Board Of Directors
Diana Dalsass, Chair
Diana Dalsass joined the WYGC Foundation Board in January 2009 because, having volunteered with foster children, she came to appreciate the key role played by the Clinic in their ongoing behavioral health needs. Diana holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Chicago, and a Master’s in Psychobiology from the University of Connecticut. Prior to retiring to Prescott, she was a director of a national public relations agency based in Manhattan. In addition to serving as the Board Chair for the WYGC Foundation, she is also a member of the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Governance Board, and is a former Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Yavapai County. Diana is a passionate baker and has published six nationally distributed cookbooks. After much experimentation, she managed to adapt her bread recipes to the Prescott altitude.
Susan Bell, Secretary
Susan Bell’s interest in giving back to the community and supporting the mission of the Foundation led her to join the WYGC Foundation Board in November 2012. Susan has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University, and brings a rich professional history in social services and health care, including a seven year tenure as the Vice President of Planning and Business Development at Yuma Regional Medical Center. Susan enjoys volunteering with a number of local non-profits, including the Alzheimer’s Association. Her parents, in their late-eighties, both suffer from a form of dementia. When not ‘giving back’ to the community she enjoys the many outdoor activities available in the Prescott area – especially hiking and biking!
Dr. Richard Wright, Member
Dr. Richard Wright believes that access to mental health care is just as vital to a healthy, equitable society as access to medical care, decent housing and employment. This belief led to his membership on the Foundation Board in February 2017. He holds a PhD from Ohio State University and has a great deal of experience in development and fundraising. Dr. Wright served as Vice President for Development at The Ohio State University Research Foundation, and in his role at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California he served in a variety of positions including Executive Director for Development. Dr. Wright is the past President of the Board of Directors of the Yavapai College Foundation and past President of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Compassion and Justice. He is a devoted reader, and enjoys tennis and hiking.
Dr. John La Tourette, Vice Chair
Dr. John La Tourette joined the WYGC Foundation Board in 2007. He is committed to the goal of offering effective behavioral health services in Yavapai County, especially those which meet the special needs of the aging population in the region. John holds several degrees, including a Ph. D. in Economics from Rutgers University, and is a US Air Force veteran, serving as a Captain on active duty and in the Reserves. He dedicated 40 years of his professional life to Higher Education, serving as a faculty member and administrator at the State University of New York (Binghamton University), Bowling Green State University (Ohio), and Northern Illinois University, where he was President from 1984 to 2000. John and his wife Lili have traveled extensively in Australia, New Zealand and Europe and, over the years, have raised or adopted 10 Samoyed dogs.
Sue Carlton Klump, Member
After retiring from a 42-year career in Special Education, Sue Carlton-Klump joined the WYGC Foundation Board in February 2016. She was drawn to the Foundation because she was impressed with the programs offered by the Clinic, and felt that she could contribute from the experience and knowledge gained in her work with special needs students. She has taught in schools in Vermont, Washington, Oregon and Hawaii, and loves to ride motorcycles. In fact, she’s ridden across America and Canada on her bike 13 times!
Arlene Alen, Treasurer
Arlene Alen is CEO / President of the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce & AZ Office of Tourism Visitors Center. Arlene Alen served as Vice-Mayor of the Town of Dewey-Humboldt as well as a councilmember. Alen represented the Town of Dewey-Humboldt on the Executive Board of CYMPO (Central Yavapai Municipal Planning Organization). Ms. Alen is a member of the International Placemaking Leadership Council.
A Fellow at the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership Center, Flinn Foundation, Alen earned degrees in Architecture & Design and is graduate of Pepperdine University’s Arbitration & Mediation program. She served as CEO of Neighbor to Neighbor and serves on the Executive Board of Trustees for PATH Intl. (The Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship).
Dr. David Fero, Member
Dr. David Fero joined the Foundation Board in February 2017 to continue his lifelong advocacy of community mental health treatment and integrative healthcare. Dr. Fero holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Bowling Green State University, and served for 31 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Psychologist, coordinating and delivering various Mental and Behavioral Health programs. He served from 2001-2011 as Service Line Manager for Mental Health for the Northern AZ VA Healthcare System, and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in mental health treatment and program evaluation. Dr. Fero is an avid bicyclist and commutes nearly everywhere within the City of Prescott. He’s also a trail builder with the “Over the Hill Gang”.
Laura Norman, Executive Director
Laura Norman has been on staff at the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic since 1996, and was appointed as Executive Director of the WYGC Foundation in January 2014. Laura holds a degree from University of Alabama in Communications, and previously served as the Managing Editor for two nationally distributed magazines, ConventionSouth and Crossties. She initially became interested in working with the Clinic because of her strong belief that everyone in the community should have access to quality mental health services. Laura has two dogs, likes to eat, and follows Alabama football religiously – ROLL TIDE!
Cindy Brown, Development Manager
Cindy Brown is our new Foundation Development Manager. She has lived in the Prescott community for nearly 20 years. Cindy has a broad background in travel & tourism, marketing and development and most recently was the Development Director for a local, nonprofit hospice. She believes that quality mental health care is a substantial part of a strong community and looks forward to helping to grow the donor base and expand the reach of the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation.
In her leisure time Cindy enjoys hiking, reading and travel; most especially to visit friends and family in beautiful Salmon Arm, B.C., Canada.
David Lawrence, Development Assistant
David began serving the WYGC Foundation as an AmeriCorps VISTA in June 2017. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Pomona College in California, and a Certificate in Human Services from Alan Hancock, also in California. He first began working in the mental health and non-profit arenas in 2012. David considers himself a wordsmith with the capacity to take risks, while still being cognizant of his readers’ needs. A peer advocate, he also appreciates the complementary connection between AmeriCorps’ fight against poverty and WYGC’s stewardship of mental health and addiction issues.