Welcome to our Staff page where you will find some of the individuals that make Cortney’s Place a success!

Timothy Bolen

Chief Executive Officer

Please join me in welcoming Timothy Bolen as our newest team member who is taking on the Chief Executive Officer position as of August 1st.  He brings a wealth of experience working with the intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) community. As CEO he will be aggressively working to enhance visibility, awareness, and new marketing opportunities. In addition, Tim will aim to expand community partnerships, grants, and promote emotional messages to increase additional large funding by means of corporate involvement and annual give.

Tim comes to us after serving six years with Best Buddies International, the largest nonprofit organization promoting social inclusion and self-advocacy for the IDD population. He served as State Director managing 50 school chapters with over 2,700 students and 11,000 family members and managed event fundraising while adding three new events to promote awareness and inclusion. In addition, he worked diligently to obtain several IDD individuals employment at corporate locations such as Coldstone Creamery, Silicon Valley Bank and Ironwood Wealth Management. He also managed Government Relations, Sponsorships, Corporate and Foundation Grants, and his specialty, cultivating strong relationships for long-term support.

Tim has two family members with IDD (one that passed in 2005) so Cortney’s Place hits home for him. He prides himself on his love for all human beings and his communication and believes that through love, dedication, and hard work anything is possible.


Samantha Mason

Development Director

Samantha Mason, Development Director hired Monday, January 02, 2018. Samantha comes with eight years of development experience and working closely with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Samantha previously worked at Best Buddies International where she was the Deputy Director of Development for five years. While in this position she introduced the Friendship Walk making Arizona the first state office besides the International office to roll-out the walk. The event was such a success that it allowed her to help launch the walk on a National Platform. Samantha ended her time with Best Buddies being one of the top walks in the nation. She also introduced multiple new events that included a Golf Tournament Time to Shine, which is a talent and art show put on by individuals with IDD. Samantha created Camp EKS, a weekend camping trip with two fellow partners that worked with the IDD population. She also created and managed the Young Leader’s Council (CORE). Her innovative, think outside of the box mentality pioneered many opportunities for Best Buddies International and the IDD population.

Samantha has a personal connection with the IDD population having a cousin with Down Syndrome and being a part of this amazing movement for the IDD community.


chasidygray8887-2Chasidy Gray

Executive Director

Chasidy Gray joined the Cortney’s Place team with 20 years of non-profit industry experience. In the most recent years, Chasidy held the position as Executive Director of Early Childhood Education and Out-of-School-Time Programs for the Valley of the Sun YMCA, Corporate Office.

Over her career she has succeeded with strong administration and continually successful program development achievements. Chasidy worked as the direct contact to the Arizona Department of Health Services; OCCL and Department of Economic Security; CCA. Year-round National and State Legislative involvement incorporated with her YMCA Public Policy work lead to be successful when she was invited to participate in the Rules/Regulations Review Committee. She was honored to work with the highest level of individuals to revisit and rewrite the State Licensing Regulations for the first time in two decades.

Some of Chasidy’s recent volunteer offices include: Arizona Character Education Foundation; Board of Directors, Glendale/Peoria Family YMCA; Board of Managers, Arizona Center for Excellence in After School; Board of Directors, Arizona Department of Economic Security; Advisory Council Member, Arizona Child Care Association; Member and National Farm Workers Service Center; SSP Advisory Council Member.

Chasidy grew up in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, staying close with family and friends still in the islands. Chasidy’s pride and joy is her son, Chase who is a senior at Sunrise Mountain High School. Chase is in the Fire Science Program and plans to become a Firefighter upon graduation. The Grays are members of Christ’s Church of the Valley.


Alyssa Duran

Program Supervisor 

Alyssa has a passion for helping others and has been working in the IDD field for 4 years. During High School she volunteered with Best Buddies. This led her to pursue work with a local HCBS provider before coming to Cortney’s Place. Alyssa is a volunteer with Feed the Need and is committed to dedicating time with the homeless community. Her 2 cats, Mufasa and Maryjane are her babies.

Working at Cortney’s Place is an incredibly rewarding experience for Alyssa.  Her commitment is to change the lives of others and make a difference, one smile at a time.


Kelly Murtha

Program Manager  

Kelly grew up in Ohio and has a family with 5 siblings. She is a graduate of Columbus State Community College majoring in English. Kelly and her husband, David moved to the Valley of the Sun 5 years ago. Reading, writing and practicing yoga are a few of the ways she likes to spend her free time.

Kelly feels that Cortney’s Place is inspirational, where everyone is a part of a family, a truly dedicated team. Her immediate connection with the students of Cortney’s Place was a realization that this is where she wants to be.


