Our Team

Leadership Team

Christopher Tiffany, Executive Director – Habla Español
Chris came to Raising Special Kids from the public school system in central Phoenix where he was a dedicated Special Education teacher and facilitator. Chris and his wife, Paulina, are parents to their only son who was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. Bringing his knowledge of Special Education as an educator and as a parent, Chris is dedicated to the mission of supporting families who are raising children, of all ages, with special needs.

Janna Murrell, Assistant Executive Director
Janna Murrell became a volunteer with Raising Special Kids in 1998, after experiencing firsthand the value of Parent to Parent support when her son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. After working with families in the nonprofit arena for 12 years Janna joined the staff at Raising Special Kids in 2008 and has worn several hats; Family Support Specialist, Director of Family Support and Education and now Assistant Executive Director.

Janna is a Credentialed Peer Parent Support Partner; and BHT, Certified Trainer of the ASQ 3 and ASQ se, Accredited Provider of Level 4 Group Stepping Stones Triple P, Certified Trainer for Serving on Groups That Make Decisions and Certified completion of the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support.

Anna Burgmann, Office Manager
Anna joined Raising Special Kids as the office receptionist in 2010. She enjoys working closely with all staff assisting with daily office functions. She is very proud to work with Raising Special Kids and feels rewarded by the important assistance and encouragement provided to families who desperately need it.

Anna has been married for more than 35 years to her high school sweetheart and is mom to one adult son and two sweet dogs.

Neil Wintle, Director of Operations
Neil joined Raising Special Kids in 2011. Neil’s previous work experience includes operations management, database administration, and marketing consultation. Neil also has extensive experience in client relations and training.

Neil is the father of two. When Neil’s youngest son was born four months early, his family began a 108-day journey through the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). During this time, Neil’s oldest child began to struggle in school and was eventually diagnosed with Dyslexia and ADHD. As a result of his family’s experience, Neil has a passion for supporting NICU families and those with learning disabilities.

Wendi Scharnhorst, Director of Project Development
Wendi has a passion for supporting and educating families and professionals when it comes to children with special health care needs. She has facilitated hundreds of workshops and trusts that families can make the best decisions for themselves and their children. She recognizes that raising children can be difficult, but believes the more educated we are, the better the outcomes are for our children. Wendi has three teenagers of her own, two of whom have special health care needs.


Chris Ames, Human Resources Administrator

Andrea Anderson, Family Support Specialist – Habla Español

Michelle Barr, Family Support Specialist

Trudy Billy, Director of Outreach and Tribal Programs

Brandi Clark, Early Intervention Program Administrator

Sarah Dorman, Family Support Specialist

Veronica Garcia-Benne, Family Support Specialist – Habla Español

Kathy Gray-Mangerson, Education Systems Administrator

Rachel Hanzuk, Family Support Specialist

Michelle Henretta, Family Support Specialist

Angelica Lara, Behavioral Health Program Administrator – Habla Español

Amellaly Martinez, Family Support Specialist Early Intervention – Habla Español

Maureen Mills, Communications Coordinator

Kelly Randall, Family Support Specialist

Cristina Renteria, Family Support Specialist – Habla Español

Dolores Rios, Family Support Specialist – Habla Español

Vicky Rozich, Family Support Specialist

Jessica Ruvalcaba, Administrative Assistant – Habla Español

Nannette Salasek, Healthcare Systems Administrator – Habla Español

Paulina Serna, Family Support Specialist – Habla Español

Viviana Sexton, Family Support Specialist – Habla Español

Laurie Shook, Family Support Specialist

Carolyn Sostrom, Family Support Specialist

Gloria Vidal, Family Support Specialist – Habla Español

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