Board Member Biographies

Board of Directors

Sandie Smith
President

Evelyn Casuga
Past President

Janeen Rohovit
Vice President

Jackie Guthrie
Secretary/Treasurer

L.S. "Jake" Jacobson
Member-at-Large

Brent Murphree
Member-at-Large

Doris Helmich, Ed.D.
College President

Members

Stacy Brimhall

Robert Flatley

Jim Garrett

Harold Christ

Shirley Ann Hartman

Jordan Rose


Joan Wuertz

Melissa Rabago

Adam Hawkins


Jack Stonebraker

 


Mark Zeibak


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Brent Murphree
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.

Stacy Brimhall
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.

 

Evelyn Casuga
Evelyn is General Manager, Community Development/Customer Relations for APS, the largest and longest serving investor-owned utility in Arizona. Her area encompasses corporate contributions, community relations, economic development, volunteer program and the APS business offices throughout Arizona.

Previous to APS, her roles have included 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 Casa Grande Regional Medical Center, Business Development Finance Corp., Casa Grande Elementary School Employee Benefits Trust, Arizona Town Hall, Friends of Public Radio-KJZZ, and chairs both the Central Arizona College Foundation and Central Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation.

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.

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Harold Christ
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, are developing a 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.

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Robert Flatley
Robert 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. Robert 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.

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Jim Garrett
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 is attending and playing baseball at Southwestern University of Texas. Garrett Motors has its' fourth generation working there and has been under the same ownership for over 75 years.

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Jackie L. Guthrie, AICP
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.

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Shirley Ann Hartman
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.

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.

Shirley Ann established the gifted program in the Maricopa Elementary School District and taught second grade and in 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.

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Adam P. Hawkins
Adams Hawkins marshals Polsinelli's public policy practice for Arizona. 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, Mr. Hawkins 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 the firm, Mr. Hawkins 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. This included interface with municipal councils, county board of supervisors, state legislators, governors, gubernatorial staff, and members of Congress and their staff. Additionally, in this role, he worked with key regulators in the United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Mining Safety and Health Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Hawkins has experience working with policymakers and regulators in multiple states, with an emphasis on Arizona and Alaska.

Prior to Rio Tino, Mr. Hawkins 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.

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L.S. "Jake" Jacobson
"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.

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Melissa Rabago
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.

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Janeen Rohovit
Janeen is the Pinal County Local Governments Relations Liaison 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. 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".

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Jordan R. Rose
Jordan has served on the Foundation Board since 2006, including service on the Executive Committee. She owns Rose Law Group, the largest woman owned law firm in the south-western states. Rose Law Group is a full service business and real estate law firm, providing services ranging from trusts and estates and family law to employment, complex finance, election law, renewable energy, business and real estate transactions and lobbying.

Jordan is one of the founding members of Pinal Partnership, and currently serves as Past President of the Board and Board Liaison to the Renewable Energy Committee. Jordan also serves on the Board of Directors for the national real estate fraternity, Lambda Alpha International and is an active member of Urban Land Institute including serving as the moderator/mentor for a ULI YoungLeaders Partnership. Jordan is a frequent speaker and master of ceremonies at real estate related events and a frequent guest on television and radio programs.

Jordan and her husband Jason have two boys, Logan 6, and Carson, 4. Jordan loves what CAC is doing and has been a big proponent of the multiple campus growth.

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Sandie Smith
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. She was recently elected as President of the Central Arizona College Foundation.

Sandie has been married for 50 years and has three children and six grandchildren.


Jack Stonebraker
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.

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 31 years. Vicki has her own printing and sign business. They both love mountain climbing.

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Joan Wuertz
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 also serves on the Coolidge High School Scholarship Board.

Joan has served as President and Past President of the Foundation. 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.

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Mark Zeibak
Mark has served on the Foundation Board since March 2011. 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 24 years, and his daughter attended CAC while in high school and is now attending ASU.

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