DeeAnn Arroyo serves as the Director of Prevention Services for Pima Prevention Partnership where she oversees nine prevention programs serving youth and families across the state of Arizona. DeeAnn has 23 years of experience working in the prevention field which includes the development of three nationally recognized teen pregnancy prevention programs B-Unique providing services to more than 9,000 youth and families annually. DeeAnn also has broad expertise on subjects of family strengthening, adolescent brain development, and life skills education for youth. DeeAnn serves as the Board President for the AZ Healthy Relationship Education Coalition (AZHRE) and is on the advisory board for the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA). She is a member of Our Saviours Lutheran Church where she serves on the Altar Service Guild and is a substitute Sunday School Teacher. DeeAnn has been married to her husband Sergio for 32 years and has two grown sons, two daughter-in-laws and two granddaughters.
I am a native Tucsonan with my roots anchored deep in this desert soil. Both my grandfathers came to Arizona shortly after statehood, seeking, of all things, good health. My parents actually remember when The Lodge on the Desert was truly in the desert. I attended the University of Arizona for undergraduate and medical school, and residency as well.
I have been on the TOPS Board since the organization began in 2000. It is has been wonderful to watch this organization grow and develop into such an important part of our community!
Jaime Ledesma, M.D., is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Arizona Health Network, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He currently practices Gynecology at North Hills Clinic. Dr. Ledesma is a native Tucsonan, attending the University of Arizona College of Medicine. After completing his residency, he worked at the former Thomas-Davis Clinics, delivering hundreds of new Tucsonans. Dr. Ledesma has been committed to health care of women in Tucson for over 20 years.
Alice recently retired as the Executive Director of AZ ASCD, a non-profit organization for educators that provides expert and innovative solutions in professional development, capacity building, and educational leadership. Alice has a professional background in education and staff development training, and holds an Ed.S. degree in Educational Administration and a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. Alice has also been involved with Soroptimist International since 1980.
Alice is passionate about improving and enhancing education opportunities for women and girls all over the world. She is helping to further develop the TOPS Scholars program so that our clients are better prepared to reach their academic and career goals.
My journey with TOPS started in April of 2008, when I was 17 years old and pregnant. I began attending TOPS pregnancy classes and started learning everything I needed to know regarding becoming a new teen mother. As I learned from the nurses whom taught at TOPS, I gained interest in becoming a nurse one day. I continued to attend TOPS and received parenting classes until my son was 2 years old. I began to attend college to pursue my degree in nursing while juggling single parenthood. In May of 2016 I graduated with an Associates of Applied Science in Nursing, and immediately started attending Grand Canyon University for a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. I will graduate in the fall of 2017! My next step is to continue my journey into a Master’s program. I’m happy to say my son is thriving and we are in an excellent place in life. I now having the opportunity to give back to the organization that supported me through a difficult time, by being a part of the TOPS Board of Directors.