Town of Queen Creek
Executive Administrative Assistant
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Gail Barney, Chair
Mayor, Town of Queen Creek
Mark Mitchell, Treasurer
Mayor, City of Tempe
Jackie Meck, Past Chair
Mayor, City of Buckeye
Councilmember, Apache Junction
Mayor, City of Avondale
Mayor, Town of Carefree
David L. Smith
Councilmember, Town of Cave Creek
Mayor, City of Chandler
Mayor, City of El Mirage
Mayor, Town of Florence
President, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
Mayor, Town of Fountain Hills
Tommy Lee Sikes
Mayor, Town of Gila Bend
Stephen Roe Lewis
Governor, Gila River Indian Community
Mayor, Town of Gilbert
Mayor, City of Glendale
Mayor, City of Goodyear
Mayor, Town of Guadalupe
Thomas L. Schoaf
Mayor, City of Litchfield Park
Mayor, City of Maricopa
Supervisor, Maricopa County
Mayor, City of Mesa
Mayor, Town of Paradise Valley
Mayor, City of Peoria
Mayor, City of Phoenix
Supervisor, Pinal County
President, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Mayor, City of Scottsdale
Board Member, State Transportation Board
Board Member, State Transportation Board
Mayor, City of Surprise
Mayor, City of Tolleson
Mayor, Town of Wickenburg
Mayor, Town of Youngtown
Gail Barney was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Town Council in January 2002 and was elected Mayor in June 2010. He served on the Planning and Zoning Commission from 1998 to 2002. As Mayor, Barney represents Queen Creek on the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council, on MAG’s Executive Committee and Economic Development Committee, the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Board of Directors, as Chair of the Maricopa/Northern Pinal Gateway Alliance and represents the Town Council on the Queen Creek Public Safety Retirement Board.
Barney earned an associate degree from Mesa Community College and a Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University. He is an Eagle Scout. A lifelong Queen Creek resident, he operates his family farm in the community.
Mark Mitchell is a third-generation Arizonan with deep roots in the Tempe community. Before being elected Mayor in May, 2012, Mitchell was elected to the City Council in March of 2000 and served three four-year terms.
Mayor Mitchell is a native of Tempe, attending elementary and middle school in the community before graduating from McClintock High School. He also earned a Political Science degree from Arizona State University. Mayor Mitchell is currently an Account Manager for DataBank, a Kyocera Group Company, that focuses on Business Process Improvement and Management.
During his time as Mayor, Mitchell has focused on strengthening Tempe’s local economy and the economic recovery by working to attract new businesses and retain current business partners. Since his election in May, 2012, the City of Tempe has added thousands of jobs, and with the addition of such companies like State Farm, Silicon Bank and Union Bank, Tempe is looking forward to welcoming tens of thousands of jobs over the next decade. Mayor Mitchell is also committed to maintaining and improving Tempe’s world-class assets like the Tempe Center for the Arts and Tempe Town Lake, working with law enforcement to ensure that Tempe is made up of safe neighborhoods, and to providing a transparent city government.
As a community member, Mayor Mitchell has served on numerous boards and charitable organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, Tempe Diablos, Tempe Leadership Class XV, Tempe Sister Cities, Tempe Impact Education Foundation, Rio Salado Foundation, and Tempe YMCA. Mitchell is on the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and serves as the City of Tempe’s representative on the Maricopa Association of Government’s Regional Council, Regional Council Executive Committee, and Transportation Policy Committee and also serves on Valley Metro RPTA and Valley Metro Rail Boards of Directors. Mayor Mitchell also currently serves on the Executive Committee for the League of Arizona Cities and Towns and is involved with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities.
Mayor Mitchell is continuing his family’s legacy in Arizona politics. His father, Harry Mitchell, was Mayor of Tempe from 1978 to 1994 and served on the City Council for more than 24 years. Harry Mitchell also elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served Congressional District 5 including the City of Tempe from 2007 to 2011. Mayor Mitchell’s great-grandfather, W.W. Mitchell, moved to Tempe in 1945 and served as an Arizona State legislator in the 1940s. He has two daughters that he is raising in his hometown.
Jackie Meck was re-elected in 2012 to a second four-year term as the Mayor of Buckeye. A Buckeye native, Mayor Meck has served previously as town mayor from 1973 to 1975 and as a member of the town council from 1968 to 1975 and from 2002 to 2006.
Mayor Meck is the retired general manager of the Buckeye Water Conservation and Drainage District. Mayor Meck currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), as a member of the MAG Regional Council Executive Committee, as a member of the MAG Economic Development Committee, as Treasurer for the CAN-DO Coalition (Connecting Arizona and Nevada-Delivering Opportunities) Interstate-11 Coalition, and is on the Board of Trustees for the West Valley Hospital. Mayor Meck has also served as Chair on the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Transportation Policy Committee, on the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, WESTMARC, and Valley Metro RPTA, is a past president of the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Gila River’s El Rio Restoration Project Executive Committee.
