AzCA names new executive team

Independent Newsmedia
Posted 3/17/20

Arizona’s Children Association, among the state’s oldest and largest child welfare and behavioral health nonprofit agencies, announces additions to its leadership team.

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AzCA names new executive team


Arizona’s Children Association, among the state’s oldest and largest child welfare and behavioral health nonprofit agencies, announces additions to its leadership team.

The executive team additions include Barbara Krusko, Ken Goranson, Henry Behr and Vicki Helland as chief development officer, chief financial officer, chief compliance and quality officer, and chief behavioral health officer respectively, accoring to a press release.

“I am extremely confident and excited about the changes we’ve made on our executive leadership team,” said Jacob Schmitt, AzCA president/CEO, in a prepared statement.

“We have assembled a remarkable team at AzCA with a diverse set of experiences, expertise and backgrounds to accelerate our development and performance, carry out our strategic plans, and inspire our amazing employees to be the best they can be.”

Ms. Krusko holds dual bachelor’s degrees in English and education from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in public relations from Iona College.

Before joining AzCA, she served as chief development officer at West Bergen Mental Healthcare in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and has more than 25 years of experience in managing fundraising, marketing and public relations programs for healthcare and educational institutions.

In her new role, she will direct staff and build broad-based fundraising strategies that emphasize donor retention, major and planned giving, and expansion of AzCA branding through traditional marketing and social media, the release said.

With more than 30 years of accounting and finance experience, Mr. Goranson brings his for-profit and not-for-profit experience in health care, manufacturing, and service-related organizations.

A certified management accountant with an MBA from Babson College, he was recently the CFO at Benson Hospital, the release said.

As CFO, Mr. Goranson is responsible for all fiscal areas and activities of the agency and reporting to the CEO. He will provide leadership, advice, information, training and assistance in the areas of fiscal and business management.

Plus, he will serve as a liaison with investment counsel and bank management, insurance brokers and carriers and the Finance and Audit Committees of the Board of Directors.

Born and raised in Arizona, Mr. Behr received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Arizona State University, as well as his MBA from Grand Canyon University.

With more than 10-years experience helping organizations improve quality of services, manage risk, comply with regulations and accreditation, he joined the team in 2019 and is responsible for all compliance, performance and quality improvement activities statewide.

Ms. Helland has more than 15-years experience in behavioral health working for non-profit for-profit, and managed care organizations in the state.

Her expertise includes development and implementation, tribal programming and grants management. She received her bachelor’s degree in counseling from Grand Canyon University and master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University.

A social work doctoral candidate, she recently was the executive director for United Healthcare and president of Resilience Treatment Group Consulting.