Tempe Leadership Welcomes the Members of Class XXXIII

Tempe Leadership Class XXXIII
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Tempe Leadership, a program of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is proud to announce the 2017-2018 members of Class XXXIII.

Tempe Leadership Class XXXIII at the Tempe Fire Department Training Facility

The class just completed their kick-off weekend orientation retreat. They started at the Tempe Fire Department Training Facility with a hearty breakfast and welcome keynote speech from Tempe Leadership Board President, Nancy Puffer. The class continued on to their overnight retreat at Saguaro Lake Ranch, where they participated in a variety of exercises and team building activities designed to encourage camaraderie and friendship and prepare them for the upcoming program year. The orientation activities were led by Program Committee Chairs, Preston Swan and Tonya Gustke, along with facilitators Elizabeth Cling, Suzanne Durkin-Bighorn, Nancy Puffer, Matt Simpson, Rebecca Joy, Anthony Contente-Cuomo, and Curt and Linda Ritland.     

Tempe Leadership has been cultivating local leaders since 1985. This year 21 individuals were chosen through a competitive application and interview process carried out by a formal class selection committee. The nine-month program is designed to increase awareness and understanding of the community, leadership development, opportunities for engagement and to expand class member’s network of personal and professional relationships.

The Tempe Leadership Class XXXIII roster and employers they represent:

Stephen Alexander, SRP

Kathleen Babilon, Amerisure

Jonny Cheney, SRP

Shelia Detweiler, State Farm Insurance

Andres Favela, Pinnacle Financial Advisors

NeLexia Galloway, American Family Insurance

Kiyomi Kurooka, OWL Architects & Planners, Inc

Jennifer Leon, City of Tempe

Alex May, Norvision

Laurie McDonnell, United Brokers Group

Christi McMurdie, McMurdie Law Office, PC

Robert Moore, Access Geographic, LLC

Holly Nicolaisen, Tempe History Museum

Melissa Rector, Valley of the Sun YMCA

Adrianne Rexius, Landings Credit Union

Carla Smith, Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Beth Stull, State Farm Insurance

James “J.T.” Taylor, ORION Investment Real Estate

Casey Thomas, Arizona State University

Karen Thomasson, The Centers for Habilitation

Samantha Thompson, Standard Wax

Since 1985, more than 700 diverse, dedicated individuals have participated in the Tempe Leadership Program. The program brings together like-minded individuals in the community to engage and challenge one another, learn more about the ins and outs of Tempe and, most importantly, make a real difference in the Tempe community. Congratulations to Tempe Leadership Class 33!

For more information, visit www.tempeleadership.org.

A handful of Tempe Leadership board officers, board members and alumni came together to make the Class XXXIII orientation retreat a great success at Saguaro Lake Ranch.

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