President and Chief Executive Officer
President and Chief Executive Officer
Kim McWaters recently retired as Chief Executive Officer of Universal Technical Institute (UTI), the nation’s leading provider of transportation technician training. She joined UTI as a part-time receptionist in 1984, and quickly worked her way up the leadership ranks. She was named President in 2000 and, in 2003, became CEO. She continues to serve on the company’s board of directors, and also is a member of the boards of Penske Automotive Group, Inc., and Mobile Mini, Inc.
Kim is deeply committed to helping others transform their lives and communities through education, guidance and support, and is especially passionate about helping women forge a path to success. She has been on the Fresh Start Board of Directors for more than a decade and, in 2014, was honored with the organization’s Founders’ Award. She has also served as a previous chair for the Fresh Start Gala. In addition, she previously served on the boards of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix and Banner Health Foundation. While leading UTI, she earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Business Administration and raised three children.
Chief of Staff
Heidi initially joined Fresh Start over 20 years ago and instantly fell in love with the Fresh Start mission and the services offered to women in our community. Since that time she has served as the Chair of the Auxiliary Board, as well as Chair of the Fresh Start Fashion Gala. In 2017, Heidi joined the administrative team at Fresh Start as the Development Manager. Prior to that she owned a consulting practice that launched the operations of multiple new business start-ups. She also spent over 10 years in the NBA, serving as the Director of Corporate Sales for the Phoenix Suns.
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships
Abdu Dahr’s role as the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships is a key driver in the ongoing growth and accelerated development of Fresh Start’s mission. Abdu is responsible for building partnerships with companies, employers, and educators who will provide career training, employment and education opportunities that meets the FSWF’s expectations for the women we serve to become self-sufficient.
Along with obtaining, a degree in Social Services in Rabat, Morocco where he grew up, Abdu also obtained his professional certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from ASU. Abdu has over nineteen years of experience in the nonprofit field with the past eight years being at the executive level. He has held multiple leadership roles and is passionate about serving others within his community.
Chief Financial Officer
Lata Quinn joined Fresh Start Women’s Foundation in November 2018 as the CFO. She brings a wealth of knowledge from her experience in running her own accounting firm with a focus on automating processes and working on productivity and efficiency to selling her company a few years ago to Clifton Larson Allen. Lata obtained her Chartered Professional Accounting, Certified Management Accountant designation in Canada and has worked in various capacities with Non-Profits for the past 25 years.
Chief Marketing and Client Experience Officer
Patti O’Brien joined Fresh Start with more than twenty-five years of marketing experience including, most recently, eight years at Maricopa Corporate College (MCOR) at Maricopa Community Colleges where she began in 2014 as the Director of Marketing and Communication. While at MCOR, she assumed additional areas of responsibility in Sales, Solutions, and Operations, and beginning in 2018, led the organization as Chief Operating Officer and Head of Corporate Engagement. As an advocate for continuous learning and gender equity, she has a passion for empowering women with life-changing education and training opportunities to foster career advancement and self-sufficiency.
Patti has a Master’s in Applied Leadership from Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University, and a B.S. in Business Finance from California State University. She has received numerous awards in marketing, sales, and leadership, and was most recently named 2021 Women Achiever of Arizona, by Arizona Capitol Times.