Our Team

An Agency With Experience

We take pride in our work. We assure steps will be taken on behalf of your loved ones, to meet their fullest potential, in a safe, fun and friendly environment.

Terry Guthrie


Terry founded Guthrie Mainstream Services in 2003.
She has over thirty years experience working with the developmentally disabled in the U.S. and Canada. Her credentials range from independent provider to administering over 500 providers and families. She attended Northwest Missouri State and Drake University.
Terry loves to travel, dance, and spend time with her grandchildren.
When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are. Anything your heart desires will come to you.
- Walt Disney, Pinocchio

Matthew Guthrie


Chief Executive Officer
Ability Center
Matthew has met Ladmo and spent a day hiking the Grand Canyon. He also enjoys being his children's soccer coach and playing soccer. Matthew is from Canada and loves watching hockey games.

Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it's thinking of yourself less.
- C.S. Lewis

Anahi Salazar


Field Supervisor/Spanish Caseload
Great Center
Anahi is pronounced “Ana-ee.” She loves Perrier sparkling water, the color mint green, taking pictures of clouds and sunsets, and pinning stuff on Pinterest. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her kids and going on spontaneous road trips.

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. .
- Walt Disney

Ann Despain


Training
Great Center
Ann is more widely know as Grandma Ann from her own grandchildren as well as all children in her life. She won the Beth McDonald Woman of the Year nomination for the month of December 2013. Ann used to teach cooking classes, is an excellent seamstress and pianist. She is known for her magical rice crispy treats.

It is in giving that we receive.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Ashley Kovara


HCBS Field Supervisor
Discovery Center
Ashley is the oldest of 3 and the only girl. She enjoys singing, cooking and outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and boating.

A life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
-Albert Einstein

Ashley Low


DTA Supervisor
Great Center
Ashley loves going to Disneyland with her family.

When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true!
– Jimminy Cricket

Ashley Stockton


Administrative Assistant
Ability Center
Ashley is a self proclaimed foodie and loves discovering new restaurants with her husband. Ashley is also a mother of four children and has a degree in elementary education with an emphasis in special education. She loves iced lattes, reading, exploring nature and organization.

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
- Mother Teresa

Brooklyn Benson


Children, Teen, Young Adult Program Supervisor
Discovery Center
Brooklyn plays the oboe, loves watching movies, making treats, singing, and spending time with family.

It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine.
- Eeyore

Candice Villalobos


Training Associate
Great Center
Candice likes essential oils, pitbulls, hot yoga and horses. She played badminton in high school and would like to take up archery.

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
- Mahatma Gandhi

Chantilly Snelling


ADH/CDH Licensing Specialist
Children's Learning Center
Chantilly enjoys spending time with her family and working as a wedding coordinator making things beautiful.

Be the CHANGE you want to SEE in THE WORLD
- Gandhi

Curtnita CourtneyBarned


West Valley CDH/ADH Field Supervisor
Children's Learning Center
Curtnita considers herself a Craft Queen and absolutely LOVES THRIFT Stores and Flea Markets!!

Try and be a RAINBOW in someone’s cloud.
- Maya Angelou

Daniel Ramos


Children's Learning Center Supervisor
Children's Learning Center
Daniel loves to camp, go shooting and produce music in his spare time. He is studying to be a Special Education Teacher at ASU and is a proud member of the ASU Quidditch Team. He speaks English, Canadian, and South-American Spanish.

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
- Albert Einstein

Dannielle McDevitt


ADH/CDH Licensing Specialist
Ability Center
Dannielle is a heal wearing, Cardinals fanatic, soccer mom of three boys.

You were born with the ability to change someone's life, don't ever waste it.
- Kushand Wizdom

Dharby Gordon


ADH/CDH Assistant/Human Resources
Ability Center
Darby studies Martial Arts, is a vegan and has lived in both Italy and India.

