City of Buckeye
Town of Queen Creek
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Jackie Meck, Chair
Mayor, City of Buckeye
Gail Barney, Vice Chair
Mayor, Town of Queen Creek
Lana Mook, Treasurer
Mayor, City of El Mirage
Councilmember, Apache Junction
Mayor, City of Avondale
Councilmember, Town of Carefree
David L. Smith
Councilmember, Town of Cave Creek
Mayor, City of Chandler
Mayor, Town of Florence
President, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
Councilmember, Town of Fountain Hills
Tommy Lee Sikes
Mayor, Town of Gila Bend
Stephen Roe Lewis
Governor, Gila River Indian Community
Mayor, Town of Gilbert
Mayor, City of Glendale
Mayor, City of Goodyear
Mayor, Town of Guadalupe
Thomas L. Schoaf
Mayor, City of Litchfield Park
Mayor, City of Maricopa
Supervisor, Maricopa County
Mayor, City of Mesa
Mayor, City of Peoria
Chair, City of Phoenix
Supervisor, Pinal County
Delbert Ray, Sr.
President, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Mayor, City of Scottsdale
Board Member, State Transportation Board
Board Member, State Transportation Board
Mayor, City of Tolleson
Mayor, Town of Wickenburg
Mayor, Town of Youngtown
Jackie Meck was re-elected in 2012 to a second four-year term as the Mayor of Buckeye. A Buckeye native, Mayor Meck has served previously as town mayor from 1973 to 1975 and as a member of the town council from 1968 to 1975 and from 2002 to 2006.
Mayor Meck is the retired general manager of the Buckeye Water Conservation and Drainage District. Mayor Meck currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), as a member of the MAG Regional Council Executive Committee, as a member of the MAG Economic Development Committee, as Treasurer for the CAN-DO Coalition (Connecting Arizona and Nevada-Delivering Opportunities) Interstate-11 Coalition, and is on the Board of Trustees for the West Valley Hospital. Mayor Meck has also served as Chair on the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Transportation Policy Committee, on the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, WESTMARC, and Valley Metro RPTA, is a past president of the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Gila River’s El Rio Restoration Project Executive Committee.
Mayor Meck is a past chairman of the city’s Pioneer Days Celebration, and is a member of the Buckeye Elks and Lions Clubs, the Buckeye Valley Museum, the West Valley Fine Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum and Heard Museum.
Mayor Meck and his wife of over 50 years, Verlyne, have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Gail Barney was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Town Council in January 2002 and was elected Mayor in June 2010. He served on the Planning and Zoning Commission from 1998 to 2002. As Mayor, Barney represents Queen Creek on the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council, on MAG’s Executive Committee and Economic Development Committee, the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Board of Directors, as Chair of the Maricopa/Northern Pinal Gateway Alliance and represents the Town Council on the Queen Creek Public Safety Retirement Board.
Barney earned an associate degree from Mesa Community College and a Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University. He is an Eagle Scout. A lifelong Queen Creek resident, he operates his family farm in the community.
Mayor Lana Mook has called Arizona home for more than 30 years. After retiring from approximately three decades in management, training and patient relations in the health care industry, Mook devoted much of her time to volunteering in El Mirage, pursuing her commitment to do everything she could to improve her community. With a number of other community volunteers, she co-founded the People of El Mirage (POEM), a civic-based community organization focused on helping those in need, as well as informing the public on local issues. Under her leadership, the organization promoted local support for Luke Air Force Base, raised funds for local Cub Scouts, and participated in numerous food and clothing drives for the area’s residents in need. In addition, POEM members partnered with local public safety officials to increase safety and awareness in El Mirage neighborhoods.
In 2010, Mook was elected Mayor of the City of El Mirage. She currently serves on the Boards of both Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) and Western Maricopa Coalition (Westmarc). She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns and on the Executive Committee of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG).
Mayor Mook has provided many years of service to a number of organizations including the Phoenix Suns Charities, the Girl Scouts of America, the U.S. Forest Service (Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Fire Prevention Programs), and is a past Vice-President of the Greater Phoenix American Bowling Association.
