Board of Directors

Tempe Leadership is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The majority of Tempe Leadership board members have graduated from the program and are active in other community organizations.


2017-2018 Tempe Leadership Officers

President:  Nancy Puffer

President-Elect: Suzanne Durkin-Bighorn

Past President:  Lou Silverman

Treasurer: Harvey Gibson

Secretary: Christina Hudson

Lou Silverman

Lou Silverman is a member of Class 28. He has been practicing law in Tempe since 1984 and has been recognized by the State Bar of Arizona as a specialist in Trusts, Estate Planning and Probate.   He is chair elect of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Physicians Board of Trustees and former board member and pro bono counsel of Tempe Community Action Agency.  His hobbies include golfing, fishing and many other outdoor activities. He is very proud to call Tempe home and enjoys the small town feeling of Tempe within the greater valley of the sun.

Mike BerkleyMike Berkley

Mike Berkley is Treasurer for 2015-2016. He joined the board in 2012 was a member of Class XXIV in 2008. He is retired from a 40-year career in infomration technology, with the past 30 years at Arizona Public Services in Phoenix. A Tempe resident since the 1980’s, he is excited to continue serving as a member of the Program Committee, the Alumni Committee and the Tempe Leadership Class Selection Committee. He is hoping to help Tempe Leadership engage Alumni, while creating a connection to the city he loves.

Maja_AuroraMaja Aurora

Maja Aurora was a member of Class XXIV and serves on the Program Committee and Tempe Cares Committee. She manages public art, art in private development and arts grants for the City of Tempe. Maja is an Arizona State University graduate and serves on the ASU Young Alumni Council


Nancy PufferNancy Puffer

Nancy Puffer is the President of Tempe Leadership and a graduate of Class XXVII. Nancy is the Executive Editor of My Local News-Arizona and has a dual background in journalism and nonprofit leadership. She previously served as President of the Tempe Community Council Board of Directors in addition to serving on several other nonprofit boards. She is a member of the East Valley Chapter of the National Charity League and a graduate of the ASU’s Generation Next Nonprofit Leadership Academy. She holds a degree in Broadcast Journalism from ASU and enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and scuba diving with family and friends.

Harvey Gibson

Harvey Gibson

Harvey Gibson is a graduate of Class XXII and in 2013 received Tempe Leadership’s highest honor, the Outstanding Community Leadership Award. Mr. Gibson has worked for Tempe Schools Credit Union as the business development officer for nearly 10 years. He represents the credit union at school and community functions and is responsible for building relationships with local business and auto dealerships. He became involved with the Tempe Chamber of Commerce in 1996 and is currently involved in nearly every East Valley chamber, including Tempe, Ahwatukee, Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert. He currently serves on the Tempe Chamber’s Government Relations and Transportation Committee and is the Chairman of the Ambassadors Committee.  He is the current Board President of The Centers for Habilitation and the Board President of Commitment to Schools of Tempe & Kyrene. Harvey received his BS in education from Missouri State University. His hobbies include sailing, music, reading and woodworking. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Dara, stepson, Jordan, and grandson, Haydan. He serves on the Fund Development and Alumni Committees.

Employee portraitsJaneen Rohovit

Janeen Rohovit coordinates SRP’s Public Involvement group and serves as State & Local Government Relations liaison to rural counties throughout the state. Janeen is responsible for coaching SRP project teams on a variety of critical infrastructure siting project needed to meet growth predictions and renewable mandates. She has contributed to the successful siting of a variety of challenging public processes including expanding urban generation plants, locating renewables, natural gas pipelines and extra high voltage transmission. Janeen is typically the project team member who handles face-to-face interactions with state and local political officials, high level stakeholders as well as the general public.

Janeen was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. She participated on the ASU Forensics Team and received her undergraduate degree from ASU Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. Last year, Janeen earned a Master’s of Arts degree in the Communication Studies; Advocacy program at ASU.  In her spare time, Janeen enjoys throwing pottery and renovating underappreciated homes (but, only homes located in Tempe).

