BOARD MEMBERS

Mr. Mike Gantt – 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 – Secretary / Treasurer

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.

Mr. Ruben Olivas –  Board Member

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 – Board Member

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.

Mr. Drew Ainsworth – Board Member

Drew Ainsworth is the Founder and Manager of Ainsworth Consulting Group LLC. Over the last 15 years, his company’s focus is on providing medical care for underprivileged children in Arizona. The subsidiary, Bethesda Pediatrics, has an outpatient clinic in Chandler and an on-campus facility at Canyon State Academy in Queen Creek, AZ. Four pediatric providers are dedicated to helping the physical and mental growth of disadvantaged youth.

Prior to his work at ACG, Drew practiced over a decade as a Chemical Engineer, providing on-site support and services at many industrial facilities in Arizona and New Mexico. Mr. Ainsworth managed the RPC Mission Clinic from 2012-2013 in Chandler AZ. The mission provided free health care to uninsured adults and children.

He is a licensed substitute teacher and a private tutor for mathematics, chemistry, and physics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering with graduate work in Business and Science. Mr. Ainsworth is the proud father of five children and has been married to his lovely wife Lyn for 16 years.

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INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL SITE FINANCIAL INFORMATION

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