Mayor Meck is a past chairman of the city’s Pioneer Days Celebration, and is a member of the Buckeye Elks and Lions Clubs, the Buckeye Valley Museum, the West Valley Fine Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum and Heard Museum.
Mayor Meck and his wife of over 50 years, Verlyne, have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Robin Barker was re-elected to Apache Junction’s City Council in 2016, and has served as a Councilmember since 2007. She was elected as Vice Mayor in 2013 as well as serving as Vice Mayor from 1993 to 1995. She also sat on the council from 1989-1997.
Ms. Barker earned her Master's Degree, from Northern Arizona University, her Bachelor's Degree from Arizona State University, and her Associate's Degree from Central Arizona College. Ms. Barker is the publisher of the Apache Junction and Gold Canyon News and is a retired English teacher for Mesa Public Schools and Central Arizona College.
Associations that Ms. Barker has served on include MAG Regional Council, MAG Domestic Violence Council, Pinal County Alliance, Pinal Partnership, Pinal County Domestic Violence Coalition, Apache Junction Focal Point Enhancement Project, and Apache Junction Centennial Project. She is also a Soroptimist member and served on the City Planning and Zoning Commission from 2003-2007. She assisted in establishing both the City Health and Human Services Commission, and the City Citizen Leadership Institute.
Ms. Barker has four children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Kenneth N. Weise was appointed Mayor in June 2014. Prior to his mayoral appointment, he served as an Avondale City Council Member beginning in January 2006 when he was initially appointed to a vacant council seat. He was subsequently elected to the City Council in September 2007 and, during his tenure, served as Avondale’s Vice Mayor from 2008 to 2010.
Mayor Weise currently serves on the National League of Cities Community and Economic Development Committee, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council, Chair of the MAG Transportation Policy Committee, member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s Board of Directors and the Southwest Valley Chamber’s Board of Directors. A true public servant, he has also served on several other committees including the Charter Review Committee, the Contributions Assistance Council Subcommittee and as Chair of the Western Maricopa Enterprise Zone (WMEZ). As a strong supporter of education and youth, Mayor Weise is currently a member of the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable. Mayor Weise is a current member of the National League of Cities (NLC) and the League of Arizona Cities and Towns.
Mayor Weise is a Corporate Sales Manager for the Wigwam Resort and previously served on the Board of Elders at Trinity Lutheran Church. He volunteers for various organizations and feels strongly about giving back to his community. He studied Business Administration at Moraine Valley College in Illinois. He and his wife, Shari, have two daughters and have called Avondale home since 1995.
Les is currently starting his third term as the Mayor of Carefree. This followed serving as the Vice Mayor. Prior to being elected to the Town Council, Les served on the Carefree Planning and Zoning Commission.
During Les’s prior working career, he worked for both Procter & Gamble and the Pillsbury Company in marketing and promotion. Following this experience, Les worked in marketing and long range planning assignments at Glendinning Companies, the largest promotional services firm in the United States.
Les was one of the founders of and Managing Partner of a marketing and promotion services firm, the Connecticut Consulting Group, that within ten years grew to be the 5th largest in the United States. This firm was acquired by a leading New York based advertising agency in 1989, Darcy Masius Benton & Bowles. During his marketing and long-range planning career, Les worked with for 160 companies in an agency/consulting role, either developing assignments directly or supervising others. Long term clients Les worked with included NFL Properties, Marriott, IBM, Coca Cola, Shell Oil, Kodak, RalstonPurina, Frito Lay, Kimberly Clark and Quaker State.
Les is a Director Emeritus of New Pathways for Youth (formerly Greater
Phoenix Youth at Risk), having served as Chairman of the Program Content & Structure and Strategic Planning Committees
Les is a member of the Paradise Valley Community College Advisory Council
Les was President of the Boulders Homeowners Association
Les was very active with Cornell University for fourteen years (1996-2010) interfacing with and evaluating over 4,000 MBA students serving as one of two outside “judges” for their MBA entrepreneurial studies program
Les has also worked with several local charities in the marketing and planning areas. These have included St. Vincent de, Paul, Banner Hospice and the Scottsdale Cultural Council.
Les earned both a BA (1965) and a MA (1967) from Arizona State University, and he and his wife, Mary, have resided at the Boulders in Carefree, Arizona, since 1996.
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Mayor Kevin Hartke has lived in Chandler since 1985. Although he began his tenure on City Council in January of 2011, he also served for a year as an interim Councilmember in 2008. He continues to serve as Lead Pastor at Trinity Christian Fellowship in Chandler where he has worked since 1985. Kevin has a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from University of Missouri, Columbia; and a Master's degree in Theology with Fuller Theological Seminary.
Kevin is involved extensively in the state and Chandler community. He currently serves regionally as the Co-chair of the Continuum of Care Regional Committee to End Homelessness for the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG). Kevin serves as a board member on three other regional boards as well: MAG’s Economic Development Committee, the Valley’s Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA) and the Valley Metro Light rail. Kevin is also the statewide director of a nonprofit organization, For Our City. For Our City is a collaborative effort of government, business, nonprofit and faith leaders gathered to find solutions for needs in a community.
