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Kristen Polin

‘NotMYkid’ hires new program director

NotMYkid, a non-profit dedicated to inspiring positive life choices by educating individuals and communities about the consequences of destructive youth behaviors, has hired Kristen Polin as program director.

Kristen joins the leadership team and will oversee the development and implementation of new and existing community and school-based programs throughout Arizona and new communities across the country.

Kristen has over 20 years of experience working in prevention and wellness and recently wrapped up a successful tenure with Community Bridges Inc. (CBI) for the past 17 years. As CBI’s vice president of community relations & development, she was responsible for all agency public affairs, community development projects and prevention efforts throughout the State of Arizona. Kristen remains active with numerous substance abuse collaborations; specializes in high level training for emergency responders; and provides seminars for law enforcement, school districts, parents and the business community regarding best practice prevention and treatment service delivery. Her passion and roots are grounded in prevention and building high impact programs that empower youth and families.

She says, “The important work of prevention is without a doubt, my true calling in life.  I am honored to have this exciting opportunity to serve our communities with the entire notMYkid team.”

Kristen holds a Master of Arts in Education Degree in Program Management from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Studies from Ithaca College in New York.


Catholic Charities adds board members

Catholic Charities is proud to welcome Angela Ducey and Mark Weber to the Board of Directors. Jim LaBrie is stepping up to be board chair after seven years on the Board of Directors.

  • Angela Ducey, a native of Arizona, is a co-owner of a small retail design store in Scottsdale, Ariz. Her previous work experience includes sales and management for Gallo Wines, Hotel/Restaurant Division. She continued her career in the food service industry working for several large companies before leaving the workforce to raise her children. Currently, she is involved with several charitable organizations and serves on the board of Childhelp Arizona Advisory Board, notMykid Auxiliary Board, and Mother’s Grace Board of Directors. Ducey is currently training to become a court appointed special advocate for Arizona’s foster children.
  • Mark Weber is a seasoned professional with governance experience as a member of Boards of Directors with several not-for-profit organizations such as Scottsdale Boys & Girls Club, Catholic Community Foundation, and W.P. Carey School at ASU. Weber has a wealth of experience in financial reporting and audit committee processes. He currently serves as the office managing partner for Moss Adams LLP. Moss Adams is the 11th largest CPA firm in the country and is based in Seattle, Wash. Weber’s previous professional experience includes senior chief accountant with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Jim LaBrie serves as a volunteer with various organizations. Much of his volunteer work is with his parish, St. Francis Xavier. He also has served on various parochial school boards such as SS Simon & Jude, St. Jerome and Seton Catholic High School. LaBrie graduated from University of San Diego and taught English at Alhambra High School. He is also owner of Bug & Weed Mart.

NotMYkid unveils new donor giving tree

Peggy Baze, notmykid board member and founder of Artful Giving, another local nonprofit recently partnered with Tony Gibson, a local artist and donor to create a beautiful Giving Tree at notMYkid’s corporate office in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The new mural is located at 5230 East Shea Blvd., Suite 100 Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

Notmykid recognizes the importance of its donors and their lifelong impact through their philanthropic giving on the youth we serve through our peer to peer education and prevention model.  Our presentations aim to educate youth, empower them with knowledge and resources, and inspire them to make positive life choices.

Our programs follow the IMBR peer-to-peer model: Information, Motivation, Behavior Skills, and Resources.  The Peer Educators share an appropriate, relatable personal story around each teaching point.  There are also moments of audience interaction throughout the presentation.  Every presentation teaches on a wide variety of coping skills and resources available to the youth. NotMYkid also supplies take-away Resource Cards for every youth to keep after the presentation.

These presentations in hundreds of schools annually would not be possible without the generosity of our donors.

“Donors are being honored on The Giving Tree as they have left an indelible impact on our organization,” said notMYkid CEO Aimee Runyon.  “The beauty and creativity of this piece is a testament to the generosity of our donors.”