Some of Mayor Mook's accomplishments include: developing a partnership with Luke Air Force Base and supporting the F-35A mission. Mayor Mook advocated for passage of an $8 million bond measure to provide El Mirage residents with a community recreational facility with swimming pool and a new police facility. She was appointed to the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Executive Committee consisting of 25 mayors and council members from across the state. The League provides an important link among the 91 incorporated cities and towns in Arizona representing collective interests at the State Legislature, and providing timely information on important municipal issues. She worked to protect basic services such as public safety by successfully advocating for the rehire of four first responders for the Fire Department after they were laid off in 2010. In addition, she encouraged the Police Department to address speeding throughout the community with the assistance of RedFlex photo radar. She has worked to develop El Mirage’s future economic base by approving projects to design quality transportation corridors throughout the city. Reconfiguration of the Thompson Ranch/Grand Avenue/Thunderbird Road intersection and major improvements to El Mirage Road and Thunderbird Road are both scheduled to be completed in early 2017. The design of El Mirage’s portion of the Northern Parkway project is underway. Mayor Mook aso worked to Improve the appearance and quality of life of El Mirage through enhancements to Gentry Park and Grand Avenue.
Robin Barker was re-elected to Apache Junction’s City Council in 2016, and has served as a Councilmember since 2007. She previous served in this capacity from 1989-1997, and has also served two terms a Vice Mayor.
Mrs. Barker earned a Bachelor’s Degree from AUS and a Master’s Degree from NAU. She is a retired English teach who taught in Mesa Public Schools and CAC.
Mrs. Barker and her husband Ed have four children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Kenneth N. Weise was appointed Mayor in June 2014. Prior to his mayoral appointment, he served as an Avondale City Council Member beginning in January 2006 when he was initially appointed to a vacant council seat. He was subsequently elected to the City Council in September 2007 and, during his tenure, served as Avondale’s Vice Mayor from 2008 to 2010.
Mayor Weise currently serves on the National League of Cities Community and Economic Development Committee, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council, Chair of the MAG Transportation Policy Committee, member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s Board of Directors and the Southwest Valley Chamber’s Board of Directors. A true public servant, he has also served on several other committees including the Charter Review Committee, the Contributions Assistance Council Subcommittee and as Chair of the Western Maricopa Enterprise Zone (WMEZ). As a strong supporter of education and youth, Mayor Weise is currently a member of the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable. Mayor Weise is a current member of the National League of Cities (NLC) and the League of Arizona Cities and Towns.
Mayor Weise is a Corporate Sales Manager for the Wigwam Resort and previously served on the Board of Elders at Trinity Lutheran Church. He volunteers for various organizations and feels strongly about giving back to his community. He studied Business Administration at Moraine Valley College in Illinois. He and his wife, Shari, have two daughters and have called Avondale home since 1995.
Michael E. Farrar is Vice President and Designated Broker of Elliott Homes in Greater Phoenix. He has more than thirty years of real estate expertise and a list of highly notable accomplishments. Farrar is knowledgeable in multiple types of commercial and residential asset classes.
Mr. Farrar has written a number of articles on the state of local real estate markets and provides commentary on local radio and television programs. He holds vast experience in transactional brokerage, residential development, asset analysis, feasibility and financial analysis, entitlements, and project management.
Born and educated in Arizona, Michael graduated Cum Laude from Northern Arizona University W.A. Franke College of Business with a Bachelor's of Science in International Economics. He then went on to earn double International MBA's from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and the Helsinki School of Economics in Finland.
Farrar also serves as a Councilman for the Town of Carefree, and Regional Council member of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG); Board member for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), and Member of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations (PCFR) and Home Builders Association Of Central Arizona (HBACA).
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Mayor Jay Tibshraeny began his unprecedented 7th term as Chandler’s Mayor in January 2015, after returning to the Mayor’s Office in January 2011, and serving eight years in the Arizona State Senate from 2003-2011. He originally served as a member of the City Council from 1986 to 2002 as Councilmember, Vice Mayor and as Mayor. He was first elected Chandler Mayor in 1994, and served in that capacity for four consecutive terms through 2002.
A native of Chandler, he has a lifetime of public service in the East Valley. He serves on the following Professional & Civic Organizations: Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley Emeritus Board; Chandler/Gilbert Association for Retarded Citizens Advisory Board; Child Crisis Center Advisory Board; and Chandler Chamber of Commerce Ex-Officio Board member. His current regional assignments include President of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Executive Committee, Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council, Greater Phoenix Economic Council Board of Directors (GPEC), Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) Ex-Officio Board member, and East Valley Partnership (EVP) Ex-Officio Board member.
