July/August 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
Class XXX Welcome Reception
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Hotel Valley Ho

Friday, December 11
16th Annual Spirit of Community Leadership Awards
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Phoenician
Join us in celebrating Scottsdale Leadership's 30th Anniversary!


For more information:
480-627-6710 or


Have you lost your Scottsdale Leadership name badge over the years?  If so, we will be placing an order at the end of July.  

Please contact 480-627-6710 or info@scottsdaleleadership.org if you would like order a replacement for $12.



Lindsay Baird, Class 29

Got engaged to Ryan Lindhorst


Barry Graham, Class 28

Married Farrah Hauke on June 6 at the Montelucia


Kiem Ho, Class 26

Named VP of Marketing for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) where he is responsible for the development and execution of national marketing initiatives across communication channels, playing an instrumental role in the expansion of the NASM brand.


Liz Kaplan, Class 27 

was honored as the 2015 Scottsdale Leadership Board member of the year at Class 29's Graduation. Liz has been a very active chair of the Community Events Committee. Under her leadership, the 2014 Spirit of Community Leadership Awards Luncheon surpassed its fundraising goal and the room was packed with more than 400 Alumni, VIPs and Community stakeholders.  


Michael Keran, Class 27 
proposed to Kim Dodds, Class 27 and she said "yes!"


Brian LaGreca, Class 28

Got engaged to Jenny Ann LoMonaco


John Liffiton, Class 29 

Received the annual Shofar Zakhor award from the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors Association for his dedicated work to establish the annual Genocide Awareness Week so that all may know the truth about the Holocaust and other genocides. 

Nancy Sanders, Class 27
Installed as 2015-16 president of National Association of Women Business Owners, Phoenix Chapter

Julius Williams, Class 24

Will be recognized in August at the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity National Convention as a 50 year member.


Linda Walton, Class 26 

Received Scottsdale Leadership's 2015 Volunteer of the Year Award for her relentless spirit and dedication to our organization. Linda was a very engaged member of the Outreach and Recruitment Committee, ensuring that the pool was deep with qualified candidates.  Linda also served as a Day Chair for Class 29's Diversity & Inclusion Day.



Workshops for Youth & Families Summer Workshops

Pathfinder (ages 9-12): July 12-17

The Journey (ages 15-19): July 19-24


Vista del Camino's
Back to School Program

Assists up to 500 Scottsdale elementary and high school students each year. Eligible children are provided with two sets of new clothing, socks, underwear, a pair of shoes, backpack and school supplies. This year, heavy duty back-packs are especially needed.  Drop off items at Vista del Camino, 7700 E. Roosevelt St., no later than July 24. 


Scottsdale Spice Culinary Event

September 12


More details on upcoming community events


We invite you to include Scottsdale Leadership in your estate plans (such as wills and trusts).
For more info, contact Margaret Leichtfuss at 480-627-6717 or margaret@scottsdaleleadership.org


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 and you'll earn rewards for Core Program scholarships every time you shop! You must re-enroll every year.



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Click here to enroll today and earn rewards for Core Program scholarships every time you shop! 



Amazing people have been selected for Class 30, continuing a Scottsdale Leadership tradition. They include an engineer,a police commander, former military, a member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, non-profit executives, attorneys, a firefighter, entrepreneurs, corporate executives and small business owners, bankers, real estate professionals and many others. Please join us in welcoming Class 30!

Andrew Armstrong, Fluidic Energy

Brant Baker, Scottsdale Charros

Joan Bergstrom, Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc.

Claudia Chavez, STARS

Betsy Chernoff, GoDaddy

Natalie Chrisman Lazarr, Amec Foster Wheeler

Colleen Clancey, Sabic Polymershapes

Greg Collins, Kercsmar & Feltus, PLLC

Kate Coulson, American Traffic Solutions

Nicole Cundiff, Colleen's Dream

Jona Davis, DC Ranch Community Council

Robin Dircks, Origami Owl

Toni Eberhardt, Banner Medical Group, Banner Health

Kevin Hafer, Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc.

