Our dedicated and passionate staff, supported by our Board of Directors, at FIBCO Family Services, Inc. is committed to making a positive impact in the lives of those we serve. With a shared vision of empowering and transforming individuals and families, our team brings a wealth of experience, compassion, and expertise to our programs and services. From our Executive Director to our administrative staff and volunteers, each member of our team plays a vital role in ensuring that our mission of providing knowledge, skills, and support is carried out with excellence.Together, we strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where individuals and families can find the resources and opportunities they need to thrive.
Dr. Warren Stewart Sr
Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr. is a revered Senior Pastor at the First Institutional Baptist Church of Phoenix where he has been faithfully serving the church since July 1, 1977. Throughout his career, Dr. Stewart has received numerous accolades and awards for his significant contributions to the community. He is an inspiration, embodying the values of faith, community service, and social justice. His transformative impact on individuals and communities is a testament to his unwavering commitment to empower and uplift others.
Cynthia Brown retired from the City of Phoenix after a 36 year career where she served as a Deputy Parks Director overseeing numerous community center and division operations. She has served as liaison to community boards, neighborhood groups, non-profit organizations, and city council. In addition to FIBCO, Cynthia also serves on the Board of Directors for the Park Promenade Homeowners Association. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from Arizona State University and an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.
Christa Saddler is an accomplished Registered Nurse graduating summa cum laude from Arizona State University. She is the current lead of the Women’s Ministry at First Institutional Baptist Church. A black historic church that boldly advocates for the mistreated and disenfranchised, saved and lost, to bring healing to its community and to the world. She now attends Gateway Seminary and is currently pursuing a teaching certificate, at a mastery level.
Shareé Hurts, Program Manager of Strategic Partnerships at APS, collaborates with community partners to develop and implement programs benefiting Arizonans. She has spent a decade in the healthcare industry specializing in project management, proposal development, and organizational governance. Shareé teaches at the Storytelling Institute and is known for her advocacy and storytelling skills. She serves on the boards of FIBCO Family Services, Earn to Learn, and the Phoenix Metro Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.
Tracee Hall has extensive experience in DEI training, executive leadership, and public administration. As the Assistance Director for the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Dept,, she revitalizes neighborhoods through parks and programming. With a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Public Administration, Tracee combines 20 years of program management expertise with a focus on strategic planning and employee development. Her role includes managing relationships and contracts with non-profit and for-profit businesses for city-owned facilities.
Norman E. Lansden Jr
Norman E. Lansden, Jr. is a retired Equal Opportunity Specialist from the City of Phoenix, where he focused on small, minority, and women business enterprises. He also served as a liaison to the Mayor's Commission on Disability Issues and as Director of the Governor's Office of Affirmative Action during Governor Bruce Babbitt's administration. Norman holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters from the University of Missouri, Columbia, as well as a Masters in Public Administration from Arizona State University.
Keenan has over a decade of corporate finance experience spanning the semiconductor, banking, and hospitality industries. Skills ranging from project management & financial management to business strategy. Keenan is a proud father of 4, Annie (9), Christian (6), Isai (5), and Emerie (4). In his “spare time” he teaches Sunday School at First Institutional Baptist Church, enjoys cooking and baking, and doing whatever Dad stuff that needs to get done.
Ernest H. Urquhart
Ernest H. Urquhart, known as Ernie, serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors at FIBCO Family Services, Inc. With a successful corporate career spanning four decades in industries such as technology, publishing, and healthcare, Ernie retired as a Human Resources executive. He is deeply committed to community engagement, not only through FIBCO and his church, FIBC, but also as the co-founder and President of the Urquhart Memorial Foundation, which annually awards scholarships to African American students from Ernie's native Philadelphia, PA
Akilah Stewart started her career in 2006 at the AZ DCS, progressing from a direct case manager to becoming an In-Home Program Manager. Mrs. Stewart also co-chaired the African American Kids in Care Disparity group, consulting on cases to promote child safety using the least restrictive methods. She holds a Certified Public Manager Program certification from Arizona State University and a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion certificate from Cornell University. Since April 2023, Mrs. Stewart has been the Executive Director of FIBCO Family Services, dedicated to expanding and sustaining programs that address community needs and align with the organization's mission.
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