Nancy FarringtonNancy Farrington

Nancy Farrington is a graduate of  Tempe Leadership Class XXVIII and has lived in Tempe for over 10 years.   After working 18 years with Chase Manhatton Bank, she had an opportunity to pursue her new found passion – Health & Fitness. In January 2008, she completed her NASM Personal Trainer certification and started a new adventure in helping others meet their fitness goals. Nancy has volunteered with the Tempe Community Council Agency Review committee the past two years and is always looking for ways to get involved in the community.  In her spare time Nancy enjoys running with friends and training for half marathons, marathons and sprint triathlons, having completed over 40 organized events, she has also recently developed an interest in golf.

g-andreozziGino Andreozzi

Gino Andreozzi is an 11 year resident of Tempe. He has worked in the valley on various agency and freelance video productions since 2006. His passion for Tempe developed while helping Tempe Community Council produce the Don Carlos award recipient videos. Gino is a graduate of class XXX and is excited to be continually involved in the development of the Tempe Leadership Program. He is currently serving on the TCC board and is an active member of the Adobe Education Exchange. Outside of work and community service Gino is a runner, skier and cineaste.

Shereen LernerShereen Lerner

Shereen Lerner is a graduate of Class XXX and has lived in Tempe for more than 30 years, having received her Ph.D. in anthropology/archaeology from Arizona State University. She teaches anthropology at Mesa Community College where she also directs the honors program.  Shereen has been actively engaged in global learning initiatives and works to have people look at the world from a multi-cultural and holistic perspective. She is on the Board of the Tempe Community Council and Tempe Transportation Committee. Shereen also has been active in historic preservation and archaeological initiatives, serving as past-president of Arizona Preservation Foundation, past-president of the Arizona Archaeological Council, on the Tempe Historical Museum Board, and the Board of the Society for American Archaeology. She loves traveling with her family; they particularly enjoy going to the World Cup as it brings them to new places they might not otherwise go.

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Rebecca Joy

Rebecca is a graduate of Class XXVIII and serves as a board member of the Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation. She grew up in west Phoenix and is proud to be an uncommon 5th generation native of Arizona. She has enjoyed living in Tempe for more than two decades.

Rebecca was a Phoenix firefighter for over 26 years. Now retired as a first responder, she continues to save lives and effect positive change in a different capacity. She’s a passionate social entrepreneur, speaker, author and shares her mindfulness message via the Simple Awareness® Method (S.A.M.).

Her book, Classic Tales from the Firehouse: Firefighters’ Stories of Calamity, Courage and Caring is a collection of stories from her peers on their adventures of being a firefighter.

Her oldest son Damien is a graduate of ASU with a degree in French and her youngest son Jesse continues the fire service tradition as a Phoenix firefighter.

Suzanne Durkin-Bighorn

Suzanne is a graduate of Class XXVI and serves on the Strategy and Development Committee, the Events and Fundraising Committee, the Programing Committee and co-Chairs the  Mentor Program. Suzanne also serves on the Board of Tempe Community Action Agency, Tempe Sister Cities and the city of Tempe Parks, Recreation, Golf and Twin Butte Cemetery Advisory Board. In her spare time she enjoys golf, reading, trying new restaurants and spending time with her family. Suzanne is also an enthusiastic supporter of Sun Devil athletics.

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Chelsea McDonnell





Tonya Gustke

Tonya Gustke is a graduate of Class XXXI and is the co-chair for class XXXII. Tonya presently serves on the Programming Committee. She is a paralegal with DriveTime Automotive Group, Inc. in Tempe, Arizona. Tonya has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Northern Arizona University and is presently attending Phoenix College to obtain her certification in Paralegal Studies.

Tonya was born and raised in Chandler, Arizona and returned to the valley after completing college in Flagstaff, Arizona. In her spare time, Tonya enjoys reading, writing fiction, and a nice glass of red wine. She is presently learning French and intends to visit France in the near future.

