The Alliance is proud of the following individuals who serve on the Board of Directors. Many have served unselfishly for a number of years and continue today giving of their time and expertise. The Alliance truly appreciates each member’s committment to the organization’s mission, their fierce leadership and all they do on behalf of the citizens of Arizona.
Matthew Aguilar, Phoenix (2022) – Matthew Aguilar was born and raised in South Phoenix. Proud of his communityʼs resilience and beauty, he has made it his mission to serve and bring forth positive growth for the city if Phoenix. With the intention of reducing generational poverty in his community, Matthew works in areas such as youth outreach, small business development, and also land use and the
protections of vulnerable communities. In 2015 he co-founded Copper City Youth Project, a youth outreach program that introduces life and leadership skills to teens in disinvested communities. In addition, Matthew serves on the South Mountain Village planning committee and runs Prima Materia, a business consulting group that helps in the formation and sustainability of small businesses. Continuing to see the city grow while protecting historic land and communities is of great importance as well as a guiding force behind the work the Matthew does.
Margaret Bohannan, Scottsdale/Flagstaff (2023)
Natalya Brown, Queen Creek (2023) – Natalya was raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota but spent summers with her family in Arizona growing up. She attended Augsburg University where she received a B.A. in Cross-Cultural Studies and International Relations. Since moving to Arizona in 2016, Natalya loves to explore Arizona’s cultural sites and capture the desert landscape and beautiful desert creatures through photography. Having worked as a Council Aide for the City of Phoenix before moving on to campaign work, she now works for Creosote Partners. Outside of work she serves as Secretary for Phoenix Sister Cities’ Chengdu, China Committee and volunteers as a Child Advocate with the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights.
The Honorable Sam Campana, Scottsdale (2023) – Sam Kathryn Campana, well-known advocate on behalf of the arts and environment, has been the leader for many quality of life issues in Arizona. Sam helped create Arizonans for Cultural Development after serving on the founding Board of the Scottsdale Center for the Arts (was its third, first woman, president), and went on to be its first successful Executive Director, serving in that role for almost fifteen years. She is Chairman Emeritus of the organization, now known as Arizona Citizens for the Arts and also had a long stint on the Scottsdale Public Arts Board. Sam was a Fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington DC and studied public policy at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard.
Concurrently she served on the Scottsdale City Council for two terms (1986 – 1994), ran for an open seat for Mayor, and served from 1996-2000. Her vision and planning for an urban downtown, an active waterfront, lightrail connections, an ASU presence, an expanded public art program, a mutually productive relationship with the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, and a connected open space from Scottsdale’s northernmost border to Tempe are all now coming to fruition. As a volunteer, she helped found the Scottsdale Foundation for the Handicapped, Share the Health Foundation, the Scottsdale Western Arts Associates (which recently established a western art museum in downtown), and Scottsdale Leadership (who selected her for the Drinkwater Award), following her participation in Valley Leadership (who selected her as Woman of the Year 2010). She has been appointed by four mayors, four governors and two presidents to serve on various arts/enviro boards, commissions and task forces.
After an International Leadership Fellowship in 2001, she was recruited by the National Audubon Society to establish their state office Audubon Arizona here – and to head up an organization of 10,000 members, nine active chapters, and an 8,000-acre Research Ranch. Audubon Arizona completed a $7.3million campaign to build a nature education center on the banks of the Salt River on Central Avenue. It has been open to the public and embraced by the community since October, 2009. After 12 years with Audubon, she now is helping ensure the Desert Discovery Center/Desert EDGE becomes a reality – as the interpretive center and major visitor experience. Sam lives in downtown Scottsdale in a former farmhouse where pecans once grew. Cassidy and Katie live nearby with her twin grandsons, her son with his lassies in Dublin, Ireland. She has a pound dog, Harold, a desert tortoise, and 2 chickens – Babe and Emma.
