Meet Our Founder

Lt. MacConnell's vision becomes a reality.

Our Leadership

Jacqui MacConnell


Jacqui started Angels on Patrol after rescuing three children in one of the most horrific abuse cases she had ever experienced in her career as a police officer. Under her strong leadership, she has grown the organization since 2009, to expand its services from Phoenix to now serving police department in six cities across the valley.

Scott Masino

Board President

Scott is a retired police officer from the Phoenix Police Department and remains a reserve officer for the department. He is currently the Corporate Safety Manager for Arizona Public Service, a strong supporter of Angels on Patrol. Scott is passionate about helping our communities and supporting the work of law enforcement. He brings an extensive history of policy development, program evaluation, public relations, and communications experience to the Board of Directors. 

Melinda Cadena

Senior Program Manager

Melinda has a diverse background in the non-profit and behavioral health fields. She brings to Angels on Patrol unique skills that help bridge the relationship between the community and law enforcement.

Her extensive background and passion for a strong community has helped grow Angels on Patrol and its relationships in the community.  She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Arizona State University. Her favorite past time is spending time with her family and cheering on her two boys during their active sports schedule.

Larry Herrera

Board Secretary

Larry is an Arizona native and works as a traffic engineer for the City of Tempe. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering at Arizona State University. Mr. Herrera is a member of Valley Leadership Class 36, Phoenix Suns Charities 88, Valle del Sol Hispanic Leadership Institute Class of 2014, and a recipient of the Valle del Sol/Univision 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 Award. 

Anthony Silva

Board Treasurer

Anthony is a certified financial planner and Vice President with AXA. He personally helps families and small business manage, build, and transfer wealth. As a Vice President with AXA, Anthony helps run the Southwest branch that oversees Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada. In his free time, Anthony enjoys hiking, fishing, golfing, and traveling.

Debra Hrynyk Nelson

Board Marketing Chair

Debra is the owner of W&C Marketing & Designs, LLC; a full-service branding, design and marketing firm. She has backgrounds in advertising and marketing, was a client relationship and financial operations leader at Vanguard for nearly a decade, and Chief Marketing Officer for an advisory firm dedicated to serving the financial needs of public servants. She brings a wealth of financial & marketing knowledge to the Board of Directors and a true passion to help others. 

Demitria Griggs

Consultant to the Board

Demitria is a member of the Arizona Black Leadership Council for the Arizona House of Representatives. She works as an Implementation Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo and holds a bachelor's degree in Technical Management from DeVry University and a master's degree in Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Demitria continues her education at Grand Canyon University working toward a doctorate degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Deb Taylor

Board Member

Deb has been a board member with Angels on Patrol since July 2010. She has been a Phoenix Police officer since January 2000, and is currently a detective in the Domestic Violence Unit, where she has been assigned since 2004. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for Angels on Patrol, Deb also volunteers weekly at Phoenix Children's Hospital. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Humanities from Concordia University in Irvine, California.

Amanda Markham

Board Member

Amanda Markham is a certified Adjunct Facilitator in the Online Criminal Justice (CJ) field.   As a current student in the Doctoral Program for Management in Organizational Leadership, she is growing within the community and developing leaders with adaptive servitude leadership methodologies.

In addition to her work, Amanda Dean is an active Reserve Officer. In her free time, she loves to run, is a fierce hockey mom and embraces each and every moment of her family time.

Christopher Toth

Board Member

Chris has been a member of the Mesa Police Department since 1995.  He currently serves as a Lieutenant in the Red Mountain Patrol District.  During his time with the department he has served in various positions dealing with the recruiting, hiring and training of new members of the department.  He also has served with the department’s Peer Team and the School Resource Officer Unit.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Masters of Education degree from Northern Arizona University in Human Relations.  He has a passion to help the youth of the community with education in the areas of appropriate social media usage and the dangers of illicit drug use.  He enjoys spending his free time coaching youth softball. 

Michael Hayes

Board Member

Michael Hayes is a Lieutenant with the Tempe Police Department. He began his law enforcement career in 1999 where he has worked in numerous and is currently a Lieutenant over Media Relations in the Office of the Chief.

Lt. Hayes has implemented a variety of recreation programs within the city of Tempe including Law Enforcement coaching opportunities, the Teen Hoop pickup basketball league and leads the Tempe Cadet Program.

Lt. Hayes earned a Master of Educational Administration from the University of Phoenix. He also graduated from the Northwestern University School of Police Command.

Thank you AOP Board!

The delivery of Angels on Patrol's mission is possible thanks to Jacqui's vision and the hard work and dedication of its passionate, diverse, and talented Board Members.


Interested in joining the board? Email for information.


Providing resources to families and children in need as identified by police officers. 


Engage law enforcement in community solutions 


  • Assist children and families in crisis to get back on their feet.
  • Provide at-risk youth with enrichment opportunities to encourage healthy life choices.
  • Enhance public perception of law enforcement.
  • Offer law enforcement the opportunity to assist with after-crisis support.


Officer Dawson providing HOPE to a family in crisis!


Be The Change program addresses bullying and gives students the tools and confidence to stand up to bullying and Be The Change they want to see in others.


G.R.E.A.T. Program


Aspire Academy

How We Work

Identify the Need

When an officer comes across crisis situations involving children and/or families who they feel could use additional assistance, the officer fills out an online request to Angels on Patrol. 

Qualify the Request

A staff member will conduct follow-up with the officer and with the family in question and complete an assessment.

Approve the Services

The request for assistance is then reviewed by a team, who then decide what services are appropriate. 

Provide Assistance

The services and resources, not cash, are provided.

Community Partnerships

Once the urgent need is stabilized, staff then make appropriate referrals to additional community resources for ongoing assistance and care.

Community of Angels

We are a community of police officers, individuals and institutions who believe in working together for our communities. We provide critical items and services to those affected by crime, experiencing a crisis, and at-risk youth to create a stronger community and future.