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.
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.
On a gorgeous Saturday outdoors, the new Board of Directors for Mesa Leadership Training and Development got together inside to set the new year in motion, but no one was complaining.
Many new faces on the board mean exciting new ideas and energy to enhance the experience for our incoming class as well as our longtime alumni. Membership value and offerings were discussed to continue to engage graduates long after they’ve received their diplomas.
Chair: Mandy Rogers
Chair Elect: Lucy Lopez
Secretary: Larry Burke
Past Chair: David DiPietro
Recruitment Chair: Brian Lawson
Tours/Program Liaison: Sharon Brause
Program Advancement: Lynn Runyan
Communications Chair: Denise Konkol
Alumni/Community Events: Shannon Heinze
Social Chair: Lori Chaplin
Placement Chair: Dan Walker
Curriculum co-chairs: Diana Clevenger, Dustin Loehr, Mara Benson
Directly after the Board Retreat, many of the members reconvened to start the interview process for our candidates.
“We’re impressed once again by the calibre of talent that our candidates represent,” said Recruitment Chair Brian Lawson. “The word about Mesa Leadership is getting out, and we’re pleased at the response we’ve gotten.”
Our class of 2018 will be announced by the beginning of July 2017, with the first class scheduled for August 4.