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Our Team

Meet the dedicated staff at Defenders of Children

Board of Directors

Dick Geasland, MSW

Non-Profit Executive (Retired)


John "JK" Jackson

Vice President, Colliers International

Board Member

Kelly L. Mendoza, Esq.

Shareholder, Tiffany & Bosco, P.A.

Board Member

Dr.  Sheri Duggan

Educational Leadership Consultant 


Sadaf Khwaja, MBA, M.Ed.

Sadaf Khwaja Consulting

Board Member

Jenna Panas

Chief Executive Officer, Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence

Board Member

Jennifer Callender

Crossroads Academy (Retired)


Kristofer Lyons

Financial Consultant, Charles Schwab

Board Member

Patrick Winters

Vice President of Marketing/Development,

MIKID Mentally Ill Kids In Distress

Board Member

Advisory Council

Faren Akins, Ph.D., J.D.

Akins Law Firm

Alisa Gray, Esq.

Shareholder, Tiffany and Bosco, P.A.

Paul Beljan, Psy.D., ABPdN, ABN

Neuropsychologist & Founder, Beljian Psychological Services

Christopher J. Meister, Esq.

Managing Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins

Courtney Glenn, LPC

Healthy Connections Counseling

David Weinstock, J.D., Ph.D.

Forensic Counseling and Evaluations, P.L.L.C.

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