It is with great sadness that we announce that Denise Ensdorff, President and Chief Executive Officer of AzCA, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday from recent illness. The entire AzCA family mourns this loss, as we are so grateful for her devotion and leadership. On behalf of our Board of Directors, executive team and employees, we extend our deepest sympathies to Denise’s family.
“With the passing of Denise, AzCA has suffered a major loss—the matriarch of our agency,” said Anna Osborn, chairman of the AzCA board of directors. “She touched the lives of so many and was truly committed to our mission and values. Denise left an incredible impact on our agency and dedicated her career to integrated care and improving the quality of services for Arizona’s children and families. She will be missed by so many. The board remains firmly committed to her vision and ensuring the future of Arizona’s Children Association.”
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 was in the field of child and family services since 1985 with extensive experience in both direct clinical work as well as senior management. She had a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work with an emphasis in child and family studies from George Williams College. Denise was licensed in both Colorado and Arizona as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and she was a member of the National Association of Social Workers.