Michaela Wagner


Michaela is a certified nurse midwife who has been practicing in the Phoenix metro area since 2016. Michaela obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Seattle University in 2007. Through ROTC, she earned a commission in the United States Army and spent three years in Landstuhl, Germany working primarily with soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. After returning from a 6-month tour to Iraq, Michaela began working on a mother-baby unit and discovered a passion for helping moms and babies learn to breastfeed. She became a certified lactation counselor in 2012.

While in the military, Michaela was introduced to the role of the nurse-midwife and realized that it was the perfect way to turn her love for bedside nursing and teaching into the field of advanced practice and do what she had always dreamed of doing, being with women through pregnancy and the births of their babies. Michaela earned her Master’s of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University in 2016 and practiced in the West Valley until 2022 when she joined Aid to Women Center.

Michaela is a believer in supporting the normal processes of womanhood throughout the lifespan, pregnancy, and birth. She enjoys building relationships and providing support, and education. Michaela is also passionate about Functional Maternity Care and Natural Family Planning (NFP) for women who desire to learn more about their body’s natural health, and fertility signs, and achieve or avoid pregnancy through evidence-based methods. Women are not broken and deserve better than our current conventional care. One of Michaela’s future goals is to obtain the Creighton Fertility Care Practitioner certification.

Michaela and her husband have lived in the west valley since 2011 and have 5 children. Michaela enjoys travel, hiking, and hobby photography.

Dr. Susan Sandmann-Uy


Dr. Sandmann-Uy graduated from St. Louis University Medical School in Baguio City, Philippines. She completed her family practice residency at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio. After practicing medicine in Ohio for 3 years she and her family moved to Arizona to be close to family.

Lisa McDaniel


Lisa graduated PA school at AT University and her first six years in practice were in Casa Grande doing Family Medicine at a rural health clinic, where she was able to serve families who otherwise didn't have access to health care.

In 2011, Lisa became the first mid-level provider in Arizona certified as a NaPro Medical Consultant and Creighton Model Practitioner. These certifications allow her to give advanced care to women with infertility and other hormonal abnormalities. She is very passionate about Women's Health and believes that empowering couples through education on fertility and their bodies is one of the keys to good health.

Jessica Murphy

Nurse Manager

Jessica graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has worked in various areas of women's healthcare before coming to Aid to Women Center. She is also an IBCLC and is passionate about supporting new moms and babies during their breastfeeding journey.

Cristina Esquivel


Cristina is a registered nurse at Aid to Women Center. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. She is passionate about science, especially gynecological health. She has a heart for empowering others, and hopes to be someone her patients can trust.

Patricia Estrada


Patricia has lived in the Valley since 2002. She graduated with her BSN from NAU in 2016. Patricia has 12 years experience as a corrections officer and along with her work at Aid to Women Center she currently works with individuals with disabilities providing care. Patricia is fluent in Spanish and passionate about meeting the needs to provide holistic and compassionate care to expectant mothers and fathers.

Sabrina Wozny


Sabrina graduated with her BSN from Arizona State University in 2019. She worked as a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology nurse for 2 years before switching to OB and then starting at Aid to Women Center. She is also certified in limited OB ultrasound. Sabrina is passionate about providing compassionate, holistic care to her patients and has a heart for helping expectant mothers and fathers.

Meri Beth Faulk


Meri Beth graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She became a volunteer nurse for Aid to Women Center in 2010 and began as a staff member in 2012.

Maryrose Cisneros


Maryrose is a Registered Nurse at Aid to Women Center. She graduated first from University of Arizona with a Bachelors in Family Studies and Human development and started work as a social worker. She then continued her education in Nursing and graduated with a Bachelors degree from Arizona State University. Caring for vulnerable people, especially women’s health, is close to her heart. In her free time, her and her husband love to travel, dance, cook, and spend time with friends and family.

Serena Madison

Ultrasound Technician

Serena graduated from Modern Technology School in California where she earned her certification as an ultrasound technician. She recently moved to Arizona with her husband, her daughter, her two dogs and her pig! Serena loves helping women and using her skills in the ultrasound room.

Dr. Joseph Mott


Dr. Joseph Mott received his MD at University of Colorado. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, W.B. Cherny, Chairman, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Mott has over 40 years of experience in both general surgery and OB Gyn. He served in the United States Army Medical Corp and has worked as a surgical assistant in OB/GYN at Desert Samaritan/Banner Desert for the past 17 years.

Elva Garcia

Office Manager

Elva Garcia is our Office Manager, as well as one of our Peer Counselors, at our newest location in South Phoenix. She was in the dental field for over 16 years and in management for the last eight years. She provides administrative support and speaks both Spanish and English. Elva has a compassionate heart for all women that come to our center.

