Transforming Healthcare in Arizona

Meet Our Board of Directors

The Arizona Alliance For Community Health Centers (the Alliance) is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of representatives from health centers, Look-Alikes, and Federally Qualified Health Centers and meets on a regular basis to drive the strategic vision of the Alliance.



Wendy Armendariz, MBA

Chief Executive Officer
Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health (NOAH)
Vice Chair

Karen Hoffman Tepper, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer
Terros Health

Dan Prevost, MBA

Chief Executive Officer
Mariposa Community Health Center

Pedro Cons

Chief Executive Officer
Adelante Healthcare
Member at Large & Immediate Past President

John Swagert, MD

Chief Executive Officer
Mountain Park Health Center


Hunter Adams, MBA

Chief Executive Officer
Creek Valley Health Clinic

Blaine Bandi, MLS, MHSA

Chief Executive Officer
Wesley Community & Health Centers

Daniel Barbara, DHSc

Chief Executive Officer,
Desert Senita Community Health Center

Michelle Barker, DHSc

Sr VP Ambulatory Services & CEO FQHC Clinics,
Valleywise Health

Joshua Carzoli, MBA, PharmD

Chief Executive Officer
MHC Healthcare

Christopher David

Chief Executive Officer
Native Americans for Community Action

Kimberly K. Despres, DHA, RN

Chief Executive Officer
Circle the City

Eddie Estrada, MD

Chief Executive Officer
Sun Life Family Health Center

Christopher (CJ) Hansen, MHA

Chief Executive Officer
Canyonlands Healthcare

Leslie Horton, MA, MCHES

Yavapai County Community Health Services

Clinton Kuntz, DBH

Chief Executive Officer
El Rio Health

Laura Larson-Huffaker

Chief Executive Officer
Horizon Health and Wellness

Jonathan Leonard

Chief Executive Officer
Sunset Community Health Center

Jonathan Melk, MD

Chief Executive Officer/Chief Medical Officer
Chiricahua Community Health Center

Walter Murillo, BS

Chief Executive Officer
Native Health

Anne Newland, MD, MPH

Chief Executive Officer
North Country HealthCare

Claudette Pippin

Chief Executive Officer
United Community Health Center

Mike Renaud

President & Chief Executive Officer
Valle del Sol

Joette Walters, RN

Chief Executive Officer
Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation

Meet Our Team

We’re a team of experts and thought leaders who are dedicated to improving the health of Arizonans through access to quality healthcare. Email us at to connect with one of our team members.


Jessica Yanow

President & CEO, AACHC & CVN

Dr. Robert Elk

Chief Medical Officer

Brenda Hanserd

Chief Financial Officer

Michelle Horne

Chief Operations Officer

Jen Jonas

Chief People & Culture Officer

Jennifer Longdon

Chief External Affairs Officer

Lisa Nieri

Chief Programs Officer


Chas Damo

Grants Manager

Faes Ibrahim

Director of Health Center Growth and Development

Cecilia Nguyen

Staff Accountant

Trish Ramirez

Executive Assistant to CEO

Anna Santos

Office Manager

Slone Smith

Human Resource Generalist

Kathy Tremento

Compliance Manager

Sandy Wallace

Director of Grants

Maureen Wanderi

Senior Accountant


Jennifer J. Burns

Senior Director of Legislative Affairs

Laura Hahnefeld

Director of Communications


Mahmudur Choudhury

HCCN Project Coach

Jamie Duncan

HCCN Associate Director – Data and Informatics

Jasman Shakya

HCCN BI Analyst

Deepti Vedala

HCCN Associate Director – Project Management


Meryl Deles

Outreach & Enrollment Services Information Manager

Mayra Gomez

Program Manager, Outreach & Enrollment

Claudia Maldonado

Director, Outreach & Enrollment Services

Samantha Pacheco

Outreach & Enrollment Coordinator


Melinda Cobb

Special Projects Manager

Leah Meyers

Director of Integrated Services

Emily Oake

Senior Director of Population Health

Lorraine Ramirez

Special Projects Manager


Kendall Gillispie

Training & Events Coordinator

Da-Nell Pedersen

Director of Training & Events


Angela Bryant

CAAHEC: Pathways Program Manager

Lourdes Montez

Workforce Development Manager

Mallika Peddada

CAAHEC: Outreach & Development Program Manager

Shelli Stewart

Director of Workforce