Are you a Gilbert Leadership alumnus? Apply to serve on the program’s Board of Directors! Applications are excepted January 1st through April 15th of each year for terms beginning July 1st of the same year. Please be sure to submit your application within this period. Apply Now


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Class XX

Candy has worked with churches, schools, and foundations, whose mission she is passionate about, as well as companies in the for-profit sector.   Her area of expertise is in Organizational Development, working with businesses to build effective teams, improve workplace efficiencies, and clarify strategic direction.

Candy also volunteers in the community and serves on Boards for Gilbert Leadership (graduate of Class XX), LEAD Charter Schools, Leading Edge Academy Queen Creek, and Gilbert Talks.

Having grown up in Orlando, FL, and lived in NC for 20 years, she is happy to call Gilbert, AZ home with her husband, Ron, of 38 years.  They have two adult children – a son who is an Army vet in the IT industry and a daughter with an adventure photography/graphic design business.  Candy enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with the family.



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Class VIII

Brigette currently serves as a Gilbert Town Council Member beginning a 4 year term in January 2015. Prior to running for office she served on the Gilbert Planning Commission for 14 years. Her experience and connections with classmates of Gilbert Leaderships Class VIII led Brigette to apply for that volunteer position on the Planning Commission.

Brigette joined the Gilbert Leadership Board in June 2012 to get back involved with the program that taught her as much about herself as it did about Gilbert.

Brigette and her family moved from Massachusetts and made Gilbert their home in 1995.  Her husband Mark is a Principal Software Engineer at General Dynamics in Scottsdale and they are now empty nesters. His hobby is 4-wheeling in his Jeep Rubicon and she tags along on the “easier” more scenic trips to combine her photography hobby with his hobby. They have 3 pets adopted from local rescues.



Les Presmyk
Class II

Paula and I are both Arizona natives and have lived in Gilbert for almost 27 years, all in the Islands community.  22 years ago, I decided to get involved in my community, first as chairman of the Islands Architectural Review Committee and then as President of the Islands Board for three years.  It was during that period I applied for and was accepted in the Gilbert Leadership program and graduated 20 years ago from Class 2.  I served on the Town’s Planning and Zoning Commission for four years and on Town Council for 12 years.

I am also a graduate of Valley Leadership Class 27.  Another fine program but not quite as good as Gilbert’s!  Although I have helped Gilbert’s program whenever I could, upon leaving Town Council allowed me the time to devote to Gilbert Leadership and other endeavors including spending more time with Paula and serving on various Town boards and committees including the Higley Center for the Performing Arts, Gilbert’s Self-insured Medical Trust Board, The Leadership Centre, Gilbert’s Park & Recreation Advisory Board and supporting our veterans through Operation Welcome Home and Veterans’ Day Ceremony.  No matter how long you have lived in Gilbert, and how much you think you know, Gilbert Leadership will open your eyes to what a tremendous community we live in.

Tim Colquhoun






Paul Norbut
Class XX

Paul is beginning his second 3 year term on the Gilbert Leadership Board and served as Treasurer of the Board in 2015. A native of Chicago, IL., and Minneapolis, MN., Paul moved to Gilbert in 2005. He has been active in the Gilbert Historical Museum and a Graduate of Class XX. He’s married to Ann whom he met and married at the Museum in 2013. He enjoys golfing, shooting and travelling with Ann.


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As a proud resident of Gilbert since 2004, Leticia is grateful for the opportunity to continue giving back to her community by serving as a member of the Gilbert Leadership Board.  After serving for six years as the president of Gilbert’s Saint Vincent de Paul operation to help the local poor and needy in the community, Leticia decided to join Class XXIII as a way to develop her community ties and develop relationships with other community leaders.

She and her husband, David (Class XXI graduate) own and operate Meritum Credit Card Processing.  With over 25 years of experience in this field and as a small business owner for the past 15 years, Leticia brings a wide array of experience in business, marketing, fundraising and community development.  She looks forward to promoting and improving this wonderful program.



Lori Gauna
Class XXI

Lori is an Arizona native and a lifelong Gilbert resident.  She is a graduate of Gilbert Leadership Class XXI (”Class of the Century”) which was comprised of vibrant, talented and committed leaders.  Gilbert Leadership has given her the opportunity to contribute to her community and learn more about the Town of Gilbert. She is honored to serve as a Gilbert Leadership board member and to continue on this exciting path of service.


Gardenia_Lamadrid_squareGardenia Lamadrid

Gardenia Lamadrid is a graduate of Gilbert Leadership Class XXIII, the class that is “Breaking New Ground” and is possibly “The Most Talked About Class” in Gilbert history.

Gardenia is excited about the opportunity to serve on the Gilbert Leadership Board and is passionate about being involved in the community.

As a digital journalist for the Town of Gilbert, Gardenia collaborates with the Gilbert Digital team and produces short and long-form multi-media and video stories, which are viewed on Gilbert’s public access Channel 11, their social media platforms and various media outlets.

Gardenia is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and a Barrett Honors College student earning a bachelor in Broadcast Journalism and a master in Mass Communication. She has been recognized with regional and national journalism awards in radio, TV features, hard news reporting and documentary production, including a Hearst regional Emmy award.


Mark Newman

Mark Newman
Class XIX

Mark has been a Gilbert resident since 1992 and is the owner of Newman Realty.  Since opening his company, Mark has committed himself to being   involved in the community he is living and working in.  He is active in the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and applied for the Gilbert Leadership program in 2010, making him a proud graduate of Class XIX.  He joined the Gilbert Leadership Board in 2015 and also serves on the local YMCA managing board.  A large part of Mark’s business involves advocacy for the Town of Gilbert and he enjoys being an ambassador to new residents and businesses.

Mark is married to Mickie Newman, who is also a Realtor with his company, and a member of Gilbert Leadership Class XXIV.  They were married in 2015 in a ceremony officiated by another Gilbert Leadership graduate and Town Judge John Hudson.

Mark brings his passion for this community and support of the Gilbert Leadership program to the Board and looks forward to helping make the program a continued success.


Rich Vandermolen
Class XXII

For the past 12 years I have worked in the Financial Planning arena, the last four years my wife Felicia and I have owned and operated Family Life Financial Solutions, LLC (Gilbert, AZ) which is based on a Financial Concierge concept of focusing on service, ethics and faith.

I have lived in Arizona for the past 17 years.  My wife and I were married two years ago in a Covenant Marriage.  We have four children daughter Melina, 22 (married to her husband Chris for 2 years), Alyssia, 19 sophomore at Chandler/Gilbert Community College, Evan, 17 just finishing up his senior year of high school and Blake, 17 who just finished his junior year of high school.  We attend church at Sun Valley Community Church where we lead a small group in our home once a week.  They are also very involved with the Re/Engage program to strengthen and build marriages centered around God.  We are both actively involved in CMA (Christian Motorcyclists Association) as well.

There are several community activities that I am involved with beginning with the completion of the Gilbert Leadership Program, Class XXI, I am also a business member and network facilitator at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, sits on the Public Policy Committee, is an active business member of the Gilbert Historical Society, is a member of the Maricopa County Sheriff Posse SkyRangers Search and Rescue Team, and the AZ Chapter Board of Directors for Pinnacle Forum.


Bridget Doherty

Bridget Doherty

Bridget has been with Dignity Health Foundation East Valley for four years.  She comes to the Foundation from her role at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the Marketing/Public Relations department. Bridget works with in Annual Giving and the Development side of the foundation. She has the great opportunity to work and engage with a great number of hospital staff and community members.  She has also been tasked with building a Women’s Philanthropic Society.  This opportunity has allowed her to engage with a great number of women wanting to be a part of a support network helping the hospital, but also serving in the community.

Being with Dignity Health Arizona for going on 11 years, Bridget is truly proud of what she and the development team is able  accomplish and make a significant difference in the community.

Serving on the Gilbert Leadership Board is a great opportunity to engage in the community in a different way and she is excited to be a part.

Bridget has a Master’s Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University with a specialty in Human Relations/Counseling. She has an undergraduate degree from Arizona State University. After her graduation she took course work at Centre Billingue de Cuernavaca, Mexico and is bilingual in Spanish.

Bridget is married to Keith and they have two amazing children named Connor and Keegan. They live in Gilbert and enjoy going camping, and heading off to the beach with the kids in tow.


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Class XXII

Amy Navarro is a 20 year Gilbert resident who is active in her community.  She and her husband Arthur raised two wonderful children here in Gilbert, and now have grandchildren entering school here as well.

Amy serves on her HOA at El Dorado Lakes Golf Community.  She is the state sales planning manager for American Family Insurance, and a proud graduate of Gilbert Leadership class 22!



Jaime Johnson
Class XXIV




Michelle Kauk




Sara Lidman
Class XXIV




Adrianne Lynch
Class XIII




Robert Ramos




Jän Simon
Class XXIV