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Campus Leadership

Supporting campuses daily to help students work hard, have fun and achieve their goals.

Ms. Francie Austin, M.Ed.

Executive Chairman

Throughout her educational career Francie has been committed to the students whose disabilities and behavior impeded their ability to learn.

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Mr. Martin Favis

President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Favis is a highly regarded expert within the behavioral health sector. For over 25 years, Mr. Favis has been a C-Suite executive within health care services and across various industry sectors.

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Mr. Garen Austin

President of Arizona Schools, Chief Operating Officer

Garen Austin is an Arizona native. Growing up in a household of teachers, Garen always aspired to become an educator. Garen graduated from Arizona State University, Summa Cum Laude, with …

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Ms. Christine Peter, CPA

Vice President of Finance

Ms. Christine Peter was born in San Jose, CA and raised in Redmond, Washington. She completed her Bachelors Degree in Accounting from University of Montana and continued on to receive …

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Ms. Angie Walker, PHR, SHRM-CP, CCP

Chief Human Capital Officer

Angie brings more than 20 years of HR experience to Austin Centers.

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Mr. Paul Theissen

Chief Training Officer

Paul Thiessen has been working with exceptional students for over twenty years in a multitude of settings.

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Ms. Melissa Austin Button, M.Ed.

Chief Development Officer

Melissa Austin Button’s work experience includes serving as the Chief Development Officer at Austin Centers since November 2022. Prior to her current role, she held the position of Chief Financial …

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Mr. Micheal Badger

Senior Director of IT

Driven by a passion for optimizing technological workflows and delivering exceptional customer satisfaction, Micheal continues to guide The Austin Centers towards unparalleled success in the ever-changing landscape of technology.

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Mr. Anthony Pozar, M.Ed.

Superintendent of Schools/ VP of Operations

Anthony joined Austin Centers team in August 2006. Mr. Pozar started his professional career with Austin Centers at the Peoria campus as a Junior High School and Jumpstart Vocational teacher. …

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Ms. Kristi Chua, MS, RN, BSN

Nurse Manager

Kristi has a BSN from The University of Texas at Arlington, and a MS from Arizona State University. Kristi has been a nurse for 30 years working in a variety …

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Ms. Jessica Doonan

Chief Compliance Officer

Jessica Doonan is a passionate and experienced compliance professional who has joined Austin Centers as Chief Compliance Officer.Jessica has over 10 years of experience including: VP of Compliance @ Charlie …

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Mr. Landrian F.K.H. Hinton III M.S. SLP-CCC

Director of Related Services

With over two decades of dedicated service in the field of speech-language pathology, Landrian’s professional journey has evolved to a leadership role where he now serves as the Director of …

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Mr. Devin Van Tussenbroek

Director of Buildings & Grounds

Devin is a seasoned maintenance professional with over 15 years of industry experience. He has 3 years’ experience Co-owning a custom fabrication shop, 2 years as an Electrician, 3 years …

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Ms. Kim Gorrell

Director of Transportation

Kim Gorrell attended ASU but is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. Ms. Kim comes to us with years of experience as a district transportation supervisor for Chandler USD and also experience …

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Mr. Eric Small

PBIS and Lead Training Coordinator

Mr. Eric Small has been working in special education for the last eighteen years. Sixteen of those years have been as a member with the Austin Centers. His journey at …

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Ms. Stacey MacGregor

Executive Assistant

Stacey’s an Executive Administration Specialist that has over 20+ years of experience with primary focus on supporting multiple C level executives simultaneously.     Dedicated, proactive, organized and self-sufficient professional with extensive …

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Mr. John Doran, M.Ed.

Principal, Gilbert Campus

Born and raised in Buffalo N.Y., John first gained his Bachelor’s degree in Art and pursued a career as an illustrator and portrait artist. He began his career in education …

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Mr. Andrae Holland, M.Ed.

Principal, Peoria Campus

Mr. Andrae Holland migrated to Arizona as a senior, graduating from Peoria High School. Upon earning a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and participating on the university’s football team, …

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Ms. Jessica Holschlag, M.Ed.

Principal, Paradise Valley Campus

Jessica’s innate passion for Special Education was onset during high school. During that time, she served as a peer leader working one to one with a student who had an Emotional Disability.

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Ms. Erikka Maguire, M.Ed.

Principal, Phoenix West and Littleton Campus

Erikka is an Arizona native and started her career with Austin Centers in 2013 as a Therapeutic Support Staff while obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education …

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Mr. Zach Zimmerman, M.Ed.

Principal, Tempe Campus

Zach Zimmerman started at the Austin Centers in 2007 as a therapeutic support staff and quickly developed a passion for working with students with special needs. He was the first …

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