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Ms. Amanda Aguirre, M.A., R.D.

Amanda Aguirre, M.A., R.D.h
President & CEO of the Regional Center for Border Health

Former Arizona State Senator Amanda Aguirre presently serves in the capacity of President & CEO of the Regional Center for Border Health, Inc. since 1991 and its subsidiary San Luis Walk-In Clinic, Inc. Ms. Aguirre has been involved for more than 30 years in health care and business administration and has lived in Yuma for the past 24 years.

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Zaida Dedolph
Director of Health Policy with Children's Action Alliance

Zaida Dedolph (pronounced “Zeta Dee-Dolf,” pronouns she/her) is the director of health policy at Children’s Action Alliance. In her current role she works toward health justice for children and families at the administrative, local, state, and federal levels, with an emphasis on promoting access to high-quality, comprehensive, affordable health care. Before coming to CAA, Zaida focused on addressing social determinants of health through housing affordability, food security, and financial wellbeing. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology and bioethics from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Arizona. Zaida serves on the board of directors for the Arizona Public Health Association and is a crossword puzzle enthusiast. She spends her spare time trying to keep up with her rambunctious toddler.

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Jeanene Fowler
Maricopa County Department of Public Health

Jeanene Fowler currently serves as Program Operations Administrator for Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), the 3rd largest health jurisdiction in the country. Since February of 2020, she has primarily served as the Operations Chief for Maricopa County’s COVID-19 response. In this capacity and under a Unified Command Structure, she was responsible Units focused on Testing, Vaccine, Housing and Fatality Management. In addition, she served as a member of the County’s COVID-19 policy team.

In non-Covid times, Jeanene oversees the Office of Community Empowerment which includes the department’s Community Heath Assessment and Improvement Plan as well as its newly funded health disparity work; the Office of Healthcare Innovation which includes the department’s substance abuse work; the Office of Healthy Aging; the Office of Communications and Marketing and the Office of Performance Improvement.

Jeanene has been with MCDPH for 16 years and has assisted in the planning and implementation of multiple agency re-alignments in an effort for Public Health to have a more deliberate focus on policy, systems and environmental approaches. This approach is intended to mobilize the public health workforce to make strategic, intentional changes that will effect health at a macro level. Jeanene has participated in boards such as the National Public Health Information Coalition and the Arizona Public Health Association. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in marketing and public relations from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY.

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Will Humble
Executive Director for the Arizona Public Health Association

Will Humble is a long-time public health enthusiast, and is currently the Executive Director for the Arizona Public Health Association (AzPHA). His 30 years in public health include more than 2 decades at the Arizona Department of Health Services, where he served in various roles including as the Director from 2009 to 2015. Prior to being appointed Director, he worked in various capacities in the public health preparedness service line. Most recently, he was a health policy director at the University of Arizona from 2015-2017. He continues it be involved in health policy in his role with AzPHA and as Adjunct Faculty with the UA Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

He has a BS in Marketing from NAU, a BS in Microbiology from ASU, and a Masters in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Arizona in 2015 for engaging partnerships between academic and executive public health.

He's active in the community and his home life, serving on the Board of Directors of the Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitative Services (STARS) and the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA).

Will is a believer in using evidence-based health policy as a means to improving health outcomes and in leading and managing with emotional intelligence.

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Dana Marie Kennedy
State Director for AARP Arizona

Dana Marie Kennedy is the State Director for AARP Arizona. Kennedy joins the national organization’s state office after serving more than 25 years as a leading advocate for working families, retirees, and women at the local, state and national levels.

As State Director, Kennedy is making AARP the go-to organization for Arizonans who are 50 plus, working on issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning. Her focus includes helping people age in place-- living independently in their homes for as long as possible, helping to keep energy costs affordable and partnering with our aging community on issues important to older Arizonans and family Caregivers.

Kennedy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work as well as a Certificate in Gerontology from California State University Long Beach. She has a Master’s in Social Work from Boston University where she also acquired Certificates in Human Service Management and Gerontology.

Kennedy was named Arizona Social Worker of the year in 2015 and Phoenix Business Journal top women in Business, 2017. Kennedy is a graduate of the Women's Campaign School at Yale (Class of 2007) and Valley Leadership (Class 34) and Flynn Brown Civic Leadership Fellow in 2016. She served on the Mayors Commission for Disability (2011-2014) and the Alzheimer’s Task Force. She has acted as a Liaison for the Governor’s Commission on Aging and the Arizona Caregiver Coalition. Kennedy served as a District Senior Advisor and Casework Director for U.S. Arizona Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema. Kennedy has also worked with the National Council of Senior Citizens and the Massachusetts Senior Action Council.

