Day Treatment and Employment (DTE)

providing multiple day treatment programs and employment services

Adult Day Treatment (DTA)

Individualized programming for adults to improve functional and independent living skills

LIFE Academy

Day Treatment & Training Afterschool (DTT)

Individualized treatment provided after school hours focused on enhancing social skills

Day Treatment & Training Summer (DTS)

Individualized treatment in a summer camp format focused on enhancing social skills

Transition to Employment (TTE)

Assisting consumers to enhance necessary skills for employment

Group Supported Employment (GSE)


ASHLEY WATZKEDirector of Day Treatment and Employment- DTA, DTT, DTS, TTE, GSE


As the Director of Day Treatment and Employment (DTE), my job is to ensure we are providing the best service we can for our consumers.

Career History:

I have been lucky to work in different settings since August of 2008, serving children and adults with developmental disabilities.  I have been with L.I.F.E. since July 2013 where I started as a habilitation provider in the community and then later in the adult program on campus. I quickly fell in love with the values and support L.I.F.E. offered to not only the consumers but also to staff and I felt privileged to become and serve as a teacher in the academy, later growing into Student Services Supervisor. I then moved into the role as Adult Day Treatment (DTA) Manager, then Manager of Day Treatment and Employment (DTE) department, and most recently became Director of Day Treatment and Employment. I’m very excited for this adventure and will strive to serve all to the best of my ability. 

Personal Teaching Philosophy:

“Love what you do and never work a day in your life.”

      – Unknown 


I have been married to my best friend for almost 4 years now and when we are not at work, you can find us chasing around our crazy wild daughters. In 2015, while I was teaching pre-school within the L.I.F.E. Academy, I had a student that at the time was in search of her forever home. Little did I know this little girl would become a huge part of my husband and my life. We adopted her in 2017 and she is now our daughter!  As a family we enjoy weekends at home hanging out with our family and going camping when we can!  We absolutely live for football season and the Arizona Cardinals; we won’t miss a game.

HEIDI RIFFLETTE Lead Direct Support Professional

Career History

In 2014 I started working at a group home not knowing that years later I would still be working in this field and loving it. I joined the L.I.F.E. team in 2019 where I worked part-time assisting in Transition to Employment and part-time as a Direct Support Professional in the DTA. In 2021 I got the privilege of running the TTE program full time with both a class in the morning and the afternoon.

Teaching Philosophy

I believe every person has the potential to learn and grow. I like to find creative and fun ways to help different people learn in different ways that work for them.


In 2016, I moved from Minnesota to Arizona with my dog, Moe. My parents, sister, and my niece all live here too. I get to spend a lot of time with them. I also have a brother who is in the Army.  When I’m not at work, I am usually working on some type of craft or going to a concert.

RENEE VALENCIADTE Lead Administrative Support Professional

Career History:

  • I started at L.I.F.E. 5 years ago and had been working with consumers with disabilities 4 years prior to L.I.F.E. I have always worked in the adult program and enjoy serving these amazing people every day.

Personal Teaching Philosophy:

  • I believe everyone has the right to live a wonderful and fulfilled life and if I can contribute to that process, I’m proud to do so.


  • I love crocheting and enjoy scrapbooking in my spare time.

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