ABSOLUTE HCBS | About Us
Our family at Absolute HCBS is passionate about what we do. Learn more about our values, and where our dedication to providing quality care in Arizona began.
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Absolute HCBS LLC was created on the three principals of providing great customer service, being an excellent place to work, and most of all – providing a valuable service to the individuals with developmental disabilities in Arizona. We make every effort to accommodate the needs of each of our families. We know that the men and women who provide the services to our valued families are the backbones of our company and we deeply value their service and dedication.

Services are delivered through a personalized approach, and we work so that our families will be able to embrace this journey every day, with as much dignity and independence as possible.

We are Absolute. We are without limits, pure in nature, and complete. We are here for you.

Ryan Wilcox

Co-Owner

I am from the small town of Preston, Idaho and moved to Arizona in 2001. While here I earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Ottawa University. I’ve worked in this field since 1999 and continue to have a passion for serving this community. Life is filled with my wife and 4 kids, reading, and playing the drums. Since opening our doors in 2009 I’m amazed by how fast we have grown which tells me we are doing things right–we are succeeding at helping others be happy.

Courtney Mistico

Co-Owner

I was born in Mesa and have lived in Arizona all my life. I have a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in English Literature. My family is an awesomely eclectic group of 7 going on 8 and we refer to ourselves as the Brady bunch. I enjoy traveling, reading, and crafting when I can find the time. A little known tidbit is I lettered in swimming. I’ve been in this field for 12 years and love it as much now as when I began. The relationships that have developed as part of Absolute HCBS add so much to my life and I love seeing how many clients have become sincere friends throughout the years.

Lisa Laurence Burge

Director of Quality Assurance & Policy Compliance

Born and raised in Arizona, I first began working with Absolute as a provider in 2009 after having met Ryan four years prior through an agency that was providing services to my son who is on the spectrum.  I eventually became an Area Manager, and now serve as the Director of Quality Assurance and Policy Compliance.  I have a B.S. in Elementary Education but my time spent with Absolute has allowed me to grow more confident, helped me to communicate effectively, and taught me how to resolve conflict positively; traits no university could have ever afforded me.  In my spare time I enjoy making memories with my husband, Oliver, and our four children through cooking, hiking, attending concerts, and traveling.

Joe Pomeroy

Director of Operations

I am family-focused, faith-filled, fun, and friendly —at least I’m committed to growing each of those traits. Helping me is my powerful wife of nearly 6 years, my two exuberant children, and my connection with Christ. I’ve been with Absolute HCBS since it began in 2009. Along the way, I continued my education and earned my degree in Marketing at ASU, and a Master’s in Business Administration from WGU. I love watching football, playing basketball, and more than anything—wrestling, laughing, tickling, chasing, playing dress-up, riding bikes and anything else with my little kiddos! Focusing on my family gives me an ever-increasing clarity of my where and why and an ability to find joy in my journey. Absolute gives me the opportunity to be a part of my family while I perform to provide for them.

Michelle Wilcox

Office Coordinator, Phoenix

I am the oldest of three girls and grew up in California until my fourteenth birthday when we moved to Gilbert, Arizona.  I attended Gilbert High School and graduated in 2000.  After graduation, I worked as a coffee barista and thought I got my big break as a stunt double for Scarlett Johansen in the movie Eight Legged Freaks.  Once I realized that was not the life for me I decided to follow in my Mother’s footsteps and work with individuals with disabilities.  My first experience was being a one-on-one aide in a high school setting.  I then became a provider to the same individual for almost 14 years.  I have a CRAZY family that I adore with all I am.  My husband Ryan is my very best friend and we have four kids when all together.  My son Eathen is 12 just like his step brother Logan. They love playing sports and certainly have major skills. Eathen may very well be a major-league baseball player one day.  My daughter Cheyenne is 9, and she is my Punky Brewster who loves to tumble and play softball with her step-sister Rylie who is also 9.    I am so very lucky to have these crazies my family every day.

Kim Aquirre

Office Manager, Tucson

I am a born teacher & helper.  In 2000, I graduated from NAU with my bachelor’s degree in elementary education.  I taught in the public-school system from August 2000 to May 2011, grades 4th, 3rd, & kindergarten.  In 2001, I took over a dance studio as a side job.  I continue to grow that business today.  I love it because it combines my 2 passions, teaching & dance.  After I quit my teaching job, in 2011, my sister, Lisa, introduced me to Absolute.  I started as a provider for the summer.  In 2015, I returned to Absolute as an Office Manager.  In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my husband of 16 years and our 9-month old daughter.

Kaliegh Huckey

Area Manager

I was born and raised in Chandler, Arizona. I am high-energy, happy, and enjoy life as I work hard at whatever I do. I have a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Business and Sociology from ASU. I started at Absolute as a provider in 2014 to support a family member in need and was excited to help him grow. I was excited to interview for and be offered a position as an Area Manager in 2016. My hobbies focus on anything and everything that includes my 3 dogs. I am a huge rescue advocate and hope to someday fund my own rescue organization.

