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February 2023 Newsletter

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Blast from the Past

Prescott Smith, Class 29 & Trish Moeck, Class 32

The actual history of Valentine’s Day is a bit of a mystery. But suffice to say that when it finally fell to the great English poets Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare to glamorize the sending of love letters to people’s partners in their poems, it really caught on with the rest of the world. That history did not matter much to Prescott Smith of Class 29 and Trish Moeck of Class 32. When they found each other in an orientation event for Trish’s Scottsdale Leadership class in September of 2017, Prescott had made his mind up, he was very attracted to her and wanted to get to know her better. Soon thereafter, they started the age old process of falling in love. We think you will enjoy meeting this delightful newlywed couple, just as much as we did.

Photo Fest

Scottsdale Leadership Lovebirds !


TOP ROW: Brad Robertson Class 18 and Andi Robertson Class 30; Eric Luoma Class 9 and Tatum Luoma Class 19; Jenni Douglas Class 36 and Lauri Douglas Class 37 and Paul Douglas Class 6 

MIDDLE ROW: Kevin Maxwell Class 29 and Bronwyn Maxwell Class 34; Michael Keran Class 27 and Kim Dodds-Keran Class 27; Michael Pearson Class 32 and Page Pearson Future Class 58ish and Rachel Pearson Class 26; Steve Clarke Class 11 and Jolynn Clarke Class 10

BOTTOM ROW: Theresa Keeley Class 5 and Jim Keeley Class 4; Steve Randall Class 10 and Lisa Randall Class 28; Larry Hewitt Class 36 Kristen Parrish Class 37

Executive Director's Corner

What a SUPER month ~
and "the love" just continues !

From the Parada del Sol, to the WM Phoenix Open, ESPN Tailgate party, and finally the Super Bowl, we are all part of the star-studded Scottsdale team! So many of our Scottsdale Leadership alumni were involved as leaders, volunteers, participants, sponsors, hosts, and fans. What a whirlwind of activity and spotlight on Scottsdale! Click the button below to learn more about where we have been, and what is coming up!


Alleson Dunaway, Class 31

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Convention and Visitors Bureau's Professional of the Year!

In her role with Experience Scottsdale, Alleson promotes Scottsdale as a premier meeting destination to meeting and event planners in seven states.

Thank You

Scottsdale Public Safety

It was an amazing Super Season. Thanks for all you did to keep us safe!

Commander Chris Coffee

of Class 37 and

Battalion Chief Brian Joseph 

Not pictured – City of Scottsdale

Emergency Manager Troy Lutrick,

also of Class 37

Make A Difference !

Get Your Application In

Ready to connect?

Be involved?

Make a difference?

Serving on the Scottsdale Leadership Board of Directors covers all three … and more!   Our 2023-2024 Scottsdale Leadership Board and committee member recruitment process is underway.  We invite you to consider applying or encouraging a fellow SL alumni to apply.

Deadline to apply is February 28th.     For more information contact Michael Wills at

Family Fun - Just Around the Corner - RSVP Today

Saturday, February 25th, 12:00 N - 3:00 pm

You're Invited!

All Scottsdale Leadership Graduates and Class 37 members PLUS their family members including children, grandchildren, spouses, significant others, pets, and more are invited to attend!


Bring a delish dish to share.

Got a signature dish? Now’s your time to shine.  Bring your favorite drinks; beer and wine.

(No Glass, hard spirits or seltzers)


Gather & Give Back 

We will be asking attendees to bring the following items to donate to Vista Del Camino: Jelly, peanut butter, canned meats, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, and mac 'n' cheese.


This event is free to attend!

This Event Back By Popular Demand

Wednesday, March 8th, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Attend this 3-hour highly interactive course developed in concert with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), with a focus on ethical leadership.  This course is facilitated by criminal justice professionals and utilizes historical images, videos, artifacts, and displays selected by museum historians for engaging conversation for thought leadership.  This course is like no other course and is supported by eight years of short-term and long-term survey results with POST and/or CLE approval in multiple states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, Ohio, New York, South Dakota and Texas.

