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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)

Sara Dial

Board Chair
Sara Dial & Associates President and CEO

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Joyce Millard Hoie

Vice Chair
Former Raising Special Kids Executive Director

Tess Burleson, CPA, MBA

Board Secretary
TGen Chief Operating Officer &
TGen Health Ventures President

Jack Henry

Board Treasurer
Founder & Managing Director
of Sierra Blanca Ventures, LLC
& Clarke’s Grandfather

Denise D. Resnik

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

Doug Eaton

Board Member
Former Vantage Mobility International (VMI) CEO

Nancy L. White, J.D.

Vice Chair
Steptoe & Johnson Partner
& Molly's Mom

Howard Sobelman

Board Member
Snell & Wilmer Partner

Susan I. Smith

Board Member
Director of IT Frontline Services
Salt River Project & Aaron's Mom

Kathy Hancock

Board Member
Hancock Strategic Consulting, LLC Principal

Leadership

Denise D. Resnik

President/CEO & Matt's Mom

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Nancy Ottmann

Executive Director

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Marci Muhlestein

First Place Global Leadership Institute Center for Education, Training & Employment Director; Transition Academy Managing Director

Global Leadership Institute Faculty

George Braddock

Creative Housing Solutions, LLC Director

Catherine Camp Boyle

Catherine Camp Boyle

Autism Housing Pathways, Inc. Founder & President
Mother of a young man with autism

Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.

EPIC School Executive Director

Anna Hundley, M.Ed.

Autism Treatment Center (ATC)
Texas Executive Director

Raun D. Melmed, M.D.

SARRC Co-Founder & Medical Director
Melmed Center Director & Developmental Pediatrician

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Marci Muhlestein

First Place Global Leadership Institute Center for Education, Training & Employment Director; Transition Academy Managing Director

Daniel Openden, Ph.D., BCBA-D

SARRC President & CEO

Jeff Ross, M.A.

First Place Adult Transition Specialist

Paul Shattuck, Ph.D.

AJ Drexel Autism Institute
Drexel University Associate Professor & Life Course Outcomes Research Program Leader

Christopher Smith, Ph.D.

SARRC Vice President & Research Director

Advisors

Steven A. Betts

Betts Real Estate Advisors Founder & President

Peter Bell

Ascendigo Autism Services
President & CEO and Tyler's Dad

Joe Blackbourn

Everest Holdings
President & CEO

David C. Brown

Home Matters® CEO & National NeighborWorks® Association (NNA) Executive Director

Catherine Camp Boyle

Autism Housing Pathways, Inc.
Founder & President
Mother of a young man
with autism

Ellis Carter

Caritas Law Group, P.C.
Legal Counsel

Joseph Cooper

NuvOx Pharma
Chief Business Officer

James D. Howard, Jr.

Dudley Ventures Founder & Principal Shareholder

Bill Karny

Col. Harland Sanders Foundation President (USA)
& Charlotte's Grandfather

The Late Natalie S. Lang

Lang Associates
Business Consultant

Raun D. Melmed, M.D.

SARRC Co-founder & Medical Director; Melmed Center Director & Developmental Pediatrician

Ian Paregol

DC Coalition for
Disability Service Providers
Executive Director

Wellington "Duke" Reiter, FAIA

Solutions Initiative at the
ASU Foundation
Senior Vice President & Managing Director

Paige Rogers, M.S.W., C.P.R.P.

Community Connections Consulting Services Founder Former SARRC VLSA Director

Jeff Ross, M.A.

First Place Adult Transition Specialist

Michael Sklar

Sonata Properties
Broker & Managing Member

Michael Trailor

Arizona Department of
Economic Security
Director

Linda J. Walder, Esq.

The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation (DJF) Founder & Executive Director

Capital Campaign Cabinet

Melissa Ahearn Lange

Northwestern Mutual
Financial Advisor

Susan Drescher-Mulzet

Philanthropist &
Community Volunteer

Keith Earnest

Van Trust Executive Vice President & Market Leader

Danielle Feroleto, M.A., CPSM

Small Giants, LLC
Owner & Founder

Jim Fijan

CBRE Executive Vice President

Lorena Garcia

Bloguettes & Esto es Púrpura Co-Founder

Adam Goodman

Goodmans Interior Structures President

John W. Graham

Sunbelt Holdings
President & CEO

The Late Natalie S. Lang

Lang Associates
Business Consultant

Lisa Pavelka McAlister, CPA

Mother & Autism Advocate

Thomas W. Roberts

VEREIT, Inc.
Executive Vice President &
Chief Investment Officer

Judy Schubert

Philanthropist &
Community Activist

Karrin Taylor Robson

Arizona Strategies
President & CEO

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