|Board Member Biographies|
Jim Garrett, Owner, Garrett Motors
Jim served on the Foundation board from March 1999 to April 2010 and returned to the Board in 2012. Jim has served in the capacity of Treasurer and Second Vice-President on the Foundation Executive Committee.
Jim is the Owner/Operator of Garrett Motors (Buick, GMC, and Chevrolet). He is a lifelong resident of Coolidge and a Coolidge High School graduate. He received a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and is active in the following activities and organizations: Coolidge Chamber of Commerce, Industrial Development Authority, Coolidge Economic Development Committee, Coolidge Baseball and Football Boosters, the Coolidge Lions Club, the Coolidge Nazarene Church/Youth ministries, and the Coolidge Scholarship Committee.
Jim resides in Coolidge with his wife Lisa. They have two sons; one is a graduate of ASU and is now working for Jim as a service advisor. The other son has graduated from Southwestern University of Texas where he played baseball. Garrett Motors has its' fourth generation working there and has been under the same ownership for over 75 years.
Shirley Ann Hartman, retired educator
Committee: Scholarship and Donations
Shirley Ann has served on the Foundation Board of Directors since 1987. She served as Secretary from 1999 - 2010. She enjoys participating in all activities related to the Foundation. Her most rewarding experience related to board service is the establishment of the Foundation's scholarship program, Promise for the Future. She currently serves on the Scholarships & Donations Committee.
Shirley Ann is active in the Maricopa Historical Society, Pinal Partnership Open Space and Trails Committee, and served as President of the Casa Grande Valley Cotton and Agriculture Women. Shirley is also presently on the advisory board for the College of Education at the University of Arizona and a member of Pinal County's Citizens' Advisory Board, Comprehensive Plan.
Shirley Ann established the gifted program in the Maricopa Elementary School District and taught second grade in the same district for 22 years. Shirley Ann participated in the professional rodeo circuit for 25 years and raised quarter horses on Hartman Ranch. She is currently teaching her grandsons to water ski and enjoys traveling with her husband, Philip McD.
Brent Murphree, Western Regional Communication Manager, The Cotton Board
Committees: Executive; Audit & Finance
Brent has served on the Foundation Board of Directors since 2012 and is currently serving as an At-Large-Member and on the Executive Committee. He is also serving on the Finance & Audit Committee. Brent is presently employed at The Cotton Board as the Communications Manager. He has served as President, Maricopa Historical Society; former Four-Term Vice Mayor, Maricopa City Council; Founding Chairman, Maricopa Public Safety Committee; Past President, Maricopa Rotary Club; Founding Chairman, MASH Drug Free Initiative; founding member of the Maricopa Hispanic Heritage Foundation; and a graduate of Project CENTRL, Class XXI.
Brent believes that education is one pillar of a strong community. As a community advocate, he would like to help promote higher education in his county and community. He has had the opportunity to take advantage of the resources of Central Arizona College and is glad that those resources are available in his hometown of Maricopa. He will help promote higher education in his community at large and assist those who can use CAC as a resource, hopefully encouraging others to strive.
Brent enjoys exploring and celebrating Pinal County and the State of Arizona.
Janeen Rohovit, Sr. Government Relations, Salt River Project
Committees: Executive; Chair, Scholarship and Donations
Janeen is the Sr. Government Relations Representative for the Salt River Project. Janeen chairs the Superstition Vista's Steering Committee, is a member of the Pinal County Government Alliance; she serves on the Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce Government Relations Committee and is a member of the Pinal Partnership Board.
Janeen has served on the CAC Foundation Board since 2006 and enjoys working as Vice President on the Executive Committee, Chair of the Scholarships & Donations Committee, and member of the Nominating Committee. The programs supported by the Foundation are core goals that are important to meet for the future of the Pinal Community. Janeen applauds organizations that allow an employee time to serve as Foundation Board members and greatly appreciates SRP's support for this type of community service.
On the weekends, Janeen renovates homes, and for relaxation, she enjoys spending time on a little piece of land at the "Top of the World."
Joan Wuertz, retired educator
Committee: Scholarship and Donations
Joan was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and moved with her family to Tucson in 1951. She attended the University of Arizona and became a kindergarten/first grade teacher in the Coolidge schools where she taught for 28 years. She was on the Coolidge School Board for eight years and presently serves on the Coolidge High School Scholarship Board. She also serves on the Pinetop Country Club Scholarship Board.
