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Diverse array applied for vacant Council seat

July 10th, 2018 SanTan Sun News
Diverse array applied for vacant Council seat


Managing Editor

Competition was tough for the candidates vying for the empty City Council seat held by Nora Ellen.

The Council last month reviewed 36 candidates’ applications for the seat Ellen had held before resigning to seek the state House seat in District 17. The Council narrowed the list of candidates to nine people, who were interviewed in a special meeting June 25.

The 27 candidates who did not make the final cut to be interviewed have extensive professional and volunteer experience.

Here is a look at them:

Timothy Beach is the senior director of game entertainment and special events for the Arizona Cardinals. He also isa Junior Achievement instructor and PTO volunteer at Basha Elementary School.

Sarah Hernandez Byrne is an English teacher at Highland Junior High School in Mesa and served on the board for The Collective Phoenix, an organization for Teach for America Phoenix alumni who identify themselves as people of color.

Kent Connole owns Cactus Business Development, is a member of the Friends of the Chandler Public Library, and volunteers at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center.

Valerie Dirks works for the marketing team at American Airlines. She also started a charity in 2003 to help families.

Christopher Doan owns Truly Massage and has been involved with youth football teams and the Arizona Cardinals’ Fuel Up to Play 60 nutrition and physical activity program.

Trevor Eric Godrey is owner/operator of Godfrey Media Group. He belongs to the Exchange Club of Chandler and provides digital and member relations for the Chandler Chamber.

Angela Green is branch manager for The Money Store in Chandler and has volunteered in school districts and helped veterans and other people get into homes.

John Harman is a retired store manager for six years, a Realtor for 10 years, a loan officer for two years and an electronic warfare technician for the U.S. Navy for six years.

Robert Hickman is vice president of customer service and logistics for Revlon and Elizabeth Arden. He is a past member of the Maricopa County Volunteer Center and the Arizona Black Board of Directors Project.

Douglas Hopkins is a managing partner and owner of GBI & Associates and previously spent 28 years as a special agent for the FBI. He is a member of the Phoenix U.S. Magistrate Selection Committee.

Lisa Kiser is the owner and an attorney of Kiser Law and is a former deputy county attorney. She is a volunteer/foster with Lost Our Home Pet Foundation, a volunteer with the American Cancer Society and Feed My Starving Children.

Ajlan F. Kurdoglu is owner/president of Home Mart Interiors and previously was a purchasing manager for Designers Supply in Phoenix.

Anthony Leathers is a social studies teacher at Mountain Pointe High School in Ahwatukee, as well as a freshman wrestling and softball coach. He was a mentor with the Arizona Assurance Scholarship Program in Tempe from 2010-11.

Ann Marie McArthur is the CEO of About Care, a nonprofit organization and she was executive director of The Mental Health Association of Arizona. She volunteers for St. Vincent de Paul and chairs Chandler’s Mayor’s Committee for the Aging.

Henry Miner is managing partner of A World of Photos, and previously he spent 22 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Miner spent 19 years as a general manager for a regional management training store for Macaroni Grill.

Debbie Oliver is a licensed loan officer assistant at Guild Mortgage. She is a graduate of Chandler Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy and volunteers with The Salvation Army and other organizations.

Michael Olotu is the senior lead/teaching pastor for training and development at RCCG Cornerstone Worship Center in Chandler.

Larry Peters is managing broker/commercial real estate director for ProSmart Realty and co-owner in a dental office. He volunteers with a state refugee committee and with the Refugee Medical Assistance Program.

Ginger Rowley is a Realtor with Amazing AZ Homes and is a certified flight instructor. She volunteers for many aviation-related activities and supports local schools’ STEM fairs.

Fred C. Santesteban was the principal for Directed Synergy Solutions from 2010 to 2011 and served as a program manager for the Probation, Detention, Budget and Operations Unit with the Arizona Supreme Court from 2000 to 2010, when he retired.

Kyle Sawyer is an intergovernmental relations specialist/legislative liaison for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.

Todd Smeltzer has been a professional children’s performer for 32 years and is self-employed as BoBo the Magic Clown, as well as Santa Arizona or Santa Claus Arizona.

Kara Gibson Schrader is a longtime paralegal and she became an active-duty soldier and paralegal in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, serving the United States from 1998 to 2002.

Nicholas Vasquez is an emergency physician with Envision Healthcare. He serves on the Board of Vitalyst Health Foundation and completed Valley Leadership in 2012.

Jennifer Mammano Ward is the Arizona president of the Employers Council, formerly Mountain State Employers Council and previously was a staff attorney.

Adam Weingart is a member/manager of Stonebirch Capital and previously was a law clerk for The Weingart Firm.

Timothy Wiant is a senior digital design engineer with Dialog Semiconductor and a Realtor for HomeSmart in Chandler.

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