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Scottsdale Leadership class begins nine-week program this month
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Scottsdale Leadership is announcing its 38th leadership class.

Chosen from a wide field of highly qualified applicants, the 45 new class members represent a strong cross section of our community and join a family of more than 1,300 Scottsdale Leadership alumni, according to a press release.

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, representatives of the effort tell the Arizona Digital Free Press.

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

“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 Dana Close, assistant director at Scottsdale Leadership. “We are also looking forward to creating a lasting and significant impact on our community with service projects.”

Scottsdale Leadership is pleased to announce the members of Class 38:
  • Kelly Adams, Sr. AVP Brokerage Excess Casualty, Nationwide Insurance
  • Angelica Backalukas, Public Health Liaison, Maricopa County Dept. of Public Health
  • Scott Beilke, Managing Director, Brighton Leadership
  • Sarah Beloshapka, Principal Environmental Scientists, Salt River Project
  • Jill Boehm, Police Operations Support Director, Scottsdale Police Department
  • Chris Brown, Attorney, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C.
  • Bryce Buchanan, Realtor, Launch Real Estate
  • John Campbell, Senior VP Managing Director, Northern Trust Wealth Management
  • Anthony Caracciolo, Vice President, Insurance All Stars Agency
  • Lauren Dessis, Vice President, Dessis Agency
  • Kristi Gagnon, Fire Marshal, Scottsdale Fire Department
  • Austin Grizzell, Associate Advisor, SJS Investment Services
  • Stacey Gross, Branch Manager, Nations Lending
  • Betty Hancock, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
  • Aaron Howard, Private Wealth Manager, Delphi Wealth Partners
  • Dan Ishac, Retired Benefits Consultant
  • Rachel Jensen, Director of Supply Chain, The Aspen Group
  • Steven Johnson, Owner, Safe Haven Defense LLC
  • Albert Johnson, Senior Engineer, Salt River Project
  • Sara Johnson, Assistant Principal, Arcadia High School
  • Steve Kelly, Claims Director, Nationwide Insurance
  • Kelly Kunst, Concierge, RPM Living
  • Kelsey Lamper, Operations Supervisor of Adaptive Services, City of Scottsdale
  • Eric Leshinskie, President, Scottsdale Community College
  • Thomesa Lydon, Founder, Lydon Senior Pathways
  • David Masters, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
  • Teresa Milner, Divorce Financial Analyst and Wealth Advisor, Parallel Advisors
  • Michelle Myers, Vice President of Marketing, Experience Scottsdale
  • Dan Newhart, Vice President of Ticketing, Fiesta Bowl
  • Anna Oliver, Senior Manager of Donor Recruitment, Vitalant
  • ShaRon Rea, Founder, No Judgement. Just Love.
  • Quita Remick, Founder/Owner, Hiit Pause and Designed Intelligently
  • Christian Sanft, Branch Director, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale
  • Dale Shafer II, Founder, Live Moves Wealth Management
  • Ryan Sheade, Founder and Clinical Director, Integrated Mental Health Associates
  • Mike Snyder, Irrigation Systems Supervisor, City of Scottsdale
  • Rachel Tarman, Business Development, Uplend by VIP Mortgage
  • Donna Tew, Skill Bridge Specialist, HonorHealth
  • Kimberley Valentine, Chief Advancement Officer, Frank Loyd Wright Foundation
  • Lindsay Vanegas, Arts and Education Coordinator, DC Ranch Community Council
  • Kristy Visconti, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
  • Anthony Washington, CEO, RaisinBread Inc.
  • Melanie White, Realtor, My Home Group
  • Jordan Woods, Sr. Director, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Banner Health
  • Gina Zoulek, Manager Policy Servicers, Nationwide Insurance

Scottsdale Leadership, a 501c3 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.

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