In Chandler, Kevin volunteers with several organizations. He serves on the board of the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona (DCFA), helps with American Cancer Society, serves as a member of the Public Policy Committee with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and with the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP). He is a literacy advocate that reads weekly to 6th graders at Galveston Elementary School with BookPALS. Kevin has volunteered at Galveston for the past 11 years.
In the City of Chandler, his past service had included being a commissioner on the Planning and Zoning Commission, chairman of Human Relations Commission, chairman of the 2010 Complete Count Committee, member of a previous Charter Revision Committee and an ex official member of Chandler Airport Commission. He is currently active with Chandler's two Sister Cities, Tullamore, Ireland; and Tainan, Taiwan.
He also has served on the executive board of the Chandler Coalition On Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA), coached soccer for the YMCA, organized citywide community volunteer efforts and helped organize and lead Chandler’s first traditional neighborhood association, Arrowhead Meadows. Regionally, Kevin’s past service has included a Governor’s commission on Faith and Communities and a Congressional Committee on Faith and Neighborhoods.
Kevin has been married to Lynne for more than 35 years. They have four children: Nathan, Aleah, Katelyn and Zachary and three grandchildren, Micah, Madelynn and Benjamin.
Alexis Hermosillo is a proud fourth-generation resident of the City of El Mirage. Alexis currently works for a public transportation company in the Maricopa county area, and previously worked for the U.S. House of Representatives as a district representative for Congressman Raúl Grijalva.
Alexis is a firm believer that knowledge is power. She holds an M.A. in journalism and a B.A. in interdisciplinary arts, and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership. In her spare time she puts her knowledge and skills to work supporting opportunity youth in El Mirage.
Alexis is committed to the empowerment of women. She serves on the Board of the YWCA of Metropolitan Phoenix, and has worked with the Hispanic Women’s Corporation, supporting their national youth initiatives. Alexis believes that investing in today’s youth is an investment in our future, and has dedicated herself to engaging and motivating Latino youth through leadership development programs, including with the National Council of La Raza (UnidosUS).
Mrs. Walter is an assistant principal and truancy officer with the Florence Unified School District. As an elementary school educator, she served as a Team Leader, Reading Coach, Mentor Teacher, Gifted Site Coordinator and Science Club Advisor. In 2007, Mrs. Walter created the Science Club to heighten student interest in science; allowing students to participate, utilizing hands-on experiences. An emphasis was placed on participation, teamwork, and cooperation, while focusing on various science disciplines of life science, physical science, and earth science. The club development prepared students to participate in Pinal County Science Olympiad Competitions at Central Arizona College. Over the years, many students have placed in competitions, earning school recognition. Mrs. Walter also assisted in the creation of the NJHS Charter for Anthem K-8 and served as NJHS Advisor for four years. Her responsibilities in these positions allow her to create opportunities for the students and aide colleagues in achieving higher standards for themselves professionally.
Mrs. Walter holds two Master’s Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University, graduating with high honors in Educational Leadership: Principal k-12 and Elementary Education; two Bachelor’s Degrees from the State University of New York in Elementary Education and English (Literature/Writing), graduating on the Dean’s List; and an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Herkimer County Community College. She was provided the unique opportunity to complete the second half of her student teaching experience abroad, in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. During her experience abroad, she welcomed the opportunity to travel throughout Europe. This experience allowed her to learn and appreciate other cultures and ways of life.
She lives with her husband Jim, and their three children: Chris, Jason, and Claire. She is actively involved in community projects ranging from family oriented events to providing opportunities for children in our community.
Bernadine Burnette was elected President of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation on January 12, 2016. Pres. Burnette has served for more than two decades as a Tribal Council Member and during that time has held the positions of Secretary, Vice President, and President.
Pres. Burnette’s record of public service is extensive; beyond her leadership at the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, she has also served on many boards of organizations, including stints as Vice President of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association and as Secretary of the National Indian Gaming Association. Her current and past memberships include the National Congress of American Indians, the National Tribal Environmental Council and the National Indian Education Association.
Pres. Burnette was selected as “Woman of the Year” by former Arizona Governor Jane Hull and honored by the Arizona Republic for her resolute leadership as one of only seven female Native American tribal presidents in the nation in 1999. In 2012, then Vice President Burnette was named “Indian Gaming Advocate of the Year” by the National Indian Gaming Association for her work to preserve gaming rights.
Ginny and her family chose Fountain Hills as their home town in 1983. Born and raised in NY, she followed her parents who had fallen in love with this desert community in the seventies. Her siblings all relocated to AZ, creating a foundation here that spans multiple generations.
Ginny holds a BS in Mathematics from Tufts University. She’s been a banker, a bookkeeper and a part-time teacher, in AZ, VT and NH. She was an AZ Senate staffer and an Assistant Director at the Dept. of Environmental Quality. After retiring from the State, she worked with the US Attorney’s Office as a neighborhood liaison with various partners including law enforcement.
