ACEs Consortium Board

Purpose: To provide support, guidance and oversight of the ACE Consortium.

Meetings/Location: 4th Monday of each month, 9:00 – 11:00

Arizona Trauma Informed Faith Community Network (AZTIFC)

Purpose: To build resilient faith-based organizations to facilitate sensitive care, training, resource sharing, advocacy, and social movement, not compromising own faith tradition, but multiplying collaboration for the greater good.

Meetings/Location: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 10:00 -11:30am. Location varies.

Committee Chair:
Rev. Sanghoon Yoo, MSW, MDiv ASU
The Faithful City

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Creating Trauma Sensitive AZ Schools

Purpose: To network, gather resources, information and knowledge, spread awareness of the impact of trauma, and increase support to ensure that children traumatized by ACEs succeed in school.

Meetings/Location: 1st Wed. of each month 4:00- 5:30. Virtually.

Committee Chairs:
Rebecca Leimkuehler
Director of Social Emotional Learning, Cartwright School District

Laura Wiggins, MA, LMSW
Regional Director of Clinical Services, The Menta Group Special Education Services

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Purpose: This committee will work to support the ACEs consortium with necessary
communication needs to inform the public of current ACEs work-groups, and
engage the community to increase and maintain an active consortium
membership. These communication needs include:

  • social media support
  • creating and distributing press releases
  • creating a bi-monthly newsletter
  • Support the constortiums branding and advertising needs

Meetings/Location: Virtually, 3rd Friday of each month at 12PM

Committee Chair:
Laura Serna

Healing Historical Trauma

Purpose: The Historical Trauma work group is dedicated to integrating information about intergenerational trauma into the many facets of society. We seek to cultivate unity, compassion and equity through the exploration of history’s impact on various ethnic and religious groups. It is our mission to create a movement that recognizes the importance of Culturally Competent Trauma-Informed Practices in every aspect of community interaction. All people from all sectors are embraced in the Historical Trauma work group!

Meetings/Location: Third Fridays of the month; 10:00am-11:30am; 3300 N Central Ave, 16th floor, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Committee Chair:
Iya Affo, Family Support Specialist,
Red Mountain Behavioral Health

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Southern Arizona Trauma Informed Network

Purpose: SATIN provides an action oriented framework for a trauma responsive community in Southern Arizona through training and connection.

Meetings/Location: Monthly

Committee Chair:

Serena Samaniego MS, LAC, IMH-E®

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ACEs Training Work Group

Purpose: To develop a community of ACE Trainers statewide, and create a dynamic training portfolio that is flexible to meet the needs of a variety of audiences. This workgroup is currently closed to adding new workgroup members.

Meetings/Location: Third Monday of the Month, 10am-12pm at First Things First Phoenix office.

Committee Chair:
Kavita Bernstein
First Things First Program Manager, Children’s Health

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The Arizona ACEs Consortium is a collaboration of more than one hundred individuals, state, county, and private organizations working together.

We are made up of professionals from all walks of life, united by a desire to help Arizona’s children.

It’s a big group, and we’re committed to making sure that all families have the opportunity to raise healthy children from the start, so that every child has the opportunity to thrive.

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