Management & Board of Directors
- Carol A. Carr
President - Chief Executive Officer
Lee Ann Ballinger - Director of Human Services
Ralph Villa - Director of Finance & Administration
Vacant - Business Development Manager
Bruce Jennerjohn - Accounting Manager
Amber Torres - Human Resources/Compliance
Diana Meza - Employment Services Manager
Brenda McAdams - Housing Manager
Almond McClain - Network Administrator
Board of Directors/Advisors
Carol A. Carr
President - Chief Executive Officer
Carol Carr has been CEO for ACHIEVE since 2004. Other professional experience in the human services arena includes serving as Executive Director of a non-profit agency addressing the needs of severely abused and neglected children and serving on various non-profit Boards of Directors while working in industry.
She has served in the capacity of executive management positions for over twenty years. In the for-profit arena Carr's background includes tenures with both IBM and Xerox Corporation inclusive of international business development. Carr has held memberships in ABWA, San Jose Chapter, served as Rotarian President, Fremont, CA Chapter. While living in the Bay Area, Carr served on the San Jose Economic Council that focused on the development of small, minority-owned business ventures. Nationally, she serves as the President to the National Council of SourceAmerica Employers (NCSE). She has been recognized for her merger of the Excel group, Inc. with the Yuma W.O.R.C. Center, Inc.
Carr currently serves on the Arizona Department of Administration, State Set-aside, the Arizona State Rehabilitation Committee (SRC) and chairs the Employment and Community Partnership for the sub-committee for the SRC, currently serves as Past Chair for the Arizona Association of Providers for People with Disabilities (AAPPD). Carr previously served as an adjunct faculty for the University of Phoenix where she taught the business curriculum for undergraduate and graduate studies. Carr's Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix was completed in 1992.
Business Development Manager
Federal & Commercial Contract
Deena Fetzer has been with ACHIEVE Human Services, Inc. since 2005. Deena was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1997. Her Military Occupant Specialty was Fiscal and Disburser. While in the military she received Meritorious Mast, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Letter of Appreciation and the Navy Achievement Medal. She was also a physical fitness instructor. She served on the YANPI Board, Is a member of YEP and the American Legion. Deena has many hobbies when not working or volunteering in the community consisting of running, board and card games, hiking, mentoring, spending time with her animals and meditating. "I enjoy working with the individuals that we serve".
Human Resources Manager
Employment Services Manager
Information Technology Administrator
Almond comes from El Centro, California but has been a resident of Yuma since 2004. Almond received his IT Certification from CompTIA. While working with IT certifications, Almond not only worked with Yuma Schoold District One, he also worked for First Solar on the installation of multiple large power grid projects through Yuma and Imperial counties. In his free time, Almond enjoys "nerding out" helping organize and run a little organization for radio-controlled vehicles in Yuma. Almond has been with ACHIEVE since 2016 and is the Agency and AES IT Administrator.
Brenda received her Bachelor's of Arts in Public Administration and has been with Achieve since 2014. Brenda is a Yuma native but worked in Colorado in the real estate industry, including as a licensed title examiner. In addition to her duties at ACHIEVE, Brenda currently serves as the state lead for the Yuma Coalition to End Homelessness.
Lee Ann Ballinger
Director of Human Services
Board Of Directors
Susan Gleason: Board Chair
Susan Gleason has been active member of ACHIEVE's Board since 1998. She served in the capacities of Chair and Vice Chair. Susan has been employed in the banking industry since 1984. Susan is a former student of the University of Minnesota and Minnesota School of Business. Susan also served on the Board of Yuma's March of Dimes Walk America from 1998 to 2006. Susan has been serving the First United Methodist Church as financial secretary since 2003. In May 2017, Susan was elected to serve as ACHIEVE's Board Chair.
Theresa Fox: Board Vice Chair
Theresa Fox joined the ACHIEVE Human Services, Inc. Board in January 2010. She is employed by the Yuma County Attorney's Office as a Deputy County Attorney. Prior to practicing law, Theresa worked for SDUSD as an elementary education teacher in San Diego, CA. She was born and raised in Yuma, Arizona.
Edward Lohman: Financial Advisor
Edward Lohman, President of Lohman and Associates, an engineering consulting firm, holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from North Dakota State University. He has served both government and private industry in various engineering roles including plant manager and project manager. Lohman is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Arizona Society of Professional Engineers, and is a former Master of the Masonic Lodge. For the past six years he has served on Boards of Directors for The Yuma WORC Center and the Saguaro Foundation, and currently serves as ACHIEVE's Financial Advisor.
Beck Brooks, now retired, held the position of Health Director for the Yuma County Health District for 7 years. Becky worked for Yuma County for 20 years in the Health District in several managerial positions, progressing to Deputy Director and then Director. Becky holds a BS Degree in Health Promotions and Public Health from the Northern Arizona University and is also Certified Medical Technologist. Ms. Brooks has worked in the private sector as well as public/government organizations. Becky has been a member of the Arizona Public Health Association and is C.H.E.S. certified. Ms. Brooks has served on the ACHIEVE Board since 2012 and was Board Chair until May 2017.
A retired speech pathologist for the Somerton School District joined the ACHIEVE Board in 1991. She has served ACHIEVE in many capacities including a past tenure as president, and currently as Chair of the Personnel Committee. Reeves holds a Master's degree in Language Pathology. She has been actively involved with the Special Olympics organization for 29 years, currently serving as the Fundraiser Chairperson. Reeves a member of P.E.O. - Chapter AG and selected Citizen of the year in 2000. Cathy is currently serving as Personnel Committee Chair. Reeves is also the owner and operator of a small community garden on Ave. A and County 17th.
Marion Shontz joined the ACHIEVE Board in 1989. She has also been serving on the Parker, Arizona, Town Council since 2005. Her professional experience includes current service as Director of the La Paz County Health Department. Shontz's education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with minors in business and criminal justice. She is also active with the La Paz County Fair Board, the Parker Area Tourism Committee and the Parker Area Historical Society.
Federal Programs Coordinator for Yuma Union High School District #70, holds a M.Ed. Emphasis- Human Relations and a BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Northern Arizona University. In addition to a Graduate Certificate in Transition Special Education from George Washington University, where she is currently completing her second Masters in Special Education Transition Services under a grant. She has seven years working for YUHSD #70 and prior to that she worked at San Pasqual High School five years, as an Outreach Consultant. Currently, she facilitates the Yuma- Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT) with community agencies to improve outcomes of youth transitioning out of the educational systems in the Yuma Community.
2018 BOARD AGENDAS & MEETING MINUTES