Prevent Child Abuse Arizona knows that we have an educated, talented, and positive staff. It did not take long for community to realize that, too! Please join us in congratulating two of our stellar staff members, Rebekah Prieto and Claire Louge, as they are recognized as true visionaries for the future and health of Arizona.
Prescott Young Visionary Award Presented to Rebekah Prieto
On October 11, staff member Rebekah Prieto was presented with the Prescott Young Visionary Award at the Prescott Business Awards. Rebekah became a part of the PCA team in January 2017 as the Director of Training and Development Manager. Rebekah received both her Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Human Development and Family Studies. Rebekah’s knowledge pours out of her in her passion and confidence in Prevent Child Abuse’s programs and mission. Though, Rebekah humbly proclaims, “A college professor once told me, ‘The more you know, the more you know you don’t know you know.’ These words have stuck with me and serve as a starting point for each new adventure I embark upon. I strive for continued growth and learning so that I may help my children embrace the benefits of giving back to our society and so I am better equipped serve our community.”
I aspire to:
- Earn my PhD
- Help children and families in our community through the prevention of child maltreatment
- Savor every moment with my husband and children.
I envision an Arizona that continues to grow in prosperity! I hope to help our state achieve this by making sure all children and their families have what they need to be successful. When children and families have what they need, they are able to grow stronger. When families are stronger, our community will be stronger. A stronger community is a more prosperous one.
Not only does Rebekah serve PCA AZ with vigor, but she serves the community:
– Abstract Reviewer for the 21st National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect – Summer 2018
– Yavapai Community for Kids community group – January 2017 – Present
– Coordinated Community Response Team – January 2017 – Present
– Citizen Review Panel Northern Region – 2017
– Stepping Stones Domestic Violence Shelter – Volunteer – September 2016 – May 2017
– Prescott Valley Little League – Team Volunteer – 2016
– Arizona State University – Undergraduate Teaching Assistant – Fall 2015
Prescott 40 Under 40
In the October edition of the Prescott Living Magazine, Claire Louge was recognized as a Prescott “40 Under 40.” Claire Louge joined PCA Az in June 2014 as the Director of Training and Outreach. As part of Claire’s day-to-day activities, she coordinates all the trainings and conferences throughout Arizona, including 40-hour Advanced Forensic Interview Trainings, statewide Children’s Justice Trainings, and the annual Arizona Child Abuse Prevention Conference. She leads Yavapai Communities for Kids and has a very creative side as well, designing materials, writing press releases, and creating videos and website content.
Professional accomplishments: Claire has nine years of community outreach experience and four years of training coordination and project leadership. She is a certified trainer for Strengthening Families Protective Factors and she secured funding to create Strengthening Families Arizona. She is also a Trainer for Arizona Adverse Childhood Experiences Consortium. She has cultivated many relationships with community groups, organizations and individuals to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood health and development. She received the Prescott Area Young Professionals Visionary Award in 2014. Claire was recently accepted to the American Express Leadership Academy, Class 11. This is a select group of top emerging nonprofit leaders chosen for a year-long professional and personal leadership development program. She authored a book titled Things My French Mother Taught Me, she is fluent in French, and is an avid public speaker and communicator.
Education: Claire graduated with a BS degree in Human Development from Cornell University and then obtained her M.Ed. degree in Human Relations from NAU. Both degrees she received with distinction.
Community service: Claire is a past president of the Friends of the Del E Webb Family Enrichment Center and past governing board member of La Tierra Community School and she has been selected as Keynote Speaker for several events, and is a volunteer director of live action role-playing experiences for teens. She served as a volunteer consultant in Madagascar for Population Services International. In that role, she created a guide for presenting educational sexual health workshops to young people and trained 25 educators in its use. Claire also volunteers as a counselor at the Launch Pad’s Women’s Empowerment Breakthrough Conference for teen girls, and is a member of the Friends of the Family Enrichment Center, a group of people that raises funds to support the Family Enrichment Center, a high-quality childcare center in Prescott.