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

 

MarkFeldman

Commission Chair, Mark Feldman (Scottsdale) was appointed as the Commission Chair for the Arizona Commission on the Arts by former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and was recently reappointed for a fourth term by Governor Doug Ducey. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Arizona Community Foundation (Chair of Investment Committee), the Board of Trustees for the Phoenix Art Museum (Co-Chair and Treasurer), Valley Beit Midrash (Treasurer and Past-Chair), and Temple Chai (Board President). He is past Co-Chair of the Jewish Community Association of Greater Phoenix, past Chairman of the Board for Free Arts of Arizona, a past Board and Executive Committee member for the Arizona Science Center, past Chairman of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern and Central Arizona, and a past Trustee of the Desert Botanical Garden. Updated June 2020

 

PamHall

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. Dr. Hall was first appointed to the Arts Commission by Governor Jane Dee Hull; she was re-appointed by Governor Jan Brewer and Governor Doug Ducey and is now serving her fourth term. She lives in north central Phoenix with her husband, Scott Celley. Updated June 2020

 

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

 

Benjamin Baer (Phoenix) completed his Bachelor of Music Theory at Ohio University. He continued his studies at the University of Kansas and with Frank Morelli at SUNY Stony Brook, where he taught courses in music technology and appreciation. Baer worked as a freelance bassoonist in New York before relocating to Arizona in 2011. He currently manages Education, Youth Performance, and Community Programs for Arizona Musicfest in the North Valley, coming from a similar position with The Phoenix Symphony. He is also active as a volunteer mentor with Free Arts of Arizona and in various capacities with his local church. Updated June 2020


Lisa Barnes (Mesa) previously worked as a legislative analyst for the Arizona House of Representatives and is active in the community. She is a Master Docent at Phoenix Art Museum where she has served on the governing board and as President from 2011-2012. She also serves on the John Volken Academy Ranch Advisory Committee and developed and runs their arts and culture curriculum and program. She and her husband Stan live in the East Valley. Updated June 2020



Timothy Bee (Tucson) is the Southern Arizona Director for the Arizona Builders Alliance beginning in July of 2018. Prior to this he was the Vice President for Government & Community Relations at the University of Arizona, where he led the offices of Federal, State, City, County, and Tribal Relations and served as an adviser to four University of Arizona Presidents between 2011 and 2018. From 2009-2011 Bee served as the Director of the Southern Arizona Office of Governor Janice Brewer. This followed his eight years of service in the Arizona State Senate. During his tenure in the Senate, Bee served two terms as the Majority Leader and his final term as President. Bee ran his own business for eleven years. He is a native of Arizona and he and his wife Grace live in Tucson. They have six children who are very active in the performing arts. Updated July 2019

CarolCrockett

Dr. Carol Crockett (Phoenix), is a long-time resident of Arizona with a consulting practice in nonprofit organizational and interim leadership, program evaluation, and all aspects of fundraising. Recent consulting and employment positions include interim managing director of Center Dance Ensemble, fundraising counsel to Transplant Community Alliance. and vice president of development/donor relations at Hospice of the Valley. Prior positions include that of director of advancement at Xavier College Preparatory and assistant vice president of public affairs at Thunderbird School of Global Management. Crockett held policy and advocacy positions at the federal and state levels, including the Office of Women’s Business Ownership in Washington, DC and The Governor’s Division for Children overseeing the Head Start/Arizona Collaboration for children 0 – 8 years old. Crockett earned a Ph.D. in educational policy from Arizona State University (1999). She serves on the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools. Updated June 2020


Dr. Oliver Harper (Phoenix) has practiced medicine in Arizona as a family physician and geriatrician. A co-founder and former president of the Arizona Medical Clinic, where he practiced for 35 years, Dr. Harper has also been a volunteer physician at St. Vincent de Paul and currently at Mission of Mercy Clinics. He is currently on the board of the International Society for Cardiovascular Translational Research, the Creighton University Medical Alumni Board, a Council Member of St. Vincent de Paul Phoenix, and Chairman Emeritus of The Phoenix Symphony. He served on the Traveling Staff of John McCain’s 2008 Presidential Campaign. He and his wife Sharon, who is President and CEO of Plaza Companies, have 5 children and 5 grandchildren. Updated June 2020

 

