Peer & Family Career Academy
 

(855) 8AZ-PFCA (29-7322)

PFCA Courses meet the AHCCCS Policy Requirements for Peer and Recovery Support and Supervision Continuation Education & Training! Our courses are AHCCCS funded and are provided at no cost to Arizona students or their agencies!

The PFCA was created to be a community educational resource for peer and family support employees.

The PFCA was created to be a community educational resource for peer and family support employees.

a purpose and a passion

The PFCA was created with purpose and passion by the community of providers who employ peer and family support staff in Arizona.

We understand that the relationship between clinical teams and the individuals served can be greatly enhanced and strengthened when peer and family support staff are a part of the team.

This vital role of peer and family support has changed over time. Today, with the importance of reporting outcomes and demonstrating improvement, employed supporters require in-depth knowledge of evidence-based and emerging practices within various specialties. 

The PFCA is designed to provide quality continuing education for peer and family supporters statewide.


Gloriana Hunter, Ed.d., Instructional design & facilitation

Gloriana Hunter is a champion of peer and family support. For over a decade, she has actively advocated for the inclusion of peers and family members in all forms of behavioral and integrated health care.

Gloriana believes training is a key element to sustaining a strong peer and family support workforce. She has developed and delivered several skill-development courses for people employed in peer and family support, plus their supervisors and managers. Her facilitative recipe holds a perfect mixture of practical application, evidence-based knowledge, humor, and inspiration.

Gloriana's focus on peer and family support comes organically through her own lived experience of recovery. She states, "I had a family who willingly stepped in and stepped up for me when I needed them most, and peer support was offered to me from the first day. This level of support has made all the difference between a life ruined and a life realized."

Today, Gloriana is a leading expert on how organizations can help build career paths for peer and family support employees.  She holds a Master of Business Administration and an Educational Doctorate in Organizational Leadership.

Gloriana Hunter lives in Phoenix with her spouse and way too many little dogs.

Gloriana Hunter lives in Phoenix with her spouse and way too many little dogs.


Governance Committee members

Andy Bernstein, Ph.D.
Camp Wellness
Tucson (main), Apache Junction, Nogales, Yuma

Kimberly Craig
CHEEERS
Phoenix

Jim Dunn
NAMI Arizona
All of Arizona

Christopher Gonzales
Hope Lives - Vive La Esperanza
Casa Grande, Flagstaff, Phoenix

Dawn McReynolds
United Healthcare
Health Plan Office of Individual and Family Affairs

Dan Haley
Hope, Inc.
Tucson, Yuma

Suzanne Legander
S.T.A.R.
Avondale, Phoenix, Mesa

Erneshia M. Pinder
MercyCare of Arizona
Health Plan Office of Individual and Family Affairs

Colleen McGregor
Banner Health
Health Plan Office of Individual and Family Affairs

Deb Jorgenson
Care 1st Health Plan
Health Plan Office of Individual and Family Affairs

Tony Smith
AZ Complete Health Care
Health Plan Office of Individual and Family Affairs

Erin Soto
REN
Phoenix, Wickenburg

Joshua Sprunger
Magellan Complete Care of Arizona
Health Plan Office of Individual and Family Affairs

Veronica Welch
Steward Health Choice AZ
Health Plan Office of Individual and Family Affairs