Chanetta Curtis is an Arizona Foster Care Alumnus and former “Casey Kid.”
Having spent her entire childhood in foster care from a toddler through young adulthood, Chanetta found that her passion and “well of resilience” flowed primarily through education.
As a “Casey Kid,” Chanetta gained exposure and access to educational opportunities. Her most memorable is being given a laptop from Casey Family Programs to help with her studies.
Chanetta was a recipient of the Nina Mason Pulliam scholarship to Arizona State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She has also earned her master’s degree from Grand Canyon University and is currently working toward her doctorate in performance psychology.
After spending the early years of her career in various management roles, her passion brought her back to her “extended family” performing social work and serving Arizona’s children and families at the Department of Child Safety.
Chanetta has served on a variety of boards including the Youth Advisory Board, Superior Court Fairness Workgroup and is currently Chair of the Onward Hope Board of Directors serving youth in transition to adulthood.
Chanetta Curtis, Arizona Department of Child Safety
Chairwoman , Board of Directors
Tony Lee is a Managing Broker and Co-Founder of ProSmart Realty. He has been a licensed real estate agent since 2001 and he absolutely loves his job. Mr. Lee shared the following:
I am a longtime resident of Arizona, growing up in the southeast valley. I’ve had the pleasure of watching Arizona grow from what people used to call a cowboy town to a major metropolitan area, growing leaps and bounds over the last 15 or 20 years. With my knowledge of the valley I thought real estate would be a good career to explore. Real Estate is so rewarding! Being able to help people make one of the biggest purchases that they will make in their life and seeing the joy it brings them, is such a great feeling. I have made some really great friends through my real estate contacts and value those relationships tremendously. Even though the market has been in a lot of turmoil the last 4 or 5 years, I have been fortunate enough to start my own company with one of my best friends that I grew up with and have known for over 30 years now. I have been truly blessed.
Tony Lee, ProSmart Realty
Treasurer, Board of Directors
Dr. Jacqueline Webster is an ambitious and dedicated counselor with experience in mental health and education. Her personal values and work history reflect responsibility, commitment and support. She focuses on collaboration and communication to strengthen individual and organizational success. Her organizational skills and ability to inspire others help create an environment that promotes success and progressive movement.
Jacqueline has a passion for helping people in the behavioral health and education fields. She currently works in a Counseling Faculty position with Maricopa County Community College District, specializing in educational counseling, career counseling, personal counseling and crisis response. She also teaches courses that help students with career, college and lifelong success. Her experience in the education field extends past her involvement with the Counseling Department because she has worked as an adjunct instructor, teaching Introduction to Psychology courses. She has been able to communicate educational material and has been evaluated high on her ability to connect with students. She is the recipient of the Fall 2017 Phoenix College Behavioral Sciences Department Teaching Excellence Award.
Previously, Jacqueline has worked for Terros Health, utilizing clinical and counseling skills to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals with behavioral and mental health disorders. During her graduate school years at Arizona State University, she worked with the Success Coaching Program, a program aimed at increasing student retention. She assisted in the planning, development, and coordination of the Success Coaching Program; assisted with the recruitment, training, and supervision of Success Coaches; engaged in marketing and outreach efforts for the program; and provided data analyses and reports about the program’s progress.
Jacqueline holds a Doctorate in Education degree in Organizational Leadership, with an emphasis in behavioral health, from Grand Canyon University. In 2010, she received a Masters in Counseling from Arizona State University. Her graduate research has been published in the International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning. In addition to her graduate degrees, she holds two undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Family and Human Development. She is a Licensed Associate Counselor through the state of Arizona and a National Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors.
Dr. Jacqueline Webster, Grand Canyon University
Secretary, Board of Directors
A big believer in empowerment, Tashira Turner is passionate about helping others during their most vulnerable times. Tashira believes people can overcome adverse circumstances when given the guidance and support they need, allowing them to draw on their own strengths and recognize their potential to live a fulfilling life. Having spent the majority of her childhood in lower socioeconomic status, Tashira focused her life on perseverance and overcoming personal adversity. Tashira graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology w/pre-law minor.
Tashira is no stranger to helping people during difficult times, she began her employment with the AZ Department of Child Safety in 2013 and has worked in various positions (on-going, permanency and peer coach/mentor). Through these various roles Tashira has helped children, adults and coworkers alike overcome hardships they face. She has worked hand in hand with children and families to cultivate and promote a lifestyle that helps them overcome adversities such as; alcoholism, substance abuse, poverty, unemployment, cultural barriers and mental health. Having the opportunity to work with children in the foster care system she quickly realized that teenagers are an underserved population and often lack the supports necessary to become successful in adulthood. Recognizing this deficiency is what led Tashira to her current role as a board member and Chairwoman of Development for Onward Hope. Tashira was drawn to Onward Hope’s mission and desire to help youth exiting the foster care system.
Tashira Turner, Arizona Department of Child Safety
Development Chair, Board of Directors
Daniel Rodriguez, Esq., Partner at Law Offices of Daniel A. Rodriguez, PLLC.
Clint Van Wuffen, Arizona Christian Unviersity