Board of Directors

 The  YRCC Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 2:30pm. Most  meetings are held at the YRCC dining room, but we sometimes meet at  different locations within our service areas, so be sure to check our newsletter for details. Our annual membership meeting and elections are held in February. Please consider YRCC membership if you are not already a member. It is a great way to support what we do, with added benefits for you! 

Frances Lechner, President

I helped to secure the four-year contract with NACOG, developed and  expanded the Club Yarnell program with the assistance of Jerry Florman, served as campaign chair for Steve Spence's successful campaign for Honorary Mayor, handled the paperwork for the legal name change of the Center, filled in as back-up for the Executive Director on occasional days off, and wrote many of the Yellow Sheet articles about the Center on Kim's behalf.  I eat and shop regularly to the Center! I love the Center and its amazing cadre of volunteers that make it all  happen, and appreciate the tremendous work of the Board. 

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Joyce Dennison, Vice President

Recently Retired in Walnut Grove, Joyce is homesteading out on the  Hassayampa river, and helping husband John build a rammed earth solar  home. Joyce is a retired psychologist, professor and teacher.


For the past 4 years, Joyce has been an active volunteer in helping Paul Jones and the recovery efforts through counseling in Yarnell.  Her activities in the Walnut Grove community include school board, free little library, nutritional lunch support group, and now being an area ambassador for the Yarnell Regional Community Center . 

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Leah Tidey, Secretary

 Leah settled in Yarnell in 2007. After long careers and living from the West Coast to the East Coast, Leah, and her husband Chuck, now call Yarnell home.  Leah has been a volunteer at the YRCC since 2011, beginning as a volunteer in the kitchen. She helps coordinate the monthly YRCC newsletter and the Weaver Mountains Community Calendar.  


Leah has been on the YRCC Board for four years and as Secretary for two. She hopes to continue to be a part of this thriving, much needed asset to the Weaver Mountains’ Communities.  She is also actively involved in the Yarnell Fire Department Auxiliary and the Yarnell Community Garden Project .

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Rebecca Wilks, Treasurer

Rebecca is a retired OB-Gyn and now works as a professional photographer. She and her husband, Marco Cecala, have lived part time in Yarnell since 2005 and expect to be full-timers soon. She's also  active in Arizona Rotary and Through Each Others Eyes, a nonprofit which creates international cultural exchanges with photographers.  She looks forward to lending her time and energy to the Center, a central part of our communities. 

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Michelle Jacobson, Member at Large

Michelle and her husband Steve have had Yarnell as their home away from home since 2005 visiting from Ohio and Connecticut as often as possible before becoming full-time residents.  Over the years, the Community Center was always a go-to place to explore and has been a resource for both friendship and service.   She completed a thirty-year career at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, having held numerous leadership positions in university administration.  She believes that all communities have needs that can only be met through public service and that the Community Center plays an integral part in the lives of our residents.  She is honored to have the opportunity to provide her support by serving on the board.  Michelle, Steve, and dog Kona happily live in Glen Ilah.

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David L Devaney, Member at Large

David was born in Bryn Mawr PA September 14,1946, one of five children of Irish, English, German descent. Upon graduating from St Joseph’s College, Philadelphia, PA in 1968, he served in the U. S. Army through 1971 with one tour of duty in Vietnam. After leaving the military, David pursued diversified careers in Public Accounting, Financial Services, Retail Sales and Real Estate Management. Simultaneous with the professional aspects of my life, he has been an active Family Caregiver, and volunteer in a variety of Charitable and Community based Organizations, including the, Boy Scouts of America, Boca Raton Florida Children’s Theatre, and the Surfside Beach Texas Historical Society, working on the reconstruction of Fort Velasco. Davide has also supported the Houston Texas Children’s Charity, where he functioned as the logistics coordinator and annual Christmas Party Santa Claus for a number of years. He am the father of three wonderful children and grandfather of five precious grandchildren. David moved to Yarnell on June 25, 2019 and enjoys writing poetry, making new friends and pursuing community service, while in retirement. 

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Roxie Barringer, Member at Large

Roxie Barringer relocated from Phoenix to Peeples Valley 2000 with her husband, Russ.

She was a Meals-on-Wheels volunteer with the Center in its earlier life as the Yarnell Senior Center.  She has been amazed at the growth and transformation at the Center, and was happy to see some of the same clients  still being served by our MOW program.  Roxie is a passionate volunteer, serving over the years with many different organizations both locally and globally.  She has a special place in her heart for the elderly population, especially now that she, too,  has retired.

Her professional  career as a social worker  concluded in June 2019. Her skills and experience in that field have been an asset to the Board since being appointed in November 2019.

Among Roxie’s favorite  pastimes:  spending time  playing  with her 7 grandchildren, quilting and travel.

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