Inaugural class of ASU Leadership Institute announced

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The Alumni Association announced members of the ASU Leadership Institute’s inaugural class. After a competitive selection process, the ASU Leadership Institute chose the members of its first class of 21 participants from a variety of industries including aviation, banking, construction management, government and the nonprofit sector.

“We’ve launched this program to develop the next generation of leaders invested in impacting their communities and ASU,” said ASU Alumni Association President & CEO Christine K. Wilkinson. “This diverse group of individuals have demonstrated a strong commitment to leadership, civic engagement, and making a difference.” 

The ASU Leadership Institute immerses participants in the culture and assets essential to ASU’s future and equips them with critical leadership skills through the nine-month program. The ASU Innovation Days will feature leadership experts in many fields including business, nonprofit management, media, health and military service.

The members of ASU Leadership Institute Class 1 are:

Bridget Arenson – Sun Devil Club

Lisa Bayne – Bumble Bee Air Conditioning

Joe Bertoletti – City of Surprise

John Bevell – gigapult

Denice Diab – EdPlus Online

Morgan Dick – Arizona Advocacy Network

Jean Etchamendy – Wells Fargo Bank N.A.

Eden Higgins – Duffy Group, Inc.

Valerie Keim – ASU

Brian Lee – Landings Credit Union

Michelle Loposky – ASU

Matt Lovelady – Salt River Project

David Lucier – AZ Veterans & Military Leadership Alliance

Natalie McDonald – Dircks Moving & Logistics

Desirae Outcalt – Pacific Premier Bank

Taylor Pineda – Chicanos Por La Causa

Mike Pooley – Tempe Police Department

Lou Silverman – Silverman Law Offices

Lona Teague – Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

Andrew Vandertoorn – Delta Air Lines

Andrew Wegner – Sundt Construction

To learn more about the members of Class 1 and apply for Class 2 of the ASU Leadership Institute and, visit

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