Chairs Message

As 2023 is in full swing, the list of what is going right in the Central Phoenix corridor is a long one that provides much to celebrate for our residents, city, and state. Terrific cities have a personality and a vibe that is uniquely their own. And a vital urban core is often a critical driver in what makes a city great. Civic pride happens in collaboration between neighbors, neighborhoods, corporate citizens, smart government, and willing investors who collectively foster a “can do” spirit that welcomes all people and makes room for new ideas.

Anyone who has been in Phoenix for a long time or even the last few years can easily see that Central Phoenix is on the move in a big way. It feels like we have reached a tipping point and momentum is full throttle. At almost every turn, there is something noteworthy going on across a wide range of sectors: multifamily housing, infill development, neighborhood revitalization, university expansion projects, new construction, restaurants, museums, Roosevelt Row’s national prominence, and sports and entertainment venues. Where challenges remain, I am confident that solutions will follow. It is truly an exciting time to live, work and play in Central Phoenix.


You are invited to connect with PCA through our newsletter and website, and join us as we work together to build this great place we call home.

Executive Committee

Diane Haller

Partner, Quarles & Brady
Chair: 3-year term ending Dec. 2023


Executive Director, Community & Municipal Relations, ASU
Vice Chair: 3-year term ending Dec. 2023


President, Cardon Development Group
Vice Chair: 3-year term ending Dec. 2024 Central City Planning & Development Co-Chair


Finance, Tuft & Needle
Assistant Treasurer: 2-year term ending Dec. 2024


President & CEO, Children’s Museum of Phoenix
Secretary: 2-year term ending Dec. 2024


Principal, HKS Architects
Immediate Past Chair, Social & Housing Advancement Committee Co-Chair


Managing Partner, Molera Alvarez
Public Affairs Chair

Members at Large

Steve Sorrentino,
GM Energy Center Phoenix, Clearway Energy
Steve Zabilski,
Executive Director, Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Board of Directors

  • Committee Chairs
  • Catrina Kahler, Arts, Culture & Public Life
  • Billy Shields, Central City Planning & Development
  • Matt Seaman, Central City Planning & Development
  • Greg Falls, Education
  • Larry Lazarus, Hance Park Fundraising
  • Tim Sprague, Hance Park Fundraising
  • Bryan Albue, Membership Engagement
  • Krista Shepherd, Multi-Modal Connectivity
  • Kyle Foxcroft, Multi-Modal Connectivity
  • Ruben Alvarez, Public Affairs
  • Sheila Harris, PhD, Social & Housing Advancement
  • Mo Stein, Social & Housing Advancement
  • Director Level Members
  • Chris Burson, SVP of Commercial Real Estate, Alliance Bank of Arizona
  • Dana Kennedy, State Director, AARP Arizona
  • Samantha Spadaro, Director of Project Development, AECOM Hunt
  • Howard Epstein, National Executive, OREO/Real Estate Sales, Bank of America
  • Amy Shlossman, Chief Operating Officer, Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix
  • Jay Zaghloul, Director, Business Development, Cordia
  • Sonora Crittenden, Manager, Community Benefit & Health Equity, Dignity Health
  • Kathey Wagner, Chief Executive Officer, EPS Group
  • Jay Silverberg, Design Director, Regional Culture & Museums Leader, Principal, Gensler
  • Jason Rowley, President & CEO, Phoenix Suns
  • Mike Ebert, Managing Partner, RED Development
  • Michael Celaya, Area Sales Manager, Republic Services
  • Jared Fleisher, VP, Government Affairs, Rock Central
  • Lexi Muller, Community Outreach Lead, Southwest Airlines
  • Kathleen Mascarenas, Senior Media Relations Strategist, SRP
  • Julie Trujillo, Director, External Relations, UArizona Eller College of Management
  • Kyle Jardine, Director of Development, Wexford Science & Technology
  • Members at Large
  • Leah Fregulia, CEO, Arizona School for the Arts
  • Rick Naimark, Associate VP for Program Development Planning, ASU
  • Lisa Glow, CEO, Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS)
  • Brian Cassidy, President, CCBG Architects
  • Jay Hicks, Design Principal, Dig Studio
  • Dominic Papa, Founder, Digital Equity Institute
  • Andie Abkarian, Downtown Voices Coalition
  • Shannon Scola, Attorney, Gust Rosenfeld
  • Mark McLaren, VP, HDR
  • Megan Schmitz, Director, Horizon Strategies
  • Beau Lane, Founder/CEO, LaneTerralever
  • Kurt Schneider, President, LD Schneider & Associates
  • Angela Hughey, Co-Founder & President, ONE Community
  • Eva Olivas, Executive Director/CEO, Phoenix Revitalization Corporation
  • Sandra Ferniza, Private Professional
  • Ashley Harder, Private Professional
  • Jim McPherson, Private Professional
  • Carol Poore, Ph.D, Private Professional
  • Brad Woodman, Office Director/Vice President, SmithGroup
  • Jessyca Leach, Executive Director, Southwest Center
  • Kell Duncan, Owner, The Churchill
  • Mark Stratz, SVP | City Leader, Transwestern
  • Ryan Kerr, Principal, True North Studio