Who?

 

RTF Team

Internal Coordinator &
Assistant to Founder/CEO

Michelle Aldridge | 602.818.6959
michelle@releasethefear.org

 

Program Coordinator

Sara Davirro | 602.818.6959
sara@releasethefear.org


 

Program Facilitators


 

Richard Bestwick is currently studying to be a certified special education teacher. He has been a part of the RTF team for over 8 years; Volunteering with the youth in his community is very important to him. Richard and his wife Heather will be welcoming their first child in March 2017.


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Aeimee Diaz holds a master’s degree in Chinese medicine and acupuncture; she enjoys music and playing bass in her spare time. Aeimee believes in minimalism and believes in reducing your carbon footprint.


Jaclyn Gomez is currently working on starting a photography business and plans to continue traveling the world. She enjoys cooking, photography and music. Her goal in life is to grow as an individual and help inspire others.


Amelia Hernandez is a full time master travel agent during the day. She is also a local artist displaying work in multiple galleries often painting live. Her aspiration in life is to inspire others.


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Rosie Paluch was a counselor at Saguaro High School for 25 years while volunteering with the Anytown program for 35 years. She enjoys yoga, playing bridge and volunteering in her community.


Makita White is a new addition to the Release the Fear team, she will soon be graduating from ASU with a major in psychology and minor in studio arts.


Charles Belfiend is a graduate of Elizabeth City State University and Harvest Reapers School of Ministry. He has a BS in Criminal Justice and is an ordained minister. He currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona but was born and raised in Roxobel, North Carolina. He is an easy going and friendly person with a passion for helping others in any way he can. He has worked in security, case management, juvenile justice, social services and law enforcement. After surviving six car accidents and being bitten by a Rocky Mountain spotted fever tick, relies on his Christian faith and has learned to love life and enjoy his family.


Jennifer Lind is a community creative from Phoenix, Arizona. She is a mother and artist who teaches Art at a small private school. She earned her BA in Art Education from the University of Arizona. She believes the creative process is an empowering tool of communication. She also believes we can learn a lot about each other based on the images we choose to share. She has taught Art for nine years and feels most comfortable in a creative environment learning and sharing creative and unique techniques for art making. She welcomes constructive criticism and believes we can improve ourselves by thanking our peers for their contributions to our self-improvement and their honest suggestions for positive change.


Jessica Figueroa is a community member educated with her Master’s degree in Adult Education and Business Administration. Her purpose is to work with youth in our communities in a variety of settings. She is currently the Program Coordinator for a youth mentoring organization and a facilitator for their personal development curriculum. She is the mother of two and very active outdoors. Reflection and mindfulness keep her motivated and focused on making the most positive impact possible for our community.


Michael LeFlore has worked in Human Services for over 20 years. His experiences include Case Management, Youth Development Manager, and Program Coordinator for Youth and After-school Programs. He has worked for the Cities of Gilbert, Tempe and Phoenix and was awarded the National After-school Hero Award.


Rachelle Phillips is a graduate from Arizona State University with a BS in Diet & Nutrition. She is passionate about helping others and volunteer frequently at Feed My Starving Children and has held an internship at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. She feels that all people should feel as if their possibilities are limitless…because they are. Her joy comes from helping others seeing this and to know they are capable.