Survivor Support

What’s more, we help burn survivors reclaim their identity and dignity. We believe each burn survivor is more than the sum of their scars, and that our work is instrumental to their holistic recovery.

In 1991, we launched our inaugural Camp Courage. A decade later, we opened our first Forever Courage House to provide housing support to survivors’ families while in recovery at the hospital. In March 2015, we moved to our current location at 1432 N. 7th Street in Phoenix, Arizona.

Officers

Christopher Lutes, Board Chair

Shareholder, BeachFleischman

Jason Nelson, Secretary

Burn Survivor

Suzette Doody, Treasurer

Attorney

Directors

Diana Fischer (2023)

Director of Marketing Operations
Encompass Health
Rehabilitation Hospitals

Shelly Jamison (2021)

Assistant Chief
Phoenix Fire Department, Technology Division

Peter Pascu (2021*)

Executive Vice President
DWL Architects + Planners

Tom Aulman (2023)

Owner- Safety Supply Resources
(traffic control services)
Real Estate development with 48 Real Estate

Dr. Lourdes Castanon, MD, FACS (2023)

Burn Medical Director
Trauma, Critical Care, Burns and Emergency Surgery
Banner University Medical Center Tucson

Diane Kreisheimer Caruso (2021)

Nurse Practice Consultant
Arizona State Board of Nursing

Pat Andler (2022)

Business Owner
Fire Investigator

Jessica Fotinos (2022)

General Counsel/PIO
Clerk of Superior Court for Maricopa County

Kevin Ghaswala (2022*)

Mktg. Manager
Forever Living Products

Kevin N. Foster, MD, FACS (Burn Liaison)

Chief of Burn Services
Arizona Burn Center at Valleywise

Jon Salmen (2024)

President
Kiewit Fire Sprinkler Group

Mike Carsten (2024)

Assistant Fire Chief
Tucson Fire Department

Rob McDade (2024)

PIO
Phoenix Fire Department

Staff

Rex Albright

CEO

Rex has been a nonprofit leader for 19 years and CEO of Arizona Burn Foundation since 2019. During his career, he has been CEO of Chambers of Commerce in Northern California, where he developed community-wide strategies for growth and development. The desire to serve led him next to Arizona and the Dignity Health East Valley Foundation, where he created a dynamic stroke support program that was of great benefit to families in their time of need.

 

Most recently, Rex was with the Phoenix Symphony as a Senior Major Gift Officer, working to expand fundraising initiatives to serve the community outreach programs of the Symphony that impact education, health, and wellness. In his current role, Rex works with the Board, staff and community to expand the reach of the Arizona Burn Foundation, which allows us to better serve our mission and those that we impact.

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Mik Milem

Chief Operations Officer

Mik joined the Foundation in 2014 as Chief Operations Officer. Prior, he spent years managing and developing programs and staff at Grand Canyon University, private Christian schools, and local churches. In his career, Mik has been instrumental in developing new key programs to further the mission of nonprofit organizations, and his entrepreneurial spirit has increased the capacity of those organizations greatly.

 

At Arizona Burn Foundation, his strength lies in building bridges between community organizations and the Foundation, developing new programs to further the reach of the Foundation, and developing staff members to reach their potential. In addition, Mik supports efforts instrumental to securing grants and hosting major events.

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Kelsey Stryker, MSW

Social Worker

Kelsey received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. Kelsey spent the first 8 years of her career working with families experiencing homelessness at UMOM New Day Centers.

 

While pursuing her master’s degree, Kelsey worked with the City of Phoenix Housing Department as a caseworker for individuals and families living in public housing. From there, Kelsey transitioned to the Washington School District to help elementary children achieve emotional and educational success. Kelsey is passionate about working alongside individuals and families in accomplishing their goals.

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Erika Mendoza

Client Care Services Manager

Erika joined the Arizona Burn Foundation as of September 2021. As a burn survivor of 24 years, she has been heavily involved in supporting burn survivors for over 11 years and has developed a strong passion for strengthening and making an impact within the burn survivor community.

Graduating from the University of Arizona in 2015, Erika obtained her Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Development. Shortly after she pursued and earned her Master of Science in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University in 2017.

For the past 6 years Erika has been a part of working within the non-profit realm and she is excited to be a part of an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life of burn survivors within her home state, Arizona.

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Krystin Bridges

Programs Manager: Education and Prevention Education

Krystin joined the Arizona Burn Foundation in July 2019 as the Community Outreach Education and Prevention Manager. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Arizona State University and taught fourth grade in the Mesa Public School District for five years.

 

She was employed by the Food Drive Department at St. Mary’s Food Bank for a year before transitioning to the Arizona Burn Foundation. She is passionate about youth education, especially when it comes to keeping children safe.

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Marissa Fabel

Programs Manager: Camps and Retreats

Marissa joined Arizona Burn Foundation in May 2016. Prior to joining the Foundation, Marissa worked within the national service community, both as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and as a coordinator of a VISTA program. Through these experiences, she discovered a passion for working in the nonprofit sector to strengthen communities and individuals.

 

In moving to the Arizona Burn Foundation, Marissa supports the Foundation’s work in helping survivors thrive within their communities.

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CatherSebesta

Director of Development and Communications

Catherine joined the Arizona Burn Foundation in September 2019 as the Development Manager. She received her master’s degree in English from Northern Arizona University. She has experience in engaging philanthropists through major gift recruitment, cultivation, and stewardship, as well as special events. When Catherine is not in the office, she cherishes time with her family, friends and being outdoors with her three dogs.

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Theresa Wilkinson

Development Associate/Office Manager

Theresa joined the Arizona Burn Foundation in August 2019 after graduating from the W.P.C. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in May 2019 with a Bachelors in Business Management. She grew up volunteering with nonprofits in the East Valley and developed a passion for helping others. This led to her desire to enter the nonprofit sector upon finishing her degree. She loves improving the Foundation’s operations while supporting its mission: prevent, survive, and thrive.

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