Easy is right.
- Lao Tzu

Edgar Garcia-Mondragon


Spanish Caseload Supervisor/Training Associate
Great Center
Edgar was known as “Mr. G” among his students and faculty at La Salle University in Cancun-Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The craziest thing that has happened to him was being able to reunite with his junior high school sweetheart and marry her. He is a free-lance photographer who also studied Veterinary Medicine at UNAM. He is studying Spanish for Medical Interpretation at Rio Salado College. Plays the piano and loves animals. Loves the Caribbean Sea and especially the Riviera Maya.

You are never too old to learn or to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
- C.S. Lewis/G.Ed.

Heather Peterson


Great Center Director/Billing Director
Great Center
Heather is a certified scuba diver with a love for the ocean and sea turtles. With over 25 pets to say she is an animal lover is an understatement. Some of her pets include a horse, cats, dogs, fish and several tortoises.

When the world says "give up", hope whispers "try one more time."
- Unknown

Heather Stewart


Children's Program Director
Children's Learning Center
Heather is known for her organization skills and fondness for containers. She loves to vacation and explore new places especially the ocean. Some of her hobbies include baking, photography, woodworking and DIY home projects.

When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up. I wrote down "Happy." They told me I didn't understand the assignment and I told them they didn't understand LIFE.
- John Lennon

Jan Wolf


Human Resources-Benefits/Administrative Assistance
Ability Center
Jan loves cats and A&W Rootbeer. Jan sewed wedding dresses for many years but currently enjoys sewing things for her grandchildren including all their Halloween costumes.

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.
- Napoleon Hill

Janine Little


Case Grande Field Supervisor
Case Grande
Janine loves cats and her favorite books are mysteries.

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
- Albert Einstein

Jenifer Shaffer


Accountant/Purchasing Officer and Shaffer Bookkeeping Services LLC
Ability Center
Jenifer loves cats, waterfalls and lighthouses. She has owned her own business since 1998.
www.sbsaz.net

A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore.
- Yogi Berra

Joey Higgins


DTA Supervisor
Ability Center
Joey plays the trumpet and works with both the ASU and Mountain View marching bands. He breeds bearded dragons and hangs Christmas lights as a side business during the holidays.

The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
- African Proverb

Julie Burnham


Children's Program Supervisor
Children's Learning Center
Julie loves to sleep, the color red, polka-dots, school supplies, speaks French and is afraid of birds. She is related to almost everyone in the East Mesa area and taught preschool for many years.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go.
- Dr. Suess

Kali Rush


Chief Operations Officer
Ability Center
Kali loves to travel and likes elephants. Always on the look out for a bargain, Kali calls herself "cheap" preferring to buy things on sale or with a coupon. When she was a child she was on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Strength does not come from physical capacity, it comes from an indomitable will.
- Ghandi

Karen Vranjes


Training
Great Center
When Karen is not working she likes to relax with a good book and a cup of tea (preferably in a tropical place). Collecting sea shells on a beach and swimming with dolphins are also awesome!

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
- Benjamin Franklin

Katina Stephens


Manager Princess Group Home
Ability Center
Katina is a mother of three and has 2 grand-babies. She has lived in Arizona most of her life and enjoys outdoor activities. Katina loves gardening, swimming, camping, listening to music and reading. Katina crafts her own natural soaps and soap products and owns a business selling those products. She has a passion for making a positive impact in the lives of others.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.
- Steve jobs

Kim Bolin


DTA Assistant Supervisor
Ability Center
Kim traveled to Europe when she was 16 and has worn braces 2 different times in her life. When she is not working, Kim enjoys spending time with her son, family and friends.

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
-Maya Angelou

Kimberly Scott


BTP's/West Valley Field Supervisor
Children's Learning Center
Kim loves the Arizona Cardinals, Coke Zero and Coronado Island. Her dream is to one day own a home there.

If you do something out of duty it will deplete you, but if you do something out of love it will energize you.

– Mother Teresa

Kyle Hillis


Children, Teen, and Young Adult Program Supervisor
Ability Center
Kyle is a twin and the majority of his family was born in England. He is also one of the biggest Cowboy fans in Arizona.

