Prevent Child Abuse Arizona Board of Directors
Every non-profit agency with a critical mission exists because a number of talented and committed volunteers serve as members of the board of directors. Our board is no exception – a former university president, family law attorney, tribal social service provider, child welfare executive, professional fund raiser, university faculty member and financial services executive are just some of the talented Arizona citizens who support our mission by serving on the board.
Our Board of Directors includes:
Juliet Peters, JD – President
Juliet Peters has practiced law in Arizona since 1998 after graduating cum laude from Arizona State University. She discovered her passion for child welfare issues when she was tapped to lead the Child and Family Protection Division of the Attorney General’s office in 2006. In her role as Division Chief Counsel, she supervised 380 employees in 22 offices spread throughout the state. Juliet now runs a boutique law practice in Scottsdale, where she serves clients in a variety of industries. She is also the former president of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association.
Cathy Brown – Vice President
Cathy Brown is a regional director at First Things First. In this role, she partners with tribal legislative leaders, state and federal government officials, community leaders, private entities and faith-based groups to build up the early childhood system so children start school healthy and ready to succeed. She is responsible for a $1 million budget and the overall leadership development of 11 council members.
Cathy brings more than 15 years of experience in working with individuals from diverse communities to improve the health and welfare of women and children. Her background includes working with the Colorado River Indian Tribes Head Start Program in Parker, Arizona, where she led a team of family service advocates. Cathy also served as a Peace Corps Rural Health volunteer in San Pedro, El Salvador, where she fostered sustainability through education and mentorship of women.
Alanna Lacey – Treasurer
Alanna Lacey is a private banking vice president with Mutual of Omaha in Scottsdale. She has a decade of experience in the financial services industry and is a dedicated volunteer, giving back to the Phoenix-area community. She previously served as a member of the Junior League of Phoenix, as chair of the 2011 and 2012 Kidney Walk events, and as a mentor with AZ Quest for Kids.
Rachel Oesterle – Secretary
Rachel Oesterle, president of Oesterle & Associates LLC, practices as an independent consultant specializing in the nonprofit sector. Her specific concentration centers on organizational assessment, strategic initiatives, capacity-building and collaborative partnerships. A leader in the nonprofit sector for more than 30 years, Rachel is known as a strategic specialist and builder, helping many nonprofits articulate and implement their visions. Currently, she leads the Renewing Lives Campaign for the Franciscan Renewal Center, a multifaceted fund development and engagement program encompassing operational and endowment philanthropic support and a $20 million capital program. Prior to establishing her consulting practice, Rachel capped a 14-year career with Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK-AZ), a statewide child welfare organization, serving as its president and CEO.
Mary Ellen Brown, PhD – Board Member
Mary Ellen Brown, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Arizona State University School of Social Work. Her areas of specialized research include community advancement, promoting effective human service organizations, and transforming systems that perpetuate poverty in order to impact the social determinants of health and improve quality-of-life outcomes for vulnerable populations. She is a member of the Youth Violence Prevention Council.
Sandra Eiger – Board Member
Sandra Eiger is a financial adviser at Able Financial Group. She volunteers in her community and enjoys planning local nonprofit events. When away from the office, Sandra enjoys watching her daughter play competitive volleyball and spending time with her family, friends and two loyal dogs.
Susie Huhn – Board Member
The Executive Director at Casa de los Ninos, Susie holds a bachelor’s in education and a master’s in organizational management, and has more than 30 years of experience in the provision of human services in Arizona. Casa de los Ninos is a nationally accredited organization providing parent education and support as well as child welfare and behavioral health services in Pima County. Casa de los Ninos has a staff of 280 employees and more than 100 volunteers. “I feel lucky to be able to say after all these years I still love what I do,” she says. Susie also works on many boards and committees on the local, state and national level, with a focus on child welfare, early childhood education, and child abuse prevention, advocating for a community that values children, families and their future.
Stephen Kahne, PhD – Board Member
Stephen Kahne is Professor Emeritus at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott campus, where previously he was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Chancellor. Dr. Kahne has degrees from Cornell University and the University of Illinois. He has served on the boards of Yavapai Regional Medical Center, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, and Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority. Steve was a Court-Appointed Special Advocate and Victim Advocate in Yavapai County. He is currently a mentor in the Yavapai Juvenile Justice Center, on the board of Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation, and a mediator in the Prescott Justice Court.