Inducted into the 2010 Hall of Fame, she participated in FH strategic planning sessions since 1984. She went from room mother to PTA Board, Site Council to elected School Board member, where she served from 1994 to 2002, twice as President. Ginny was a Charter Member of the Arts Council and served on the Theater Board as Treasurer and accountant, earning their 2009 Founders Award. She performed in several AriZoni winning productions.
In the Valley, she was a member of Business and Professional Women (Woman of the Year) and the Public Policy Chair for the American Association of University Women. Active in several statewide groups, she was an organizer for the AZ Women’s Hall of Fame at the Carnegie Library.
Ginny served as Town Councilwoman for over eight years, co-chairing the Centennial Committee and sitting on the MAG Regional Domestic Violence Council until 2014. She helped raise funds for two public art pieces and co-organized a community unity event in 2017.
Other activities include: Justice Department, Recognition of Meritorious Service: Weed and Seed Program; League of AZ Cities and Towns Eight Years of Service and Dedication; Ten Years of Service Recognition to the State of AZ; ADEQ Constellation Team Award for Asarco efforts; ADEQ Constellation Team Award for Hazardous Air Pollutant/Mercury efforts; AZ School Boards Association Silver Cactus Pin; Gold Cactus Pin; Master of Boardsmanship; Panel speaker, Estrella Mt. Community College; Classroom speaker, ASU; Workshops, Coronado High School and Scottsdale Community College; Contributor, Sonoran/Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Working Paper; Falcon Leadership Mentoring Program, National School Boards Association, New Orleans.
Ginny is married to former teacher, FHUSD and EVIT Board member Jim Dickey, a retired Valley Metro and ADOT Executive. Her family includes three sons – FHUSD graduates Mike, Brian and Frank Chin (Rutgers professor, Scottsdale Fire Captain, Philadelphia musician) plus Jim’s daughter and son, all their spouses and eight grandchildren.
Stephen Roe Lewis was raised in Sacaton, “Gu-u-Ki”, on the Gila River Indian Community. His parents are Rodney and Willardene Lewis. His paternal grandparents are the late Rev. Roe Blaine and Sally Lewis. His maternal grandparents are the late Willard and Catherine Pratt. Mr. Lewis has an eighteen year old son, Daniel.
Stephen Roe Lewis graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors Science and pursued graduate studies at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Governor Lewis has served the Community as a Gaming Commissioner for the Gila River Gaming Commission, as a member of the Board of Directors for the Gila River Telecommunications, Inc., and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Gila River Healthcare Corporation.
Governor Lewis was the first Native film curator for the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was an Associate Producer for the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed TBS six-part feature documentary, "The Native Americans."
Governor Lewis has worked on numerous political campaigns and organizing projects throughout Indian Country including Native voter organizing and Native voter protection in 2002 and selected as an Arizona delegate and Co-Chairing the Native American Caucus for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Currently Governor Lewis proudly serves on the Board of Directors for the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), the Executive Board for the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and the Board of Trustees for the Heard Museum of Phoenix.
Governor Lewis currently oversees the implementation of the Community’s Water Settlement of 2004 (the largest water settlement of its kind in United States history). Governor Lewis advocates for renewable and green technologies guided by O'otham agricultural history and cultural teachings. Governor Lewis’s vision is to support a new generation of Community member agriculturalists with the goal of promoting and protecting the Community's shudag (water) and agricultural development for future generations.
Governor Lewis has made it a priority of his administration in two critical areas: To expand services for Community Veterans by proposing the Community’s first Veteran's and Family Services Department and by committing more resources to protect the Community's children by advocating for the protection of the Indian Child Welfare Act both at home and nationally.
Governor Lewis previously served the Community as Lieutenant Governor before being elected Governor in 2014.
Jenn Daniels has been serving on the Gilbert Town Council since 2009. On July 19, 2016, the Gilbert Town Council elected Jenn Daniels as Mayor, replacing John Lewis. Jenn was then elected by the voters to a full term as Mayor beginning January of 2017. Jenn is the founder of Operation Welcome Home, a program honoring returning men and women and their families from overseas deployments. As the liaison to schools, redevelopment, planning and in other assignments while on the Council, Jenn has worked to ensure Gilbert’s success now and into the future.
Jenn is a member of several statewide and regional boards including the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Executive Committee and General Administration, Human Resources and Elections Policy Committee, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council, the MAG Transportation Policy Committee, the Kyl Center for Water Leaders Roundtable, the AZ Bioscience Steering Committee and currently serves as Chair of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority.
Jenn has a B.A. in Humanities from Brigham Young University and is married to Eric Daniels. They have three sons and one daughter and spend lots of time in parks, on bikes and enjoying Arizona.
Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers is a husband, father, grandfather and devoted public servant who has spent his adult life owning and operating successful businesses, volunteering with non-profit organizations, and serving his community through public service. He and his wife Sandy have been married for 33 years and have lived in Arizona since 1966. Together, they have one daughter and two grandsons. A battle with cancer as a young man gave Mayor Weiers an outlook on life, focused on service, creative problem solving, and enjoying life to the fullest. It is with these values that he diligently serves as Mayor of Glendale every day.
