Board of Directors
& Advisors

Quality Connections' Board of Directors & Advisors are a diverse group of leaders from across the community. Each brings their unique experiences, talents and perspectives to help us achieve our goals.

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Gretchen Povlsen - Board President

Coconino County

Gretchen moved to Flagstaff in 2000. She earned her degree in Finance from Northern Arizona University, and upon graduation she worked in mortgage lending and retail banking. After the birth of her first son, she took a year away from her career to experience the joys of motherhood. Reentering the workforce, she returned to her alma mater, taking a position with NAU Athletics, a position she held for five years before moving to other departments within the university. Gretchen earned a Master’s degree in Education while working at the university. She now holds the position of Business Manager for Coconino County Parks and Recreation. Gretchen has served as President of Quality Connections’ Board of Directors since 2014. To this cause, she brings a wealth of knowledge in finance and marketing, as well as a heart unwavering in its desire to provide help and aid to others in their journey through life. She lives in Flagstaff with her husband and their two sons. Become a Customer of QCoffice
Al White - Board Member & Past Board President

Former City of Flagstaff Vice Mayor

Al White has been a resident of Northern Arizona since 1976. His professional background is in hotel administration. In 1996 he was involved in an industrial accident that resulted in him becoming a T5 paraplegic. This injury opened his eyes to the challenges many people with disabilities face, which led him to become a passionate advocate for the disabled population. He met Melissa and Armando Bernasconi while working with the City of Flagstaff Disability Awareness Commission, and became the first President of Quality Connections’ Board of Directors - a role he filled until 2014. In 2000, Al was elected to the Flagstaff City Council, where he served for 12 years, first as a Council Member and then as Vice Mayor for eight years. In this role, he continued to advocate for people with disabilities, making sure that everything Flagstaff did, they did with accommodations for people with disabilities in mind. Al recognizes the importance of community inclusion for all segments of the population, which continues to motivate his advocacy work to this day. Montessori-based Adult Day Program
Ted Dwyer - Board Treasurer

Dwyer Financial

Ted moved to Flagstaff in 1988. He is pretty sure he has the distinction of being the first Certified Financial Planner (CFP) in town. Ted is also a Registered Investment Advisor and the owner of Dwyer Financial, a comprehensive planning firm that serves a wide variety of clients. Ted has and continues to serve on several non-profit boards. Make a Donation
Candace Owens

Former Coconino County Recorder

Candace "Candy" Owens is a 40 year resident of Flagstaff. Before her retirement, she worked for Coconino County for 32 years, 20 of which she served as the Coconino County Recorder. She has served on various committees and boards throughout Arizona, and is currently a board member of United Way of Northern Arizona. Candy believes in the committment to service and giving back to the community. She and her husband Paul Hellenberg have a blended family of five children and four grandchildren. Residential Programs
John Stigmon - Board Member

Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona (ECoNA)

John Stigmon, as a 15 year Flagstaff resident and business owner, is currently President and CEO of the Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona (ECoNA). He was a member of the staff at the City of Flagstaff for 3 years last serving as Economic Development Manager. During the past 35 years, John has been active in almost every facet of business, marketing and real estate development. As an entrepreneur, he co-founded the first American Indian owned franchise company, and later established a specialty executive coaching and consulting practice advising in business start-up, business expansion and organizational development. As a corporate executive, he has lead the marketing, operations, expansion and development in the US and in 16 foreign countries, for a variety of US companies. Community Impact
Our Advisors

In addition to our Board of Directors, Quality Connections also receives advice and guidance from a group of trusted advisors. We are grateful to these individuals for sharing their talents with us and helping us improve our programs.

Dr. Louis Olivas - ASU W. P. Carey School of Business
Dr. Paul Thomas - NAU W. A. Franke College of Business

Do you have special skills and talents you would like to share with Quality Connections? Contact us to learn more about how you can help us help others. We appreciate your support!
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An inspirational look at Quality Connections' Employment Services Program.  The program helps people with disabilities and disadvantages prepare for, obtain, and maintain community employment.

Joseph C. Donaldson
Former City of Flagstaff Mayor

"Please allow me to take a moment of your time and let you know about a way you can assist citizens with disabilities by not only feeling like part of our great community, but also contributing to our community through gainful employment. The name of their company is Quality Connections. You will find their prices most affordable and the customer service excellent. As Mayor of our great community, I always try to spend my dollars locally the most I can. Quality Connections is a "no brainer" with low costs and great customer service while supporting jobs for citizens with disabilities. The City of Flagstaff and Quality Connections are community partners. Please give Quality Connections a try."