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
Nadine Mathis Basha
Rev. Dr. Darren Hawkins
Dr. Sherry Markel
Dr. Cara Christ Director, Arizona Department of Health Services
Designee: Patricia Tarango, Bureau Chief
Hon. Diane Douglas Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
Designee: Nicol Russell, Deputy Associate Superintendent
Michael Trailor Director, Arizona Department of Economic Security
Designee: Maureen Casey, Assistant Director/CEO, Division of Developmental Disabilities
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.