What better way to start the 2023 Fiscal Year with new staff in leadership roles! Free Arts looked for qualified candidates to help achieve our strategic 10-year vision for the organization. We are happy to have them join our team in the programs department.
Jenna Christie-Tabron, MFT, MSW (Mental Health Therapist) – Clinical Director New to Arizona, Jenna is a mental health clinician who has dedicated her career to helping children and adolescents achieve their highest potential. With experience in environments that extend from the east coast of the United States all the way to The Bahamas, Jenna comes with a wealth of knowledge from working with youth in the school, medical, psychiatric, residential, and judicial systems. Additionally, since her relocation to Phoenix, she has begun working with refugees and asylum-seeking families on their quest to resettle in the United States. Jenna uses her vibrant spirit to help her clients achieve personal empowerment in all their endeavors. In her spare time, Jenna enjoys all things related to music, food, and Grey’s Anatomy!
Matt Sandoval – Vice President of Programs They’re an Arizona native who has severed in variety of capacities in human services and non-profit organizations. Over his career, Matt has been a high school math teacher, school counselor, program director, and nonprofit executive. Matt has served at a large non-profit agency as VP of Community Initiatives, as an Executive Director for an independent living community for adults with developmental disabilities, and most recently served as a Clinical Therapist. During his time as a VP and Clinical Therapist, Matt practiced and/or supervised art-based therapeutic services for youth.
Matt has served on several non-profit and charter school boards for groups that support youth and community development with a special emphasis on serving multicultural, multilingual, and first generation college attenders. He has also volunteered with organizations supporting incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and with the Child Welfare Education Program at Arizona State University. Matt holds a Master of Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University, and is a Licensed Master Social Worker with the Arizona Behavioral Health Board of Examiners.
Matt’s hobbies include listening to podcasts, reading, and weightlifting. Matt loves sports and cheers for all the local teams. He lives in Goodyear with his wife and has one child in college at Arizona State and another who is a high school Junior.
Danielle Tefft – Program Director
For over 20 years, Danielle has been a program leader in the non-profit arena. You may know of her from her work in youth mentoring, prevention, and advocacy services throughout the Valley. Danielle is an alumna of NAU and a licensed BSW. She is passionate about working with teams to build strong programs, and is mission driven. As an artist herself, she enjoys the splendor of nature’s beauty. She also loves music and volunteering in support of animal welfare. Danielle treasures time with family, friends, and her four dogs.