My husband and I started Child Development & Education in 2007. Prior to that, I worked in the fields of education and nursing. I have always had a passion for assisting people and helping them find their true potential. As CEO, I oversee all aspects of business, from legal to day-to-day operations. I make sure all the members needs are met in the most efficient, professional, and caring way. My continuous goal is to ensure the company runs smooth, member’s physical and emotional needs are met, and staff feel valued, appreciated, and are passionate about their position and its impact on the members.
On a personal note: I graduated from South Mountain Community College in 2005 with an Associates Degree in Elementary Education. I graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies – Public Administration. I have 4 amazing children, and 3 beautiful grandbabies.
Hello, my name is Adam Faultner. I am a Director at Child Development & Education LLC & TopCDE DTA in Coolidge Arizona.
My wife Lina & I started CDE in February 2007.
My background is in truck driving and some small ranching and operating equipment. My role here at CDE is maintaining all the facilities needs and vehicles keeping everything safe for members and employees. I’m involved in all round table policy meetings and assist in policy adjustments. My passion for CDE starts with the members. I want to ensure every member and employee feels like they are the most important person here and know how important every role is in our CDE family. From employee to member everyone on our team is vital for CDE’s success and we are grateful and excited to serve our community.
Compliance Specialist, DTA Supervisor, Southern Regional Manager
Hello! My name is Chelsie Richerson 🙂 I started with Top CDE in May of 2017. I have worked in pretty much all aspects of the company. Currently I am the DTA Supervisor. I love helping our young adults find their independence and watching them grow. I also serve as CDE’s Compliance Specialist, handling matters from incident reports to all things COVID related. Lastly, I am the Southern Regional Manager. I ensure that all of our families in Tucson, Nogales, Rio Rico, and surrounding areas are getting the care they need. It is so fun to meet so many families and match them up with a perfect provider!
Hello my name is Amanda Felix. I started working with special needs children 14 years ago in a special education resource room. My passion grew over the years with working with special needs children and adults. I have been working with Child Development & Education for the last 9 years. I’m the HCBS Manager I work hand and hand with the families and the staff. I meet with families to start services such as respite, attendant care and habilitation. I attend meetings with my families to give them support for their loved ones and advocate on their behalf. My hobbies are hanging with family, I as well have special needs kiddos that send me on an adventure everyday.
My name is Ariah Faultner. I began working with CDE as an office assistant in 2014 and worked my way up to the marketing managing position I am in now. In my position I plan and promote events for our members. I also work in-home with members as well as at our DTA in Coolidge, AZ. I received my bachelors in psychology and will be receiving my masters in Applied Behavioral Analysis. Nothing gives me more joy than to work directly with the members and watch them grow through their journey here with CDE. Our mission here at CDE is to help the members grow into the successful individuals they aspire to be. We believe that through assistance and nurturing care all goals are possible and we are enthusiastic about ensuring our members goals and needs are met.
Hello, My name is Miriam Martinez. I have been an administrative assistant with TOPCDE Since August of 2020. In my current position I am responsible for maintaining records and files, interpreting, and all clerical aspects that pertain to our members, their families and our employees. These duties are performed in person and via phone communication. I also assist and participate in the daily events with members of the day program. Watching our members succeed is definitely the best part about my role at Top CDE!