The Honorable Steve Farley, Tucson (2023) – The people of Tucson elected Steve Farley to serve six terms in the Arizona Legislature — three terms in the House, and three in the Senate, and he was ele
cted by his peers as Assistant Minority Leader in both. He served as the Ranking Democrat on the Finance and Ways & Means Committees, as well as Member of the Appropriations, Financial Institutions, Joint Legislative Budget, and Ethics Committees. Steve worked across the aisle to expand Medicaid healthcare to 400,000 Arizonans, and after leading the fight against cuts to public schools for years, he helped leverage the power wielded by the RedforEd teachers movement to win approval of more than $415 million in new funds for K-12 public education in 2018-19. He was a tireless advocate for State Parks and worked with a broad spectrum of stakeholders and elected leaders to restore funding to the Heritage Fund. During his twelve years of legislative service, he has won many awards including Best Debater, Best Elected Official, and Leader of the Year for Public Policy.
Steve brings a professional lifetime of vision, leadership and public service to his current position as CEO of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. While most Tucsonans know him as the artist behind the popular tile murals along the Broadway Underpass (using a process he invented) or as a long-time Arizona legislator, Farley’s animal story goes back years to his time as a volunteer animal behaviorist at the San Francisco SPCA and also includes being honored as Humane Legislator of the Year several times for his efforts to ban greyhound racing and puppy mills in Arizona. He also initiated and led the process that brought the Modern Streetcar to downtown Tucson, kicking off a cultural and economic revitalization of the area and was founder and owner of his own graphic design firm. Farley is a cum laude graduate of Williams College and is the proud dad of two daughters and three rescue dogs – Ralphy, Luna, and Ziggy.
Pam Jones, Casa Grande (2021) – Pam’s love of history has had an influence on both her professional and personal life. ASU graduate, she and her husband lived in a downtown Phoenix historic neighborhood for almost 30 years. She became an advocate for historic preservation and has promoted that cause. While at ASU, Pam researched the history of Sky Harbour Airport for its Fiftieth Anniversary, after graduation she did research for a video about Page, Arizona and the Glen Canyon dam. She worked for the Arizona Preservation Foundation (APF), published the Willo neighborhood newsletter, and served as executive director for the Arizona Heritage Alliance (AHA). Additionally, she served on the boards of the Willo Neighborhood, and APF. Pam has served on the Alliance board for over twelve years
Sreekar Krishna, Chandler (2022) – Sreekar is an ardent enthusiast of the outdoors and everything wild. Camping, hiking, photography and star gazing has taken him to every nook and corner of Arizona over the past 16 years. From Grand Canyon, to Canyon de Chelly, to Chiricahua National Monument he has spent a lot of time admiring and appreciating the beauty of Arizona’s high/low deserts and the sky islands. With a keen sense of the work it takes to keep wild lands wild, Sreekar has spent a lot of time understanding and appreciating the complex balance of policies that support and preserve wildlands for the future. In his spare time, he scratch-builds historically accurate scale replicas of 20th century steam-era railway stations – Flagstaff station being his first.
Sreekar is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Master’s and a PhD in Electrical Engineering. Having briefly left Arizona to work as a Computer Scientist researcher for Microsoft Research in Washington, he moved back to sunny Tempe in pursuit of a new career in technology consulting and business transformation. Currently he serves as a Principal/Partner with KPMG LLP focusing on transforming businesses to deliver unique automation-driven technology revolution to their customers. As a continuing effort to develop top talent in the state of Arizona, Sreekar teaches at the WP Carey School of Business as an Adjunct Faculty, and also serves as one of the key advisors in the WP Carey School’s Executive Advisory Board.
Bryan Martyn, Gilbert (2023) – grew up in Tempe and attended McClintock High School where he
was active in student government and was a varsity athlete in baseball and football. He later earned a baseball scholarship to attend Arizona State University where he majored in Wildlife Biology. Following ASU, Bryan entered the US Army Helicopter Flight Training program where he graduated at the top of his flight class and was selected to fly the AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter. While flying in the Army, Bryan served in Germany, Korea, Texas, and Alabama-completing combat tours in Iraq during Desert Storm and Bosnia. He was later hand-selected for an inter-service transfer from the Army to the United States Air Force to fly Special Operations helicopters. While flying in the USAF, Bryan served in New Mexico, England, and Arizona-completing multiple combat tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa. Bryan retired after more than 20 years of military service. Shortly following his retirement, Bryan was elected as a County Supervisor in Pinal County. While serving as a County Supervisor, he was hired by the Arizona State Parks Board to serve as the Executive Director of Arizona State Parks. Bryan today owns a small consulting company with offices in Phoenix and Washington, DC. His firm focuses on veteran, military, environmental, and government policy issues.
