Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family

About Us


The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family (Previously The Governor’s Office For Children, Youth and Families) has transitioned through several Administrations promoting efforts to improve the lives of all our citizens by providing resources and promoting citizen engagement.

Today the office is dedicated to achieving the vision of Governor Doug Ducey of strong, healthy and connected families.

Meet our Director!

Maria Cristina Fuentes serves as Director of the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family.

GOYFF serves vulnerable communities to help prevent and address 5 key areas: child safety, human trafficking, domestic and sexual violence, juvenile justice and substance abuse. Additionally, the office works to strengthen service and volunteerism through the AmeriCorps program and faith-based community engagement.

Previous to Ms. Fuentes appointment, she worked at Casey Family Programs, where she furthered the foundation’s mission to safely reduce the number of children in foster care and improve well-being outcomes of children and families.

Before Ms. Fuentes time at Casey Family Programs, Fuentes served six years in the Administration of President George W. Bush in the U.S. Departments of Labor and Justice. Ms. Fuentes also served in the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives working to help states across the country develop and establish their own faith-based initiatives.

To request to have Director Maria Cristina Fuentes to speak at your event click here.  


Arizona’s youth and families will become healthier, educated and more productive citizens.


We create a brighter future for youth and families by providing Arizona with programming, resources and expertise.
The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family (GOYFF) is staffed by individuals dedicated to improving the lives of all individuals in our state and our communities with each staff member having and expertise in one or more of the following issue areas:

  • Substance Abuse Prevention and Drug Education
  • Human Trafficking
  • Violence Prevention
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Faith and Community Initiatives
  • Community Service and Volunteerism
  • AmeriCorps
  • Youth Service

To achieve our mission GOYFF convenes and staffs the following Commissions, Councils, Partnerships, Task Forces and Work Groups:

  • Arizona Human Trafficking Council
  • Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission
  • Arizona Parents Commission on Drug Education and Prevention
  • Arizona Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Tool Kit Task Force
  • Arizona Substance Abuse Partnership
  • Arizona Substance Abuse Task Force
  • Council on Child Safety and Family Empowerment
  • Commission To Prevent Violence Against Women
  • Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism
  • Governor’s Youth Commission
  • Substance Abuse Epidemiology Work Group
Contact Information & Staff Listing

Maria Cristina Fuentes

Director, Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith Family

Tonya Hamilton

Deputy Director for Grant Management

Malcolm Hightower

Deputy Director for Community Engagement

Dawna Allington

Program Administrator


Annette McGuern Brada

Executive Assistant


Rebecca Chesley

Program Administrator


Randy George 

AmeriCorps Training Specialist


Terrilyn Miller

Faith and Community Initiatives, Director


Alexandra O'Hannon

Program Administrator
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Steve Selover

Program Administrator

Shelley Baudean

Program Administrator - ASPIRE


Samuel Burba

Communications Director


Diane Dudley

AmeriCorps Program Administrator


Nikki Green

Program Administrator


Sarah Mondragon

Administrative Assistant


Sonya Pierce-Johnson

Program Administrator


Bob Shogren

AmeriCorps, Director