Since taking office in January 2013, Mayor Weiers has actively worked to bring new economic and community activity to Glendale. In just his first year, Mayor Weiers helped the city obtain more than a million dollars in grants for public safety and local non-profit groups, established an annual event to help military veterans, and welcomed many new businesses to Glendale as the City strives to be the most business friendly community in Arizona.
Prior to taking office in Glendale, Mayor Weiers served four terms in the Arizona State Legislature. During that time, he chaired the Natural Resources, Military Affairs and Public Safety, and Rules Committees. Mayor Weiers also served Arizona on the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Military Sustainability Task Force.
Throughout his life, Mayor Weiers has been devoted to serving his community. His long and impressive record has earned him recognition for his work on behalf of sportsmen, motorcyclists, and military veterans groups, to name a few.
Mayor Weiers is also an accomplished pilot as well as a member of the Civil Air Patrol with over two decades of flying experience. He owns a hangar and flies out of his home base at the Glendale Airport.
Georgia Lord was elected to fill a two-year unexpired term as Mayor of the City of Goodyear in March of 2011, was re-elected to serve a second term as Mayor in 2013, and was elected to serve her final term in 2017. She has served on the Goodyear City Council since 2005 before resigning her position as Vice Mayor to run for Mayor.
Mayor Lord represents Goodyear on the Maricopa County Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council, Transportation Policy Committee, and Economic Development Committee. She serves on the WESTMARC Board of Directors and Executive Committee, the West-MEC Bond Committee, and is an Ex-Officio member of the West Valley Arts Council Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Arizona Mayor’s Education Roundtable, Arizona Town Hall alumni, and previously served as Vice Chair of the Arizona Municipal Tax Code Commission. Mayor Lord is currently the Co-Chair of the Luke West Valley Council, and is actively involved with the West Valley Partners and the Luke Forward Campaign, which played a key role in bringing the F-35 Mission to Luke Air Force Base.
Mayor Lord is a member and past Chair of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Ambassadors Steering Committee. She also serves on the GPEC International Leadership Council, and the GPEC Board of Directors. GPEC awarded Mayor Lord the Certified Ambassador Award in recognition of her promotion and advancement of economic development in greater Phoenix. Previously she served as Chair of the Goodyear City Center Technical Advisory Committee which was responsible for crafting Goodyear's new downtown strategy. In 2008, she was a member of the citizens' team that brought home the All-America City Award to Goodyear. Her goals are to continue to develop a sustainable downtown in Goodyear, attract new business and clean industries, enhance public safety services, and to keep Goodyear an All-America City.
Mayor Lord, who received her Real Estate certification from Arizona State University, has extensive experience in real estate sales and as a trainer for a national home builder. Her real estate experience gives her insight into how to create high quality, attractive communities. She also graduated with fluency in German from the State Department Institute for German Language before joining her husband overseas during his diplomatic tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force. A graduate of the 2003 Southwest Valley Citizen Academy, Mayor Lord is involved in her community and previously active on the Board of Directors of the Three Rivers Historical Society, the Purple Ribbon Council on Domestic Violence and the New Friends of the Goodyear Branch Library.
Married to Ron Lord, USAF Colonel retired, Georgia raised four children and also has five grandchildren.
Tom Schoaf, elected Mayor of Litchfield Park in the Spring 2006, has been involved in a variety of business endeavors, both local and international, that have taken him around the world from Singapore to Germany. Even with a busy schedule, he remained active in various community groups including the Litchfield Park Youth Association, Little League and AYSO soccer. He served on the Litchfield Elementary Governing Board and the original Litchfield Park City Council.
Today, in addition to serving as the City’s Mayor, he is the past Chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Council and current Chair of the MAG Economic Development Committee, Trustee of the West Valley Hospital, and serves on the Westside Advisory Board of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. A dual graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Tom has a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering, cum laude, and a Juris Doctor, summa cum laude. He is licensed to practice law in both Indiana and Arizona and currently has his law office in Litchfield Park.
Mayor Christian Price has been a resident of Maricopa since early 2005. After moving from Chandler with his wife, they purchased their first home and started a family. Mayor Price immediately got involved with his community by running for his HOA Board of Directors and was president for six years. He is very active in the community and volunteers his time whenever possible to non-profits, churches, the food bank and other service organizations. Mayor Price sits on the Maricopa Seniors Board as an advisory member, is a governing board member of For Our City/Citizens Corp and serves as a member of the Arizona Farm Bureau and the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce. He was also selected for Maricopa's first Board of Adjustments commission and served as its vice chair, before resigning to run for Mayor.
Mayor Price is an enormous advocate of networking – meeting new people and establishing relationships with citizens, stakeholders, regional partners, members of neighboring cities, and other government officials. He strongly believes that good working relationships with these groups and individuals will help Maricopa become a strong well-rounded regional player and directly influence the quality of life of the citizens through an enhanced economic development climate.
