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News Release
September 12, 2023

Scottsdale Leadership Announces the Class of 2023-2024



SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – September 12, 2023   Scottsdale Leadership, one of the most immersive and interactive leadership programs in Arizona, is proud to announce 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. 

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


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, non-profit, and cultural organizations.  Alumni are strongly positioned to advance within their organizations and become the decision makers and influencers for current and future issues.  They become the decision makers and influencers for current and future issues.


For more information, contact Scottsdale Leadership at 480-627-6710 or visit

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