William H. McLean, Gold Canyon (2021) – Profession: Lawyer (49 years); UofA 1969 (Active Bar membership but mostly retired). Mr. McLean is currently a member of Arizona Wildlife Federation, Boone & Crockett Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, NRA, Northern Arizona Fly Casters, Trout Unlimited, Arizona Heritage Alliance. Arizona Game and Fish Commissioner – 2004-2009. Past member, officer or director of several wildlife/conservation organizations. “Since leaving the Arizona Game & Fish Commission in 2009 I have generally limited my participation in conservation organizations to simply being “a member.” I miss being more active in organizations that are involved in shaping Arizona’s outdoors and being asked to join the Alliance’s board got my “juices” flowing. My background as a lawyer, combined with my passion for Arizona’s outdoors and our wildlife, have always seemed to be a good mix and have given me the opportunity to participate in making Arizona a better place to live.
Bill Meek, Phoenix (2023) – a 50-year resident of Arizona, is past president of the Arizona State Parks Foundation, a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving conditions at State Parks. Bill retired in 2007 after 14 years as the founding president and CEO of the 7,000-member Arizona Utility Investors Association, now known as the Arizona Investment Council. Before that, Bill spent 15 years running marketing communications companies in Phoenix, San Diego, and Tucson and another 15 years working as a newspaper reporter and editor, including ten years at The Arizona Republic.
Janice Miano, Phoenix (2021) is a former New Englander transplanted to the southwest desert now for over 20 years. “When I received my first pair of binoculars at seven years old, I became a junior Audubon member and have been a wildlife watcher ever since.” says Miano. She has been a volunteer/activist in environmental issues for over 35 years. From 1991-1995, she worked as the Grassroots Coordinator for National Audubon’s International and Population Programs in Washington DC. She was chosen to represent the members of National Audubon at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Conference in Perth, Australia where she testified to the importance of the Global Forest Protocol. Miano is a graduate of National Audubon’s Leadership Training and worked closely with Vermont’s Senator Pat Leahy and the late Senator James Jeffords and their staff on many critical issues including foreign assistance and population issues; old growth forest destruction and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
After moving to Arizona, she continued to be active with environmental issues. She is Past-President of the Arizona Audubon Council and worked as Volunteer Coordinator for 5 years at the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in central Phoenix. Miano was invited to join the Board of the Arizona Heritage Alliance in 1999. In 2004, she became the Alliance’s Director of Administration. After retiring in 2015, she again joined the Board of the Arizona Heritage Alliance becoming the Advocacy Committee Chairman. Her Additional Honors and Awards are:
- 2014 President’s Award, Arizona Parks & Recreation Association
- 2013 Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Award of Merit for Environmental Stewardship (SRP Award) Central Arizona
- 2010 Audubon Arizona’s Chairman’s Award
- 1994 The Roy Pilcher Environmental Achievement Award, Rutland County Audubon Society
- 1992 Vermont Women Making A Difference, Castleton State College
The Honoroable William (Bill) Mundell, Paradise Valley (2023) Bill was raised in a military family and moved to Arizona with his parents while in high school. He graduated from ASU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He then graduated from law school from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Bill has a long history of public service in Arizona. After fighting police and judicial corruption in Chandler, Bill was appointed at age 27, the Presiding Judge of the Chandler Municipal Court, where he served for six years.
Bill next served in the Arizona House of Representatives for six years and was Chair of the Environment Committee. During his tenure, Bill wrote numerous laws protecting Arizona’s environment, including an historic law preventing Arizona from becoming the nation’s dumping ground for hazardous waste, the state’s first recycling law and laws protecting our rivers, mountains, and native plants.
Bill continued his public service as a Commissioner on the Corporation Commission for nine years (1999 to 2009). In 2001, when he was Chair, Arizona was one of the first states to require its utilities generate a percentage of their electricity from renewable sources, such as solar and wind. In 2006, he co-authored the current renewable energy requirement: The REST Rules. These rules substantially increased the required renewable energy percentage and at the time, made Arizona a leader in the installation of rooftop solar. Bill is married with two daughters. His wife, Barbara, was the first woman Presiding Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court.
