Foster Arizona Housing Project was established in 2018, as a sister organization to Foster Arizona, out of a desire to bridge the gap between kids in foster care and those transitioning out of foster care. With more than 800 youth transitioning out of Arizona’s foster care system annually, Arizona has a need for a safe place where young adults can practice interdependence with their community while gaining the necessary skills needed to successfully leave the Housing Program.

Foster Arizona Housing Project is a non-profit public charity with the mission to educate, empower, and encourage Arizonans to positively impact the lives of young adults transitioning out of foster care.

Our vision is that every young adult transitioning out of foster care will be empowered, supported, and have the opportunity to enrich their lives through intentional community connections. 

What started in March 2018 as a pilot of four young adults has expanded to serve approximately 50 young adults annually, within its six unit, 26-bed transitional housing. 

about

Treasurer

Kathy Huizingh

Vice Chair

Jack Keller

Chair

Allen Moore

our board

- Vince Lombardi

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”

Favorite Quote:

Part owner and die-hard fan of the Green Bay Packers.

Something Quirky about Me:

I love spending time fishing, boating, and hiking.

What I Love to do: 

Al Moore is retired from the Mesa Police Department where he specialized in child abuse investigations. Since retirement, Al continues to keep kids and young adults safe through his role as the Director of Security with Mesa Public School. He is the chairman of Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness as well as a founding board member for Foster Arizona and Foster Arizona Housing Project. Al has great joy spending time with his wife, Mae, three kids, and four grandkids; one whom has lived experience in foster care. He has a passion for seeing kids safe and allowing them to experience the normalcy of just being a kid.

Allen Moore

- Thomas à Kempis

“Wherever you go, there you are.”

Favorite Quote

Spending time with my grandkids 

What I Love to Do: 

Jack Keller is retired from the oil industry and enjoys spending his days investing in the lives of his family. He has been married over 40 years to Diana and, together, they have four kids and eleven grandkids. Jack joined the board of Foster Arizona and Foster Arizona Housing Project and uses his leadership experience to influence the growth of Foster Arizona. Jack is especially passionate about young adults aging out of foster care and has been integral in the launch of the Housing Program. 

Jack Keller

- First Lady Laura Bush

"Leadership is not about popularity, it is about doing what is right." 

Favorite Quote

I like pickled okra.

Something Quirky About Me: 

My grandkids.

What I Find Amazing:

Cook, read, travel, and try new things

What I Love to Do: 

Kathy feels privileged to serve on Foster Arizona's Board of Directors and to share her 25 years of experience in non-profit accounting. Kathy is married and has a daughter, son-in-law, and two adorable grandchildren.

Kathy Huizingh

Board Member 

Chris Lawler

Member

Justice James Beene

Secretary

Karin Dahlman

-Mahatma Gandhi

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Favorite Quote:

I think sleep is overrated ☺ 

Something Quirky About Me:

I love to craft, organize, spend time with my family, horses, and travel-especially to Norway to visit my family. 

What I Love to Do: 

Karin has been married for 30 years to her amazing partner in crime, Brad. They have a blended family of bio, step, adopted, and foster children in our hearts; 5 adult children, 4 adopted children, 4 foster kiddos, and 6 grandchildren. Karin spent her life pursuing many different passions- from 18 years of in-home daycare, being the Director of a teen mom ministry called Younglives, followed by the Director and counselor for a crisis pregnancy center. Throughout her life and positions, her focus has always been centered around the welfare of children and family. Karin and Brad have been fostering for over 15 years and it has been their greatest joy and deepest sorrow. Karin believes a child should be so incredibly loved in a foster home that when they leave, everyone grieves deeply. Every child deserves that. Making a difference in the lives of Arizona foster children in her home and through her membership on the board of Foster AZ is where Karin wants to focus her life. It is a privilege and a blessing. 

Karin Dahlman

Favorite quote

What I Love to Do: 

No bio available

Justice James Beene

-Michael J. Fox 

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.”

Favorite Quote

Everything.

Something Quirky About Me: 

Spend time with family, cooking, smoking, and brewing beer at home.

What  I Love to Do: 

Chris Lawler serves as Senior Vice President and Branch Manager with NOVA Home Loans. After starting as a receptionist, Chris rapidly rose through the ranks to work in the company’s insurance sales side, then on to work as a Loan Officer for five years. Following that, Chris created his own team, leading to his current role as VP and Branch Manager where he strives to create an environment based on teamwork, consistency, and building long-term relationships that help people achieve their dreams. 

