Board of Directors

Jacob Miller
Board Chair
DPE Construction, Inc.
City Council Member of Yuma

Born in Tucson Arizona, Councilman Jacob Miller moved to Yuma in the first grade and has lived in Yuma for the past 28 years.He graduated from Kofa High School in the year 2000 and shortly after married his high school sweetheart Denice Allen in 2004.Together, Jacob and his wife have three children.  Born in 2005 - Jade Renae is their eldest child and only daughter.In October of 2008 they were surprised with twin boys Jonah Craig and Chase Michael.The Miller family has long been activein the Christian church, serving often and in various capacities including a mission trip to Honduras.  In April 2014, Jacob and his wife Denice were ordained as Pastors and serve today at Church for The City. Jacob has worked in the constructionindustry here in Yuma since 2007 as a Quality Control Manager, Construction Manager and Business manager. Currently,Jacob is the Project Manager at DPE Construction Inc. and responsible for managing multiple projects.


Carolyn Autrey
1st Vice Chair
Instructional Coach

Yuma Elementary  School District #1


Rebecca Larson
2nd Vice chair
Community Outreach Specialist
Yuma Regional Medical Center

Rebecca Larson is a marketing strategist at Yuma Regional Medical Center. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from North Dakota State University. Originally from Montana, Rebecca moved to Yuma in 2009 with her husband and daughter. Since moving to Yuma, they have welcomed another daughter and son to the family.  Rebecca is passionate about making a difference in our community and enjoys volunteering her time for local non-profits, as well as her children’s schools and activities.

Jason W. House
Operations Excellence Lead
Yuma Distribution Center
Johnson Controls, Power Solutions


Karen Spencer
Board Member
The Spencer Companies














Past Chair
Steve Irr
Fire Chief
City of Yuma
Steve Irr is the Fire Chief for the City of Yuma Fire Department. Steve has been with the fire department for 28 years and was promoted to a leadership position in 1993 and has served on the Command Staff since 2006. Steve was in the first paramedic class in Yuma. Steve has continued his education throughout his career and has a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Science Administration and is credentialed as an Executive Fire Officer through the National Fire Academy. Steve was born and raised in Yuma. He is married to Bonnie and has two boys that serve in the Air Force.

Linda Elliot-Nelson
Board Member
Arizona Western College
Vice President for Learning Services

Dr. Linda Elliott-Nelson is the Vice President for Learning Services at Arizona Western College.  She previously served as the Dean of Instruction, Division Chair of Modern Languages and Professor of Spanish at the same institution and continues to teach. Her prior work experience involved several years in the international business sector. Dr. Elliott-Nelson received a Ph.D. in Education from Walden University, an M.B.A. and an M.A. in Spanish from Arizona State University, and a B.A. degree from Northern Arizona University. Her activities have included co-founding the Yuma Youth Town Hall; coordinating the Gifted Summer Academy for 4th – 8th graders; managing the AWC Language Institute; co-coordinating the Binational Conference on Education with Baja California, Mexico; serving on the national Modern Language Association Committee on 2-year Colleges; and evaluating employee Spanish language proficiency for the City of Yuma. She received the Outstanding University/College Educator Award from the Arizona Language Association in 2000 and the Teacher of the Year from Arizona Western College in 1999.  Elliott-Nelson has presented nationally on community outreach, accelerative learning techniques, and community college trends. She served as the Chairman of the Board of Arizona Town Hall during 2015-2017 and serves as the co-chair of the AZTransfer Steering Committee and the chair of the Arizona Community College Chief Academic Officers, and on the boards of United Way of Yuma, Southwest Arizona Town Hall and Arizona Women in Higher Education.