Community Engagement

At Expect More Arizona, our relationships with partners in communities throughout the state are essential to ensuring the diverse needs and voices within education are represented in our work. Our Community Engagement Managers play a critical role in building those relationships by serving as the primary representative of Expect More Arizona in all corners of Arizona.

Regional Councils

The Douglas Education Partnership Council and the Yuma Education Advocacy Council are local collaborations between community leaders and Expect More Arizona to advance a shared vision for education in Yuma/Douglas and the state. We all believe that every child deserves an excellent education – every step of the way. Together, we will elevate priority education issues to support educators, schools and students in our community and beyond. By leveraging the expertise, support, and advocacy platform of Expect More Arizona, the Douglas Education Partnership Council and the Yuma Education Advocacy Council seek to have a greater impact on education in Arizona.

Douglas Education Partnership Council

Ada Parra
University of Arizona South

Alexis Moreno
Consulado de México en Douglas

DeNise Bauer
Greater Douglas Chamber of Commerce

Angie Bustamante
Cochise College

Jacqui Clay
Cochise County School Superintendent’s Office

Denise Cox
Douglas Unified School District

Marlene Dagnino
UA Student

Arturo Escalante
Douglas Hispanic Chamber

Laura Hurtado
Consulado de México en Douglas

Rosa Lara
Wells Fargo

Patricia Lopez
Douglas City Council

Rick Martinez
Douglas Fire Department

Rose Martinez
Cochise County School Superintendent’s Office

Darlene Melk, M.D.
Chiricahua Community Health Center

Cornelia Munoz
Arizona @ Work

Vada Phelps
Center for Academic Success Charter School

Ralph Robles
Douglas Hispanic Chamber

Jim Russell
City of Douglas

Melissa Silva
University of Arizona South

Yuma Education Advocacy Council

Rachael Barkley
Alice Byrne Elementary School/Barkley Company

Madeleine Coil
City of Yuma

John Courtis
Yuma County Chamber of Commerce

Linda Elliott-Nelson
Arizona Western College

Julie Engel
Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation

Randal Etzler
Yuma Regional Medical Center

Bruce Gwynn
Yuma Union High School District

Tanya Hodges
University of Arizona

Jon Jessen
Gowan

Shelley Mellon
RL Jones Insurance/Mellon Family Farm

Dr. Laura Noel
Somerton School District

Rudy Ortiz
First Things First

Veronica Shorr
Yuma Community Foundation

Bob Sloncen
Hyder/Dateland School District

Jenny Torres
City of San Luis

Tom Tyree
Yuma County Education Service Agency

Frank West
General Motors Desert Proving Ground

Gladys Brown
Yuma Airport

Olivia Zepeda
Gadsden Elementary School District