Council Staff

Emily Jenkins, President/CEO

Emily JenkinsEmily Jenkins has been the President/CEO of the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers since January 2008. She has worked in the health field for much of her professional life. An attorney, Ms. Jenkins has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona and a Juris Doctorate from ArizonaStateUniversity. 

 Emily’s first major professional position was as Executive Director of the Arizona Family Planning Council. She developed the organization into a statewide association of family planning agencies. For fourteen years she worked at TucsonMedicalCenter, where she developed and directed an international health partnership that included most of the hospitals in Tucson and equivalent partners in Almaty, Kazakhstan. While at TMC she also served as the Director of Government and Community Relations and Director of Foundation Grants and Community Partnerships.

Her professional career includes being a partner in the law firm of Reed, Goldstein and Jenkins-Reed, where she specialized in health care law, including professional practice and anti-trust issues, and in corporate law and EEOC matters.

Her volunteer work includes serving as the chair of the Juvenile Services Coordinating Council in Tucson, a broad based collaboration of agencies that addresses issues of children impacted by family violence and parental incarceration.  She chaired a statewide initiative on the needs of children of incarcerated parents that was part of a national initiative. She served as chair of the Board of Directors of CPSA, as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence, and on the boards of other human service organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of St. Luke’s BehavioralHealthCenter and the ArizonaCollegiateHigh School.

She has family members with behavioral health disorders and that has provided her with an understanding of the needs of persons with mental illness and a passion for ensuring that services are available to them.


Bahney Dedolph, Deputy Director

Bahney Eaton Dedolph joined the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers staff in January 2013 as the Policy Analyst and is currently the Deputy Director.  Bahney received her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences (an NASW approved undergraduate Social Work degree) with an emphasis in Direct Practice and Women’s Studies from George Williams College, Master’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Anthropology from Texas Tech University, and post graduate certificate in Social Work practice from the University of Denver.  Having read the autobiography of Jane Addams at a very young age, Bahney has always considered herself honored to be a Social Worker walking in the very large footsteps of the founder of Hull House.

Bahney’s work experience runs the gamut from direct practice to systems advocacy to program management and supervision.  Much of her early experience was in the domestic violence field working in shelter programs in a variety of capacities.  Moving to Arizona in 1996, she became the Director of Public Policy at the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence leading the advocacy efforts of the Coalition.  Catholic Charities was Bahney’s next challenge, supervising a small satellite office in El Mirage providing community services, counseling, domestic violence advocacy, and emergency and transitional housing services.  Bahney then joined the team at Fresh Start Women’s Resource Center as Operations Manager and worked as a Mobile Crisis Therapist for LaFrontera EMPACT-SPC.  In between and in her spare time, she taught Policy, Practice, Diversity, and Human Behavior classes in the School of Social Work at ASU.   Bahney currently serves on the Board of Directors of NASW-AZ and is co-chair of their Policy Committee.

Bahney’s greatest accomplishment, however, is raising four wonderful children to adulthood and she will brag on them and her five grandchildren at a moment’s notice. 

Back to Top