At Childhelp we are able to do the work we do because of the amazing people we work with. Read more about our executive leadership below by clicking their photos, and view our National Board of Directors. We truly couldn’t do the work we do without the hard work and dedication of our leadership team!
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Childhelp, I help provide leadership, guidance, and coordination to the Childhelp Executive Management team. My role is to strengthen the organization’s core foundation to position it for long-term viability, growth and transformation for the future.
I began my career by gaining valuable direct care experience as a foster care coordinator, child protective services caseworker, a Guardian Ad Litem, residential treatment worker, and mediator of child custody and visitation disputes. Later, in my career I was appointed to national and statewide leadership positions in human service and public safety by three different Governors and the President of the United States.
I have additionally been the Chief Executive Officer or Chief Operating Officer of three different large national or statewide nonprofits providing services to youth and families. I have managed agencies with budgets as large as $6 billion and directed organizations with over 4,500 employees.
My 35 year career in child welfare, youth and family services, and public safety has given me a breadth and depth of experience that very few people in the country possess. The combination of my nonprofit, governmental and for profit experience provide me with unique perspectives and understanding that is a valuable asset to Childhelp. My family and I are excited to be here at this point in our organizations history, and I am humbled to be a part of Childhelp’s rich history and legacy.
Chief Strategy and Administrative Officer
With experience and expertise in financial analysis, financial modeling, forecasting, budgeting, RFP/ITN preparation, contracting, and interpreting regulatory and contractual requirements, I assist the organization in identifying creative solutions to meeting regulatory and contractual requirements within funding constraints to ensure operational and budgetary goals are met. Recognized as a strategic thinker and problem solver, I translate the organization’s strategic plan and vision into operationalized action plans. I help the organization build its business development capacity to expand needed services to best serve children and families.
I am a results-driven financial leader with over 19 years of experience working for complex nonprofit, social service organizations with financial expertise in child welfare, developmental disability, juvenile justice, behavioral health care, and mental health systems of care. For seven years, I worked for a private nonprofit agency under contract with the Department of Developmental Services in California to provide services and support to people of all ages with intellectual disabilities. I transitioned to working in direct services for the next three years for one of the largest nonprofit behavioral healthcare organizations in the country. For the past 10 years, I have worked as the VP of Finance for two organizations in one of the nation’s most innovative child-welfare systems in Florida which relies on regionally focused, public-private partnerships to provide community-based care to children and families.
I have dedicated my professional career to serving children, families and individuals in need. I believe that every child should have the love, care and support they need to grow up in a safe, nurturing environment that gives them every opportunity to succeed in life.
Chief Financial Officer
Every gift deserves solid financial stewardship to impact the children and families Childhelp is dedicated to serve. As the leader of finance I am safeguarding donations, grants, and the assets of Childhelp through a transparent and accountable financial infrastructure with the purpose of sustainability to continue our mission including the intervention, treatment and prevention of child abuse.
In addition to serving as the leader of Childhelp’s national fiscal initiatives and monetary strategy, my key roles include leadership of human resources and technology, risk management, banking, and serving our incredible team and volunteers.
As a CPA with over 20 years of finance, operations, legal, human resource, and technology leadership with top for profit and not for profit entities, I understand that every penny counts. I’ve held leadership roles with multiple leading entities such as GE Capital, Educational Media Foundation, K-LOVE Radio, Amvensys Capital Group, and Franchise Finance Corporation of America, after beginning my career with Arthur Andersen & Co.
I came to Childhelp as a Childhelp Arizona State Advisory Board member and an ad hoc member of Childhelp’s National Board Audit Committee. This gave me a rare glimpse behind the scenes before signing on to create a progressive vision for the future.
Money management and philanthropy runs in the family. My wife Kim and I were married our sophomore year while attending the University of Arizona, and after we began our careers as CPA’s, we started our family which now includes seven children and we all enjoy being active in our communities as a family.
I chose to serve at Childhelp because I knew I could apply years of robust business experience to a mission that means a lot to me: ensuring the generosity of our donors directly impacts the children in our care.
Chief Development Officer
Before joining Childhelp, I served as the Executive Director for Project C.U.R.E. Arizona, with responsibilities expanding into more than 126 countries worldwide. I was responsible for developing corporate and philanthropic relationships to improve operational efficiency, strengthen financial support through fundraising and corporate partners, assess international opportunities and impact, and drive market awareness and growth with an annual budget of more than $40 million. Prior to that, I spent 9 years as the Chief Operating Officer for Easter Seals Arizona, with responsibilities expanding into Utah and New Mexico, where my focus was on donor cultivation and stewardship, program innovation, improved operational efficiency, and execution that led to significant organizational growth totaling more than $70 million in organizational revenue.
