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.



John Swagert, MD

Chief Executive Officer
Mountain Park Health Center
Vice-Chair & CVN Board President

Jonathan Leonard

Chief Executive Officer
Desert Senita Community Health Center

Wendy Armendariz, MBA

Chief Executive Officer
Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health (NOAH)

Barbara Harding, BAN, RN, MPA, PAHM, CCM

Senior Vice President
Valleywise Health
Member at Large – Board of Directors

David Rogers, MBA

Chief Executive Officer
Sunset Community Health Center
Member at Large – Past President

Christopher (CJ) Hansen, MHA

Chief Executive Officer
Canyonlands Healthcare


Hunter Adams, MBA

Chief Executive Officer
Creek Valley Health Clinic

Blaine Bandi

Chief Executive Officer
Wesley Community Center

Lynette Bonar, RN, MBA, BSN

Chief Executive Officer
Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation

Pedro Cons

Chief Executive Officer
Adelante Healthcare

Dorothy Denetsosie Gishie

Interim 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

Carmen Heredia De La Torre, MSW

Chief Executive Officer
Valle del Sol

Rodolfo Jimenez, DO

Chief Executive Officer
United Community Health Center

Clinton Kuntz

Chief Executive Officer
El Rio Health

Laura Larson-Huffaker

Chief Executive Officer
Horizon Health and Wellness

Jonathan Melk, MD

Chief Executive Officer/Chief Medical Officer
Chiricahua Community Health Center

Walter Murillo

Chief Executive Officer
Native Health

Anne Newland, MD, MPH

Chief Executive Officer
North Country HealthCare

Christopher Oben

Interim Chief Executive Officer
MHC HealthCcre

Sharon Rickman

Community Health Center of Yavapai

Ed Sicurello

Chief Executive Officer
Mariposa Community Health Center

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

Lisa Nieri

Chief Operating Officer

Brenda Hanserd

Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Robert Elk

Chief Medical Officer

Michelle Horne

Chief Business Development Officer


Kat Bergman

Director of Human Resources

Dr. Nelly Clotter-Woods

Senior Director, Grants & Contracts

Patty Macias

Office Manager

Cecilia Nguyen

Staff Accountant

Christopher Robinson

Executive Assistant


Kendall Gillispie

Communication & Events Coordinator

Da-Nell Pedersen

Director of Communications & Training


Lindsay Dietz

HCCN Project Director

Jamie Duncan

HCCN Project Coach

Jasman Shakya

HCCN BI Analyst

Deepti Vedala

HCCN Project Coach


Jennifer J. Burns

Senior Director of Government & Media Relations


Melinda Cobb

Consortium Manager, Rural Opioid Response

Janelle Jones

Substance Use Disorder Program Manager

Kate Luna

Quality Improvement Manager

Leah Meyers

Director of Rural Women’s Health & Substance Use Disorder

Emily Oake

Senior Director of Population Health

Lorraine Ramirez

Program Manager, Rural Women’s Health & Oral Health


Meryl Deles

Outreach & Enrollment Services Information Manager

Mayra Gomez

Program Manager, Outreach & Enrollment

Claudia Maldonado

Director, Outreach & Enrollment Services


Angela Bryant

CAAHEC: Pathways Program Manager

Kai McKinstry

CAAHEC Program Coordinator

Lourdes Montez

Workforce Development Manager

Mallika Peddada

CAAHEC: Outreach & Development Program Manager

Ana Roscetti

Director of Workforce