Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation – 2022 Board
Board President – Stephen Kahne is Professor Emeritus at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott where previously he was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Chancellor. Dr. Kahne has degrees from Cornell University and the University of Illinois. He has served on the boards of Yavapai Regional Medical Center, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, and Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority. Steve was a Court Appointed Special Advocate and Victim Advocate in Yavapai County. He is currently a mentor in the Juvenile Probation Office, a member of the Community Juvenile Justice Committee, a recent member on the board of Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, and a member of a Foster Care Review Board for Yavapai County.
Board Vice President – Carol Northrup was born in Holbrook and raised all over the American West. She and her husband both served 30+ years in the US Air Force and returned to Arizona upon retirement in 2017. Carol’s last job was as the US Defense Attaché to Kyiv, Ukraine. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate who focuses on advocating for teenagers and assisting them transition to adulthood, and a member of the Yavapai Foster Care Review Board. Carol is an avid trail runner and hiker and coaches the Mile High Middle School Track distance team. She has been on the Yavapai Casa for Kids board since Feb 2020.
Treasurer – Cheryl Micholofki became a volunteer with Yavapai CASA for Kids in 2016 and joined the CASA Board in 2018. Cheryl graduated from ASU and has spent most of her life in Arizona. After moving to Prescott a few years ago, she became active in CASA and believes that this fulfils her desire to help the community and children in need, which is one of her greatest passions. She has been in Banking for 19 years and is the Branch Manager for AmTrust Bank in Prescott. Cheryl also enjoys hiking, the outdoors and a special relationship with her grandchildren.
Secretary – Bryon Ackerman joined the board in 2019 and serves on the Pathways Committee. He is motivated to serve the Prescott community through his work on the board and views providing youth with the tools and resources necessary to develop into productive and self-sufficient adults as instrumental in sustaining a functional society. Mr. Ackerman is an attorney who centers his practice in Yavapai County. His experience in the law gives him a general understanding of the legal system and the ability to interpret legislation affecting foster children.
Meghan Hays Davis has worked in child welfare and behavioral health in Arizona for 15 years. An Arizona native, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Minnesota State University and a Master’s degree from Arizona State University. She is an Infant Mental Health Specialist with endorsement from the Infant and Toddler Mental Health Coalition of Arizona and a licensed Social Worker. Meghan currently works in prevention with Prevent Child Abuse Arizona. She provides advanced training to caregivers and professionals across the state on the Unique Needs of Infants and Toddlers in Foster Care along with ongoing training and case support for CASAs and has seen firsthand the ability of YC4K to meet the needs of children in foster care. She resides in Prescott Valley with her husband and sons.
Melissa has spent the last 30 years working with youth and families at risk of child abuse and neglect, working at the Department of Child Safety for 25 years. Of the 25 years spent working at DCS Melissa has supervised numerous staff and departments, including investigations, in home and adoptions. She has also spend time working in the policy unit, updating and writing agency policy. Melissa has worked in partnership with local agencies to bring trainings and conferences to the Northern Region. Melissa joined the Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation as a board member in Aug. 2017. Melissa chaired the supplemental clothing card project from 2017-2020, which provides gift cards, twice a year, to dependent youth and youth enrolled in the IL program to be used for clothing. Melissa is currently the foundation’s board secretary. Melissa has a B.A. in Communications from ASU, a Master in Education from NAU and is a Certified Public Manager from ASU.
Missy feels lucky that she has been able to spend the past 25+ years working with at risk families, as well as children involved in the juvenile delinquency system and victims who have suffered trauma due to abuse or neglect. Missy joined the board of Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation in 2015. In addition to serving on the YC4KF board, Missy is a member of the Community Coordinated Response Team (CCRT) dedicated to address domestic and family violence in our communities, as well as the Yavapai County Child Abduction Response Team (CART).
Lisa Watts is an AZ native and has lived in the Prescott area since 1997. Lisa is working towards her Master of Social Work. She has worked in the areas of child safety, developmental disabilities, and senior adult assisted living and is currently employed with Department of Child Safety.
Lisa has served the community in a number of volunteer positions though the years and joined the Foundation’s Board in 2020. Lisa contributes to the foundation with her experience in various areas of business management and social work. Lisa is the newest member to the board, Lisa is now heading up the clothing supplement project and supports the Annual Gala planning committee. She looks forward to being a part of the good work YC4KF has provided for foster youth in Yavapai County since 1995.