Emily Niesz is the application coordinator for the Arizona Leadership Foundation. In this role she helps families and schools with the scholarship application process. Emily will answer questions families may have with regards to eligibility and qualifications to receive funds from the Foundation. She then distributes all the applications to the processing department for their review. She also works closely with our school programs to make sure all their agreements are up to date. Emily has been working with the Foundation since May 2015. Prior to joining the team at ALF she worked as a buyer in the retail industry for a number of years, where she honed her customer service skills. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a Business Minor from Arizona State University. Emily is married with two children and she enjoys spending time with her family outdoors.
Meet Madison Archambault an 11-year-old with Cerebral Palsy and a severe developmental delay. She attends ACCEL, a school serving special needs students in the Phoenix area. The Arizona Leadership Foundation has worked with ACCEL for a number of years and we recently were on-site to be a part of the dedication of the re-opening of […]Read More
Meet Abril, a first-grade student at Immaculate Conception School in Yuma, AZ. She loves swimming and making new friends at the park. Abril enjoys gymnastics, dance classes and performing on-stage. When she grows up, she wants to be a teacher. Abril is pictured with her mom, Lorenia. Lorenia, works at the Hospice of Yuma as […]Read More
Let us introduce Ethan Saenz, who graduated last May from Dream City Christian School with a 4.5 GPA. Ethan is currently attending Grand Canyon University (GCU). Ethan received scholarships from the Arizona Leadership Foundation from Kindergarten through his senior year of high school. We at ALF are so proud that he has translated that support […]Read More
Meet the Burke Family, Kadence is in 9th grade and Jakob is in 8th grade at The Jones-Gordon School. Amanda, their mom is also a teacher at the school where she teaches the Wilson Reading System to dyslexic students and also middle school math. Their dad, Jake Sr., is a City of Phoenix Police Officer who […]Read More
Meet the Conner-Townsend Family. Robert and Dolores Conner adopted their six grandchildren so they could provide them with a fresh start and the greatest chance for success. They moved their grandchildren from Pinetop to Tucson, where the Conner’s live, so they could lead a normal life with a quality education, in a faith-based environment. The Conners, who are Catholic, wanted […]Read More
Meet Waylon, who is in first grade at the Foundation for Blind Children (FBC). Waylon has a very rare chromosome abnormality that has caused multiple disabilities including cortical visual impairment. Waylon started receiving visual therapy services from FBC when he was around a year old. When it was time to choose a preschool, the family […]Read More
Over a decade ago, Luis Jimenez played in a grade school Mariachi Band at the Arizona Leadership Foundation Scholarship Fair. Luis played the violin and sang as part of the group, he has had the quite the journey since that sunny day in Tucson. Meet our latest “Where Are They Now” Spotlight Story, Luis Jimenez […]Read More
Every year, The Arizona Leadership Foundation hosts our donors for a breakfast event in May to celebrate our Corporate Champion’s contributions to education across Arizona. This year for our 10th Anniversary, we were excited to have our event at St. Mary’s and bring ALF home to where it started. In addition to serving as our […]Read More
Meet Dani Raymond who just recently graduated from Yuma Catholic High School with an unweighted 3.96 GPA. She comes from a family of seven and is the middle child of the five siblings. Dani has been attending private school since she was in second grade with the help of scholarships from the Arizona Leadership Foundation. […]Read More
Meet the Baker family from St. Augustine Catholic High School in Tucson. Kevin Luke is currently a freshman and Olivia is finishing up her sophomore year. Originally the mom, Andrea Neale, was living in Baton Rouge, LA. Unfortunately, she was displaced during Hurricane Katrina. She decided to move to Tucson, where she had family. A […]Read More
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