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!


Justina Sanchez Cox
Justina Sanchez Cox
Chief Operating Officer

What I do:

I have been given the opportunity to serve our organization’s employees and leaders through innovating 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.

Who I am:

It has been my calling to serve as an operations and business professional in industries such as acute care, community based care, and foster care services throughout my 20-year career. I am at 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.

Why I’m here:

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.

Michael Medoro
Michael Medoro
Chief Development Officer

What I do:

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.

Who I am:

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.

Why I’m here:

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.

John Hopkins
John Hopkins
Chief Information Officer & HIPAA Privacy Officer

What I do:

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.

Who I am:

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.

Why I’m here:

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.

Rachel Oesterle
Rachel Oesterle
Vice President of Philanthropy

What I do:

I have the pleasure of leading key philanthropic initiatives to build sustainable community engagement and fund development infrastructures for operational, capital, and legacy support. I am committed to helping individuals manifest who they want to be in the world through their philanthropic interests. My aim is to assure that our supporters, both existing and new, experience relationships with Childhelp that are deeply meaningful and strengthen their passion for child well-being.

Who I am:

Early in my career, I realized my calling as a builder for the social sector. The result is an over 30-year span helping non-profit organizations reach their potential for good through organizational assessment, strategic planning, infrastructure development for programming, fund development, and collaborative initiatives and partnerships. My background includes serving for nearly fifteen years as the Executive Director for Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK-AZ), leading and completing capital campaigns for Sojourner Center and the Franciscan Renewal Center, developing strategic initiatives for Mission of Mercy Mobile Medical Clinics and the Child Crisis Shelters/Crisis Nursery, and most recently, launching philanthropic efforts for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. I have been blessed to be recognized for community efforts as an Angel in Arizona, Jewel Award finalist, and recipient of Women Who Move Phoenix, and Benevon Circle of Excellence awards. I am an alumnus of Phoenix Valley Leadership.

Why I’m here:

As a child welfare veteran, for me, nothing is more precious than children, and nothing nobler than asserting the right that all children are raised in safe, loving, and well-skilled families. Our future is dependent on developing generations of confident and hopeful children. Childhelp’s mission perfectly aligns with these values.

Peter Gentala
Peter Gentala
General Counsel and Vice President for Government Affairs & Public Policy

What I do:

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.

Who I am:

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.

Why I’m here:

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.

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National Board of Directors

Sara O’Meara – Founder/Chairman/CEO
Paradise Valley, AZ - View Bio
Yvonne Fedderson – Founder/Vice Chairman/President
Paradise Valley, AZ - View Bio
Jim Hebets – Executive Vice President
President, NFP The Hebets Company
Steve Twist – Secretary/Treasurer
VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL COUNSEL FOR SERVICES GROUP OF AMERICA
George Argyros, Jr.
PRESIDENT & CEO, ELITE FINANCIAL GROUP AND G2 CAPITAL/COMMUNITY ACTIVIST
Jill Babb
Changes Interior Design/Community Activist
Jimmy Buckner
SCARECROW FOUNDATION/COMMUNITY ACTIVIST
Joe Ciolli
OWNER, GRIMALDI'S
Sandra Crippen
COMMUNITY ACTIVIST
Bill Eckholm
President & CEO, Firetrace International
Patricia D. Edwards – Vice President/Chaplain
Edwards Affiliated Holdings, LLC/Community Activist
Dru Hammer
Community Activist
Carol Hebets
Community Activist
Sharon Lechter
Member, President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy/ Founder & CEO, Pay Your Family First
Ralph Ochoa
The Ochoa Law Firm
Connie Olsen, LMSW
Social Worker, Livingston Memorial Hospital
Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM
THE PEEKE PERFORMANCE CENTER FOR HEALTHY LIVING
David Purvis
OWNER, FARRAGUT WINES/COMMUNITY ACTIVIST
W. Scott Schirmer
Principal M3 Companies
Vita Cortese
HONORARY BOARD MEMBER/ACCOUNTANT (RETIRED)
Val Halamandaris
HONORARY BOARD MEMBER/FOUNDER, NATIONAL ASSOC. OF HOMECARE & HOSPICE
Gloria Sutherland
Honorary Board Member
Don Zimmer
Honorary Board Member/Founder and Owner (Ret.), Ultra Wheels, Inc