Leadership Council

Tempe Leadership is governed by a volunteer Leadership Council. The majority of Tempe Leadership Council Members have graduated from the program and are active in other community organizations.

2019-2020 Tempe Leadership Council Officers

President: Shereen Lerner
President-Elect: Stephen Alexander
Treasurer: Tom Avery
Secretary: Julie Hettermann
Past President: Suzanne Durkin-Bighorn

Shereen Lerner


Stephen Alexander


Tom Avery


Julie Hettermann


Suzanne Durkin-Bighorn

Past President

Bill Conti

Rebecca Joy

Christina Hudson

Chelsea McDonnell

Josh Roffler

Preston Swan

Michael Pooley

Kelly Alexander

Brad Filgas

Casey Thomas

Bri Tournas

Jessica Brice

Anne Gill

Tempe Chamber of Commerce President

Sharon Price

Adrianne Rexius

Jay Robinette

Anthony Contente-Cuomo

Paul Quinn

Leadership Council Member Expectations

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


Our Leadership Council 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


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

    • Attend monthly Leadership Council meetings, the annual Leadership Council 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 council 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 the recruitment of class members and Leadership Council members

Time Commitment

Leadership Council Members can expect to serve approximately 6-8 hours per month.