Board of Directors
After becoming a foster parent in 2013, Delia realized that foster children and their families could benefit from greater community support. In 2020, she founded The Art of Love with hopes to share her passion for the arts with foster children. As someone who has struggled with anxiety, she finds that her faith and the use of expressive art are an effective way to manage stress and create joy. By exposing children to the many benefits of art she hopes to provide them with ideas and opportunities they might not normally receive. Delia's work is driven by compassion and the belief that we are given blessings to bless others. Delia is an Arizona native and an ASU graduate. She enjoys writing, hiking, business, scripture studies and working on her home with her husband.
Director of Development
Becky grew up in the Midwest and graduated from Martin Luther College with a Bachelor's in Education. Her young adult life was enriched with 8 years of teaching Music and English overseas in Germany, the Czech Republic and Russia. Currently, she resides in Peoria, AZ with her husband of 14 years and four young children. She works part-time in Growth and Development for a private Christian school. Becky has a gift when it comes to gently loving people and inspiring their personal best - a quality that benefits all within her realm.
Angel, an Arizona native, grew up playing summer ball in Laveen. She has over 20 years experience in the financial services industry, ranging from Project Management, Business Transformation to Risk Management. She's a strong quality assurance professional with a Bachelor of Science (BS) focused in Business/Project Management from the University of Phoenix. In her free time, Angel enjoys training Muay Thai with her partner, and is always up for an adventure. She also enjoys entertaining loved ones in her fun-loving, eclectic home that's filled with music, artwork and accessories that she has acquired while supporting local artists through the years.
Christa is currently a dance teacher in Prescott, Arizona. She attended Calvary Chapel School of Ministry where she studied dance, and later became fluent in Spanish. She taught High School Spanish for several years, and studied midwifery to became a Certified Birth Educator and Labor Support Person. She has worked with women and children in many churches and has done a lot of local and global missionary work. Christa has a heart for orphan care ministries, and has recently organized events to help bring awareness to the public about sex trafficking. She and her husband of 19 years recently built their dreamhouse together, where she continues to homeschool her 6 children, and share her love for Jesus.
Melissa was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and has developed a strong commitment to her community through educating it's youth and serving on multiple committees that focus on helping students grow and reach their highest potential. With over 20 years in Education, this U of A alumna is currently a Principal in Phoenix, who has recently received her Masters in Leadership from Walden University. She is also an active mother of 5, who has been happily married to her best friend for 22 years.
Matt Akao is a California native that has lived in Arizona for the last 15 years. Matt has over 20 years of experience in the Automotive Industry, with a focus in Business Administration and is currently an owner of a local construction company. When he is not working, Matt enjoys woodworking projects, and watching Niners games from the comfort of his West Valley home while spending time with his wife and 5 children. He has a gift for business, but is also in the business of sharing his gifts.
Wynton, who has lived in Arizona for most of his life, has shown up for his community in a variety of ways the past 30 years. Whether he was working as the Dean of Students at school, or as the Director of the Boys and Girls Club; he put his heart into serving the hundreds of children that crossed his path. Wynton received his BS in Child Development, followed by his MS in Communications at Walden University. He is currently teaching, and while he loves the work he does, he is the happiest when he is spending time with his wife of 22 years, and their 5 children.