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.
We are looking for dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate people to help set the direction of our work and support the achievement of our mission.
Our Board of Directors includes:
Dr. Laura Karnitschnig Walker, DNP, RN, CPNP – President
Dr. Laura Walker 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.
Rick Griffin – Vice President
Rick Griffin is the Director of Training and Curriculum Development with Community Resilience Initiative (CRI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a citizenry conversant in trauma and resilience. Rick has committed his life to the education of others. After completing his master’s degree in education, Rick became a founding member and executive director of Jubilee Leadership Academy, a therapeutic boarding school for struggling teens. Under Rick’s leadership, Jubilee was World Magazine’s 2014 winner of the Hope Award for Effective Compassion.
Rick enjoys speaking to thousands of individuals from around the globe and is widely recognized for his work in trauma-informed care. Rick’s vision to educate the masses about the impact of trauma inspired him to establish a national trauma and resilience conference that is held annually in Washington state. He is currently working on his latest passion, Purpose Driven Play, a series of games designed to equip individuals with the skills to overcome adversity. Amid all this, Rick still finds the time for his highest priorities: his faith, his family, and his friends.
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.
Haley Dietzman – Board Member
Haley Dietzman is an Arizona native and board-certified family nurse practitioner with the Child Protection Team at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seattle University and a Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner, from Georgetown University. Haley is a certified pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner and participates in the Maricopa County Child Fatality Review Board. In her career, Haley has seen the devastating and lasting effects of child abuse and is passionate about working on prevention efforts. She enjoys helping high-risk populations and educating colleagues about child maltreatment and how to prevent poor outcomes.
Joseph Hawthorne – Board Member
Joseph is the owner of Block Fitness Collective in Tucson. In working with clients to help them achieve fitness goals, he has observed emotional barriers and preserving behaviors that were related to childhood experiences. This led him to realize that healthy lives start with positive childhoods.
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.
Isaiah Lopez – Board Member
Isaiah Lopez is CEO of Ozo Development and creator of OZZI, a mobile companion helping the U.S. Government stay safer and react instantly to threats anywhere in the world. Isaiah is passionate about serving the community through empathy and technology-driven insights. He has seen first-hand how neighborhood and family experiences can influence individual development for a lifetime. Drawing from his background as a technologist and his own adverse and positive childhood, Isaiah is dedicated to equity and outcomes that foster multi-generational success. Isaiah is a father to three active teens and is a native to Arizona, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix. He currently serves as a technology advisor and team member with Valley Leadership’s Child Well-Being Impact Maker.
Karla Mundy – Board Member
Karla Pinedo Mundy is a small-business entrepreneur and Spanish interpreter based in Scottsdale. Born and raised in Mexico, Karla moved to Arizona in 2015 and quickly realized, through personal experience, how frequently Hispanic communities struggle with language and cultural barriers. As a result, she has become an active advocate of the underserved, helping them overcome business, legal and medical challenges through interpretation, translation and coaching support.
Her passion to raise awareness and prevent child abuse across all socio-economic sectors stems from her own experience with interfamilial child abuse at a young age. Karla’s firsthand experience has helped her understand some of the long-term consequences survivors may endure. She is a strong supporter of empowering survivors to break their silence and open conversations with friends and family to begin the healing process.
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.