Community Led by Community

Our Philosophy

 An all-volunteer Board of Directors works closely with the DeafBlind community to collectively discern and choose new directions for the organization. We will expand to officers and staff in 2021. It is believed this model of shared ownership and shared authority will allow DeafBlind Retreat of Arizona (DBRAZ) to truly work as community for the community.

Board

(Acts as Advisors and help with Fundraising)

The background is a wooden outhouse frame with a wooden toilet seat. Andrew Cohen's, who has white skin, has his face framed with an orange pumpkin that has arms/hands and legs/feet made of the stems of pumpkins. In the right hand of the pumpkin, is being gripped hard while the left hand has it out in a gesture of "You caught me in the outhouse going to the bathroom"! He is wearing black sunglasses and has a short black beard. He is a closed mouth smile.

Andrew
Cohen

The background has orange, red, and tan rocks with various desert green bushes with Laura Ellington-Pierre standing in front of it. The image shows her from the head to her chest with white skin. She has dark gray and white hair at chin level. She is wearing red framed glasses with a black t-shirt. She has a smile showing teeth

Laura
Ellington-Pierre

The background has various trees with green, yellow, and orange leaves on the trees and a cream colored porch showing thick railings. Bonnie Faye Gibson-Brydon has straight blonde hair past her chest, medium green t-shirt, and black shawl over it. She is a white woman wearing dark red lipstick smiling with teeth.

Bonnie Faye
Gibson-Brydon

The background has trees with green leaves and brown trunks with Mark Mellenger standing in front of it. He is white with short dark gray hair and a short white beard. He is wearing a dark gray t-shirt while smiling showing teeth.

Mark
Mellenger

The background has green leave trees with brown trunks surrounding water with Richard Vanover standing in front of it. He is white with short brown hair and a thin brown goatee. He is wearing a black polo t-shirt while smiling with teeth.

Richard
Vanover

The background shows green grass with hits of the sun shining on it. The close photograph of the white male has on a medium green hunting boonie hat, black framed and lens sunglasses, a white beard down to his chest, a tan long sleeve collared hunting shirt, and a dark green hunting vest.

Shawn
Whitley

Officers

(Runs the organization and report to the Board)

The background is a wooden outhouse frame with a wooden toilet seat. Andrew Cohen's, who has white skin, has his face framed with an orange pumpkin that has arms/hands and legs/feet made of the stems of pumpkins. In the right hand of the pumpkin, is being gripped hard while the left hand has it out in a gesture of "You caught me in the outhouse going to the bathroom"! He is wearing black sunglasses and has a short black beard. He is a closed mouth smile.

Andrew
Cohen
President
(2022 - 2024)

The background has blue skies and green pine trees with Brenda Barrett-Rodriguez standing in front of them. The image shows her from the head to her chest with light tan skin. She has curly dark brown and black hair that is in a side ponytail. She is wearing black framed sunglasses, a smile showing teeth, and is wearing a black tank top.

Brenda
Barrett-Rodriguez
Vice President
(2021 - 2023)

The background has a mixture of yellow, green, and teal ombre colors with Casey Hassett, a white woman, being shown from her shoulders to the top of her head. She has shoulder length dark brown curly hair that has the front portion of the hair in a ponytail while the remaining hair is down. She has bright green eyes with a smile showing her white teeth. She is wearing a sleeveless top that has a dark blue background with light green and teal leaves.

Casey
Hassett
Treasurer
(2021 - 2023)

The background has trees with green leaves and brown trunks with Mark Mellenger standing in front of it. He is white with short dark gray hair and a short white beard. He is wearing a dark gray t-shirt while smiling showing teeth.

Mark
Mellenger
Secretary
(2022 - 2024)

Retreat Team 2022

(Runs the retreat and report to the officers)

The background has a hazy pink, blue, and white sky with red mountains, and then a white woman in front of them. The woman is seen from the top of her head to her shoulders. She has short, curly, and gray/white hair with squinting eyes and a small smirk that shows a few front teeth. She is wearing a red long sleeve button down shirt.

Caryn
Tenin
Director

The background is faded out with a close shot of a white woman. The woman has shoulder length blonde/brown hair, wearing large cateye framed glasses, and has a smile showing teeth.

Alex
Thornburg
SSP Coordinator

The background shows a gray seat inside a vehicle with a filter used around a brown woman's face. She is seen from the top of her head to her shoulders. The woman has her long black braided hair pulled back, is wearing teal cateye framed glasses, has a smile showing teeth, a leopard printed scarf wrapped around her neck, and a light jean blue long sleeve button down shirt. The filter around her face has various pink balloons, golden stars, and a pink and gold cone hat on the right side of her head.

Ashley
Dillard
FAT Coordinator