The New Life Center leadership team is comprised of some of the most qualified and compassionate people in the domestic violence space. Meet the team behind the scenes of Arizona’s largest domestic violence shelter.
Chief Executive Officer
Myriah Mhoon is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Arizona’s largest domestic violence shelter, New Life Center. For the past 12 years, Mhoon has dedicated her professional life to working with the most vulnerable populations. During her career, Mhoon has been a direct service provider as a social worker, and became a statewide leader working at the Arizona Governor’s Office. Mhoon had the privilege of overseeing the Arizona Governor’s Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women and has worked with the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence on statewide initiatives. During her three-year tenure in the Governor’s Office, Mhoon led the domestic violence awareness campaign, Lighting Arizona Purple. In 2016, Mhoon sat on Arizona’s Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Task Force, guiding the Governor’s Office with recommendations to combat the backlog of rape kits in the state.
Chief Strategy Officer
Kate Thoene has dedicated her career to the nonprofit sector here in The Valley. Over the past 20 years, she has held various leadership roles where her work has increased capacity and community impact for several nonprofit organizations.
Prior to joining New Life Center, Kate was the Executive Director at Waste Not. She was also the Chief Social Enterprise Officer at UMOM and the Director of Community Kitchen Programs at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, where she worked for ten years.
Kate teaches Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation and New Business Models at ASU’s Nonprofit Management Institute and she serves on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and is Board Secretary for The Alliance of AZ Nonprofits.
When she is not working, Kate enjoys spending time with her family, watching her son play high school football, watching true crime shows and fostering animals.
Angela Rose is the Training Director for New Life Center. Angela has worked in the field of victim services for over 20 years, previously serving as the Manager of a Victim Services Division for a municipal Prosecutor’s Office, overseeing victim advocacy services for approximately 4,000 victims annually. Angela has also worked in numerous human services capacities, including as a domestic violence advocate, transitional housing case manager director, and mobile crisis response. Angela has served on the Executive Board of the Arizona Coalition for Victim Services and trains Advocates and criminal justice professionals throughout the state of Arizona on topics related to advocacy and victimization.
Amy Scanlon is currently the Outreach Director at New Life Center. Amy earned a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from City University in Bellevue, Washington. She has been working in the field of child abuse and family violence since 1998. Her career started as an Investigator for Child Protective Services. Amy held a specialized caseload of child fatalities, sexual abuse, and felony physical abuse of children. In 2007 she became the Program Coordinator at a hospital-based Child’s Advocacy Center. Amy was instrumental in implementing a hospital-wide abusive head trauma prevention program and educated the community and professional partners on topics related to child abuse. She has served on multiple taskforces to include child fatality reviews, abusive head trauma, commercial exploitation of children, child abduction response teams, and drug endangered children. She holds a position as an Executive Board Member with the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Washington.
Board of Directors
Dr. Floyd H. Hardin III
Jim Zemezonak, CRE
Respect: Treating all people with dignity and respect whether it is directly for the shelter or the services we provide to individuals, but also valuing the different perspectives of colleagues to show them that their contributions and expertise matter for our organization.
Director of Distribution Operations, SRP
Resilience – New Life Center recognizes that traumatic events can lead some people to isolate themselves. They understand by connecting with compassion and trustworthy relationships, can help give the individual a sense of reclaim hope and resilience.
Purchasing Manager, Valley Forge & Bolt Mfg Co.
Resilience – I have personally watched NLC adapt and effectively respond to a vastly changed community around them. What started as a grassroots effort 35 years ago has now grown into an advocacy that serves thousands of families locally and nationally each year. NLC meets every challenge with trauma-informed care programs, outreach services to help victims get out of harrowing situations and training for local agencies who are on the front lines of the fight every day.
Victim Services Administrator, Mesa PD | Mesa Family Advocacy Center
Compassion – I believe that lasting change starts with connecting through compassion. Understanding that our experiences are individual, valuable and everyone deserves kindness and grace.
Matthew C. Whitaker, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO, Diamond Strategies, LLC.
Equity – Recognizing that violence disproportionately impacts marginalized populations and solutions are effective when they are accessible to all, is critical to serving our entire community. We have to practice cultural humility, become aware of unique socio-cultural dynamics like this, avoid one size fits all solutions, and respond in ways that give people what they need, rather than what we want them to have.
Amanda Williams, LCSW
Behavior Health Manager, Mountain Park Health Center
Community – I believe that to support a survivor of abuse, we must work together as one. From the city and state leaders, first responders to local organization and volunteers. Together we can create a community, and environment, that is safe and support for everyone.