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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

Chair — Nadine Mathis Basha

Nadine Mathis Basha

Chair

Gerald Szostak

Gerald Szostak

Vice Chair

Gayle Burns

Gayle Burns

Member

Amelia Flores

Amelia Flores

Member

 

Rev. Dr. Darren Hawkins

Rev. Dr. Darren Hawkins

Member

Head shot of Sherry Markel

Dr. Sherry Markel

Member

Heidi Quinlan

Heidi Quinlan

Member

Ruth Solomon

Ruth Solomon

Member

Helena Whitney Portrait

Helena Whitney

Member

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

Hon. Diane Douglas  Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
Ex-Officio
Designee: Nicol Russell, Deputy Associate Superintendent

Michael Trailor  Director, Arizona Department of Economic Security
Ex-Officio
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.

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