Joan Abbey, Development Coordinator

I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and always wanted to  live in the central highlands area of Arizona. As luck would have it  scholarship opportunities found me moving to Michigan to complete my Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Development from Oakland  University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan.  Forty-two years later after living and working in Michigan, first at  the University of Michigan and then as Research Office Director at the College of Health and Human Services I retired in 2013. For over 30  years, I conducted research, and taught research/evaluation and social  policy classes. Also during my career, I authored 28 successful  proposals generating over $21.6 million in grants and contracts.

Retirement allowed me to fulfill my dream of living in Arizona's central highlands. I moved back to my Arizona  and purchased a home in Prescott Valley in 2016. Upon retiring I formed Abbeywood Associates, LLC, which focuses on providing strategic  planning, fund development, evaluation and strategic analytics for  non-profit organizations in the public and private sectors. This enables  me to continue my work of the past quarter of century helping  state/local governments and private non-profit agencies in policy and  program design, financing and evaluation.

A personal goal of my work is to help non-profit organizations  become learning organizations. Learning organizations seek to create  their own future. They engage in ongoing and creative processes that  allow it to adapt and transform itself in response to the needs and  aspirations of people inside and outside of the organization. 

Working with small non-profit organizations that provide needed  community services such as the Yarnell Regional Community Center (YRCC)  is a passion of mine. I welcome the opportunity to work with Kim Lytle,  the Board of Directors and YRCC members to achieve YRCC's goal of  sustainable growth to meet current and emerging community needs. The  greatest asset YRCC has that I will employ in my fund development  activities are the YRCC members and residents in the surrounding  communities. 

I look forward to getting your ideas, valuable insights, and  working with you to pursue your vision and mission. In the coming weeks  and months, I hope to meet with you all and learn how we can collaborate  to enhance this wonderful community asset - the YRCC.