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

Nancy Puffer


Suzanne Durkin-Bighorn



Christina Hudson


Harvey Gibson


Lou Silverman

Janeen Rohovit

Nancy Farrington

Gino Andreozzi

Shereen Lerner

Linda Ritland

Rebecca Joy

Maja Aurora

Chelsea McDonnell

Tonya Gustke

Josh Roffler

Mike Berkley

Mckell Keeney

Melia Dunn

Tonya Gray

Andrew F. Ortiz

Preston Swan

Micheal Pooley

Julie Hettermann

Celeste Plumlee

Anne Gill

President / CEO – Tempe Chamber of Commerece

Board Member Expectations

The Tempe Leadership Board of Directors are responsible for guiding the program to fulfill its mission, making decisions and taking action to ensure the success of the program.


Our board members are expected to:

    • Set policy and direction for the organization that aligns with our mission
    • Ensure execution of the strategic goals
    • Make decisions based on the best interest of the organization as a whole
    • Serve as a leadership role model, demonstrating our core values, to the current class, alumni and community-at large
    • Be knowledgeable about best practices in nonprofit governance
    • Assume responsibility for the financial health of the program, approve the annual budget and provide ongoing oversight
    • Review and approve monthly meeting minutes and committee reports
    • Operate under the auspices of both the Tempe Leadership and Tempe Chamber of Commerce Foundation policies and bylaws


Board terms are three years and begin July 1. Board members may serve no more than two consecutive terms. During their term of service, our board members are expected to:

    • Attend monthly board meetings, the annual board retreat, and committee meetings
    • Attend Tempe Leadership functions, fundraisers and events and encourage others to do the same
    • Actively serve on and regularly attend meetings for at least two committees (one, if serving as a board officer or committee chair)
    • Attend and/or assist in at least one issue day
    • Guide and support the current class members and their class project
    • Assist in recruitment of class members and board members

Time Commitment

Board members can expect to serve approximately 6-8 hours per month