About the Governing Commission

The Governing Commission consists of a board of fifteen members, including one chairperson, appointed by the Governor of Arizona. Commission members serve terms of three years and are chosen for their demonstrated ability, good judgment and experience in arts-related fields. In addition, they are selected to ensure geographic and ethnic representation of all areas of the state. Commission members attend quarterly board meetings, chair review panels, award grants and formulate policy consistent with enabling legislation.

Current Commission Members

Commission Chair, Dawn Wallace (Phoenix) oversees the Flinn Foundation’s statewide civic-leadership program that prepares emerging and established leaders to enter all levels of public service. A public-policy expert who has advised governors and guided policy development in the Arizona Legislature for the last two decades, Wallace joined the Foundation in March 2020.

Wallace directs the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation. The Center’s cornerstone initiative to strengthen civic leadership in Arizona is the nonpartisan Flinn-Brown Fellowship, launched in 2011 under a partnership between the Flinn Foundation and Thomas R. Brown Foundations of Tucson.

Wallace previously served in the office of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey for more than four years and led the development of the governor’s P-20 education agenda. She also served as a liaison to executive departments and planned and managed large public events, including Ducey’s second inauguration ceremonies and the memorial service for U.S. Sen. John McCain. Her previous experience includes serving as director of government relations for the Maricopa County Community College District and policy-advisor roles in the Arizona House of Representatives and State Senate. Earlier in her career, she was a budget analyst for Govs. Jane Dee Hull and Janet Napolitano.

As part of the 2012 Centennial Celebration, Wallace collaborated with the Flinn Foundation to produce the “Kids at the Capitol” DVD that included civics education modules for Arizona middle school students.

Wallace holds an MBA, with an emphasis in accounting, from the University of Phoenix, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Arizona State University. “

Monica Buckle (Camp Verde) is an Arizona Humanities Scholar and the Executive Director of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Museum in Camp Verde, the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service for Montezuma Castle National Monument and Tuzigoot National Monument. She is also a board member of the Mesa Verde Foundation. She received her BA from Lynn University and her MA from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation.

Ash Dahlke (Bisbee) is a mixed media artist and educator currently living in Bisbee, Arizona. She serves as the 2D Instructor of Art and Curator of the Union Gallery on the Cochise College Douglas campus. In 2019 she received her Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Arizona and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2015. Her work has been exhibited at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson, Tubac Center of the Arts, and The Land With No Name. She is currently a volunteer programmer at KBRP 96.1 a community radio station in Bisbee and previously served on the board of Border Arts Corridor a local arts non-profit that serves the communities of Douglas, AZ and Agua Prieta, SON.

Commission Vice Chair, Dr. Pamela Hall (Phoenix) is a professor of Art History at Glendale Community College (GCC) where she has taught since 1998. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Maryland, and has taught at the Smithsonian Institution, the American University, the University of Maryland, and Trinity College. She is past district coordinator of the Art Masterpiece Program for the Madison Elementary School District, and currently serves as curator of GCC’s Art Collection. She served as advisor to Phi Theta Kappa honor society, has been recognized as GCC’s Honors Professor of the Year, and is a regular lecturer to docents at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Art Harding (Phoenix) currently serves as the Chief of Operations for the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). In this role, he ensures ADE is focused on being a service-oriented organization. Before joining the ADE, Art served as the Chief of Operations for the State of Arizona, under Governor Ducey. He also worked in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as the Executive Secretary of the Office of the Executive Secretariat. Prior to his service at USDA, Art served as Director of Policy for the First Lady of the United States. In that role, he focused on policy development, engagement strategies, and youth advocacy.

Art has also been involved in multiple community and professional associations, including the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office Open Meeting Law Enforcement Team, the Arizona Fallen Correctional Employees Memorial Committee, and more. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Arizona.

Angelia Hill (Phoenix) is the President & CEO of OneMillion Entrepreneurs nonprofit organization with a mission to transform the economic landscape for all people to one million sustaining entrepreneurs by 2036. For the past 17 years, she has been inspiring entrepreneurs with the motivation needed to succeed through the journey of creating and refining businesses in Arizona. Consulting economic development campaigns for the United Nations UN Women (WEP) council and national companies she is the former, Senior Vice President of the Arizona Small Business Association. Currently serving on the Arizona Dept of Education CTE Board Commission, Angelia provides guidance on programs for entrepreneurial students and community engagement of arts industry businesses at many levels. Angelia and her husband live in the Biltmore area of Phoenix and enjoy cultural emersion travelling around the world. Updated June 2021 

Chelsea Lett (Phoenix) was born and raised in Bullhead City, Arizona, and attended Northern Arizona University earning degrees in American Political Studies and Public Relations. She moved to D.C. and worked a year on Capitol Hill prior to joining the Washington National Opera and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Lett spent three years with WNO and The Kennedy Center in the press and development departments working on  projects promoting the opera in the community. In 2012, she moved back to Arizona and began working for U.S. Senator Jeff Flake where she currently serves as Regional Outreach Director.