A native of Arizona, Peggy Baze has been active in the commercial real estate and investment industries for nearly 30 years.  Peggy recently discovered a talent for art and in 2014 she founded the non-profit, Artful Giving, whose mission is to use art to help create sustainable revenue for charities focused on children and families in the community. Peggy’s original artwork has been replicated in notecard form in a campaign for UMOM, the largest homeless shelter in Arizona. Some of Peggy’s original artwork is also featured in the Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families.

Keep kids drug-free

Karrin Taylor joins board of notMYkid

Karrin Taylor

Karrin Taylor

Scottsdale-based notMYkid (pronounced: Not My Kid), a  nationally focused non-profit organization focused on empowering and educating youth, families and communities with knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior, announced Karrin Taylor has joined its Board of Directors. 

“We’re thrilled that Ms. Taylor has joined the Board of Directors for notMYkid and that she will share her expertise and passion for youth to help our organization continue to grow and expand.” said Aimee Runyon, CEO of notMYkid.  “Karrin’s extensive expertise in public/private partnerships, along with her vast community involvement experience will benefit our organization as we look for new ways to grow our efforts to inspire youth towards positive life choices.”

Karrin Taylor is Executive Vice President for DMB Associates and is responsible for ongoing land use entitlement matters and other value enhancing efforts for DMB communities and businesses. Taylor also provides oversight for the company’s governmental and political affairs efforts and economic development activities at the local, state and federal level. She has been a member of DMB’s entitlements team for 15 years. Under her leadership, the entitlements team has worked on public-private partnership agreements, negotiated GPLET agreements, CFDs and other complex development plans for projects around Arizona. She has been responsible for the successful entitlement of many of the company’s projects, including Eastmark, Verrado, Marley Park, Centerpoint, One Scottsdale and DC Ranch. 

 Prior to joining DMB, Taylor was a Principal with the law firm of Biskind, Hunt & Taylor, P.L.C., where she practiced in the areas of land use, development and zoning law representing large landowners (including DMB) on significant and complex land use cases. 

Taylor has served on several boards and commissions, including: Foundation for Environmental and Economic Progress (FEEP), where she was President of the Board; State Bar of Arizona – U.S. District Court for Arizona; Maricopa County Bar Association; Maricopa Association of Governments (Transportation Policy Committee); Arizona State Land Department (Conservation Advisory Committee); U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Corporate Leadership Advisory Council); Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series; Phoenix Suns Charities; Luke Air Force Base, where she was Honorary Wing Commander; U.S. Air Force Air Education and Training Command (Commander’s Group); U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff (Civic Leaders Group) in Washington, DC; Greater Phoenix Economic Council Executive Committee; Valley Partnership, where she was Chairman of the Board; Great Hearts Preparatory Academies; Veritas Preparatory Academy, where she was Co-Chair of its capital campaign; Arizona Aerospace Institute; Maricopa County Parks and Trail Foundation; Joe Foss Institute; and Xavier College Preparatory Academy (Board of Trustees). She received a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University, as well as a Juris Doctorate from ASU’s College of Law. 

peggy Baze headshot

Peggy Baze joins board of notMYkid

Scottsdale-based notMYkid, a  nationally focused non-profit organization focused on empowering and educating youth, families and communities with knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior, proudly announced that prominent artist and former Circle Roads Companies Executive Peggy Baze has joined its Board of Directors. 

“We’re thrilled that Ms. Baze has joined the Board of Directors for notMYkid and that she will share her experience and passion for helping youth to help our organization continue to blossom so that we can inspire even more teens in Arizona and across the U.S. to make positive life choices,” said Aimee Runyon, CEO of notMYkid. 

A native of Arizona, Peggy Baze has been active in the commercial real estate and investment industries for nearly 30 years. For the last 23 years she’s held various positions at Circle Road Companies and recently retired as Vice President. At Circle Road she was engaged in a myriad of real estate development projects as well as managing non real estate venture capital funding.

Peggy recently discovered a talent for art and in 2014 she founded the non-profit, Artful Giving, whose mission is to use art to help create sustainable revenue for charities focused on children and families in the community. Peggy’s original artwork has been replicated in notecard form in a campaign for UMOM, the largest homeless shelter in Arizona. Some of Peggy’s original artwork is also featured in the Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families.

