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Brigette Peterson2Brigette PetersonClass 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.

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 Gilbert Historical Society 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 Gilbert’s Municipal Court 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.

Body-Candy-webCandy Body, 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.

Tim Colquhoun, Class XVIII




Lori GaunaLori 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 path of service.


Gardenia_Lamadrid_squareGardenia Lamadrid, Class XXIII
Technology Officer

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.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.



Leticia-2_pp-(ZF-10356-03867-1-001)Leticia Barwick, Class XXIII

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.


Bridget Doherty

Bridget Doherty, Class XXIII

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.
Johnson_Jaime - 1r (002)Jaime Johnson, Class XXIV

I am a native Arizonian, living in the East Valley my entire life, and graduating from Gilbert High School. When I was eleven years old, I started attending Life Community Church in Gilbert. In 1999 I graduated high school and joined a two-year internship program at the church, which led to a full time staff position. I have continued to work at Life Community since that time. In 2007 when I was Ordained as a Minister in the Foursquare Denomination, my position changed to Associate Pastor. Over the years my responsibilities have included organizing, teaching, and directing several ministries: Children’s classes, Chapel services, Mission trips, and Summer camps, to name a few. I love working with details, planning and administrating events; and, I love officiating at weddings. My heart is to watch people find their purpose, serve Jesus, and learn to give to others. My husband, Dan, and I were married in 2008. I was in Gilbert Leadership class XXIV and loved the program so much that I applied to serve on the board- GO CLASS XXIV! We currently reside in Gilbert. We stay busy with all kinds of activities, but our favorite is traveling!

Michelle Kauk GPEC 2Michelle Kauk, Class XVIII

As Senior Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs, Michelle Kauk plays a strategic role in advancing the Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s mission and message through public relations, media and communications campaigns. Additionally, Michelle oversees the legislative outreach for the organization, as well as investor engagement and corporate development.

Kauk currently serves on the board of directors for Gilbert Leadership, and is a Class XVIII graduate; and spends time helping with the Banner Health Foundation Pulse of the City Soiree, and the ASU School of Public Affairs Advisory Council. In 2017 Kauk was named a DCI 40 under 40 Rising Star in Economic Development.  Kauk earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, with a minor in communications and a master’s in public administration from Arizona State University. She resides in Gilbert with her husband and two dogs.

Sarah Lidman
Sara Lidman CRPC®, 
Class XXIV

Sara Lidman, proud graduate of Gilbert Leadership Class XXIV, and Arizona native, joined Rayhons Financial Solutions while finishing her degree in Finance with a minor in Economics and an International Business Certificate at Arizona State University. She volunteers with Junior Achievement, is a member of the Power of the Purse Philanthropic Society through Dignity Health, and currently serves on the Gilbert Historical Society and Gilbert Leadership Boards.
Sara loves to hike and enjoy the outdoors in her free time and will never pass up a good recipe. Sara’s strengths that she brings to the team include Research and Analysis and building long lasting relationships. Sara holds Security Registrations 7 and 66, CRPC®, Arizona Life and Health Insurance License, and is a CFA Level 1 Candidate.

Adrianne Lynch 2Adrianne Lynch, Class XIII

Adrianne is a member of Gilbert Leadership Class XIII has been a Gilbert Resident since 2002. She is an owner-agent with eXp Realty and has been a Realtor since 2001. She is the recipient of the Gilbert Leadership Award and was one of the 2016 YPN 40 Under 40 recipients. Adrianne is actively involved in eXp Realty as an eXp Certified Mentor allowing her to help guide and train new agents. She has been active in her community for over 15 years by serving on local boards through-out the valley with a passion to help engage the community in supporting foster children and parents.

Adrianne is married to Terry Lynch, and has two boys, three dogs, two cats and any other animal they find to rescue. During school and sports breaks they love to sneak out of town and enjoy the pines in Heber or the beach in San Diego. Adrianne brings her experience in business, social media, technology, fundraising and community volunteering. She looks forward to continuing to grow and evolve Gilbert Leadership.

Amy Navarro, 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! 


Paul Norbut, Class XX

Paul is entering his 5th year on the Leadership Board and has enjoyed watching each new Class form and mature into a team of future leaders in our great community. He currently serves on the Program Development Committee and served as Treasurer in 2015. A native of Chicago, IL and Minneapolis, MN, Paul moved to Gilbert in 2005. He became active with the Gilbert Historical Museum where he met and married Ann in 2013. A proud graduate of Class XX, Paul enjoys golfing, target shooting and traveling with Ann.

Robert Ramos, Class XXIII




Jan SimonJän Simon, Class XXIV

Originally a native of Washington State Jän moved to Gilbert in 2003, he loves Gilbert and is proud to call it home.

Jän is an Independent Insurance Agent for AAA Arizona specializing in business insurance and was looking for ways to learn more about the community and how he could get involved on a deeper level when introduced to Gilbert Leadership by a colleague. He attended and graduated from Class XXIV. Jän says, “My experience with the class was nothing short of incredible, and after graduation I felt the need to continue serving the Gilbert Leadership program and mission. Serving on the board has given me the vehicle to do just that, and I look forward to helping grow the program in the years to come.”

In addition to entering his second year on the Gilbert Leadership board, Jän is entering his first term on the Board of Directors at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Public Policy Committee at the Chamber and is a member of the Chamber Ambassadors. He was also a runner up for Volunteer of the Year in 2016 and a runner up for Businessman of the Year in 2017 through the Gilbert Chamber.

Andrea TannerAndrea Tanner, Class XXV

Recent graduate of Gilbert Leadership Class XXV! I work for SRP, and I am proud to work for a great company, along with great people. I am an Arizona Native, and love everything about Arizona! I especially love the community in which I live, I have been in Gilbert for 24 years now and it just keeps getting better. I enjoy spending time with my kids (adult kids now), our three dogs, going to all sporting events, especially ASU football games, camping, 4 wheeling, pretty much anything that has to do with being outside! I am excited to be a part of the Gilbert Leadership Board, and to promote this amazing program.

Tim Thompson2Tim Thompson, Class XX

I moved to Gilbert is 1998 chasing the love of my life, Kari Thompson, who I married in March of 2000. In January of 2002 we started a church and a family. We’ve kept our hand to the plow and added a little princess to our quiver along the way. So with a teenage boy and preteen girl and the growing congregation at Fountain of Life Christian Fellowship, we are here to serve. Since its inception in the Town of Gilbert, I’ve co-chaired For Our City Gilbert non-profit. Over the past couple of years we’ve organized community events including service projects for National Make and Difference Day and iRun4Good. I loved going through the Leadership program and learning about all things Gilbert. I’m real excited to be able to serve on the board and meet the next up-and-coming wonderful future leaders of our community.

Vandermolen_RichRich 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.