Prevent Child Abuse Arizona Board of Directors

Every nonprofit agency with a critical mission exists because a number of talented and committed volunteers serve as members of the board of directors. 

Our Board of Directors includes:

Laura Karnitschnig, DNP, RN, CPNP – President

Dr. Laura Karnitschnig is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner who received her Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2015 from Northern Arizona University (NAU).  She earned her master’s in Nursing, PNP, in 2003 from Oregon Health Sciences University and her Bachelor of Science, with a minor in psychology, in 1997 from Salisbury University in Maryland. Laura’s doctoral project focused on prevention of child maltreatment through routine intimate partner violence (IPV) screening of adults.  Doctoral work also entailed investigating barriers to IPV screening in the emergency department setting, providing education to nurses on IPV impacts, and training nurses on how to respond to positive and negative patient screenings. Laura has practiced nursing in a variety of clinical settings, including neonatal intensive care and pediatrics.  She is currently an Assistant Professor at NAU School of Nursing.

Roy Teramoto, MD – Treasurer

Roy Teramoto is a board-certified pediatrician who has worked for the Indian Health Service for more than 34 years.  During his career, he served on the Child Protection Teams of the Phoenix Indian Medical Center and the Phoenix Area Office.  He has also previously served on the Arizona Child Fatality Committee.  He is currently a member of the Triple P Arizona Community Advisory Committee.

Cara Kelly – Secretary

Cara is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). Her social work experience includes more than 12 years as a practitioner in child welfare services, including foster parent licensing and training, family preservation, child abuse and neglect investigations, and hospital pediatric social work. Cara earned a Master of Social Work in 2009 from Arizona State University, and is currently a PhD candidate in the ASU School of Social Work. Cara’s research includes child maltreatment prevention and intervention, trauma-informed care, child welfare risk and safety assessments, and outcome measurements for children and families. Cara currently practices as a social worker at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and as a research specialist at the ASU Center for Child Well-Being.

Darin Hood – Board Member

Darin Hood is a registered representative and financial advisor with Principal Securities Inc. Prior to a career in financial services, he was a Phoenix Police Officer for 23 years, including 10 years as a sergeant. He received his Bachelors of Science in Administration of Justice from Arizona State University and a Master’s of Science in Human Movement from A.T. Still University. Darin has worked with Prevent Child Abuse Arizona on its Never Shake a Baby/Abusive Head Trauma advisory committee since 2010. During that time, he coordinated the production of a public service announcement and new parent training video to reduce infant and toddler injuries and deaths due to shaking.

Stacy Reinstein – Board Member

Stacy currently serves as a senior policy analyst for the Supreme Court, partnering with senior leadership in the judiciary and key stakeholders. Prior to her current role, Stacy worked as a private consultant with clients in the areas of strategic communications, social media and marketing, and process improvement in human services and child welfare. Stacy began her career in Arizona state government with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the Governor’s Office and Cabinet-level directors in human services and juvenile justice. Born and raised in Arizona, Stacy is a Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy Fellow, and holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University.

April Rhodes – Board Member

April is the Chief Executive Officer of Spectrum Healthcare. She attended Arizona State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Development in 2009 and a Master of Advanced Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2012, with a strong focus on systemic theories and practices. April worked as a Child and Family Therapist at Arizona Children’s Association in its outpatient clinic as a mobile therapist, and in its family preservation program that is contracted with the Department of Child Safety, prior to which she was the director for major childcare facilities in Phoenix and an area supervisor of phlebotomy for Labcorp. She began as a Child and Family Therapist at Spectrum Healthcare Group in January 2013; began supervising the mobile staff in April 2013; and in September 2013, she was promoted to Children’s Program Supervisor, where she remained until 2014, at which time she began  serving as Spectrum’s Deputy Director until assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2015.

Chris Scarpati – Board Member

Chris Scarpati was the founding director of Child Crisis Center and served in that role for 34 years until retiring in late 2015. The mission of the agency was preventing child abuse and building strong families. Programs included emergency shelter for infants and children through age 12, foster care and adoption, kinship support, family support programs, in-home services, a comprehensive volunteer program, and behavioral health. Chris and her team were honored to receive many awards through the years, and she was active in many collaborations and legislative issues including the institution of the child abuse prevention license plate. She serves as incoming president of Voices for CASA Children, and as a board member for Room for Joy, which creates dream rooms for children exiting local children’s hospitals. 

Advisory Council

Dr. Ali Mosharrafa – Advisory Council Member

Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery Dr. Ali Mosharrafa is a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who has been in practice in Phoenix since 1996.  He specializes in all aspects of cosmetic surgery and breast reconstruction for cancer patients.  His practice is consistently recognized by his peers as one of the best in the valley and he is considered a leader in these disciplines.  He has three children of his own and is pleased to dedicate his time to the prevention of child abuse in Arizona.

Kristi Joiner Mosharrafa – Advisory Council Member

Kristi Joiner Mosharrafa is an award-winning video producer with over 20 years experience in video and television. After working with KPHO CBS 5 for 12 years, she started her own company, Creative Cuts, and has worked with clients such as ESPN, Go Daddy, Toys R Us and several television stations across the country.