Management & Board of Directors
Board of Directors/Advisors
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.
Christina Salinas has been with ACHIEVE Human Services, Inc. since 2017. originally from San Jose, CA. Christina moved to Yuma, AZ, 22 years ago where she received her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice Administration. Christina has obtained her IICRC certification in Fire & Smoke Restoration, IICRC Water Restoration, OSHA Construction Safety and Health, Pandemic Cleaning, Office and Restroom Cleaning.
For the past three years, Christina has been using her skills to enhance the daily operations at ACHIEVE. During her time at ACHIEVE, she has managed the Border Patrol contracts, Commercial Accounts and Facility Maintenance. Prior to joining ACHIEVE, Christina managed a Restoration Company where she has 14 years’ experience in Project Managing, budgeting and commitment to customer service.
Jesus Diaz hails from El Centro, California and serves as Accounting Manager for ACHIEVE Human Services, Inc. since July, 2019. Jesus attended Imperial Valley College through 2013 and graduated with honors attaining the 2013 Departmental Award and his A.S. in Computer Science. From there, Jesus continued his studies at UC San Diego and graduated in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology with a focus on Cognitive Psychology.
After graduation from UC San Diego, Jesus found employment in the clinical field. More specifically, he and his team administered behavioral health treatments or interventions to children diagnosed with ASD. First serving as an instructor then as a supervisor, Jesus really came to in the administrative role. There he found a knack for client-insurance contract renewals, progress reports, and contract compliance.
Concurrently with his schooling, Jesus held job posts as a data entry technician specializing in client tax reconciliations, tax audit consulting and general business administration. Having the experience of dealing with the IRS and the state of California, convinced Jesus to make a full transition into the field of accounting. In 2019, Jesus incorporated in the State of California, attained an M.S. in Accountancy from the University of Phoenix, and throughout worked with dozens of client businesses and hundreds of individuals in fulfilling tax filings, bookkeeping and general business filings.
Now working at ACHIEVE Human Services, Jesus’ goal is to continue his certifications with the IRS and the State of California and to one day attain licensure and registration with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Human Resource Manager
Robert Smith joined ACHIEVE Human Services in January, 2021, he is graduate of Southern New Hampshire University earning a Master’s in Organizational Leadership. Robert has held SR. leadership roles as both a SR. Business Partner and Director of Human Resources in the manufacturing sector. Specializing in cultural realignment, problem solving and root cause analysis, focusing on developmental aspects of human capital in an effort of assisting personnel with achieving professional and personal goals.
Robert’s HR experience began in the military and was honed in Telecommunications, OEM, Steel and Plastics Manufacturing, covering 2 decades of Human Resources Excellence. Prior to joining ACHIEVE, Robert managed HR for one of the largest Plastic Bottling Manufactures, decreasing attrition, increasing employee engagement, successfully reinventing the working environment of the Plant for both leadership and its employees.
Employment Services Manager
Sandie V. Aspiazu joined ACHIEVE Human Services, Inc. in November, 2019 as the Employment Services Manager. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where she received her BA in Family Studies and Human Development and minor in Human Services.
She is a proud Veteran who served as a Gunnery Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps for nearly fifteen years. She was assigned as an Administrator for various commands. During her time in the Marine Corps she also held collateral duties as the Uniform Victim Advocate and Equal Opportunity Representative.
While attending classes at Arizona Western College and the University of Arizona, she was a work study student at Veteran Services. She was responsible for helping Veterans and their families obtain their VA Educational benefits, apply for classes, and provide additional resources if needed. Additionally, she completed her internship by working with the homeless and incarcerated veteran population by providing resources and assisting them to transition into the community.
Behavioral Health Manager
Marissela Feliciano has been with ACHIEVE Human Services, Inc. since April, 2019. Marissela Feliciano was born and raised in Yuma, AZ and has a Bachelor’s in Human Services. She has over 10 years’ experience in case management and providing community supports. Marissela worked for private and non-profit organizations in the local area helping families in need, including Abrio Family Services as the Area Supervisor. She provided respite, habilitation and homecare to individuals with developmental disabilities.
Marissela lived in Las Vegas for 3 years, where she was worked for the Las Vegas Veterans Initiative. She was the Housing Coordinator, who helped Homeless Veterans and provided them with resources and supports through the Permanente Housing Program and SSVF. Marissela manages the Behavioral Health case managers and the Housing Department, which provides supportive housing services to homeless, SMI and individuals with disabilities in the Yuma and La Paz counties.