Regina Ortega-Leonardi (Globe) is a prominent figure in Globe, Arizona, known for her enthusiasm, contribution to the arts and her dedication to fostering artistic development in rural communities. As the Creative Director of Love Where You Live, a nonprofit organization focused on placemaking, she excels at uniting communities to transform public spaces into lovable places. Regina’s journey into hope-inspired community-driven art initiatives began when she co-founded I Art Globe in 2020, resulting in the establishment of Arizona’s Stairizona Trail and the installation of over 60 public artworks and art events, with a combined value of over $235,000 in support of rural Arizona’s art scene.

Regina completed the highly competitive Project CENTRL training seminars—a year-long rural leadership development program through the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension.

Danny Sharaby (Phoenix) grew up in Cedarhurst, Long Island, New York and moved to Arizona to attend Law School at Arizona State University graduating with a Juris Doctor Degree in 1985. While attending ASU, Sharaby founded what is now Tickets Unlimited Inc., an independent, privately owned company engaged in the business of buying and selling premium tickets for all Local, National and International Sporting, Concerts, and Theater events. Sharaby is an avid art collector, and has been an active contributor of his time and resources to many civic, educational and charitable institutions in Arizona and across U.S. Sharaby and his wife Jenna live in the Arcadia area of Phoenix and have raised three daughters there. Sharaby is a current board member of the Camelback East Village Planning Committee serving since 2015. Updated June 2020

Pats Shriver (Flagstaff) recently retired as the Regional Director overseeing the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff as well as the Page/Lake Powell Community Fund, Greater Williams Community Fund, and the Tuba City Community Fund. In addition, Pats worked with the Native American Tribes on the Colorado Plateau, including the Hopi Foundation, and worked with donors throughout the White Mountains. Pats worked with donors and fundholders as well as other community partners to grow charitable assets and enhance community impact through strategic grantmaking. Pats joined the organization in 2011 as the grant’s operations coordinator for the Northern Regional and was named Northern Regional Manager in 2013.

Pats came to ACF from the Museum of Northern Arizona where she served as the Human Resources Director, Events and Trip Coordinator during her five-year tenure. She has over 20 years of experience in educational and consulting services in the Silicon Valley software industry, and holds a degree in Business Administration.

Colleen Steinberg (Paradise Valley) grew up in the Valley of the Sun. She attended the University of Arizona and earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art in 1990. In partnership with her mother and sister she founded a graphic design firm serving local and national clientele. For fifteen years she was a principal, working with clients to determine strategies and design for marketing campaigns and translating concepts into visuals for media outreach. She currently has her own commission-based animal portrait studio and teaches painting classes at various valley venues. She serves on the Paradise Valley Arts Board and has been active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Kyung-Lim Turrell (Flagstaff) emigrated from South Korea to the United States with her family in 1972. She studied at the Pratt Institute and graduated with a BFA in drawing in 1983. Since then, she has exhibited at MoMA PS1 (New York), The Park Avenue Armory (New York), Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (Arizona) and Seoul Art Center (South Korea), among other venues. She is a recipient of awards from the Ford Foundation; the Pollock-Krasner Foundation; the New York Foundation for the Arts; and the Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation.

She serves on the boards of the Turrell Art Foundation and Skystone Foundation, and lives and works in Flagstaff.

With 40 years of nonprofit experience, John-Peter Wilhite (Tucson) became a staff member in Housing & Residential Life at University of Arizona in the spring of 2023. In his work with nonprofits, he accumulated experience as both a staff and board member. He has also helped to found two nonprofits which still thrive today.

John-Peter Wilhite has been engaged in diversity and inclusion work throughout his career and has developed and led workshops for many years. He has also been involved as a staff member and volunteer with nonprofit arts organizations for much of his career.

He earned an MA in Communication Studies from Texas State University and a BFA in Fashion and Art from Pratt Institute in New York City. John-Peter calls Tucson home, having lived here for over 22 years. He gained his work and life experience while living in Indianapolis, New York City, San Francisco (twice), and Austin prior to moving to Tucson.