Jarrod Domon

Director Support Provider  

Jarrod comes to Cortney’s Place with ten years of experience working with special needs students at Rim High School and California State University.   His experience is supported with an education from Eastern Washington University with an emphasis as a Clinical Support Clinician. During this time Jarrod volunteered at a Domestic Violence Shelter as a counselor.  He also volunteered as a dog walker at the Inland Empire Dog Shelter as well as working as group counselor for children at the National Stuttering Association.

Jarrod comes from a family of 7 including an identical twin.  Some of his passions and hobbies include hiking, running and watching football.

Jarrod is fluent in Sign Language and has a passion for serving the IDD community.  His ultimate goal would be to open up his own Day Program to give back to the community and grow as a person. Jarrod and his fiancé, Kim are currently planning their wedding which they will share with family and friends this fall.


Daniel Acuna

Director Support Provider

Daniel and his wife Ruth have 2 children, Rebecca and Danny. Originally from California, they moved to Arizona in 2008.  Daniel worked as a powder coat painter and after a few years realized he wanted a change and that change including helping others.

Daniel has been with the students of Cortney’s Place for 4 years.  The positive environment is what drew him in and keeps him motivated to continue providing the necessary Direct Supports needed.   Daniel is bilingual in Spanish and provides the important connection with our Spanish community members at Cortney’s Place.

Some of Daniels hobbies include biking, hiking and working with and on electronic audio equipment.   His future goals include owning a business to provide services as an ‘all-around handyman’ since he enjoys working with his hands by fixing and building things.


Emiliano Guerrero

Director Support Provider

Emiliano relocated from the cold winters in Wisconsin to Arizona in 2012. He loves traveling to new places with his partner, Roger and their 2 Chihuahuas, Mimi and Fatty.  Emiliano has a CNA and Care Giver license that support his direct experience in the field of disabilities.

He comes to Cortney’s Place with 20 plus years of experience working with the IDD community and feels lucky to be a part of such a loving and caring program.  He would love to learn the art of cooking in order to share that talent with others.

On weekends, Emiliano volunteers at the Joshua Tree in the Community Food Pantry and the 7th Street Food Pantry and Outreach. He is also a member of the Community Church of Hope.

In 2017, Emiliano was presented the Cortney’s Place Founders Award for showing his genuine love and heart for the students and families of Cortney’s Place.


Jackie Cruz

Director Support Provider

Jackie has a background working with both the IDD and Behavioral Health communities. As well as her work with Cortney’s Place, she also works with children who are affected by relocation from their family homes to group homes.  Jackie’s commitment to serving others has been recognized with a Team Leadership Award.

Her daughter Janice is 10 years old and their family is soon welcoming a new baby. Jackie will be a mom for the second time this June. The first visit to Cortney’s Place felt very family oriented and she knew she wanted to be a part of the family. Being here gives Jackie the feeling of peace and contentment.

Jackie would like to earn her degree as an allied health professional and pursue a career in the medical field as an Ultrasound Technician. She loves spending time with her family and playing board games for fun.


Shanika Brown

Director Support Provider

Shanika has 18 years of experience working with adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. For 10 years, she has been the primary caregiver for her grandmother while raising 7 beautiful children. Chad, Creg, Caleb, Tihanna, Jaedynn, Jaliyah and Jassiah make her a very proud mother.  Her family loves to travel.

Shanika’s work experience includes Angel’s Ministry, assisting patients with Alzheimer’s and providing both Home Care and Respite for Ability360. As her children were younger she volunteered for Head Start and the Student Council. She also volunteers at church packing and distributing food boxes.

She recently graduated with a certificate as a Medical Assistant Technician. Her long-term goal is to own a Group Home and provide excellent care and exceed expectations for others.


Jasmine Rodriguez

Director Support Provider

Jasmine is an AZ girl, born and raised locally. She has a younger brother, Alfred who suffers from seizures and her cousin, Jesai was born with only one lung. Jasmine stays with Jesai while she spends long periods in the hospital and feels this is the reason she works at Cortney’s Place. Jasmine loves to help others and working with IDD adults comes naturally to her.

Each student is unique and special; Jasmine is the first person to share individual successes with her co-workers and the families of the students. Being a part of Cortney’s Place is inspiring to Jasmine and she loves her job.

Jasmine also volunteers at Gospel Light Baptist Church and House of Refuge Donation Center.


Lucia Jimez-Gomez 

Director Support Provider

 Lucia recently moved to Phoenix from Northern Arizona where she worked at a DTA for adults with Autism. Her work included horse therapy which she found to be very empowering and emotionally rewarding to the clients.  Lucia came to Cortney’s Place to help those with physical and intellectual disabilities reach their goals to be more independent, focus on their wants and needs for a brighter future. She enjoys helping each student to learn more while having fun in their lives.

Lucia enjoys hiking, reading, watching movies and drawing. She has completed her pre-requisites for nursing and looks forward to what the future will bring once she graduates.




Denise Dombrow

Director Support Provider






Sabrina Garcia

Director Support Provider