Who We Are
Chief Executive Officer
Aimee Runyon, a native of Arizona, has returned to be the Chief Executive Officer of Assistance League of Phoenix, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides basic needs to youth in need. Aimee was selected to be the 1st Executive Director for Assistance League of Phoenix as well as the first out of 122 Assistance League chapter’s nationwide back in 2012. In 2015, Aimee was recruited to be the CEO of notMYkid. After 26 years in the nonprofit industry, her return to Assistance League of Phoenix in 2018 came as a result of following her “why” for nonprofit service. Aimee also served as the 1st Executive Director for Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank, located in Chandler, Arizona. With a passion for giving back to the community, Aimee donates her time and resources to several nonprofit organizations in the Valley. Aimee served as Board President of ONE (Organization for Nonprofit Executives) as well as serving as the President of the Chandler Non Profit Coalition. Additionally, she was on the steering committee that started Arizona Gives Day. Aimee was invited to sit on ASU President Crow’s Community Council as well as the first CoBiz C3 group of nonprofit leaders.
Aimee received a BA degree in Communications from Arizona State University and a Master’s in Business Administration and Masters in Public Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management. Prior to working with Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank, Aimee was a Vice President at The Community College Foundation in Los Angeles, California. With over 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, the scope of her work has included food insecurity, basic needs for children & families, foster youth/foster parents/adoption programs, tutoring, technology, and behavioral health. Aimee was also responsible for bringing together Freddie Mac, Pearson Education, and Fifth Third Bank to fund projects that provided resources in Mississippi & Louisiana for Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. Aimee has a passion for bringing innovative solutions to at-risk and underserved populations through public/private partnerships that add value and cultivate ROI.
Aimee was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and is the proud basketball mom of her 14 year old son Amare.
Jeannie Burts joined Assistance League of Phoenix in 2019 as the Accounting Manager and oversees internal controls, accounting, and budgeting. Prior to joining ALP, Jeannie was at notMYkid for 11 years as the Accounting Manager. Before entering the nonprofit sector, she was an assistant to the superintendent of two public school districts. Originally from San Jose, California, she and her family moved to Arizona in 1987. Jeannie enjoys time with her family, playing the piano, sewing and crochet.
Volunteer Program Manager
Michelle Peralta joined Assistance League in 2015 as the Volunteer Program Manager. Before joining ALP Michelle worked in behavioral health, arts advocacy, and education. She attended ASU and holds a B.A. in Communication with a Minor in Event Management, a certificate in Nonprofit Marketing & Strategic Communications and an Associates in Child Development. Born and raised in Phoenix, Michelle loves the city and appreciates the desert beauty. Her favorite activities include cooking, gardening, bike riding and making memories with family and friends.
Alan Dunlap is the Program Manager of the Operation School Bell program. He joined the organization in 2014, when the first Delivering Dreams Bus was launched. Alan manages the warehouse, program inventory, the buses, along with the coordination and scheduling with our partner schools. Prior to moving to Phoenix, he was in the Midwest for 8 years driving for a bus program with The Community College Foundation. He holds an Associates degree in Photography and in 1997 was Big Brother™ of the Year in Cincinnati. Alan was born in Indiana, raised in Alaska and lived in the midwest before coming to Arizona. In his free time, Alan enjoys golf, golf and more golf.
Bill Ohland joined the ALP team in the Fall of 2021 as a Driver for Operation School Bell. He previously worked with the Peoria School District and before that, owned & operated a pest control company here in the Valley for over 30 years. He was born in Michigan and moved to Arizona in 1983. Bill loves the outdoors and enjoys spending his free time riding his motorcycle, camping, kayaking, and hiking.
Jim is a Driver for Operation School Bell. Originally from New York, Jim and his family moved to Peoria in 2019. He worked with both the Dysart and Peoria Schools Districts as aTrainer for school bus drivers before he joined our team in the Summer of 2022. Jim is enjoying his “retired” life in the Valley of the Sun. He spends his time golfing, walking the trails, hiking, rooting on our Arizona sports teams and most of all spending time with his grandchildren.
Store Manager, Thrift Boutique
Shannon Erickson is the Store Manager of our award-winning Thrift Boutique. She has been with the organization since 2019 and oversees the resale operations and ensures high standards & goals are met. Previous to joining ALP, she owned and operated a consignment store. She is Diamond & Geologist certified and brings experience in resale, brand knowledge and front-end customer service. Shannon enjoys spending time with family and friends and in her spare time.
Assistant Store Manager, Thrift Boutique
Rebecca (Becky) Sarna is the Assistant Store Manager of the Thrift Boutique. She oversees the day-to-day operations, manages the eBay store and works alongside the Manager to create a thriving resale store and fun place to volunteer.
Prior to joining ALP, Becky co-owned a successful family printing and direct mailing business for over 30 years. There, she gained extensive experience in managing a team and running a small business. She is known for her strong work ethic and dedication to achieving results.
As a native to the Valley, Becky has deep roots in the local community and is passionate about giving back. She attributes her deep appreciation for charitable work to her parents who dedicated their time to the community when she was a child. As a young adult she fundraised for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and competed in the LA Marathon. She enjoyed every aching second fundraising and participating in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day walk for 5 years. After the birth of her son Rylee, now 23, she followed in her parents’ steps and volunteered in anything and everything Rylee related. In her free time, she loves to hike and spend time having a GOOD time! She is committed to using her skills and experience to make a positive impact in the community and is excited to contribute to the success of ALP.