Special Advisor to the Arizona Commission on the Arts

Ruben Alvarez (Phoenix) is Co-founder and Managing Partner of Molera Alvarez, LLC, a government relations and public affairs firm based in Phoenix. Molera Alvarez, represents a wide range of Fortune 500 companies, non-profit groups and governmental entities. Prior to forming Molera Alvarez in 2003, Alvarez worked in the State of Arizona’s Executive branch for 12 years. Notable is his role as the Governor’s Policy Advisor for Mexico and Hispanic Affairs. In this role, Alvarez managed the state’s relationship with Mexican government officials and provided leadership direction on key bi-national issues, cross border trade activities and initiatives targeting the needs of the Hispanic community. In addition, before becoming Policy Advisor, Alvarez served as the Governor’s Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity where he was responsible for implementing and overseeing outreach efforts to develop greater communication links between state agencies and underrepresented communities to disseminate information on contracting and employment opportunities. Updated June 2020




  Farhana Sharifa Ahmed 2018- 2020
Senator Carolyn Allen* 2011- 2016
  Ruben E. Alvarez 2012-  2021
  Eldon Ardrey* 1967- 1970
  Cecil Armstrong* 1980- 1983
  Gary Avey* 2001- 2004
  Vera Marie “Bunny” Badertscher 1998- 2004
  Benjamin “Ben” Baer 2015- 2021
  Lisa Barnes 2007- 2022
Senator Tim Bee 2011- 2022
  Ron Bergamo* 2000- 2001
  Walter Bimson* 1970- 1977
  Audrey Bingham* 1967- 1973
  Hermann Bleibtreu 1978- 1980
  Betsy Bolding 1988- 1991
  Victoria Wait Boyce 2010- 2015
  Margaret “Margie” Braden* 1973- 1976
Dr. Robert G. Breunig 2008- 2015
  Henry Bruinsma* 1967- 1969
  Phyllis Bunch 2011- 2015
  Manuel R. Burruel 2003- 2006
  Virginia Cardenas* 2000- 2008
  Charles G. Case II 1988- 1991
  Joseph A. Castillo* 1999- 2005
  Shirley Chann 2005- 2011
  Katherin L. Chase 1982- 1988
  Jocelyn “Jo” Clark 2009- 2012
  Marvin S. Cohen* 1975- 1978
  Marvin S. Cohen* 1988- 1994
  Jose Colchado 1989- 1992
  Christopher Coover 1987- 1990
  Loise Stone Copes* 1991- 1994
  Slivy Edmonds Cotton 1999- 2000
  Carol Crockett 2011-  2022
  Victoria Cummiskey 2003- 2009
  Jacqueline Jean Davidson 2005- 2008
  Brooke Davis 2005- 2008
  Dino DeConcini 1979- 1985
  Darryl Dobras 2005- 2011
  Stella Pope Duarte 2006- 2009
  Kathryn “Katie” Norton Dusenberry 1984- 1987
Dr. Merlin “Monte” K. DuVal* 1974- 1975
  Marion Elliott 1988- 1993
Dr. Ray Everett 2012- 2016
  Mark Feldman 2009- 2022
  Frank J. Felix 1978- 1982
  Cecilia Félix-Roudebush 1992- 1998
  Norma Ferguson* 1976- 1979
  Heidi Teets Fisher 1994- 1996
  Alice Froeb 1973- 1979
  Joseph Fu 2004- 2007
  Alice Gay 1967- 1973
  Karen Glennon 1997- 1999
  Susan Goldberg 1983- 1987
  Stan Goldberg* 1968- 1977
  Pamela J. Goldsmith 1975- 1978
  Barnaby “Bennie” Montague Gonzales* 1972- 1974
  Lisa Gray 2015- 2017
  Charles Hall 1995- 1997
Dr. Pamela Hall 2013- Present
Dr. Pamela Hall 2000- 2003
  Diane Cummings Halle 1993- 1995
  Joy Hanley 1988- 1991
  Terrence M. Hanson 2004- 2007
Dr. Oliver “Ollie” Harper 2020- 2022
  Peter Hayes 1994- 2000
  Mary Hays 1994- 2000
