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Aha Moment Tour trailer, courtesy of Mutual of Omaha

Local business owners get a chance at commercial fame

Mutual of Omaha is traveling cross-country in search of local business owners’ “aha moments.”

Defined by Mutual of Omaha as a moment when someone has a “clarity of purpose,” these aha moments have inspired Mutual of Omaha ad campaigns for the last five years.

Phoenix residents will have a chance on May 11 and 12 to hop into an airstream trailer (containing a state-of-the-art recording studio), tell their most inspiring business stories and possibly land a spot in one of Mutual of Omaha’s 30-second ads to run in 2016. The tour is hitting 20 cities over a 7,700-mile spread.

Ten business owners shared their moments on May 11, including Sandra Dee, CEO of Sandra Dee’s Creole Catering.

“Sandra Dee’s aha moment was after losing her job and being unable to land a new one due to being overqualified,” says a spokeswoman for the tour. “She realized that she loved cooking and decided to open up a food truck, Sandra Dee’s Creole Catering. Now, she can be found all over the city serving up the finest in creole cuisine.”

Local business owners can sign up for a chance to share at mutualofomaha.com/aha. Taping takes place at The Heard Museum in downtown Phoenix (2301 N. Central Ave.).


Valley Leadership honors Man & Woman of the Year

Valley Leadership announced Tommy Espinoza and Judy Shannon as the organization’s 2014 Man & Woman of the Year. The pair will be honored for their long-term contributions and commitment to our community at the 66th Annual Man & Woman of the Year awards luncheon in March 2015.

A native of Phoenix, Espinoza has demonstrated long-term, proactive community leadership in the Valley throughout his distinguished career.  During his 10-year tenure as president & CEO of Chicanos Por La Causa, Espinoza transformed the organization from a community activist organization to a community development corporation, setting it on a path to become one of the nation’s largest non-profits serving the Hispanic community. He has since duplicated this success in his work with the National Council of La Raza and the Raza Development Fund, where he currently serves as president and CEO.  Espinoza serves on numerous boards, including the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, the New America Alliance, the Phoenix Industrial Development Authority and the National Advisory Board of State Farm Bank. He has also served on the Arizona Board of Education, Greater Phoenix Leadership Council and the Governor of Arizona’s Interstate Banking Commission, as well as serving on the Mexican-American Advisory Council under President Jimmy Carter.

“His tireless work to grow business, public-sector and nonprofit organizations across our great state is a testament to the steadfast leadership and genuine dedication Tommy employs every day to engage individuals within the Hispanic community and beyond,” says U.S. Senator John McCain.

For more than 40 years, Shannon has been making a significant impact on the community as a fundraiser and erstwhile volunteer. She has been a key leader in several important fundraising efforts, including a $17 million capital campaign for the Heard Museum, where she also worked as director of Development and Community Affairs. She also led another successful multimillion-dollar capital campaign for the Ryan House, where she has served on its Board of Directors for a decade. Other current board service includes the Barrow Neurological Foundation Women’s Board, St. Luke’s Health Initiatives and The Board of Visitors. Shannon has also served on the boards of the Arizona Kidney Foundation, the Arizona State University Fine Arts Board and COMPAS and was the founder of the Madison Parent Teacher Organization. Shannon is also well-known for her ongoing 36-year commitment to the Junior League of Phoenix.

“In addition to Judy’s charming and persuasive ability to raise funds for various community causes, she has been a life-long volunteer and has made great contributions to better our community through her passion and compassion for others,” says Dr. Robert F. Spetzler, director of the Barrow Neurological Institute.

Espinoza and Shannon join a prestigious list of past Man & Woman of the Year award recipients.  U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater was honored as the inaugural Man of the Year and most recently Gary Trujillo and Ellie Ziegler were recognized as the 2013 recipients.

The newest inductees will be formally recognized at a luncheon on March 19, 2015, at the Arizona Biltmore. For more information or to purchase seats or sponsorships, call the Valley Leadership office at (602) 952-6760 or visit www.valleyleadership.org.

Ernest Siva named 11th Spirit of the Heard recipient

The Heard Museum is proud to present its 11th annual Spirit of the Heard award to Ernest H. Siva (Cahuilla/Serrano). The ceremony will take place during the Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards on Nov. 4 at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas in Scottsdale, Arizona.

