Board of Directors

 The  YRCC Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 2:30pm. Most  meetings are held at the YRCC dining room, but we sometimes meet at  different locations within our service areas, so be sure to check our newsletter for details. Our annual membership meeting and elections are held in February. Please consider YRCC membership if you are not already a member. It is a great way to support what we do, with added benefits for you! 

Michelle Jacobson, President

Michelle and her husband, Steve, had Yarnell as their  home away from home since 2005, visiting from Ohio and Connecticut as  often as possible prior to becoming full-time residents. Over the years,  the Community Center was always a go-to place to explore and has been a  resource for both friendship and service. She completed a thirty-year  career at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, having held numerous  leadership positions in university administration. She believes that all  communities have needs that can only be met through public service, and  that the Community Center plays an integral part in the lives of our  residents. She is honored to have had the opportunity to serve on the  YRCC board, and hopes to fulfill a second term as the Community Center  continues to diversify and grow.  

Joyce Dennison, Vice President

Recently Retired in Walnut Grove, Joyce is homesteading out on the  Hassayampa river, and helping husband John build a rammed earth solar  home. Joyce is a retired psychologist, professor and teacher.


For the past 4 years, Joyce has been an active volunteer in helping Paul Jones and the recovery efforts through counseling in Yarnell.  Her activities in the Walnut Grove community include school board, free little library, nutritional lunch support group, and now being an area ambassador for the Yarnell Regional Community Center . 

Leah Tidey, Secretary

Leah Tidey and her husband, Chuck, moved to Yarnell  in 2007.  After long careers and living from the West Coast to the East  Coast, Leah and Chuck have settled down and now call Yarnell home.  Leah  has been a volunteer at the Yarnell Regional Community Center since  2011, beginning as a volunteer in the kitchen.  She coordinates the  monthly YRCC Newsletter and in collaboration with Kurt Florman, they  produce the Weaver Mountains Community Calendar. She has been on the YRCC Board for two years and as Secretary for six months and hopes to continue to be a part of this thriving, much needed asset to the Weaver  Mountains' communities. Leah is also actively involved in the Yarnell  Community Garden Project and the Yarnell Fire Auxiliary. 

Frances Lechner, Treasurer

I helped to secure the four-year contract with NACOG, developed and  expanded the Club Yarnell program with the assistance of Jerry Florman, served as campaign chair for Steve Spence's successful campaign for Honorary Mayor, handled the paperwork for the legal name change of the Center, filled in as back-up for the Executive Director on occasional days off, and wrote many of the Yellow Sheet articles about the Center on Kim's behalf.  I eat and shop regularly to the Center! I love the Center and its amazing cadre of volunteers that make it all  happen, and appreciate the tremendous work of the Board. 

Steve Spence, Member at Large

Being a mortician for many years, I found that helping people cope  with the loss of loved ones was all about helping those left behind and  showing compassion for the living. After retiring in 1998, I wanted to leave the big cities and needed something meaningful to do, so I began volunteering wherever I could.


I enjoy volunteering at the Community Center, belonging to the Garden Club and helping my neighbors. I look forward to serving on the Board and working with my fellow board members. Yarnell is full of wonderful people and I hope to meet them all. 

Phyllis Billeter, Member at Large

Originally from Canada, having lived in five different states,  Phyllis recently purchased a home in Peeples Valley after enjoying two years in the Yarnell area. She sees the YRCC as a place to learn new things, meet new friends and enjoy our community. Many of you will recognize Phyllis from Dollar General where she is the assistant store  manager. A member of the Community Garden Project and home renovator,  Phyllis is looking forward to establishing her home within this community. 

Rebecca Wilks, Member at Large

Rebecca is a retired OB-Gyn and now works as a professional photographer. She and her husband, Marco Cecala, have lived part time in Yarnell since 2005 and expect to be full-timers soon. She's also  active in Arizona Rotary and Through Each Others Eyes, a nonprofit which creates international cultural exchanges with photographers.  She looks forward to lending her time and energy to the Center, a central part of our communities.