Prevent Child Abuse Arizona Board of Directors
Every nonprofit agency with a critical mission exists because a number of talented and committed volunteers serve as members of the board of directors.
Our Board of Directors includes:
Laura Karnitschnig, DNP, RN, CPNP – President
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 Assistant Professor at NAU School of Nursing.
Roy Teramoto, MD – Treasurer
Roy Teramoto is a board-certified pediatrician who has worked for the Indian Health Service for more than 34 years. During his career, he served on the Child Protection Teams of the Phoenix Indian Medical Center and the Phoenix Area Office. He has also previously served on the Arizona Child Fatality Committee. He is currently a member of the Triple P Arizona Community Advisory Committee.
Cara Kelly – Secretary
Cara is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). Her social work experience includes more than 12 years as a practitioner in child welfare services, including foster parent licensing and training, family preservation, child abuse and neglect investigations, and hospital pediatric social work. Cara earned a Master of Social Work in 2009 from Arizona State University, and is currently a PhD candidate in the ASU School of Social Work. Cara’s research includes child maltreatment prevention and intervention, trauma-informed care, child welfare risk and safety assessments, and outcome measurements for children and families. Cara currently practices as a social worker at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and as a research specialist at the ASU Center for Child Well-Being.
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 Juvenile Probation Office, a member of the Community Juvenile Justice Committee, on the board of Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation, and a member of a Foster Care Review Board for Yavapai County.
Rachel Oesterle – Board Member
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.
Stacy Reinstein – Board Member
Stacy currently serves as a senior policy analyst for the Supreme Court, partnering with senior leadership in the judiciary and key stakeholders. Prior to her current role, Stacy worked as a private consultant with clients in the areas of strategic communications, social media and marketing, and process improvement in human services and child welfare. Stacy began her career in Arizona state government with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the Governor’s Office and Cabinet-level directors in human services and juvenile justice. Born and raised in Arizona, Stacy is a Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy Fellow, and holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University.
April Rhodes – Board Member
April is the Chief Executive Officer of Spectrum Healthcare. She attended Arizona State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Development in 2009 and a Master of Advanced Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2012, with a strong focus on systemic theories and practices. April worked as a Child and Family Therapist at Arizona Children’s Association in its outpatient clinic as a mobile therapist, and in its family preservation program that is contracted with the Department of Child Safety, prior to which she was the director for major childcare facilities in Phoenix and an area supervisor of phlebotomy for Labcorp. She began as a Child and Family Therapist at Spectrum Healthcare Group in January 2013; began supervising the mobile staff in April 2013; and in September 2013, she was promoted to Children’s Program Supervisor, where she remained until 2014, at which time she began serving as Spectrum’s Deputy Director until assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2015.
Chris Scarpati – Board Member
Chris Scarpati was the founding director of Child Crisis Center and served in that role for 34 years until retiring in late 2015. The mission of the agency was preventing child abuse and building strong families. Programs included emergency shelter for infants and children through age 12, foster care and adoption, kinship support, family support programs, in-home services, a comprehensive volunteer program, and behavioral health. Chris and her team were honored to receive many awards through the years, and she was active in many collaborations and legislative issues including the institution of the child abuse prevention license plate. She serves as incoming president of Voices for CASA Children, and as a board member for Room for Joy, which creates dream rooms for children exiting local children’s hospitals.
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.