Kim Ho, TeleVox Software

Henry Hoffer, Nationwide Insurance Company

Sarah Jennings, QuickPass

Sarah Kearney, Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

Sal La Puma, III, Dunn Transportation/Ollie the Trolley

Jason Malcolm, Cresa Phoenix

Michelle Marshall, Scottsdale Unified School District

Zach Matz, City of Peoria

Blessing McAnlis-Vasquez, Salt River Indian Community

Erika McBride, Banner Health

Hannellie Mendoza, Insight Direct USA, Inc.

Aaron Minor, Scottsdale Police Department

Kristin Neibergs, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa

Erin Perreault, City of Scottsdale, Long Range Planning

Paul Perry, RLSIR Private Group

Rachelle Pierce, Trius Creative and Printing

Amanda Sue Piltz, Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS

Eric Richardson, City of Phoenix Fire Department

Merle Riepe, SilverStone Group

Andi Robertson, Lexie's Voice Foundation

Stephen Rot, City of Scottsdale, Water Resources

Rustyn Sherer, APS

Jhenifer Shipe, Valley of the Sun United Way

Matt Siket, Wells Fargo Bank

Fanny Sparrow, HonorHealth

Morgan Taylor, Family Promise-Greater Phoenix

Audrey Thacker, Artisan Markets, LLC

Alex Walton, FirstBank

Kit Weiss, City of Scottsdale, Neighborhood Services

Kelsey Young, Scottsdale Classic Real Estate


Scottsdale Leadership relies on its working Board of Directors and Committee Members to ensure the success of the organization.


Re-engage with Scottsdale Leadership!

Openings are available on these committees and we would love to have your energy, ideas and creativity.

Core Program

Alumni Engagement & Events
Community Events

Community Outreach


Marketing and Public Relations


Visit our website to learn more about each committee 

Typically, committees meet once a month and require a commitment of just a few hours each month.  



Scottsdale Leadership is celebrating its 30th Anniversary throughout the year ahead, and with it, the impact that all of you have made in our community. 


Scottsdale Leadership's Board of Directors and staff are intent on engaging YOU! 


One area with which we need alumni volunteer assistance is planning content for Core Program days. This year's topic days include:


Beyond Scottsdale City Limits

City Government

Community Stewardship & History

Diversity & Inclusion

Economic Development


Safe Communities

Social Services

State Government



Youth & Education


If you have expertise/passion about any of these topics and would like to participate in brainstorming content and/or possibly serve as a presenter/panelist please contact Core Program Coordinator Emily Garzolini at emily@scottsdaleleadership.org.


We want you to join us as we step into our third decade of excellence! 



Nominate leaders for the 2015 Drinkwater, Hodges Alumni, Jenkins Youth and Business awards. 

Click here to learn more about the spirit and intent of each award and to nominate a leader today!

Award recipients will be honored Friday, December 11 at Scottsdale Leadership's 16th Annual Spirit of Community Leadership Awards Luncheon.  This special event is open to the public and held at The Phoenician.



In May, Lindsay Halgerson joined the Scottsdale Leadership team as Administrative and Operations Associate.  


Lindsay has a Master's in Nonprofit Studies from ASU and years of volunteer and professional nonprofit experience.  She previously worked for the Rodel Foundation of Arizona, Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and Northern Virginia Conservation Trust. 


Lindsay also has a BS in Interior Design and worked as a project manager and interior designer for architecture firms in Minnesota (her home state) and Arizona.


She enjoys trail running, volunteering, serving as Board Treasurer for ASU's Nonprofit Professionals Alumni Club, art/drawing, learning to golf, and spending time with her cats.



Waste Not is a non-profit, food rescue organization that delivers perishable food. Waste Not helps in the fight against hunger in Arizona. New Board Members are needed; contact Board President Kim Richards at 602-908-5366 or krichards@bankofarizona.com.


Visit our website for a full list of opportunities


Please submit volunteer & board member opportunities for inclusion in future newsletters to: info@scottsdaleleadership.org


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