Valley Leadership selects Class 38 of its Leadership Institute

Valley Leadership July 25, 2016

Valley Leadership is pleased to announce Valley Leadership Institute Class 38.   After a competitive selection process the group was chosen from a wide range of business sectors, including corporate and nonprofit executives, small business owners, public officials and servants, and leaders in healthcare, education, law, and technology.

Valley Leadership, which has been fostering local leaders since 1978, is known as the Valley’s oldest and most prestigious leadership development program. By drawing from the expertise of the State’s most respected and influential business, civic and community leaders, it provides real-time realities surrounding the most important issues shaping our community today, and in the future.

The upcoming months are dedicated to empowering a new group of community leaders. We are thrilled to welcome Class 38 to the program,” said Christy Moore, Valley Leadership President and CEO. “We look forward to seeing the positive impact this diverse incoming Class of motivated leaders will surely have on the Valley.”

Beginning in August 2016, the nine-month institute will offer increased awareness and understanding of our community, leadership skills development, opportunities for engagement, and a broader network of personal and professional relationships.

The members of Class 38 are:

Tyler Allen, Tyler Allen Law Firm

Amy Armstrong, Support My Club

Aaron Bare, Purposely

James Barton, Torres Law Group

E lvy Barton, Salt River Project (SRP)

Alison Belkin, Rehab Without Walls

Leslie Benner, Cox Communications

Lee Ann Bohn, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

Ryen Borden, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Peter Boyle, Western School of Science and Technology

Chadwick Campbell, Cohn Financial Group

James Christian, James Christian, PLC

Valerie Cimarossa, University of Advancing Technology

Erika Coombs, Stifel

Elvia Díaz, The Arizona Republic

Marion Donaldson, Arizona School for the Arts

Michael Ellenby, 2010 Property Investments LLC

Lisa Fernandez, Educare Arizona

Miguel Fernandez, Chandler Gilbert Community College

Kathy Foster, Colliers International

Andi Fourlis, Arizona Science Center

Bobbie Fox, CopperPoint Insurance Company

Matthew Giordano, Phoenix Police Department

Sarah Gonzalez, Technical Assistance Partnership of Arizona

Daniil Gunitskiy, Teach For America

Lauren Henschen, Phoenix Center for the Arts

Mallory Hutchison, City of Phoenix

Lisa Jones, City of Phoenix Fire Department

Alyssa Koslow, Salt River Project

Adam Lang, Snell & Wilmer LLP

Brian Lee, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

Kristi Lee, ACEL (Asian Corporate Entrepreneur Leaders)

Jessica Lopez, U-Haul International, Inc.

Sara Mayer, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Trish McCarty, StarShine Academy Schools/Education Resources

Emily Mead, Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Jay Minich, Andre House of Arizona

Juanice Oldham, Forefront Development, LLC

Rodrigo Olivares, Crisis Response Network, Inc.

Treena Parvello, Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise

Wes Patterson, Phoenix Fire Department

Alejandro Pérez, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

Nate Rhoton, one-n-ten

Jen Rogers, Phoenix Chorale

Naketa Ross, ResilientMe

Michael Seaver, Seaver Consulting, LLC

Jessica Taylor, PetSmart

Todd Vigil, The Phoenix Symphony

Kim Wagie, APS

Steve Wagner, RightCare Foundation, Inc

Bruce Weber, Greater Boards LLC

Rachel Yanof, Phoenix Collegiate Academy

Valley Leadership is holding a reception for alumni to welcome the new Class on Wednesday, August 24, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at Sun Studios of Arizona. The reception will offer an evening of connections and cocktails, while Class 38 members are introduced to the Valley Leadership community.

For more information about the reception or Valley Leadership, contact Christy Moore at, or visit the Valley Leadership website at


As the Valley’s premier leadership organization, Valley Leadership boasts a proven and long-standing track record of making deep impacts on the community. Its roots date back to the late 1970s when a group of Valley visionaries recognized the need to identify and develop the next generation of leadership. Its founders imagined an annual succession of educated change agents dedicated to the best possible future for our region.

Almost 40 years later, this vision has produced nearly 3,000 alumni from the multigenerational programming. Through high quality education, unprecedented access and an innovative network, Valley Leadership goes beyond traditional leadership programs by empowering youth, high potential and proven leaders to advance their passions and accelerate their pursuits.


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