For more than 12 years, Mayor Price has been an entrepreneur and small business owner. He is the managing partner of Pantheon Investments, LLC/NPC, a financial advisory firm. A graduate of Northern Arizona University, he holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in English literature. Mayor Price has also had the privilege of working as a legislative analyst for the Arizona State House of Representatives and has first-hand knowledge of legislative processes and procedures. His family hails from northwest Tucson and he is an Eagle Scout who is fluent in Spanish. As a member of the Maricopa City Council, Mayor Price has a strong desire to work closely with fellow Council members and City staff to find the most economic and efficient solutions to help Maricopa grow and prosper.
Denny Barney is a sixth generation native of Arizona and lives in Gilbert with his wife Nichole, and their four children. He has a strong business background and is a principal in ARCUS Private Capital Solutions, a specialized realty investment and finance company. He studied political science in college with a degree in International Relations and a minor in Japanese. Denny also has a law degree from ASU and is admitted to practice law in the state of Arizona.
Barney was elected to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in 2012 and served as board chairman in 2014 and 2017. As supervisor, his priorities have been finding creative solutions to address the demands of the fastest growing county in the nation, seeking ways to reduce inmate recidivism, improving regulatory processes and customer service, and collaboratively addressing regional homelessness.
Denny currently represents the Board of Supervisors on the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Board of Directors and the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council. His previous Maricopa County experience includes serving as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner and as a member of the Board of Health.
In addition to his business and political endeavors, Denny serves on the Advisory Board for ASU’s Morrison Institute of Public Policy and on the Mesa United Way Board of Directors, including serving as a past chairman for their annual campaign. He is an Ex-Officio Director of the East Valley Partnership and a former member of Greater Phoenix Leadership. He is also a Past President of the Mesa Baseline Rotary club and has served on the boards of the United Food Bank, Arizona board of American Indian Services, Commission on Excellence in Education and various Banner Health Advisory boards.
John Giles was elected the 40th Mayor of Mesa, Arizona in August, 2014. Giles earned degrees from Brigham Young University in Political Science and Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He has managed his own law firm in downtown Mesa for more than 20 years.
In 1996, Giles was elected to the Mesa City Council and from 1998 to 2000, he served as Vice Mayor. After his service on the City Council, he remained active in the community and served on 25 boards and committees. Giles has been very involved in interfaith relations throughout the Phoenix-metro area, including serving on the Board of the Arizona Interfaith Movement. As Mayor, he serves on numerous local and regional boards and committees.
Born and raised in Mesa, he graduated from Westwood High School in 1978. Giles is an active marathoner and triathlete who has completed two full Ironman competitions, 20 marathons and four Boston Marathons. In 2013, he was named “Mesa Man of the Year.” Giles and his wife Dawn have been married for more than thirty years. They have five children and five grandchildren.
Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner is a native Arizonan. His family moved to Paradise Valley when he was three, after which Jerry attended Scottsdale public schools (SUSD) through high school. Jerry attended Claremont McKenna College on a four-year academic merit scholarship, and graduated with honors and the highest departmental award. Jerry earned his law degree, also with an academic merit scholarship, from the University of Arizona where he was recognized with numerous honors, including being named the Law College’s “best oral advocate” and winning a seat on the moot court board and national moot court team.
Prior to returning to Arizona, Jerry practiced law full-time for several years with a preeminent national litigation firm, acting as lead counsel in many high-stakes cases of national significance. Jerry and his wife moved to Paradise Valley from New York City so that they could raise their family here. Currently, he is active in the business community as an investor and entrepreneur, and maintains a law practice with a national firm with offices in Phoenix.
Seeking an opportunity to give back to his home town, Jerry was appointed to the Town of Paradise Valley Planning Commission in 2012. Jerry won a seat on the Town Council in August 2014, with the goal of elevating his level of service to the community that he holds dear. Two years into his term, Jerry was selected by his peers to serve as the Town’s Vice Mayor, and was unanimously re-elected by the Mayor and Council to continue serving as Vice Mayor through the end of 2018.
Jerry is a proud and very happy resident of Paradise Valley together with his wife and their children, and he feels extremely honored and privileged to serve the residents of the unique and wonderful Town of Paradise Valley!
Cathy Carlat took office as Peoria’s first female Mayor in January 2015. She has served on Peoria City Council since 2005, where she was elected three times to represent Peoria’s largest and fastest-growing district.
Mayor Carlat is an avid proponent of fiscal responsibility and government accountability. On Council, her steadfast commitment brought revenue-producing recycling services to Peoria, shielded communities from development pressures, and successfully led key services to underserved areas.
Carlat is committed to cutting-edge public safety, attracting quality employment that embraces the workforce of tomorrow, and leadership to strategically plan for a lasting economy. These factors contribute greatly to Peoria’s exceptional quality of life, to which she remains dedicated as Peoria evolves into a thriving modern city.
Under Mayor Carlat’s leadership, Council has streamlined the budgeting process and passed balanced budgets in record time, used expiring fees to protect a treasured iconic mountain peak, improved the city’s fire and medical service, and established citizen-led committees to modernize the City Charter and plan for Peoria’s future. She also initiated Peoria’s annual investor forum to help bring jobs to Peoria, which has resulted in several key business partnerships.
