About Us: Executive Team

 Denise

Denise Ensdorff, MSW, LCSW
President & Chief Executive Officer

Denise Ensdorff began her work at AzCA in 2007 after moving to Arizona from Colorado and moved into the role of President and CEO in 2012. She has been in the field of child and family services since 1985 with extensive experience in both direct clinical work as well as senior management. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Child and Family Studies from George Williams College. Denise is licensed in both Colorado and Arizona as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and she is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Denise can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Christina

Christina R. Cancino, CPA, CGMA
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Christina Cancino began her work with AzCA in 2006 and is responsible for accounting, claims, and physical resources. She has more than 20 years of experience in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant. Christina has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and majored in accounting at the University of Wyoming. Christina is a member of the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Christina can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

 Candy

Candy Espino, BA 
Chief Operating Officer

Candy Espino began her work with AzCA in 2005 and is responsible for AzCA’s child welfare programs which include foster care, therapeutic foster care, adoption, family preservation and parent aide programs, Kinship Navigator and KARE services, youth in transition programs, and early childhood education services. Candy has more than 8 years of experience in child welfare and over 9 years of experience in early childhood education. Candy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Northern Arizona University. Candy can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dayna

Dayna Gabler, MA
Chief Development Officer

Dayna Gabler began her work with AzCA in 2006. She is currently responsible for AzCA’s Development department, which incorporates the fundraising and marketing efforts across the state.  She has ten years of experience in fundraising and marketing, prior to which she served more than five years in direct care roles working with youth in transition.  Dayna has a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from Arizona State University and is a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals. Dayna can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Jacob

Jacob Schmitt, MPA
Director of Quality and Chief Compliance Officer

Jacob Schmitt began his work at AzCA in 2013 and is currently responsible for AzCA’s performance and quality improvement program as well as compliance with all federal, state, contractual, and accreditation requirements. He also serves as the HIPAA Officer. Jacob has more than 15 years of experience in providing and overseeing social service programs in both public and private sectors. Jacob has a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Studies from Cornell College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Bellevue University. Jacob can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Tifney 2

Tifney Tihey, PHR, SHRM-CP 
Chief Human Resources Officer

Tifney Tihey began her work at AzCA in 2015 and is responsible for Human Resources practices and systems including Talent Acquisition, Payroll, and Benefits. Tifney has 20 years experience in Human Resources and holds professional certifications from both HRCI and SHRM. Tifney has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management. Tifney can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..