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 (GOYFF) is a cabinet level agency that administers state and federal grant programs and engages stakeholders across all sectors throughout the state to improve services and service delivery to our citizens. Through a trauma-informed lens, GOYFF develops programs, coalitions, strategies, and initiatives to support Governor Doug Ducey's priorities related to substance abuse, human trafficking, sexual & domestic violence, child well-being, and juvenile justice. GOYFF also serves as the Governor’s faith-based office and administers the state’s AmeriCorps program. As part of our work, GOYFF staffs and convenes eight of the Governor’s councils and commissions.


1) The Arizona Substance Abuse Partnership 

2) The Arizona Human Trafficking Council 

3) The Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission 

4) The Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women 

5) The Arizona Parents Commission on Drug Education and Prevention 

6) The Governor's Youth Commission 

7) The Council on Child Safety and Family Empowerment 

8) The Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism 


Strengthen the health and safety of Arizona's communities through collaboration and capacity building across the state. 


Develop and implement programs, strategies, and initiatives to strengthen the continuum of services in communities through partnerships with community, faith, private, public, and tribal partners. 

Director Maria Cristina Fuentes

Maria Cristina Fuentes was appointed as Director of the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family (GOYFF) by Governor Doug Ducey in November 2017.

Previous to Ms. Fuentes' appointment, she served six years in the Administration of President George W. Bush in the U.S. Departments of Labor and Justice. 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.

After her time in Washington D.C., Fuentes 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.

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

Executive Summary

The Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family's Strategic Plan reflects goals to be accomplished in five key areas: 

Goal 1: Integrate continuous quality improvement into agency operations.

Goal 2: Optimize grant management through standardization of protocols and processes.

Goal 3: Strengthen relationships and programs with key stakeholders including state agencies, local governments, Tribal Nations and communities, faith and community-based organizations, philanthropy, and other service providers. 

Goal 4: Enhance GOYFF staff productivity and service delivery through shared accountability

Goal 5: Transform Arizona’s agencies and partners into a trauma-informed and family-focused service delivery system. 

Tribal Consultation Policy

Pursuant to A.R.S. 41-2051, each state agency shall develop and implement tribal consultation policies to guide the agency's work and interaction with the tribal nations of this state. This policy establishes basic principles for the business relationship between the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family (GOYFF) and the Tribal Governments in the State of Arizona. 

PDF icon GOYFF Tribal Consultation Policy

Volunteer Grant Reviewer Application

The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family is seeking applicants who want to serve as volunteer grant reviewers on our behalf. Grant reviewers are responsible for providing constructive feedback and assessment on current and future grant applications submitted to this office. This opportunity provides individuals with invaluable experience in the grant writing process that can be utilized in a wide variety of fields in both the private and public sector. Ultimately, successful applicants will have the chance to help bring resources to the state to enrich the lives of everyday Arizonans.

If interested, please fill out the application

Contact Information & Staff Listing

Maria Cristina Fuentes

Director, Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family

Tonya Hamilton

Deputy Director for Grant Management
[email protected]


Malcolm Hightower

Deputy Director for Community Engagement
[email protected]


Kristin Sorensen

Director of Communications
[email protected]

Alfreda Moore

Program Administrator 
[email protected] 

Cecilia Fernandez

Program Administrator 
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Emily Uline-Olmstead

Program Administrator 
[email protected]

Gaelyn Davis 

Executive Assistant 
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Kim Brooks 

AmeriCorps Program Administrator
[email protected]

Marina Montemayor

Domestic Violence Prevention AmeriCorps VISTA
[email protected]

Michael Trailor

Homelessness Manager
[email protected]

Nikki Green

Director of Youth and Community Initiatives
[email protected]

Randy George 

AmeriCorps Training Specialist  
[email protected]

Sonya Pierce-Johnson

Program Administrator 
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Steve Selover

Program Administrator
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Terrilyn Miller

Director of Faith and Community Initiatives
[email protected]

Annette McGuern Brada

Executive Assistant
[email protected]

Courtni Tran

AmeriCorps VISTA Team Leader 
[email protected]

Emily P. Litchfield 

Director of AmeriCorps/Service & Volunteerism 
[email protected]

Julian Lopez 

Service Enterprise AmeriCorps VISTA
[email protected]

Leona Morales

Program Administrator
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Meredith Briere

AmeriCorps Program Administrator
[email protected]

Michelle Funches

AmeriCorps VISTA
[email protected]

Olivia Christiani

Communication Specialist
[email protected]

Rebecca Norton

Child Safety & Family Empowerment AmeriCorps VISTA
[email protected]

Stephanie Di Verde

Human Trafficking Prevention AmeriCorps VISTA
[email protected]

Susan Alameda

Partnership for Success Project Director &
Substance Abuse Initiatives Manager
[email protected]