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 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 had served for 22 years as the board chair of a foster care review board for the Supreme Court in Tucson. She is also currently on the board of the Shyness Project. She is the proud mother of two beautiful sons, Reed and Taylor, and the grandmother of four beautiful grandchildren, Mia, Felipe, Santiago and Julian.
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.
Chandra Divinsky was recently promoted from HR/Payroll to the General manager of Southern Arizona Family Services. She moved to Tucson in May of 2018 from Portland, ME. She has years of experience in management and a background in hospital-based nursing, but she loves working for a company whose mission is to promote in-home supports. Chandra’s role at SAFS is management although she continues to do HR, monitoring’s, intakes, and direct care when needed. Chandra is married to Jamal Chatman and is the proud mother of Tyler Divinsky (and their dog Lagertha). In her free time Chandra enjoys working out, being outside, spending time with her family and volunteering in the community.
Trina Baxter is the Senior Services Coordinator. She brings on new clients from PCOA, Mercy Care and Banner. She spends a lot of time on the road visiting clients for quarterly monitoring’s, making sure they are happy with services, and doing intakes for new clients. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to both Montana and Pennsylvania to visit family. She is the mother of three adult children, and the grandmother of two boys and two girls.
Briseida Hernandez started working in Southern Arizona Family Services as a direct care worker in August 2014 and a year later she was promoted to Program Coordinator. In her free time she enjoys being with her family and staying active.
Josie is a Schedule Coordinator. She is responsible of finding the perfect match between our staff and clients. She has been with Southern Arizona Family Services since 2015.
Chris recently joined the scheduling department. Her job is to find the perfect match between clients with caregivers. She loves working with people on the phone and in person. In her spare time she enjoys painting and spending time with her family.
Crystal Varelas joined Southern Arizona Family Services in May 2017; she started working as a direct care worker and after a year, she was promoted to an administrative assistant. She loved working with all her clients and getting to know their family. She loves to help out everyone in the office and taking on new task. In her free time she enjoys spending time with all her animals, she often goes quad riding on the weekend and enjoys spending time with her family.
Dani was hired in November 2014 as a direct care worker. She worked with multiple clients at our day program and was soon promoted to be lead staff. She did an outstanding job assisting the day program manager and coordinating daily responsibilities, therefore, she was promoted to be an administrative assistant. Dani enjoys drinking Starbucks, spending time with her family, and volunteering at her local church.
Dolores started on SAFS back in 2008 as a direct care worker taking care of multiple happy clients. In 2016 she joined back our team as an Administrative Assistant helping now clients and assisting in the office with several projects.
Josephine recently joined our staff as an administrative assistant. She likes her position because she gives assistance to clients when they are in need doing fill ins and gives support in the office as well. She is a mother of three adult girls and grandmother of four grand kids. In her free time she enjoys music and loves to make people smile.
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.
In 2017 Denise joined us after many years in real estate. She is the voice on the phone and the face at the front desk. If she can’t help you she’ll find someone who can. She has brought many years of office administration experience to our company. On her off hours she and her husband enjoy 6 children, 7 grandchildren, fishing, camping, watching lots of sports and peace and quiet at their home with their 2 cats, Siam and Blu.