Kennedy is an endurance athlete and spends her free time training for triathlons and marathons. She has completed 10 marathons and numerous triathlons including Ironman Arizona in Tempe in 2013 and Kona Ironman in Hawaii in 2015. You can frequently see Kennedy hiking and running the trails in Phoenix with her rescue dog, Kona.

Jeanne F. Nizigiyimana, MSW, MA
Co-founder and Program Manager of the Refugee Women’s Health Clinic (RWHC) at Valleywise Health Medical Center

Jeanne is the Co-founder and Program Manager of the Refugee Women’s Health Clinic (RWHC) at Valleywise Health Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ where she also chairs the Refugee Women’s Health Community Advisory Coalition (RWHCAC). Originally from Burundi, her refugee journey and resilience inspire a passionate work that impacts the lives of underserved women globally. Her work involves the design and coordination of culturally-grounded health literacy projects, community partner for research activities that are co-designed and co-implemented by an interdisciplinary, multicultural staff, volunteers and community members. In this capacity, she launched a robust and innovative team of Cultural Health Navigators, nationally recognized and a first of its kind in Arizona to ensure a seamless transition for refugees in navigating the health care system. Additionally Ms. Nizigiyimana developed a Train the Trainer Curriculum and adapted screening and assessment tools for Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Advocates to adequately address intimate partner and sexual violence in Minority and Refugee Populations. She facilitated a community partnered approach to implement the use of Refugee Health Screener (RHS-15) to assess and evaluate refugee women for behavioral health concerns. Ms. Nizigiyimana serves on several boards, earned various awards with the most recent being Non-Physician Finalist for Health Care Heroes in 2019, and Outstanding Woman in Business in 2020 by the Phoenix Business Journal.

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Howard Reis 

Howard Reis is the President of HEALTHePRACTICES, a consulting firm specializing in telehealth. He recently served as CEO of TheTeledentists (www.theteledentists.com), the only nationwide network of dentists providing video consultations for patients with dental emergencies. He continues to serve them as a Board member and advisor. Howard’s first exposure to telemedicine was as a project manager at Nynex Science & Technology, managing early telemedicine trials with four Boston teaching hospitals. Howard has helped two separate teleradiology companies achieve Inc. 5000 status of fastest growing private companies. Howard has an MBA in Finance from NYU and has published several articles on teledentistry, teleradiology, telecommunications and telemedicine.

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Chiquita A. Taylor 
Executive Director of FIBCO Family Services, Inc.

Chiquita A. Taylor currently serves as the Executive Director of FIBCO Family Services, Inc. She is responsible for all operations of FIBCO (Facilitating Independence Building Comprehensive Opportunities) providing quality affordable housing, quality food and clothing preparation and distribution, assistance for African immigrants settling into the Phoenix area, and other services provided by FIBCO to and for low-income underserved and marginalized members of the community. Prior to becoming Executive Director, she served on the FIBCO board of directors for 3 years as Chair of the Housing Committee and as Secretary. Chiquita has a variety community service experience from her prior leadership roles as: Community Support Executive Girl Scouts -Arizona Cactus-Pine, responsible for leading the community engagement strategy and vision for increasing access to Girl Scout programs for girls within underserved and under-resourced communities within the Metro Phoenix area. International Rescue Committee as Asylum Seeking Families Shelter Supervisor and Chief Operating Officer at the Editha House Foundation. Editha House provides affordable lodging for adult cancer patients and their adult caregivers traveling to Phoenix for medical treatment.

Prior to relocating to Phoenix from the Washington DC Metropolitan Area, Chiquita worked with the National Institutes of Health- Woodmont House, where she managed a transitional housing program for patients and their families who were receiving treatment through clinical trials. She also served as Cooperative Services Manager at the Betty’s House National Center for Children and Families –where she helped start up and manage transitional housing programs for immigrant women and their children who were victims of domestic violence. Since relocating to Phoenix, Chiquita has connected with many nonprofit leaders to identify areas of need throughout the community. 

Chiquita is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Sciences in Public Health. She currently serves on the board of Leading for Change an organization working towards advancing social justice and progressive values in communities and has served on the board of YNPN Phoenix. She is a member of the Phoenix Rotary 100 Satellite Club.