Our Leadership

We have 100+ years of leadership experience.

The Solari Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team are dedicated to empowering others in their transformation from hope to health. That also means creating an environment where our staff is empowered to use their skills and talents to help others. 

We put our decades of experience in crisis and human services to work creating comforting and supportive processes and data-driven programs that guide people to live healthier lives.

 

Board of Directors

James E. McDougall

Attorney, Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold, LLP

Chair

Michael Horn

Commander, Tempe Police

Vice Chair

Dean Pedrotti

Captain, Phoenix Fire Department (Retired)

Secretary

Zaida Zavitz

Financial Controller, McDonald's USA, LLC (Retired)

Treasurer

Michael Shore

President and CEO, HOM, Inc.

Member

Dennis Bourgeois

EVP Regional Sales Manager Consumer Banking, UMB Bank (Retired)

Member

Jim Balman

Technology Executive (Retired)

Member

April Dickerson

CEO, Recovery Empowerment Network

Member

Troy Lauterbach

Senior VP of Energy Systems, First Solar

Member

Marcus Johnson

Vitalyst Health Foundation

Member

Neal Thomas

President and CEO, ComTrans

Member

Anna Maria Maldonado

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Phoenix International Consultants

Member

Chief Executive Leadership

Justin Chase, LMSW, CPHQ, FACHE

President and CEO

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Justin is a nationally recognized subject matter expert in crisis systems, recovery-oriented systems of care, peer integration, non-profit organizational leadership and development. His expertise also includes developing sustainable, effective and efficient healthcare programs and systems. He has served as a behavioral health administrator, executive, network/program developer, direct practitioner and project manager within the public behavioral health and child welfare system for more than 15 years. 

 

Justin earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Social Work from Arizona State University and holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. Justin is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of Arizona, Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, Certified Six Sigma Green Belt, Certified Peer Support Specialist in the State of Arizona, Certified Crisis Interventionist by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and a Fellow with the National Center for Crisis Management and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Justin also serves on the International Council for Helplines Board of Directors. 

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Andrew Erwin, ESQ

Chief Operating Officer

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Andrew is responsible for day-to-day business operations of Solari’s Community Support and Crisis Response Network services, including the contact center. Andrew is a licensed attorney and prior to joining team Solari, he practiced in the areas of mental health, guardianship, conservatorship and probate. 

Andrew graduated with honors from the University of California Los Angeles where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law with a certificate in Family Law and Social Justice. Andrew was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 2008 and is certified in healthcare compliance by the Health Care Compliance Association. Additionally, Andrew is a member of the Elder Law, Mental Health and Special Needs (ELMHSN) Section of the State Bar of Arizona. Finally, Andrew has served as the Co-Chair of the American Association of Suicidology’s Crisis Services Committee Since 2018.

Andrew and his partner Shannon have three children Amelie, Abigail and Benjamin. They have five chickens and a dog, Obi. Andrew and his family are huge soccer fans and are members of Phoenix Rising supporter section. The family loves camping in Northern Arizona and taking trips to Southern California beaches every summer.

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Monica Synder, MBA

Chief Administrative Officer

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Monica is responsible for the leadership and oversight of Solari’s administrative functions including Human Resources, Quality Management, Compliance, Facilities, Brand Development and Education. Monica has also held positions with Mercy Care, the Arizona Department of Economic Security and the Arizona Supreme Court. Accomplishments include; developing and implementing scalable business strategies, delivering innovative and flexible solutions, growing leaders by way of grass root initiatives and successfully adapting to ever changing deadlines and targets.  

Monica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Outside of work, Monica enjoys spending time with her partner, Phil of 23 years and her two amazing kiddos, Nick and M, and is a self-proclaimed musical theater junkie.

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Thomas Matenaer, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

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Tom is responsible for the oversight and leadership of Solari’s financial operations which include the finance and billing teams. He is a results-driven financial management executive with expansive experience in budgeting and financial reporting, while developing and motivating skilled teams, building business relationships and effectively interacting with stakeholders at all levels. Tom has a wealth of experience in the healthcare industry, and has worked at integrated healthcare systems, medical groups and insurance companies. He has re-engineered key workflow processes, successfully implemented new practice management systems and developed financial record keeping systems with key performance indicators.

Tom graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He is married with three adult children, an avid Green Bay Packer Football fan and enjoys hiking, golfing, and is an amateur gardener.

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Mark Griffiths

Chief Information Officer

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Mark is responsible for Solari’s information technology and business intelligence strategy and performance. Mark defines technology strategy ensuring alignment with organizational goals and patient experience. He is an award winner for customer experience, program delivery, and crisis management. Mark has vast experience transforming business operations and delivery processes through innovative digital solutions, at companies such as Kaiser Permanente, Cisco, Veritas and Verisign.

