The Arizona Women’s Recovery Center Board of Directors meets monthly to discuss issues that affect addiction treatment and recovery programs in Arizona, and the direction of AWRC. Our board is diversified with specialties including accounting, social work, healthcare, marketing and more. If you are interested in becoming a board member, please email



George Magee

Board President

Finding great purpose through being of service to others, Mr. Magee has worked to help individuals recover from alcohol and substance abuse for over 39 years. During this time, he has worked on various nonprofit boards and committees. George has focused his attention on a wide variety of community efforts including, City Government, the Arts, Youth Organizations, and leadership programs. In addition, he has served on the City Council of Goodyear AZ.


Although he is now retired, professionally, George keeps busy with a variety of activities. He enjoys RV travel, golf, hiking and fishing.

Bonnie Carlson

Past – Board President

Bonnie E. Carlson was born and grew up in Central Connecticut. Before her junior year in high school, she had life-changing experience when she was selected to travel to Malaysia and live there with a family. Among other things, it gave her the experience of being in the minority, though white, and learning another language. This adventure led her to major in Asian Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, providing an opportunity to learn about the Midwest.


After completing a master’s degree in social work and a Ph.D. in Social Work and Developmental Psychology, also at the University of Michigan, she became a professor at the University at Albany, State University New York, where she remained for 28 years. There she taught graduate social work students and conducted research on domestic violence, child abuse, sibling sexual abuse, the impact of incarceration on families, and related topics. Toward the end of her tenure there, her focus shifted to studying factors affecting relapse in women trying to recover from drug and alcohol abuse.

After falling in love with the desert in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ, she took a faculty position at Arizona State University, where she stayed until she retired.

After retiring, she pivoted to writing fiction. Her short fiction has been published in literary magazines such as The Normal School, Broadkill Review, Foliate Oak, Down in the Dirt, Across the Margin, and Blue Lake Review. Now she lives with her husband, dog and too many cats in Scottsdale, AZ and writes fiction and hikes to her heart’s content in the beautiful Sonoran Desert.

Natasha Mendoza

Board Vice-President


Additionally, Dr. Mendoza’s work as a researcher and educator serves to explore and elucidate the ways in which identity (i.e., cultural, gender, sexual) and wellness may be assets in behavioral health.

Dr. Mendoza’s scholarship is focused on substance use, co-occurring disorders, and connecting service systems (i.e., treatment, crisis response, health care, criminal justice, and child welfare).

The foundation of her scholarship is built on the premise that behavior change is a function of interpersonal relationships, occurring within the context of culture, across multiple systems, and in consideration of power and oppression.

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Board Treasurer


Having worked in the accounting side of the automotive sales industry for 40+ years, she also has experience in event planning and business management. Establishing her own business, Michelle’s Craft Room, has given Michelle the ability to use her varied artistic talents to further her philanthropy.

Having been married for 32 years, she and her husband Lou have lived in Arizona since 2006 and have been serving the recovery community for over 27 years.

Michelle is an enthusiastic supporter of all creatures great and small. When asked about her contribution to AWRC, Michelle responded “I am here to be of service in whatever capacity is needed.”


Board Secretary

Mr. Mattaino believes in giving back to his community and in making a difference.  Having two Bachelor’s Degrees (Behavioral Science and Business Administration), he draws upon his education and experience to facilitate open communication, expand vision, identify systemic challenges and cultivate strategic goals. 


Mr. Mattaino serves his community on both local and state levels.  He has served as NCADD (AZ Women Recovery Center) Board Member since May 2018.  He currently has the honor of serving as Board Secretary. 

Regardless of where he serves, he demonstrates leadership, professionalism and dedication.  Often, due to his passion for service and actively jumping in to provide a helping hand, Mr. Mattaino has been elevated to positions of Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson for local recovery programs.  He also serves as a Mentor for others who are struggling with addiction, grief or incarceration. 

Personally, he remains committed to self-improvement and understands the importance of self-care.  His favorite hobbies include Golf and NASCAR.  Professionally, Mr. Mattaino has extensive experience in Construction and Property Management.  He continues to explore career opportunities in both residential and commercial.

Tim C. Martin

Board Member

Tim C. Martin was born and raised in Western Canada and relocated to the U.S. at the age of twenty-five.

After college, his journalism career took him to Toronto, before a transfer to Washington D.C. led him to cover American Politics and International News.

Throughout the next decade he travelled the globe covering wars, politics, and social issues.


“The most powerful insight from that time was the understanding that more needed to be done to protect kids in America and around the world.” Martin says. “In order to lead happy and productive lives, and contribute to society, kids can’t be hamstrung by childhood family issues that are not their own fault.”

This realization is why Martin serves on the Board of  Arizona Women’s Recovery Center.

Martin also volunteers for Junior Achievement of Arizona, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Artists of Promise.

Christiana Flint

Board Member

Christiana Flint LPC, MSPC is an Integrated Clinical Supervisor in the behavioral health field. Much of her behavioral health career has been focused on helping youths and their families who are affected by substance use. Christiana received her master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University and holds an active license as a Professional Counselor.


She is grateful for being on the Board of Arizona Womens Recovery Center, and for the opportunity to be of any assistance to an organization doing excellent work for their community.