Since returning to the Mayor’s Office in 2011, Mayor Tibshraeny has received a number of awards for his work at the local and regional level. In 2015, he received the Teal and Silver Community Leader Award from Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and the Outstanding Public Official Award from the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association. In 2014, he received the Maricopa Association of Governments Desert Peak Regional Excellence Award and the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Community Cup award. In 2013 Mayor Tibshraeny received the prestigious American City and County Magazine Municipal Leader of the Year Award as well as the Greater Phoenix Economic Council Outstanding Regional Contribution Award. In 2012 he received the Dwight Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award from the EVP.
Mayor Tibshraeny is a small businessman and home builder. He completed 12 years in the Chandler Public School System and holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Arizona State University. He and his wife Karen have one daughter, Lauren.
Mrs. Walter is an assistant principal and truancy officer with the Florence Unified School District. As an elementary school educator, she served as a Team Leader, Reading Coach, Mentor Teacher, Gifted Site Coordinator and Science Club Advisor. In 2007, Mrs. Walter created the Science Club to heighten student interest in science; allowing students to participate, utilizing hands-on experiences. An emphasis was placed on participation, teamwork, and cooperation, while focusing on various science disciplines of life science, physical science, and earth science. The club development prepared students to participate in Pinal County Science Olympiad Competitions at Central Arizona College. Over the years, many students have placed in competitions, earning school recognition. Mrs. Walter also assisted in the creation of the NJHS Charter for Anthem K-8 and served as NJHS Advisor for four years. Her responsibilities in these positions allow her to create opportunities for the students and aide colleagues in achieving higher standards for themselves professionally.
Mrs. Walter holds two Master’s Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University, graduating with high honors in Educational Leadership: Principal k-12 and Elementary Education; two Bachelor’s Degrees from the State University of New York in Elementary Education and English (Literature/Writing), graduating on the Dean’s List; and an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Herkimer County Community College. She was provided the unique opportunity to complete the second half of her student teaching experience abroad, in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. During her experience abroad, she welcomed the opportunity to travel throughout Europe. This experience allowed her to learn and appreciate other cultures and ways of life.
She lives with her husband Jim, and their three children: Chris, Jason, and Claire. She is actively involved in community projects ranging from family oriented events to providing opportunities for children in our community.
Bernadine Burnette was elected President of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation on January 12, 2016. Pres. Burnette has served for more than two decades as a Tribal Council Member and during that time has held the positions of Secretary, Vice President, and President.
Pres. Burnette’s record of public service is extensive; beyond her leadership at the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, she has also served on many boards of organizations, including stints as Vice President of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association and as Secretary of the National Indian Gaming Association. Her current and past memberships include the National Congress of American Indians, the National Tribal Environmental Council and the National Indian Education Association.
Pres. Burnette was selected as “Woman of the Year” by former Arizona Governor Jane Hull and honored by the Arizona Republic for her resolute leadership as one of only seven female Native American tribal presidents in the nation in 1999. In 2012, then Vice President Burnette was named “Indian Gaming Advocate of the Year” by the National Indian Gaming Association for her work to preserve gaming rights.
Councilmember Nick DePorter’s professional experience includes community relations, business development, strategic planning, and higher education leadership. Nick is the Senior U.S. Public Policy and Government Affairs Manager at LinkedIn. He is responsible for partnering with government officials, business leaders, education providers, and other community stakeholders to create economic opportunity for every member of the workforce.
Councilmember DePorter currently represents the Town of Fountain Hills as a Regional Council Member for the Maricopa Association of Governments in addition to serving on the Chicanos Por La Causa – Integrated Health & Human Services Board, the City of Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Board, the Maricopa County Workforce Development Board, and the Arizona State University - Career and Professional Development Services Board. Nick previously served on the Fountain Hills Strategic Planning Advisory Commission for three years, holding the positions of Chair and Vice-Chair. He also served as a Board Member for the Fountain Hills Cultural and Civic Association for two years.
Councilmember DePorter has enjoyed living in Arizona for 22 years and moved to Fountain Hills in 2010. He was born in Long Beach, California and primarily raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nick holds a BA in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Arizona State University. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife Adrienne and children, Jack and Abbie. Nick is proud that his family, parents, and in-laws all call Fountain Hills home.
Stephen Roe Lewis was raised in Sacaton, “Gu-u-Ki”, on the Gila River Indian Community. His parents are Rodney and Willardene Lewis. His paternal grandparents are the late Rev. Roe Blaine and Sally Lewis. His maternal grandparents are the late Willard and Catherine Pratt. Mr. Lewis has an eighteen year old son, Daniel.