Kent A. Taylor, Casa Grande (2023) is currently serving as the Director of Open Space and Trails for Pinal County, a new department and position as of July 2013. In this role, Mr. Taylor is responsible for guiding the implementation of the Pinal County Open Space and Trails Master Plan as well as the management and oversight of the existing park and regional trail inventory. Additionally, Mr. Taylor administers the Pinal County Performance Management initiative. This initiative includes organizational strategic planning, the development of departmental Strategic Business Plans and the collection and reporting of performance measurement information.
Prior to this position, Mr. Taylor served as the Interim Director of the Parks, Recreation and Fairgrounds Department and as Senior Planner for Parks, Trails and Open Space. Prior to joining Pinal County in 2006, Mr. Taylor was a small business owner for 16 years.
Mr. Taylor’s volunteer involvement includes: Current member, Arizona Outdoor Coordinating Commission, past Chairman of the City of Casa Grande Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission; past President, Treasurer and Board Member of the Arizona Trail Association; and past Chairman of the Arizona State Committee on Trails (ASCOT) which is an advisory committee to the Arizona State Parks Board. Mr. Taylor also served for 5 years on the City of Casa Grande Planning and Zoning Commission. Mr. Taylor earned a MPA from Troy University and a BS and MS degree from Northern Arizona University. Kent and his wife of 35 years, Victoria, live in Casa Grande and have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
William (Bill) Thornton (2023) – is a second generation native Arizonan, lifelong conservationist, outdoor enthusiast and desert plant lover. Bill is a longstanding member of the Arizona Heritage Alliance and is currently on the Board and serving as Treasurer. As an active Board member of the Arizona Heritage Alliance, Bill remains dedicated to establishing a sustainable funding source that will provide support for local, regional and state parks, the state’s historic and cultural treasures and Arizona’s natural environment—thus replacing the half of the Arizona Heritage Fund that was lost in 2009 due to State budget cuts. Bill also serves as Vice President of the Friends of Ironwood Forest, an all-volunteer organization to educate about, advocate for, and work to protect the natural and cultural resources of Ironwood Forest National Monument west of Tucson. As an active member of the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society, Bill is a member of the cactus rescue crew that has saved nearly 84,000 cacti and other desert plants from mine sites, residential, commercial, and road construction sites, pipeline and powerline corridors. Bill is diligent in monitoring federal, state and local legislative actions and is a regular contributor to the local media expressing his views and opinions accordingly. Bill’s recent advocacy activities have focused on marshalling opposition to the administration’s unprecedented assault on public lands (including Ironwood Forest) that belong to all Americans.
Cheyenne Walsh, Phoenix (2023) – has represented a wide variety of corporations, non-profits, trade associations, and governmental entities before the Arizona State Legislature, Governor’s office, and state agencies, as well as city and county governments. She received her bachelor’s degree and law degree from University of Arizona, and also holds a Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University. She has worked in the Arizona State Senate and the United States Senate, and lobbied nearly every major policy area, including tax, privacy, water, and transportation. She practiced environmental law and public advocacy at a major international law firm, then joined Isaacson & Walsh, PC, widely recognized as one of Arizona’s top lobbying firms, in January 2015. She founded Cheyenne Walsh PLC in August 2019. Cheyenne was recognized by the Arizona Capitol Times as a Best Lobbyist under 40 in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and her former firm was recognized as the Best Lobbying Firm in 2017 and 2018. She was honored to be an inaugural “Breakout” award recipient, selected by the Arizona Capitol Times as one of the “sharpest political minds in the state.” She has also been recognized among the top lawyers in the state as a Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star annually since 2014. Cheyenne serves on the Connect Board for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Valley-Arizona, as President of the Arizona Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs, and on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Heritage Alliance. She is a Valley Leadership alumna of Class 36 and a Flinn-Brown Fellow.
Dale Wiebusch, Phoenix (2023) – is the Intergovernmental Affairs Director for the City of Maricopa. Prior to this he was the Senior Legislative Associate at the League of Cities and Towns where he was closely associated with the Heritage Alliance. Dale spent many years working in the social service field and has an avid interest in hiking and camping. He is a 1979 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, with a major in Psychology, which serves him well at the Capitol.