Executive Board

AZCAAR Board

Connie Robinson, President

Connie has over 20 years experience in HR and diversity sourcing for Fortune 500 companies. Connie is a management graduate from Arizona State University and has served on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations.

Roy Dawson, Executive Director

Roy has over 25 years of experience in HR for Fortune 100 corporations in leadership development and intercultural relations. Roy earned his MBA from Pepperdine University and certificates in International Management and Executive Leadership from Duke University and the University of Virginia.

Danielle Kemp, Vice President

Dainelle is a certified trainer and has expertise in change management and organizational development. She is working in the telecommunications industry. Danielle earned her MEd degree from Arizona State University.

Kent Earle, Treasurer

Kent has over 20 years of management experience in several industries including automotive, cable, IT, and the military. Kent earned his MBA in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Teresa Toney, Secretary

Teresa has extensive community college administration experience including serving as Manager for EEO and Affirmative Action for the Maricopa County Community College District. She earned her MPA in Public Administration from Arizona State University.

Our Mission & Visoion

AZCAAR Mission & Vision

AZCAAR was founded in 2007 on the premise to improve the life challenges facing African Americans in Arizona, to act as a resource for those serving the African American community built on the focus areas of: Communications, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Health and Well-being, Leadership, Political Engagement, and Racial Equity. 


Our Mission is to:

  • Improve the quality of life of African Americans in Arizona

Our Vision:

  • Convening Arizonans to discuss and resolve issues that have socioeconomic and political impact within the African American Community

Our Strategic Approach

Interrelated Focus Areas

AZCAAR has identified 9 focus areas that are all interrelated and dependent on one another to foster significant improvements in the lives of African Americans in Arizona.


  1. Communications: Develop sustainable mechanisms to inform the African American community of issues that directly impact them.
  2. Civic Engagement: Promote and advocate civic engagement and voting to change and impact policy. 
  3. Criminal Justice: Protect African American youth from entering the criminal justice system by addressing points of entry and contacts.
  4. Economics: Identify and address economic and financial issues that impact the daily lives of the African American community.
  5. Education: Promoting an EDUCATION-centric mentality in the African American community to drastically improve academic achievement.
  6. Environment: Advocating healthy environmental factors in the African American community.
  7. Health Care: Improve access and promote a healthy lifestyle.
  8. Leadership: Focus on African American youth to develop leadership qualities to help address and solve the issues facing the African American community.
  9. Race/Gender/Age Relations: Identify and address those issue that impact the African American community.