Stephen Roe Lewis graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors Science and pursued graduate studies at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Governor Lewis has served the Community as a Gaming Commissioner for the Gila River Gaming Commission, as a member of the Board of Directors for the Gila River Telecommunications, Inc., and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Gila River Healthcare Corporation.
Governor Lewis was the first Native film curator for the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was an Associate Producer for the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed TBS six-part feature documentary, "The Native Americans."
Governor Lewis has worked on numerous political campaigns and organizing projects throughout Indian Country including Native voter organizing and Native voter protection in 2002 and selected as an Arizona delegate and Co-Chairing the Native American Caucus for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Currently Governor Lewis proudly serves on the Board of Directors for the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), the Executive Board for the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and the Board of Trustees for the Heard Museum of Phoenix.
Governor Lewis currently oversees the implementation of the Community’s Water Settlement of 2004 (the largest water settlement of its kind in United States history). Governor Lewis advocates for renewable and green technologies guided by O'otham agricultural history and cultural teachings. Governor Lewis’s vision is to support a new generation of Community member agriculturalists with the goal of promoting and protecting the Community's shudag (water) and agricultural development for future generations.
Governor Lewis has made it a priority of his administration in two critical areas: To expand services for Community Veterans by proposing the Community’s first Veteran's and Family Services Department and by committing more resources to protect the Community's children by advocating for the protection of the Indian Child Welfare Act both at home and nationally.
Governor Lewis previously served the Community as Lieutenant Governor before being elected Governor in 2014.
Jenn Daniels has been serving on the Gilbert Town Council since 2009. On July 19, 2016, the Gilbert Town Council elected Jenn Daniels as Mayor, replacing John Lewis. Jenn was then elected by the voters to a full term as Mayor beginning January of 2017. Jenn is the founder of Operation Welcome Home, a program honoring returning men and women and their families from overseas deployments. As the liaison to schools, redevelopment, planning and in other assignments while on the Council, Jenn has worked to ensure Gilbert’s success now and into the future.
Jenn is a member of several statewide and regional boards including the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Executive Committee and General Administration, Human Resources and Elections Policy Committee, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council, the MAG Transportation Policy Committee, the Kyl Center for Water Leaders Roundtable, the AZ Bioscience Steering Committee and currently serves as Chair of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority.
Jenn has a B.A. in Humanities from Brigham Young University and is married to Eric Daniels. They have three sons and one daughter and spend lots of time in parks, on bikes and enjoying Arizona.
Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers is a husband, father, grandfather and devoted public servant who has spent his adult life owning and operating successful businesses, volunteering with non-profit organizations, and serving his community through public service. He and his wife Sandy have been married for 33 years and have lived in Arizona since 1966. Together, they have one daughter and two grandsons. A battle with cancer as a young man gave Mayor Weiers an outlook on life, focused on service, creative problem solving, and enjoying life to the fullest. It is with these values that he diligently serves as Mayor of Glendale every day.
Since taking office in January 2013, Mayor Weiers has actively worked to bring new economic and community activity to Glendale. In just his first year, Mayor Weiers helped the city obtain more than a million dollars in grants for public safety and local non-profit groups, established an annual event to help military veterans, and welcomed many new businesses to Glendale as the City strives to be the most business friendly community in Arizona.
Prior to taking office in Glendale, Mayor Weiers served four terms in the Arizona State Legislature. During that time, he chaired the Natural Resources, Military Affairs and Public Safety, and Rules Committees. Mayor Weiers also served Arizona on the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Military Sustainability Task Force.
Throughout his life, Mayor Weiers has been devoted to serving his community. His long and impressive record has earned him recognition for his work on behalf of sportsmen, motorcyclists, and military veterans groups, to name a few.
Mayor Weiers is also an accomplished pilot as well as a member of the Civil Air Patrol with over two decades of flying experience. He owns a hangar and flies out of his home base at the Glendale Airport.
Georgia Lord was elected to fill a two-year unexpired term as Mayor of the City of Goodyear in March of 2011, was re-elected to serve a second term as Mayor in 2013, and was elected to serve her final term in 2017. She has served on the Goodyear City Council since 2005 before resigning her position as Vice Mayor to run for Mayor.
