Board of Directors   Staff

Jim Bissonett

"UPWARD’s mission… 'bringing hope and joy to the children we serve' informs every action taken by our board of directors.   Each one of us is an ambassador and advocate for the services we provide to children and families across Maricopa County.  But ultimately, what UPWARD does, it can only do with help provided by the community!"
Vice President
Daniel G. Perez
President/CEO of
Subrosa Investigations LLC
James L. Kieffer
Superintendent (Retired)
Glendale Union High School District
Jos Anshell
Founder of
Marketing Forensics
Missy Farrington
Director of the Special Needs Ministry
Highlands Church
Bruce Heatwole
Community Volunteer
Julie Henrickson
CEO of
Kids in Faith
Jonathan Relvas
Director of Sales Operations
Aspect Software
Tracey Sutton
Community Volunteer
Mike Treadaway
Vice President of
West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.
Doug Carter
Chief Executive Officer

Doug Carter, came to Arizona following a distinguished career in nonprofit leadership serving as Vice President with the Milwaukee and Boston YMCA’s.  As CEO of the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, he led a two million dollar Capital Campaign to open a new shelter for children at risk of abuse and neglect.

Since arriving at Upward in 2011, Doug has significantly improved the financial performance of the organization and led a successful Capital Campaign resulting in a $4 million campus expansion project completed in 2016.  The newly expanded campus will increase the capacity of Upward’s Private Day School, double the capacity of the Adult Day Training Program, and add an Integrated Childcare Program for Infants.