Joan has served on the Foundation Board of Directors since 2004. She has served as President and Past President of the Foundation. She currently serves on the Scholarships & Donations Committee. Joan's hope is that all children get a good education and become productive members of society. She feels that she is contributing to this goal through Promise for the Future and other scholarship programs. As a part of the Foundation Board, she believes we can collectively help our youth achieve their potential.
Joan is married to Wilbur Wuertz and has three children and five grandchildren.
Jordan Rose, President & Founder, Rose Law Group pc
Jordan has served on the Foundation Board since 2006, including service on the Executive Committee.
Jordan started Rose Law Group pc leasing space for just herself in another lawyer's storage room and has, in fourteen years, grown the firm to the largest woman owned law firm in the southwestern states. Rose Law Group pc is a full service business and real estate law firm, providing services ranging from trusts and estates and family law to employment, complex finance, litigation, cyber-bullying/cyber-defamation, election law, renewable energy, business and real estate transactions, and lobbying. It is the only law firm in Arizona (and possibly the nation) to combine attorneys with an array of urban planners, LEED certified consultants, project managers, energy consultants, and construction managers so that the firm can take a project from due diligence and acquisition through planning and project management on to actual construction. Jordan practices in the areas of land use, zoning, government relations, municipal issues, and lobbying. Her clients are generally homebuilders, large landowners, commercial developers, or homeowners who need to resolve issues with municipalities.
Jordan has been called "the Queen of Pinal County" by the Phoenix Business Journal as she and Rose Law Group represented possibly as many as 90% of all represented zoning cases that were processed through the fastest growing county in the country during the height of the last real estate boom.
Jordan and her husband Jason have two boys, Logan and Carson. Jordan loves what CAC is doing and has been a big proponent of the multiple campus growth.
Jack Stonebraker, Edward Jones
Committee: Events and Campaigns
Jack is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. He has been a member of the CAC Foundation Board since 1994. His work with the Foundation's finances has been integral to the growth and financial well-being of the Foundation. He currently serves on the Events & Campaigns Committee.
Jack believes that a community college is essential to the vitality of the surrounding area it serves. Making Central Arizona College a better place to receive higher education is his number one reason for Board participation.
Jack has been married to his wife Vicki for 34 years, and they both love mountain climbing.
Alice Wilcox, President and CEO, Pinal County Federal Credit Union
Serving the people of Pinal County is one of the most important parts of Alice's position as president and chief executive officer of Pinal County Federal Credit Union. In this role she has the opportunity to become involved in several communities and work with others that are equally committed to the people of Pinal County.
Alice is a native of Arizona and began working in a small community bank at 18 years old. Over the next 13 years she worked in various-sized banks obtaining a broad view of the financial industry.
She took a break to pursue her education and obtained an associate degree from Central Arizona College in 1991 and a degree in Accountancy from Arizona State University in 1993. Alice is licensed as a certified public accountant and in 2007 graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle, Washington.
After holding accounting positions in multiple settings including health care and government, Alice returned to her first choice- banking- as senior vice president/chief financial officer at Sunstate Bank in Casa Grande, Arizona. She then went on to help start a new bank-Gateway Commercial Bank in Mesa, Arizona, serving as its executive vice president/CFO from 2007 till 2011 when she returned to serve Pinal County in her present role.
Volunteering at her local church, Alice serves as a preschool teacher and on the finance committee. She also volunteers as the finance committee chairperson on the Board of United Way of Pinal County and as the treasurer of the Board of Community Outreach of Robson Ranch.
Alice's joy in life is her husband, her three children and their spouses, and her 13 grandchildren. She likes the outdoors and enjoys hiking, playing tennis, and having pool time!
Mark Zeibak, Plant Manager, Coolidge Generating Station, TransCanada
Committee: Scholarship and Donations
Mark has served on the Foundation Board since March 2011 and is currently serving on the Scholarships & Donations Committee. Mark is the Plant Manager at the TransCanada Coolidge Generating Station.
Mark believes that education is the cornerstone of creating a meaningful career. It builds self-confidence and allows students to acquire the tools, knowledge, and resources to be fulfilled in their personal and work life. Education should be available to those who have dreams for their future and want to put the effort into an education.
Board membership allows Mark to support a vital step for students wanting to better themselves and advance their careers. Promise for the Future allows those who don't have the economic means to pursue an education (their dreams) and to receive an education that benefits the student, the community, and society.
