Naketa Ross, Executive Director
Naketa Ross is the epitome of resilience. She founded our researched based, trauma informed program to assist young adults in preparing to age out of foster care. She moved to Arizona after studying Psychology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Upon moving to Arizona, Naketa began working with marginalized youth as an advocate and empower them to make healthy decisions. It is during her work with the youth that Naketa realized the gap in services provided for youth leaving foster care ages 15-21. This inspired her to start ResilientMe to fill the void left by legislators and organizations.
Mary L. Bankhead Sheets
Mary L. Bankhead Sheets is Fiscal Specialist with Thunderbird School of Global Management Executive Education and Counseling Faculty with South Mountain Community College. Previously, Mary was the Operations and Finance Manager for the University Innovation Alliance where she focused on streamlining operational procedures, processes, and finances with the goals operational efficiency and excellence. A life-long education and youth advocate, Mary has worked with the Galena Interior Learning Academy, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Hartford, Arizona State University, and with foster youth through Tumbleweed and UMOM New Day Centers. Mary enjoys serving the community through her sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho, and the Junior League of Phoenix. She enjoys relishing the moments and making memories with her husband, Jacob, daughter, Adelaide, and two cats, Fred and Killface.
B.S. - Graphic Design, Indiana State University
M.S. - College Student Affairs, Eastern Illinois University
M.A. - Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Northern Arizona University
Cert. - Instructional Design and Performance Improvement, Arizona State University
As President and CEO of The Foundation for Senior Living (FSL), Tom has oversight for health and development projects offering the most personalized and caring services for families of all ages. He is the current Board President of the Organization of Nonprofit Executives,
Sara C. Mayer
Sara Mayer has been a licensed foster parent for two years to a teen daughter through Casey Family Programs. She has served on a Foster Care Review board and is a strong advocate for youth experiencing foster care and trauma. Sara has served as the President of various non-profits boards . Professionally, she serves as the Director of Operations for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for four chapters in the Southwest.
Maren and her husband Eric are licensed foster parents who are lucky enough to be in the process of adopting two amazing children, Zach, who is 3, and London, who is 18 months. Prior to becoming licensed as a foster parent, Maren mentored a teen girl in the foster system for four years. Professionally, Maren Mahoney manages EPIC, an energy policy think tank based in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University. As part of her work for EPIC, Maren conducts legal and regulatory analysis on transformative energy policies for state, county and local governments. She graduated from New York Law School in 2005 and holds active state bar membership in both New York and Arizona. She obtained a Master’s degree from ASU’s School of Sustainability in 2011, where she co-founded The Sustainability Review online magazine and workshop. Previously, Maren was a litigator in New York. She believes that through significant policy improvements, community support, and individual skill building, every child can have the opportunity to be experience a joyful childhood, and to define and achieve their own success as an adult.
Semaj T Funderburg
Semaj T Funderburg is the mother of 12 year old twin daughters. She currently works in Human Resources as a Classification and Compensation Analyst for the State of Arizona Department of Child Safety. Prior to coming to Arizona in 2016, she worked as an Administrative Coordinator at the University of Chicago Hospital. Semaj graduated in 2014 from DeVry University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Human Resources.
Board of Directors.
Todd Belfer is Managing Partner of Canal Partners.
He was a founder of the successful Japanese restaurant chain RA, Additionally, Mr. Belfer serves on the Board of Directors for Omedix, Deal Current Network, Limos.com, ClickDimensions, and Sauce Pizza & Wine.
As'ad V. Bahbah
As'ad V. Bahbah. Bahbah is an Account Vice President, Financial Advisor, and Portfolio Manager at UBS Financial Services who has been in the financial services industry since 2010. Prior to his career in the financial services industry, he attended the University of Arizona where he received his degree in marketing Cum Laude. When not working, he enjoys watching and playing sports, spending times with friends and family, and volunteering his time as a board member of ResilientMe.
Allyson Leahy is relatively new to the Phoenix area coming from Rochester NY. Currently she holds a Senior Underwriter position at a major financial institution. She has a degree in Communications and has honed her skills in staff development, training, communication, business and financial analysis, project management and risk identification in her 12 years in the finance and mortgage industry. She has a strong passion and commitment for community outreach and has been involved with organizations dedicated to helping empower women and children, including Dress for Success, Junior Achievement and the the Junior League. Most recently, she serves as a Treasurer for the Junior League and is excited for the opportunity to be able to work with youth and to provide them with the support and tools necessary to navigate life's challenges.