Our Mission

To strengthen our community by innovatively solving challenges in residential care to allow disabled adults to realize their full potential.

Building a safe and supportive environment with compassionate and responsible staff, who consistently teach and encourage confidence and independence in our residents to develop new opportunities for a better quality of life. Dedicated to empowering adults toward independence through comprehensive residential health services.

Changing Lives, From Disability to Possibility

Meet The Team


Ricardo & Elizabeth Macias – CEO & Founders

“I founded Orion Homes based on a simple idea – everyone has the right to live as full a life as possible; some people just need a little help to get there. We want to provide the help, encouragement, and assistance they need to be empowered to take the next step in their life.

At Orion, a diagnosis is a starting point, not an ending point. No one deserves to be defined by their illness. We are always looking at the whole person, and seeking innovate ways to empower them in their life. Our goal, in all our homes, is to create a nurturing, stable and diverse environment which empowers our residents to become effective contributors to our community.”

-Ricardo Macias

Elizabeth joined Orion in 2005. She has extensive experience in financial operations and management of complex organizations. She is proactively responsible for the overall financial administration of Orion Homes and works closely with our CEO regarding operations, internal controls and other issues impacting financial viability. She also manages Orion’s payer negotiations, including contracts and single-case agreements with insurers and state agencies. Elizabeth is married with two children. Prior to joining Orion, she served in a variety of financial and asset management roles at a major telecommunications firm.

Brandon Dow – COO

Brandon joined Orion in 2011. He has dual bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Arizona, with an emphasis on ethics and law. He has seven years of experience in residential care for adults with disabilities as a facility manager and program coordinator. He is responsible for directing Orion’s compliance efforts and ensuring Orion’s facilities and staff meet all state and federal licensing guidelines. Prior to joining Orion, he worked on multiple political campaigns developing healthcare and welfare programs policy, including campaigns for US Congress in 2008 and the Arizona Legislature in 2010. In addition, he oversees Orion’s educational work program, Orion Document Solutions, and Orion’s caregiver training program, the Orion Caregiver School.

Amy Brown – Clinical Director

Amy Brown, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 14 years’ experience in behavioral health. Amy is a skilled and compassionate clinician with extensive experience providing psychological assessments, individual counseling and group therapy with expertise in dual-diagnosis treatment planning. Amy received an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Human Development & Counseling from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She has completed post-graduate work in behavioral health. Amy also maintains a Clinical Supervision Certificate and enjoys providing ongoing supervision to behavioral health caregivers.

Amy has provided behavioral health services in a variety of settings including community nonprofit (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), in-patient and outpatient mental health facilities, a medical school psychiatry department, hospice and residential homes.

As a therapist, Amy uses an integrated approach, working collaboratively within a team setting to offer clients a more holistic level of care. Amy truly sees each client as a valuable human being, worthy of the best care and capable of achieving a greater sense of health and well-being.

Fernando Gonzalez – Operations Manager

Since joining Orion as a caregiver in 2008, Fernando has worked in several of our homes as a direct care worker and was promoted to House Manager before becoming Coordinator in 2010. In his current role, he is responsible for direct supervision of Orion’s group home managers. He meets daily with staff, residents, family members, case managers, and other stakeholders to ensure that Orion is maintaining a positive and supportive atmosphere that meets the needs of our residents.