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Devereux Arizona Leadership

Dr. Yvette Jackson, LMSW, DBH
Executive Director

As Devereux Arizona’s executive director, Yvette Jackson, LMSW, DBH, oversees the care and treatment of more than 4,500 children and adolescents each year. Jackson joined the organization in 1998 as a foster parent recruiter/trainer and, in 2002, was promoted to program manager of foster care services. In 2003, Jackson moved into the role of director of community-based services and, six years later, was promoted to assistant executive director. She assumed her current role in November 2019.

Jackson has earned the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Social Work (LMSW) and Doctor of Behavioral Health from Arizona State University. She received the 2015 “Leadership in LGBTQ Health Care Award” from the Behavioral Health Coalition of Southern Arizona and the LGBT Consortium, and the 2015 “Weaver E. Falberg Leadership Promise Fellowship Award” from Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health.

Jackson is a faculty associate at Arizona State University, where she instructs graduate-level students in the area of social work. She is a member of the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers Board of Directors. She also is a board member of the Tucson LGBT Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and has served on the boards of the Wingspan LGBTQ Community Center; the Tucson Centers for Women and Children (renamed: Emerge); and Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona.

 

Janelle Westfall, LPC, BCBA, LBA
Clinical Director

Janelle Westfall is Devereux Arizona’s clinical director. She also is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed behavior analyst in Arizona, as well as a nationally certified Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Westfall has served as a therapist, clinical supervisor and consultant for children and adolescents for 20-plus years. She has worked with youth and families in multiple treatment settings, including inpatient, residential, group homes and outpatient. Westfall has extensive experience in training clinicians and educators in trauma-informed care; positive behavior support; assessment and treatment planning; and best practice interventions.

During her tenure at Devereux Arizona, Westfall created and implemented a vigorous internship training program. She also served as the statewide training director for two years, and was the chairperson for Devereux Arizona’s annual REACH behavioral health conference. Westfall has presented at both local and national conferences, and is passionate about promoting emotional health and resiliency in children with behavioral health diagnoses.

 

Robert "Bob" Kelly
Director of Finance

Bob Kelly has more than 15 years of regional and executive finance and operations leadership, with a career that includes retail operations, transportation and healthcare. Kelly’s expertise lies in providing business strategy, financial analysis with a relentless commitment to performance improvement, organizational development, technology implementation and development of targeted goals for optimizing operational and financial results.

Kelly graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in finance and is an avid triathlete. He is passionate about helping to restore youth and families, and inspiring others to exceed their dreams!

 

Ron Herget, PHR, SHRM-CP
People Operations Director

Ron Herget serves as Devereux Arizona’s director of People Operations. He joined Devereux in 2002, and has more than 20 years of human resources experience in behavioral healthcare, manufacturing and higher education.

Herget’s experience centers around People Operations strategy; advancing the organization’s mission through human resources; and delivering great customer service to all. As a member of the senior leadership team, Herget’s goals are to make Devereux Arizona an employer of choice, and continue to support the organization’s mission, vision and values.

Herget has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arizona. He is certified through the Human Resources Certification Institute as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR). He also is certified through the Society of Human Resource Management as a Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

 

Dr. Anthony “Lee” Martinez, DBH, LAC, CPHQ
Director of Quality and Compliance

Dr. Anthony “Lee” Martinez is Devereux Arizona’s director of quality and compliance, and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and a licensed clinician. Martinez has significant leadership experience in healthcare practice transformation (e.g., delivery systems, patient-centered medical homes/behavioral health homes, population health management, and optimization of value-based payment arrangements), as well as continuous quality improvement and Lean and Six Sigma process improvement methods.

When Martinez graduated from Arizona State University’s (ASU) Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) program, he was recognized by the college dean as the program’s distinguished graduate. Martinez is now a faculty associate at ASU, where he designed and teaches the Quality in Healthcare course for the College of Health Solutions. He also is widely known throughout state for his Data for Improvement Boot Camps.

Martinez serves on the Board of Directors for the National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA), which fills a need for a unified national voice for Latino populations in the behavioral health arena and brings attention to disparities that exist in the areas of access, utilization, practice-based research and adequately trained personnel. Martinez also serves as chair of the NLBHA Finance Committee.

Martinez and his wife, Carrie, have been foster parents for more than 10 years, raising more than 20 foster children. They also are adoptive parents and have four adult biological children, a daughter-in-law and a grandson. Martinez is widely known throughout the New Mexico genealogy community as an expert in genetic genealogy, presenting at the New Mexico Genealogical Society’s (NMGS) annual conferences and contributing articles to the New Mexico Genealogist, the NMGS’s journal.

 

Diane Crerand, MA Organizational Management
Regional Director of Operations, Phoenix area

Crerand has 30-plus years of behavioral healthcare experience, directing an array of individual and family programs benefiting youth and families in Maricopa County. She has worked for Devereux Arizona for more than 20 years, beginning as a behavioral health tech in the Residential Treatment Center, and later serving as program coordinator. Crerand spent 10 years working for the Regional Behavioral Health Authority for Maricopa County as a child and adolescent case manager. She then served in roles of increasing responsibility, including team lead, assistant manager of the Child and Adolescent Department, manager of the Customer Service/Grievance and Appeals Department.

Crerand also served on several project management and program development task forces relating to access to care for youth and families while advocating for individuals needing appropriate behavioral and mental health services. In 2000, Crerand returned to Devereux as director of Human Resources, a position she held for seven years before returning to the Residential Treatment Center as director of residential programs.

Crerand’s experience includes direct care; case management; customer service; grievance and appeals; staff development; employee engagement; retention; program development; and directing programs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in life management from Edinboro University and a Master of Arts in organizational management from the University of Phoenix .

 

Sunshine Turner, M.Ed.
Regional Director of Operations, Tucson area

Sunshine Turner serves as director of Devereux Arizona’s brief intervention programs, overseeing the day-to-day operations for a broad continuum of services across the state, ranging from in-home preservation to intensive short-term residential treatment.

Turner began her career in human services more than 20 years ago with the Arizona Department of Developmental Disabilities, providing care for children with autism. She also spent two years working as a juvenile detention officer before teaching special education for students with emotional differences in the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). During her time with TUSD, Turner served as both an assistant principal and principal. She continues to remain connected to the school community by serving on Sahuaro High School’s Site Council.

Turner joined Devereux Arizona in 2013 as assistant director of residential programs, and helped open an inpatient residential treatment center and short-term intensive stabilization program for youth in crisis in Pima County.

During her time with Devereux, Turner has served on several committees, and is an active member of the senior leadership team. Turner has presented at various conferences on topics, including special education law, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, and most recently, bridging the gap between behavioral health and our school system.

Turner holds a bachelor’s degree in family studies from the University of Arizona, and a master’s in education from Northern Arizona University, as well as her principal certificate.