Mark graduated with honors from University of Cardiff in Wales, United Kingdom, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Systems. He also holds a Diploma of Marketing and attended the London School of Business in England. Outside of work, Mark enjoys time with his wife of 22 years Debi, rescuing Australian Shepherds and spending as much time hiking, biking and kayaking around Arizona.

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Senior Directors

Beth Brady, LAC

Sr. Director, Brand Development and Education

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Beth oversees Solari’s marketing, communications, community engagement, training and education programs. She is a dynamic leader with clinical mental health, suicide prevention, communications and employee engagement expertise. Beth was a Phoenix Business Journal Health Care Hero Finalist and ranked as one of two top Mental Health First Aid instructors in the state of Arizona.

Beth has been in the mental health field for more than 15 years. She is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC), International Council for Helplines crisis center examiner, and is trained in performing psychological autopsy investigations. Beth earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health counseling from Argosy University. She currently serves as a member of Mental Health America of Arizona’s Board of Directors. Her clinical background fuels her passion for effective communications and marketing to reduce stigma of mental illness and connect individuals to care.  

Beth and her husband Jimmy have three fur kids, Richard the pup and Sharon and Christine their two cats. They enjoy traveling, camping and golfing together. Beth also enjoys interior design, true crime documentaries and cheering on her hometown team, the Minnesota Vikings! 

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Marlo Rivera, LPC, NCC

Sr. Director, Contact Center Operations and Clinical Services

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Marlo oversees the programs of Crisis Response Network at Solari, which includes the nation’s largest non-profit crisis contact center. She oversees operational efficiencies and clinical quality with a focus on creating collaborative, high-performing teams. Marlo’s diverse experience includes call center operations, outpatient clinics and correctional settings. She has more than 15 years of supervisory experience in behavioral health settings and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Arizona and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). 

Marlo earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Western Washington University and her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Argosy University. Marlo loves football, is a Seahawks fan, and spends most of her free time boarding dogs, reading and kayaking with her husband.

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Tara Bingdazzo

Sr. Director, Eligibility and Care Services & Homeless Management Information Systems

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Tara oversees the programs of Community Support Network at Solari, which includes Serious Mental Illness (SMI) Eligibility and Care Services, 2-1-1 Arizona, Homeless Management Information Systems, MobilizeAZ and the Be Connected support line. 

Tara joined the team in 2015 to oversee the Serious Mental Illness (SMI) determination process and implement operations statewide. A significant amount of time was dedicated to traveling the state during this time to learn about the various communities and populations we would serve.  Since then, Tara has been responsible for the operational oversight of additional community support lines of business that Solari has acquired, expanding resources to continue building Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) services for all Arizonans. 

Tara has worked in public behavioral health in Maricopa County since 2004. Tara worked in direct care with the SMI population for five of those years and helped to implement one of the initial Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams. Tara worked in Quality Improvement at the Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) level in complaints, grievances and appeals, becoming well-versed in member rights. From there, Tara moved on to RBHA System of Care, where she played a vital role in integrated care implementation.

Outside of work, Tara enjoys exploring hiking opportunities around the world, being creative in the kitchen and spending time with her dogs.

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Directors

Advisory Council

Angela Harrolle

Advisory Council Member

CEO, 100 Club of Arizona

Cori Frolander

Advisory Council Member

Area Director, AZ, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Michael Schafer, PhD

Advisory Council Member

Professor, ASU, School of Social Work

William Riley, PhD

Advisory Council Member

Professor, ASU Health Care Delivery

Shana Ellis

Advisory Council Member

Executive Director, ASU Homeless Action Nexus

Candy Espino

Advisory Council Member

CEO, Arizona Council

Jessica Westmiller

Advisory Board Member

Crisis Intervention Coordinator

Josh Mozell

Advisory Council Member

Attorney, FRGA Law

Jon Ehlinger

Advisory Council Member

President, Garcia Family Foundation

Heather Carter

Advisory Council Member

Executive VP, Greater Phoenix Leadership

Lauren Lauder

Advisory Council Member

CEO, The Guidance Center

Melissa Kotrys

Advisory Council Member

CEO, Health Current

Amy Schwabenlender

Advisory Council Member

Executive Director, Human Services Campus

Sabrina Taylor

Advisory Council Member

CIT Coordinator, Phoenix PD

Bonnie Temme

Advisory Council Member

Community Relations Program Manager, SRP

Jowan Thornton

Advisory Council Member

Director of Family Services, Salvation Army

Angela Schultz

Advisory Council Member

Director of Constituent Affairs, Senator Kyrsten Sinema

Michelle Moorhead

Advisory Council Member

Executive Director, Teen Lifeline

Peggy Chase

Advisory Council Member

Terros Health

Tamara Player

Advisory Council Member

CEO, West Yavapai GC

Solari is more than our name.

We keep our mission of “Inspiring Hope” short and simple because we believe in making a difference in every way we can.

Whether it’s by running our own programs, partnering with others on their programs, or providing consulting services and technology solutions, we make services accessible to those who need them most.

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