Hunt-Bell stepping aside as SEACUS director, Nabor to take over

Royce-Hunt-Bell, executive director for SEACUS, is pictured here with Santa Claus at SEACUS' 2019 Chistmas party. Behind Hunt-Bell, facing the camera, is Stephanie Nabor, who will assume the position of executive director when Hunt-Bell steps down in January 2021. - David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — The social service organization that cares for and feeds senior citizens announced a leadership change.

On Voice of the Valley Wednesday, SEACUS executive director Royce Hunt-Bell announced she would be stepping down from her position and deputy director Stephanie Nabor will move into the executive director position.

“I’ve worked in social services for a long time, and I’ve never had the opportunity to impact lives so directly and readily as I have . . . during my tenure here at SEACUS,” Hunt-Bell said.

The change takes effect Jan. 21, 2021.

Hunt-Bell said she is stepping aside to focus on her growing home-based business, Roycycled Treasures. However, she said she will assist SEACUS through the transition as well help with fund-raising.

Nabor has been with Southeastern Arizona Community Unique Services for 13 years, starting as a care-giver before moving up to be a case manager, office manager and, most recently, deputy director.

“I believe (the transition) will be pretty smooth,” Nabor said. “Of course, I do have things to learn, and we’re working on that and, for the next three months that’s what we’ll be doing. But I think it will be a pretty smooth transition and I hope to follow in Royce’s footsteps.”

SEACUS is best known for providing the Meals-on-Wheels delivery service to home-bound seniors in Graham and Greenlee counties, but it also operates the Senior Centers in Safford, Clifton and Duncan, which includes congregate meals at the centers. SEACUS also provides personal care and housekeeping services to home-bound seniors, and respite service for family care-givers.

SEACUS is also a qualified charitable organization for the Arizona Tax Credit program, where a donation can be used to reduce a donor’s state tax liability. Those filing individually can take up to a $400 credit, while couples can qualify for up to $800.

To donate, call 928-428-3229, go online at or mail a donation to SEACUS, 1124 Thatcher Blvd., Suite 102, Safford, AZ 85546.

Editor’s note: Royce Hunt-Bell is the wife of reporter David Bell.