|Board of Directors||Staff Leadership|
Daniel G. Perez
Subrosa Investigations LLC
James L. Kieffer
Glendale Union High
Director of Sales Operations
Director of the Special Needs Ministry
CEO of Kids in Faith
Snell & Wilmer
Chief Executive Officer
Doug Carter has over 20 years’ executive nonprofit experience serving as Vice President with both the Milwaukee and Boston YMCA’s as well as CEO of Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery. Doug has been at UPWARD since 2011 and led the 4 million dollar Capital Campaign that resulted in a Campus Expansion Project that added 20,000 square feet and new and expanded programs. Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Alcorn State University and M.S. in Management from Cardinal Stritch University.
Vice President of Programs
Sharon Graham has over 40 years’ experience in education, both as Teacher and Special Education Director in Missouri and Arizona. She has been at UPWARD going on 25 years, starting out as Education Coordinator, then Director of Programs, recently becoming Vice President of Programs. Sharon holds a B.S.E. in Elementary Education and an M.E. in Teacher of Reading from Truman State University (formerly Northeast Missouri State University). She received her Special Education Administration Certification from University of Missouri – St. Louis.
Director of Education
Angelia Fugatt has over 20 years’ experience in the field of education. She has been at UPWARD since 2007 as the Special Education Preschool Teacher. In 2010 she added the title of Special Education Coordinator and is now The Director of Education. Angelia has worked with special needs children and clients from birth into adulthood, her specialty is in Early Childhood. She received her Undergraduate degree in 1994 from Kansas State University in Early Childhood Special Education and then moved to Arizona where she received a Masters of Education from Arizona State University in 2000.
Elana Mastov RN M.I.S.E.
Director of Health Services
Elana Mastov has over 22 years’ experience in the medical field and over 12 years in Pediatric And Adult Nursing. Elana has been at UPWARD since 2015. She holds a Nursing Degree from Eastern Arizona College and a Master’s degree in Industrial and System Engineering from Tashkent Polytechnic University.