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Welcome to Mesa Leadership

The purpose of the Mesa Leadership Program is to cultivate leadership through education, exposure to the community, and interaction between class members. Our ultimate goal is to prepare students for a personal journey along the wonderful and rewarding path to community service.

A Taste of the Islands in the Middle of the Desert

Mesa Leadership celebrated the holidays with a little hula on November 30, as they gathered for the annual Holiday Party.

This year’s event was held at the Mesa Arts Center in the Brown Sculpture Courtyard, and the food as well as the entertainment was provided by Royal Islanders, which is a Mesa business that has been in the area for about 30 years. The group served up dinner, then served up authentic Polynesian dancing, featuring performers from Tongo, Hawaii and Tahiti.

Tia Tuinei and wife Melekai own Royal Islanders and their daughter and granddaughter are  featured dancers in the troupe as well. As shown in the image in the lower right quarter above, they also believe in teaching and engaging their audience to learn native dances.

Tia strums and sings  authentic tunes from the islands while dancers move to the beat.

Healing and Reflection, Brick by Brick

The Mesa Leadership Class of 2018 is underway in creating their legacy through their class project, and they’ve chosen the Mesa Veterans Resource Center to benefit from their efforts.

Opened in 2017 through the collaboration of Mesa United Way, Mesa Community College and Mesa Chamber of Commerce, the Center facilitates Veterans’ access to a broader scope of service types and providers including homelessness, mental health, education, nutrition, healthcare, transportation, and countless others.

The Class of 2018 will be adding to their ability to offer a place of reflection in their Reflection Garden, which is an extension of the Center. It will include plantings, places to sit and rest, and will be paved with bricks that can be purchased and personalized by donors wishing to fund the project.

Just $75 allows donors to add a message of honor or remembrance for a loved one, or a message of encouragement for these veterans who will benefit from this peaceful place. 

With the holidays upon us, and nearly everyone having someone in their family who has served in the military, this is an ideal and lasting gift to give. Click on the image to visit their website and order your brick today!

We are proud of the efforts of the Mesa Leadership Class of 2018, and hope they realize everyone’s support of this worthy project.

Happy “Hula”Days!

Mesa Leadership to Celebrate the Holidays with Hawaiian Flair

There’s so much to celebrate in Mesa Leadership…our current class represents the 32nd to come through the program, and is promising to continue the legacy of learning and contributing to the community with a great class project. In addition, our alumni contributions and achievements have made Mesa a great place to do business and grow.

So in that spirit we’re inviting all of our alumni, members and current class participants to join us on Thursday, November 30 for our annual Holiday party.

This year’s event takes place at Mesa Arts Center in the Brown Sculpture Courtyard, from 6 to 8 pm. You’re invited to bring one guest, and given our “Holiday Hawaiian Luau” theme, we’d love to see everyone in Hawaiian shirts! The evening promises dinner, entertainment, laughter, meeting new friends and catching up with others.

Please RSVP Shannon Heinze, Events Chairperson, at sheinze@guildmortgage.net to reserve your spot!

Happy New Year, Mesa Leadership!

Mesa Leadership Training and DevelopmentOn a gorgeous Saturday outdoors, the new Board of Directors for Mesa Leadership Training and Development got together inside to set the new year in motion, but no one was complaining.

Many new faces on the board mean exciting new ideas and energy to enhance the experience for our incoming class as well as our longtime alumni. Membership value and offerings were discussed to continue to engage graduates long after they’ve received their diplomas.

The 2017-2018 Board includes:

Chair: Mandy Rogers
Chair Elect: Lucy Lopez
Secretary: Larry Burke
Past Chair: David DiPietro
Recruitment Chair: Brian Lawson
Tours/Program Liaison: Sharon Brause
Program Advancement: Lynn Runyan
Communications Chair: Denise Konkol
Alumni/Community Events: Shannon Heinze
Social Chair: Lori Chaplin
Placement Chair: Dan Walker
Curriculum co-chairs: Diana Clevenger, Dustin Loehr, Mara Benson

Directly after the Board Retreat, many of the members reconvened to start the interview process for our candidates.

