Finance committee & Chair Board Development, Resource Development, Enterprise committee
Mary Lea is the new 2016 CCJ Board President. Mary Lea moved to Prescott in 2003. She has volunteered at Open Door for over 10 years. Meeting many wonderful CCJ staff, volunteers and clients through this work. Her background is in educational administration at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan where she was a Dean in the School of Nursing and Allied Health and also, was responsible for assisting the college in establishing two successful branch campuses where she served as the Dean. After retirement Mary and her husband, Ken, decided to travel the southern United States to continue their volunteer work with the Methodist NOMAD Organization. In 2003 they decided to make the move to the Prescott Community and dedicated to making this the best community for all. Mary Lea looks forward to supporting the work of CCJ through her leadership on the CCJ Board and through continued volunteer activity.
Chair, Advocacy Committee
I watched as the Interfaith Coalition for Compassion & Justice was born, donated to the cause and saw the need that it filled in the community. As a retired not for profit worker, I now have the opportunity to bring my knowledge and skills to the Board of Directors. It is exciting to be a part of an organization that is exploring new ways to partner with our clients and community to meet the needs that exist in our most vulnerable community members.
Chairman, Finance Committee Other affiliations: AARP Tax Aide, Prescott Resort HOA
Ken retired from the Air Force after 21 years of service and retired again from the US Postal Service after 20 years. He found his passion for volunteer work through the United Methodist Church. Meeting his wife, Mary Lea, through several volunteer opportunities at their church. They continued to travel in their RV after retirement helping small cities throughout the southern United States. In 2003 Ken and Mary moved to Prescott where they strive to help the less fortunate. After all; Social Justice is only alive if all men are truly equal. Saul Fein introduced me to CCJ in 2015 and I have been proud to be involved ever since. Ken offers his volunteer hours focusing mainly on Home Repair. He and a crew of Home Repair volunteers specialize in building ramps and steps for CCJ Clients. When he is not working with CCJ you can find him traveling, golfing or day hiking.
Member of the Executive Committee
Jay Wilcher has worked with CCJ as a board member for two years. Volunteering is important to Jay due to his faith. Jay was a pastor for 28 years. He volunteers to follow the way of Jesus, looking for ways to provide care and concern for those on the margins of society, and his ministry of seeking to remind of us their dignity as children of God. When he is not volunteering with CCJ you can find Jay golfing. swimming or collecting wine.
Past Board President, Finance Committee
I began my involvement with CCJ shortly after moving to Arizona 12 years ago upon retirement from the workforce as an attorney at a major University research laboratory. Initially I was part of the Circles of Support Program. A year or so later, I was asked to be on the CCJ Board and have served since 2015. I have earned the roles of Board Secretary, Board President, and served on several committees. Since the beginning, CCJ has undertaken a variety of initiatives that aid the most vulnerable among us. It has been and continues to be my great privilege to be a part of these endeavors. I am also involved in Prescott Senior Softball, amateur astronomy through the Prescott Astronomy Club, hiking, and volunteering as a preparer for AARP.
As the CEO of Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce, I have been aware of CCJ and the impact the organization has on the Prescott Community. I enjoyed being the emcee for the CCJ gala and was inspired to get more involved. The agility that is guided by Paul Mitchell is unmatched and being a part of an organization that makes a real difference has been very rewarding.
Rabbi Jessica Rosenthal
Other affiliations: Rabbi, Temple B’rith Shalom, Prescott
Other Affiliations: President, Temple B’rith Shalom, President “Wild Pigs”, Santa Clause, CCJ
Other affiliations: Member, Board of the Jewish Community Foundation; Member, Board of (olli) Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Yavapai College.
Board Advisory Committee
Retired Pastor, First Congregational Church, UCC, Prescott
Executive Director, “People Who Care”
Special advisor, Finance Committee, Director of Finance and Operations Yavapai College Foundation
Chair, Facilities Committee; Past President