“We are honored to bestow this award upon Ernest Siva for his lifetime accomplishments in sharing his deep knowledge of Serrano and Cahuilla language, culture and musical heritage with both Native and non-Native communities,” says James Pepper Henry (Kaw/Muscogee Creek), director and CEO of the Heard.

Siva was born and raised on the Morongo Reservation just west of Palm Springs, Calif. A member of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, he has dedicated his life to the transmission of Southern California Indian cultures through his education, career and volunteerism. Siva, now retired, was an instructor of Native culture across Southern California including the University of California, Los Angeles and served as a guest artist and scholar in Native culture at California State University, San Bernardino, where he taught courses in California indigenous cultures and languages.

Siva is also an acclaimed musician and ethno-musicologist as well as a revered elder of the Morongo community who is deeply involved in community life and education arts. One of the last remaining speakers of the Serrano language, he has served as tribal historian and cultural adviser for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians since 1996. He serves on the board of directors of the California Indian Storytelling Association, the Riverside Arts Council, and the CSUSB College of Arts and Letters Community Leaders Board.

Tickets to the Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Award Ceremony are available for $50 each until Oct. 19, after which the price will be $60. To purchase tickets, contact the Phoenix Indian Center at 602.264.6768 or visit phxindcenter.org.

Heard Museum, Crosby

Bernards Partners With Heard Museum

Bernards, a nationally ranked multidisciplinary commercial builder and construction management company, is currently overseeing a full assessment for the Heard Museum’s main campus in Phoenix. The end goal of Bernards’ assessment is to provide recommendations and system solutions that could ultimately lead to an extension of the museum’s capacity and range in attracting exhibits.

“To further its mission—to educate people about the arts, heritage and life ways of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, with an emphasis on American Indian tribes of the Southwest—one of the Heard Museum’s ongoing responsibilities is the preservation of its irreplaceable collections through proper environmental controls,” says John Bulla, the Heard Museum’s Chief Operating Officer. “Bernards’ full campus facilities assessment will help us make the best possible decisions regarding the environmental preservation of the tens of thousands of pieces of precious art and artifacts our museum contains.”

The project will prove to be special for both Bernards and the Heard, as this is the first full evaluation for the historic institution since its inception in 1929. As part of the assessment, Bernards will provide exterior skin, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and controls assessments integrated in 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) model based on architectural and structural drawings, as well as a 6D Facilities Management Model. Upon completion, the assessment will illustrate long term system costs and building lifecycles for the museum to plan and prepare for future capital expenditures.

“Bernards’ focus is to utilize technology to grow and sustain the museum,” says Mike Rock, Vice President of Bernards. “Our expertise in project assessments and historical renovations will combine to preserve the Heard Museum’s reputation as an internationally known destination.”


FEI, Az Business present CFO of the Year awards

Financial Executives International (FEI) Arizona Chapter and Az Business magazine presented the 7th Annual CFO of the Year Awards at the Arizona Biltmore. The awards recognize professionals for outstanding performance in their roles as corporate financial stewards.

Read all about the finalists below, then check out photos of the event.

Finalists were Bradley C. Anderson, executive vice president of finance and CFO, Amtech Systems, Inc.; Dan Behrendt, CFO, TASER International; Jerome Bruggeman, CFO, RMJ Electrical Contractors, Inc.; Christina Cancino, senior vice president and CFO, Arizona’s Children Association; Sandy Catour, CFO, Sitewire; Ed Czemerych, CFO, Liberty Iron and Metal Holdings, LLC; Ward Huseth, CFO, Great Hearts Academies; Joseph Ivenz, CFO, Marcolin USA; Renee Krug, executive vice president and CFO, Clear Channel Outdoor; Thomas C. Lavoy, CFO, Veolia Transportation on Demand;  Shaun McMeans, vice president of administration and CFO, HTG Molecular Diagnostics; David Miller, CFO, Jokake Construction Services, Inc.; Doug Noblitt, executive vice president, finance and accounting, Tallwave; Chris Power, CFO, LifeLock, Inc.; Carlos L. Rojas, CFO, Heard Museum; Ashley Sanders, vice president of finance, Angel MedFlight; Richard Skufza, executive vice president and CFO, LaneTerralever; Debra Thompson, vice chancellor for business services, Maricopa Community Colleges; Christopher L. Turner, director of finance, GlobalMed; Dennis M. Via, CFO, NFP Property & Casualty Services, Inc.; and Shane Wells, Arizona-Nevada market CFO, IASIS Healthcare.

