Meet The Staff

Devney Preuss

Executive Director, Phoenix Community Alliance (PCA)

Devney Preuss has spent the past 12 years working closely with Downtown Phoenix stakeholders, including the last three years in leadership roles with the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and the local organizing committee for the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship.


In her role as executive director, Preuss is charged with “enhancing the PCA’s membership platform and integrating the organization’s work plan with DPI’s revitalization and community building mission,” according to Downtown Phoenix Inc. (DPI) President and CEO David Krietor.


“Devney brings to PCA over a decade of connectivity to our overall downtown community of business leaders, residents, government, arts, and education,” said PCA Chairman Mo Stein. “Our affiliation with Downtown Phoenix Inc. makes our coalition broader, enhancing the opportunities for our members to get involved and make a difference. Devney exemplifies the energy and commitment to activate, advocate, and build the Phoenix we want.”


Ms. Preuss also serves as a Senior Vice President of DPI.


Prior to helping bring high profile Super Bowl Central and Championship Campus activities to the Downtown Core, Ms. Preuss had a successful tenure with the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury.


In addition to her background in organizational and event management, Ms. Preuss has cultivated strong working relationships with City of Phoenix senior management and key DPI staff.

Cyndy Gaughan

Director, Membership Services & Special Projects, PCA

As the Membership & Special Projects Director for the PCA, Cyndy manages the day-to-day operations of Membership and serves as the primary liaison for PCA, DPI, and Downtown Phoenix Partnership boards and committees.


As a result of her already accomplished career, Cyndy brings her award-winning, top-tier business development experience to the position and demonstrates daily her relationship development and management skills. She is a team player and a great ambassador for the PCA and downtown.


Cyndy holds an Arizona Real Estate Broker License and Bachelor of Science in Business with management concentration. She currently serves as a board member for the Hance Park Conservancy, and her professional interests include urban commercial infill development and redevelopment, strategic planning, business development, sales, and marketing.


On a personal note, Cyndy is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and has lived in the Phoenix-metro area since 1978. You can often find her performing Irish music live at a pub near you!

Executive Committee

Officers & Committee Chairs

Diane Haller
Partner, Quarles & Brady

Chair: 3-year term ending Dec. 2020

Hance Park Fundraising

Committee Co-Chair

Kurt Schneider
President, LD Schneider & Associates

Vice Chair: 3-year term ending Dec. 2018

Graffiti Hotline Committee Chair

Carol Poore
Private Professional

Vice Chair: 3-year term ending Dec. 2020

Arts, Culture & Public Life Committee Chair

Beau Lane
CEO, Laneterralever

Vice Chair: 3-year term ending Dec. 2020

Devney Preuss

Executive Director

Christina Noyes
Attorney, Gust Rosenfeld

Secretary: 2-year term ending Dec. 2018

Howard Epstein
National Executive, OREO/Real Estate Sales, B of A

Treasurer: 2-year term ending Dec. 2018

Mo Stein
Principal, HKS Architects

Immediate Past Chair

Michael Lieb
President, Michael A. Lieb, Ltd.

Central City Planning & Development

 Committee Co-Chair

Billy Shields
Hansji Group

Central City Planning & Development

Committee Co-Chair

Heidi Schaefer
Director, Corporate Taxation, SRP

Education Committee Chair

Larry Lazarus
Partner, Lazarus, Silvyn & Bangs

Hance Park Fundraising

Committee Co-Chair

Lisa Perez
Private Professional

Health & Bioscience Committee Chair

Joel McCabe
COO, Trellis

McDowell Rd. Revitalization

Committee Co-Chair

Dr. Steve Narang
CEO, Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix

McDowell Rd. Revitalization

Committee Co-Chair

Bryan Albue
Attorney, Sherman & Howard

Membership Development

Committee Chair

Rick Naimark
Associate VP for Program Development Planning, ASU

Multi-Modal Connectivity

Committee Co-Chair

Krista Shepherd
Principal, Gould Evans

Multi-Modal Connectivity

Committee Co-Chair

Nader Abushhab
Owner, NBMA Photography

Next Gen Committee Co-Chair

Brianna Verderame
Director of Visual Media, Small Giants

Next Gen Committee Co-Chair

Ruben Alvarez
Managing Partner, Molera Alvarez

Public Affairs Committee Chair

Members at Large

Ruben Alonzo, Executive Director, Community & Municipal Relations, ASU

Jim Lodge, VP, Strategy and Business Development, NRG

Steve Zabilski, Executive Director, Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Board of Directors


Diane Haller, Chair

Kurt Schneider, Vice Chair

Carol Poore, Vice Chair

Beau Lane, Vice Chair

Devney Preuss, Executive Director

Christina Noyes, Secretary

Howard Epstein, Treasurer

Mo Stein, Immediate Past Chair

Committee Chairs

Carol Poore, Ph.D., Arts, Culture & Public Life Committee

Billy Shields, Central City Planning  & Development Committee

Matthew Seaman, Central City Planning & Development Committee

Heidi Schaefer, Education Committee

Larry Lazarus, Hance Park Fundraising Committee

Diane Haller, Hance Park Fundraising Committee

Lisa Perez, Health & Bioscience Committee

Kurt Schneider, Graffiti Hotline Committee

Joel McCabe, McDowell Road Revitalization Committee

Dr. Steve Narang, McDowell Road Revitalization Committee

Bryan Albue, Membership Development Committee

Rick Naimark, Multi-Modal Connectivity Committee

Krista Shepherd, Multi-Modal Connectivity Committee

Nader Abushhab, Next Gen Committee

Brianna Verderame, Next Gen Committee

Ruben Alvarez, Public Affairs Committee

Director Level Members

Chris Anderson, Managing Director, Hines

Victor Burrola, Community Development Officer, Arizona, Wells Fargo

Chris Callahan, Dean, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Dawn Hart, Co-Managing Director, Principal, Gensler

Chad Kemper, Director of Sales, 12 News/Tegna

Dr. Steve Narang, CEO, Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix

Derek Parker, Business Development Manager, Old Republic Title

Heidi Schaefer, Director, Corporate Taxation, SRP

Krista Shepherd, Principal, Gould Evans

Barbara Snyder, Phoenix Campus Director, University of Phoenix

Jackie Thompson, Community Affairs & Grassroots, Southwest Airlines Co.

Julie Trujillo, Director, External Relations, UA Eller College of Management

Mark Watson, Project Development Manager, Hensel Phelps

Jay Zaghloul, Director, Business Development, NRG

Members at Large

Maria Baier, SVP of Communications and Public Affairs, Phoenix Suns

Terry Burke, President Southwest – Music, Live Nation

Chris Burson, SVP of Commercial Real Estate, Alliance Bank of AZ

Brian Cassidy, President, CCBG Architects

Mike Ebert, Managing Partner, RED Development

Greg Falls, Attorney, Sherman & Howard

Sandra Ferniza, Private Professional

Jay Hicks, Design Principal, Dig Studio

Catrina Kahler, President, Artlink

Melanie LaDue, Gives Back Lead, Tuft & Needle

Kendra Lee, Area Manager, APS

Michael Lieb, President, Michael A. Lieb, Ltd.

Mark McLaren, VP, HDR

Jim McPherson, Private Professional

Tim Sprague, Principal, Habitat Metro

Mark Stratz, SVP | City Leader, Transwestern

Kate Wells, President & CEO, Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Brad Woodman, Office Director/Vice President, SmithGroup

Steve Zabilski, Executive Director, Society of St. Vincent de Paul