TransCanada is a local business that would like to draw on the students available from CAC. Board membership also provides a voice which could lead to development of programs to benefit business.
Mark has been married for 26 years. His daughter attended CAC while in high school and has graduated from ASU.
Steve Johnson, Johnson Insurance Agency, Inc.
Steve moved to Arizona in 1993 to pursue a Master's degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Study. After working 2 years in student life at ASU, he made a career change. He joined the insurance and financial services profession. In 2003, he made the decision to become a San Tan Valley resident and open a State Farm Agency. He is actively involved as a community volunteer. He serves as a governing board member for Florence Unified School District. In addition, he is co-chair of the Copper Basin YMCA board and is a Board member for the San Tan Chamber of Commerce.
He enjoys working as a sports official for both baseball and football. Steve and his wife enjoy traveling.
Harold Christ, Pyramid Community Developers
Harold is a well-known developer in the Phoenix metropolitan area. He began his career with Gulf Oil's real estate group developing and marketing condominiums and planned communities in the Southeast and Mexico. Subsequently, Harold developed communities in metropolitan Phoenix with Universal Development Company. In 1977 he launched his own development company with a project called Gold Canyon Ranch, a 3,300 acre planned community. He is one of the Founding Principals of Pentad Developers who developed projects throughout the Southeast valley including Copper Basin and Pecan Creek.
Having spent fifteen years in South America, Harold is fluent in Spanish and has been in business in Costa Rica and Mexico. He and his wife, Katie, developed the Windmill Winery and event center at their farm in Florence, AZ., where they host weddings, wine tastings and farm-to-fork events.
Harold is active in his community as past Chairman of the Foundation Board at Central Arizona College; Chairman of the Board of Pinal Partnership and Chairman of the Board of LifePoint Church.
Harold and his wife, Katie have two sons and four grandchildren. They enjoy their farm life along with their dog, three cats, two donkeys, two turkeys, numerous chickens, and one guard goose.
Jackie Guthrie, AICP, Planning and Entitlements, EPS Group
Committees: Executive; Scholarships and Donations
Jackie is a Land Use Planner with more than thirty years of experience in the State of Arizona. After graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Urban Planning she moved to Arizona and has been a resident of Pinal County for 15 years. Jackie has been very involved with many of the local communities. She served six years on the City of Casa Grande Planning and Zoning Commission and was a member of the City of Maricopa Planning and Zoning Advisory Committee during the City's first year of incorporation. Jackie is on the Board of Directors for Against Abuse, Inc., serves on the Groundwater Users Advisory Council, and is a member of the Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce.
Jackie works with EPS Group, Inc., an Arizona firm, offering engineering, planning and surveying. Jackie provides planning and entitlement services to home builders, developers, and land owners as well as Native American communities, cities, town and counties. Jackie is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and is also a licensed Realtor.
Jackie is very honored to serve on the Foundation Board and the Executive Committee. She has been a strong supporter of community colleges as a result of her own experience earning an Associate's degree from Delta Community College in Saginaw, Michigan.
Jackie lives in the Casa Grande are with her husband, Tom Belden, a retired art professor from Central Arizona College. Tom is currently the Director of the CAC Visual Arts Gallery. They spend their leisure time in Rocky Point, Mexico at their beach front Villa.
L.S. "Jake" Jacobson, Copper Basin Railway
Committee: Executive; Finance and Audit
"Jake" was born in a small farm in central Kansas. At the age of 17 he was hired to work as a laborer on the Union Pacific's big steel gang near Frankfort, Kansas, and continued to excel in the railroad business. In 1969, Jake joined the Union Pacific Management Team and was one of the youngest officers in the Engineering Department. Later, Jake was promoted to Director of Train Operations. Jake has extensive experience in transforming major terminals on the Union Pacific Railroad to first place in safety. His experience and expertise in crisis management during strikes, floods, fires, derailments and chemical spills has Jake sought after by the Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation; he continues to maintain a secret government clearance.
Jake served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam conflict. Washington D.C.'s American Railroad Association has named railroading's most prestigious safety award after him and its known thoughout the railroad industry as the "JAKE" award. He was named North America's Railroad Man of the Year in1994, and Citizen of the Year in 1998, and was recognized as one of the great railroaders of the 20th century. He is presently the President and CCO of the Copper Basin Railway, Inc. in Hayden, Arizona.
