awards for client satisfaction, employee satisfaction and business success. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Brian had a 20+ year career in corporate America, mostly with Target and American Express. Throughout his career he has gained experience in multiple functional areas and industries, but the common theme has been people and organizational leadership which usually involved creating, growing and leading new organizations to support and drive new initiatives or products. Brian’s community involvement has included serving on the board of the Salt Lake Legal Society, assisting with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life and participating in several charitable fundraising events. Brian grew up in Minnesota and moved to Arizona several years ago for the sunshine and to be closer to his parents. For fun, he enjoys travel, music of all kinds and outdoor activities.