Josh Roffler

Josh Roffler is a graduate of Tempe Leadership class XXIX. He moved to Tempe in 1990 and has considered it his hometown ever since. In the year 2000 he began working for the City of Tempe managing the historic Petersen House Museum while at the same time studying anthropology at Arizona

State University. Today, he continues to work for the City of Tempe as the Senior Curator of Collections and Archivist at the Tempe History Museum. Outside of work, Josh spends as much time as possible traveling with his wife Lisa and their two kids Finn and Cole.

Christina Hudson

Christina Hudson is a graduate of Class XXX and lives in south Tempe in a home she renovated herself. Born and raised in Tempe, naturally she went to ASU for both undergraduate and graduate school. Her creative outlets and worldly travel keep her busy when not working at Medtronic Tempe Campus as an Analyst. Serving on hands on non-profit boards is a passion of hers that she continues to grow. Co-chairing class XXXI and Chairing class XXXII is just one way she continues to share her passion for learning.

Mckell Keeney

Mckell Keeney has lived in Tempe for 26 years, and has has given many hours as a volunteer in the Tempe school system. She co-founded two non-profits, one supporting parent involvement in the schools, Kyrene Parent Network, and one promoting arts in the school and the community, Arts Council for Youth.

Mckell graduated from ASU in Communication with a Minor in Small Business as a “non-traditional student” (older). She is a musician, singing vocal solos at events and has a cappella group (Voices Carry, and she plays the piano and organ. She loves to work on genetic genealogy as a “search angel,” using DNA test results to help adult adoptees, foundlings and donor conceived children find their biological families for medical history and heritage. She is a fan of hot yoga for balance and serenity

Melia Dunn

Melia Dunnis the Education Director for ADL Arizona focusing on anti-bias and anti-bullying programming for educators, students and the community. Melia is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer where her work in Albania supported economic development and the creation of a Youth Municipal Council (crafted much in part thanks to the Tempe Leadership model!)

Additionally, she spent ten years in Tempe-based non-profit management as the Director of Development for both Childsplay, Theatre for Young Audiences and TCHThe Centers for Habilitation) A member of Tempe Leadership Class XXII, Melia later served as Program Chair and Board member.

Originally from PA, Melia is an alumnae of Penn State University where she earned a degree in Speech Communications providing an academic focus on Interpersonal Communications and Conflict Management/Resolution. Her passions include social justice, travel, local adventures with friends and accepting invitations to pool parties.

Tonya Gray

Tonya Grayis a graduate of Class XXX and serves as the chair of Tempe Youth Leadership. Born in Colorado, Tonya moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University (ASU) where she received her bachelor of arts at the Hugh Downs School of Communication. After graduation, Tonya started a fun-filled journey of marketing for Southwest Airlines, even being recognized as Marketing Employee of the quarter. Tonya earned her masters of business administration from Devry University Keller Graduate School of Management in Scottsdale. Currently, Tonya is the Signature Events Manager for the ASU Alumni Association. She is active in the community, serving also on the board of directors for Raising Special Kids. In her rare spare time, she enjoys travel, movies, writing, and supporting her Sun Devils!

Andrew F. Ortiz

Andrew Ortiz holds three degrees from Arizona State University (ASU), including a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (1992), a Juris Doctorate of Law (1998) and a Masters in Public Administration (1999). He is a National Fellow with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and is a member of the Congressional Award Foundation Board of Directors in Washington, DC.

In 2004, Andrew was inducted into the Arizona State University College of Public Programs Hall of Fame. In 2005, Andrew was selected to receive the Arizona State University Young Alumni Achievement Award, was the “Volunteer of the Year” with the Valley of the Sun United Way, and was one of Association Trends Magazine’s “Young and Aspiring Association Professionals.” In 2008, Ortiz was selected as a recipient of the U.S. Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award. In 2016, Andrew was selected to receive the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which recognized Andrew’s leadership history and his commitment to giving back to his community, state, and country.

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