Jake has served as a board member of the Foundation since 2007, and was elected to serve as member-at-Large on the Executive Committee on March 2012. Jake enjoys sponsoring the College for Kids program and car shows through the CAC Foundation.
Melissa Rabago, Community Outreach Coordinator
Committee: Scholarship and Donations
Melissa is employed by Resolution Copper Mining as Community Outreach Coordinator. Her responsibilities include management of company-sponsored education programs and outreach to local residents and community groups. Melissa also serves as company representative to several local civic groups and organizations.
Melissa joined Resolution Copper Mining in April of 2006 after several years of employment with Pinal County. Current board memberships include Southern Gila County Economic Development Corporation, Copper Corridor Economic Development Corporation, Legends of Superior Trails and Central Arizona College Foundation.
Sandie Smith, President, Pinal Partnership
Committees: Executive; Scholarship and Donations
Sandie has served on the Foundation board since 1994 and continues in her service as President.
Sandie was the first woman in Pinal County to be elected to the Board of Supervisors. Sandie is a 42-year resident of Pinal County and owned a local business from 1970 -1995. She was elected in 1986 to the Governing Board of the Apache Junction Unified School District and served as President from 1988 to 1993. She has served as the County Coordinator for the Arizona Association of Counties, and has served in all office capacities including President.
Committee involvement includes the Central Arizona College Foundation Board of Directors, past President of the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce Board, Chairman of the Promotions Committee of the Main Street Program, Chairman of the Enterprise Zone Commission, Pinal County Arizona Planning Committee for Economic Development, San Tan Regional Park Committee, Pinal County Town Hall Committee, Pinal Gila Behavioral Health Association, the Arizona Corporation Commission's Line Sitting Committee, and Committee Member of the Focus Future Team in Florence.
She also was appointed to serve on the Committee for Planning and the Land and Water Conservation Committee, both for the Growing Smarter Commission. She is an organizing member and current member of the Apache Junction Boys and Girls Club and a member of the Soroptimists of Apache Junction. Sandie is currently President and CEO of Pinal Partnership and serves on several additional committees in that capacity.
Sandie has been married for 50 years and has three children and six grandchildren.
Stacy Brimhall, Langley Properties
Stacy purchased his first piece of real estate when he was twelve years old, using the proceeds he had from raising and selling calves. From 1988 to 1994, Stacy owned a seasonal home maintenance business in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. During this time, Stacy maintained his home in Gilbert, Arizona, where he had spent the majority of his youth working on the family farm and studying real estate in the Phoenix metropolitan area. In 1992, Stacy founded Langley Properties and began to invest in real estate with investment partners. Langley Properties has acquired in excess of 51,500 acres of land in Arizona.
Eighteen years later Langley Properties has conducted hundreds of successful transactions and is now recognized as one of the largest real estate organizations in Arizona. Stacy is both the founder and managing partner of Langley Properties, including property identification, procurement, management and marketing.
His greatest achievement was convincing his wife, Parshelle, to marry him and now they have five beautiful children.
Leslie Carlyle-Burnett, Sr. Planner, Ak-Chin Indian Community
Committee: Scholarship and Donations
Born in Casa Grande, Leslie Carlyle-Burnett was raised in the Ak-Chin Indian Community. Not only has she lived there her entire life, she also has committed to serve the community through several leadership and strategic planning positions for the last 12 years.
Leslie earned her associate degree from Central Arizona College and went on to complete a management program focused on the casino industry. She was inducted into the Central Arizona College Wall of Success in November 2013.
Leslie has been a member of the Ak-Chin Indian Community's administration since 2001. She served the community as an assistant planner for seven years before being elected to the tribal council in 2008. She went on to be vice chairman before assuming her current role as the Ak-Chin Indian Community Senior Planner. "What I love most about my position is that it allows me to grow and develop my community. I come from a long lineage of relatives who have all helped this community grow to be what it is. For me to be able to carry on the same focus as my ancestors, it's extremely important to me."
As Senior Planner for the Ak-Chin Indian Community, Leslie provides critical input and management for numerous cutting edge development within her community. Among these include the "Ak-Chin Circle" Entertainment Center, an 180,000 square foot facility with a state-of-the-art movie theater complex, bowling, laser tag, and restaurants.
