Kids in Focus is a community of passionate volunteers and generous supporters who are dedicated to opening the eyes of at-risk youth to their own potential. We are committed to inspiring youth to see beyond their circumstances and create happy productive lives.

Our Board

Karen Shell
Karen ShellFounder and Executive Director
karen@kidsinfocus.org

The brainchild and driving force behind KIF, Karen has been an extremely active volunteer for kids and families in need for over 25 years. Her three-decade career as a commercial photographer has earned her industry awards and her personal work has been exhibited internationally.

Tom Waite
Tom WaiteBusiness Director and Treasurer
tom@kidsinfocus.org

Responsible for many aspects related to KIF’s business operations, with a focus on growth and stability of the organization. Founder and Chairman of Satellite Management Services, a leading provider of services to the private broadband industry for over 35 years.

Dave Mason
Dave MasonBoard Member
Manages the production of KIF exhibits. A major supporter of various projects for kids and families in need. President and CEO of McKenna Professional Imaging, a leading photo lab known for their product innovation and exceptional customer service for over 40 years.
Bernard Banahan
Bernard BanahanBoard Member
Consultant to KIF in matters of business law and accounting. As founder of Banahan Law, Bernie has served Arizona’s small business community for over 30 years.

Our Directors

Heidi Baldwin
Heidi BaldwinProgram Director
heidi@kidsinfocus.org

Oversees KIF programs, builds community partnerships and develops new opportunities to enhance the lives of the children we serve. Has over two decades of nonprofit experience creating and directing support services for families facing a wide variety of challenges. Her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology was focused on developmental/child psychology.

Christie Davis
Christie DavisDevelopment Director
christie@kidsinfocus.org

Leads KIF in building relationships with individual and corporate donors, developing fundraising marketing plans, writing and managing grant proposals and coordinating special events. Has an extensive background in fundraising and development and a degree in advertising. For over 25 years has held positions with local and national nonprofit organizations.

Anndee Rickey
Anndee RickeyEvaluation Director
anndee@kidsinfocus.org

Responsible for evaluating the impact of KIF programs by measuring mental and emotional well-being of the kids we serve. Has an MS in Psychology and 20 years experience evaluating the impact of cultural and arts engagement on individuals and communities. Is also a board member of Friends of the Tempe Center for the Arts and educator at Phoenix College.

Kim Seeley
Kim SeeleyAssistant Executive Director
kim@kidsinfocus.org

Assists the entire KIF team with organizational and strategic initiatives and also manages and coordinates volunteers. Has years of entrepreneurial experience helping large and small start-up companies grow and develop long term value. Combines a degree in Business and Communication with experience in education and passion for children.

Our Mentors

Caleb Alvarado
Caleb Alvarado
Garrett Cook
Garrett Cook
Tim Correa
Tim Correa
Deanna Dent
Deanna Dent
Michelle Figurski
Michelle Figurski
Chadwick Fowler
Chadwick Fowler
Jason Grubb
Jason Grubb
Scott Hays
Scott Hays
Chris Henderson
Chris Henderson
Christine Johnson
Christine Johnson
Claudia Johnstone
Claudia Johnstone
Colleen Katz
Colleen Katz
Bryan Kinkade
Bryan Kinkade
David Moore
David Moore
Michael Norton
Michael Norton
Zee Peralta
Zee Peralta
Keith Pitts
Keith Pitts
Geoff Reed
Geoff Reed
Kristina Reese
Kristina Reese
Jill Richards
Jill Richards
Mark Susan
Mark Susan
Franco Valentini
Franco Valentini
Karla Yazuri
Karla Yazuri