Board Members
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The Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board consists of nine members appointed by the Governor and approved by the state Senate. The board is responsible for ensuring that Arizona’s early childhood funds are spent on services that help our state’s young children be healthier and start kindergarten ready to succeed.

Meet Our Board

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Nadine Mathis Basha

Chair
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Dr. Pamela Powell

Vice Chair
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Gayle Burns

Member
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Janice Decker

Member
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Heidi Quinlan

Member
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Vivian Saunders

Member
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Ruth Solomon

Member
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Gerald Szostak

Member

Dr. Cara Christ

Ex-Officio

Hon. Diane Douglas

Ex-Officio

Henry Darwin​​​, Interim Director

​​ Ex-Officio​

 

By law, members of the Board must be representative of Arizona’s diversity. They must include Republicans and Democrats, as well as residents of both metropolitan and rural areas. All Board members share a deep commitment to expanding opportunities for Arizona’s young kids to succeed in school and in life.

The Directors of the Department of Economic Security, Department of Health Services and the Superintendent of Public Instruction, or their chosen designees, serve as non-voting ex-officio members.