Peggy is the mother of two grown children and now spends most of her time in her art studio painting and doing her philanthropic work. She and partner David Bruner enjoy traveling and spending time with their family.

Hailey 2

notMYkid presents Young Philanthropist Award

The bullying began in fourth grade, and grew in the coming years to include verbal, social and cyber bullying. Hailey tried to handle it on her own by keeping everything bottled up inside, but that didn’t work. She tried to stand up for herself, but the voice inside herself told her she wasn’t good enough and that no matter what she did or said that she would still be wrong. Her parents tried to help, and she even told her teachers and the Principal.  That only led to more aggressive bullying at school and online through social media, texting apps, Snapchat, and Instagram. 
Finally, Hailey’s parents learned of notMYkid (pronounced: Not My Kid), a national non-profit organization based in Scottsdale that is focused on empowering and educating youth, families and communities with knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior.  Hailey admits she was scared as she walked into the office with her parents the first time, but by the time she left Hailey says that she finally felt like someone understood her.
notMYkid provided Hailey and her family resources that helped to empower them in getting help. Hailey recalls, “With the help of not-MY-kid, I came through the situation a stronger, and more confident person. Now I can help other kids who maybe going through the same thing I did. I absolutely love working with not-MY-kid.”
Hailey’s positive experience led her to choose notMYkid to be the focus of her Bat Mitzvah project—which is an expectation of each Bar or Bat Mitzvah age child to donate their time and effort towards benefiting others and making the world a better place.  By raising money and awareness for notMYkid, she hoped to help other kids going through the same situation.
notMYkid will be honoring Hailey as the 1st recipient of the Inspiring Young Philanthropists Award during its 2015 Gala: Back to the Boardwalk, which will be held on Friday, April 17 at 6:30pm.
The Gala, which will also celebrate notMYkid’s 15th Anniversary, will be held at the Yard in Tempe located at 149 South Farmer.  Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in their retro carnival best.  Event sponsors include First Check, Fox Restaurant Concepts, Crescent Crown Distributing, Oracle Ford, Fry’s Food Stores, Pfizer, Sundance Journey Healing Centers, Spellbinders, Schwartz Insurance, Henkel, Dorrance Family Foundation, Alliance Bank of Arizona and Snapbooth Entertainment.

Tickets starts at $250 with $175 being tax deductible. Please visit www.notmykid.org/gala to RSVP, donate or become a sponsor.   Funds raised help support notMYkid’s mission to inspire positive life choices in youth/teens.


Aimee Runyon named CEO for notMYkid

Scottsdale-based notMYkid, a nationally focused non-profit organization focused on empowering and educating youth, families and communities with knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior, announced Aimee J. Runyon as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  Runyon has 22 years of experience in nonprofit management, most recently serving as the 1st Executive Director for Assistance League of Phoenix.

“I’m very excited to lead the notMYkid team and expand its well-earned national reputation for effective programing with proven results that inspire kids to make positive choices in difficult situations,” said Aimee Runyon, CEO of notMYkid.  “With prevention at the forefront of all programming rather than intervention, we’ll continue to grow our efforts to reach young people who fight internal battles about what is “right” and “wrong” and to provide them with the knowledge and resources that empower them to make positive choices in difficult situations.”

“Aimee’s leadership skills and non-profit management expertise will help propel notMYkid to even greater success as we continue to expand our mission across the country,” said Debbie Moak, Founder and Board Member of notMYkid.  “With Aimee at the helm, we’re confident that notMYkid will inspire even more kids across the country to make good life decisions and that our efforts will help parents to take a positive, proactive role in helping their kids arrive at those positive choices.”

notMYkid prepares kids to face everyday challenges with courage and confidence, through its unique education models of peer-to-peer education where the organization address the life-changing issues such as drug abuse, alcohol abuse, bullying, unhealthy relationships, body image, depression/self injury, and internet safety.

The challenges kids and families face today are complex and have the potential to devastate lives and derail futures. The average age a kid will first try drugs is 13. Studies indicate that people who reach 21 without engaging in destructive behaviors are likely to never do so, which is why notMYkid passionately educates about current trends, warning signs, and the long-term impact of destructive behaviors. notMYkid believes that proactive prevention on the part of kids, families, and communities is the answer to long-term success.

