Category Archives: Current Class

Information from and about the current Mesa leadership Class.

Welcome Class of 2019!

Another school year is upon us, and we’re thrilled at the prospect that a new class brings to Mesa Leadership. This year’s group is again a diverse blend of Mesa employees, nonprofit sector representatives, and a mix of health care, legal and tech-related  professionals.

“This year, we really want to focus in on leadership development exercises,” Curriculum co-chair Diana Clevenger explained to the group. “That may seem obvious, but each class we want to further engage the class in exploring how you can become better leaders and understand the style of leadership that best fits you.”

So, congratulations and best wishes for a challenging and fun year to the Class of 2019:

Andrea Rodovsky Bruggeman – Realtor
Anthony Margalis – Honeywell
Cheryl Calen – SRP
Erica Dorward – Banner Health
Jennifer Gastelum – Mesa Arts Center
Jenny Tatum – Mesa Resident
Joe Ceja – City of Mesa
Katie Pompay – Helens Hope Chest
Kristin Eisenberg – Fellowship Square
Mark Judy – Pima Medical Institute
Melissa Forester – United Food Bank
Michael Campbell – SRP
Michael Troop – Legacy Traditional Schools
Philip Young – University of Phoenix
Rachel Wagner – SRP
Becky Rule – Mesa PD
Tory Wilson – United Food Bank
Jared Malone – Architect
Jim Piscopo – Bridging AZ
Kina Harding – Atty, The Harding Firm
Christine M. Lance – Mid West Food Bank
Gina Marie Nesbit – Mesa PD

They begin the year on Friday, August 3rd at Visit Mesa, with subsequent monthly classes to take them to other venues to present as diverse a curriculum as the City of Mesa is. If you missed this year’s opportunity, please consider Mesa Leadership for next year! We begin recruitment efforts early in the new year, and you can always reach out to recruitment chair Thomas Hayes with any questions at any time.

Healing and Reflection, Brick by Brick

The Mesa Leadership Class of 2018 is underway in creating their legacy through their class project, and they’ve chosen the Mesa Veterans Resource Center to benefit from their efforts.

Opened in 2017 through the collaboration of Mesa United Way, Mesa Community College and Mesa Chamber of Commerce, the Center facilitates Veterans’ access to a broader scope of service types and providers including homelessness, mental health, education, nutrition, healthcare, transportation, and countless others.

The Class of 2018 will be adding to their ability to offer a place of reflection in their Reflection Garden, which is an extension of the Center. It will include plantings, places to sit and rest, and will be paved with bricks that can be purchased and personalized by donors wishing to fund the project.

Just $75 allows donors to add a message of honor or remembrance for a loved one, or a message of encouragement for these veterans who will benefit from this peaceful place. 

With the holidays upon us, and nearly everyone having someone in their family who has served in the military, this is an ideal and lasting gift to give. Click on the image to visit their website and order your brick today!

We are proud of the efforts of the Mesa Leadership Class of 2018, and hope they realize everyone’s support of this worthy project.

Mesa Leadership Graduates 2017 Class

On Friday May 5, Mesa Leadership graduated their 36th class. Congratulations to the vibrant, engaged and diverse members of the class of 2017. We celebrated with some encouraging words from Mayor Giles and an inspirational leadership message from our Keynote Speaker Colonel Frank Milstead, Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The accomplished class members are:

  • Jared Archambault
  • Mara Benson
  • Polly Bonnett
  • Larry Burke
  • Sare’ Burke
  • Justin Cardwell
  • Lori Chaplin
  • Lindsay Deitch
  • Jennifer Dennison
  • Sabine Ellis
  • Talona Felix
  • Kelly Hammer
  • Wallace Haws
  • Nicholas Kenny
  • Denise Konkol
  • Justin Krehbiel
  • Tracy Langston
  • Dustin Loehr
  • Deb McLean
  • Danny Ray
  • Marilyn Stromsness
  • Leanne Thomson
  • Terry Valerio
  • Dan Walker
  • John Zielonka

Congratulations to our newest alumni.

Mesa Leadership Holiday Event

Celebrating 35 Years!
RSVP Today
WrigleyvilleWest
Thursday, December 8, 2016
5:30 to 8:00 pm

Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West
The Curve Patio
860 N Riverview

No charge for Mesa Leadership members plus one guest
RSVP requested by December 2 to phyllisreichardbenson@gmail.com
Cash bar

Class Project – The Office Upgrade

This is the last installment of the class project series–the office upgrade. Not as glamorous as a mural, a playgound, or the library, but it was an area in need of an upgrade. The class was able to secure donated furniture from SRP. (SRP always comes through for us.)

