Mike Dixon, Executive Director

 Growing up in southern New Jersey, I had no idea  what the west would bring. In 2013, I set off with my wife, Tiffany, for  my first trip west of the Mississippi river. We came to Yarnell to  visit family, and immediately fell in love with this small town. The  beautiful landscape, tight-knit community, and southwestern charm (not  to mention the perfect weather!) brought us back again and again until  we were able to permanently relocate in early 2017. We are so happy to  be a part of the community, and I very much look forward to the  challenges and opportunity here at the Yarnell Regional Community  Center.

I have had my share of "learning experiences" along my career journey.  In my younger years, I found myself chasing the titles, advancement and,  of course, the almighty dollar. I quickly found myself trapped in the  rat race, spending my days in a corporate cage, or wandering through the  maze seemingly designed to leave you running in circles. I was chasing  the goals and dreams assigned to me, rather than following my heart. My  happiness and satisfaction came from the many volunteer opportunities I  had the privilege of experiencing.

From the time I was a teenager to the present  day, I have had many chances to serve. It all began with youth mission  trips through my local church, assisting poverty-stricken residents in  the mountains of Jamaica, and performing volunteer activities for JAARS  Bible Translators at their North Carolina headquarters. I was involved  many times over the years assisting in meal preparation and serving at  the Atlantic City Rescue Mission in New Jersey. Many local  church-sponsored projects and assistance programs gave me opportunities  to help disabled and elderly residents with basic housekeeping, meal  preparation, yard work, painting, and minor maintenance projects.

As I move into this critical community role,  serving our wonderful residents, I am excited about what I can do for  you, what you can do for us, and what we can all accomplish together. I  have seen Yarnell pull together as a community to help those in need  many times before, and am honored to join the team. My door will always  be open, and I welcome everyone's input and ideas as we work together to  strengthen and expand the vision of the Yarnell Regional Community  Center!