Michael Redivo

Michael Redivo, Ph.D. – Executive Director

Dr. Redivo has been with Desert Heights Academy since its start in 2008 and has played a critical role in staff development and training. Dr. Redivo’s Productive Conflict Model is a key part of the Desert Heights Academy program, which teaches students that conflict is inevitable – but it is how they deal with that conflict that will impact their futures. Additionally, Dr. Redivo has been a fundamental part of the Desert Heights Academy clinical program and continues to provide guidance and support to all our clinical team members.

Sam Wright

Samuel L. Wright, Jr., M.Ed. – Director of Operations

Mr. Samuel L Wright, Jr. serves as the Director of Operations for Desert Heights Academy, and the Executive Director for Desert Breeze Transportation.  Wright’s career in Education began in Indianapolis, Indiana where he worked as a self-contained Special Education Teacher.  In 1998 Samuel Wright relocated to Phoenix, Arizona where he obtained a Masters in Educational Leadership and continued his work in Special Education.  His passion for students with special needs drove his focus on the improvement of private schools, specializing in positive behavior management models and clinical support. Wright has promoted a collaborative culture and connects the school to its wider environment.  He has been instrumental in equitably structuring the organization for success. Wright fosters genuine trusting relationships with students, staff, families and communities guided by mutual respect.  Samuel Wright empowers others to work in the best interests of all students at Desert Heights Academy.

Linda Perez

Lindsay R. Perez, Ph.D. – Principal, DHA Camelback

Mrs. Perez has been with Desert Heights Academy since 2010 and has been essential in the development of the Desert Oasis program for students with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. She has created a vision for the Oasis program that believes in the competencies and abilities of each student and strives for independence in all aspects of their lives. Additionally, Mrs. Perez has led staff trainings on Autism and individualized supports for students with more significant needs, which has brought more education and knowledge to the Desert Oasis team.

Shari Guerra, Principal, DHA Compadre Academy

Mrs. Guerra started with Desert Heights Academy in the summer of 2015. Mrs. Guerra has been active in the educational field for over 12 years in the Phoenix area, focusing on K-8 instruction, reflective educator mentoring, grant writing and administration. Mrs. Guerra has a proven ability to motivate educators and students toward higher achievement. As part of the Desert Heights Academy leadership team, Mrs. Guerra is dedicated to helping students reach their full potential regardless of their learning style. Her academic instruction, student engagement strategies, and professional knowledge will guide our educational staff throughout the year and will continue to be an asset to our agency.

Christopher Eckerson

Christopher Eckerson M. Ed
Assistant Principal / Curriculum Coach

Mr. Eckerson has been active in the field of education for over 13 years. He has taught Grades 4 through 12, as well as teaching every core subject. He has been with Desert Heights Academy since 2013, when he initially began as a teacher. Since then, Mr. Eckerson has served as the Program Director of Desert Height’s Alternative Program. Currently, as part of the Desert Heights Academy leadership team, Mr. Eckerson serves as the Assistant Principal of the Camelback Campus as well as the Instructional and Curriculum Coach for all of Desert Heights Programs.

Lynn Coleman

Lynn L. Coleman Ed.D.
Clinical Director


Lynn L. Coleman is a Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Director for Desert Heights Academy. She has been working in the field of mental health for over a decade, specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and families. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Northeastern University before completing her master’s and doctoral degrees at Boston College and Boston University, respectively. In 2015, following an internship in community mental health, in Illinois, she moved to Phoenix to complete a post-doctoral residency at Desert Heights Academy. Coleman is passionate about her work and loves DHA’s collaborative approach to supporting students and families.