First Place AZ, a non-profit organization that offers supportive housing and a residential transition program for individuals with autism and other neurodiverse populations, has elected new board officers and a new board member.

Howard Sobelman, a partner with Snell & Wilmer law offices, is the new board chairman, while Joyce Millard Hoie, who is the former executive director of Raising Special Kids, is the new vice chairwoman. Kathy Hancock, a group consultant with Vertex Advisors, is the new secretary and Jack Henry, founder and managing director of Sierra Blanca Ventures, LLC, is the new treasurer.

Bruce Schwartz, who owned, operated and expanded his family business, Jerith Manufacturing Co., Inc., based in Philadelphia and is now a Valley resident, was elected to the board of directors.

First Place AZ is located at 3001 N. Third St. To learn more, visit