The Magic Is In The Match!
350 S. Williams Blvd., Suite 270
Tucson, Arizona 85711

Phone: 520.512.0200
Fax: 520.512.0198

Mon - Fri 8.00 - 17.00
Saturday - Sunday CLOSED

About Us

In just a few years, Southern Arizona Family Services has grown from just a small group of devoted people to an agency that now serves the entire city of Tucson. Yet, even as SAFS has grown in size and scope, it has maintained a friendly family like atmosphere for both its clients and staff. SAFS strives to make strong connections and consistently deliver a host of high-quality services.The magic is truly in the match between client and direct care worker.The magic comes from the heart.

Donna Gallagher—Executive Director

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Donna Gallagher received her undergraduate degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Penn State University. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Vermont in Special Education with an emphasis in working with people with severe disabilities. She and Ron Berry started Southern Arizona Family Services in April 2006. Donna has served for 22 years as the board chair of a foster care review board for the Supreme Court in Tucson. She is also currently the chair of a community justice board for the Pima County Attorney’s Office. She has served in this capacity for 9 years. She is the proud mother of two beautiful sons, Reed and Taylor, and the grandmother of two beautiful grandchildren, Mia and Felipe.

Ron Berry—Director of Administration

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Ron Berry started Southern Arizona Family Services in April of 2006 with Donna Gallagher. He is the Director of Admin, and trains both SAFS employees, and employees from other agencies. Ron is certified to train First Aid, CPR, Article 9, and Prevention & Support. Ron brings an excitement to his training classes, keeping the material intriguing and fun. Ron is married to Susan and is the proud father of Anna and Stephen.

Barbara Gallagher—General Manager

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Barbara Gallagher is the General manager, Supervisor and trainer for Southern Arizona Family Services. Barbara supervises the office staff, billing/payroll manager, and the 5 program coordinators. She is trained to teach First Aid, CPR, Article 9, Cultural Diversity, Orientation, Blood Bourne Pathogens, and the Direct Care Worker Curriculum. Barbara teaches for SAFS as well as for other agencies and businesses in the community. Barbara is the mother of her beautiful son Christopher.

Chelsea Bruce—Habilitation Program Coordinator

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Chelsea Bruce is the Habilitation Program Coordinator for Southern Arizona Family services, overseeing the progress of each of our consumers. She was born and raised in Tucson, AZ and spent her summers each year in Shawnee, OK. She is a Special Education Major, with a Minor in Political Science. Chelsea has worked in the field of Developmental Disabilities since she was 16, working in a Special Education Preschool classroom at Miles Exploratory Learning Center.

Vanessa Durazo—Scheduling Coordinator

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Vanessa Durazo is one of the Schedule Coordinators here at Southern Arizona Family Services. She enjoys her position here at SAFS because it allows her to help Tucson’s citizens, even if in the littlest way. She has two small sons and in her spare time she devotes herself to them.

Hector Felix—Program Coordinator/Scheduling

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Recently married and after working for Pima County in Direct Care and Finance for 5 years decided to return to the field. Had a short absence from the workforce while enrolled in school for a degree in Business Management & Culinary Arts/ Nutrition Development. He is looking forward to endeavor married life and degree recipient life once school has been completed.

Sonya Lopez—Day Program Manager

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Sonya Lopez has worked in the caregiving field with individuals with developmental and physical disabilities since the summer of 2013.  After working in the Day Program for just under 2 years, she was promoted to Day Program Manager.  As the Manager, she enjoys creating event calendars and planning activities for our community-based Day Program.  In her off time, Sonya enjoys spending time with her family, taking cycling classes, and watching the Broncos win!

Christal Harris—Program Coordinator for PCOA and ALTCS Clients

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For the past 30 years she has been involved in the Travel Industry ranging from a Flight Attendant to Payroll and HR Manager for a car rental agency. Upon deciding to change careers, she and her husband of 33 years created and manufactured her own Perfume Fragrance line (SIRRAH). Still wanted to actively be involved with the community and use her college skills in Psychology, she joined SAFS and is currently working as a Program Coordinator working with the Senior Population.

Elizabeth Martinez—Administrative Assistant

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Liz began working with SAFS May of 2015 as our Human Resource Coordinator.  Since then, Liz has trained in an array of SAFS Administration duties, including Scheduling, Habilitation, and Training Coordination.  During her free time, Liz enjoys spending time with her Husband Saul, and their three children; Sincere, Candace, and Sam.  Liz and her family are very active throughout the Tucson community, volunteering often for different organizations.

Reed Bryant—Special Projects

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Reed began working in the caregiving field in 2006; throughout his caregiving career he has done both direct care and Administrative work.  As of July 2015 he has been full-time in our office as our main Special Projects Coordinator, in addition to assisting Amber in Billing and Payroll.  During Reed’s off-time he enjoys going to the gym and spending time with his family.

Mary Sahlberg—Administrative Assistant

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Mary enjoys working at SAFS as an all around assistant, working on office organizational projects and providing direct care for clients when needed.  Prior to SAFS, Mary worked as a paraprofessional for TUSD for 12 years, working with students with Autism.  In addition, she is retired from the Navy, having been a hospital corpsman, and is also a licensed gemologist.  During her off time, Mary enjoys spending time with her husband of 40 years, their three children, and their give grandchildren.

Nick Rios—Receptionist/Admin Assistant

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Nick is our full-time administrative assistant. His primary responsibilities are welcoming and assisting any individual that calls or visits our office whether it be directing them to fellow office staff, scheduling for class or providing information. His work is also clerical in nature as he writes memos, inputs data and orders office supplies.

Amber Lackman—Billing/Payroll

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Amber just celebrated her year anniversary here at SAFS and is looking forward to the many more to come.  Amber was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. She went to school for Medical Transcription and Medical Front Office at Mt Hood Community College in Portland, OR where she lived for a few years. She returned to Tucson and has been working in payroll for the past five years. As her next educational endeavor, she would like to study accounting! She is happily engaged to her fiancé, Ruben, and has two boys Sylas (6) and Uriah (1) whom she enjoys spending her off time with. She enjoys essential oils, crafts, reading, music, movies, and going to shows.