Laura Karnitschnig, DNP, RN, CPNP – Board Member
Dr. Laura Karnitschnig is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner who received her Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2015 from Northern Arizona University (NAU). She earned her master’s in Nursing, PNP, in 2003 from Oregon Health Sciences University and her Bachelor of Science, with a minor in psychology, in 1997 from Salisbury University in Maryland. Laura’s doctoral project focused on prevention of child maltreatment through routine intimate partner violence (IPV) screening of adults. Doctoral work also entailed investigating barriers to IPV screening in the emergency department setting, providing education to nurses on IPV impacts, and training nurses on how to respond to positive and negative patient screenings. Laura has practiced nursing in a variety of clinical settings, including neonatal intensive care and pediatrics. She is currently an Associate Clinical Professor at NAU School of Nursing.
Dr. Anne Maiden, DO, FAAP – Board Member
Dr. Maiden is a pediatrician and Chief Medical Officer at Valle del Sol Total Health Clinics. She completed her undergraduate degree with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Miami at Coral Gables. Dr. Maiden knew she wanted to be a pediatrician since age 12, but it was during medical school at Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona, that she developed an interest in rural medicine. She was awarded the Arizona Health Services Scholarship, which allowed her to pursue her passion to work in a medically underserved community. Dr. Maiden has investigated child abuse from a clinical, forensic, and judicial perspective. She has a special interest in patient education by promoting wellness, such as balanced nutrition and an active lifestyle, as well as prevention of child abuse, parental education, and early literacy.
Kristine Reich, Esq., MSW – Board Member
Owner/Mediator/Attorney at Restorative Law and Mediation, PLLC, Kristine has served on the Board of Directors for Prevent Child Abuse Arizona since 2008, and served as president for two years. Kristine is a family law mediator and attorney who started a problem-solving practice, Restorative Law and Mediation, PLLC, in 2015. Prior to starting her own practice, Kristine joined the Donison Law Firm in 2011 and was a senior administrator at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
Alfredo J. Molina – Advisory Council Chairman
Chairman and CEO of Molina Fine Jewelers Alfredo J. Molina is proud of his lineage as a Master Jeweler dating back to 17th Century Italy. Cuban-born Alfredo entered the jewelry business at the age of eight when he learned the diamond and gemstone business from his grandfather. He came to Phoenix with a dream of starting his own jewelry store. Since opening Molina Fine Jewelers in 1987, he has built an unparalleled reputation, offering the rarest of gems and exclusive fine jewelry. He supports more than 300 charities and non-profit organizations.
Dr. Ali Mosharrafa – Advisory Council Member
Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery Dr. Ali Mosharrafa is a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who has been in practice in Phoenix since 1996. He specializes in all aspects of cosmetic surgery and breast reconstruction for cancer patients. His practice is consistently recognized by his peers as one of the best in the valley and he is considered a leader in these disciplines. He has three children of his own and is pleased to dedicate his time to the prevention of child abuse in Arizona.
Kristi Joiner Mosharrafa – Advisory Council Member
Kristi Joiner Mosharrafa is an award-winning video producer with over 20 years experience in video and television. After working with KPHO CBS 5 for 12 years, she started her own company, Creative Cuts, and has worked with clients such as ESPN, Go Daddy, Toys R Us and several television stations across the country.
Toby Schultz – Advisory Council Member
Toby Schultz is a graduate of Bentley University with a B.S. in Marketing Management. After graduating, she founded KG Food Brokers Inc. and was instrumental in the development and launch of a croissant product line at Dunkin Donuts nationwide. Later, she served 19 years at Kraft Foods Inc. in sales roles managing brand portfolios including Kraft Mac & Cheese, MiO and Gevalia Coffee. For more than 30 years she has advocated for children’s rights. Her volunteer experience includes a newborn nursery in Sarasota, Florida; Make A Wish Foundation, Arizona Chapter; and the Yavapai Regional Medical Center. Her passion is children and their right to live free of neglect.