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The Team

Nationally renowned leaders in business, real estate, medicine, education and research who are pioneering new models in housing and community development.

The People Behind First Place®

Board of Directors (Click for bios)

Howard Sobelman

Board Chair
Snell & Wilmer Partner & Tyler's Dad

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Joyce Millard Hoie

Vice Chair
Former Raising Special Kids Executive Director & Matt's Mom

Kathy Hancock

Board Secretary
Vertex Advisors Group Consultant

Bruce Schwartz

Board Treasurer
Former Jerith Manufacturing Co., Inc. Owner & President & Emily’s Dad

Amit Basak

Board Member
Chairman, President & Co-Founder, Full Potential Solutions

Paul Penzone

Board Member
Sheriff of Maricopa County

Denise D. Resnik

Board Member
First Place Founder, President/CEO
SARRC Co-Founder & Emeritus Board Member
DRA Collective Founder & CEO
& Matt's Mom

Lorenzo Romero

Board Member
CFO of BASIS Educational Ventures

Juan Salgado

Board Member
Phoenix IDA CEO
Phoenix Community Development & Investment Corp. CEO

Michael Trailor

Board Member
Gold Key Consulting CEO

Greg Wells

Board Member
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Senior Vice President & Chief People Officer


Denise D. Resnik

Founder, President/CEO & Matt's Mom

Nancy Ottmann

Chief Operating Officer

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Sarah Amaral

Director of Development

Mary Ann Bashaw

Mary Ann Bashaw

Communication Specialist

Maureen Casey

Director, Global Leadership Institute's Colonel Harland Sanders Center for Applied Research and The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Center for Public Policy

Lexie Barraza, CTRS

Director of Community Life & Wellness

Natasha Grant, MNLM

Director of Workplace & Community Inclusion

Renée Greene

Executive Coordinator

brad herron-valenzuela

Director, Global Leadership Institute's Phoenix IDA Center for Education, Training & Employment

Alyssa Land

Digital Marketing & Creative Coordinator

Jessica Luna MMHW

Director of Supports & Mental Health Coordinator

Sarah Marchese M.Sc., SHRM-CP

Human Resources Manager

Kim Monette

Director of Property Relations

Josh Munoz

Family & Community Outreach Coordinator

Tom Ortega

Director, Global Leadership Institute's Mulzet Center for Expression

Michael Stoffey

Director of Finance