Executive Team

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Jacob Schmitt, MPA
President & Chief Executive Officer

Jacob Schmitt began his work at AzCA in 2013 and was responsible for AzCA’s performance and quality improvement program as well as compliance with all federal, state, contractual, and accreditation requirements. He moved into the role of President and CEO in September 2019. Jacob has more than 20 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.

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Kenneth Goranson
Chief Financial Officer

Ken Goranson brings a mx of for-profit and not-for-profit experience in health care, manufacturing, and service related organizations. With more than 30 years of professional accounting and finance experience, he brings a unique skill set to AzCA. Ken is a CMA and has an MBA from Babson College. He was most recently the CFO at Benson Hospital, a 22-bed, rural, critical-access hospital. Ken has also taught accounting and finance classes at the college level in his spare time.

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Necole Bell Harper, MSW
Executive Vice President of Child Welfare & Prevention Services

Necole Bell Harper began her work at AzCA in 1999 and is currently responsible for AzCA’s child welfare programs which include foster care, therapeutic foster care, adoption, child specific recruitment, family preservation, parent aide, Kinship Navigator and KARE services, and youth in transition services. Necole is also responsible for AzCA’s prevention services which include early childhood education services and home visitation. Necole has more than 16 years of experience in child welfare. Necole has a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Northern Arizona University and Master of Social Work Degree from Arizona State University.

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Jason Jonker, MS, LAMFT, BHP
Executive Vice President of Behavioral Health Services

Jason Jonker is the Executive Vice President of Behavioral Health for Arizona’s Children Association. Prior to this, he served AzCA as a regional director, and site director. Jason has over 25 years of experience preventing and treating mental illness and substance abuse issues. Jason has trained teachers in Phoenix and in Nicaragua on to deliver programing that improves students’ educational outcomes while reducing students’ mental health and substance abuse problems. He has provided mental health services and consultation for refugee children coming to the US from Central America.

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Barbara Krusko, MA
Chief Development Officer

Barbara Krusko is the Chief Development Officer at Arizona’s Children Association. Prior to this, Barbara served as Chief Development Officer at West Bergen Mental Healthcare in Ridgewood, NJ. Barbara has more than 25 years of experience in managing fundraising, marketing and public relations programs for healthcare and educational institutions. Barbara has a dual Bachelor’s Degree in English and Education from Syracuse University and a Master’s Degree in Public Relations from Iona College.

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Tiffany Tillotson
Chief Human Resources Officer

Tiffany D. Tillotson began her work with AzCA in 2018 and is responsible for Human Resources. Before joining AzCA, she spent nearly 20 years in various Human Resources roles in for-profit, non-profit, and governmental organizations. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tusculum College in Greenville, Tennessee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management. Tiffany holds her Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute (SPHR) and is also certified as a Senior Certified Professional from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM-SCP). Tiffany has been a member of the Society of Human Resources Management since 2002.

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Susan Encinas
Chief Information Officer

Susan Encinas began working with AzCA in 2009 with the Information Technology department and moved into the role of CIO responsible for managing IT/IS functions for the agency in 2016. Susan holds a Bachelor's Degree in Management Information Systems from University of Arizona and a Master's Degree in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix.

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Matthew Santosusso
Interim Chief Compliance Officer & Director of Quality

Matthew Santosusso began his work at AzCA in 2016 as the Compliance Manager for Child Welfare. He has recently moved into the role of Interim CCO and Director of Quality and will be responsible for both Behavioral Health and Child Welfare Compliance and Quality initiatives. Matthew has dedicated his professional career to serving the children and families of Arizona since 1996. Prior to his tenure with AzCA, Matthew held direct care positions in behavioral health facilities, managed residential settings, and helped direct operations at a foster care and adoption agency. Matthew holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania, and a Juris Doctor from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.