VL Selects Members for Institute Class 41 and Accelerate 2019

August 5, 2019
News and Announcements

Today, Valley Leadership announced members of Valley Leadership Institute Class 41 and Valley Leadership Accelerate 2019. The two cohorts—a cross-sector mix of diverse leaders with multiple perspectives on issues—were chosen through a competitive selection process. Included in the cohorts are corporate and nonprofit executives, small business owners, public officials and servants. All are committed to working together under Valley Leadership’s “Principles of Doing” to address the most pressing issues facing our state.

Institute, Valley Leadership’s flagship nine-month program, goes deep into the issues facing Arizona, setting up the context and the connections to become meaningfully engaged. The program empowers leaders to have deeper impact on the issues via an expectation of “doing”, both short-term and longterm. The curriculum fosters commitment to tackling Arizona’s challenges and gives participants the know-how and network to get things done. Valley Leadership Institute is for leaders ready to take their impact to the next level.

“As Valley Leadership continues our drive toward impact, we are excited to welcome this diverse and well-rounded group of proven and future leaders into the Valley Leadership family,” said Dave Brown, Valley Leadership CEO. “The selection process was incredibly competitive showcasing the desire of many Arizonans to dig into the issues facing our state. We look forward to empowering this cohort with the knowledge and solutions to impact our great state.”

Accelerate, Valley Leadership’s shorter program, provides the lay of the land on the hot issues facing Arizona and connects participants with others already working on solutions. Leaders get up-to-speed with short, burst-style programming, interacting with the people making a difference and connecting with opportunities to get involved. The program is for individuals who are beginning their community work, are still exploring their leadership style and are ready to build the networks they’ll need to excel and thrive as a community leader.

“I am thrilled to welcome this year’s members of Institute and Accelerate to the powerful Valley Leadership network,” said Bridget Jones, new VP of Leadership Development. “As we continue to evolve programming to be focused on impact, our curriculum will be more experiential and strategic. Cohorts will be exposed, in real time, to the issues and opportunities facing our state, with the goal of helping them work together to outline solutions and create deeper impact.”

Since VL’s inception four decades ago, more than 3,000 leaders have come through the leadership development programming. As a part of the larger pivot toward impact, changes in the programming leverage the organization’s rich programmatic history and reputation while advancing current curriculum to be more timely, innovative and intentional.

Valley Leadership’s programs are supported by many community partners. The Institute’s Presenting Sponsors are Intel and Salt River Project and our Program Sponsor is Wells Fargo. The Valley Leadership Accelerate Presenting Sponsor is also Well Fargo.

The members of Valley Leadership Institute Class 41 are:

