About Us

LEARN ABOUT OUR MISSION, HISTORY,
AND STAFF

Our Mission

Homeward Bound is a nonprofit based in Arizona that serves the needs of families going through homelessness. We serve over 130 homeless families every year, providing them with not just housing but an in-depth program that helps them get back their own two feet. Our mission is to create pathways out of poverty for homeless families ready to make a change.

Homeward Bound is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Our History


  • Connector.Connector.

    1990

    Founded by grassroots community of activists

  • Connector.Connector.

    1990

    Bought our first home

  • Connector.Connector.

    1999

    Housing program expands to 70 homes

  • Connector.Connector.

    2000

    Thunderbirds Family Village is built

  • Connector.Connector.

    2009

    Employment Services program launched

  • Connector.Connector.

    2015

    Male adults now accepted on campus

Our Staff


Becky Jackson
President & CEO

Becky Jackson joined Homeward Bound in 2016. She joins us with more than 10 years of experience in non-profit leadership, most recently serving as President & Chief Executive Officer of ICAN of Chandler. A passionate advocate for youth and families, Jackson has previously served on many community and professional organizations boards including; Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Scottsdale, Cops ‘n Kids, East Valley Hospitals Community Board, Chandler Education Foundation and Valley of the Sun United Way. Most recently, Becky was named one of Phoenix Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business.

DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Whitney Silence

Vice President of Development

Tracey Lane

Senior Development Manager

Sam Naser

Marketing & Communications Manager

Ally Ruiz

Public Relations & Events Manager

Chris Stage

Development Performance Manager

Kala Weinacker

Database Manager

Amy Funes

Community Outreach Coordinator

 
 
 

FAMILY PROGRAMS TEAM

Patsy Rethore-Larson

Vice President of Programs

Liz Avila

Senior Case Manager

Judy Wilder

Senior Case Manager

Roxanne Zaad

Case Manager

Esmeralda Rios

Case Manager

Amanda Nevitt

Case Manager

Jon Daproza

Receptionist/Case Aide

Nikia Kirkendoll

Intake Coordinator

 
 

YOUTH PROGRAMS TEAM

Marsha Johnson-Phillips

Family Literacy Coordinator

Trisha Cornell

Senior Youth Programs Manager

Alissa Robinson

Early Childhood Senior Manager

 
 

FINANCE & OPERATIONS TEAM

Ana Pabon

Vice President of Finance

Kelly Hilding

Housing Database Specialist

David Gonzales

Facilities Manager

Bernard Foreman

Property Technician

Gregg Faith

Property Technician

Steve Brunton

IT Manager

 
 
 
 

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES TEAM

Heather Josowitz Allen

Vice President of Administration

Open Position

Administrative Coordinator

 
 
 

Our Finances

We appreciate transparency and know you do too. Here are our financial statements below: