About our Board Members

Here’s a little something about our board members.

Mackenzie Covert

President, Director TV 4 Bullhead City, Owner Covert Creative Corner LLC

About Mackenzie

Mackenzie Covert graduated from River Valley High School in 2008 with a college scholarship and a strong desire to learn film and animation. 3 years later he graduated from the Art Institute of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Animation. Hungry and desperate for work in the economy of 2011, he returned to the comfort of home where he found his first job as a control room technician working for TV2 in Laughlin Nevada. Mackenzie has since worked as a freelance artist, a graphic designer, a pizza delivery guy, and now works as the Producer/Director/Editor/Host of Bullhead City’s TV4. No stranger to the difficulties of economic worries, Mackenzie has new passion for entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and upward mobility. With a smart phone in one hand and a tripod in the other, Mackenzie gladly lends his skills to the Community Financial Wellness team.

Ray Williams

Treasurer, Owner of YDWK bookkeeping and financial services

About Ray

Ray Williams spent the first 44 years of his life in Baltimore, MD. He started his working career at a defense contact company while still in high school. While there, Ray earned his engineering degree in electronics, working during the day and attending classes at night. Ray was laid-off from this position in the early 90’s. While searching for a new career path, he befriended a local CPA. Realizing that everyone needed a ‘bean counter’, Ray returned to college for accounting and worked at H&R Block, specializing in sole proprietor returns at a local CPA firm. In 1996 Ray became one of Intuit’s first members of their QuickBooks ProAdvisor program and has continued membership and certification since. Ray worked with CPA firms in the Maryland and Virginia area, training their clients to properly utilize QuickBook’s capabilities. In 2000 Ray accepted a position as Comptroller with Robert Rytter & Associates, Inc., a nationally recognized design firm. During his employment there, he also served as treasurer of AIGA-Baltimore. AIGA is a non-profit organization for graphic artists. Due to downsizing, Ray left Robert Rytter & Associates, Inc. and created an accounting firm catering to graphic designers. These clients assisted Ray in developing an amateur education and interest in graphic design and marketing. Ray moved to the Bullhead area in 2005. Initially contacting the Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce, a need was quickly seen for a small business advisor. While growing the client base of his company, YDWK, LLC during the day, he worked at a local casino during the graveyard shift. Ray is also a 2010 graduate the Colorado River Women’s Council’s Leadership and Master Government programs. He also served as one of the founding members of the Bullhead CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). Ray’s company YDWK, LLC assists small business in there accounting and payroll needs. Currently Ray is serving as Treasurer of Community Financial Wellness, and Member of Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee.

Jean Thomas

Board Member, Principal of Academy of Building Industries

About Jean

Jean took her role as principal shortly after the school opened in the 2004-05 school year. Holding a Masters in Educational Leadership and a Bachelors of Science in Education with Emphasis in Art from Northern Arizona University, she is always looking for new and creative ways to keep others encouraged and inspired. Her first administrative actions included making changes to the school that would break the mold and create an environment that was unlike more traditional high schools. With a smaller student population, Jean was able to execute her goal to establish a family-like atmosphere that students feel comfortable learning in, feel more than just a number in, and feel like they belong in.Jean’s views remain her focus through today and the AOBI family continues to grow. Word of mouth from current students to that of potential students and their friends is one of the most valuable tools used for recruitment. Her continuous dedication to supporting a strong team of staff helps ensure the students utilization of that tool in the community. Students will talk with their friends, their parents, and others about a school they enjoy attending.

Darlene Hiltner

Executive Director & Founder of Community Financial Wellness

David Mitchal

Board Member, Consulting and Resource for Community Financial Wellness.

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