Mayor Lord represents Goodyear on the Maricopa County Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council, Transportation Policy Committee, and Economic Development Committee. She serves on the WESTMARC Board of Directors and Executive Committee, the West-MEC Bond Committee, and is an Ex-Officio member of the West Valley Arts Council Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Arizona Mayor’s Education Roundtable, Arizona Town Hall alumni, and previously served as Vice Chair of the Arizona Municipal Tax Code Commission. Mayor Lord is currently the Co-Chair of the Luke West Valley Council, and is actively involved with the West Valley Partners and the Luke Forward Campaign, which played a key role in bringing the F-35 Mission to Luke Air Force Base.
Mayor Lord is a member and past Chair of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Ambassadors Steering Committee. She also serves on the GPEC International Leadership Council, and the GPEC Board of Directors. GPEC awarded Mayor Lord the Certified Ambassador Award in recognition of her promotion and advancement of economic development in greater Phoenix. Previously she served as Chair of the Goodyear City Center Technical Advisory Committee which was responsible for crafting Goodyear's new downtown strategy. In 2008, she was a member of the citizens' team that brought home the All-America City Award to Goodyear. Her goals are to continue to develop a sustainable downtown in Goodyear, attract new business and clean industries, enhance public safety services, and to keep Goodyear an All-America City.
Mayor Lord, who received her Real Estate certification from Arizona State University, has extensive experience in real estate sales and as a trainer for a national home builder. Her real estate experience gives her insight into how to create high quality, attractive communities. She also graduated with fluency in German from the State Department Institute for German Language before joining her husband overseas during his diplomatic tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force. A graduate of the 2003 Southwest Valley Citizen Academy, Mayor Lord is involved in her community and previously active on the Board of Directors of the Three Rivers Historical Society, the Purple Ribbon Council on Domestic Violence and the New Friends of the Goodyear Branch Library.
Married to Ron Lord, USAF Colonel retired, Georgia raised four children and also has five grandchildren.
Tom Schoaf, elected Mayor of Litchfield Park in the Spring 2006, has been involved in a variety of business endeavors, both local and international, that have taken him around the world from Singapore to Germany. Even with a busy schedule, he remained active in various community groups including the Litchfield Park Youth Association, Little League and AYSO soccer. He served on the Litchfield Elementary Governing Board and the original Litchfield Park City Council.
Today, in addition to serving as the City’s Mayor, he is the past Chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Council and current Chair of the MAG Economic Development Committee, Trustee of the West Valley Hospital, and serves on the Westside Advisory Board of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. A dual graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Tom has a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering, cum laude, and a Juris Doctor, summa cum laude. He is licensed to practice law in both Indiana and Arizona and currently has his law office in Litchfield Park.
Mayor Christian Price has been a resident of Maricopa since early 2005. After moving from Chandler with his wife, they purchased their first home and started a family. Mayor Price immediately got involved with his community by running for his HOA Board of Directors and was president for six years. He is very active in the community and volunteers his time whenever possible to non-profits, churches, the food bank and other service organizations. Mayor Price sits on the Maricopa Seniors Board as an advisory member, is a governing board member of For Our City/Citizens Corp and serves as a member of the Arizona Farm Bureau and the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce. He was also selected for Maricopa's first Board of Adjustments commission and served as its vice chair, before resigning to run for Mayor.
Mayor Price is an enormous advocate of networking – meeting new people and establishing relationships with citizens, stakeholders, regional partners, members of neighboring cities, and other government officials. He strongly believes that good working relationships with these groups and individuals will help Maricopa become a strong well-rounded regional player and directly influence the quality of life of the citizens through an enhanced economic development climate.
For more than 12 years, Mayor Price has been an entrepreneur and small business owner. He is the managing partner of Pantheon Investments, LLC/NPC, a financial advisory firm. A graduate of Northern Arizona University, he holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in English literature. Mayor Price has also had the privilege of working as a legislative analyst for the Arizona State House of Representatives and has first-hand knowledge of legislative processes and procedures. His family hails from northwest Tucson and he is an Eagle Scout who is fluent in Spanish. As a member of the Maricopa City Council, Mayor Price has a strong desire to work closely with fellow Council members and City staff to find the most economic and efficient solutions to help Maricopa grow and prosper.
Denny Barney is a sixth generation native of Arizona and lives in Gilbert with his wife Nichole, and their four children. He has a strong business background and is a principal in ARCUS Private Capital Solutions, a specialized realty investment and finance company. He studied political science in college with a degree in International Relations and a minor in Japanese. Denny also has a law degree from ASU and is admitted to practice law in the state of Arizona.