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 School 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.
Board Of Directors
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.
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.
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.
Sherri Smith - Board Chair
Sherri Smith is the founder and managing director of Smith Advisory Partners, a cultural transformation and leadership development consultancy based in Tucson, Arizona. Sherri has held leadership positions in human resources from mid-size to Fortune 500 companies and has a background in education, program development and management, and training and development.
Amongst other designations, Sherri is a certified Cultural Transformation Tools consultant, certified Success Principles Trainer, and holds certificates from Cornell University in High-Performance Leadership, Change Leadership and Managing for Execution. Sherri also has a bachelor’s degree in aviation management and a master’s degree in human resources development & management.
Currently, Smith serves as a board member for the Society for Human Resource Management of Greater Tucson as Director of Workforce Readiness (SHRM-GT WFR), Deputy Director of Workforce Readiness for AZ SHRM, Captain of Diversity and Inclusion for SHRM National, and serves on the Tucson Metro Chamber’s Talent Taskforce. She is a two-time number one best-selling author and an award-winning recipient for Editor’s Pick for her contribution to an anthology. Working predominantly with diverse populations, these experiences have provided her with a keen ability to understand others and help fully develop their potential. As a people strategist, Sherri specializes in dealing with diverse workgroups from front-line employees to executives — helping organizations focus on the right combination of talent required to succeed.
Smith is the recipient of SHRM’s 2019 Ann Byrnes Professional Excellence Award.
Dr. Ashley Bruce Hart
Richard (Ric) Pollard grew up in the Bronx, NY and relocated to Yuma, AZ in 2000. He is a Registered Nurse with a background in psych, medsurg, ambulatory care, data abstraction, and quality management. He is currently an adjunct faculty member for Arizona Western College, Nursing Program, serving as Clinical Instructor for Mental Health and Community Clinicals. Ric enrolled in Nursing School after completing 24 years of service in the US Army. He rose in the ranks from Private to Lieutenant Colonel with a career culminating as Deputy Program Manager for the Joint Computer Aided Logistics System. He is a graduate of Florida Institute of Technology with a Master of Science in Acquisition and Contract Management and Northern Arizona University with a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing.
Fil Tellez - Board Vice-Chair
Fil has recently retired from SourceAmerica after serving as the organizations Director, Contract Policy. He was responsible for providing technical contract support on conventional Federal Procurement matters and uniquely, served as a strong subject matter specialist on related AbilityOne Program “contracting” rule, regulation and policy. Fil previously served as a Project/Contract Manager in the NISH (now SourceAmerica) Northwest Regional Office, Seattle, Washington and progressed to the position as the Sr. Contracts Manager in SourceAmerica’s Vienna, Virginia National Office before his final position as Director.
Prior to his 28-year career with NISH/SourceAmerica, Fil served as a Contracting Officer with the U.S. Department of Commerce at their Western Regional Office in Seattle, Washington.
Preceding his employment at the U.S. Department of Commerce, he served as an Industrial Specialist then as a Contract Specialist with the U.S. Department of Defense.
Before beginning his career with the Federal Government, he was employed at Phelps Dodge in their Morenci and Metcalf Mine Divisions in various labor and mechanical related positions culminating in positions as a Project Planner/Scheduler and as a Supply Chain Manager. Fil’s career progression has provided him with strong subject matter expertise in commercial purchasing and federal contracting with extensive knowledge of conventional and preferential procurement programs with specific experience related to required sources of supply, specifically the AbilityOne Program.
Fil is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a Political Science major focused on Public Law and Latin American Political Theory.
Chris Cleary - Board Secretary
Chris Cleary is a licensed Associate Real Estate Broker with 20 years of practicing Real Estate in the Yuma market. Chris specializes in Commercial and Residential Real Estate representing private parties, retailers, developers in the purchase, sale or leasing of properties. Prior to his Real Estate career Chris worked in the Food Brokerage Business in Phoenix, AZ throughout the 1990's before obtaining an Arizona Real Estate license and returning to Yuma, AZ in 2000 to begin his Real Estate career. Chris has served on the board of directors for the Yuma Association of realtors as well as a board member for the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) and received his broker's license in 2014. Currently he is serving on two boards for Achieve Human Services, Inc. Chris obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Arizona in 1988. Chris is married with three children and enjoyed coaching Pop Warner Football as the children grew up.