Valley Leadership Selects 114 Arizonans for Catalyze

September 1, 2021
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The cohort will launch the first of three reimagined VL leadership development programs that will attract and prepare a pipeline of Arizonans committed to leading to make a difference.

Valley Leadership has selected 114 Arizonans to be part of the inaugural class of Catalyze, a completely virtual program designed to set people up to take action in the community. The cohort represents a diverse cross-section of sectors, industries and experience.

“We’re excited to see how this inaugural cohort will impact Arizona,” said VL CEO Dave Brown. “Arizona is lucky to have such a diverse and ready-to-do set of leaders. Congratulations to our board, staff, partners and supporters as we launch our new programming with this set of outstanding leaders.” 

Participants will grow their connections to the people and issues that impact Arizona, while gaining new skills and experiences. With a virtual format and multiple session dates, Catalyze participants will be able to engage when and where it works best for them – and will have the opportunity to deepen relationships through in-person and virtual social events. Each participant leaves with a commitment and a plan for how to get more engaged in the community – including through Impact Maker, a collaborative community venture housed at VL that mobilizes Arizonans to create long-term change on the issues of the day.

“Valley Leadership wants to empower every Arizonan to lead, and we’re doubling down on that commitment with the launch of Catalyze that will usher in our new programming,” said VL Board President and Catalyze participant Paul Komadina. “I’m thrilled to be part of this cohort and look forward to meeting this group and finding ways to work together to strengthen the community.”

Meet the Class:

AnneAckroydPublic Affairs and Media Relations Branch ChiefArizona Game and Fish Department
VeronicaAguilarAssistant Vice PresidentArizona State University
CarlosAlfaroFounderArizona Talks Foundation
MekaAllenDirector of Social WorkFresh Start Women’s Foundation
MinnieAndradeCEO/ Plan PresidentMolina Healthcare
MelissaArmasOperations DirectorInstituto
DerrickBakerSite AdministratorCopa Health
NancyBaldwinTrustee and Executive DirectorHickey Family Foundation
JoeBarbaDirector of Government RelationsGoodwill of Central and Northern Arizona
ChadBaysCo-Founder / CEOAcademic Opportunity of Arizona
RobertBeachPublic Relations/Marketing/Corporate Sponsor CoordinatorArabian Horse Association of Arizona
LitaBeckEquity Issues EditorThe Arizona Republic
GreciaBeltranOperations AssociateIconico LLC
TomBingeFinancial AdvisorRenaissance Financial
JordanBishopAcademic Network Success ManagerInStride
JaimeyBlyDirector, Business ConsultingNationwide Insurance
JasonBoatmanRealtorSelf Employed
KellyAnnBonnellProgram ManagerPop Goes the Classroom
JonBonnellVP of OperationsSelf-Employed
StephanieBrewerExecutive DirectorNewtown Community Development Corporation
VickiBromanPresidentWesBro Enterprises, LLC
BenediktBruecklePresident & CFOCompuGroup Medical, Inc.
DanaBurnsExecutive DirectorA Permanent Voice
MargoCasselmanAssociate AttorneyPerkins Coie LLP
LoriChaplinSenior Community RepresentativeBrookfield Residential
LeaCheshareck QalhashahiBusiness Development ManagerSpectrum Engineers
ThomasChiangDeputy Public DefenderMaricopa County Office of the Public Defender
ChristinaClarkeCompliance ManagerU.S. Bank
ChadCorwinSalt River Project (SRP)
SynaDaudfarResident PhysicianCreighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance
KimberleyDavisSales Team LeadIncStores, LLC
AshleyDeGooyer LeeSenior Executive DirectorAmerican Cancer Society
MatthewEdererCommercial Relationship ManagerU.S. Bank
ClaireEichmannAssociate AttorneyHusch Blackwell LLP
KarenEulateSite LeaderMesa Public Schools
KelseyEvansDirector of Programs & Community EngagementFresh Start Women’s Foundation
JamesFlorentineAssociateSnell & Wilmer LLP
AmyFreemanAdministrator for Quality ProgramsStudent Choice High School
GregGeistMarket ExecutiveBMO Harris
CarlosGoveoDirector of OperationsTrident Security Services
AllenGreenbergSVP, MarketingThe Mahoney Group
LaurenGruckyRegional DirectorMassage Envy
InderGunnalaOutreach CoordinatorUS Senator Kyrsten Sinema
MeghanHays DavisProgram and Training DirectorPrevent Child Abuse Arizona
JuanaHernandezCommunity Stewardship Representative Sr.SRP
CaseyHoltTalent Acquisition ManagerInsight Global
RileyHubbardAudit & Assurance SeniorDeloitte and Touche
JenaelIgnatDevelopment ManagerCystic Fibrosis Foundation
ZoeIsaacCommunications and Impact ManagerFresh Start Women’s Foundation
PaulaJohnson-HutchinsonCEOThe PH Factor Consulting Firm
CarrieKellyExecutive DirectorArizona Association for Economic Development
KyleKniepmanEmployee Benefits ConsultantMJ Insurance
GizetteKnightCEOReality Dreams, LLC
PaulKomadinaSenior Managing DirectorCBRE
CallieKozlakAssociate Superintendent of Policy & Gov RelationsArizona Department of Education
AjlanKurdogluOwnerHome Mart
KarynLathanConstableUniversity Lakes Justice Precinct
MelissaLeathersDirect Services ManagerSave the Family
GladysLopezControllerCopa Health
MichaelMazzoccoOwnerMichael Mazzocco Events
BrianMcCoyCity of Phoenix terminal supervisorGreyhound Bus Company
PaulinaMenichielloConsultant – Government and Public ServicesDeloitte Consulting LLP
MonicaMesaAssistant SuperintendentMesa Public Schools
MonicaMeyerandVP, Media and Member ExperienceOneAZ Credit Union
EleniMiachikaAnalyst, Business Development & Investor RelationsFTV Capital
RichelleMillerGeneral Manager, Phoenix MarketCruise Automation
MarkMoeremansSVP Entrepreneurship & Venture DevelopmentArizona Commerce Authority
MikeMuleBusiness Banker Commercial Real EstateWells Fargo
AntonioNewmanChauffeurOptime Transportation
LisaNorwoodPrincipalOsborn School District/Solano Elementary School
AshleyOakleyExecutive DirectorChandler Children’s Choir
TarylO’SheaExecutive DirectorArabian Horse Association of Arizona
MikePalmgrenMedia DirectorCatalyst Media Design
DeborahPearsonEVP – Chief Marketing and Experience OfficerOneAZ Credit Union
RachelPhillipsTeacherArizona Cultural Academy
DaniPortilloExecutive Director for Teaching and LearningRoosevelt Elementary School District
LindaQianCommunications and Media Relations DirectorIntel Corporation
KelliRaelAssociate Director of DevelopmentSandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU
ArlynnRobertsonTraining CoordinatorDES – Business Enterprise Program
JeffRothenbergSenior Director of Credit OperationsMosaic
KristinaSabettaOwner/ConsultantSabetta Consulting, LLC
HannahSandersDevelopment OfficerSt. Vincent de Paul
JulieSchafferDirector of Education and Career ServicesFresh Start Women’s Foundation
HeathScheidManaging DirectorBMO Harris Bank
DavidScottRegional President – ArizonaMeadows Bank
JoanServissExecutive DirectorArizona Housing Coalition
SarahShambrookGovernment Relations AssociateDominium
MaxShanahanAttorneyKoeller, Nebeker, Carlson, & Haluck
MichaelSlugockiAttorneySlugocki Law, PLC
BrittneySnyderDirector of DevelopmentASU Foundation
ChristianSolorioArchitectArchitectural Resource Team
DianaSolorioCommunications ManagerThe Colibri Collective
MikeSonenbergUnit ManagerState of Arizona
PaigeSoucieDirector of Client SuccessPersosa
KyleSteinbuchSVPPNC Bank
MatthewStewartCommunity AdvocateSelf-Employed
WarrenStewart, Jr.StrategistProactive Justice
LisaStrattonPhilanthropic AdvisorArizona Community Foundation
KamalSumarAssociate Chief Medical Informatics OfficerAdelante Healthcare
MollieSutherlandInternship CoordinatorScottsdale Community College
StaceySutherlandDirector of TRUSTArizona Anti-Trafficking Network
TaniaTammaroClient Partner – Business OutcomesFranklinCovey
AshUssExecutive DirectorFrom the Ground Up
JaneVan DaeCorporate & New Business Development ResearcherPhoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation
GilVelezComplete Care AdministratorBanner Health
JulieWechsler, Ed.D.Phoenix ChampionFriends of the Children
KailaWhiteEditorThe Arizona Republic
AlyciaWorstRegional DirectorCopa Health
JessiWrightLeadership and Philanthropy CoachWith An I Enterprises, LLC
JessicaYanowSr. Manager, Community & Health AdvancementBlue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
JennyZaleClient PartnerFranklinCovey

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