The four winners honored were:

CFO of the Year, Private Company

Thomas B. Fischer, CFO and vice president of finance, OnTrac

Since taking the role in 2000, Fischer has navigated business reorganizations, led the implementation of optimized business practices and collaborated toward the successful launches in five new states, helping to diversify the company’s services and increase customer value. His responsibilities include daily operations of financial and fiscal management.

Impact on OnTrac: In 2013, Fischer coordinated $40 million in new borrowings, which facilitated the buyback of employee stock option plans and the implementation of material handling, as well as allowing for the working capital for increase of business.  More than $20 million has been invested into equipment that will help OnTrac increase its package delivery from 50,000 packages a day to more than 300,000 packages a day. This type of automation significantly reduces the cost of delivery to the company.

CFO of the Year, Private Company

Tom Harris, executive vice president and CFO, Arizona Diamondbacks

Harris oversees all financial operations, risk management, administration, stadium operations and ownership relations. His tenure in this organization and in the industry make him an integral officer in assisting the president and CEO and other executives in guiding the organization to success. His knowledge of the inner workings of local government is essential in the day-to-day affairs of stadium related matters.

Impact on Diamondbacks: Harris spearheaded a 2011 debt refinancing, bond tender offer and line of credit with JP Morgan that reduced long-term debt by $1 million and provides for reduced interest expense and improved cash flow going forward. In 2011, he also spearheaded a modification of the team’s concessions agreement that has significantly improved its concessions revenue share.

CFO of the Year, Public Company

Amin Maredia, CFO, Sprouts Farmers Market

In less than two years, Maredia has established a public company finance function while completing a major strategic acquisition, more than $700 million debt refinancing, and leading Sprouts’ initial public offering efforts. In addition, he designed Sprouts’ finance infrastructure, including implementation of analytical tools, which provide the ability to monitor current and accurately forecast future performance. Maredia has also used his vast retail experience to help Sprouts execute its new store selection process and strengthen its position in the market.

Impact on Sprouts: Maredia has been instrumental in establishing the company’s internal control systems. He is a tireless advocate for transparency in not only financial reporting, but all areas of the operations. He has taken a lead role in developing a delegation of authority policy and code of conduct applicable to all company team members.

CFO of the Year, Nonprofit

Tanya Muñiz, CFO, Valley of the Sun United Way

Muñiz administers all financial operations and analysis. Under her leadership, the annual budget has grown from $50 million to $114 million in five years. United Way has very complex financials and undergoes six audits annually, with consistently excellent results and zero findings. Muñiz oversees a department of 20 employees who have flourished under her leadership. She led the development of organizational scorecards for measuring and managing performance. Customer satisfaction with accounting has increased by 25 percent since she became CFO.

Impact on United Way: Muñiz built a 10-year economic model that enables the organization to better plan its work and serves as a foundation for its strategic plans. The model enables Valley of the Sun United Way to see the effects of multi-year grants and major gifts, as well as recognizing that many expenses are long-term investments requiring up-front financing.


Heard Museum Names New CEO

James Pepper Henry has been named as the Heard Museum’s director and CEO. Henry comes to the Heard after a successful six-year tenure at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Alaska’s premier art, history and science institution. There, he oversaw the completion of the museum’s $110 million, 80,000-square-foot expansion, including the debut of the new Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center exhibition hall and the new Imaginarium Discovery Center.

“We are very pleased to announce that Jim Pepper Henry will become the new director of the Heard Museum,” said Heard Museum Board of Trustees Chair Mark Bonsall. “An extensive national search was conducted to find the person who will lead us into the future.”

Bonsall adds, “Jim brings a wealth of museum experience; he comes to us from his current post as director and CEO of the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and has also held leadership positions at several other museums, both Native and non-Indian. Jim is a sculptor in his own right and an enrolled member of the Kaw Nation. We are thrilled to announce his appointment as the executive director of our beloved Heard Museum, and very much look forward to his leadership of this preeminent institution.”

“I am honored to have been selected as the next director and CEO of the Heard Museum, one of the premier institutions of American Indian art and culture and an American treasure,” said Pepper Henry. “I look forward to working with the board, staff and community to present exciting exhibitions and programs, expand its audiences and steward the Heard into a new era.”

