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Supervisor Clint Hickman, Maricopa County

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Clint L. Hickman, Maricopa County Supervisor from District 4, is a fourth-generation Arizonan. Hickman is vice president of sales and marketing at Hickman’s Family Farms, Arizona’s largest egg producer.  He is currently Honorary Commander of the 69th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, a member of the Hunger Project, the Arizona and Maricopa County Farm Bureau and board member of the Arizona Food Marketing Association. He was appointed and served as one of the few civilian members on the Arizona Meth Project. He is a resident of Goodyear and a graduate of the University of Arizona. Hickman and his wife Jennifer have two sons and a daughter.

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Councilmember Eric Orsborn, Buckeye

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Eric Orsborn is a native of Arizona.

He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in construction management from Arizona State University.

Orsborn is currently vice president of operations at Arizona Southwest Construction, and previously has been employed in construction and land development and project management.

He and his wife, Tina, have an 11-year old daughter and a 7-year old son.

Orsborn, a graduate of the Buckeye Leadership Academy, is also a member of Fighter Country Partnership, a group that supports the men, women and the mission of Luke Air Force Base.

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Councilmember Gary Sherwood, Glendale

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Councilmember Sherwood serves as chair of Glendale’s Personnel Board and Planning Commission. He volunteers as an evaluator for From the Heart and is an active member of the Glendale Historical Society. He serves on the Glendale Civic Pride board of directors and the Water and Sewer Task Force. Sherwood has held leadership roles at the YMCA, Ironwood High School Boosters and is a 24K Gold Award Donor with United Blood Services.

He is a graduate of both Glendale University and the Glendale Citizens Police Academy. Councilmember Sherwood holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Industrial Management.

Sherwood is a native of Michigan and has lived in Glendale since 1979.

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Councilmember Jenn Daniels, Gilbert

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Jenn Daniels was elected to a four-year term in May 2009.  Jenn has served her community for five years on the board of a non-profit, worked on several state ballot initiatives, volunteers with charitable organizations and takes an active interest in the Gilbert community.

She has a B.A. in Humanities and worked for six years in finance - three in the private sector and three more as the owner of her own small business.

Jenn is active in her church, enjoys reading and outdoor activities, is a precinct committeewoman and loves spending time with her family.  Jenn is married to Eric Daniels and they have three young sons.

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Councilmember Jim McDonald, Avondale
Treasurer

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Councilmember McDonald began his term as a Valley Metro board member in February 2009. He currently serves Avondale as Chair of the Risk Management Trust Fund Board and as Council Ambassador to the Agua Fria Union High School District. McDonald is past Avondale representative to the Citizens Traffic Oversight Committee and past Chair of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

He is employed as a financial advisor with Wells Fargo and formerly held the position as process engineer for semiconductor manufacturing. His professional experience also includes aircraft radar repair for the United States Army and Air Force Reserve.

The Arizona native is involved in his community by participating in church leadership activities. He is married and has two children.

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Vice Mayor Joe Pizzillo, Goodyear

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Joe Pizzillo was elected to his first four year council term in 2009, and through a vote by Council was elected Vice Mayor. His priorities as a Councilmember include ensuring the city’s financial stability, maintaining quality services that are cost-effective, and protecting our neighborhoods by improving public safety.

Pizzillo brings 30 years experience in state and local government budgeting and finance to his seat on the council. Prior to his retirement from the city of Goodyear in 2008, he served as the Budget Manager. Currently, he is an adjunct professor of Accounting and Finance with the University of Phoenix and Estrella Mountain Community College.

Joe serves on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Lending Closet and is an active member of the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce and the White Tanks Rotary Club.

He earned his business degree from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

A Valley resident since 1986, Joe and his wife Vickie live in Goodyear. His son, Nicholas, and his wife, Kristen, have blessed him with a granddaughter named Sophia.

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Councilmember Kathie Farr, Tolleson

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Kathie Farr was elected as a City Council Member in 1999, and has consistently contributed to developing policies to strengthen the city. She collaborates with other council members to create planning and zoning regulations, develop the annual budget, and assists in bringing forth new economic development initiatives and creating plans to ensure employee retention.

Council Member Farr is very involved in community and professional organizations. She is a member of the National League of Cities, Women in Municipal Government, the Human Development Policy and Advocacy Committee, the Tolleson Woman’s Club, and is the secretary of the Maricopa County Human Service Commission.

Council Member Farr received the Arizona League of Cities Dedicated Involvement Award and many leadership achievement awards from National League of Cities.

As a 31-year resident of Tolleson, Council Member Farr is dedicated to serving the residents of Tolleson. She is the mother of four children and a grandmother to five.