Rachel Frazier Johnson (Phoenix) is multi-faceted. She found her purpose in her career as an attorney, as well as her work in the arts & culture community. Johnson dedicates her personal time to improving the lives of Arizonans through arts & culture. Johnson’s dedication to positively impacting the lives of Arizonans makes her an exceptional addition to the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Her unwavering compassion and commitment to serving her community and the State is unparalleled. Johnson supports countless organizations and serves on a variety of boards and commissions which focus on enhancing arts & culture throughout Arizona. She possesses a passion for the arts, and devotes her free time to enjoying artistic and cultural events. She is also a theatre and film producer. Johnson enjoys live music, entertaining and international travel with her family. Updated June 2020

 

PatriciaKaufman

Patricia “Pat” Kaufman (Scottsdale) retired from 17 years as a successful business owner in 2006. She serves as Chairman of the Regents Program for the Arizona Federation of Republican Women and is a charter member of the Lincoln Republican Women (LRW), for which she currently holds the position of Membership Chairman. Kaufman is on the board of directors of the National Federation of Republican Women and is a member of the ASU Gammage VIP program. She is widowed with two grown children living in Scottsdale.

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.


Tamalyn Lewis (Scottsdale) is an Arizona native, born in Globe, raised in Safford, and attended Arizona State University. She has been practicing law for 34 years and is a shareholder with Engelman Berger, PC, a business based law firm, with her primary focus being commercial bankruptcy, creditor/debtor rights and corporate restructuring. Lewis also serves as a Co-Chair for Center Dance Ensemble, the resident modern dance company of the Herberger Theater Center. She is actively involved with many other charitable organizations, including the Casa.

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
 

Ruth Soberanes (Phoenix), an Arizona native, is an International Trade Specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service in Phoenix. She previously served as the Director of Trade and Investment at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and as the Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives at the Arizona-Mexico Commission, Office of the Governor. Soberanes serves as the Vice President of the University of San Diego Phoenix Torero Club, Board of Director of the ASU Morrison Institute and Executive Council Member of the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute Emerging Leaders Network. Soberanes is an active member of the Flinn Brown Civic Leadership Academy and the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations. In her spare time, Soberanes enjoys dancing flamenco and taking acting lessons. Updated June 2020


Farhana Sharifa Ahmed 2018- 2020
Carolyn Allen* 2011- 2016
Eldon Ardrey* 1967- 1970
Cecil Armstrong* 1980- 1983
Gary Avey* 2001- 2004
Vera Marie “Bunny” Badertscher 1998- 2004
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
Margie Braden* 1973- 1976
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 Chase 1982- 1988
Jocelyn Clark 2009- 2012
Marvin S. Cohen* 1975- 1978
Marvin S. Cohen* 1988- 1994
Jose Colchado 1989- 1992
Christopher Coover 1987- 1990
Loise Copes* 1991- 1994
Slivy Edmonds Cotton 1999- 2000
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
Katie Dusenberry 1984- 1987
Merlin K. DuVal* 1974- 1975
Marion Elliott 1988- 1993
Judith Ann Evans 2007- 2009
Ray Everett 2012- 2016
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
Bennie M. Gonzales* 1972- 1974
Lisa Gray 2015- 2017
Charles Hall 1995- 1997
Pamela Hall 2000- 2003
Diane Cummings Halle 1993- 1995
Joy Hanley 1988- 1991
Terrence M. Hanson 2004- 2007
Peter Hayes 1994- 2000
Mary Hays 1994- 2000
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
Nancy Jordan 1984- 1987
Jane Jozoff 1997- 2003
Magda Amado Kallmeyer 1990- 1993
Bill Kapfer 1997- 1998
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
Thomas Lang 1990- 1993
Natalie S. Lang 2007- 2013
Cassandra A. Larsen 2009- 2012
Madeline Lazarus 1986- 1992
Leo Lesperance* 1993- 1999
Bill Lewis 1979- 1982
Charles Lewis 1982- 1988
Tamalyn Lewis 2013- 2017
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
Robin Shaw 1993- 1995
Kelly Shaw-Norton 2010- 2016
Virginia Shelley 1995- 2001
F. William Sheppard 2003- 2009
Mariko Silver 2003- 2006
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
Genevieve Brown Wright* 1969- 1975
Judith Wright-Evans 2007- 2009
Olinda Young 1988- 1991
       
 * Deceased      
Updated 7/26/17