BandGBldgI know the staff at the Boys and Girls Club appreciate all the improvements that were made. We all hope it helps the kids enjoy their time there and that each one of them go on to fulfill their promise.

Everyone in the class felt that this was such a worthwhile project benefiting the children in our community. Everybody who had a role did an outstanding job. It’s amazing to see what can be done when 25 people set out to use their time, talents, resources and contacts for the benefit of their community!

We appreciate the contributions of the dozens if not hundreds of people and organizations in the community who contributed and participated to make this project a success.

Class Project – Replenish the Library

bookReplenishing the Library at the Boys and Girls Club is one of my favorite elements of this class’s project. The book committee solicited new books from local authors and they were incredibly generous. At last count 243 new books were donated and more than 200 used books were donated.

The class was able to provide a lot of the supplies on the club’s wish list including thousands of pencils (they consider them “gold”). They were also presented a check for $500 for anything else that they needed.

A list of very generous authors.

Carol Schultz “Cracker & Kurt’s Baseball Game” and “Sandy Brown’s Butterflies”

Adam Baker “Maury C. Moose and the Forest Noel” www.maurycmoose.com

Sandra Wardman “Cody the Coyote” www.sandywardman.com

David J Guidera “A Perfect Christmas”

Leslie Carol “Royal Priesthood” and “Adams in Your Courtyard”

Rico Austin “Arizona Is Where I Live,” ” Mexico Got Lucky” and “My Bad Tequila”

Nancy K Arnold “Patriotic Pups”

Dani Miller “Paxton and Mali Find Their Boat”

Plynn Gutman “My Son Dave (the Duck)” and “Your Journal Companion”

Annette Mahon “The Secret Admirer”

R J McMillan “Tell Me About Your God. Available as an ebook in Kindle format through Amazon books. Order the paperback version through the author at rjmcmillan@cox.net. Follow on Twitter @RJMcMillan99

Mesa Leadership Graduates 34th Class

LaMarreMesa Leadership honored 23 graduates at a ceremony at the Hilton on Friday May 6. The graduates were Jill Adair, Journalist; Jerry Bianco, No Slip Arizona; Julie Bigler, Mesa Fire and Medical; Michael Book, HDR Inc; Sharon Brause, Mesa Purchasing; Diane Cantile, Community Volunteer; Diana Clevenger, Mesa Police; Vince Evans, SRP; John Gilliam, Outerwall; Jaime Glasser, Artist; Missy Gleason, DMB Associates Inc.; Lyn Gorton, Relay for Life; Shannon Heinze, Guild Mortgage; Pei Hseih, Good Neighbor Insurance; Robert Kjar, The Fit Stop; Wayne LaMarre, Mesa Energy Resources; Matt Long, Solutions Real Estate; Patti Oskvarek, Mesa Business Services; Kristen Rubi, SRP; LynnOskvarek Runyan, SRP; Morgan Sarager, SRP; Susan Tychman, Mesa Chamber of Commerce; and Mark Young, Mesa United Way.

The highlight of the evening was the WaltersKeynote Address by Claudia Walters Interim President and CEO of the Mesa United Way. She’s a former Mesa Vice Mayor and Council Member and she was the 2009 Mesa Woman of the Year. She inspired the graduates by telling them about the Power of Yes. Mayo John Giles welcomed the graduates to the fraternity of service.

 

Mesa Leadership Participates in Relay for Life

Relay4Life4On Saturday April 9, the Mesa Leadership Class of 2016 participated in the Relay for Life raising over $2,000 for the American Cancer Society and had a lot of fun doing it. They were awarded a Track sign. Track signs are awarded to teams who raise more than $1,000 and are color coded so teams can move up as they raise more money each year. Some of the longer serving teams at the Relay proudly display 6 or 7 Track signs. Congratulations Class and Lyn Gorton, the class member who led the team.

Next year they plan to invite alumni to be involved so be looking for information about this very fun and worthy event in the Spring of 2017.

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Mesa Leadership Boys and Girls Mural

Update on the Mesa leadership Mural from 2016 class member Jaime Glasser.

“The mural is almost done!!! These kids and this place is awesome.”

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April 1st Class Photos

Mesa Police Chief John Meza presenting to 2016 MLTD public safety and healthcare day. In addition, guests and activities included:

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