Catherine Alonzo | CEO | Javelina
Lauren Arndt | Director, Development | Teach For America
Megan Benson | Dean of Admissions | University of Advancing Technology
Justin M. Brandt | Attorney, Cannabis Practice Group | Rose Law Group PC
Salvador Bretts-Jamison | Vice President – Relationship Manager | MidFirst Private Wealth Management
Wyatt Buchanan | State Editor | The Arizona Republic / azcentral.com
Regional Carrillo | Middle School Educator | Friendly House-Academia Del Pueblo
Bradley Cosman | Partner | Perkins Coie LLP
Ryan Delaney | Vice President, Emerging Business Group | US Bank
Mai-Ly Duong | Dentist/Associate Director of Special Care Dentistry | A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health
Joyceline Elliot | Fiscal Manager | Department of Economic Security, State of Arizona
Patricia Ewanski | Sr. Planning Analyst | SRP
Art Fairbanks | Assistant Public Works Director | City of Phoenix
Vicki Fiorelli | Sr. Director of Corporate Relations and Cause Marketing | Valley of the Sun United Way
Stephen Flaaen | Senior Business Analyst | CopperPoint Insurance Companies
Kim Gathers | Program Manager | City of Phoenix Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Molly Ho | Senior International Trade Specialist | U.S. Department of Commerce
Clint Houston | Chief Operating Officer | Utility Smart
Nico Howard | Developer | The Howard Group
Darryn Jones | Senior Business Development Manager | Mortenson
Dr. Angela Kenzslowe | Clinical Psychologist | Purple Heart Behavioral Health LLC
Danelle King | Sr. Program Manager | Catholic Charities MANA House
John Koch | Director of Community Engagement | Community Medical Services
Charles Lucking | Chief Legal Officer | RRA Capital Management
Marlee Mauvis | Client Partner | FranklinCovey
Chris Mendoza | Enterprise Security Architect | Maricopa County
Rogelio Monzon | Chief Financial Officer | Pain Stop Clinics
Matt Morales | Chief Deputy Superintendent of Schools | Maricopa County
Michelle ‘Mo’ Osife | Philanthropy Manager | Cancer Support Community Arizona
Kelli O’Toole | CEO | The Opportunity Tree
Jenna Panas | Program Director and Faculty Associate | Arizona State University Center for Child WellBeing
Cassie Patris-Browne | Chief Philanthropy Officer | ICAN
Kyle Pottinger | Sr. Vice President, Ticket Sales & Service | Phoenix Suns
Kat Proffitt | Sales Executive | Draeger Medical
Gregory Puckett | Deployment Operations and Process Excellence Lead | Waymo
Karina Ruiz De Diaz | Executive Director | Arizona Dream Act Coalition
Freddy Saavedra | Founding Attorney | Saavedra Law Firm, PLC
Kiana Maria Sears | Asst. Director Faith Based Outreach & Community Partnerships | Arizona State University
Jared Shintaku | Vice President | Pinnacle Bank of Arizona
Liz Shipley | Public Affairs Director, US SW & Latin America Region | Intel Corporation
Meg Sneed | Director of Quality and Data Services | Fresh Start Women’s Foundation
Josh Stine | Director of External Affairs | Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix
Chiko Swiney | Attorney | CopperPoint Insurance Companies
Torrie A. Taj, CFRE | CEO | Child Crisis Arizona
Tari Thomas | Owner & Founder | There’s Room, LLC
Norio Tsuchiya | Associate Principal – Regional Design Director | HKS, Inc.
Ian P. Turner, CCIM, MRED | Associate Broker | Sperry Commercial Global Affiliates
Carolyn Vasos | Director of Business Development | Yelton & Associates/Perimeter83/UAT
Christine Bracamonte Wiggs | Director, Community Health Interventions and Health Equity | Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Roxanne Wingate | Sr. Community Relations Specialist | Cox Communications

The members of Valley Leadership Accelerate 2019 are:

Patrick J. Adams | Water Policy Analyst | Arizona Municipal Water Users Association
Shaquin Albrow | Senior Coordinator, Community & Player Programs | Phoenix Suns
Joe Atkielski | Senior Technical Analyst | Cox Communications
Melinda Borucki | Communication & Events Manager | ASU Center for Child Well-Being
Briana Clark | Match Program Manager | New Pathways for Youth
Cherry Collins | Sr Systems Analyst | Salt River Project
Wil Comer | Assistant General Counsel | U-Haul International, Inc.
Jacqueline Cruz | Director of Community Development | Association for Supportive Child Care
Melissa DiCesare | Development Officer | Maricopa Health Foundation
Ryan Hollaender | Senior Development Manager, Distinguished Events | American Cancer Society, Inc.
Cierra Hughes | Volunteer Engagement Specialist & Resource Coordinator | Human Services Campus
Johnny L. Jenkins Jr. | Associate Relationship Manager | PetSmart Charities
Wendy Johnson | Project Manager | Wells Fargo
Mickie Lara | Director of Agency Services & Strategy | Elevation Marketing
Marcy Luganob McMacken | Community Outreach Planner II | Maricopa Association of Governments
Dr. Eric Luster | President & CEO | Movement Interactive, Inc.
Emma Mark | Attorney | Mitchell Stein Carey Chapman, PC
Leslie Marquez | Residential Marketing Specialist | KS StateBank
Michael Marsh | Associate | Lee & Associates
Jessica McCaffrey | Regional Executive Director | ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Sharon McKenna | City Council Aide | City of Tempe
Lesley Forst Michalegko | Research Project Coordinator | Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies, ASU
Dusty Parsons | Director of Marketing & Communications | Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona
Bobby Patrovic | Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships | Carvana
Suzanne Reed | Administrative Law Judge | ADOT – Executive Hearing Office
David Reyes | AVP Quality Management Supervisor | MUFG Union Bank
Ariel Reyes | Paralegal Assistant | Stinson LLP
Jael Rodriguez | Healthcare Analyst | Health Services Advisory Group
Alie Schneider | Managing Director | Merriman Market Analyst
Shannon Taylor | Director, Talent Acquisition | Republic Services
Valerie Thorsen | Associate Engineer | Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Julie M. Trujillo | Director, External Relations | Eller College of Management – University of Arizona
Stephanie Walsh | Director, Philanthropy | American Cancer Society
Katie Wilton | Philanthropy Officer | Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Kevin Wilton | Technical Project/Program Manager | Applied Materials

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