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Mayor Lana Mook, El Mirage

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Mayor Lana Mook was elected as Mayor of the City of El Mirage in 2010.  She serves on the WESTMARC (Western Maricopa Coalition) Board of Directors and the Regional Council for Maricopa Association of Governments.  Although new to public service, Mayor Mook is not new to the world of community involvement and civic leadership.  She spent many years dedicating time to the Phoenix Suns Charities, the Girl Scouts of America, and the U.S. Forest Service (Smokey Bear and Woodsey Owl Fire Prevention Programs). 

Mook worked more than three decades in management, training and patient relations in the healthcare industry.  She has a passion for volunteering in El Mirage and pursuing her commitment to help improve the community.  Mook co-founded the People of El Mirage (POEM), a civic-based community organization. POEM focuses on assisting residents, making them aware of issues, and partnering with local public safety officials on increasing safety in local neighborhoods.  Under her leadership, the organization promoted local support for Luke Air Force Base, raised funds for local Cub Scouts and volunteered on numerous food and clothing drives.

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Vice Mayor Ron Aames, Peoria

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Councilmember Ron Aames joined the Peoria City Council on Jan. 2, 2007 as the representative of the Palo Verde District. He was elected to a four-year term in November 2006. His goal is to champion the needs and wishes of his fellow citizens in the PaloVerde District and Peoria.

Ron and his wife Jacqueline, who is a college professor and writer, moved from out-of-state to Peoria in August 2002. They both love the variety and wonderful climate of the Valley of the Sun. They have a large extended family in the Northwest Valley.

Educationally, Aames has a background in planning and city development, areas he anticipates will benefit him in his work as a councilmember. His degrees include a Ph.D., which focused on urban development, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master’s from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona), which focused on transportation planning.

In business, Aames has been a corporate executive for hi-tech, banking, and marketing companies. In the marketing area, he was a managing consultant for eight years for The Gallup Organization, where his clients included federal government agencies. He worked for Gallup for two years after moving to Peoria, traveling frequently to Washington, D.C. to meet with clients. Aames currently is an independent marketing consultant.

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Councilmember Sam Crissman, Wickenburg

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Councilmember Sam Crissman is a graduate of Wickenburg High School and served in the United States Air Force, where he was honorably discharged in 1978.

Since 1986, Councilmember Crissman has been a licensed contractor, building homes in the Wickenburg area. He is a frequent volunteer for various causes in the community and is a longtime member of the Wickenburg Elks Lodge. He holds lifetime memberships in the National Rifle Association and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

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Councilmember Scott Somers, Mesa
Chair

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Vice Mayor Somers represents Mesa’s District 6 and has been serving as a Mesa councilmember since June 2006. As an employee of the Phoenix fire department, Somers has participated on the Arizona Task Force One for the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue team. Somers also serves as a faculty associate for Arizona State University and is a consultant for the Continuity of Government/Operations Planning.

Somers’ community involvement includes serving as Chair of the Council Audit and Finance Committee, as well as serving on the committees of public safety and general & economic development. He is also a board member of the East Valley Partnership, Mesa United Way, a representative on the Mesa Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Arizona Town Hall.

His membership includes the American Society for Public Administration, International Research Committee on Disasters and received the National Defense Service Medal from the US Air Force in 1991.

The Vice Mayor received his Ph.D. in Public Administration from Arizona State University in 2007 and received his M.S. in Technology from ASU Polytechnic in 2002.

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Councilmember Shana Ellis, Tempe

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Shana Ellis was elected to the Tempe City Council in March 2006 and was re-elected in March 2010. She was raised in Tempe and graduated from Tempe High School and Arizona State University, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Computer Information Systems and a Master’s in Public Administration. Ellis is chair of the Transportation Committee and Technology Sustainability Sub-Committee, and serves on the Housing Committee, Community Sustainability Committee, the Mill and Lake District Committee, Community Ad Hoc Committee on Long-Range Finance Planning, and the Papago Park Master Plan Committee. Recently, she was appointed to the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Transportation Policy Committee (TPC) and to the National League of Cities Transportation Infrastructure and Services Policy and Advocacy Committees.

Ellis’ leadership experience includes serving on the Board of Directors of Tempe Leadership (President in 2004, the Tempe Human Relations Commission (Chair in 2000), Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council (Chair in 2001-2002), and the Kiwanis Club of Tempe (President in 2002). Along with serving as Tempe’s representative to the Metro Rail Board, Ellis is also a Tempe Community Council board member and a member of the Community and Economic Development Policy/Advocacy Committee of the National League of Cities.

She was most recently was awarded the 2010 Councilmember of the Year award from the regional branch of NAHRO and has been the recipient of the Brian Mickelsen Housing Hero Award in the category of elected official.

Ellis is married and has two children. She retired from Tempe Community Council in 2006, after a 20-year tenure, where she worked with hundreds of non-profit organizations and community groups.

