Meet the Team


Johanna Fierstein, MSW

Chief Executive Officer

David J. Newstone, Esq.

Director of Legal Services and General Counsel

Shannon Brien, Esq.

Staff Attorney

Daed Ayala, LCSW

Director of Clinical Services

Joanne McDonald

Chief Financial Officer

Sue Ann Springer

Senior Paralegal

Heather Harpest

Senior Paralegal

Catalina “Cat” Zavala

Helpline Advocate (bilingual English/Spanish)

Annette Ruskin, LCSW

Volunteer Therapist, Forensics Expert (bilingual English/Spanish)

Pat O’Connell

Educational Advocate

Board of Directors

Dick Geasland, LCSW

Non-Profit Executive (Retired)

Board Chairperson

Judge (Ret.) Penny Willrich

Superior Court Judge (Retired)

Board Member

Trish Leon, CDFA

Goodwill Gives


Kelly L. Mendoza, Esq.

Shareholder, Tiffany & Bosco, P.A.

Board Member

Debbie Ray, CVA, CHES

Volunteer Management Specialist (Retired)

Board Member

John "JK" Jackson

Vice President, Colliers International

Board Member

Meryl Warda, LCSW

ASU School of Social Work

Board Member

Dr. Sheri Duggan

Educational Leadership Consultant

Board Member

Jennifer Callender

Crossroads Academy (Retired)

Board Member

Sadaf Khwaja, MBA, M.Ed.

Sadaf Khwaja Consulting

Board Member

Jacki Granger

Vice President and Senior Healthcare Manager, Capital One

Board Member

Advisory Council

Faren Akins, Ph.D., J.D.

Akins Law Firm

Paul Beljan, Psy.D., ABPdN, ABN

Neuropsychologist & Founder, Beljan Psychological Services

Courtney Glenny, LPC

Healthy Connections Counseling

Alisa Gray, Esq.

Shareholder, Tiffany and Bosco, P.A.

David Lujan, J.D.

President & CEO, Children's Action Alliance

Christopher J. Meister, Esq.

Managing Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins

David Weinstock, J.D., Ph.D.

Forensic Counseling and Evaluations, P.L.L.C.