Away from work, Chris treasures time with his wife, Caitlin, and their four children — Olivia, Camden, Makena, and Ryland. Chris has personally been impacted by the realities of foster care and chooses to spend his time giving back to positively benefit those involved in foster care and adoption. He continues this mission through joining Foster Arizona’s board in 2022. 

CHRIS LAWLER

Board Member

Thom Vehon

Board Member

ASHLEY SHICK

 -Winston Churchill

“We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.”

Favorite Quote:

I eat sandwiches and burgers in a circle-go around the edges and then eat the middle last. 

Something Quirky About Me:

Make connections and collaborate with others, cook and try new recipes, run, Yoga, and watch guilty pleasure TV. 

What I Love to Do: 

Ashley Shick is Director of Communications; Public Affairs for Bashas’ Family of Stores – the family-owned grocer that operates Food City, AJ’s Fine Foods, Eddie’s Country Store, and both Bashas’ and Bashas’ Diné supermarkets. A seasoned communications professional whose career has been rooted in media and public relations, strategic community partnerships, marketing communications, and special events and promotions, Shick has held key marketing positions at a variety of esteemed organizations, including Meredith Corporation (KTVK/KPHO), Arizona Science Center and Kohl’s Department Stores.

In her role at Bashas’ Family of Stores, one of the largest employers in the state, Shick works to strengthen the company’s relationships, image and market share in one of the most competitive grocery markets in the country. No stranger to leading the strategic development and implementation of public affairs and communications initiatives, she leads public relations and promotional efforts, as well as integrated marketing projects to increase awareness and sales among Bashas’ diverse brands.

More specifically, Shick serves as company spokesperson and liaison to local, national and trade
media representatives; business and community leaders; elected officials and local municipalities; and representatives from local schools, churches and non-profit organizations. Further, her breadth of skills and depth of knowledge in community relations play a vital role in guiding and evolving Bashas’ deep-seated community involvement and service, which includes leading year-round fundraising initiatives, major events, sponsorships and in-kind TV partnerships. Shick earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Arizona State University.

ASHLEY SHICK

“What can I do to help you?” 

Favorite Quote:

World War II buff.

Something Quirky About Me: 

Pretty much anything outdoors and traveling to third world countries.

What I Love to Do: 

Thom Vehon has owned and run local Arizona business, MTV General Contractors, for over 40 years with over 50 years invested in the construction industry. He is the father of three sons, 2 daughters-in-law, and 10 grandkids. Thom has served on Central Christian Church’s Executive Board, Christian Care Foundation Board and is a founding board member of Foster Arizona and Foster Arizona Housing Project. Thom enjoys being active in his church and local community; especially in areas that positively impact the lives of children.  

THOM VEHON

amanda.lasita@fosteraz.org

Director of Development & Communications

Amanda Lasita 

sonya.romero@fosteraz.org

Housing Engagement Director

Sonya Romero

shannon.eason@fosteraz.org

Executive Administrator 

Shannon Eason

our team

– Marianne Williamson

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” 

Favorite Quote:

I love jigsaw puzzles. My husband calls me the puzzle queen.

Something Quirky About Me:

I love go shopping with the girls. Purses and shoes are my kryptonite.

What I Love to Do: 

Shannon Eason is the Executive Administrator of Foster Arizona and Foster Arizona Housing Project. Growing up in a home where her family had more than 20 foster children come through their doors, helped birth her passion for helping young people in Foster Care see and reach their full potential.  That passion for young people and helping in the community led her to become a volunteer mentor at Foster Arizona Housing Project in 2020, and for she and her husband Keith to become Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for the Pinal County Juvenile Courts in 2018. Prior to joining the Foster Arizona staff, Shannon worked in education at the grade school, middle school and college levels. Shannon has been married to her husband Keith for 29 years and they are the proud parents of two adult children. Shannon and her family love music and sports (football & basketball specifically) and if her husband and daughter aren’t coaching youth basketball (while Shannon is filming) somewhere, you will always find them cheering on their Michigan Wolverines. Go Blue!

That I get to do a job I love with some pretty amazing people.

What I Find Amazing:

Shannon Eason

I keep a journal of favorite quotes I record from all the books I read. I literally cannot choose one!

Favorite Quote:

The incredible variety and uniqueness of people and their experiences and joys. 

