Board Members

BOARD MEMBERS

Mr. Mike Gant – Board President

“Mike Gantt is founder and sole proprietor of MGantt Consulting, a Phoenix-based practice specializing in all matters related to human resources. He is also a contract career consultant for the Phoenix office of Right Management, an international consulting group specializing in outplacement services. He has spent over 39 years in HR at the corporate level; most recently for Bashas’, a large retail supermarket chain based in Chandler, Arizona where he was SVP-HR for over 12 years. His position prior to joining Bashas was as VPHR for two other grocery chains (one in Phoenix and one in Florida) where he served for 22 and 4 years respectively. His very first job after graduation from Drake University was as a teacher at Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa. He is a member of several professional associations, has been a guest instructor at Portland State University in Oregon and was for over 35 years a key member of The Food Marketing Institute’s Human Resources and Training Advisory Committee. He is now (or in the recent past was) a volunteer member of several boards including The Men’s Anti-Violence Network, The Mental Health Association of Arizona, the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona and the Arizona chapter of the International Rescue Committee. Since 2008 he has been associated with Rite of Passage’s Canyon State Academy in Queen Creek, Arizona in an advisory capacity and he is a founding member of the board of directors (currently board president) of ROP’s charter high school in Phoenix, The Southwest Leadership Academy.

 

Mr. Brian Heath – Ex-Officio Member

Brian Heath is the Executive Director for Rite of Passage overseeing programs that serve at-risk and underserved children in Arizona including residential academies, shelters, a voucher school, private special education day school and an alternative education charter school. He has a Master of Social Sciences with emphasis in Criminal Justice Administration and Public Administration from the University of Colorado as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of New Mexico.    Mr. Heath has nearly 30 years of experience working in the human services field, devoted to the advancement of systems and programs to support positive child and adolescent development.  Experience in residential and non-residential treatment programs, coupled with a strong belief in the importance of providing quality education has been the driving force in his leadership.  Coaching athletics has also been an inspiration to his professional career through the unique opportunities of knowing, understanding and experiencing the student athletes he serves from a grass roots level.   

 

Ms. Jenny Diaz, MSW, LCSW – Secretary/ Treasurer

Jenny was born with a servant’s heart and has spent that last 30 years as a professional Social Worker in the Phoenix and Casa Grande area.  She attended Arizona State University for her Master’s Degree and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) since 1998.  Jenny ran the East Valley Head Start and the Migrant Head Start for many years.  She was the first Youth Protection Advocate for the Diocese of Phoenix and for the Pinal County Attorney’s office as well.  Jenny has served on the Southwest Leadership Academy Board of Directors since 2013 because of her passion for youth.  Jenny started a non-profit group home for LGBTQ teen boys in the care of the Department of Child Safety in 2011, and plans to open a home for girls as well.

 

 Mr. Mark Henderson

Mark is Chief Information Officer for TASC Inc. in Phoenix AZ, overseeing internal business technology data infrastructure and applications and integrating the needs of the community and justice system.  Mark serves as a consultant to local, state and national workgroups as a community corrections subject-matter expert to improve and integrate justice data systems and implement evidence based practices. He represents American Probation and Parole Association on technology planning and initiatives in collaboration with agencies such as NIJ, NIC, BJA, NCSC, RAND and SEARCH,  presents workshops at training institutes and contributes to publications.  Currently serves with the IJIS Institute, modeling Justice and Health data exchanges.
From 2007 to 2010 he collaborated with the Crime and Justice Institute as the project director implementing the National Institute of Corrections Evidence-Based Practices grant for Maricopa County Adult Probation. He has over 30 years in the field of Community Corrections. His education includes an MA in Human Behavior and undergraduate degree in Justice Studies.
His career has centered around partnering with Courts, corrections and people under supervision to improve community safety and support family health and well being.

 

Mr. Ruben Olivas

“Ruben Olivas is a west Phoenix native and grew up just a few miles from Southwest Leadership Academy.  He graduated from St Mary’s High School and later enlisted In the Arizona Air National Guard (ANG). After his initial completion of active duty, he returned to the valley and enrolled at ASU’s College of Business where he earned his degree in Business Management. Upon completion, Ruben was selected by the ANG to attend the Academy of Military Science where he earned his Commission. He later completed two rigorous U.S. Air Force Flight Programs, Undergraduate Navigator Training and Undergraduate Pilot Training.  He is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Arizona Air National Guard and has deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom,  Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. He’s also currently a full time Pilot at Southwest Airlines and a licensed Realtor for DPR Realty. Ruben adds a different perspective to our board having worked for Arizona’s Project Challenge, a similar school that helps “at-risk” youth in the community.  He’s a current board member for Angelita’s Amigos, a non-profit organization benefiting St. Joseph’s hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

He’s been married to his high school sweetheart for 17 years and they reside in Mesa with their two children”

 

Ms. Terry Hines

Terry Hines is founder and owner of DTH Consulting LLC, where her focus is on child welfare, organizational structure and leadership/staff development.  She is also an instructor at ASU Lodestar.  Terry has been active in the non-profit community for over 3 decades as a professional, volunteer and board member.

Terry has substantive knowledge in the development and oversight of community-based wraparound services focused on the healthy development of children and building strong and successful families.  Her areas of focus include family support and education, child abuse prevention, foster care and adoption and kinship support.    As the Chief Operating Officer for a large non-profit organization for many years, Terry is skilled in the areas of program development and evaluation, leadership and staff training, and organizational development

Terry earned her Bachelor of Social Work from Arizona State University and her Masters of Arts in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix. In 2012, Hines was named as a Piper Fellow through the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

 

 

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