107 Arizonans Selected for Valley Leadership’s Catalyze Class 2


Valley Leadership has selected 107 Arizonans to participate in the second Catalyze class. This virtual program is designed to set participants up to take action on Arizona’s most pressing issues. The cohort represents a diverse cross-section of sectors, industries and experience.

During the 6-month program, participants grow their connections to the people and issues that impact Arizona, while gaining new skills and experiences. By the end of the program, each participant leaves with a commitment and a plan for how to get more engaged in the community.

36% of the Catalyze Class 1 graduates chose to get involved with Impact Maker, a collaborative community venture housed at Valley Leadership that mobilizes Arizonans to create long-term change on the issues of the day.

Meet the Class

Leo Anderson Director FOX
Samantha Anderson Grant Manager Arizona Humanities
Alexis Apodaca Government Relations Coordinator City of Chandler
Farhan Babur
Murphy Bannerman Government Affairs Manager Western Resource Advocates
AJ Barnett
Johana Bautista Spanish Teacher Hispalia Language Center
Leslie Beatty Program Manager, Strategic Implementation Cigna
Virginia Bezerra de Menezes Program Manager of Learning and Evaluation Vitalyst Health Foundation
Korin Blair Attorney Maricopa County
Treena Bradley Director of Finance Roosevelt Elementary School District
Jenny Brundage Sales
Kim Bui Sr. Director, Product and Audience Innovation Arizona Republic
Jessie Bustamante Chief Advancement Officer ACCEL
Michelle Butler Claims Team Manager State Farm Insurance
Vanna Campion Chief Medical Officer Terros Health
Tom Carlson Public Finance Investment Banker RBC Capital Markets
Katie Carpenter Director of Corporate Engagement Year Up
Justin Chase President/CEO Solari Crisis & Human Services
Danyel Chleborad Assistant Project Director Arizona State University Foundation for a New American University
Chrissie Cooper President, Government Programs OptumRx
Amber Cordoba Director of Business Education and Consulting Services Chicanos por la Causa, Inc – Prestamos CDFI
Nick Czupryn Senior Consultant Deloitte
Lynn Daniel Teacher Tolleson Union High School District
Patti Deckard Business Development Executive Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Ashely Dickerson Senior Program Manager National Center for Youth Law, FosterEd Arizona
Lindsay Dietz DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM SERVICES-HCCN DIRECTOR Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers
Rodrigo Dorador Madrigal Development Associate Dominium
Jamie Duncan HCCN Project Coach Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers
Rachel Dunn Medical Student Medical Student
Ricky Duran Data & Innovation Manager City of Phoenix, Office of Innovation
Candace Eldridge Realtor / Realtist and Business Analytics Manager Exit Realty Sun City and CVS Health
Patrick Epum Director & Team Lead Commercial Banking BMO Harris Bank
Kristi Estrada Executive Clinical Director Alliance Coaching and Counseling Group
Linée Ferguson Senior HR Consultant Self Employed, Master the Workplace LLC
Diana Bejarano Figueroa SVP, Marketing, Communications and Strategic Initiatives Education Forward Arizona
McCady Findley Senior Sustainability Manager Fusebox LLC
Kevin Flaaen AVP Relationship Manager FineMark National Bank & Trust
Dana Flannery Senior Policy Advisor State of Arizona
Maya Galvan Hunger Programs Specialist United Food Bank
Brian Garcia Law Graduate Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
Shannon Gnam Director of Business Development Hustle PHX
Chris Graves President Self-Employed
Stephanie Graves President Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce
Julie Heineking Client Engagement Human Services Campus
brad herron-valenzuela Managing Director, First Place Transition Academy Director, First Place Center for Education, Training & Employment First Place AZ
Elizabeth Howard Director of Supportive Services UMOM New Day Centers
Alicia Iniguez Monzon Director of Continuing Education and Partnerships Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies
Jeanine Inman Deputy Director, Government Transformation Office (GTO) State of Arizona
Makayla Jackson Assistant Principal in Residence Phoenix Union High School District
Armonee Jackson Local Coalition Coordinator Future Coalition
Hector Jaramillo
Ebone Johnson Senior Director of Grants, Contracts, and Compliance Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers
Margaret Klever Executive Administrator CBRE
Emily Langowitz Jewish Engagement and Learning Manager Union for Reform Judaism
Jeff Letey Safety Manager Truesdell Corporation
Helain Lewis Development Officer Teen Lifeline
Nick Loper Lobbyist Public Policy Partners
Deniece Lopez Constituent Services Representative U.S. Senate
Joshua Loughman Senior Strategic Planning Analyst Salt River Project
Patricia Macias Office Manager Arizona Alliance For Community Health Centers
Rhian Madrid Director of Sales Banner|Aetna
Jessica Manos CEO Self-Employed
Joseph Martinez Owner Arizona Microgreens
Melissa McGinnis Talent Sourcer OneAZ Credit Union
Paul McIlroy Director, Business Development Transperfect
Leah McKiernan Principal Phoenix Union High School District
Michael Metzger Vice President Strategy Teach For America
Megan Meyers Commercial Loan Coordinator Bell Bank
Erin Mowad Development Director Live & Learn
Ora Napoleon Intel Federal Enterprise System Project Manager Intel Federal
Kane Nixon Deputy Chief Arizona Fire & Medical Authority
Graciela Nobles Program Manager of Community Initiatives Education Forward Arizona
Tracy Olson Associate Attorney Snell & Wilmer, LLP
Laura Ory Senior Director of Marketing and Communications Education Forward Arizona
Charlie Palumbo CEO and Founder Intentional Leaders LLC
Josh Patterson National Sales Director PetPlate
Laura Pearl Executive Director Tides Advocacy – Flip the Vote
Jocelyn Phok Director of Operations Educational Services, LLC (ESI)
Melanie Pshaenich Coordinator Senior Arizona State University
Lorraine Ramirez Program Manager: Rural Women’s Health & Oral Health Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers
Michelov Rhau CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER Sun Life Health
Faith Ritchie Small Business Programs Manager Arizona Commerce Authority
Martin Rodriguez Nuñez Advisor Ramirez Advisors Inter-National
Khalil Rushdan Organizing Director ACLU of Arizona
Idenna Russell Assistant Principal Desert Edge High School
Sasha Simmons Professional Speaker Axon
Zulela Smaak Director, Development & Finance, TFA Phoenix Regional Team Teach For America
Myleshia Smith Assistant Property Manager Dunlap & Magee
Lauren Smith Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center
Apichai Sotiwong IT Support Specialist CSP Technologies
Andrea Swanson Banker JPMorgan
Simone Tavassoli Training Coordinator Prevent Child Abuse Arizona
Ivana Temple Branch Director & Trainer Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley
Kaitlyn Tveit Lynn Development Associate Dominium
Richard Verduzco Assistant Principal Phoenix Union High School District
Ryan Wampler AML Investigator Pricewaterhouse Cooper (PwC)
Dionne Washington Friends of the Farm Coordinator Arizona Food Bank Network
Carrie Watters City/ Maricopa County editor The Arizona Republic | azcentral.com
Katie Weber Assistant Vice President, Senior Counsel JPMorgan Chase Bank
Hayley Winterberg Executive Director Arizona Peer and Family Career Academy
Quin Works Director of Development Local First Arizona
Cara Wright Program Manager Phoenix Union High School District
Jenny Wynn Minister First Christian Church Scottsdale
Kathy Yeager Associate Vice Provost, Business & Educational Partnerships Northern Arizona University

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