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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 Board of Directors is guided by the following values:


    • Collaboration:

      Positive Paths encourages collegiality, teamwork, and cooperation between and among employees, board members, 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

Kathleen Dowler, President

Director of Community Integration
Dignity Health

Janice Parker, President Elect

Inclusive Business Growth

Joyce McKinney, Treasurer


Ginny Caro, Secretary

Sr. Vice President of Claims Services
CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Co.

Trish Bere

Senior Development Director
A.T. Still University

Wendy Bruno Thomson

TTG Advisors, LLC

Imelda Castro

Director, Equipment Workforce
Intel Corporation

Rhonda Curtis

Vice President, Business
Wells Fargo Bank

Marie Fotino

Personal Banking Manager
TrustBank Arizona

Caryn Gose

Economic Development Project
Salt River Project

Dr. Maria Hesse

Vice Provost, Academic Partnerships
Arizona State University

Sandra Hudson

CEO Wealth Management
President, TrustBank Arizona

Executive Director

Elizabeth Kjar

M. Ed.

Elizabeth is a compassionate, dedicated social worker and educator committed to building opportunities for women and creating sustainable impact in communities. One of Elizabeth’s major focuses is on advocating for and supporting community-based programs and collaborations that can be offered to provide opportunities to East Valley women and their families. As Executive Director, Elizabeth’s main responsibilities include strategic planning, program management/development, community outreach, staff development and allocation of resources.

Elizabeth earned a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Development, a Master’s degree in Adult Education, and is a graduate of ASU’s American Express Leadership Academy. As a licensed social worker, Elizabeth has worked in the child welfare system, criminal justice system, and in multiple non-profit agencies providing leadership in Utah, Maryland, and Arizona. She has taught within the Behavioral Sciences department at several community colleges in Utah, Delaware, and Maryland. Elizabeth enjoys playing piano and viola, hiking, travelling, and spending time with her family

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