Raena Avalon has over 30 years' experience in non-profit accounting, grant writing and supervision of non-profit organizations in roles such as Assistant Executive Director and Finance Officer for Make A Wish Foundation of Rhode Island, Assistant Director and Case Manager (dual diagnosis recovery houses) for the Rhode Island Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence, and Assistant Director for Stop Wasting Abandoned Property. In addition, she has formed over 30 501 (c) (3) organizations over the last 15 years.
Board of Directors:
Carol Quasula, President
Carol Quasula is President of the Verde Valley Homeless Coalition and Chairs the Fundraising Committee. Carol retired in 2014 after serving as Programs Director for Catholic Charities for 10 years. She was responsible for operations of the Supportive Services to Veteran Families; Permanent Supportive Housing and LOFT (Homeless Drop in Center). Prior to her work at Catholic Charities, she was the Assistant Program Manager in Northern Arizona for the Department of Child Safety. Ms. Quasula has a Bachelors in Science from Northern Arizona University and a Masters in Social Work from Arizona State University. She is very involved in her church, Mountain View United Methodist serving on Staff Parish Relations and Outreach Missions as well as helping to serve at risk youth. She volunteers for Rainbow Acres and the U of A Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners Help Desk. Ms. Quasula has lived in the Verde Valley for over 40 years. She has one adult son and two grandchildren.
Joy Mosley, Treasurer
Joy Mosley is a business owner, with organizational skills and knowledge of accounting practices, as well as a mother of 9, grandmother of 21, and great-grandmother of 6. She moved to Cottonwood in 2006 and became involved as an advocate for those experiencing homelessness when asked to help with the weekly Friday afternoon Picnic in the Park in 2007. As a member of Emmanuel Fellowship, she currently plans the menu, co-ordinates the schedule of those helping, and cooks the main dish for the meal. In addition, she volunteered at the Loft, a day drop-in center soon after it opened. She attended the quarterly Verde Valley Homeless Coalition meetings, was actively involved from 2014- 2017 in several efforts to provide an emergency cold weather nighttime shelter. The “One Person One Night” motel shelter project was one such effort that the City Council helped fund. As our Treasurer, Joy keeps our financial records straight.
Naomi Barcanic, Secretary
Much of Naomi’s adult life has been spent in the business world - always dealing with numbers. She started out as a teller and worked her way up to Branch Manager of a Savings and Loan and ended her career at Kraft General Foods in Chicago in the payroll department. At age 50, she entered the Seminary and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree and was ordained as a Lutheran pastor (ELCA). She served at a large congregation for several years. Before coming to AZ she received a Call to work at the ELCA headquarters where she helped start a Fund for future seminarians which continues helping seminarians to this day! Retired from the active pastorship, she is still in demand when a preacher is needed and substitutes at times. As our Board Secretary she keeps business records.
Ryan Block is a licensed adult therapist and was born and raised right here in the Verde Valley. Ryan went to school at Mingus High School, NAU for his bachelors and ASU for his masters. Ryan is passionate about helping others and on weekends you can find him enjoying the great outdoors.
Tim Elinski was born and raised in Arizona, and spent his childhood along the banks of the East Verde River north of Payson. After spending time in the Pacific Northwest and Eastern Europe, Elinski moved to the Verde Valley and purchased his home in Old Town Cottonwood where he now lives with his wife Ruth Ellen. Elinski is a licensed contractor who specializes in historic restoration. His hobbies include constantly working on his old home with his patient wife, pulling a vintage trailer along forgotten-about dirt roads in distant corners of our state, and learning by doing. Elinski has formed the Cottonwood Historic Preservation Commission and formerly served on Cottonwood's Planning and Zoning Commission.
Peter Flynn spent 25 years in the Canadian energy industry, and 12 years as a professor of management for engineers at the University of Alberta. He has a long history of service work, including serving ten years on the Board of a non-profit subsidized housing enterprise in Edmonton, Alberta, that managed 5500 units of low income housing and added 400 new units during his tenure. Peter is a “snow bird”, spending half his time in Sedona, but is active with VVHC throughout the year, in particular focused on fund raising.
Jody Makuch has served as Police Commander for the Cottonwood Police Department since November 2009. Commander Makuch has twenty years of law enforcement experience, attended the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law Enforcement. He served in the US Army for seven and half years in Field Artillery, Corrections and Military Police.
Jordan Ricca, CPA
Jordan is a CPA with seven years of public accounting experience with Keegan, Linscott & Kenon PC (Tucson) specializing in auditing not-for-profit organizations. Jordan grew up in the Verde Valley but spent 10 years in Tucson and holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in accounting from the University of Arizona. Jordan, his wife and two boys moved north to Prescott Valley in 2018 to be closer to family. Prior to moving he was active in the Tucson community and currently serves on the Audit Committee for Tucson Symphony Society and has previously volunteered for the Autism Society for Southern Arizona, Habitat for Humanity, and Old Pueblo Community Services by participating in fundraising events and community projects. Jordon is passionate about being involved in the Northern Arizona community and in his spare time likes to play gold and spend time outdoors.
The Board meets the first and third Thursdays of the month.
Public meetings are the fourth Thursdays of the month from 12-1pm at Cottonwood Village, 201 E Mingus Ave, Cottonwood, in the Conference Room.