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Members

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.

Appointed Board Members

Gerald Szostak

Gerald Szostak

Chair

Helena Whitney Portrait

Helena Whitney

Vice Chair

Amelia Flores

Amelia Flores

Member

 

Rev. Dr. Darren Hawkins

Rev. Dr. Darren Hawkins

Member

Marcia Klipsch

Marcia Klipsch

Member

Head shot of Sherry Markel

Dr. Sherry Markel

Member

Heidi Quinlan

Heidi Quinlan

Member

Honorable Richard Weiss

Honorable Richard Weiss

Member

Vince Yanez

Vince Yanez

Member

Ex-Officio Board Members

Dr. Cara Christ, Director, Arizona Department of Health Services
Designee: Patricia Tarango, Bureau Chief

Hon. Kathy Hoffman, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Arizona Department of Education
Designee: Callie Kozlak, Associate Superintendent

Michael Trailor, Director, Arizona Department of Economic Security
Designee: Michael Wisehart, Assistant Director

Board Representatives

Jami Snyder Director, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
Representative: Dr. Eric Tack, MCH EPSDT Program Manager

Greg McKay Director, Arizona Department of Child Safety
Representative: Sue Smith, Statewide Prevention Administrator


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.

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