Southwest Human Development elects new board chair, welcomes four new board members

Southwest Human Development is pleased to announce the election of Julie Shaw as the agency’s new board chair and the election of four new members to its Board of Directors.

Southwest Human Development’s Board of Directors has elected Julie Shaw as its 2021-2023 chair. Shaw has served as a board member since 2017 as part of numerous committees of the board, including the Finance Committee and Fund Development Committee. Shaw, the Chief Financial Officer of Valley Perinatal Services, brings a wealth of financial, budgeting and analytical experience to her new role as board chair.

“We are thrilled to have Julie serve as our new board chair,” said Ginger Ward, chief executive officer of Southwest Human Development. “Julie has been an incredible part of our Southwest Human Development team over the years and I am confident that her leadership will help further our agency’s growth and positive impact on Arizona’s children and families.”

The agency also welcomes four new board members, including Isaiah Wilson II, Peter Kolesar, Mary-Sara Jones and Cathleen Walker.

Isaiah Wilson II joins the board as the Head Start Policy Council Representative. Wilson is an Associate Attorney at Kutak Rock LLP, where he focuses his practice on intellectual property protection, technology law and general corporate transactions.

Mary-Sara Jones joins the board as a member of the Board Development & Governance Committee and the Advocacy Ad-Hoc Committee. A Business Development Leader at Amazon Web Services, Jones has over 20 years of experience in Health and Human Services.

Peter Kolesar joins the board as a member of the Fund Development Ad-Hoc Committee. Kolesar works in sales at Kolesar Insurance.

Cathleen Walker joins the board as a member of the Finance Committee and Advocacy Ad-Hoc Committee. Walker is the Regional President and Head of Corporate Banking at PNC Bank.

Learn more about our Southwest Human Development leadership team at