Scottsdale Leadership announces the class of 2023-24

Posted 9/18/23

Scottsdale Leadership announces its 38th Leadership Class. Chosen from a wide field of applicants, the 45 new class members represent a cross section of the community and join a family of more than …

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Scottsdale Leadership announces the class of 2023-24


Scottsdale Leadership announces its 38th Leadership Class. Chosen from a wide field of applicants, the 45 new class members represent a cross section of the community and join a family of more than 1,300 Scottsdale Leadership alumni.

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,” stated Assistant Director, Dana Close. “We are also looking forward to creating a lasting and significant impact on our community with service projects.”

Class 38 includes:

Kelly Adams, Senior AVP Brokerage Excess Casualty, Nationwide Insurance
Angelica Backalukas, public health liaison, Maricopa County Department 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 vice president 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, senior 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, non-profit and cultural organizations.

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