Barney was elected to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in 2012 and served as board chairman in 2014 and 2017. As supervisor, his priorities have been finding creative solutions to address the demands of the fastest growing county in the nation, seeking ways to reduce inmate recidivism, improving regulatory processes and customer service, and collaboratively addressing regional homelessness.
Denny currently represents the Board of Supervisors on the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Board of Directors and the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council. His previous Maricopa County experience includes serving as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner and as a member of the Board of Health.
In addition to his business and political endeavors, Denny serves on the Advisory Board for ASU’s Morrison Institute of Public Policy and on the Mesa United Way Board of Directors, including serving as a past chairman for their annual campaign. He is an Ex-Officio Director of the East Valley Partnership and a former member of Greater Phoenix Leadership. He is also a Past President of the Mesa Baseline Rotary club and has served on the boards of the United Food Bank, Arizona board of American Indian Services, Commission on Excellence in Education and various Banner Health Advisory boards.
John Giles was elected the 40th Mayor of Mesa, Arizona in August, 2014. Giles earned degrees from Brigham Young University in Political Science and Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He has managed his own law firm in downtown Mesa for more than 20 years.
In 1996, Giles was elected to the Mesa City Council and from 1998 to 2000, he served as Vice Mayor. After his service on the City Council, he remained active in the community and served on 25 boards and committees. Giles has been very involved in interfaith relations throughout the Phoenix-metro area, including serving on the Board of the Arizona Interfaith Movement. As Mayor, he serves on numerous local and regional boards and committees.
Born and raised in Mesa, he graduated from Westwood High School in 1978. Giles is an active marathoner and triathlete who has completed two full Ironman competitions, 20 marathons and four Boston Marathons. In 2013, he was named “Mesa Man of the Year.” Giles and his wife Dawn have been married for more than thirty years. They have five children and five grandchildren.
Cathy Carlat took office as Peoria’s first female Mayor in January 2015. She has served on Peoria City Council since 2005, where she was elected three times to represent Peoria’s largest and fastest-growing district.
Mayor Carlat is an avid proponent of fiscal responsibility and government accountability. On Council, her steadfast commitment brought revenue-producing recycling services to Peoria, shielded communities from development pressures and successfully led key services to underserved areas.
Carlat is committed to cutting-edge public safety, attracting quality employment that embraces the workforce of tomorrow and leadership to strategically plan for a lasting economy. These factors contribute greatly to Peoria’s exceptional quality of life, to which she remains dedicated as Peoria evolves into a thriving modern city.
Under Mayor Carlat’s leadership, Council streamlined the budgeting process and has passed balanced budgets in record time, used expiring fees to protect a treasured iconic mountain peak, improved the city’s fire and medical service, and established citizen-led committees to modernize the City Charter and plan for Peoria’s future. She also initiated Peoria’s annual investor forum to help bring jobs to Peoria, which has resulted in several key business partnerships.
Mayor Carlat represents Peoria on several statewide and regional boards, including Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, League of Arizona Cities and Towns Executive Committee and General Administration, Human Resources and Elections Policy Committee, WESTMARC Executive Committee, Central Arizona Conservation Alliance, and The Flinn Foundation’s Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee. Mayor Carlat is also in her second year serving as Vice President of the Arizona Municipal Water User’s Association Board of Directors.
Having held positions as a District Manager for a Fortune 500 Company and Vice President of a commercial real estate firm, Carlat retired after thirteen years at Central Arizona Project to concentrate full-time on building Peoria to its fullest potential. She and her husband Dennis have three children and three grandchildren.
Thelda Williams is currently mayor pro tempore and Councilwoman for District 1. She was re-elected in 2015 for a third four-year term as District 1 Councilwoman. She has served on the Phoenix City Council since 2008. Previously, she served on the Council from 1989 to 1996 and as interim mayor in 1994.
Before joining the council, she was the Division Commander of the Custody Support/Inmate Programs Division at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office from 1996 to 2007, where she supervised the Sheriff's MASH Unit for abused and neglected animals, Hard Knocks High School for incarcerated juveniles, the Alpha Program for drug and/or alcohol-addicted inmates, and all religious and adult programs.
Mayor Williams has been active in community affairs for a number of years, having served on numerous boards and commissions including the city of Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board, the city of Phoenix Transit Commission, the Block Watch Oversight Committee, the Deer Valley Planning Committee, the Phoenix Planning and Zoning Committee, the Maricopa Association of Governments Board, Women in Local Government Association, Governor's Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women, and the Maricopa County Adult Probation Advisory Board.
