Our Board


David Gordon, executive Director

During the first forty years of professional life, David conducted hundreds of seminars in the field of psychotherapy, as well as publishing seven books on topics such as therapeutic metaphor and modeling human behavior. In addition, he has published Out There, an adventure series for middle school readers. But his time as the executive director of Special Needs Solutions has been, by far, the most fulfilling endeavor he has been a part of.


Ronda chance, secretary

Ronda has spent more than 40 years working with people with special needs. The last 26 years were proudly serving alongside the volunteers of the Adaptation Station before retiring after 38 years of Arizona state service with the Division of Developmental Disabilities. She currently loves volunteering with that same group of incredible people now known as Special Needs Solutions.  

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Paul gordon, director

Paul practices law in Oakland and is a member of the State Bar of California.  He has represented numerous nonprofit corporations, and has served on the board of several nonprofits, including a Bay Area dance company and a charitable trust that makes grants to animal welfare organizations.

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Deborah gordon, treasurer

Deborah Gordon began her career in public accounting in Oakland, California. She gratefully accepted her C.P.A. license from the State of California and went on to head the finance departments of a series of wonderful nonprofit agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before retiring in 2015, Debbie was employed by the City and County of San Francisco as an auditor, a grants manager, and financial audit manager for a total of 15 years.


elaine richardson, director

After arriving in Tucson in 1973 with two young sons and $700, Elaine went from working at the Pima County Attorney’s office to owning and running small businesses, including a commercial real estate and brokerage firm. Her personal commitment to helping others succeed led to her 1992 election to the Arizona Legislature. During her ten years in the Legislature she received numerous honors and awards for public service. She was subsequently appointed by then Governor Napolitano to head the Arizona Department of Real Estate.