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.


Shelby Duplessis

Shelby Duplessis, The Empire Group – President

Bobbi Magdaleno

Bobbi Magdaleno – President Elect

Dr. Lily Deblieux

Dr. Lily Deblieux, Pendergast Elementary – Secretary

Cheryl Covert, City of Avondale – Treasurer

Shawn Bradford

Shawn Bradford, EPCOR – Past President

Board of Directors

Stephanie Fogelson

Stephanie Fogelson, Venn Construction

Mike Godbehere

Mike Godbehere, GCON

Melissa Holdaway

Melissa Holdaway, AZ Charter

Josh Landers

Josh Landers, Commercial 33

Manuel Ernesto-Mulato, SRP

Manuel Ernesto-Mulato, SRP



Michelle R. Hess, Executive Director

Michelle R. Hess, Executive Director and Program Director

Allison Benninghoff, Program Assistant

Allison Benninghoff, Program Assistant

Photos by Karianne Munstedt Portrait