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
– Confucius

Larry Frazier


Facilities Manager
Ability Center
Larry has been on Inside Edition and is a Vietnam Veteran.

Life is like riding a bicycle. to keep your balance, you must keep moving.
- Albert Einstein

Lindsay Palmquist


Human Resources Specialist
Ability Center
Lindsay loves The Beatles, Disneyland, Mickey Mouse, Labrador and being a mom.

To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.
– John Lennon

Lu Pajak


Creative Arts Director
Traveler
Lu enjoys interior design, being creative and casinos.

That's the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up.
- Walt Disney

Mary Lundquist


East Valley Field Supervisor
Ability Center
Mary is from North Dakota, she works on the weekends at the Child Crisis Center, enjoys being around family and friends and loves spending time on the beach.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller
The worst you can do is nothing.
- Temple Grandin

Michael Riggs


Teen & Young Adult Program Supervisor
Great Center
Michael loves to snowboard, Batman and weekend trips. He is studying Aerospace Engineering.

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
- Socrates

Michelle Riggs


Ability and Discovery Center Director
Ability Center
Michelle loves the ocean, bodies of water, the sun, her house perfectly clean, stray dogs, mint green, sharpies, glitter, festivals and colored paperclips (she gives away regular ones and only keeps the colored).

The best way to find yourself is to loose yourself in the service of others.
- Ghandi

Morgan Farquer


Field Supervisor
Children's Learning Center
Morgan is a huge AZ Cardinals fan. She loves to cook for her husband and three daughters. She could eat pasta for every meal. She was raised in Southern California and the beach is her happy place.

To live will be an awfully big adventure.
- Peter Pan

Nick DeBok


ADH/CDH Licensing Specialist
Children's Learning Center
Nick loves spending time with his bulldogs, traveling, singing songs in his office and going to the theater and Opera's.

To any action there is always an opposite and equal reaction.
- Sir Isaac Newton

Quincy Davis


Children, Teen, Young Adult Program Supervisor
Discovery Center
Quincy enjoys puns, “Whiteboards are remarkable” and the great outdoors is where he feels the most centered. He loves sunglasses, the color green, bald eagles, gorillas . . . well he cannot decide which animal is his favorite.

A closed mouth never gets fed.
- Unknown

Sage Bast


Administrative Assistant/Human Resources-Hiring
Ability Center
Sage loves to curl up with a good book and read when she is at home.

The best teams are made up of a bunch of nobodies who love everybody and serve anybody and don’t care about becoming a somebody!
– Phil Dooley

Susan Ruiz


ADH/CDH Licensing Specialist
Children's Learning Center
Susan just got her first smart phone and since learning how to use the internet she now googles EVERYTHING. Her favorite show is the Walking Dead.

Always remember that you are absolutely unique, just like everyone else.
- Margaret Medd

Tim Powell


Transportation Director
Ability Center
Tim is from Ohio and is a Buckeyes and Browns fan. He loves the outdoors, camping fishing and being a "Papa".

There is no wi-fi in the forest, but I promise you will find a better connection.
- Unknown

Tina St. Pierre


Manager Princess Group Home
Ability Center
Tina has six great daughters and an amazing husband of 28 years, and 14 grandchildren. Two of her children are Deaf and one is hard of hearing. She has a set of twins. She enjoys the beach and time with her family. She loves to eat Chinese food, Salad and Go, and Chipotle. Her favorite color is red. Her passion in life is her job!!

Life Is Not Measured By the Number of Breaths We Take, But By the Moments That Take Our Breath Away.
- Unknown

Valerie Myrtil


DTA Supervisor
Discovery Center
Valerie enjoys cooking hatian food and reading romantic murder mystery novels. She grew up in New York and is learning to sew.

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

Vanna White


Teen and Young Adult Program Supervisor
Great Center
Vanna, cool fact, her name is "Vanna White" but she did not know how famous her name was until age 13. Vanna loves being outdoors and anywhere near an ocean. When she was young, she convinced her parents to name her baby sister Savannah so they would almost have the same name.

Life is a sum of all your choices.
- Albert Camus