Advisory Councils

Established in 2012, the Arizona Public Engagement Task Force is a collaboration of more than 60 partner organizations statewide representing educators, nonprofits, policymakers, business and community leaders who are working together to build public support for ensuring college and career readiness for all Arizona students. With only half of Arizona’s high school graduates eligible for admission into an Arizona public university and almost 60 percent of freshmen community college students re-taking high school level coursework, the Task Force partners are united in their belief that rigorous K-12 standards and a high-quality assessment are critical to student success, excellent schools and the strength of Arizona’s economy.

Expect More Arizona’s CEO/Business Advisory Council plays a critical role in fostering and ensuring the organizational success of Expect More Arizona. Members will inform Expect More Arizona’s work on public awareness and engagement, and provide an important perspective on the needs of the business community and how to improve the preparation of students for the 21st century workplace.

  • Kate Baker

    Community Volunteer

  • Christina Burroughs

    Managing Partner
    Miller Russell Associates

  • Rick Collins

    President, Southwest Region
    Ryan Companies

  • Pamela Conboy

    Community Volunteer

  • David Crawford

    Crawford Concepts

  • Rich Dozer

    Community Volunteer

  • Shelly Esque

    Community Volunteer

  • Phil Francis

    Community Volunteer

  • John Graham

    President & CEO
    Sunbelt Holdings

  • Dan Haag

    Chief Administration Officer
    Sundt Construction

  • Mike Hoover

    President & CEO
    Sundt Construction

  • Tim Kinney

    President & CEO
    Kinney Construction Company

  • Rosey Koberlein

    Long Companies

  • Paul Luna

    President & CEO
    Helios Education Foundation

  • Michael Madsen

    President, Defense & Space
    Honeywell Aerospace

  • Shelley Mellon

    RL Jones Group/Mellon Farms

  • Dr. Sue Pepin

    Managing Director of Health and Clinical Partnerships
    Arizona State University

  • Don Smith

    Retired President & CEO
    CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company

  • Lisa Stevens Anderson

    Vice President, CEO
    Banner Health Network

  • Lisa Urias

    President & CEO
    Urias Communications

  • Ricardo Valencia

    ZAMAS Holdings

  • John Whiteman

    Whiteman Foundation

The Douglas Education Partnership Council and the Yuma Education Advocacy Council are local collaborations between community leaders and Expect More Arizona to advance a shared vision for education in Yuma/Douglas and the state. We all believe that every child deserves an excellent education – every step of the way. Together, we will elevate priority education issues to support educators, schools and students in our community and beyond. By leveraging the expertise, support, and advocacy platform of Expect More Arizona, the Douglas Education Partnership Council and the Yuma Education Advocacy Council seek to have a greater impact on education in Arizona.

Douglas Education Partnership Council

  • Ada Parra

    University of Arizona South

  • Alexis Moreno

    Consulado de México en Douglas

  • DeNise Bauer

    Greater Douglas Chamber of Commerce

  • Angie Bustamante

    Cochise College

  • Jacqui Clay

    Cochise County School Superintendent’s Office

  • Denise Cox

    Douglas Unified School District

  • Marlene Dagnino

    UA Student

  • Arturo Escalante

    Douglas Hispanic Chamber

  • Laura Hurtado

    Consulado de México en Douglas

  • Rosa Lara

    Wells Fargo

  • Patricia Lopez

    Douglas City Council

  • Rick Martinez

    Douglas Fire Department

  • Rose Martinez

    Cochise County School Superintendent’s Office

  • Darlene Melk, M.D.

    Chiricahua Community Health Center

  • Cornelia Munoz

    Arizona @ Work

  • Vada Phelps

    Center for Academic Success Charter School

  • Ralph Robles

    Douglas Hispanic Chamber

  • Jim Russell

    City of Douglas

  • Melissa Silva

    University of Arizona South

Yuma Education Advocacy Council

  • Rachael Barkley

    Alice Byrne Elementary School/Barkley Company

  • Madeleine Coil

    City of Yuma

  • John Courtis

    Yuma County Chamber of Commerce

  • Linda Elliott-Nelson

    Arizona Western College

  • Julie Engel

    Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation

  • Randal Etzler

    Yuma Regional Medical Center

  • Bruce Gwynn

    Yuma Union High School District

  • Tanya Hodges

    University of Arizona

  • Jon Jessen


  • Shelley Mellon

    RL Jones Insurance/Mellon Family Farm

  • Dr. Laura Noel

    Somerton School District

  • Rudy Ortiz

    First Things First

  • Veronica Shorr

    Yuma Community Foundation

  • Bob Sloncen

    Hyder/Dateland School District

  • Jenny Torres

    City of San Luis

  • Tom Tyree

    Yuma County Education Service Agency

  • Frank West

    General Motors Desert Proving Ground

  • Gladys Brown

    Yuma Airport

  • Olivia Zepeda

    Gadsden Elementary School District