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Meet the ASCA Board

The Arizona Senior Center Association Board of Directors is made up of a group of committed, experienced individuals who have worked in the field of senior services in Arizona for a combined 100+ years. If you believe that you have the kind of skills and experience that would enhance our Board and our association, consider donating your time and joining us. Little travel is involved as many of our meetings are held via phone conference, so you can get involved no matter where you live. Interested? Please email us at

ASCA President - Leslie Rudders

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Leslie Rudders was elected president of the Arizona Senior Center Association in July, 2013. Her term is from August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2015.  Leslie has been an active member of Arizona Senior Center Association for 11 years.

Leslie Rudders was born and raised in New Jersey. Leslie moved to Arizona in 1998. She managed the North Brunswick NJ Senior Center for 13 years before deciding to go west.    Her first Arizona job was Coordinator of Volunteer Services at Boswell Hospital in Sun City…where as you might guess there are a lot of volunteers to coordinate. When City of Surprise expanded and remodeled their Senior Center in 2002,  Leslie became the first Senior Services Supervisor serving until April 2014.  Leslie retired from the City of Surprise on April 3, 2014.  Leslie has been married to her husband Bob for 45 years.  They have 3 children and 7 grandchildren, all in Arizona. 

ASCA Past President - Patty Contreras

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Patty ContrerasPatty Contreras was president of the association for two terms is now the past president as of August 1,2013. Patty has worked in the field of aging services for over 25 years. She is currently employed with the City of Phoenix Human Services Department, Community and Senior Services Division as a Human Services Program Coordinator where she manages eight of the 15 senior centers in Phoenix.  In 2013, she was the nutrition program contract monitor overseeing the Senior Nutrition Meals Program which provided meals for 15 senior centers and over 1200 daily home delivered meals. Previous to that she was the Senior Programs Supervisor at Devonshire Senior Center and a Recreation Coordinator for seniors at South Mountain Community Center.

Patty has had a variety of experiences working with seniors including special events and classes in Apache Junction Parks and Recreation, private and commercial recreation at Sunland Village and Greenfield Village, and in a therapeutic setting at Las Flores Nursing Center in Mesa. Patty has a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation, emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in Administration, emphasis in Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

Patty has been a member of the association since 2005.

ASCA Vice-President - Diane Dempsey

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ASCA Secretary - vacant

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ASCA  Treasurer - Phillip Yabes

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ASCA Board Member - Josie Salas

Josie Salas has been an ASCA board member for seven years. She is currently the Field Director for Foundation for Senior Living programs, a position she has held for five years. She has worked in social services for 29 years and has been the center manager of the Peoria Senior Center for 19 years.

Josie graduated from Glendale Community College and attended ASU West majoring in social work. Her hobbies are reading, bike riding and watching sports on TV. She especially loves to watch NFL games.

ASCA Board Member - Anita Hinojos

ASCA Board Member - vacant

ASCA Board Member - vacant

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Contact us if you have any questions about ASCA membership, or would like to be considered to join our board. 2015 Board Nomination form.
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