“We’re impressed once again by the calibre of talent that our candidates represent,” said Recruitment Chair Brian Lawson. “The word about Mesa Leadership is getting out, and we’re pleased at the response we’ve gotten.”

Our class of 2018 will be announced by the beginning of July 2017, with the first class scheduled for August 4.

Mesa Leadership Graduates 2017 Class

On Friday May 5, Mesa Leadership graduated their 36th class. Congratulations to the vibrant, engaged and diverse members of the class of 2017. We celebrated with some encouraging words from Mayor Giles and an inspirational leadership message from our Keynote Speaker Colonel Frank Milstead, Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The accomplished class members are:

  • Jared Archambault
  • Mara Benson
  • Polly Bonnett
  • Larry Burke
  • Sare’ Burke
  • Justin Cardwell
  • Lori Chaplin
  • Lindsay Deitch
  • Jennifer Dennison
  • Sabine Ellis
  • Talona Felix
  • Kelly Hammer
  • Wallace Haws
  • Nicholas Kenny
  • Denise Konkol
  • Justin Krehbiel
  • Tracy Langston
  • Dustin Loehr
  • Deb McLean
  • Danny Ray
  • Marilyn Stromsness
  • Leanne Thomson
  • Terry Valerio
  • Dan Walker
  • John Zielonka

Congratulations to our newest alumni.

2017 Mesa Leadership Class Project

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Mesa Leadership Holiday Event

Celebrating 35 Years!
RSVP Today
WrigleyvilleWest
Thursday, December 8, 2016
5:30 to 8:00 pm

Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West
The Curve Patio
860 N Riverview

No charge for Mesa Leadership members plus one guest
RSVP requested by December 2 to phyllisreichardbenson@gmail.com
Cash bar

Welcome to the 2017 Class

The 2017 Mesa Leadership Class is filled with talented, energetic citizens. I know they’ll have a fantastic year and do great things for our community.

Jared Archambault
Mara Benson
Polly Bonnett
Larry Burke
Sare Burke
Justin Cardwell
Lori Chaplin
Lindsay Deitch
Jennifer Dennison
Sabine Ellis
Talona Felix
Kelly Hammer
Wallace Haws
Nicholas Kenny
Denise Konkol
Justin Krehbiel
Tracy Langston
Dustin Loehr
Deb McLean
Danny Ray
Ivan Smith
Marilyn Stromsness
Leanne Thomson
Terry Valerio
Dan Walker
John Zielonka

Meet the 2017 Board

IMG_0395The new board was elected at our Annual Meeting in May. The all-volunteer Board will serve through the graduation of the 2017 class. The board works hard to provide a quality program for each class and to implement improvements every year.

Dave DiPietro – Chair

Mandy Rogers – Chair Elect

Sharon Brause – Secretary

Dawn Forrest – Treasurer

Melissa Jones – Past Chair

Cristina Brennan – Alumni/Community Events

Kim Gauthier – Communication

Lucia Lopez – Program Advancement

Brian Lawson – Recruitment

Phyllis Reichard-Benson – Social

Mark Organek – Tours/Program Liaison

Class Project – The Office Upgrade

This is the last installment of the class project series–the office upgrade. Not as glamorous as a mural, a playgound, or the library, but it was an area in need of an upgrade. The class was able to secure donated furniture from SRP. (SRP always comes through for us.)

BandGBldgI know the staff at the Boys and Girls Club appreciate all the improvements that were made. We all hope it helps the kids enjoy their time there and that each one of them go on to fulfill their promise.

Everyone in the class felt that this was such a worthwhile project benefiting the children in our community. Everybody who had a role did an outstanding job. It’s amazing to see what can be done when 25 people set out to use their time, talents, resources and contacts for the benefit of their community!

We appreciate the contributions of the dozens if not hundreds of people and organizations in the community who contributed and participated to make this project a success.