As a mentor and coach, Joy is dedicated to supporting women on their journey to self-sufficiency. Joy partners with the women she serves by providing encouragement and guidance to assist them in overcoming blocks and barriers to their success. She also facilitates workshops and presentations on topics to support women in learning life skills such as adjusting to change, stress management, and self-esteem.
Joy’s professional experience includes medical social work, training, workshop facilitation, life coaching, and mental health services. In addition to mentoring and coaching for Live and Learn, Joy is a life coach focused on mindfulness, mediation, and spirituality. Joy has also facilitated workshops for community organizations on self-care, habit change, and mindfulness. Joy’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work. To further hone her skills, she has taken life coaching and guided meditation courses at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.
Dr. Mullady works for ASU’s Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions in the Office of Education Innovation. She also teaches courses for the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College in early childhood education. Dr. Mullady has served as both a director of a university-based inclusive preschool and an Early Head Start in South Phoenix. She has 25 years experience in education including positions in PK-3 classroom teaching, college teaching, administrative leadership and curriculum development. The mission of Live and Learn is close to Dr. Mullady’s heart, as she witnessed firsthand the positive results for her staff when she was an Early Head Start director.
Genevieve Dombrowski holds the position of Vice President, Talent. In this role, she leads the talent acquisition, organizational development and learning solutions functions. She is responsible for leading the teams that connect talent to opportunity and developing employees to create an environment to become an employer of choice.
Genevieve has been with Republic for seven years serving for the past three years leading the human resources operations team. The first two years of Genevieve’s career with Republic was spent as the lead human resources partner in the former New England Area. In this role, she oversaw the human resources activities in the field, leading all employee relations, acquisitions, labor relations, engagement and turnover efforts. She also led the corporate human resources function, focusing on building relationships and talent at headquarters prior to moving into the VP, Field HR role leading the HR field operations. Prior to coming to Republic, Genevieve worked for ten years with Aramark in the Sports and Entertainment line of business.
Genevieve leads a team of 76 talent-focused professionals. As a business partner to the field, she helps staff our business with diverse talent; creates strategies to develop our employees to become future leaders and creates impactful learning solutions that add value to the organization. Throughout her career, she has participated in and led critical business initiatives including large acquisitions, union campaigns, change management and engagement strategies.
Genevieve holds a B.S. degree in Business Management from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.
Casey Sanders brings more than 24 years of experience in the financial services industry and 12 years overall with Bank of America. Throughout her career, Casey has held numerous production leadership roles. She is currently the National Underwriting Business Support Manager where she is accountable for the execution of critical processes and key performance metrics across the country. Responsibilities include: capacity management, staffing, business continuity, employee engagement, associate readiness, training, compliance, process improvement, and performance trending. Casey also brings mortgage and leadership experience from her former roles at Wells Fargo and Security Pacific.
Casey currently lives in Cave Creek, Arizona with her son, Grayson. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University.
Denise founded Live and Learn in 2012. She holds a BA in Economics and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Her career includes over 20 years in the financial services industry, including an executive position with a Fortune 500 company, as well as time as the CFO of a start-up biotech firm. She moved to Arizona in 2005, and spent six years working for the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Business. Denise stepped down as the Executive Director of Live and Learn in 2015 and has served on the Board since.
MJ is committed to serving vulnerable women and their children, with an interest in basic skill acquisition and career training. She holds a BS in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Psychological Counseling from Indiana University. She spent 10 years as an executive in the financial industry. In 2001, MJ founded Career Solutions, Inc. in Indiana, an organization that helped women improve their lives through education, job training, and employment. MJ moved to Phoenix in 2004 and founded a medical billing business that provided paid training for women in the areas of medical billing, coding, and accounts receivable.
Brian is a vocational education specialist, with extensive knowledge of training and employment opportunities in the healthcare industry. He understands the challenges and obstacles facing at-risk individuals enrolling in vocational training, and has a proven ability to develop successful action plans that culminate in graduation and employment. Brian holds a BS in CIS and worked for AT&T in his early professional career. Brian joined Pima Medical Institute in 2008 where he is responsible for Admission Compliance and Community Outreach.
Katie is a graduate from the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia) with a BA in Communications. She worked in television media for over 15 years until an opportunity to relocate to the US presented itself to her family. Katie joined Live and Learn in 2012 and was instrumental in shaping and implementing mentoring services as well as career track training opportunities for all Live and Learn participants. Ms. Johnson possesses depth of knowledge in all aspects of program administration, development, and implementation and was thrilled to take on the role of Executive Director at Live and Learn in March 2015. Katie has the Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professionals (CNAP) national accreditation.
Alverta McKenzie is a professional in the field of Child and Family Studies. For over 30 years she has worked to help strengthen the well-being of children and families, and to help prepare others to do this important work. Alverta is the Department Chair in Applied Technology Family and Consumer Sciences at Phoenix College. She teachers many courses in the Child & Family Studies discipline and was awarded the “Distinguished Teacher of the Year” in 2015/2016. Alverta’s degrees include a Master of Arts in Child & Family Studies, Prescott College, Bachelor of Arts in Business Management, University of Phoenix, and Associate in Applied Science in Child Care Administration, Phoenix College. Alverta held the national Child Development Associate Credential from 1977 to 2005. Memberships include the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the National Council on Family Relations.