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