Born and raised in Phoenix, Runyon most recently she was the 1st Executive Director of Assistance League of Phoenix, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been improving the lives of children throughout Phoenix for more than 50 years.  She also served as Vice President at The Community College Foundation in Los Angeles, California before serving as the 1st Executive Director for Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank, located in Chandler, Arizona.

Runyon currently sits on the boards of ONE and Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank and is on the steering committee of AZ Gives Day. She is a past President of the Chandler Non Profit Coalition.

Runyon earned her BA degree in Communications from Arizona State University and a Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Public Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management.  She is also the proud mother of her six-year-old son, Amare.

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Support Local on Arizona Gives Day

Every single resident in Scottsdale and beyond (this means you!) is being asked to do one simple thing today – give.


Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

“On March 20, all Arizonans will be asked to participate in the first-ever Arizona Gives Day,” said Patrick McWhortor, president and CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, who helped to develop the initiative in partnership with the Arizona Grantmakers Forum and a team of statewide leaders.

Beginning at midnight on March 20 and continuing until 11:59 p.m., Arizonans can go online at www.AZGives.org to support a local nonprofit in their community, or pledge their financial support to one of the hundreds of participating nonprofits across the state. A day dedicated to communities that care, Arizona Gives Day, presented by First Bank, will focus on giving back to the organizations whose invaluable efforts have helped empower communities and provide services, products and more to those in need.

Anne Rita Monahan Foundation

Anne Rita Monahan Foundation

The Gives Day movement began in Minnesota four years ago as a way to increase individual giving and help nonprofits raise awareness about their cause. Each year since, these initiatives have seen increased success and have helped countless organizations continue to provide the services and programs their communities need.

Today, Gives Days are becoming increasingly more popular, leading many other states like Colorado, Georgia, Alabama and now Arizona to expand the “flash-mob type” movement into their own states. Organizers of the Arizona Gives Day hope to see the same successful response during the 24-hour statewide online giving initiative on March 20.

“For as little as $10, nonprofits in Arizona can and do make a difference,” said McWhortor. “Together, we hope to raise more than $2 million on this single day.”

Nonprofit Participation

Among the nearly 850 nonprofits participating in this event are several from around the Scottsdale and surrounding area, including:

Cave Creek Museum, Desert Foothills Land Trust, Desert Foothills Library, Foothills Food Bank, HopeKids, Wild At Heart, Yes You Have A Choice/Sofia’s House, Project Linus, Bucket List Foundation, Go Green Now Foundation, Inc., Anne Rita Monahan Foundation, Arizona Helping Hands, Inc., Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc., Childhelp, Cortney’s Place, Devereux Arizona, Family Promise of Greater Phoenix, Feeding Matters, Foothills Animal Rescue, Four Seasons Orchestra, Musical Instrument Museum, Greater Arizona Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals, Hope Village, ICAN, International Cancer Advocacy Network, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix, MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids), McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, New Way Academy, notMYkid, Oasis Sanctuary Foundation LTD, Partners In Action, Phoenix Herpetological Society, Pinnacle Presbyterian Preschool, Power Paws Assistance Dogs, Inc, Reigning Grace Ranch, Scottsdale, Preparatory Academy, Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services, Singleton Moms, Square One Inc., The Berceli Foundation, The New Foundation, The Purple Society, The Welcome to America Project, Tourette Syndrome Association of Arizona, Inc., Tumbleweed, Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, Waste Not, Inc., Safe Haven for Animals

How to Participate

Businesses, schools and communities are encouraged to rally friends, family, classmates and co-workers leading up to the big day. Donors can learn more about the nonprofits participating in their community by logging on to the www.AZGives.org. Then help spread the word by joining the movement on Facebook and Twitter.

Giving is as easy is 1-2-3!

1. On March 20, visit www.AZGives.org

2. Click on “Donate”

3. Choose your nonprofit of choice and give away

Whether you give a little or give a lot, every donation will help the more than 20,000 deserving organizations statewide!