Special Scottsdale Leadership Session:  Wednesday, March 8 5:00 pm, - 8:00 pm  –  Hosted by Honor Health Military Partnership

Location:  7301 East 4th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

General Admission $20.   |   Active Alumni Donors $10 (use code WYDM)    |    Visionary Donors:  FREE (Use code VISION)    |    Dinner Included

Program Contact Information:  Todd Larson, EdD, MSL, FABC - National Director, WYDM Institute, Retired Law Enforcement,

Join Us at the Applicant's Reception

Wednesday, March 15th, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Come meet and Socialize with our Class 38 Applicants and 

help them to learn what Scottsdale Leadership is all about.



The Homestead at DC Ranch

18600 North 98th Street, Scottsdale 85255


We Did! ... and won the Hometown Favorite Award !

Completion of our entry occurred the night before the parade and at 6:30 AM. In the freezing early morning, five brave souls braced our stallion and rider in transport to the parade staging area. Finishing touches were added, 8 wild and crazy alumni rode the 8 Rydable horses that accompanied our float, while walkers handed out SL mini footballs. A great time was had by all! 


We had 38 parade participants, with 5 of them “future leaders” thanks to the Kearney, Peyton, and Hewitt families…we even had one four-legged participant! 


A celebration of the parade took place on the balcony of Social Tap afterward, which is now reserved for the next few years. 


Thank You to LONG REALTY whose sponsorship made this all possible! 

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1 Float

26 Float Builders 

38 Parade Participants

172 Man Hours Building the Float

IMPACT:  Priceless

Project Lead it Forward

Our Teams Need Your Help!

Please support our class of 37 PLIF by donating your Charitable Tax Credit Donation to Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children. We will be designing, building, and furnishing their new respite facility, Ava's Treehouse.  The intention is to create a place for children with cancer, and their families, to obtain support and resources while relaxing and making fun memories.  Please consider this project when you make your Arizona Charitable Tax Credit Donation.  


2022 Tax Credit Donations can be made up until April 15, 2023, but in order to benefit this project, we do need the funds sooner.  Please consider making your donation today, (but no later than February 28th).

Thank you in advance for your consideration !

We truly appreciate your support of this important project.   Please find our donation page by clicking below.

When you get to the donation page, under “My Donation is for” – you will see a drop-down menu. Please choose

“Scottsdale Leadership-PLIF” and continue with the donation prompts to ensure your funds are allocated to the PLIF project.

Welcome Back to the Mainland

Veronica Lovesy, Class 13

Veronica has returned to the mainland after spending the past 18 years living in Kauai, Hawaii. Veronica is an experienced marketer, manager, retail buyer, and storyteller with a focus towards curated luxury and relevant trends. Her most recent position was leading business operations and sales for three upscale resort shops at The Four Seasons Resort Lana’i & Sensei Lana’i, A Four Seasons Resort. Her newest adventure includes becoming a first-time grandmother!

Get Engaged

Opportunity to Help!

Ginger Clayton of Class 36 is devoted to making sure those who need diapers for their children can get them. Thanks for all you do, Ginger! 

Many people don’t realize that families on food stamps cannot purchase diapers as they are considered a paper product, yet daycare centers require 6-10 diapers per baby in order to drop off your baby and go to work…. No diapers, no daycare, no work, no paycheck…..further perpetuating the cycle of poverty.  Our mission is to provide 1,000,000 diapers to families in need annually in Central Arizona.  We would love your help covering baby buns!! 


We would love to have you there with us!  We have many different ways to join in on the fun!  Please click here for event details:  

CLASS 37 News

January was filled with activities for "The Class of Legends"

On January 13, Class 37 participated in Human Services Day.  They had a truly terrific itinerary orchestrated by Cindi Eberhardt (Class 23) Operations Area Director, PET, and Raoul Zubia (Class 22) Business Consultant with IMPRIVA.  Their stated goal was to bring every class member to tears. The real objective was to impart an  understanding of the needs within our community, and how we can all work together to try to solve them.

Help Us Find Our Next Class of Leaders

We are now accepting nominations for Class 38

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Do you know someone who would make a great candidate for Class 38?

Fill out the nomination form below and we will reach out to them!

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