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Councilmember Suzanne Klapp, Scottsdale

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Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp began her first term on the Scottsdale City Council in January 2009, and was re-elected to a second term which began in January 2013.

She has 37 years of broad management experience in manufacturing, distribution and retail operations. She began her career with the Whirlpool Corp. where she worked for 14 years in a variety of staff and operations management positions in marketing, internal and external communications, human resources, production and material control.  She has owned a custom injection molding plastics plan then became general manager of Larson Juhl’s logistics center in Los Angeles overseeing sales and operationsi. She joined the FastFrame custom framing franchise stores in 1997 as a retailer.

She moved to Scottsdale in 1998 and has owned custom framing retail stores in Scottsdale and Phoenix. She is Arizona regional developer for the FastFrame group of stores personally manages her own store in Scottsdale.

Councilwoman Klapp is active in the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Pinnacle Peak, Women of Scottsdale, and Legislative District 8 Republican Committee. She is a graduate of Valley Leadership and is on the Advisory Board of Scottsdale Leadership. Councilwoman Klapp serves on the MAG Domestic Violence Council and the City Council’s Audit Subcommittee.

She grew up in Evansville, Indiana and attended the University of Evansville where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Journalism and was Campus Editor of the school newspaper. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business in Dallas, Texas.

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Councilmember Thelda Williams, Phoenix

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Phoenix City Councilwoman Williams has been active in community affairs for a number of years, having served on numerous boards and commissions covering a variety of topics including transit, aviation, community and women’s issues, animal abuse, and city planning.

She currently chairs the Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee for the City of Phoenix and also sits on the Downtown, Aviation and Redevelopment and the Public Safety and Veterans subcommittees, as well as the Audit Committee. She serves on the Luke West Valley Council and the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, in addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Municipal Water Users Authority (AMWUA).

 

 

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Councilmember Trinity Donovan, Chandler
Vice-Chair

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Councilmember Trinity Donovan has lived in Chandler for 25 years.  She began her tenure on the City Council in June 2006.

She currently represents the City of Chandler on a regional level as chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments Human Services Coordinating Committee and as a board member for both the Arizona Municipal Water User’s Association and the Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority.  She also represents the City at a national level through her involvement in the National League of Cities’ Community and Economic Development Committee and the Council on Youth, Education, and Families. Additionally, she chairs the STAR Community Sustainability Index Technical Advisory Committee for Health and Safety.

Councilmember Donovan is the Executive Director of Chandler Christian Community Center. Working in leadership positions with a variety of nonprofits for the past 10 years, Councilmember Donovan has also been involved in many community coalitions in areas including financial stability, homelessness, domestic violence, early childhood, and youth development. She is active in her church and performs service projects internationally. Most recently, she traveled to Ethiopia with Hope for the Hopeless to work with an orphanage. Locally, Councilmember Donovan volunteers for a variety of organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona as a Big Sister and is a member of the Chandler Service Club.

Councilmember Donovan has been honored by the Business Journal as one of its “Forty under 40,” received the Soroptimist Woman of Distinction Award, Chandler Alliance for Character Award, IMPACT for Enterprising Women Celebration of Success Award, and the Stanford Associates Achievement Award.

A graduate of Chandler High School, Councilmember Donovan holds a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and a master’s degree in Sociology – both from Stanford University. She also attended and graduated from Chandler Leadership and Valley Leadership.

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Vice Mayor Skip Hall, Surprise

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Skip Hall was elected to the City Council in an April 2008 special election in District 6 (Palo Verde) and re-elected to office in 2009 to a full term. Redistricting placed Skip in the newly-configured District 5, and on August 27, 2013, he was elected to the District 5 seat. He was sworn in on January 1, 2014 to a four-year term and elected Vice Mayor by the City Council on January 14, 2014.

Skip served as Vice Mayor in 2011. He has been part of the united Council effort that helped pull Surprise back to fiscal health in the last two years, generating a budget surplus and placing the City’s fiscal house in order.

Skip’s goals for the city include a 100-year water plan, working with transportation partners to expand east-west connections, developing a local circulator, expanding youth involvement in the community, and attracting new businesses to Surprise.

Skip currently serves on the Mayor’s Business Roundtable Committee, the Form Based Code Sub-committee, and chairs the Water Sub-Committee. Skip also volunteers his time with the St. Mary’s Food Bank at the Surprise location.

Skip is active with the City’s Tourism Commission and in promoting the City to local, regional and national organizations. He is active with the Chamber of Commerce and the AZ TechCelerator to promote business growth.

He grew up in Idaho and received a business degree from Seattle University. Skip is a Vietnam War Veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star for his outstanding service 1969-1970.

Skip has two daughters, a son and five grandchildren.

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