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Positive Paths Leadership consists of dedicated, forward-thinking trailblazers committed to advocating and providing services for women and their families to enhance the economic stability and security of the East Valley community. In 2014, Positive Paths became an independent non-profit organization with a vision to encourage others to invest in the futures of East Valley women in need, and to support women to be resilient and positive contributors to their communities.

Positive Paths is guided by the following values:

    • Collaboration

      Positive Paths encourages collegiality, teamwork, and cooperation between and among employees, board members, volunteers, non-profit organizations, and the community.
    • Integrity

      Positive Paths employees and board members strive to be competent, responsible, reliable, honest, and ethical in both their personal and professional lives.
    • Accountability

      Positive Paths is committed to operating in an accountable manner as a non-profit organization, constantly re-examining and improving our practices, using donated funds in accordance with donor wishes and the organization’s mission, and regularly reporting on progress to the community.

Board of Directors

Dr. Maria Hesse, President

Faculty, Higher Education
Arizona State University

Caryn Gose, Vice President

Salt River Project

Joyce McKinney, Treasurer


Andrea Johnson, Secretary

Sr. Manager, HR Business Partner
Charles Schwab, Inc.

Shawna Baggs

Nurse Manager
Phoenix Children’s Hospital (Gilbert)

Bettina Celis

Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs
Maricopa Community Colleges

Imelda Castro

Director, Equipment Workforce Capability

Rhonda Curtis

Vice President, Business Banking
Wells Fargo

Kathleen Dowler

Director of Community Health
Dignity Health

Denise Hayes

Sr. Content and Marketing Strategist
Salt River Project

Sandra Hudson

CEO Trust and Wealth Management
President, TrustBank Arizona

Wendy Bruno Thompson

TTG Healthcare Advisors LLC


Stacie Dana

Senior Coordinator

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