What I Find Amazing:

Read; ride my electric bike; snuggle with a cat on my lap; family vacations and trips

What I Love to Do: 

Sonya is the Director of Housing Engagement for Foster Arizona Housing Project. She has been a teacher of the Deaf and hard of hearing for most of her adult career. Identifying as a hard of hearing person, Sonya has a passion for the Deaf world and uses American Sign Language as her second language; her experience with students with a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and needs in special education has uniquely prepared her for her current role. Additionally, Sonya has experienced adoption and kinship foster care, which has grown a heart for those in need in the foster care system and beyond. Sonya feels so blessed to have a wonderfully supportive and loving husband, two children who enrich and challenge life, and three cute cats.

Sonya Romero

- Maya Angelou

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Favorite Quote:

Amanda is a fantasy football junkie and loves to run. She completed her first marathon in 2016.

Something Quirky About Me:

Amanda is the Development and Communications Officer and Consultant for Foster Arizona and Foster Arizona Housing Project. She has nearly fifteen years of communication, community relations, and fundraising experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors. 
 
Amanda holds an MBA from Grand Canyon University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration—Marketing from the University of Nevada, Reno. She also has a Digital Marketing Certificate from Cornell University and a Nonprofit Management Certificate from Arizona State University. 
 
Amanda was recognized as a Phoenix Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Recipient and a Phoenix Suns and National Bank of Arizona Amazing Women Award Recipient. Amanda resides in San Diego with her husband and son.

Travel, spend time with my family, run, volunteer, coffee obsessed, attend sporting events.

What I love to do:

Amanda Lasita

Volunteer Team Lead -Technology

Keith Eason 

Volunteer Team Lead - Design

Brian Vehon

Volunteer Team Lead - Housing 

Alexander Falkenstein

- Winston Churchill or someone else

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Favorite Quote:

I collect original adidas tracksuits

Something Quirky About Me:

Beyond volunteering for amazing organizations like Foster Arizona, I spend my time serving as a board member at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northern and Central Arizona. I also enjoy gardening and growing tropical and rare fruit, practicing yoga and calisthenics, constantly learning more about finance/economics, reading interesting books, and eating delicious foods.

What I Love to Do: 

Alexander Falkenstein is a Vice President at Northern Trust Bank where he works as an investment manager for high-net-worth families and institutions. Alexander loves to engage in the community in meaningful ways and connected with Foster Arizona through his participation in Valley Leadership Institute’s Class 40. Since then, he has become connected at a deeper level with young adults transitioning out of foster care as a financial mentor and Housing Lead Team member for Foster Arizona. 

Alexander Falkenstein 

- Mr Feeny, Boy Meets World 

I enjoy Funko Pops, knick-knacks, and other nostalgic collectible stuff. 

Something quirky about me: 

I enjoy sports, hanging out with family, doing photography and getting to work on creative stuff. Read; ride my electric bike; snuggle with a cat on my lap; family vacations and trips

What I love to do: 

Brian Vehon has worked for MTV General Contractors for over 20 years; specializing in design, photography, and ariel video work. He attended ASU for construction and loves the process of buildings becoming a reality. He brings his creative eye and design skills to the volunteer work he does with Foster Arizona taking on the lead design role for all print and media pieces. Brian has been a part of Foster Arizona from day one and has become the swiss army knife of the organization, stepping into all things from lawn work to picking up mattresses for the young adults transitioning out of foster care. 
Brian is passionate about making an impact in the lives of those who have experienced foster care because of his personal experiences. Brian has been married to Kim, founder of Foster Arizona, for almost 20 years and is dad to seven kids; four who were adopted out of Arizona’s foster care system. He has seen first-hand the challenges that come from trauma and believes that the solution is in engaging the community around us. 

“Believe in yourselves. Dream. Try.
Do good.”

Favorite quote:

Brian Vehon

- Egella Eason (My Mother)

“Be the best you can be, in everything you do.”

Favorite Quote:

Cooking is simply a chemistry experiment.

What I find Amazing:

Spend time with God, Family, watching and participating in sports, listening to music, family game nights, and quality time with Shannon. 

What I Love to Do: 

Keith Eason is married to his wonderful wife Shannon, and together they have 2 adult children. Keith has been volunteering and offering technical assistance for Foster Arizona and Foster Arizona Housing Project for 2 years. Together, Keith and Shannon also volunteer as CASA’s for Pinal County.

Keith is an avid music and sports lover, especially basketball and anything focused on the University of Michigan. Alongside his daughter, thay have recently started a Non-Profit basketball club which focuses on teaching fundamentals and "thinking the game" within the game of basketball to adolescents which provide valuable life lessons using a team sport.

 

Keith Eason 

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