State Board Administrator Representative
Tobi Zavala is the Executive Director of the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (AzBBHE). AzBBHE regulates the practice of behavioral health professionals by licensing counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, and substance abuse counselors. She was appointed as the Executive Director of AzBBHE more than five years ago after first serving as Interim Executive Director, Deputy Director, Assistant Director and Compliance Officer. Tobi is a graduate of Arizona State University where she received a Bachelor of Social Work.
Tobi joined AzBBHE in 2010, and was immediately impressed by the dedication and caring of the professionals that the Board serves. Behavioral health as a career can be rewarding and sometimes heartbreaking. Working on a daily basis with an often vulnerable population takes special individuals and she is honored to represent the Agency that regulates these hardworking professionals.
Now as the Executive Director, Tobi’s goals for AzBBHE are to maintain the safety and welfare of the public, ensure our applicants and licensees are treated fairly and equitably, and monitor behavioral health and licensing trends to keep the Board aligned with federal and national standards.
Tobi’s passion is to ensure that her staff and she strive for continual improvement in Board operations. Her commitment to the Board and committee members, the public, and our licensees is that she will enhance our processes and procedures where possible, while maintaining the integrity the regulated community has come to expect from our Agency.