Leslie is also an advocate for her community's and Maricopa's Unified School District's educational success; she serves on the Maricopa Unified School District Governing board, which has a responsibility for more than 6,000 students. Her other community work includes volunteering at the Ak-Chin Elder Center and Animal Welfare and Rescue.
Evelyn Casuga, Assistant to the President-Special Projects at Central Arizona College
Evelyn recently accepted a part time post as Assistant to the President-Special Projects at Central Arizona College. After 25 years, she retired in December as General Manager, Community Affairs for APS, the largest and longest serving investor-owned utility in Arizona. Her area encompassed corporate contributions, community relations, economic development, the volunteer program and held numerous leadership positions at the Company.
Previous to APS, her roles have included nearly 10 years in municipal government as City Manager of Eloy and Town Manager of Marana; and Manager of Community/Client Development for the Western Gateway Team, an AZ regional economic development group, serving five West Valley communities.
Evelyn is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and serves on the Boards of Directors for Access Arizona, the regional economic development organization; Banner Casa Grande Medical Center Advisory Board; Business Development Finance Corp.; Casa Grande Elementary School Employee Benefits Trust; Central Arizona College Foundation; Arizona Town Hall; and Friends of Public Radio-KJZZ. Evelyn received her Masters of City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Evelyn and her husband, Jerry Stabley, reside in Casa Grande, Arizona. Their son Justin attends ASU Barrett Honors College and Cronkite School of Journalism.
Jonathan C. Corwin, General Manager, Global Water Resources, Inc.
Committee: Events and Campaigns
Jon is currently the General Manager for Global Water Resources, Inc. running Global Water's state-wide operations and customer service. He joined Global Water in 2011. Prior to joining Global Water, Jon spent 8 years in the United States Air Force as a Civil Engineering Officer serving as the Chief of Maintenance Engineering and Emergency Management Flight Commander.
Jon graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and received his Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University. Jon has participated in an interim role on the Central Arizona College Foundation Board since 2011 and is also a board member for the Economic Development Group of Eloy (EDGE).
Robert Flatley, City Manager, Town of Coolidge
Committee: Events and Campaigns
Bob is currently serving as the City Manager for the City of Coolidge. Prior to that position, he served as General Manager for John Morris Associated Companies (Bass Pro Shops) in Springfield, Missouri. Bob is also the 2013 President of the Arizona City and County Managers Association.
Bob has worked as a public servant for many years including principal planner, principal regional planner, city planner, research and teaching, and served as the associate pastor for the Resurrection Catholic Church in Chicago.
Adam P. Hawkins, Veridus LLC
Committees: Chair, Nominating; Events and Campaigns
For nearly a decade, Adam Hawkins has been a fixture in the Arizona public affairs and lobbying community. Adam recently joined Veridus, a lobbying, public affairs, communications, campaign consulting and business-development firm, as a director. Over the course of his career, he has worked with policymakers at all levels of government and in multiple states, as well as key regulators that include the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mining Safety and Health Administration and Army Corp of Engineers.
In this role, he assists clients in a range of public policy issues including environment, water, natural resource, taxation, human resource, commerce, transportation and public lands at all levels of government from municipal to federal, including regulatory. In addition to his public policy work, Adam also assists clients on how to effectively position their projects in the public arena, including how to identify key stakeholders, activate the community through conventional contact and social media, as well as forging partnerships with key non-governmental organizations.
Prior to joining Veridus, Adam worked for a major national law firm, Polsinelli PC and spent six years with Rio Tinto, a global mining company developing projects on five continents and fifty countries, working the organization's executive and legal teams on legislative, regulatory and policy shifts necessary to developing some of the largest mining projects in North America, including Resolution Copper.
Prior to Rio Tinto, Adam worked in several sectors in public policy and business administration including the alcoholic beverage industry, international trade and development, as well as the United States Senate.
Adam is a fifth-generation Arizona native and fourth-generation Sun Devil of Arizona State University. He earned an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and his bachelor's from ASU.
David Snider, Consultant, Snider Consulting Services
David has served two consecutive terms as a Pinal County Supervisor. He has been employed for thirty years as an administrator in local government that include policy making, implementation for natural resources, economic development, transportation, information technologies, education, and regional planning.
Arizona is David's adoptive home, and he hopes to continue to contribute to Arizona's successful future.
Dr. Doris Helmich, President and CEO, Central Arizona College
Committees: Executive; Audit and Finance