July/August 2014
Scottsdale Community College
Friday, September 5
Class XXIX Welcome Reception
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Sands at Hotel Valley Ho

Thursday, October 2
Candidates & Elected Officials Reception
5:30-7:30 p.m. 
Home of Jordan & Jason Rose

Friday, December 12
15th Annual Spirit of Community Leadership Awards Luncheon
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
DoubleTree Resort
For more information:
480-627-6710 or

We invite you to include Scottsdale Leadership in your estate plans (such as wills and trusts). We have a new team of experts to help!  
For more information, please contact Executive Director George Martinez at 480-627-6717 or gmartinez@scottsdaleleadership.org

Here are some current Scottsdale Leadership needs:

  • Volunteers to phone alumni to request contact data. A great way to re-connect!
  • Class 29 breakfast sponsors

Please contact 480-627-6710 or info@scottsdaleleadership.org

to assist with these needs.

Don Bland, Class 27 

Won a lifetime achievement award form Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity - Maywood-Wheaton, IL Alumni Chapter  


Tyler Butler, Class 26 

Recognized as one of  Phoenix Business Journal's "40 Under 40" for 2014 

Nancy Sanders, Class 27
Received the 2014 Bridge Builder Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). 


Please submit your achievements for inclusion in future newsletters to:


Summer Spectacular Art Walk

July 10, 2014


Scottsdale City Council 

Candidate Forums

July 16, 2014

July 23, 2014

July 24, 2014 (moderated by Scottsdale Leadership Executive Director George A. Martinez) 


Live & Local Fridays Concert Series

July 18 - August 15, 2014


Primary Election Day 

August 26, 2014 (Last day to register to vote in this election is July 28, 2014 - click here to register)


A Taste of Old Town Scottsdale Food Tour

through August 31, 2014 


Scottsdale Spice Culinary Festival

September 27, 2014


Fry's Community Rewards

Did you know you can support Scottsdale Leadership just by shopping at Fry's?  It's easy when you enroll in Fry's Community RewardsŪ! 


Click here for instructions to enroll your Fry's V.I.P. Card


Once enrolled, you'll earn rewards for Scottsdale Leadership every time you shop! 

Amazing people have been selected for Class 29, continuing a Scottsdale Leadership tradition. They include a chemical engineer, a police commander, former military, IT experts, an Eagle Scout, non-profit executives, entrepreneurs, corporate executives and small business owners, an auto mechanic by trade, an equestrian, an architect, educators from the public and private sectors, and many others:


Elif Affan, Henkel Consumer Goods

Lindsey Baird, Brown & Brown Insurance

Dominic Bartola, Valley of the Sun United Way

Ron Bayne, City of Scottsdale Police Department

Cheryl Bell, Intel Corporation

Stacy Bennett, GoDaddy

Jenna Biancavilla, Berthel Fisher Financial Services Inc.

Leann Birdsall, Scottsdale Insurance Company

Ashley Chauhan, Scottsdale Insurance Company

Kate Conway, self-employed

Doug Craig, Norris Design

Theresa Currier Thomas, PhD, Phoenix Children's Hospital

and University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix

Jim Elfline, National MS Society-Arizona Chapter

Jonathan Fagan, Northwestern Mutual

Kelly Henderson, Keller Williams Realty

Ernie Flores, Wilhelm Automotive 

Penny Gaeta, Henkel Consumer Goods

Eddie Gall, Suburban Mortgage

Alice Giedraitis, Scottsdale Healthcare

Gina Griffiths, Scottsdale Training & Rehabilitation Services 

Kirsten Johnson, Arizona Best Real Estate

Kelly Kaminskas, FirstBank

Kori Knoesel, Ideas Collide Marketing Communications

Suresh Kolpuru, ITYug, LLC

Brandon Lebovitz, City of Scottsdale

John Liffiton, Scottsdale Community College

Jeffrey Maas, Gensler

Wendy Macfarland, Scottsdale Insurance Company

Inga Magi, McKean Defense Group

Adam Mamerow, Wells Fargo

Kevin Maxwell, Troon Technology

Tom Melton, City of Scottsdale Police Department

Audrey Menard, Ed.D. Rancho Solano Preparatory School

Anna Mineer, Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce

Michael Minnaugh, Ridenour, Hienton & Lewis PLLC

Kira Peters, City of Scottsdale

Kate Phelan, Charles F. Myers, P.A.

