Partnering For Healthy Communities
Our Core Values
Advance’s core values are rooted in our belief that no matter what, the community comes first. We work collaboratively with the communities we serve, acting in partnership to remove barriers and provide direct, material relief. It’s not our place to tell people what they need – our job is to listen.
We treat everyone with nonjudgmental care and sensitivity, honoring their unique perspectives and life experiences our growing community.
We are committed to serving our communities regardless of uncertainty or adversity.
Our programs are aligned with the needs of a community, not a predetermined set of solutions.
Going beyond a simple understanding of another’s culture and belief. Being aware of one’s own world view, recognizing positive attitudes toward cultural differences, and demonstrating genuine respect for others’ lived experiences.
President & CEO
Jeri Royce is an accomplished leader with over 30 years of experience in local and national nonprofits. Her career as CEO for Advance began in 2017 and she continues to grow a culture of highly successful teamwork and strong partnerships. Jeri was named the 2023 Public Sector ATHENA by the Greater Phoenix Chamber and currently serves as Board Chair of AZ Impact for Good (the state-wide association for nonprofit organizations).
María Alicia Valenzuela
Chief Program Officer
María Alicia Valenzuela has grown with Advance since 1999 when she helped to found the domestic programs. Her progressive approach to preventative health programming has been recognized around the world. Maria is a part of the Senior Leadership of Advance.
Board of Directors
Dawn Marie Buckland
Dawn Marie has been a Board member since 2021 and is passionate about innovation, professionalizing government, and increasing transparency. She serves on the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Government Affairs Policy Committee and on the ICMA International Committee, helping to influence good governance at the local level worldwide.
Amil has been a Board member since 2018 and currently serves as the Senior Director of Design for Consumer Imaginarium at Banner Health. Through his volunteerism, Amil hopes to identify partnership opportunities and improve the overall well-being of our greater community.
Conrad Lindo serves as Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith, and Family. Conrad is a results-oriented, bilingual leader with thirty-one years of experience working for the State of Arizona at the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, Pima County Juvenile Court Center, the Early Childhood and Health Board (First Things First), Maricopa County Department of Public Health, and Child & Family Resources, Inc.
Conrad is highly skilled in leading and facilitating collaborative efforts to support individuals and families across diverse socioeconomic, geographic, cultural, and educational backgrounds. Conrad has demonstrated a proven ability to work effectively and cooperatively with local government leaders, tribal leaders, public and private entities, and faith-based organizations.
Associate Director, International and Domestic Communications, MLB Players Association
Silvia has been a Board member since 2019 and is a communications professional whose two decades of experience includes overseeing the development of plans, policies and strategies that affect the public image and standing of private and public sector organizations.
Senior Director, Global Learning & Development, LAM Research
Elizabeth has been a Board member since 2018 and is an award winning, purpose-driven, and innovative talent champion, with 20 years of experience delivering inclusive workforce advancement initiatives and organizational development strategies that improve the employee experience.
Vice President and Director of Private Banking at National Bank of Arizona
Mary has been a Board member since 2019 and is the Executive Vice President and Director of Private Banking at National Bank of Arizona®. Mary has over 30 years of banking experience and is an active member of the bank’s Executive Committee, in addition to being a Steering Committee member for Gabriel’s Angels and a member of the Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary.
Lillian Rodgers is thrilled to share that she has graduated from the University of West Florida, earning a degree in Community Education. Although originally from Florida, Lillian has had the opportunity to travel and live around the country. However, she has now decided to plant her roots in Phoenix. She is beyond excited to embark on this new journey in the non-profit sector, where she can be a part of something that positively impacts the lives of others.
Ernesto Ortiz, CFRE, is a dedicated fundraising professional with 20+ years of nonprofit sector experience. As a certified fundraising executive, he proudly hails from the Maryvale community in West Phoenix. Ernesto is thrilled to work for an organization serving his childhood community. He actively supports the profession, serving on the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater Arizona Chapter board and as an ambassador for CFRE International. Additionally, he mentors fundraising students at Boston University. When he’s not busy fundraising, Ernesto enjoys traveling around the country performing stand-up comedy.
Frankie has had a long and diverse career in public service, spanning over two decades. In March 2023, he retired from the City of Tempe, where he held various roles. He derives immense satisfaction from helping others improve their work performance and efficiency. Now, he is excited to be back in the workforce, contributing to the nonprofit sector at Advance, where he continues to provide support and guidance to the staff.
Ana is a dedicated Promotora with over a decade of community service advocating for the Latino population through health education. Her journey began as a participant in Advance Community’s health and wellness program in 2016. Now a licensed Arizona Community Health Educator, she is unwavering in her commitment to addressing health disparities in her community. Ana is passionate about empowering the community to enhance health through heightened awareness and education.
Simonne Campos graduated from Arizona State University with a mission to be a part of something greater than herself. At Advance, she gets to fulfill her passion for equity by connecting with the community around her, fostering direct impact and positive change through collaboration. Dedicated to cultural competency and active listening, and with a special love for the arts, Simonne hopes to continue advocating for underserved communities until we can all attain the care we deserve.
Bradley Beatty has always had a passion for cooking using recipes from his mother and grandmother as well as creating his own. His love of cooking and gardening brought him to Advance to help serve the community by doing what he loves and bringing smiles to people’s faces. Bradley is proud to be part of the nutrition program and this organization.
Julieta Larios has a special connection to Advance as she began her career as an intern. Working for years with our program department she holds a holistic understanding of the organization. As the executive office manager and HR Manager Julieta serves the staff everyday by cultivating a culture of inclusivity and helping everyone stay focused on the important work of the organization.
Valeria López Macias has her degree in Psychology from Universidad Autonoma de Baja California. She is passionate about helping the community through the promotion of awareness and education. Valeria coordinates volunteer and and fundraising outreach into the community.
Moises Mejia began volunteering at Advance in 2019. Seeing the growth and success of the Stove to Table program led him to make a career change and join Advance full time. Pursuing a newfound passion for growing, preparing, and sharing healthy and delicious meals, his current role he oversees the nutrition program, delivering weekly meals for seniors as well growing produce in the garden.
Jennifer Aguirre, Arizona State Graduate has a passion for educating people about wellness, especially people who may not have the access that they deserve to have. Her passion for decreasing health disparities while providing preventative health education and resources that can change lives.
Cindy Quintero oversees all of the Advance (Formerly Esperanca) Arizona programs. Cindy has a rich history in cultivating positive relationships in the community and is highly talented in communicating with clarity and diplomacy to individuals from diverse cultural and organizational backgrounds.