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Scottsdale Leadership announces Class 37 of immersive core program

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A view of Class 37 at Scottsdale Leadership. (Photo: Scottsdale Leadership/

Scottsdale Leadership names 42 new class members in 2022

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Scottsdale Leadership, one of the most immersive and interactive leadership programs in Arizona, is proud to announce its 37th Core Program Class.

Chosen from a wide field of highly qualified applicants, the 42 new class members represent a strong cross section of our community and join a family of more than 1,300 Scottsdale Leadership alumni.

Selected class members are embarking on a nine-month journey focused on the interconnections of community as explored through topics such as Scottsdale History, Education and Government, Public Safety, Sustainable Initiatives, Human Services, Diversity and Inclusion, Economic Development, Health and Vitality, and Arts and Culture.

In addition, each class of graduates participates in delivering impactful, sustainable projects through its Project Lead It Forward program.

The community-based projects allow established and emerging leaders to apply classroom learning to real-time projects and to leave a life-long footprint.

“We are committed to providing high-quality leadership training designed to cultivate leadership skills, build empathy, and encourage civil dialogue in a significantly challenging time,” said Executive Director Lee Ann Witt in a prepared statement. “Scottsdale Leadership examines new norms in each of the topic days to teach class members to lead in the future creatively and through innovation.”

Scottsdale Leadership is pleased
to name the members of Class 37:

  • Faridah Abdullah, Disabilities Manager, Scottsdale Community College
  • Ashley Adams, Attorney, Adams & Associates, PLC
  • Denny Brown, Consultant, Scottsdale Community Partners
  • Bryce Campbell, Executive Director, Haven Health Scottsdale
  • Brendan Cassin, Portfolio Manager, MidFirst Bank
  • Brandon Chapman, Volunteer Program Coordinator, City of Scottsdale
  • Chris Coffee, Commander, City of Scottsdale Police Department
  • Haley Cohn, Sales & Marketing Manager, PURE Insurance
  • CeCe Cole, Artist and Curator
  • Lauri Douglas, Community Leader
  • Roxanne Flynn, Director, HonorHealth
  • Jonathan Garcia, Director of Product Management, Verra Mobility
  • Luis Garcia, Enterprise Systems IT, City of Scottsdale
  • Jason Glenn, Director of Security, Vanguard
  • Priyangsha Godha, Senior Actuary, Nationwide Insurance
  • Mark Hayes, General Manager, Skysong Element – Westin
  • Alexander Heiser, Regional Sales Manager, The Clorox Company
  • Brian Joseph, Battalion Chief, Scottsdale Fire Department
  • Mary Jung, Director of Community Impact, HonorHealth
  • Rosi Khazoom, Director of Community Relations, Breyer Law Offices
  • Dianne Kopernik, Enrollment Registrar, Great Hearts Academy
  • Rick Kostopoulos, President/CEO, NewGen Business Solutions
  • Erin Krivanek, Director of Development, Scottsdale Arts
  • Kelly Laipply, Director of NF Operations, Nationwide Insurance
  • Justin Layman, Owner, Arrouet Capital
  • Troy Lutrick, Emergency Manager, City of Scottsdale
  • Michael Marks, Director of Alternate Risks Innovation, Nationwide Insurance
  • Brent McDonald, Mortgage Banker, FBC Mortgage
  • Kevin McKee, Parks & Recreation Manager, City of Scottsdale
  • Edward McNeil, Director of Risk/Loss Prevention, Fairmont Princess
  • Samantha Mendez, Forensic Nurse Supervisor, HonorHealth
  • Kristen Parrish, Associate Professor of Sustainable Engineering, Arizona State University
  • Adriana Parsons, Owner, Cranial Crush Consulting
  • Sheron Rawls, Senior Customer Service Analyst, Salt River Project
  • Joseph Rusin, Director of Business Services, Health World Education
  • Krista Schwartz, Single-Family Housing Director, Foundation for Senior Living
  • David Stansbery, Managing Director, Talon Capital
  • Jenn Stockhill, Real Estate Agent, HomeSmart International
  • Karen Tonkinson, Director of Sales & Marketing, Grace Hospitality
  • Anne Travous, Brand Partnership Manager, Best Friends Animal Society
  • Mike Vreeland, Director of Communications, Valley Presbyterian Church
  • Emily Wininger, Tourism Sales Manager, Experience Scottsdale

Scottsdale Leadership, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has been teaching high-performance business and community leaders since 1986. Graduates have gone on to impact more than 600 civic, business, philanthropic, nonprofit and cultural organizations.

Alumni are strongly positioned to advance within their organizations and become servant leaders in our community. Oftentimes they become the decision makers and influencers for current and future issues, officials there say.

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