Stephanie Gray

Peer Support Manager

Stephanie is the Peer Support Manager and has the privilege of walking with the clients in their most difficult moments. She also manages all volunteers and is responsible for the Parenting Prep Program that is offered through Aid to Women Center. Stephanie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Arizona State University and is currently pursuing her Masters degree to obtain her license as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Jacqueline Roybal

Peer Counselor

Jackie studied Theology at Grand Canyon University where she was called to do women's ministry. She recently moved here from California and now does Peer Counseling at our Center. She loves to serve women here in Arizona and is active in several community service groups.

Trish Langley

Peer Counselor

Trish provides peer counseling at Aid to Women Center. She received her BS and MS from the University of Kansas in Education and Instruction respectively and her Certification in Administrative Leadership from Colorado Mesa University, working several years in the field of education. She is also certified in Cognitive Coaching and is also a Positive Intelligence Coach.

Penelope Toscano

Peer Counselor

Penelope, is a hard-working individual who lives to help people in her communities. From working with the youth and young adults to being a bilingual administrative assistant in the chancery office of the diocese, Penelope has always had a passion to serve where she is needed. Currently her passion for working with women in need has led her to be here at Aid to Women Center. Her years of experience has equipped her to walk with all women, especially those in the Hispanic community, during their most difficult moments. She is currently in school to get her degree in psychology.

Anne Dennis

Outreach Manager

Anne Dennis graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Education. She has worked in non-profit for 25 years. Anne is responsible for fundraising for Aid to Women Center as she acts as an ambassador at both the parish and community level. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to her at or at 480-966-1902 to sign up to be a monthly donor, or invite her to your church, school or organization.

Valeria Lopez


Val is a farm girl from Washington who moved to Arizona in 2012 and has a deep love for animals, sports, and the outdoors. She also loves helping other people and is one of the friendly faces you will see at the front as our receptionist. Val used to work as a manager at a grocery store and has been with Aid to Women Center since 2020. She is also fluent in Spanish.

Vianna Garcia


Vianna is one of the friendly faces you will see at the front desk. She loves music, traveling and going to the gym. Vianna used to work for Chase Bank but is now happy to be assisting the women that come into our center. She is also fluent in Spanish.

Monse Zarate


Monse was born and raised in Arizona. She graduated from Pima Medical School as a MA and is now working the front desk at Aid to Women Center here at our Apache Center. She has 5 years of experience working in women's healthcare and is very passionate about serving women. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her four children, going on hikes and watching her son play soccer on the weekends.

Christine Brushahan

Education Facilitator

Christine provides front office support as a receptionist and also is a facilitator for our Parenting Prep Program. Christine received her Elementary Education degree from the University of Nebraska and formerly taught 4th grade. She has been involved in education for over 25 years.

Christi Deg

Education Facilitator

Christi is a facilitator for our Parenting Prep program. She earned her B. S. in Family Resources and Human Development from Arizona State University in 2003. She and her husband, John, live in Ahwatukee with their six children. She is passionate about mentoring other moms and providing support throughout their pregnancy and motherhood journeys.

Anna Marie Francis

Education Facilitator

Anna Marie is an education facilitator at both our Apache and South Phoenix centers. She is bilingual and is an asset to the Hispanic community of moms at Aid to Women Center. She has over 20 amount of years in customer service and feels passionately that being a mom is one of the most precious gifts in life, although not easy, and is happy to help along the way.

Jim Fitzsimmons

Jim works with Anne on the outreach team. He was raised in the suburban Detroit area, attended the United States Military Academy and the University of Michigan, and pursued a career in the financial sector before gravitating toward advertising. Jim has an extensive background in sales and marketing, and thoroughly enjoys public speaking and outreach.

Tony Rizzo

Men’s Program Manager

Tony is our Men’s Program manager at Aid to Women Center. He is responsible for providing peer counseling and men’s educational services. Over the years he has built a variety of men’s programs focused on a man’s unique role in life. Tony has a business background of 50 years and has served as an executive consultant and program manager for large national and world-wide organizations in the areas of operations, finance, and applied technology.

Andy Lambros

Men's Program Coordinator

Andy Lambros is a retired firefighter who spent 28 years on the job. Andy wants to use his experience with serving the public, by continuing to serve the unique needs of men and their role in life. Andy and his wife have raised five children and is excited to share all that he has learned over the years with the men who come in. He is responsible for running the Men’s Program at our South Phoenix location. As part of our Men's Program, Andy is eager to accompany men in their understanding of what it means to be a real man, the importance of his shared responsibility to parent, and most importantly what it means to be a father.

Joe Kendra

Executive Director

Joe Kendra is the Executive Director at Aid to Women Center in Tempe. His background includes over 30 years in Marketing at such companies as Pizza Hut, 20th Century Fox and Long John Silvers. Joe was the head of marketing at Cold Stone Creamery and instrumental in creating and growing the brand. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with an MBA in marketing.