Overview of recent leadership changes in the Prescott area
Meals on Wheels
Tina Blake, the new development coordinator for Prescott Meals on Wheels, started two months ago. Seven of her 20-plus years’ experience in non-profit, government and college sectors has been in Prescott. She previously worked in a similar position with West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation.
Prescott Area Shelter Services
Executive Director Bobbi Leverich took over leadership of the Prescott Area Shelter Services in March this year. She previously worked with the Austin, Texas, Homeless Task Force and was a member of the Crisis outreach Team. Her experience includes writing grants for housing voucher programs, founding the New Beginning Housing Pantry where recipient could obtain basic household items and furniture, and developing a vision and plan of action working with those with mental illness.
Founder Tony Brown has stepped back into the role of executive director in July this year. He has been program director since 2000, having founded the organization in 1996. The Institute offers professionals and young students from North, Central and South America the opportunity to learn more about socially and ecologically relevant design career strategies.
Prescott Center for the Arts
Robyn Allen took over as director of the Prescott Center for the Arts after former director Jon Meyer left. Allen has worked in theater for 25 years, and was the director of education for Phoenix Theater and artistic director with Theater Works in Peoria.
Highlands Center for Natural History
Tom Agostino, the new marketing coordinator with the Highlands Center for Natural History, brings a wealth of experience in the entertainment industry. In Los Angeles, he co-produced the largest group of Chinese artists to tour the U.S., “The Imperial Bells of China.” He also founded the LA Circus, a one-ring community circus, and worked closely with Tai, the elephant that starred in the movie, “Water for Elephants.” His experience organizing music festivals helped with the founding of the Folk Sessions Radio Show in Prescott 13 years ago.
Yavapai County Fair
Two years ago, Rosie Darby took over as general manager of Yavapai County Fair Association after many years working with the 4H and FFA Expo, and as a fair superintendent. She is passionate about providing the community, especially children, with a true county fair experience that includes animals, agriculture and hands-on activities.
Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters
Hired as fund development director for Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters (YBBBS) eight years ago, Juliana Goswick has reached the pinnacle of leadership at YBBBS with her promotion from executive director, a position she took on in May of this year, to president and chief executive officer this past month. YBBBS operates on a $1.3 million budget and the majority of that revenue comes from the community investing in the organization’s vision, making Goswick’s fundraising background invaluable – not to mention her personal experience as a Big Sister and a family match.