Board of Directors
January Contreras, JD – Founding Board Member
January Contreras is the co-founder of ALWAYS and an attorney committed to advancing the interests of women, children, and families in Arizona. January previously served as the Interim Director of the Halle Center for Family Justice, and before that she accepted an appointment in Washington, DC as the nation’s Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman. January also served as a Senior Advisor to Secretary Janet Napolitano and as a designee to the White House Council on Women and Girls. She used her leadership posts to launch the Combating Violence Against Women Initiative, which resulted in new training and resources to support the investigation and prosecution of crimes committed against immigrant victims, particularly battered women. January has also extensively served the State of Arizona as the leader of the Arizona Department of Health Services, a Health Policy Advisor to Governor Napolitano, and an Assistant Director at the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Arizona’s Medicaid agency, ans as Assistant Attorney General, and Deputy County Attorney General. January earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Arizona.
Nancy Baldwin – Hickey Family Foundation
Nancy Baldwin is the Executive Director and a Trustee of the Hickey Family Foundation She is the primary liaison between HFF and all external entities, and manages all Foundation administration and activities. Nancy is a cofounder of the Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network (AATN), a local collaborative effort focused on fighting human trafficking – sex and labor – in Arizona and across the country. She is recognized as a strong ally by many national groups fighting trafficking and currently serves as Treasurer of AATN. Other activities and affiliations include membership on the founding board of the Arizona Together For Impact Fund, and Treasurer of Arizona Maine Coon Cat Rescue. Nancy holds a B.S. in Business Administration an A.A.S. in Marketing and an A.A.S. in Management. She also holds a Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the ASU Lodestar Center under the ASU College of Public Programs.
Leslie Kyman Cooper – Maricopa Community Colleges
Leslie Kyman Cooper is the General Counsel of the Maricopa County Community College District, a district that is one of the largest in the country and that provides accessible, affordable education to as many as 200,000 students a year. Before joining the Maricopa Community Colleges, Leslie worked as the Education Unit Chief of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and for nearly twenty years in private practice. An Arizona native, Leslie has contributed to the community by volunteering with Beth El Congregation, North High School Musical Arts Association, Boy Scout Troop 619, and the State Bar of Arizona.
Mary Mitchell – Girl Scouts of Arizona Cactus Pine Council
Mary Mitchell serves as the Deputy Director, Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council. She serves as a member of the council’s senior leadership team. Over the course of her 21 years at the organization, she has held various roles in the areas of fund development, finance, volunteer services, membership and community engagement. She serves as the senior advisor and co-lead for the organization’s work related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Mary has spent the majority of her professional career working within the non-profit sector. She has also worked for the government sector (city, county and state). Mary is a 2017 Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Fellow. She is also a graduate of Valley Leadership, Class 26. She has served on several nonprofit boards and community coalitions.
Mary R. O’Grady, JD– Osborn Maledon
Mary O’Grady is a partner at Osborn Maledon where she works on civil litigation and appeals, with an emphasis on public law issues. She served as Arizona Solicitor General from August 2002 to March 2011. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and has received other national recognitions for her appellate and litigation work. She has significant experience with Arizona campaign finance and election laws and has worked on numerous constitutional challenges to state laws. She has worked on twelve cases on the merits before the United State Supreme Court. Mary spent most of her career in public service. Her work at Osborn Maledon has reflected that experience. For example, she is one of the lawyers for the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission who successfully defended independent redistricting in Arizona. She has served the community in a variety of ways, including serving on the Tempe Family Justice Commission, supporting various activities of the State Bar of Arizona and the American Bar Association, and volunteering with Epiphany Episcopal Church in Tempe.
Patricia Orozco was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated with a BA in Sociology in 1977. After working with children for the Department of Economic Security for nine years, she decided to go to Law School. She graduated from the University of Arizona Law School in 1989. After law school, Patricia worked at Southern Arizona Legal Aid, then moved to Yuma in 1991. Patricia worked for Bowman & Smith, PC, until she decided to open her office as a sole practitioner in 1994. In 1999, the Yuma County Board of Supervisors appointed her Yuma County Attorney. She retained that position in 2000 and was reelected to that position in November, 2004. In December 2004, then Governor Janet Napolitano, appointed Patricia to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. She retired in December, 2016. She now spends her days enjoying retirement by traveling, reading, and spending time with family.
Ashley Pacheco –
Ashley Pacheco is a Chicana from Los Angeles, California. Ashley is an alumna of foster care. She came into care twice, at the age of 10 years-old and 12 years-old. Ashley comes from a big Hispanic family with seven siblings. She is a first-generation student to attend and graduate university. Ashley is an alumna of the University of Arizona, where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Family Studies and Human Development. She started her career in social work and is now working with kids in congregate care/group homes. Ashley is also a member of Fostering Advocates Arizona and a fellow with the Jim Casey Initiative. Her advocacy and desire to help vulnerable youth lead her to be involved with ALWAYS. She is passionate about advocacy, children’s rights, and juvenile justice.
Beth Rosenberg, LCSW
Beth Rosenberg has focused her career on advocacy and policy reform to make government systems more responsive to the needs of children, young adults and their families. Beth has extensive experience in program and policy development, respected success in administrative and legislative advocacy, and values nurturing the leadership skills of young adults who have experienced foster care. After 23 years, Beth recently retired as the Policy Director of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice from Children’s Action Alliance. She worked previously for the Arizona Department of Economic Security and the Arizona State Legislature. Beth continues to serve on state and community boards advocating for fair and equitable treatment of our most vulnerable populations. Beth holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.