Benevilla’s Senior Director of Technology, Greg Speth, received the Community Hero Award at the Phoenix Business Journal AZ Top Tech Exec Awards sponsored by Cox Communications. The awards event was held on May 14, 2015, at Rio Salado in Tempe.
A native of Indiana with a degree in computer programming from Purdue University, Greg has a lifelong affiliation with Benevilla. As a child, he would visit his grandparents and accompany them to Benevilla, then Interfaith Community Care. After getting his degree, he moved to Arizona to be near them, and his grandfather encouraged him to join Benevilla. Since 2006, Greg has been instrumental in guiding and growing Benevilla’s technology.
“Benevilla’s 100 employees help so many people in the community,” says Greg. “I assist them with the technology challenges so that they can spend their time helping people. For example, we’re working on converting to an electronic recordkeeping system which will allow our Life Enrichment Programs quick access to member information such as treatment plans, allergies, and emergency contacts.”
“Benevilla has been providing human and social services in the Northwest Valley since 1981, and employees like Greg are a big reason for our success,” said Benevilla President & CEO Michelle Dionisio. “For example, in a recent year our CARES specialists provided information to almost 5,000 callers. Over 15,000 meals were delivered to our Home Delivered Meals on Wheels clients. Our volunteers contributed over 300,000 hours of service. None of that would be possible without a sound and growing IT infrastructure. Greg doesn’t just supply a computer and a phone – his contributions make it possible to keep people independent and in their homes for as long as possible.”
Benevilla currently has six Life Enrichment Programs: Lucy Anne’s Place in Surprise for early to moderate memory loss; Mary’s Place in Sun City for advanced memory loss; a rehabilitation therapy program in Sun City; a general program in Peoria; and two programs for intellectually and developmentally disabled adults, one in Sun City and one in Peoria.
In addition to Lucy Anne’s Place and the administrative offices, the main Benevilla campus in Surprise also houses Wirtzie’s Preschool and Child Care, which includes an intergenerational program bringing together children from Wirtzie’s and members from Lucy Anne’s Place, and Birt’s Bistro, Benevilla’s social enterprise restaurant and bookstore.