Champions of Change: Nonprofit leaders of the year

Above: Denise D. Resnik founded the nonprofit First Place AZ in 2012 and opened First Place–Phoenix in 2018. Business News | 23 May |

Never before has the Arizona business community needed leaders who are agile, adaptable, and innovative more than they are needed in today’s rapidly expanding economy. That’s what the Champions of Change awards are all about — recognizing those dynamic innovators and trailblazers who are changing Arizona’s economic environment through leadership and visionary thinking.


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“We created the Champions of Change Awards to recognize those innovative leaders, for-profit companies, and nonprofits who are changing the landscape of Arizona business,” says AZ Big Media Publisher Amy Lindsey. “These awards shine a spotlight on the state’s true game-changers and thought leaders. This is an awards event that is unlike any other the state has even seen.”

In the days that follow, the 2022 Champions of Change will be spotlighted right here on azbigmedia.com. Be sure to check back every day.

Champions of Change: Nonprofit Leaders of the Year

The Madison Center for the Arts.

Jason Barlow, Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona: Barlow, the president and CEO of Habitat,  has leveraged his board experience to improve the development and diversification of his current board and leadership team. He excels at leading through ambiguous environments and seizing opportunities to innovate and advance.

Debbie DiCarlo, Cancer Support Community Arizona: As CEO of Cancer Support Community of Arizona, DiCarlo is fervent in her commitment to helping others connect, find emotional relief and access social support during the most challenging times of their lives.

Mary Foote, Partnership for Economic Innovation: Mary Foote is the managing director of Pipeline AZ, an initiative of the Partnership for Economic Innovation. Pipeline AZ is a career development and exploration platform that creates pathways to in-demand careers by connecting the dots between industry and education.

Ari Levin, The Madison Center for the Arts: As the first executive director for the brand-new, $24 million theatre, it wasLevin’s dream to bring new acts to the valley that had never been here before, and especially acts from other cultures.

Denise D. Resnik, First Place AZ: Resnik founded the nonprofit First Place AZ in 2012 and opened First Place–Phoenix in 2018, an 81,000-square-foot, 55-unit residential property with a suite of supports and amenities for individuals with autism, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury and other special abilities.

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