Quianna Brown

Board Member

Quianna began her academic career in Buffalo New York, obtaining her Bachelor’s in Childhood Education from Buffalo State Collage in 2006. She later graduated from law school 2012 with her Juris Doctorate from Arizona Summit Law School (formally Phoenix School of Law) AZ.  Lastly, she completed her Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Grand Canyon University, graduating in 2015.


Ms. Brown has served her community in various ways for more than 2 decades. Including working in Title I schools as an elementary school teacher. After law school, she became a “Legal advocate” at Community Legal Services. There she helped clients who were victims of domestic abuse leave their abusive situations by way of divorce and/or resolving child custody disputes through the Arizona Court system. Today, she is a Traditional Instructor at Grand Canyon University teaching in both the Government and Justice Studies departments.


She is also a licensed foster parent through the state of Arizona. She and her family regularly participate in volunteer service opportunities in the foster care community.


Board Member

Becky is a registered nurse and healthcare executive with over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. After witnessing a motorcycle accident in 1986 and realizing she was helpless to assist in the situation, she started her healthcare career by becoming a Paramedic in 1986.


Becky obtained her RN license in 1992 where her clinical experience was in critical care. In 2003 Becky developed an interest in the business side of healthcare and she transitioned solely into healthcare leadership in 2005, where she has held executive leadership roles in operations, clinical and sales. Becky continues to hold an active Arizona RN license and completed her MBA in 2019.

Having a heart for the recovery community, and after a first-hand experience with a family member experiencing opioid addiction, Becky left her executive leadership position with a local healthcare delivery system and joined Hushabye Nursery’s leadership team as the Director of Mission Delivery in August 2022.

She joined the AWRC Board in 2020 and believes strongly in the Mission, Vision, and Values and is excited to be a part of the growth, operations, and future strategy of the organization.


Board Member


During nursing school, she was involved with the National Association of Hispanic Nurses MI chapter. She met a family nurse practitioner (FNP) and had the opportunity to shadow “a day in the life of an FNP” in a school-based clinic and she knew that she wanted more than hospital nursing. She furthered her education in completing her BSN at University of MI and ultimately her MSN with an emphasis in Parent-Child Nursing and completed her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner degree in 2008.

In that same year after graduation, her family moved to the west valley of AZ where she started a primary care practice profession in a private pediatric clinic. She has also worked for Grand Canyon University in the College of Nursing as the pediatric professor for a few years before returning to full time practice where she currently works for a Federally Qualified Health Clinic (FQHC) in a multi-disciplinary setting. She has the privilege of working with a team of medical and behavioral specialists. It affords the patients that she sees more than just primary care, medical services. If she finds that they need any behavioral services, she can refer in-house to her colleagues for support, not only for her pediatric clients, but also for the parents and guardians if she assesses a need.

Marilyn joined the Arizona Women’s Recovery Center as a board member in 2022 believing in the vision and the mission and is excited to help bridge relationships with the board, the staff, the community, and the city of Phoenix and surrounding areas. She is motivated to work with a team in helping to create tools and resources to help eradicate the cycle of substance abuse.

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Board Member


When Covid changed the corporate landscape in 2021, Amy retired and began looking for ways in which she could give back to the world around her. Amy has over 11 years of recovery and is passionate about helping others in their personal road to recovery.

Having been a close personal friend of Terri Magee, for whom Terri’s place was named, Amy saw it as a sign and sought to become a member of the board of AWRC. She consistently brings her passion for recovery and helping others to the role.

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Board Member


Barbara is the founder of the Bill Brown Memorial Golf Tournament (in honor of her late husband Bill) which is held each September during National Recovery Month. Women who are seeking sobriety, as well as their children, were extremely important to Bill and hundreds remember his passion for helping others through the event every year.

Barbara grew up in Chicago, Illinois and moved to New York City in 1980. She decided to move to Arizona for awhile – and has been here ever since.

Nothing is more important to Barbara than her recovery, staying grateful, and being of service.


Board Member


Mike brings his skills to AWRC with an active role on the Fundraising Subcommittee. As an avid golfer he combines his love of the game with his passion for helping the recovery community.

His involvement in several golf tournament fundraising events throughout the years led him to his current position as an AWRC Board Member.

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Board Member


Dr. Khadijia is the CEO of Decree Consulting LLC and the Envision, Design, and Develop Leadership program, which helps individuals and business leaders transform and implement transformation and sustainable growth.

Additionally, Dr. Khadijia is a Regional Outreach Coordinator and Facilitator for Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL), a non-profit organization in Arizona that provides faith-based support and educational resources for families with loved ones dealing with issues of substance use disorders.

“New Beginnings, Mighty Faith, and Purpose Living” is the mantra behind Dr. Khadijia’s devotion to helping women rediscover themselves. Her future goals are to provide faith-based sober living and educational opportunities for women’s continued recovery and rehabilitation, emphasizing relapse prevention. She has a heart for serving others and is honored to be on the board of the Arizona Women’s Recovery Center, and she continues to remain committed to organizations making a difference in the lives of others.

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Board Member


Robbin works as a Licensed Social Worker and enjoys helping others find their authentic self.