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AZ Common Ground  (AZCG) is a community based organization created behind the razor wire of a prison fence by three former inmates who developed a plan to provide services to men, women, and youth upon their release from prison. Possessing the unique perspective of having been ex-offenders, experiencing the difficult...

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Our Mission Statement
To support, advocate and mentor previously incarcerated youth and adults to become servant leaders within Maricopa County.
Our Vision
Our ultimate goal is to prevent crime and advocate for victims of crime within Maricopa County.
Foundation History
AZ Common Ground  (AZCG) is a community based organization created behind the razor wire of a prison fence by three former inmates who developed a plan to provide services to men, women, and youth upon their release from prison. Possessing the unique perspective of having been ex-offenders, experiencing the difficult process of re-entry firsthand, and learning to rebuild their own lives after having been convicted of numerous felonies, these men came together to form this organization to confront the challenges which have created an out of control recidivism rate.

From the outset these men discovered that if communities do not collectively engage (businesses, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, law enforcement agencies, and the everyday stakeholder) in holistic evidence-based services, our prison population will return to areas not properly receiving the necessary services which would otherwise assist in the successful transitional process of re-entry.

The organization began the process of working alongside various organizations that were instrumental in ushering AZCG into a position where they could be involved directly with re-entry and also have input when discussing the eradication of crime within our communities.

AZCG began teaching life skills courses in February of 2011. Since that time, AZCG has successfully graduated 333 students of which only 11 have reoffended and returned to the prison system. Of the 302 graduates remaining, with the exception of two, all have been either placed in employment or are currently attending vocational training.

AZCG is currently receiving daily visits to their office and enrolling new clients in training classes and making resources available to those actively attempting to rebuild their lives following their felony conviction.
AZCG Board of Directors
Frantz Beasley
President/Co-Founder AZ Common Ground
Frantz is a motivational speaker, and is asked to speak at several events around the valley each year. Frantz currently sits on the Board of Directors for the CCTP-Arizona/Arizona Re-entry Careers Project and is on the Outreach Committee for the Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee. Frantz is the father of four beautiful young people, and he takes most pride in having been elected leader of his communities’ Pueblo Block Watch organization.Frantz's ultimate passion is to advocate for the rights of those victimized by crime everyday throughout the Valley, and discover creative avenues to allow those victimized to have a voice as well.
Frantz is a south Phoenix native who has dedicated his life to changing the face of Arizona prisoner re-entry.  Having spent 14 1/2 years of his adult life within incarceration, Frantz returned to his community with a new commitment to his faith and to his community.  As president of AZ Common Ground, Frantz works to educate and empower individuals returning to the community from jail or prison, as well as engaging residents in activities to help restore the community.
Frank Lopo
Event Coordinator, AZ Common Ground
Frank Lopo, with over 25 years of experience as a Business Owner, Executive Management and Sales Management in consumer products in various industries, As part of his duties with Premier Frank is currently working with Straface Law a debt work out and tax controversy law firm with offices in Arizona, California and Colorado.

Frank has a passion for credit consulting and education to consumers. “I am excited about the fact that we are a viable
solution for people and our educating our clients who are being held hostage by the banks, credit card companies and collection agencies in these financially troubled times.” Premier Solutions / Straface Law treats people with dignity and respect and will help them move from being emotionally and physically stressed onto a plan for financial recovery.

He is active in a variety of civic and cultural organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Saint Vincent de Paul, Catholic Charities, Tour de cure Arizona Diabetes foundation and various networking business groups. Outside of professional interests, he enjoys, reading, hiking, biking, and enjoys his family wife Rene and two sons Patrick and Dominic and their dogs Zax and Chevy.??

Michael Kurtenbach
Assistant Chief, Phoenix Police Dept.
Michael Kurtenbach is a Phoenix native who has proudly served with the Phoenix Police Department for nearly 25 years.  Throughout his career, he has been a strong proponent of Community Based Policing and has remained steadfast in his commitment to partnership-building with the citizens of Phoenix, while holding multiple positions and ranks throughout the organization.

Mike was promoted to Commander in October 2011, serving
in various capacities to include overseeing the Training Bureau, Community Relations Bureau, Estrella Mountain Precinct, and the Maryvale Precinct.  Mike was promoted to Assistant Chief in March 2015 and was tasked with heading the Department’s newly formed Community Services Division.  This new Division includes the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy and the following bureaus: Community Relations, Personnel and Employee Development, Training, and Public Affairs.  Mike also oversees the Department’s body-worn camera program.

Mike earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northern Arizona University.  Mike has also been the recipient of numerous department awards and commendations, to include the Medal of Valor, Distinguished Service Award, Community Based Policing Award, Police Chief’s Unit Award, and Supervisor of the Year Award.
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Phoenix, AZ 85034

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Chris is a 5th generation native of Arizona. His family arrived in Arizona in 1877 and has farmed, ranched and rodeoed for each of those 5 generations. He comes from a lineage of entrepreneurs and small business owners, and currently leads the branding division for kCross Brand Alignment Consultancy.
He was raised in a rodeo family and still competes in rodeos across the southwest in the team-roping event and is
Christopher Smith
Brand/Marketing, AZ Common Ground
Eusebio Quezada has been a Lead Case Manager with Chicanos Por La Causa since 2009. Eusebio holds a bachelor's degree from Ottawa University, and is a certified substance abuse counselor. In 2011, Eusebio completed his training to be a certified Offender Workforce Development Specialist. Eusebio's greatest experience in life is being a father to his beautiful teenage daughter.
Eusebio Quezada
Case Management, AZ Common Ground
CONTACT US: +1(602)914-9000
Jill Ferreira
Organizational Development, AZ Common Ground
If diligence and follow through had a personal representative it would be Jill.  Originally from Massachusetts, Jill now calls Arizona home. She has a degree from ASU in Communication with a Minor in Business. After college, Jill immediately started in the financial field, working first at Quester Capital, and then moving to Campbell Schoneberger. Jill is a registered investment advisor with Seros Financial and holds Series 7, 63, and 65 licenses as
Rhoshawndra L. Carnes
Community Outreach, AZ Common Ground
beginning to introduce his children to the cowboy lifestyle. Having been around cowboys and their stories for most of his life, Chris is a storyteller at heart.

He loves nothing more than being a dad. His wife and three kids are truly his best friends. He loves his time as a board member for the non-profit AZ Common Ground. He has a passion for healthy, active lifestyles. He is an Entrepreneur, Avid Horseman, Team Roper, Athlete, Passionate Public Speaker, Likeable Guy, Reggae Music Lover and Phenomenal Dancer.
well as numerous insurance licenses.

When she’s not at the office, Jill can be found competing in various activities including soccer, kickball (yes, there is such thing as an adult kickball league!) and tennis.  She loves being part of a team and enjoys a challenge.  She loves cooking, spending time with her husband, spoiling her bulldog, and is confident she is a better dancer than Chris Smith.
with St. Mary's food bank. In her spare time she enjoys attending open mics, cooking, fishing, listening to live music and watching independant films.

She lives by the motto: "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say 'I used everything you gave me.'"
- Erma Bombeck
Rhoshawndra L. Carnes has always been passionate about helping others and allowing God to use her for His purpose. Rhoshawndra is actively involved in her community and loves to volunteer.

Rhoshawndra serves as the Director of Family Services at Pilgrim Rest Foundation, Inc. Under her leadership she has brought various programs to both congregants and her community; however, one of her proudests partnerships is