A New Leaf’s staff leadership carries many years of experience in the nonprofit sector and directs the day-to-day operations of the organization.
Michael Hughes, Chief Executive Officer
Michael Hughes serves as the Chief Executive Officer of A New Leaf. In his role as CEO, he is responsible to implement the strategic goals and objectives of the organization and to work with a diverse team to give direction and leadership to further the agency’s vision and mission. He has welcomed the growth and expansion of A New Leaf into a $28 million agency annually, critical to the social services capacity of the Valley. He holds an M.S. degree in Education from Nova University and a B.A. degree in Education from Arizona State University.
Joe Dulin, CFRE, Chief Philanthropy Officer
As lead strategist for A New Leaf's philanthropy, Joe leads a dynamic team of development professionals in creating and guiding the implementation of a multi-year plan for increasing voluntary revenue to support the mission of the organization. Joe brings more than 30 years of experience in philanthropy and nonprofit management to A New Leaf. He is a graduate of Indiana University and a long time member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Kathy Di Nolfi, Chief Program Officer
Kathy Di Nolfi is the current Chief Program Officer for A New Leaf. She has worked for A New Leaf for 19 years. She received her B.S. degree in Social Relations from the University of California, Riverside. Since then, she has worked in the areas surrounding domestic violence and homelessness prevention and community action with roles of direct service and administration.
Catherine Dyciewski, Chief Financial Officer
Catherine Dyciewski has more than 30 years of professional experience in finance and management. She leads the finance department at A New Leaf with responsibility over all fiscal matters, including accounting, budgeting, internal controls and financial policies. Prior to serving at A New Leaf, Catherine served as Chief Financial Officer for United Way of Greater Mercer County in New Jersey. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and is a member of the Women United in Philanthropy as well as a VITA volunteer.
Connie Orr, Chief Operations Officer
Connie Orr has 20 years experience in the administrative leadership of several for-profit and nonprofit agencies. She has been with A New Leaf for more than 16 years. In her current role as Chief Operations Officer, she oversees operations, as well as the execution of compliance within the agency, human resources, and training. She is certified by the Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Nonprofit Management and attended Arizona State University.
Tom Hutchinson, Director of Business Development
Tom Hutchinson currently oversees and carries out new program opportunities, partnership development and stakeholder engagement, as well as successful program performance and outcomes. He has been with the organization for 30 plus years in numerous roles and has been instrumental in creating partnerships in the West Valley and new programs there. He is a graduate of Leadership West and is active in Rotary International.
Shay Meinzer, Director of Real Estate Development
Shay Meinzer serves as Director of Real Estate Development. She has 20 years of experience in real estate development, finance, grant administration, community relations and strategic planning. She previously served as the Housing Development Specialist for the City of Phoenix. She received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Fetch Foundation.
Ed Knight, Director of Strategic Initiatives
Ed Knight serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives. He is a graduate of ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and has a master’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University. He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and his nonprofit experience includes work at the Arizona Community Foundation where he was the Director of the Arizona Endowment Building Institute and Director of the Center for Planned Giving. Knight is a member of Mesa Community College’s Development Board and a member of the State Bar of Arizona.