Working together to increase the availability and quality of afterschool opportunities statewide.
Courtney Sullivan, MBA is the Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence. Coming from a family of educators, Courtney has always been passionate about education, students and the importance of supporting youth as they become the next generation of leaders and teachers. Courtney’s early professional career was focused on marketing and communications in the nonprofit sector. After getting her MBA from ASU, she moved into management and advocacy. Courtney is excited to bring the vast network of out of school time providers and supporters together to help Arizona youth succeed and thrive.
Franny Sharpe became an Arizonan in 1997, when her family moved to the Valley from a Chicago suburb. During her time at Paradise Valley High School and, later, Northern Arizona University, Franny developed an interest in politics, and lent her time to many causes and campaigns. After graduation, this interest evolved into a career path, and took her to many campaigns and cities across the country, including Reno, Nevada and Des Moines, Iowa. After returning to Arizona in 2012, her desire to see the opportunities she had as a young person be available to all of Arizona’s youth led her to her current position as Program and Outreach Manager with the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence.
A native Arizonan, Caitlin King Khoury graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Masters degree in Nonprofit Studies. Caitlin began her career as a teacher in a Title 1 elementary school and at the Mesa Community College Children’s Center. Her interest in informal learning led her to join the founding staff of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, and ultimately to become part of the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence team, working to ensure all Arizona kids have access to fun, engaging, and educational learning opportunities outside of school.
Jennifer Roman has actively supported youth based programs for over 16 years. While her career experience includes working in the software industry, professional training, and sales, it is her experience volunteering in schools and community programs that led her to the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence. She is passionate about supporting programs that nurture children and help them achieve their full potential. As Program Assistant she looks forward to helping those that provide valuable programming for the children in our state.
Genevieve Burns graduated from Northern Arizona University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Communication Studies and International Relations. Always active in creative and athletic afterschool endeavors while she was younger, she hopes to help others also have transformative out-of-school opportunities as well, which brought her to the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence.