Monthly Archives: March 2011

Thank You & Congratulations Scottsdale Leadership

Teresa Kim Hayes-QualeTeresa Kim Hayes-Quale, Class XX
Executive Director, Sonoran National Insurance Group

This blog is part of a series from alumni about their experience in Scottsdale Leadership. Scottsdale Leadership is currently recruiting participants for Class 26. Visit for details.

Growing up in Scottsdale during the 1960’s was an idyllic time.  We rode our bikes to Fashion Square to buy candy at the drug store.  We got our books at the library in the little red schoolhouse on Main Street.  We rode horses through the desert in the Indian Bend Wash.  We celebrated our birthdays at the Sugar Bowl sitting on a high stool eating an ice cream sundae.  As I grew up, so did Scottsdale.  Fashion Square became a fashion destination full of department stores, unique boutiques and restaurants.  The Scottsdale Library expanded and now is in a beautiful, functional building on the Civic Center Mall.  The Indian Bend Wash is a green oasis, a network of parks offering residents recreation and relaxation.  Fortunately, the Sugar Bowl is still a place to celebrate with ice cream!

As a child, I didn’t think much about the community leaders who had helped create the Scottsdale I called home.  I took it for granted.  As an adult, I recognized that a city could be a livable place only with the hard work and effort of its citizens.  It was in that spirit that I applied and became a member of Scottsdale Leadership Class XX.  I wanted to learn more about Scottsdale and find a way to help my community.  I wanted to give back, to preserve the spirit of “old town” Scottsdale while helping prepare the city to face the challenges of the 21st century.

During my year in leadership, our class was privileged to learn about Scottsdale’s history, schools, culture, and government from the men and women charged with securing the future of our city.  We asked questions.  We tried to come up with workable solutions.  We bonded as a group.  In the five years since our class graduated, many have moved into leadership positions in governmental and nonprofit organizations with the objective of making Scottsdale a better and better place to live and raise a family.  We are all informed and improved advocates for Scottsdale as a result of our Scottsdale Leadership experience.

When I think of the differences made not only by my classmates, but by all whom have graduated from the Scottsdale Leadership program, I am in awe of those accomplishments and grateful to be playing a small part.  As Scottsdale Leadership celebrates its 25th anniversary, I want to say personally and more broadly as a resident of our very special community, “Thank You and Congratulations Scottsdale Leadership”.  Keep turning out future Scottsdale leaders, the best may be yet to come.

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Congratulations to Scottsdale Leadership for 25 Years of Nurturing Leaders!

Maire SimingtonMaire Simington, PhD, Class 12
Director, Care Management Services, Banner Health

I knew Scottsdale Leadership was a special organization right from the outset.  I had sent in my application at the suggestion of my friend Katherine Cecala who thought it would be interesting if we went through the program together.  We were both working at Mayo Clinic at the time and submitted our applications. I had to miss my in-person interview because my mother passed away.  Sherri Statt, then president, called me afterward and we had a pleasant conversation at the end of which she said that the board had decided to save a seat for me. It was a very difficult time in my life and I was so touched by this kindness.

Katherine and I became classmates, making new friends along the way. One of my friends then with whom I still have contact with is Judy Register.  Over the years, both Judy and Katherine have inspired me.

Katherine is the epitome of community service.  Even though she had a demanding job at Mayo Clinic, she managed to take on community leadership roles and be an advocate for blind children, people suffering with HIV/AIDS, girls who needed good role models and mentors, and much more.  While I had always been involved in the community – primarily with arts and civic organizations, Katherine’s stewardship was extraordinary. Katherine has since moved on to a new position that exemplifies service to the community.  She is the COO of Valley of the Sun United Way.

My other friend, Judy, suggested that I become part of the board for Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library, a role which I enjoyed. Judy also suggested the Arizona Humanities Council which she had chaired.  I was interviewed and selected for the board and have happily served with this organization since 2005.

During my year in Scottsdale Leadership, I learned much about the community’s needs. From social services and education to law enforcement and the needs of the elderly, I examined my own leadership style and thought about how I could best continue to make a difference.

It was during that time that I worked with a physician at Mayo Clinic to nurture the development of the Transplant House at Brusally Ranch.  We recruited volunteers, cleaned the house and worked at getting donations.  The house filled a significant need for transplant patients and the house north of Shea Blvd. grew and thrived.  Today it has evolved to become the casitas at Mayo Clinic Hospital.  It was thrilling to be able to mobilize people behind a vision.

Scottsdale Leadership really focused my thinking on the enduring value of volunteering and the significant difference volunteer leaders make in the community.

It was a tremendous experience!

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Scottsdale Leadership 25th Anniversary Ticket Giveaway

Kurt WarnerHave you always wanted to hear Kurt Warner speak on Leadership? Then we have the perfect event for you! The Scottsdale Leadership celebration, which starts at 6 p.m. on April 14, features a delicious dinner at Hyatt Gainey Ranch, wine from ONEHOPE Wine, raffle and featured keynote from Kurt Warner.

Here’s how to enter Scottsdale Leadership 25th Anniversary Ticket Giveaway:

1. Send your full name, e-mail address, phone # and photo to
2.  Email a photo of you that showcases one thing that you love about Scottsdale, or love doing in Scottsdale. We’ll post the photo in our contest album and send you the link.
3. Have your Facebook friends “Like” or comment on your photo

Contest Rules:

  • Contest will be open on Wednesday, March 23 and ends at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, April 5. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 6! The person with the MOST LIKES and COMMENTS COMBINED will be the winner!
  • Photo will be posted within 24-48 hours to the photo album. As soon as it is posted we will email the entrant a link to their photo so they can start getting “likes” and comments.
  • If winner has already purchased a ticket to the event, they will not be reimbursed for the ticket, but they will be a given a second ticket to use for a guest.

Official Campaign Rules

  • No purchase necessary to enter.
  • Online email method of entry only.
  • You must send your full name, e-mail address, phone # and photo to to enter.
  • Email a photo of you that showcases one thing that you love about Scottsdale, or love doing in Scottsdale
    Submit an email entry with photo between 9:00 a.m. (MST) on March 23, 2011 and 11:59 p.m. (MST) on April 5, 2011.
  • One entry per person. Multiple entries will not be accepted.
  • Limit of one winner per household.
  • All photos must be the original work of the Entrant produced for this Contest; it may not have been entered in or won previous contests or awards; it may not have been published previously in any medium.
  • Entry must comply with the Terms of Service of Facebook.
  • Entry must not infringe any party’s intellectual property or other rights.
  • Entry must be suitable for display and publication on the Internet (i.e., may not be obscene or indecent, including but not limited to nudity or profanity); it must not contain obscene or pornographic material, it must not contain defamatory statements (including but not limited to words or symbols that are widely considered offensive to individuals of a certain race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic group), it must not include threats to any person, place, business, group or world peace, it must not invade privacy or other rights of any person, firm or entity, and it must not in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations.
  • The Entry may not contain any viruses or other computer programming routines that are intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, date or personal information.

This submission period will begin at approximately 9 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) on March 23, 2011 and end at 11:59 p.m. April 5, 2011. Public voting will take place through 11:59 p.m. MST on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

Guidelines are as follows:

All Submissions will be reviewed for content before being published by Scottsdale Leadership or being judged; however, such review does not relieve Entrant from responsibility for compliance with all of the Terms of Service and these Official Rules. Submissions that do not comply in all material respects with the Terms of Services or these Official Rules or that otherwise contain prohibited, or inappropriate content as determined by Scottsdale Leadership, in its sole discretion, will be disqualified and will not be published by Scottsdale Leadership or considered for prizes. Scottsdale Leadership makes the final determination as to which Submissions are eligible to take part in this Contest and be considered for the Grand Prize.

Winners will be announced on or about April 6, 2011 after totaling all “Likes” and comments from each photo under the supervision of “Scottsdale Leadership” ( Limit of one winner per household. Winners will be notified via a blog post on and notified by email or phone. No substitution for prize. Prize is non transferable or redeemable for cash. Taxes are the winner’s responsibility unless otherwise stated. Prize acceptance constitutes permission (except where prohibited) to use winner’s name, photographs, and likeness for advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation.

The prize includes a ticket for April 14, 2011 to the Scottsdale Leadership 25th Anniversary Celebration with Kurt Warner, approximately a $150 value

The contest is open to legal United States residents EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER at the time of entry. The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. The contest is sponsored by Scottsdale Leadership (“Scottsdale Leadership Inc”). Scottsdale Leadership is not responsible for verifying that all contest entries submitted comply with these Official Rules. Employees of “Scottsdale Leadership” (“Scottsdale Leadership Inc”) or participating sponsors their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and production agencies, electronic media firms, and members of their immediate families and those living in the same household are not eligible to participate. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Odds of winning depend upon the number of entries received. Sponsor and its agents are not responsible for any liability associated with the acceptance or use of or inability to use a prize. Sponsor and its agents are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, incomplete, or illegible entries or Internet technical, hardware, software, telephone, or transmission failures of any kind, which may limit a person’s ability to enter the sweepstakes. Sponsor and its agents are not responsible for any injury or damage to entrants’ or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from entering or downloading any materials in the sweepstakes. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or suspend advertising the sweepstakes on the Internet should a computer virus, unauthorized intervention, or other cause corrupt the integrity or proper conduct of the promotion. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant found to be disrupting the operation of the sweepstakes or its website. No transfer or assignment of entries is permitted.

“Scottsdale Leadership” (“Scottsdale Leadership Inc”) retains the right to alter the above rules at any time without notice.

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Calling all Scottsdale Leadership alumni, supporters and friends!

Melissa RzeppaBy MELISSA RZEPPA, Class 23
Partner & PR Director – Serendipit Consulting

Hopefully by now you are well aware that this year is a BIG year for Scottsdale Leadership – 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of developing community leaders in Scottsdale. Scottsdale Leadership and its passionate graduates have worked for 25 years to help make Scottsdale and the surrounding Phoenix metropolitan area better every day. In true Scottsdale Leadership spirit in conjunction with the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation, the organization plans to give a $25,000 community gift back to the community to commence the organization’s 25th year.

This sizable gift will be presented at the 25th Anniversary Celebration on April 14, 2011 at the Hyatt Gainey Ranch, and will also feature a keynote from Kurt Warner.

In part, the $25,000 donation will support the Best Buddies program through the Scottsdale Unified School District, and Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS). The Best Buddies program  creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS) provides opportunities for individuals with developmental and cognitive disabilities to achieve their highest levels of personal, social and economic independence.

We hope that you will come and support Scottsdale Leadership at the 25th Anniversary Celebration! The event sponsors are Hyatt Gainey Ranch and APS and starts at 6 p.m. on April 14, features a delicious dinner, wine from ONEHOPE Wines, raffle and featured keynote from Kurt Warner. Tickets are $150; $125 for dues-paid alumni. VIP tickets are available for $500 each and include a special reception with Kurt Warner and preferred seating. Purchase your tickets online at or by calling 480-627-6710.

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Leadership Spotlight – Kimberly Crowther, Class XXII

This blog is third in a series from alumni about their experience in Scottsdale Leadership. Kimberly Crowther is a graduate of Class XXII and the Communications Director for the DC Ranch Community Council. Scottsdale Leadership is currently recruiting participants for Class 26. Visit for details.

Name and Class:  Kimberly Crowther Miller; Class 22
Current place of employment, title: DC Ranch Community Council, Communications Director
Community Involvement: Board Member: Workshops for Youth & Families; Scottsdale Leadership

What was your most memorable class day? Each Scottsdale Leadership class day was a new opportunity to become more educated on the real issues affecting our community. The discussion on population growth in Scottsdale during our Community Trusteeship day was particularly memorable to me. Prior to the class, I had never considered how many variables are at play when attempting to manage population growth in a city.

For example, many people support constructing taller residential buildings in Scottsdale to accommodate population growth. But another segment of the community opposes high-rise projects. Since Scottsdale is land-locked and one-third of the city is designated a preserve, new housing projects are limited if buildings can’t be built taller. Of course, the amount of available housing affects cost of living in Scottsdale. If housing in Scottsdale becomes limited and therefore more expensive, many people who want to live in the city are priced out of the market. This then leads one to consider what the socio-economic makeup of the population should be. It was thought-provoking discussions such as these that made my experience in Scottsdale Leadership so valuable.

What advice can you give to future Scottsdale Leadership participants? The best advice I can give to future Scottsdale Leadership participants is to come to each class with an open mind and the intention to participate. Embracing the activities and getting to know each of your classmates is what make the Scottsdale Leadership experience so rewarding.

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Leadership Spotlight – Chelle Barth, Class XXIII

Chelle BarthThis blog is the second in a series from alumni about their experience in Scottsdale Leadership. Chelle Barth is a graduate of Class XXIII and the Founder of Scottsdale Leadership is currently recruiting participants for Class 26. Visit for details.

Name and Class:  Chelle Barth, Class XXIII
Current place of employment, title:, Founder

What do you consider the keys to effective leadership? Having been in several management roles in the past 25 years, you think about the most successful teams and business(es) you’ve been a part of and represented. Three key items are working with authenticity, integrity and creativity.  Have a genuine curiosity and get to know who is on your team – their strengths, coaching needs and what their goals are. Know that your reputation and integrity are your finest assets. Your integrity lives longer than the memory of even the biggest commission check you earned. Creativity…well, don’t know about you, but I’m excited to be working in an industry at a time when digital and traditional media have the opportunity to be creative and effective at the same time.

What was your most memorable Scottsdale Leadership Class day and why? Even thought there was always something to learn, discuss and enjoy at each class, I still think about Education day. Not having any school-age kids, I didn’t realize some of the challenges students, teachers, administrators and parents face today. This class shed light on how education also affects the community, from testing to funding plus so much more.  But, it also made me realize the opportunities and changes that need to take place in order to cultivate a higher percentage of high school graduates.

What advice can you give to future Scottsdale Leadership classes? Participate whenever you can and align your efforts with something you have a passion for. Class 23 was fortunate to have such a great group. Since I “collect people” it offered me the opportunity to meet and admire colleagues that I may have never met. Still today, many are advisors, brainstormers, referral agents and friends.

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Leadership Spotlight – Jolynn Clarke, Class X

Jolynn Clarke, SRPThis blog is first in a series from alumni about their experience in Scottsdale Leadership. Jolynn Clarke is a graduate of Class X and the Staffing Manager at Salt River Project. Scottsdale Leadership is currently recruiting participants for Class 26. Visit for details.

Name and Class:  Jolynn Clarke, Class X
Current place of employment, title:  Salt River Project, Staffing Manager

What’s the most important leadership lesson you’ve learned and how did you learn it? One of the most important leadership lessons I’ve learned is that the skills used when working with volunteers – empathy, appealing to a common goal, using humor, finding someone’s passion are just as applicable when working from a management position.  In addition, I was introduced to and embraced the ideals of servant leadership during my Scottsdale Leadership class and the staff I currently work with appreciates me using these ideals in our work together.

If you could solve any community issue or need, what would it be? If I could solve any community issue right now it would be to bring more jobs to our community especially in south Scottsdale.  Undoubtedly the economy we are struggling with now will have long-lasting effects.  More jobs in our area strengthens our economy and our overall community.

What was your most memorable Scottsdale Leadership Class day and why? The most memorable Leadership day for me was the one dedicated to education.  I have been, and continue to be, an advocate of public schools.  However, I learned through the presenters that day that there are many merits to and needs for charter schools and home schooling.  It opened my eyes and my mind.  It’s been 15 years and I still tell people about the information shared and the impact it had on me.  It was awesome.

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