Madison Prince, Salt River Project

Erika Pumphrey, Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau

Melissa Schubert, Dunn Transportation/Ollie the Trolley

Tammy Shelman, AGIA Affinity Services

Prescott Smith, Technical Solutions

Suzee Smith-Everhard, Cox Communications

Jeremy Stevens, DC Ranch Community Council

Michelle Thornham, Bert's Paint Inc.

Deidra Viberg, ON Media Publications



Please stay engaged through paid alumni dues! Your renewal helps provide the educational and networking experiences that you benefited from, extending the unique impact of Scottsdale Leadership to many more friends and colleagues. 


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Nominate leaders for the 2014 Hodges, Drinkwater, Youth and Corporate awards!  Click here to nominate a leader today.


Award recipients will be honored Friday, December 12 at Scottsdale Leadership's 15th Annual Spirit of Community Leadership Awards Luncheon.  This special event is open to the public and held at the lovely DoubleTree Resort. 



Calling all Scottsdale Leadership alumni! Please consider serving on a Scottsdale Leadership committee for 2014-15. Read committee descriptions here, and please reach out to the chair of any committee you are interested in joining.


SkyKids is seeking volunteers for its Nov. 8 Fly Day. SkyKids gives children with special needs an opportunity to fly in a general aviation aircraft with an expert pilot along with a parent/friend to experience the wonders and enjoyment of flight. The children gain confidence and self esteem by being "in command" of the amazing machine. Contact Ken Casey at 480-695-4660.  


The following non-profit organizations are seeking board members:

Gina's Team - this Scottsdale-based non-profit promotes education and self-sufficiency for incarcerated women and men. Gina's Team recently won a FootSTEPS grant from Allegra Marketing & Print, headed by Eileen Rogers, Class 2. Contact Sue Ellen Allen at sea@ginasteam.org or 480-343-8185. 


Waste Not - their mission is to alleviate local hunger. They rescue excess perishable food that would otherwise go to waste and deliver it to a diverse network of agencies/organizations that feed the hungry. Contact Board President Brett Benton at 602-443-7652 or brettb@horizoninsurance.com.


Hirsch Academy - this new charter school operates out of Paiute Neighborhood. Candidates should be passionate about improving education for this under-served, primarily Hispanic population, and care about south Scottsdale. Contact Board Member Wendy Riddell, Class 17, at 480-682-3902 or wr@brrlawaz.com.


Scottsdale Sister Cities Association, Inc. - promotes peace through mutual respect and understanding via Sister Cities International, a non-profit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between the U.S. and international communities. Contact Craig Miller at Craig_A_Miller@ml.com or 480-607-8729.  


Please submit volunteer & board member opportunities for inclusion in future newsletters to

AZ Lottery logo Scottsdale CharrosCity of Scottsdale Scottsdale Active 20/30  
Merrill Lynch Logo  Wells Fargo    Henkel   
 Prestige CleanersSCC  Scottsdale Insurance (stacked)


 American Traffic Solutions (ATS) Arizona Public Service (APS) 

Arizona/Scottsdale Republic Brigham Orthodontics Central Arizona Project (CAP) 

Community Celebrating Diversity (CCD) DC Ranch Community Council

DMB Associates, Inc. Encore! Creative FirstBank of Arizona 

Fox Restaurant Concepts  Gensler * Haute Photography Hotel Valley Ho 

Ideas Collide Kahala Management, LLC Mayo Clinic Scottsdale 

Nolan Maddox Marketing, Inc. Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, PC PMT Ambulance 

Point in Time Studios Prisma Salt River Project (SRP) Scottsdale Airpark News 

Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

Scottsdale Gun Club Scottsdale Healthcare * Scottsdale Unified School District

Sonoran Studios The Phoenician Resort


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