Marsha Porter has dedicated her more than 35 year career to the well-being of Arizona's children. She began her career with Child Protective Services (CPS) and occupied a number of direct service and administrative positions within the state child welfare system.
Since 1994, Porter has served as Executive Director of Crisis Nursery, Inc. providing leadership to help families in crisis. Under her direction, Crisis Nursery has expanded its programs to include Early Childhood Education, Foster Care, Healthy Families and day respite programs to help Arizona's youngest and most vulnerable citizens.
Michelle Joy joined Crisis Nursery in 2005. She manages all day-to-day operations of our Children's Shelter (25 beds). She is responsible for 60 shelter employees and an operating budget of over $2 million.
She also serves as the primary liaison with Department of Economic Security (DES), which licenses the shelter and contracts with us for the provision of shelter beds to children in the custody of DES.
Kristin Andrew joined Crisis Nursery in 2002. Her responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day operations and maintaining primary linkages with Department of Health Services (DHS) representatives who license FACES as a community childcare facility.
For the past six years Rachel has been a senior member of our Foster Care Program team. She was on the ground floor when we launched both our Visitation and Foster Care Programs and has been involved in developing and implementing policies and procedures for both programs as they evolved and grew. Prior to joining Crisis Nursery, Rachel worked as a Investigator with Child Protective Services. She earned a BA in Family Studies and Human Development from U of A and her Master in Social Work from ASU.
Her responsibilities include managing the overall success of the foster care program and recruiting, training and supervising Foster Care Licensing Specialist staff. Staff, in turn, train and license foster families and monitor foster homes in order to meet the needs of children placed in their homes. They also ensure that each home remains in compliance with the licensing standards through the Department of Economic Security, State of Arizona. Rachel is also responsible for helping get the Family Support Coordination program established. The Family Support Coordination Program is multi-agency effort to provide support and resources to families in Central Phoenix.
Lisa Ricci joined Crisis Nursery in 2010 as the Director of Finance and Administration. Her prior experience within Big 4 accounting firms as an auditor and in industry has been specialized in the not-for-profit arena. Ricci is a licensed CPA and coordinates all accounting, financial reporting, human resources, facilities, and administrative functions of the organization.
Resource Development Director
As a seasoned marketing and communications professional for more than fifteen years, Damita has been responsible for all marketing, communications, press and social media for the organization since 2010. She has also played a lead role in overseeing our special events and fundraising appeals. Prior to Crisis Nursery, Damita advanced through management positions of increasing responsibility in the corporate and non-profit sectors. Damita holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.
Damita is responsible for raising $2.1 million in annual funds through grants, events, communications, volunteering and other fund-raising activities each year.