Leadership West is ultimately “owned” by those that have gone through the program as well as those community friends that believe in, and support, our critical mission.  Below, you will find our board members as well as our staff members.


Shawn Bradford

Shawn Bradford, EPCOR – President

Shelby Duplesis

Shelby Duplesis, The Empire Group – Vice President

Dr. Lily Deblieux

Dr. Lily Deblieux, Pendergast Elementary – Secretary

Kathy Mireles - Treasurer

Kathy Mireles – Treasurer

Debbie Charlesworth, Realty ONE Group – Past President

Board of Directors

Sophia Combs

Sophia Combs, SRP

Dawn Demers

Dawn Demers, Avery Angels

Stephanie Fogelson

Stephanie Fogelson, Venn Construction

Mike Godbehere

Mike Godbehere, GCON

Melissa Holdaway

Melissa Holdaway, AZ Charter

Josh Landers

Josh Landers, Commercial 33

Patrick McDermott

Patrick McDermott, APS

Garrett Olexa

Garrett Olexa,Jennings, Strauss, and Salmon, PLC

Cheryl Street

Cheryl Street, DAE


Michelle R. Hess, Executive Director

Michelle R. Hess, Executive Director

Allison Benninghoff, Administrative Assistant

Allison Benninghoff, Administrative Assistant

Photos by Karianne Munstedt Portrait