Board of Directors

Andrea Bereznak
Board Chair
Wealth Advisor
Yuma Investment Group

Andrea is an LPL Financial Advisor at Yuma Investment Group Wealth Management. She is dedicated to assisting clients in pursuing their financial goals, beginning with developing strong relationships and an understanding of their objectives. She focuses on strategic portfolio management for wealth management. Andrea is currently registered in general securities registrations Series 7 and Series 66 with LPL Financial. Clients who prefer to communicate in Spanish will feel comfortable with Andrea, who is bilingual.

Andrea holds a Masters in Economics with Academic Excellence Honors from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Studies in Mexico. Her undergraduate degrees are in Economics and in International Relations from the University of Northern Colorado.

Her professional background also includes community relations in the public utility sector, as well as international economic development and trade with a focus on Latin America.

Currently Andrea is the Chair of the Board of Directors for United Way of Yuma County, a member of the Yuma Catholic High School Finance Committee and an adjunct faculty member in the Economics Department at Arizona Western College.

She resides in Yuma and in her personal time, Andrea enjoys seeking out new experiences, spends time outdoors, practices yoga and attempts do-it-yourself home improvement.

 

Esperanza Rodriguez
1st Vice Chair
Chief Financial Officer

Yuma School District One

Esperanza Rodriguez is a school administrator and the Chief Financial Officer at Yuma Elementary School District One in Yuma, Arizona.  She manages a $75 million budget which includes funding sources from the State of Arizona, Federal, State, and private grants.  

Prior to joining Yuma Elementary School District One, Esperanza held a variety of positions including Assistant Director of Financial Services at Somerton Elementary School District No. 11.  She has over 14 years experience in school finance and administration.  Esperanza holds a Masters degree in Public Administration.  Her undergraduate degree is in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management.  Both degrees were earned from Northern Arizona University – Yuma with the distinction of Academic Excellence Honors. Esperanza is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Esperanza is a life long learner and education is important to her.  She believes anyone can improve their life through knowledge and education.  At a young age, Esperanza wanted to be a Math teacher but instead enjoyed working with adults and finance in education.  Her passion to help others is evident in her efforts to always foster a collaborative and supportive leadership role to others. She brings this passion to her role as a Board of Director of United Way of Yuma County.

Esperanza was born in Colorado and moved to Arizona in 1993.  She is a first generation Mexican-American from a family of seven.  Her parents and siblings reside in Colorado or Utah where three of her sisters work as educators.  She is married to her first love, Alberto and is the proud mother of Samantha and Gabriel.  She currently resides in Somerton, Arizona

Mark Hutsell
Past Chair
Patient Experience Officer
Yuma Regional Medical Center

Growing up on the high plains of Wyoming, Mark could not have imagined that his future career and would include healthcare. Since beginning his career nearly 25 years ago, Mark has expanded his expertise to include disaster planning and response, environmental and regulatory compliance, quality, physician peer review, patient safety, healthcare construction and improving the patient experience.  He attributes his joy in working in healthcare to a simple philosophy: “Semper Gumby” (always flexible).

Mark received his Masters in Healthcare Administration in 2006 from the University of Phoenix. He is a charter member of the Patient Safety Officers Workgroup for the State of Arizona and was selected to participate in the 2007/2008 Patient Safety Officers Corps sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research.

Mark is board certified in healthcare quality by the National Association for Healthcare Quality and received his Fellow from the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2010.  In 2012, Mark became the first in the State of Arizona to become board certified in patient safety through the National Patient Safety Foundation (American Society for Professionals in Patient Safety).

Mark is past chair of the Yuma County Emergency Planning Committee, coordinator for the Western Region Hospital Preparedness Planning Collaborative and is a past attendee at the Center for Domestic Preparedness training in Aniston, Alabama and is a member of the Care Improvement Committee at the Arizona Healthcare and Hospital Association.

Whether it’s looking down the mouth of an active volcano in Hawaii, hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon or working with the Secret Service in advance of a high-profile visit, Mark believes that preparation and team training is essential to minimizing events that result in harm to individuals and improving the patient experience. Echoing the words of Louis Pasteur, Mark lives the belief that “Chance Favors the Prepared Mind” Through strengthening intra-disciplinary teamwork via Team STEPPS, Mark believes that his organization can continue to drive toward “Zero Patients Harmed”.     

Mark shares his life with his wife and high school sweetheart of 36 years and two Chocolate Labradors, Buddy and Sophie. He finds his personal joy in his three god daughters, travel, and competitive marksmanship.
 

Eldon Dyer
Board Member
Director of Diagnostic Imaging
Yuma Regional Medical Center

Eldon is the Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Yuma Regional Medical Center.  In this role, he oversees 13 sub departments related to medical imaging at three locations in Yuma and in the Foothills.  He is a licensed in Radiography (X-Ray) and Nuclear Medicine.  Eldon has been with Yuma Regional Medical Center for 10 years.

Eldon is also an adjunct faculty member at Arizona Western College, teaching in the Radiologic Technology Program.  Eldon has been with the college since the inception of the Radiologic Technology program eight years ago.  He teaches second year Radiology students in Advanced Imaging Principles and Radiation Physics.

Eldon holds a Masters in Business Administration from St. Leo University in Florida, a Bachelors degree in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University in Texas and a bachelors degree in Radiologic Science from Midwestern State University in Texas.   Eldon is retired from the United States Air Force, finishing his military career as Program Director of Air Force Radiology Training at Shepard AFB, Texas.

Eldon is married and has three children and two grandchildren.  

Eldon is in his seventh year on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Yuma County, having served as Chairman of the Board and taken part in numerous committees and events as a representative of the board.  He enjoys sports and hiking.  His hobby is traveling throughout Arizona, Nevada, and Southern California to show his Bronze Grand Champion miniature wirehaired Dachshund, Zoey.

Steve Irr
Board Member
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 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.
 

Nora Duarte
Board Member
Client Service Analyst
Western Growers

Nora Duarte is a Client Service Analyst at Western Growers, the largest provider of benefits for the agriculture industry in Yuma, Arizona.
Nora brings over 15 years of experience as a Human Resources professional working in different industries, including manufacturing and Healthcare in Yuma County.  
Nora is a graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.