Board of Directors

Dina Shacknai, Psy.D. - Dr. Shacknai earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University and a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University in Phoenix. A native of San Francisco, she worked in Medical and Computer Systems sales prior to her move to the Phoenix area thirteen years ago.

While volunteering at the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC), Dr. Shacknai organized and coordinated numerous successful projects. She was the volunteer Director of the SARRC Therapeutic Camp for Children with Autism, located at Whispering Hope Ranch in Payson, Arizona. This unique volunteer opportunity served as a catalyst for Dr. Shacknai, as she realized her passion was inextricably tied to working with children.

She subsequently returned to graduate school to pursue her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Developmental Psychology, completing two clinical rotations, a doctoral dissertation, and a requisite APA-approved internship. Dr. Shacknai has worked extensively at the distinguished Melmed Center in Arizona, conducting evaluations, providing individual treatment for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, social and familial challenges, and an array of other psychological issues. In addition, Dr. Shacknai authored curricula, and facilitated social skills groups for children.

Maxie's untimely death unfortunately necessitated an indefinite leave of absence from Dr. Shacknai's established professional practice, but she remains a member of the American Psychological Association.

Shelby Butterfield Shelby Butterfield is an active community volunteer. She has served on the board of St. Joseph's Hospital since 2007 and is in her second term as secretary. Butterfield has chaired the St. Joseph's Foundation grants review committee for the last two years and since 2009, has served as the Chair of the Phoenix Country Day School lower school philanthropy outreach program "Sharing Tree." Butterfield has also served on multiple boards at ASU including Adopt a Devil and Presidents Community Enrichment Programs (PCEP). She is the mother of Bailey and Jack, ages 8 and 5.

 

Mike Chesworth. People are not always the best ones to tell their own story, as the camera brings an almost universal intimidation factor. Mike coaches people thru the interview process, keeping speakers on message, and drawing out authentic and memorable sound that will resonate with an audience. He started his career in television NEWS. Mike helped build a production company, and as employee #1 found myself in a teaching role as well as the responsibility of primary content creator. Coaching new photographers on camera technique, lighting principals, interviewing skill, as well as bringing the NPAA style of storytelling to the traditionally conservative corporate video industry. As an Independent Filmmaker Mike has done it all, camera, sound, lighting, editor… sales.

 

Angela Hallier, managing partner of Hallier & Lawrence PCL, was admitted to the Arizona State Bar in 1990. She has been a Certified Family Law Specialist since 1996 and is serving her fifth year on the Family Law Advisory Commission of the State Bar of Arizona, a committee that oversees the certification process for family law specialists. Angela chaired the Commission from 2007-2010. Angela was a member of the Family Law Division of the Arizona State Bar Executive Council from 1999-2000. She has been named a 'Super Lawyer' by superlawyers.com and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest competency and ethical rating given. She is also a judge pro tempore of the Maricopa County Superior Court. Angela frequently speaks at legal education seminars and at public events. She authors a divorce education column that appears in the Arizona Business Journal and the Arizona Foothills Magazine.

 

Nina Romano Nina Romano's special relationship with her nephew, Maxie Shacknai is her inspiration for being on the Board of Directors. She and Maxie shared a very special bond and she will work tirelessly in is memory and honor. During the last 15 years she has been involved in various ways with several special education programs and during three of those years she was also a committee member on the Tracy Special Athlete's Program which provided social and athletic programs to children and adults with special needs.