Chair’s Message

As 2019 fast approaches, 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 though our newsletter and website, and join us as we work together to build this great place we call home.


Diane Haller

“As a longtime member of Phoenix Community Alliance, it is especially gratifying to see how diverse the  revitalization and development projects are in the Central Phoenix corridor. The heart of Phoenix is alive and well.”

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

Heidi Schaefer, Director, Corporate Taxation, SRP

Michelle Schwartz, Senior Vice President, Old Republic Title

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