Ronny Mays

Area Manager

I was born and raised in Coolidge Arizona. I am one class away from completing my Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice after which I plan to also get a degree in social work. I was drawn to Absolute HCBS because it is a family based job, has a great group of people to work with and for, and I can help and build great relationships with our wonderful members and providers. My favorite hobbies are centered on sports. I am huge football fanatic. I love watching it on TV, playing it with friends and Fantasy Football. I love 80’s music and movies but I can pick at least one song I like from nearly all genres. I like to build things, I attempt to sing, I help others and the list goes on. My goals are to be the best that I can be in every aspect of life. The thing at the top of my bucket list is for my family and I to visit every lighthouse in this country.

pYvette Garcia

Area Manager

I was born and raised in Arizona. My educational background is in Beauty School but my heart is in serving those with developmental disabilities. As a result, I have enjoyed the last 8 years of my career serving in this field. I also love reading, listening to music, spending time with my family, and cooking! I enjoy meeting new people and learning about their life experiences which makes being a part of Absolute HCBS the perfect fit. Serving in this field has shown me patience and compassion and has molded me into who I am today. Being allowed to be a part of other people’s lives and build relationships that can last a lifetime is a reward that not many get, and one for which I am truly grateful.

Johanna Vera

Area Manager

I was born and raised in Manabi, Ecuador. I came to Arizona in September of 2009 with my family and recently became a US citizen! Family means so much to me and everything I do is for them. I work hard to make them proud. If I could go anywhere I would travel to back and forth to Ecuador as much as I could to live closer to my extended family. There is nothing better than having family close, ENJOY YOUR FAMILY!! In my free time, I play soccer, do cross-fit, and play chess. Oh, and did I mention spending time with my family? I started working with Absolute HCBS in January 2017 as a provider and am now the Area Manager supporting our Spanish speaking families in the Tucson area. I feel so blessed to work with this company serving families and providers. I hope each of you always feels comfortable and enjoy the quality of service I strive to provide.

Hilari Howard

Area Manager

I was born in New York but raised in Northern California, as the youngest of 5 children.  I completed my Bachelors degree in Psychology at the University of California, Irvine and lived in beautiful Southern California for about 8 years.  My husband and I moved to Arizona in 2005 to buy a home and raise our already expanding family.  I am a wife of 19 years and a mother of 4 wonderful children. I have a passion for family, friends and serving others.  I have found joy in serving in the community through my children’s schools, my church and other great organizations.  When I’m not at work, I enjoy teaching fitness classes at the YMCA in San Tan Valley where I have worked part time for the past 11 years.  I love to cook with my husband and make delicious food for our friends and family!  For the last 3 years I have led a women’s group at church where I get to organize fun and uplifting events for about 120 women.   I was led to Absolute just this year by a dear friend and I feel as though I have found a second home.  I love working with our stellar providers and amazing families.  Being a part of this amazing team is so rewarding and a perfect fit for me!

Jazari Leal

Area Manager

I was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and moved to the US back in 1986. I was truly excited to become a US Citizen in 2016. I have two sons and 4 grandchildren, all of whom I love very much. I like going to the gym, reading, and dancing. My favorite type of music to dance to is country. I joined Absolute HCBS in 2012 as a provider. I became an Assistant Area Manager in 2015 and enjoy serving our Spanish speaking families. My coworkers are truly like my family and are so special to me. I am very grateful for the opportunities to grow and serve here at Absolute.

Mari Mendoza

Area Manager

Hello! I was born in El Paso, Texas and moved to Arizona in 2001. I hold an Associate’s degree in Family Development from Phoenix College and I have been working with families and children for over 20 years in all areas of child development. This includes being a parent to 3 children—a 19-year-old and a set of 7-year-old twins. Being happily married for 20 years has helped teach me that there is more joy in giving than in receiving. This is one reason I was grateful to join the team at Absolute HCBS in July of 2017. I also enjoy the new challenges and change of pace. I love hiking, camping, bike riding, swimming, and spending time with friends and family. I would love to travel the world learning new cultures, eating new foods and participating in a worldwide Bible teaching campaign.

Juan Prescott

Area Manager 

I was born and partially raised in Mazatlán, Mexico. My family and I moved to the United States in November of 2004. I moved to Tucson 4 years ago to further my education at the University of Arizona with a major in Psychology and a minor in childhood development. I have been a musician for 11 years and am extremely passionate about my music. When I’m not practicing I am spending time with Friends and  Family or exploring the beauty of Arizona. I started working with Absolute in January of 2018 and I was led to this position by a fellow Area Manager that I had worked with in the past. Absolute has really become a second family and a career that I am extremely passionate about. I love working with and getting to know all of our stellar provider and wonderful families.

Michele Fiorenza

Public Relations

I moved to Arizona from Chicago in 1995 and have never looked back.  Way too cold there!  I graduated from Columbia College with a BA in Photography.  I LOVE taking pictures!  Getting natural expressions from my subjects is my specialty.  I met the owners of Absolute when we were looking for a provider for Princess Leia (Down syndrome).  Her older brother Chandler named her, he is a Star Wars junkie… The Princess has a way of bringing reality into your world with a smile and a hug.  I knew when I was approached to work at Absolute HCBS the timing was ‘absolutely’ right. When helping a family to select a provider, I have a motto: if I wouldn’t trust a provider with my kiddo, then I wouldn’t trust them with yours. I do what I love and I love what I do!

Upcoming Events

9/22/18 Saturday. Best Buddies Local Leadership day –are you interested in joining a school club?  This one is the BEST!  Check out Best Buddies AZ.

 

10/13/18 Saturday DSNetwork Teen and Tween Up group for individuals with Down Syndrome.  Absolute HCBS will be providing respite for this event.

 

11/3 /18 DSNetwork Buddy Walk @ ASU homecoming parade. Start time TBD usually 2 weeks prior depending on ASU’s football team. Form a team and come walk with Absolute HCBS.

 

11/9/19 Best Buddies Gala 6pm-10pm. Monterra @ West World 16601 N Pima Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Derby Attire.

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