Class XXVI Project

Class XXVI Community Project

Gilbert Leadership Class XXVI constructed two Exchange Zones in Gilbert to create areas for residents to exchange goods purchased on-line and for parents to conduct child custody exchanges in a well-lit environment and under the watchful eye of digital surveillance.

The locations of the Exchange Zones are:

  • Town of Gilbert Police & Fire Headquarters at 75 East Civic Center Drive
  • Gilbert Police San Tan Station (NW corner of Greenfield & Queen Creek Road)

Congratulations Class XXVI

David Baldwin, Via Circuits Inc.
Blake Bentley, Ready Logistics
Irma Bressler, CertaPro Painters
Mike Burkhart, Gilbert Fire Dept
Judy Cato, Arizona State University/Victory AME Church
Kristen Drew, Town of Gilbert
Kellen Escoto, Gilbert Historical Museum
Traci Frederickson, Fountain of Life
Robert Gardner, Banner Health
Erik Gray, Leading Edge Academy
Vicki Kettner, Town of Gilbert
Randy Mahlerwein, Higley Unified School District
Caryn Mannheimer, Orbital ATK
Justin Martz, Wells Fargo
Bryanna McHenry, Salt River Project
Brendan O’Connor, Salt River Project
Cris Parisot, Town of Gilbert
Shannon Powell, TotSpot Preschool
Jonathan V. Reece, Geneva Financial LLC
Brian Sexton, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority
Vincent Thomas, Dignity Health-MGMC
Mike Thomason, Higley Unified School District
James Walker, Higley Unified School District
Nicole Washington, Dignity Health – MGMC

Welcome Class XXVII

Bob Badgett – Town of Gilbert
Maryann Bowersox – Dignity Health
Mary Cobb – Ravenswood Realty
Chris Curley – Triple Helix LLC
James DoBrunz – MidFirst Bank
Bob Draper – Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
Jeff Ehrlich – Park University
Amy Ellsworth – Community Impact Newspaper
Sharon  Fallon – Edward Jones
Robin Hall – Relay For Life of Gilbert
Jenna Kahl – Arizona State University
Dani Kahn – Studio Fortis
Constance Lemere – Employee Benefit Exchange Corp.
Shane McCord – Gilbert Public Schools
Kari Sleezer – Board Developer
Ginger Smith – Biblical Counseling of Arizona and Eternal Perspective
Michael Soelberg – Town of Gilbert
Steve Tannenbaum – Higley Unified School District
Stacey Taylor – Salt River Project
Amy Temes – Town of Gilbert
Katie Thomas – Diamond J Accounting
Kerri Ann Valenzuela-Ronquist – Options for Senior Living
Trevor Watters – Denali Medical Group
Tiffany Werner – Banner Health
Jennifer Yang – Salt River Project
Kerri Ann Valenzuela-Ronquist – Options for Senior Living
Trevor Watters – Denali Medical Group
Tiffany Werner – Banner Health
Jennifer Yang – Salt River Project

Who We Are

Organization: Gilbert Leadership a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce Foundation

History: Program has been in continuous operation since 1991.

Purpose: To expose promising leaders to those issues that affect our communities, businesses and the public. With understanding of the needs and concerns in a wide variety of issues, these individuals will be better able to contribute their resources to making a difference in many ways.


Goals and Objectives: The program’s goal is to prepare future community leaders for positions of responsibility by:

  • Acquainting them with significant community processes, programs and problems.
  • Teaching them about involvement opportunities, special challenges and demands using forums with current leaders.
  • Improving understanding of various economic, social and political forces impacting the community.
  • Providing a network of new community talent for service on public and private commissions, agencies, organizations and associations.

  • Educating and counseling leaders on skills necessary to become more objective.
  • Encouraging placement of graduates in key leadership positions in the community


  • A sincere concern about the future of our state and commitment to help shape its future.
  • Commitment through past and present community involvement.
  • A demonstrated capacity for leadership within the individual’s own organization.
  • A willingness to commit the energy necessary to complete the program, including monthly attendance at all sessions.
  • Live and/or Work in Gilbert

Our Donors

Your financial contribution to the program assists in ensuring the program’s continued success. Help us support citizens with an interest in transforming and strengthening the Gilbert community. We urge you to join us in our mission.

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Alumni Classes

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Why Gilbert Leadership

Gilbert Leadership increases citizen participation in the community by creating awareness of leadership opportunities and developing individual leadership skills which support the goals of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.


The Difference We Make

Each Leadership class is also required to complete a group service project that benefits the community. The type, cost, and scope of the project is determined by the talents, resources, and creativity of the class members in discussion with one another. The one-day project should involve all of the class members and is determined by members outside of scheduled class time. This requirement is designed with the goal of leaving a lasting legacy of the class within the community.