Elected in 2012 and taking his oath of office in January 2013, Todd House represents the Apache Junction and Gold Canyon region of Pinal County. The District 5 Supervisor completes the newly formed five-member Board of Supervisors. In 2014, his fellow supervisors elected him to serve as Board Vice Chairman.
An avid lover of the outdoors, House is interested in preserving our parks, trails and open space for future generations. Connected parks and trails that can be enjoyed on horseback or on foot are a valuable asset contributing to the quality of life residents enjoy.
House serves his community in many ways, most notably as Chairman of the Board of the Apache Junction Fire District and as Chairman of the Superstition Mountain Base Coalition. House is currently the Treasurer of Paws 4 Life, a non-profit organization serving the community through pets, service dogs, and volunteers. He was previously the Kiwanis Club President and President of the Superstition Mountain Republican Club.
Prior to entering government service, House worked in the electrical field for 29 years, most recently for Allied Group Sales.
Originally hailing from California, the House family adopted Arizona as their new home state in 2000. House and his wife, Tuni, have one daughter, Nicole. In his spare time, House enjoys golf, gardening and coin collecting. Todd and his wife have had 16 foreign exchange students over the years and enjoy sharing their cultures and have had the pleasure of visiting them in their native countries.
Delbert W. Ray Sr. is the 24th President of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. He is the son of the late Jonah Ray Sr. and Mary Senich Ray. President Ray was elected on September 2, 2014 and sworn in to office on December 20, 2014. When he was elected, he was serving his first term as a member of the Council, representing District A. President Ray is a champion of inclusiveness and invokes the O’odham phrase, “ththvem aboju” which means “we will do this together.”
President Ray attended Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, California and received his degree from Haskell University in Lawrence, Kansas. He is a retired United State Marine Corps Veteran, and proudly served in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged from the military in 1972.
As a Councilmember, Delbert Ray served on the Forfeiture and Permanency Committees for SRPMIC. He also brings extensive judicial experience to the office of President, having served as a Chief Judge for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. He also served as a judge for many other tribes including the Hualapai Tribe, Ak-Chin Indian Community, Fort Mohave Tribe, and Tonto Apache Tribe. Currently President Ray sits on the Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Indian Affairs which is chaired by Senator Carlyle Begay from the Navajo Nation.
President Ray and his wife June, have been married for more than forty years. They have three children: Selina Ray-Salcido, Delbert W. Ray, Jr. and Meredith Ray-Duwyenie and nine grandchildren.
Mayor W. J. “Jim” Lane served for four years on the Scottsdale City Council beginning in June 2004, and began his first term as Mayor in January 2009. He was re-elected to the Mayor’s Office in 2012 and began his third term in January 2017.
Mayor Lane served on the 2002 Scottsdale Fire amd EMS Advisory Committee, which was convened to evaluate and make recommendations to the city regarding the desired level of fire and emergency medical services relative to cost.
His community service also includes six years on the Scottsdale Paradise Valley YMCA Board of Management. He chaired the 1999 Kids Campaign annual fundraising effort and is currently an emeritus board member.
Mayor Lane currently represents the city as a member of the Flinn Foundation Arizona Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee. He is the current Treasurer and Secretary of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, a member of the Governor’s Arizona Workforce Committee, member of the Executive Committee of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, and a Chairman of the Maricopa Association of Governments Economic Development Committee, and a member of the Regional Council. Mayor Lane also serves on the Scottsdale Leadership Advisory Board, Arizona Game and Fish Appointment Recommendation Board, he is a member of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and an Honorary Member of the Taliesin West Board of Stewards. Mayor Lane is also a member of the Municipal Tax Code commission.
He came to Scottsdale from New Jersey in 1973 to take a position with KPMG (Peat Marwick), an international CPA firm. He worked as an Arizona CPA for 20 years with five of those years in public accounting as a financial statement auditor.
Mayor Lane has owned and operated businesses in construction, mining, computer technology, telecommunications, regional aviation and financial consulting. Mayor Lane is also a former Adjunct professor of Business and Accounting at Scottsdale Community College.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
He and his wife Joanne have three adult children (Bill, Scott and Nancy) along with six grandchildren (Megan, Aislinn, Madison, Carson, Caleb, and Brooklynn).
Vice-Mayor Jack Sellers has lived in Chandler since 1994. He began his tenure on the City Council in January 2009.
