A Voice For Arizona’s Children For More Than 25 Years
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Staff

 Naimark-D_GMR2568-web Dana Wolfe Naimark – President and CEO
Dana has been part of the CAA team for nearly 25 years, conducting analysis, raising awareness, and lobbying the state legislature on a wide variety of policy issues that affect parents and children. She was named CEO by the Children’s Action Alliance Board of Directors in December 2006. Dana started her career in Arizona in 1986 working on tax and budget issues for the Arizona state legislature. She earned her master’s in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
 Meghan Arrigo Meghan Arrigo – Associate Director of Child Welfare Policy
Meghan has extensive experience in youth development, grass roots organizing, and program and curriculum development. She has worked with schools throughout the country partnering and training young people on creating social change in their communities. Meghan previously worked for Florence Crittenton where she oversaw the department responsible for delivering Independent Living and Life Skills training to youth aging out of Arizona foster care, as well as youth and adults in the behavioral health systems. Meghan holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and social policy from James Madison College, Michigan State University. Contact Meghan at extension 211.
 Crow-M_GMR2312-web Michelle Crow Southern Arizona Director

Michelle serves as director for CAA’s Southern Arizona office in Tucson, where she has a great deal of experience working in community relations, and establishing and maintaining partnerships throughout the region. Michelle has also worked for Congressman Raul Grijalva, coordinating district constituent outreach and events. Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in public administration from the University of Arizona.

 Curry-D_GMR2520-web Damita Curry, CFRE – Vice President
As a seasoned marketing and communications professional for more than twenty years, Damita has advanced through management positions in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, she served as director of resource development for Crisis Nursery, Inc., where she managed the development functions to raise over $2M in annual funds through grants, events, communications, volunteering and other fund-raising activities each year. Damita holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kent State University and is a Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE). Contact Damita at extension 202.
 Kudron-K_GMR2457-web Kerry Kudron – Executive Assistant 

Kerry has several years’ experience providing team support to nonprofit organizations across the state, working on events, logistics and administrative programs. Kerry has experience recruiting and managing volunteers, as well as assisting with fundraising and project goals. Kerry earned her bachelor’s degree in recreation management and tourism from Arizona State University. Kerry’s extension is 201.

  David Lujan – Vice President for Economic Progress

David, a former member of the state Senate and House of Representatives, has worked in public policy in Arizona for 20 years. He served as an assistant attorney general advising the School Facilities Board, legal counsel for the Arizona senate, a staff attorney providing legal services to abused and neglected children and, most recently, as a public policy director for Reading Partners, an organization that provides services to young children struggling in school. David also served as chief administrator for Arizona State University’s Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, a public charter school for preschool through 12th grade students. David earned his law degree at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU.

 Karen McLaughlin Karen McLaughlin, MPA – Director of Budget and Research
Karen is an Arizona budget expert. She worked in the Executive Budget Office from 1985 to 1989 and has held a variety of budget and financial positions in the Department of Administration and Arizona State University. She served in the Department of Economic Security for eleven years, retiring as financial services administrator. Karen earned her master’s of public administration degree at Arizona State University. Contact Karen at extension 207.
 Murphy-K_GMR2317-web Kelley Murphy – Director of Early Childhood Policy
Kelley comes to us with a wealth of policy experience, having most recently served as the Bureau Chief in Policy at the Arizona Division of Behavioral Health Services. Prior to that position, Kelley spent four years as senior health policy and program specialist for Arizona’s early childhood agency, First Things First. In that position she worked at the state and local level for improved health policy for children and partnered with community members to further define and develop the system of early childhood in Arizona. Kelley has a master’s and bachelor’s degree in nursing from Indiana University. Contact Kelley at extension 200.
 Joshua Oehler Joshua Oehler, MSW – Economic Policy Analyst
Joshua began his work at CAA in 2009, after spending seven years helping people who were homeless at HomeBase Youth Services, the Maricopa Homeless Management Information System Project and Central Arizona Shelter Services.  He is a licensed Master Social Worker who graduated from Arizona State University in 2008 with his masters degree, and began his career in social work as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow. He currently serves on the Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Network Steering Committee and serves as the co-chair of the policy working group in that capacity. Joshua is a fourth generation Arizonan, with family roots here dating back more than a century. Joshua’s greatest joys are his wife and family. Contact Joshua at extension 204.
Siman Headshot Siman Qaasim, MBA – Director of Health Policy

Siman is a well-seasoned health policy professional, with a background in developing and administering community health programs. She joins the team from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, where she was an administrator for the Office of School Health and Wellness initiatives. Siman’s career has taken her all over the world, from working in international policy analysis in Washington, D.C. to Nassau, Bahamas as a director of health and safety. Siman is an alumnus of Valley Leadership Class 35 and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Reach her at extension 212.

 Beth Rosenberg Beth Rosenberg, LCSW – Director of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Policy
Beth Rosenberg has extensive experience in child welfare policy development and respected success in administrative and legislative advocacy. She joined CAA in 1997 and previously worked for the Department of Economic Security and the Arizona State Legislature. Beth holds a master’s in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. Contact Beth at extension 206.
Shannon Ulmer – Director of Operations
Shannon has more than nine years of broad-based and progressively responsible experience in operations. Prior to joining Children’s Action Alliance, Shannon served as the Associate Director of Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Prior to that position, she worked for several years with a mid-sized law firm as a Firm Administrator directing company finance, administration and HR operations. Shannon earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and her MBA from University of Phoenix with an emphasis in Global Management. Shannon is active in the community as a Board Member for Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates (JAG) and serves on scholarship review committees for Arizona Community Foundation and Valley of the Sun United Way.
 Urias-P_GMR239-web Pati UriasCommunications Specialist

Pati joins Children’s Action Alliance as communications specialist, handling writing, social media, press and community engagement. Pati is a lifelong Arizonan who has worked for education, science and health care nonprofit organizations, as well as in state government as a communications and public relations manager. Prior to that, she was a broadcast journalist and local radio host, focused on social, children’s and minority issues. Pati holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Northern Arizona University. She can be reached at extension 209.

 Sheryl Worthy Sheryl Worthy – Administrative Assistant
Sheryl joined CAA in December 2012 after careers in Washington, D.C. and Arizona. She specializes in customer service, data base management and fundraising. Sheryl studied at the University of Iowa and Northern Virginia Community College, and has worked for a range of lobbying and community service organizations. Contact Sheryl at extension 219.