Meet the Child Crisis Arizona leadership team.
Torrie A. Taj | CFRE
Chief Executive Officer
Torrie is a passionate and dedicated professional with more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and philanthropy. Driven by meaningful work, she has dedicated her professional life to bettering the community through strategic partnerships and connecting resources to those in need. As CEO of Child Crisis Arizona, Torrie provides support and leadership to talented staff to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect, creating strong families and safe kids. Torrie started her career in the non-profit sector as a volunteer in 1991 and worked her way up, overseeing a variety of human-service programs before heading out to lead Child Crisis Arizona in 2015. Torrie encourages all her staff to give back through volunteer work in the community. Leading by example, Torrie enthusiastically serves on the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters and teaches at ASU, her alma mater . . . Go, Devils! For fun, Torrie loves spending time with her three children, gardening and traveling!
Lisa Ricci | CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Lisa is a licensed CPA and Florida State University, graduate. She started her career as an auditor at Big 4 accounting firms leaving her role as Senior Manager to begin a career in nonprofit finance. As CFO, Lisa is responsible for all fiscal operations, including internal and external reporting. She has received a Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from the ASU Lodestar Center and works with Lodestar Center faculty to teach financial management principles to other nonprofit professionals. Lisa came to Child Crisis Arizona because she is passionate about the agency’s mission and wanted to use her talents to help protect Arizona’s most vulnerable children and families. For recreation, Lisa enjoys long distance running, cooking and college football.
Jodi Stoken | CFRE, CAP®
Chief Development Officer
With more than 16 years of fundraising experience, Jodi has lead the philanthropic efforts of Child Crisis Arizona since 2001. Jodi began her tenure with the organization as a volunteer in 1998 when she became a member of the Board of Directors. Her passion for the agency’s mission leads her to leave her career in the for-profit sector and join the Child Crisis Arizona team. Jodi holds a bachelor’s degree in Speech – Communications, a CFRE and most recently earned a CAP designation from The American College of Financial Services. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as co-chair of the 2016 & 2017 National Philanthropy Day luncheon. In 2017, Jodi was awarded Fundraising Executive of the Year by AFP Greater Phoenix Chapter. As Chief Development Officer, Jodi directs and oversees the agency’s philanthropic and marketing efforts and has a deep passion for connecting people to their philanthropy goals.
Courtney Kleinebreil | MC, LISAC, LAC, CCTP
Vice President, Programs
With more than 17 years of experience in behavioral health, child welfare, and leadership, Courtney is responsible for overseeing all agency programs to ensure smooth and efficient operations as well as meeting agency mission and client satisfaction. She holds a master’s degree in counseling from Arizona State University, is a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor, a Licensed Associate Counselor and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Courtney also teaches for the Counseling Department at Mesa Community College and was honored as their 2017 Adjunct Teacher of the Year. Additionally, she serves as a Commissioner on the Town of Queen Creek Economic Development Commission. When not working, Courtney enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.
Art Calderon | Vice President
Art joined Child Crisis Arizona in early 2018 and brings over thirty years of human resource management experience in a variety of industries including healthcare, retail, manufacturing and non-profit. His breadth of experience will be instrumental in attracting and retaining the high quality of employees our children and families deserve. In his capacity as Vice President, Human Resources, Art oversees all aspects of the employee experience and has a strong commitment to supporting the staff at Child Crisis Arizona so they can focus on advocating for the children and families we serve. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with an emphasis in Industrial Relations from California State University, Fresno. In his free time, Art enjoys spending time with his wife and their two grown children, reading and movie watching.
EJ Hughes | Vice President
Strategic Initiatives & Operations
EJ Hughes joined the Child Crisis Arizona team in 2016 and currently serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Operations. He brings over 15 years of nonprofit management experience and leadership to the organization. In the past, EJ served in a myriad of roles for other child-focused nonprofits in the Valley including programming, operations, development, and strategic planning. He is eager to use his skills to help shape the future of Child Crisis Arizona and is passionate about expanding the vision and impact of the agency to ensure Arizona’s most vulnerable children and families have access to the help they need. EJ is a graduate of Arizona State University and a native of Arizona. Outside of work, his passions include – family, football, and all Arizona sports teams!