It’s a new day

It’s a new day at AZCEND. A time of fresh starts, expanding horizons and new beginnings.

We’re deeply committed to bringing help and hope to our community so that neighbors in need experience a brighter future than they may have ever imagined.


Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Ashley Sanchez, President

Director of Marketing and Communications, MD Helicopters


Alejandro Rios, Vice President/Secretary

Operations Manager, Intel Corporation


Chris Melson, Treasurer

Vice President, First Bank


Julie Graham, Member at Large

Director, External Affairs, Dignity Health

Board Members

Jacqueline Clines

Program Manager, APS


Zachary Cummard

Police Commander, City of Chandler


Jessica Edgar

CUSD – Executive Director PK-12


Yolanda France

Midsize Business Management, SRP


Jackson Graves

Program Manager, Waymo


Lisa Macafee

Owner/President, Crestcom/Impact Leadership Development


Aaron Nelson

Marketing, Toyota Financial Services


Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan

Senior Minister, Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation


Michael Soelberg

Chief of Police, Town of Gilbert


Alexa Whippo

External Communications Manager, Deloitte


Matthew Whitaker

Diamond Strategies


Andrew Althoff (Ex Officio)

President, AAA Pallet & Lumber Co.


Trinity Donovan (Ex Officio)




Did you know?

More than 15,000 people received a lifeline of essential, life-changing services and resources at AZCEND last year.




Trinity Donovan, Chief Executive Officer


Program Operations

Steve Hewitt, Operations Director

Jackie Cruz, Administrative Assistant

Ariel Ackerman, Assistant Director of Programs

Paula Knight, Food Bank Manager

Kelly Delgado, Senior Programs Manager, Gilbert Senior Center

Esmeralda Sanchez, Family Resource Center Manager, Heritage Center


Andrew Phelan, Finance Director

Gisela Silva, Accounting Associate



Shelley Nelson, Development Director

Sarah Amstutz, Development Coordinator

Maddie Lawler, Volunteer Coordinator


Did you know?

AZCEND earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator — the highest possible rating a charity can receive!