Malissa Buzan Re-Elected President of Arizona Community Action Association

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            PHOENIX, Ariz. (Aug. 24, 2018):  Malissa Buzan, who has been Gila County Community Services Director since 2012, has been re-elected to a two-year term as president of the Arizona Community Action Association (ACAA), a statewide nonprofit organization that unites communities to eliminate poverty through community-based initiatives and solutions.

            A lifelong Gila County resident and Miami High School graduate, Buzan has spent the past 24 years engaged in direct work and advocacy to address the issue of poverty in her community.

            She also serves as Gila County Community Action Program and Housing Services Manager, a position she has held since 2009, and was previously Housing Services and Program Manager from 2003-2009.

            “Malissa has and continues to be an important voice in the effort to address poverty and stop it before it starts,” said Arizona Community Action Association Executive Director Cynthia Zwick.  “Her leadership, expertise and experience are tremendous assets to the people of Gila County and the state of Arizona.”

            Joining Buzan on the ACAA Executive Committee are, Kathy DiNolfi, Vice President, A New Leaf / Mesa CAN, Mesa; Debbi Embry, Secretary, Tucson Urban League, Tucson; Sandra Mendez, Treasurer, Maricopa County Human Services Department, Phoenix; and Norma Gutierrez, Executive Committee Member,
Southwest Gas, Phoenix.

            ACAA board members are Brian Babiars, Western Arizona Council of Governments, Yuma; Phil Byrum UniSource Energy Services/Tucson Electric Power, Flagstaff; Manira Cervantes, Pima County Community Action Agency, Tucson; Rula Colvin, Christ Church United Methodist, Tucson; Eva Felix, A New Leaf/MesaCAN, Mesa; Chris Fetzer, Northern Arizona Council of Governments, Flagstaff; Marchelle Franklin, City of Phoenix Human Services Department, Phoenix; Emma Garcia, Desert Financial Credit Union, Phoenix; Norma Gallegos
Coconino County Community Services, Flagstaff; Beth Lewallen, Italicized Consulting, Phoenix; Librado “J.R.” Ramirez, South Eastern Arizona Community Action Program, Safford; Joaquin Rios, SiX, Phoenix; Mary Lou Rosales, Community Action Human Resources Agency (CAHRA), Eloy; Kathy Senseman,Policy Development Group, Phoenix; Stephanie Small, Glendale Community Action Program, Glendale; Carrie Smith, Foundation for Senior Living, Phoenix; Jason Smith, Magnetry, Phoenix;Bonnie Temme, Salt River Project, Phoenix; Anthony Young, Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Tucson; and Dr. Tamera Zivic. World Hunger Education, Advocacy & Training (WHEAT), Phoenix.

            For more information, visit




• Cynthia Zwick, Executive Director, Arizona Community Action Association, (602) 604-0640

• Steve Carr, The Kur Carr Group, Inc., (602) 317-3040

About The Arizona Community Action Association: The Arizona Community Action Association promotes economic self-sufficiency for low-income people through collaborations with Arizona’s Community Action Agencies to develop solutions to poverty through public-private partnerships, research, and interagency cooperation.  The ACAA mission is to advocate, educate and partner to prevent and alleviate poverty.  For information, visit www.azcaa.orgor call (602) 604-0640.

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