Allen Villalobos was born in Costa Rica. His father was a General Contractor. His mother was a stay at home mother. Allen moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of 17 years of age where he attended the last year of high school at Woodrow Wilson High and San Dimas High, and then he moved to Riverside, California where he lived until he moved to Maricopa in February 2019.
Allen holds two degrees, one in accounting and the other in non-profit management from the University of Riverside. He also holds a certification from Harvard School of Business, he also holds certifications from the United Way Worldwide Leadership Program.
Throughout his life he has been continually excelled in leadership positions: Chairman of the local Emergency Food and Shelter Program (FEMA branch) for the Riverside County, Co-Chair of the Continuum of Care for the County of Riverside, former member the United Way Worldwide, National Professional Council, Director of Stewardship and communications for his church, member of the Church Board, and 22 years with United Way in different capacities from Director of Finance, Development Director, Executive Director and now Chief Executive Officer.
His interests are broad and varied. For example, while in his position, he participated for the last two summers in extensive drug and alcohol awareness studies in his community. These studies have won the Department of Health and Human Services five-year funding. Another example, Allen mentor a Hispanic father with two children in life-skills and financial independence. Most recently, Allen created the GED training program helping adults obtain their GED and continue their education, the Financial Stability program, and the United Way Family Support Services (domestic abuse program). He is also a member of the Rotary Club since 1998.
Although focused in the non-profit sector, Allen has also work in sales and marketing and had spoken on a variety of financial and goal setting topics throughout the Riverside County, Local churches and at the local Head Start Programs.
Allen is married to Evelyn, his wife of 30 years. They have one child, Bethany of 28 years of age who works as Surgical Technician for Loma Linda Medical Center and Riverside County Hospital the last seven years.
When he is not working, he enjoys music, nature, and being with his family.
Terresa, our Operations Administrator, brings with her a diverse background working for various public and private enterprises, both large and small, with this being her first opportunity to work in the “Non-Profit” sector. She claims this will be her final and more importantly FINEST working opportunity as her current plans are to remain with United Way until retirement. When asked, she will explain her enjoyment of the day to day operations of any office, which may seem a bit thankless and mundane to some, is the “nuts and bolts” of the operation, and brings her great satisfaction at the end of each day knowing that she kept the “wheels on the car!"
Community Programs/ VITA Manager
Braden started with the United Way of Pinal County (UWPC) as a volunteer in January of 2016. His primary role was redesigning and managing the website. In his effort to get involved he worked hand in hand with the UWPC Executive Director and in mid-2016 was able to come on as a part-time staff member. Braden has been instrumental in creating and leading community impact programs throughout Pinal County. He brings years of sales, community relations, and client services to the UWPC table.
In the summer of 2017, Braden was able to join the UWPC full-time staff member as the Community Programs Manager. He has since also assumed the role of the VITA Program Manager.
In Braden’s spare time, he is very involved in his community by serving on many boards and commissions, as well as a variety of community groups. Braden believes in building a stronger community together, and lives by a motto of “Decisions are made by those who show up!”
FFN Program Director
Elizabeth Santiago was born, raised and educated in New York. She came to Arizona 11 years ago to escape the cold and embrace the sunshine. With her, she brought her passion for Early Childhood Education and her desire to make a difference. Having for many years worked directly with educating young children and building family relationships, Elizabeth always desired to one day develop a program that could balance the two. As Program Director of the Friend, Family & Neighbor Project she has been able to do just that. As a resident of Pinal County, she is also now able to enjoy sunshine year-round with her husband and their 8-year-old son.
Stacey Myers is a Home Provider Specialist for the Friend, Family Neighbor Caregivers Outreach Assistance Project. Prior to this position, she ran her own in-home childcare in Casa Grande, and received first hand the benefits of the FFN program. She has also been a Headstart teacher, a foster parent, and founded and directed a home for abandoned children in Ecuador for nine years.
Stacey is married and has four children. The best part of her job is knowing she’s making a difference in the lives of families and children in Pinal County. \
Lindsey Brady is a Home Provider Specialist with the Friend, Family, Neighbor Project. She has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 20 years, holding numerous positions in the field, including preschool teacher and center director. She got her start in her family-owned child care business, which her mother opened when Lindsey was 5 years old.
After the birth of her first son, Lindsey became a 2nd generation family childcare provider and opened her own in-home preschool. Shortly after, she joined the FFN program as a provider and fell in love with the idea of working with caregivers as a member of the FFN team. The best part of Lindsey’s job is witnessing the growth of professionalism, confidence, and creativity in the providers with whom she works.
Kelly Olsen is a Family Child Care Specialist with the Family, Friend, and Neighbor Project. After moving to AZ, Kelly spent 7 years teaching in South Phoenix, before staying home once her first daughter was born. Eventually, she transformed her home into a home preschool and found her way into the FFN program as a provider. After 2 years in the program as a provider, Kelly was able to join the FFN program as a Family Child Care Specialist.
Kelly say that being a Family Child Care Specialist is truly her dream job. She has always had a love for unique, educational early-childhood materials and toys, as well as creative play-based learning and teaching methods. The FFN program allows her to share that passion with childcare providers all over Pinal County. The best part for her, is seeing the transformation the providers go through as they gain confidence, knowledge, and skills from the training the Family Child Care Specialists create.
- To reach one of our staff members, please call the United Way of Pinal County main office at 520-836-0736. We look forward to hearing from you.