Al Moore is the father of three, and happily married. He and his wife
have two adult daughters and a son who died at the age of 5. He has
three biological grandchildren and a foster grandchild. His
youngest daughter and son-in-law are foster parents and he enjoys
partnering with them to provide children a loving home. Al has a
degree in Criminal Justice and is currently the Director of School Safety
and Security at the Mesa Public Schools. The district has 82 schools and
is the largest in the state with 64,000 students. He is also a retired
sergeant from the Mesa, AZ police department, with a total of 31 years
of service. During his service with the City of Mesa, he was assigned to
many positions, but the most relevant was his role as the supervisor
over the Special Victims Unit, investigating child abuse cases. This
position led to him serving as Chairman of the Board of the Child Abuse
Prevention and Awareness Coalition, a non-profit organization whose
main mission is to educate the public about child abuse and empower
them to report suspected abuse. Al also serves as President of Foster
What is your favorite food?
- Turkey dinner
What do you love about Arizona/how long have you lived here?
- Sunshine. I moved here from the Midwest in 1980. I was sick of cloudy days, rain and gloom. I wanted a place where the sun shines. I do invite the rain and clouds now, but I still love the sun. Oh, and mountains.
What matters most to you?
- I worry about people’s salvation. Probably more than I should. I also worry about the safety of kids in general. Kids in abusive situations or environments.
What is on the top of your bucket list?
- I have lived a blessed life. I have done and seen things most people haven’t. I’m not bragging, I’m just saying I have been blessed with a lot of opportunities. One thing I would like to do is visit the old country. I’m talking England, Italy, that whole region. I love castles and history.
What is your favorite quote?
- “If you’re not 10 minutes early, you’re late.” My dad
What is on your music play list?
- I don’t have one, but if I did, I would play classic rock. Eagles, Chicago, Kansas, you know, real rock and roll.
What books have you read recently?
- I haven’t read one recently, but the last one I read was on leadership. I’m preparing to read one on school security, building a strong program.
Why do you volunteer with Foster Arizona?
- Kim asked me to attend her first meeting. After hearing her vision and the mission of Foster Arizona, I accepted a leadership role and have been with them from the beginning.
What drew you to making a difference in foster care?
- My daughter and son-in-law are foster parents. Because of this, we are very involved. I was asked to lead the board and am proud to say I am a part of the leadership team.
What impact do you want to make for kids?
- Through helping to lead Kim and her team, we hope to make a difference in these kids as they enter the latter part of their time in the foster care system. Many of these kids are lost in the system and need support and guidance. If I can make a difference in a child’s life, I will consider it a success.