Who We Are


Valle del Sol inspires positive change by investing in health and human services to strengthen families with tools and skills for self-sufficiency and by building the next generation of Latino and diverse leaders.

Vision Statement

We inspire people to live healthy, empowered and productive lives.


Integrity and Honesty: We always tell the truth and do what we say. Diversity: We value everyone: their talents, beliefs and uniqueness. Commitment: We keep our promises to our self, staff, service recipients, stakeholders. Teamwork: We work in unison towards a shared vision. Excellence: We create the standards by which all others are measured. Respect: We preserve the dignity of all people and always treat others with courtesy.

Our History

Sensitive to people of all cultures, Valle del Sol was founded in 1970 to fill a gap in behavioral health and social services available to the Latino community and underserved population with nowhere else to turn. While Valle del Sol serves all communities, providing services that are culturally appropriate remains essential. For more than 44 years, Valle del Sol has led the way in behavioral health, human services, and leadership development by assisting thousands of men, women, children, families, and the elderly through counseling, substance abuse treatment, support services, and leadership development programs. Phoenix attorney at law and former NCLR Chairman of the Board, Daniel R. Ortega, Jr. has watched Valle del Sol’s transformation since its inception. “Valle del Sol is an institution that we absolutely must have. It has an excellent reputation in the community because it has shown its ability to serve and has touched many, many lives.”

CARF Accreditation

CARF Accreditation Assures Quality Programs Valle del Sol has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited four of its programs that specialize in substance abuse and mental health. This is the fourth time a three-year accreditation was awarded, which is the highest level any organization can receive from CARF. This accreditation assures the community that the services provided meet the highest standards possible.


Proud UnidosUS affiliate and 2017 Far West Affiliate of the Year.

Board of Directors

David A. Hansen


Vice Chair
Andrea Moreno


Joseph Losada
Losada CPA


Linda Padilla McPhaul
American Express Technologies




Manuel S. Calero


Rick K. Carter
Wong and Carter, PC


Ixchel del Castillo
COX Communications


David Jackson
Community Member


Sonya Pastor LaSota
Pastor LaSota Consulting


Florentino Gabriel Licon, Jr.
Community Member


Laura Mendoza
Community Member


June Reid
Community Member


Art Ruiz
Community Member


Virginia Valenzuela
Community Member


Senior Management

Carmen Heredia, LMSW, CPHQ, MCCEP
Chief Executive Officer


Karissa Nisted, C.P.A.
Chief Financial Officer


Angela Florez
Chief Development Officer


Dr. Eduardo Alcantar
Chief Medical Officer


Lynne Emmons, LSSBB, LAMFT
Chief Operating Officer

Updated December 2, 2019


View our 2013-2014 Annual Report here.