Program Accepting Applications through July 6th

GILBERT – Gilbert Leadership celebrated the graduation of Class XXVI on Friday, June 8th at a formal ceremony recognizing 24 students in this year's class, all of whom have contributed to the community through leadership.

Gilbert Leadership, a program of the Gilbert Chamber Foundation, serves to raise up local leadership by promoting and inspiring action on issues that impact the Town of Gilbert. The program influences the community by building leadership capacity, increasing knowledge and awareness of community concerns, and nurturing future leaders. Over the past nine months, class participants have worked together to discover the infrastructure of Gilbert, including an inside look at our town's history, fine arts, local government, education, social services, healthcare, and more.

“Gilbert Leadership was a great experience,” said program graduate Traci Frederickson, of Fountain of Life Christian Fellowship. “Learning what it takes to make our town so great and meeting amazing people who are invested in a lifestyle of personal growth and giving back to their community was priceless. Gilbert Leadership gave me insight and tools to which I would have never experienced.”

Gilbert Leadership brings together individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to develop their leadership potential. Participants experience personal growth and gain a unique perspective as they take an inside look at the workings of their community.

The following individuals were recognized as graduates of Gilbert Leadership Class XXVI:

David Baldwin, Via Circuits Inc.
Blake Bentley, Ready Logistics
Irma Bressler, CertaPro Painters
Mike Burkhart, Gilbert Fire Department
Judy Cato, Arizona State University/Victory AME Church
Kristen Drew, Town of Gilbert
Kellen Escoto, HD South/Gilbert Historical Museum
Traci Frederickson, Fountain of Life
Robert Gardner, Banner Health
Erik Gray, Leading Edge Academy
Vicki Kettner, Town of Gilbert
Randy Mahlerwein, Higley Unified School District
Caryn Mannheimer, Orbital ATK
Justin Martz, Wells Fargo
Bryanna McHenry, Salt River Project
Brendan O'Connor, Salt River Project
Cris Parisot, Town of Gilbert
Shannon Powell, TotSpot Preschool
Jonathan V Reece, Geneva Financial LLC
Brian Sexton, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority
Vincent Thomas, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center
Mike Thomason, Higley Unified School District
James Walker, Higley Unified School District
Nicole Washington, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

Class members attended full-day sessions (Learning Days) once each month for nine months; complete a series of local tours; and work together to select, organize, and execute a class service project. Class XXVI constructed two Exchange Zones – one at each Police Station in Gilbert – to create areas for residents to exchange goods purchased on-line and for parents to conduct child custody exchanges in a well-lit environment and under the watchful eye of digital surveillance.

Gilbert Leadership is currently accepting applications to participate in the program’s 27th class and will begin interviewing applicants in July. Gilbert-area residents and/or employees are eligible to apply. Interested candidates should submit a completed application by July 6th. Program applications can be found online at

About Gilbert Leadership
Gilbert Leadership is a ten-month program of the Gilbert Chamber Foundation. Candidates are required to live or work in Gilbert, possess a commitment to community involvement and personal growth, and a desire to improve the Gilbert community. More than 530 alumni have discovered leadership opportunities and fostered lasting relationships through this program. Learn more at