I have a dual Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communications from Seattle Pacific University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. I am a 40 Under Forty Award recipient through the Phoenix Business Journal, and a graduate of Class 32 of Valley Leadership. Married since 2006, the best part of my every day is the time I get with my wife Jessica, and our three children.
I am a Father. The greatest treasure in my life is the blessing of my family, and the greatest desire of my life is to keep my children safe, happy, and prepared to face every challenge life has to offer them, and accomplish every desire their hearts and minds can dream to achieve. Childhelp has that same desire for every child, everywhere. The grand vision of Childhelp is to protect and educate children everywhere against the dangers of abuse and neglect, and I’m here to leverage my education, experience and skills to help develop the resources Childhelp needs to fulfill that vision.
Chief Information Officer & HIPAA Privacy Officer
As the Chief Information Officer and HIPAA Privacy and Security Officer, it is my role to ensure that the information we hold in trust is kept secure, while at the same time, structuring and supporting systems to record and share information to make better decisions for clients and the organization. It’s my job to make sure Childhelp’s information systems further our mission to meet the needs of abused, neglected, and at-risk children, while complying with all applicable laws, regulations, and best practices. This means seeking constant improvement and ongoing accountability in service to our mission.
I began my technology journey in college and earned my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Southern California and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. In addition, I am a Certified HIPAA Privacy & Security Expert (CHPSE), Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP), and Certified Document Imaging Architect (CDIA).
With more than 25 years in leadership and management roles in information technology, my most recent role before Childhelp was as President of Interaction Information Technology, where I led software product development projects in private, government and non-profit sectors, as well as corporate development projects focused on integrating, streamlining and securing information systems (databases, electronic health records, learning management systems, customer resource management systems, content & document management systems).
I am excited to bring my technological experience working with businesses, government entities and behavioral & human health service providers to Childhelp.
I have a deep sense of respect for Childhelp’s work, and I’m honored to lend my talent in service to such a rich legacy. It’s inspiring to be a part of the impact Childhelp has in young lives and in families, and I’m always amazed at how much our programs and services provide for the individuals and communities we serve. In the world of information technology and data systems improvement, it is easy to dwell on processes, procedures, protocols and frameworks, but Childhelp always finds a return to the heart.
Justina Sanchez Cox
Chief Human Resources Officer
I have been given the opportunity to serve our organization’s employees and leaders through innovating human resources solutions. It is my purpose to lead and drive a culture that positively advances our mission of serving children by ensuring we have a diverse, caring, kind, compassionate and nurturing staff.
It has been my calling to serve as a human resources professional in industries such as healthcare, human and social services throughout my 20-year career. I am my best when I am able to partner with leaders on thought and transformational leadership techniques, building talent models, attracting and developing the best talent and building a culture of engagement, agility and innovation.
I am a workforce strategist, organizational and performance conductor, HR service delivery owner, compliance and governance regulator, and coach and adviser to the leadership teams I serve.
I am here to contribute to a workforce that brings healing to the children we serve. It is the difference we make in children’s lives every day that brings me energy, enthusiasm and excitement. There is no better feeling than knowing that the group of people you work with and serve are dedicated to the helping and healing of children in need. My husband and I have six children and we know it takes a special village to care for each one of them. I am grateful to my family and friends for always supporting us including my work family.
I advance Childhelp’s legal and governmental relationships as it carries out its mission to prevent child abuse and help children who are victims of abuse. To that end, I provide legal, operational, and corporate support for Childhelp, and I engage with policymakers and government professionals to promote public policy that advances Childhelp’s mission.
I am a legal professional with experience and expertise in nonprofit charitable organizations, litigation, and the legal affairs of state government. I focus on the exciting—and at times confusing—intersection of law and public policy. I enjoy helping clients surmount legal, policy, and strategic challenges for the fundamental goal of public service.
For seven years I served as the General Counsel of the Arizona House of Representatives. That role gave me a deep appreciation and respect for the dedicated men and women elected to shape the law, and the many governmental and community professionals who support and inform their policy decisions.
The most impactful role I have is that of husband and father. My wife Allison and I have eight children. We are delighted that our family is part of the Childhelp family; and we hope that the values and example of service of this organization will inspire and shape our children as they grow and mature.
The need is compelling. Today children are being abused and neglected. And I have the tremendous privilege to serve on a team that is helping these children. I am inspired by Childhelp’s team of compassionate and committed employees and volunteers whose daily decisions, actions, and sacrifices have life-changing results in the lives of children.