He is the former facilities manager for the General Motors Desert Proving Ground in Mesa. In February 2014, Jack was appointed by Governor Jan Brewer to a six-year term on the Arizona State Transportation Board.
During his time here in Chandler, Jack has been active in the community and in the region with a strong interest in economic development and transportation issues. He served as a member and chair of the Chandler Transportation Commission and chaired the Chandler Transportation Bond Committee. He also served on the Airport Noise Compatibility Study Advisory Committee, represents Chandler on the Maricopa Association of Governments Economic Development Committee, and is a member of the MAG Transportation Policy Committee and a member of the MAG Regional Council.
He has also been very active with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council serving on the International Leadership Committee and as a board member and executive committee member. With the East Valley Partnership, he is a member of the board, serves on the Economic Development and Government Relations Committees and chairs the Transportation Committee. Jack is a member of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and participates on the Public Policy Committee. He also served as a board member and chair of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce — having been named Business Leader of the Year in 2004.
Vice-Mayor Sellers is a member of Arizona Town Hall and has served as a board member and participated in four Town Halls, twice as a Delegate and twice as a Panel Leader. He is also a member of the Arizona Mexico Commission where he serves on the Transportation Committee. He has been High School Booster Club President, Elementary School PTO President, Little League coach, Homeowners Association President and a member of the Maricopa Community College Commission on Excellence in Education.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from New Mexico State University. Jack has three grown children and eight grandchildren.
Sam Elters was appointed to the State Transportation Board to represent Maricopa County in January 2018.
Mr. Elters is a Transportation Engineer with more than 30 years of experience in planning, design, construction, and operations. His experience spans both the public and private sectors, where he has demonstrated strong vision and leadership. He has a proven track record of good partnering practices and principles while working with communities across Arizona. He is a champion of transportation, and has successfully contributed by serving Arizona in multiple roles, including state engineer for ADOT from 2005 to 2008.
Additionally, Mr. Elters has served as a chief engineer for the Transportation Corridor Agencies (the toll roads) in Orange County, California. He understands the Transportation Planning and Programming process and possesses a strong, balanced knowledge of transportation funding and financing including the Federal Trust Fund, State Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF), and local funding and financing programs.
Mr. Elters has been in Arizona since 1981 and a resident of Maricopa County since 2005. He is currently an active member of the Engineering Consultant Community, and is a professional Registered Engineer in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Colorado. He is also a member of the Enforcement Advisory Committee, Arizona State Board of Technical Registration, appointed in December 1996.
Mr. Elters has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Northern Arizona University. He is married and has two grown children.
Mayor Anna Tovar was elected to the Tolleson City Council in 2016. Developing regional partnership and collaborating with local and state elected officials to advocate for her constituency is one of her top priorities. A lifelong Arizona resident, Mayor Tovar was a teacher for five years, and served on the Tolleson City Council for seven and a half years and was Vice Mayor for two years until she joined the House of Representatives in 2009. In 2009, she became Senator Tovar and served as the District 19 representative for Avondale, Tolleson and West Phoenix until January of 2015.
As a former Tolleson teacher and mother, she understood the issues demanding immediate attention such as schools, infrastructure needs, affordable healthcare, and building a strong economy and worked rigorously to address those matter at a state level. As Senator Tovar she developed a well-earned reputation as a legislator who fought for the dignity of underserved people. In 2011, she championed the effort to restore funding for nearly 100 patients on the transplant list after funding for the program was lost saving many lives.
During her time at the state she was member of the Senate Judiciary, Senate Appropriations, Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the Joint Committee on Capital Review. She served as Senate Minority Leader and Latino Caucus Chair. During her time as Senator Tovar she worked as a Campaign Director for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She fundraised to find a cure for cancer and to assist cancer patients. As a two time cancer survivor, Mayor Tovar is passionate to help find a cure for cancer.
Throughout her career at the state, she knew one day she would return to her hometown Tolleson and once again serve as a local elected official. She is proud of her roots in Tolleson, Arizona, proud to be a product of the public school system and proud to have given back as a teacher, mentor and leader in her community. Mayor Tovar and her husband have been married for 20 years and have two wonderful sons.
Mayor Everett Sickles has lived in the Wickenburg area since 1965. He and his wife, Patty, owned and operated Sickles Sanitation for 33 years, selling the company in 2014. They are the current owners of Hassayampa Barbecue Company and Fast Mart fuel station and convenience store.
Mayor Sickles is a graduate of Wickenburg High School and Arizona State University. He holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial technical education and a master of science degree in technology.
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