Utilizing her experience as a business leader, community leader and city leader, Carlat proudly represents Peoria on many statewide and regional executive boards and committees. She is deeply involved with the Maricopa Association of Governments, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Central Arizona Conservation Alliance, and the Flinn Foundation.
Mayor Carlat also serves as the Secretary/Treasurer on the Arizona Municipal Water User’s Association Board of Directors and as Vice President of the League of Arizona Cities and Town’s Executive Committee.
Mayor Carlat was named one of the 2018 Most Influential Women in Arizona for her professional leadership, innovation, and community impact by AZ Big Media.
Having held positions as a District Manager for a Fortune 500 Company and Vice President of a commercial real estate firm, Carlat retired after thirteen years at Central Arizona Project to concentrate full-time on leading Peoria to its fullest potential. She and her husband Dennis have three children and three grandchildren.
Thelda Williams is currently mayor pro tempore and Councilwoman for District 1. She was re-elected in 2015 for a third four-year term as District 1 Councilwoman. She has served on the Phoenix City Council since 2008. Previously, she served on the Council from 1989 to 1996 and as interim mayor in 1994.
Before joining the council, she was the Division Commander of the Custody Support/Inmate Programs Division at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office from 1996 to 2007, where she supervised the Sheriff's MASH Unit for abused and neglected animals, Hard Knocks High School for incarcerated juveniles, the Alpha Program for drug and/or alcohol-addicted inmates, and all religious and adult programs.
Mayor Williams has been active in community affairs for a number of years, having served on numerous boards and commissions including the city of Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board, the city of Phoenix Transit Commission, the Block Watch Oversight Committee, the Deer Valley Planning Committee, the Phoenix Planning and Zoning Committee, the Maricopa Association of Governments Board, Women in Local Government Association, Governor's Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women, and the Maricopa County Adult Probation Advisory Board.
Elected in 2012 and taking his oath of office in January 2013, Todd House represents the Apache Junction and Gold Canyon region of Pinal County. The District 5 Supervisor completes the newly formed five-member Board of Supervisors. In 2014, his fellow supervisors elected him to serve as Board Vice Chairman.
An avid lover of the outdoors, House is interested in preserving our parks, trails and open space for future generations. Connected parks and trails that can be enjoyed on horseback or on foot are a valuable asset contributing to the quality of life residents enjoy.
House serves his community in many ways, most notably as Chairman of the Board of the Apache Junction Fire District and as Chairman of the Superstition Mountain Base Coalition. House is currently the Treasurer of Paws 4 Life, a non-profit organization serving the community through pets, service dogs, and volunteers. He was previously the Kiwanis Club President and President of the Superstition Mountain Republican Club.
Prior to entering government service, House worked in the electrical field for 29 years, most recently for Allied Group Sales.
Originally hailing from California, the House family adopted Arizona as their new home state in 2000. House and his wife, Tuni, have one daughter, Nicole. In his spare time, House enjoys golf, gardening and coin collecting. Todd and his wife have had 16 foreign exchange students over the years and enjoy sharing their cultures and have had the pleasure of visiting them in their native countries.
Martin Harvier has served as the Vice President of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community since December of 2006. Vice President Harvier grew up in Poston, Ariz. When he was in sixth grade, his family relocated to Sacaton, Ariz., where he attended the Bureau of Indian Affairs School. He graduated from Casa Grande High School in 1977.
When he was 19 years old, his father was diagnosed with cancer and in 1979 lost his battle with the disease. Vice President Harvier became the sole support for his mother, three sisters and two brothers. He worked as a chain man on a survey crew for the GRIC and then as a plant mechanic and welder for a company located on the SRPMIC for 11 years.
In 1996, the SRPMIC hired Harvier as a civil tech soils tester. In 1998, he was promoted to plant manager of a water pump station and, until assuming the office of Vice President, served as the acting irrigation manager for the Community. In his spare time, he coached the Salt River High School baseball team for four years.
Vice President Harvier and his wife Toni are the proud parents of five children and six grandchildren.
Vice President Harvier represents the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community with dignity, integrity and honor. He continues to work hard and to the best of his abilities.
Mayor W. J. “Jim” Lane served for four years on the Scottsdale City Council beginning in June 2004, and began his first term as Mayor in January 2009. He was re-elected to the Mayor’s Office in 2012 and began his third term in January 2017.
Mayor Lane served on the 2002 Scottsdale Fire amd EMS Advisory Committee, which was convened to evaluate and make recommendations to the city regarding the desired level of fire and emergency medical services relative to cost.
His community service also includes six years on the Scottsdale Paradise Valley YMCA Board of Management. He chaired the 1999 Kids Campaign annual fundraising effort and is currently an emeritus board member.
Mayor Lane currently represents the city as a member of the Flinn Foundation Arizona Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee. He is the current Treasurer and Secretary of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, a member of the Governor’s Arizona Workforce Committee, member of the Executive Committee of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, and a Chairman of the Maricopa Association of Governments Economic Development Committee, and a member of the Regional Council. Mayor Lane also serves on the Scottsdale Leadership Advisory Board, Arizona Game and Fish Appointment Recommendation Board, he is a member of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and an Honorary Member of the Taliesin West Board of Stewards. Mayor Lane is also a member of the Municipal Tax Code commission.