  Angelia Hill 2021 Present
  Dave Howell 1999- 2005
  John Hudak 1993- 1999
  Alison Hughes 2005- 2011
  Vicki L. Hunt 2010- 2013
  Gail Jacobson 2001- 2004
  Edward Jacobson* 1979- 1988
  Lisa Jayne 2015- 2017
  Rachel Frazier Johnson 2020- 2022
  Nancy Jordan 1984- 1987
  Jane Jozoff 1997- 2003
  Magda Amado Kallmeyer 1990- 1993
  Bill Kapfer 1997- 1998
  Patricia “Pat” Kaufman 2013-  2021
  Dennis Kavanaugh 1999- 2005
  Joanne Keene 2018- 2020
  Everett L. King* 1984- 1989
  Marvin Kirchler 1989- 1992
  Paul Koehler 1996- 1999
  Dale Wood Kuzzelman 1977- 1983
  Natalie S. Lang 2007- 2013
  Thomas Lang 1990- 1993
  Cassandra A. Larsen 2009- 2012
  Madeline Lazarus 1986- 1992
  Leo Lesperance* 1993- 1999
  Chelsea Lett 2017- Present
  Bill Lewis 1979- 1982
  Charles Lewis 1982- 1988
  Tamalyn “Tami” Lewis 2013- Present
  Michael Liburdi 2010- 2016
  Andre Licardi 1999- 2005
  Lori Logan 2010- 2011
  Charles Loloma* 1973- 1978
  Charles Loloma* 1983- 1985
  Dodie Londen* 1987- 1993
  Rosemary Lonewolf 1994- 1997
  W. D. Long 1987- 1990
  Irene Meyer Lundahl 2000- 2003
  Donald Luria 2001- 2005
  Wanda MacDonald 1980- 1983
  Rita Maria Magdaleno 1995- 2001
  Ivan Makil 2003- 2006
  Pearle E. Marr 1992- 1998
  Peter R. Marroney* 1967- 1980
  Pepe Martinez 1975- 1982
  Helen K. Mason* 1976- 1979
  Frances B. McAllister* 1976- 1982
  Miriam “Mim” McClennen 1989- 1995
  Robert W. McGee 1969- 1972
  Jacqueline F. McNulty 1977- 1980
  Beverly Lockett Miller 1998- 2004
  Katherine Smith Miller* 1986- 1988
  Roseann Munger 1996- 1997
  Gerry Murphy 1994- 1997
  Gordon Murphy* 1991- 1994
  Mabel Nagel 1967- 1973
  Ronald Nairn* 1967- 1969
  Joshua Nelson 2010- 2012
  Mimi Orme* 1969- 1975
  Mary Paulin* 1987- 1993
  Gene Polk 1994- 1995
  Louise Tester Pollard* 1967- 1971
  Adele Ponce 2018- 2018
  Al Qoyawayma 1991- 1992
  Lincoln J. Ragsdale* 1971- 1976
  D. Michael Rappoport 1986- 1992
  Douglas Richards 1967- 1970
  Danita Jelani Rios 2007- 2010
  Jane Rosenbaum 1986- 1989
  Robert Ruiz 1987- 1988
  Lewis J. Ruskin* 1968- 1980
  Star M. Sacks* 1983- 1989
  Mark Sanders 1984- 1986
  Louise Schellenberg 1967- 1976
  Daniel “Danny” Sharaby 2017 Present
  Robin Ross Shaw 1993- 1995
  Kelly Shaw-Norton 2010- 2016
  Virginia Shelley 1995- 2001
  F. William “Bill” Sheppard 2003- 2009
  Mariko Silver 2003- 2006
  Ruth Soberanes 2018 Present
  Kim Sterling 1993- 1999
  Grace Sternberg 1967- 1969
  John Stilley* 1970- 1976
  Rosanda Suetopka-Thayer 1992- 1994
  Marilyn Summers 1992- 1993
  Lisa Takata 2004- 2007
  Ramonia Thomas 1996- 1999
  ErLinda Torres 2007- 2010
  Don Tostenrud* 1980- 1986
  Patricia Anne Tully 1981- 1986
  Rudy Turk* 1980- 1984
  Myrna Udall 1993- 1996
  Barbara C. Van Sittert 1976- 1982
  Judith Walsh 2007- 2010
  Lea Ward 1982- 1987
  Ronald H. Warner* 1975- 1987
  Carol DuVal Whiteman 1978- 1984
  Jack Whiteman* 1982- 1988
  Richard Whitney* 1969- 1984
  Elizabeth “Lisa” Wilkinson-Fannin 1998- 2003
  Barbea Williams 1991- 1994
  Diane Prescott Windham 2005- 2010
  Margaret Wood 1997- 2003
  Judith Ann Wright-Evans 2007- 2009
  Genevieve Brown Wright* 1969- 1975
  Olinda Young 1988- 1991


 * Deceased      
Updated 7/26/17