Kary Goitia, MA

Chief Executive Officer

Kary joined West Valley Child Crisis Center in April 2014. She has proven success in non-profit leadership, program development, and fundraising. She is responsible for daily operations, the evaluation and strengthening of existing programs, developing and implementation of new programs, fundraising efforts as well as the strategic growth of the agency.

For over twenty years Kary has advocated for a variety of populations including those in the child welfare and behavioral health systems. She is active in the community, as she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Glendale Police Spouse Support program. She has also been part of the Board of Directors for PASSAGE and volunteered with Glendale Fire Crisis Response Team. Kary graduated with her Masters of Administration degree in 2012 from Northern Arizona University, is a member of the American Evaluation Association and is certified in Individual and Group Crisis Intervention and Peer Support.

Michelle McCandless

Executive Assistant & Marketing Manager

Michelle began her career with West Valley Child Crisis Center in September of 2010 doing finance. With her extensive administrative and marketing experience, Michelle has grown within our agency and has taken on many responsibilities. On top of doing administrative duties, she has also been very involved in working with our Board of Directors and with partnering agencies. Over the past four years, Michelle has developed a strong sense of devotion to help Arizona’s children and has a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life for others.


Contact Michelle at mmccandless@wvccc.org


Jessica Brimhall, M.Ed.

Family Reunification Program Manager

Jessica joined West Valley Child Crisis Center in May 2015. She oversees the Family Visitation Program which provides supervised visitation between biological parents and their children who have been removed from the home. The program currently consists of four teams who serve all of Maricopa County.

Jessica has worked with children and in social services in several capacities. She started her career as a middle school teacher working in the Tempe Elementary School District after receiving her Master’s Degree in Education from Arizona State University. She has worked teaching life skills to youth aging out of the foster care system and adults enrolled in the mental health system. She has also worked with new mothers and families at risk for child abuse by teaching parenting skills, resiliency, and community resources. She is certified as a Child Passenger Safety Technician and an American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Instructor. She is excited to continue her career ensuring the safety and wellbeing of Arizona’s children and families at West Valley Child Crisis Center.

Candace Schulte, Foster Care, Adoption & Training Supervisor

Candace came to the West Valley Child Crisis Center in October 2012 as a Licensing Specialist.  She brings with her over 12 years of social services background where she primarily served the elderly and disabled populations access various public benefits programs.  As an Arizona Native she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Arizona State University, which is her family’s alma mater.   Candace is passionate about helping children and furthering the mission of the West Valley Child Crisis Center.

Contact Candace at cschulte@wvccc.org