He came to Scottsdale from New Jersey in 1973 to take a position with KPMG (Peat Marwick), an international CPA firm. He worked as an Arizona CPA for 20 years with five of those years in public accounting as a financial statement auditor.
Mayor Lane has owned and operated businesses in construction, mining, computer technology, telecommunications, regional aviation and financial consulting. Mayor Lane is also a former Adjunct professor of Business and Accounting at Scottsdale Community College.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
He and his wife Joanne have three adult children (Bill, Scott and Nancy) along with six grandchildren (Megan, Aislinn, Madison, Carson, Caleb, and Brooklynn).
Mr. Jack Sellers is the former Councilmember and Vice Mayor of the City of Chandler. He is also the Vice Chair of the Arizona State Transportation Board.
He is the retired Facilities Manager for the General Motors Desert Proving Ground in Mesa, Arizona, and he has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University.
Mr. Sellers currently sits on Maricopa Association of Governments’ Regional Council. His previous Maricopa Association of Governments committees include Regional Council, Economic Development Committee as well as serving as Past Chair of the Transportation Policy Committee.
Mr. Sellers is part of the Ari-Son Megaregion Group, Arizona-Mexico Commission and he is a member of the Transportation Committee.
As part of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Mr. Sellers served as a member of the International Leadership Council, Past Member of the Board and Executive Committee, as well as a Board Member of the East Valley Partnership.
Other association position that Mr. Sellers has held include Member of Transportation Business Partners; President of Chandler, Arizona Sister Cities; Vice President of Arizona Sister Cities; Member and Past Board Member of Arizona Town Hall; Member of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce; Member of Intel Corporation Community Advisory Panel; Past Chairman of the City of Chandler Transportation Commission; and Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Mesa Chamber of Commerce.
In 2004 Mr. Sellers was awarded Business Leader of the Year.
Sam Elters was appointed to the State Transportation Board to represent Maricopa County in January 2018.
Mr. Elters is a Transportation Engineer with more than 30 years of experience in planning, design, construction, and operations. His experience spans both the public and private sectors, where he has demonstrated strong vision and leadership. He has a proven track record of good partnering practices and principles while working with communities across Arizona. He is a champion of transportation, and has successfully contributed by serving Arizona in multiple roles, including state engineer for ADOT from 2005 to 2008.
Additionally, Mr. Elters has served as a chief engineer for the Transportation Corridor Agencies (the toll roads) in Orange County, California. He understands the Transportation Planning and Programming process and possesses a strong, balanced knowledge of transportation funding and financing including the Federal Trust Fund, State Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF), and local funding and financing programs.
Mr. Elters has been in Arizona since 1981 and a resident of Maricopa County since 2005. He is currently an active member of the Engineering Consultant Community, and is a professional Registered Engineer in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Colorado. He is also a member of the Enforcement Advisory Committee, Arizona State Board of Technical Registration, appointed in December 1996.
Mr. Elters has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Northern Arizona University. He is married and has two grown children.
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Mayor Anna Tovar was elected to the Tolleson City Council in 2016. Developing regional partnership and collaborating with local and state elected officials to advocate for her constituency is one of her top priorities. A lifelong Arizona resident, Mayor Tovar was a teacher for five years, and served on the Tolleson City Council for seven and a half years and was Vice Mayor for two years until she joined the House of Representatives in 2009. In 2009, she became Senator Tovar and served as the District 19 representative for Avondale, Tolleson and West Phoenix until January of 2015.
As a former Tolleson teacher and mother, she understood the issues demanding immediate attention such as schools, infrastructure needs, affordable healthcare, and building a strong economy and worked rigorously to address those matter at a state level. As Senator Tovar she developed a well-earned reputation as a legislator who fought for the dignity of underserved people. In 2011, she championed the effort to restore funding for nearly 100 patients on the transplant list after funding for the program was lost saving many lives.
During her time at the state she was member of the Senate Judiciary, Senate Appropriations, Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the Joint Committee on Capital Review. She served as Senate Minority Leader and Latino Caucus Chair. During her time as Senator Tovar she worked as a Campaign Director for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She fundraised to find a cure for cancer and to assist cancer patients. As a two time cancer survivor, Mayor Tovar is passionate to help find a cure for cancer.
Throughout her career at the state, she knew one day she would return to her hometown Tolleson and once again serve as a local elected official. She is proud of her roots in Tolleson, Arizona, proud to be a product of the public school system and proud to have given back as a teacher, mentor and leader in her community. Mayor Tovar and her husband have been married for 20 years and have two wonderful sons.
Mayor Everett Sickles has lived in the Wickenburg area since 1965. He and his wife, Patty, owned and operated Sickles Sanitation for 33 years, selling the company in 2014. They are the current owners of Hassayampa Barbecue Company and Fast Mart fuel station and convenience store.
Mayor Sickles is a graduate of Wickenburg High School and Arizona State University. He holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial technical education and a master of science degree in technology.
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