Chairs Message

As 2024 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. 2026


Executive Director, Community & Municipal Relations, ASU
Vice Chair: 3-year term ending Dec. 2026


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


Manager of Analytics, 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

Board of Directors

Committee Chairs

  • Catrina Kahler, President, Artlink Inc., Arts, Culture & Public Life
  • Billy Shields, Partner, Hansji Corporation, Central City Planning & Development
  • Matt Seaman, Partner, Cardon Development Group, Central City Planning & Development
  • Greg Falls, Attorney, Sherman & Howard, Education
  • Larry Lazarus, Partner, Lazarus & Silvyn, Hance Park Fundraising
  • Tim Sprague, Principal, Habitat Metro, Hance Park Fundraising
  • Bryan Albue, Private Professional, Membership Engagement
  • Mark McLaren, Senior Vice President, HDR, Multi-Modal Connectivity
  • Kyle Foxcroft, Manager of Analytics, Tuft & Needle, Multi-Modal Connectivity
  • Ruben Alvarez, Managing Partner, Molera Alvarez, Public Affairs
  • Sheila Harris, PhD, Private Professional, Social & Housing Advancement
  • Mo Stein, Principal, HKS Architects, Social & Housing Advancement

Director Level Members

  • Dillan Knudson, Head of Commercial and Industrial Banking, Western Alliance Bank
  • Dana Kennedy, State Director, AARP Arizona
  • Samantha Spadaro, Director of Project Development, AECOM Hunt
  • Jennifer Cannon, Director, Business Customer Engagement, APS
  • Howard Epstein, National Executive, OREO/Real Estate Sales, Bank of America
  • Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix
  • Jay Zaghloul, Director, Business Development, Cordia
  • Sonora Crittenden, Director, Community Benefit & Health Equity, Dignity Health
  • Mike Koester, Chief Executive Officer, EPS Group
  • Jay Silverberg, Design Director, Regional Culture & Museums Leader, Principal, Gensler
  • Krista Shepherd, Principal, Multistudio
  • Oaklee Rogers Ph.D., Assistant Dean, College of Health and Human Services, NAU
  • Olga Phillips, Director of Client Experience and Branding, Phillips Law Group
  • Mike Ebert, Managing Partner, RED Development
  • Michael Celaya, Area Sales Manager, Republic Services
  • Jared Fleisher, VP, Government Affairs, Rock Central
  • William Stratton, Director of Sales & Marketing, Sheraton Phoenix Downtown
  • Lexi Muller, Community Outreach Lead, Southwest Airlines
  • Kathleen Mascarenas, Senior Media Relations Strategist, SRP
  • Amilyn Pierce, VP Government Affairs, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Dylan Moore, VEN Centers Manager, Arizona Liver Health
  • Beth Smith, Senior Director, Marketing and Communications, UArizona College of Medicine
  • Kyle Jardine, Vice President, Market Executive, 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
  • Heather Lennon, Owner and CEO, Imagine Develops
  • Beau Lane, Founder/CEO, LT
  • Lloyd Hopkins, Executive Director and Founder, Million Dollar Teacher Project
  • Joe Martin, Communications Director, Phoenix Bioscience Core (PBC)
  • Sandra Bassett, CEO, Phoenix Center for the Arts
  • Leanna Taylor, CEO, The Arizona Pet Project
  • Tricee Thomas, Founder and President, The Garment League
  • Michael Schmidt, VP & Certified Risk Manager, USI Insurance Services
  • 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, Harder Development
  • 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
  • Stephanie Vasquez, Owner, Fair Trade Café