BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

beverlyw@azwomensrecoverycenter.org

MEET OUR

EXPERIENCED BOARD

George Magee
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 36 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.

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

Bonnie Carlson
BONNIE E. 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.

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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
NATASHA MENDOZA

Board Vice-President

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As an expert in behavioral health, Dr. Mendoza’s scholarship is focused on substance use and co-occurring disorders, physical health, identity (e.g., cultural, gender, sexual), and connecting service systems (i.e., health care, criminal justice, child welfare). Furthermore, Dr. Mendoza specializes in the intersection of behavioral health and public safety.

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 and across multiple systems. Additionally, Dr. Mendoza’s work as a researcher and educator explores and elucidates the ways in which identity and wellness may be assets in behavioral health.

Dr. Mendoza has served on the board of directors since 2013. Currently, she serves as the board’s Vice President.

REX RAGSDALE, M.D.

Board Treasurer

Dr. Rex Ragsdale is a geriatrics doctor in Mesa, Arizona. He received his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including Portuguese
DOUGLAS MATTAINO

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. 

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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.

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“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.

Becky Doyle
BECKY DOYLE

Board Member

Becky, a registered nurse and healthcare executive for Banner Health, has 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.

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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. Becky continues to hold an active Arizona RN license and completed her MBA in 2019.

 

Having a heart for recovery, and believing in the vision and mission, Becky joined the Arizona Women’s Recovery Center board in 2020 and is excited to be a part of the future strategy.

Quianna Brown
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.

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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.

JOSUE BUSTOS
JOSUE BUSTOS

Board Member

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It is an honor to be on the board of the Arizona Women’s Recovery Center. I understand that recovery is a journey, not a destination and it begins with just one step. 

Christiana Flint
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.

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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.

Paige Safyer
PAIGE SAFYER

Board Member

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Dr. Safyers’ goal is to create interventions that strengthen resiliency among infants, young children, and their families. As a social work practitioner, Dr. Safyer is especially interested in using play-based therapies to explore the internal world of the child.