Benevilla CEO is Newest Honorary Commander at Luke Air Force Base

February 19, 2019

West Valley, Arizona – Benevilla is proud to announce the appointment of Joanne Thomson, the President and CEO of Benevilla, as a member of the Honorary Commanders Program by Brigadier General Todd D. Canterbury, Luke Air Force Base 56th Fighter Wing USAF Commander.

The Honorary Commanders Program is a joint Program of Luke Air Force Base and Fighter Country Partnership, Inc. It helps members of the community understand the importance of the military mission of the base, Air Force and Department of Defense. It also allows military commanders and their units to learn more about the community in which they live. Luke commanders and personnel benefit through increased association with the community and its leaders.

As an Honorary Commander, Joanne Thomson is recognized as an outstanding community leader who is an enthusiastic supporter of the mission of LAFB. Joanne was born and grew up in Reno, NV. She went to California State University, Chico where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration with the option of Therapeutic Recreation. She is a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and has been working in the non-profit field, supporting older adults and adults with disabilities for almost 20 years. She is also a CARF Aging Services Surveyor. Joanne joined Benevilla in April of 2007. She lives in Peoria with her husband and their two daughters.

Along with many other community leaders and those in the West Valley, such as Bernadette Carroll of the West Valley Arts Council, Joanne looks forward to the experience and knowledge to come from this opportunity.

Started by the community and for the community in 1981, Benevilla is a not-for-profit human services agency dedicated to enhancing the lives of West Valley residents by providing care services for older adults, intellectually disabled adults, children, and families. For more information on services, volunteer opportunities, to take a tour or make a donation to Benevilla, call 623-584-4999 or visit