ACT Leaders

Julie Sorrick, ACT Board of Directors, Immediate Past President


View More: Sorrick graduated with her Masters of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from Kent State University in 1996. Upon graduation, she work in a variety of settings including hospital inpatient/outpatient, home-based, private practice clinic, and schools. She and her husband moved to Arizona in 2000 at which time Julie chose to work full time in the home-based setting with the pediatric population. In 2002, Julie opened her own private practice in the Ahwatukee area where therapists provide speech, physical, and occupational therapy in both a clinic setting and the natural home environment. Julie’s dedication to her own family fueled her vision to create a company of talented therapists who value balance by being equally passionate about their personal lives while helping children and families reach their fullest potential. Desert Valley Pediatric Therapy has been an active member of Arizona Cooperative Therapies since 2006. Julie has served on the ACT Board for 3 terms first as secretary, then Vice President, and currently President.

 Leo Huppert, Contract Administrator


Leo Huppert earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the University of New Mexico in 1987. He began his career working as civilian in Logistics Management for the Department of the Air Force. When Williams Air Force Base closed in 1993, he moved into Aviation Management at Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport eventually working as the Director of Development for the Airport Authority. In 2001, Leo and his wife Becky, started Huppert Pediatric Therapy Inc. In 2006, he worked with four other small therapy companies to help create Arizona Cooperative Therapies. He has served in a number of capacities with the Cooperative; currently serving as the Board Secretary and as its Contract Manage. Interests outside of work include hiking, snow skiing and reading.

 Don Gier, Business Administrator


donBioPicDon Gier graduated with his B.S degree in Economics from the University of Maryland in 1986. Don spent 19 mid-level management years in the Semi-Conductor industry,  most of those 19 years were spent in Maryland and California before settling in Scottsdale Arizona. Don currently co-owns and operates Sunshine Speech-Language Therapry Services, which was established in 2001 to provide pediatric speech therapy services in the natural home environment. Sunshine Speech has been an active member of Arizona Cooperative Therapies since 2006. Don has been actively involved with Arizona Cooperative Therapies since 2013 with a focus on finance and daily operations. Don is currently serving as Assistant Contracts Administrator and Board Treasurer.