Pepper Henry formerly served as an associate director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) where, for nearly 10 years, he managed a wide variety of American Indian community-oriented programs, services, and traveling exhibitions. Pepper Henry played a pivotal role in the establishment and launch of NMAI, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., that opened to the public in 2004.

Pepper Henry served as the founding director of the Kanza Museum in Kaw City, Okla.; interim curator of American Indian Art at the Portland Art Museum; gallery director at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center in Portland, Ore.; and gallery director for the Institute of Alaska Native Arts in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Pepper Henry is a member of the Kaw Nation of Oklahoma and Muscogee Creek Nation. He is co-founder and president of the Kanza Ilóshka Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the perpetuation of the cultural life-ways and traditions of the Kaw people. Pepper Henry is also an active American Indian traditional dancer and is co-founder of the Kaw Nation Traditional Dance Society.

He is a graduate of the University of Oregon and a recipient of the University’s prestigious Council for Minority Education Leadership Award.  He is also a graduate of the Museum Leadership Institute at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California.

Pepper Henry has contributed essays to various publications including Stewards of the Sacred, co-published by the American Association of Museums and Harvard University, and Native Universe: Voices of Indian America, co-published by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society.

Pepper Henry will assume his duties on August 5.

Top 5: Arizona Museums, Experience AZ, Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Arizona Museums (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Museums — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Musical Instrument Museum

4725 E. Mayo Blvd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85050
(480) 478-6000
At the first global musical-insturment museum, nearly 300 exhibits immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the world’s instruments.

Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 257-1222
The Southwest’s premier destination for world-class visual arts, features popular exhibitions and a collection of more than 18,000 works.

Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 252-8848
Experience the myriad cultures and art of American Indians in 10 world-class exhibit galleries, plus enjoy sculpture courtyards, superb dining and shopping for your own uniquely Southwestern gifts and art.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

7374 E. 2nd St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 994-ARTS (2787)
SMoCA is an educational institution dedicated to presenting exhibitions on contemporary and modern art, architecture and design.

Pima Air & Space Museum

6000 E. Valencia Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85706
(520) 574-0462
Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum.


Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012


Photo: Heard Museum - Native American Experiences

Top 5: Native American Experiences (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Native American Experiences — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 252-8848
Experience myriad cultures and the art of American Indians in 10 world-class exhibit galleries, plus enjoy sculpture courtyards, superb dining and shopping for your own uniquely Southwestern gifts and art.

Hubbell Trading Post

1 mile west of Hwy. 191,
Ganado, AZ 86505
(928) 755-3475
Feel the old wooden floor give slightly and squeak beneath your feet as you enter the oldest, continuously operating trading post on the Navajo Nation. As your eyes adjust to the dim lighting of the “bullpen,” you might catch the trader negotiating a deal with a Native American artist for their art.

Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise

W. Highway 264 & SR-12,
Window Rock, AZ 86515
(928) 871-4090
The only enterprise of the Navajo Nation that specializes in handmade Navajo jewelry, such as bracelets, rings, belts necklaces and more, Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise also offers woven rugs and represents many artisans on and off the Navajo Reservation.

Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise

6677 W. Thunderbird Rd., #J176,
Glendale, AZ 85306
(623) 412-0297
Come visit the largest Indian Reservation in the United States. The Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise owns and operates three properties in the heart of Indian Country — Quality Inn Navajo Nation, Quality Inn Navajo Nation Capital and the Navajo Travel Center.

The Yavapai Experience

14803 N. Hiawatha Hood Rd.,
Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
(480) 816-6465
Learn all about the Yavapai, the tribe’s culture, history and heritage, on this two-hour cultural heritage experience from the people of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. The professional guide will facilitate your tour with possible opportunities to interact with Yavapai tribal members as well.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012


Top 5 Native American Experiences (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Native American Experiences (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Native American Experiences — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

2301 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Experience the fast-paced precision and grace of hoop dancing as the top hoop dancers from the U.S. and Canada compete. Visitors can enjoy delicious fry bread and other American Indian foods. Saturday and Sunday, February 11-12, 2012.

Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Experience myriad cultures and the art of American Indians in 10 world-class exhibit galleries, plus enjoy sculpture courtyards, superb dining and shopping for your own uniquely Southwestern gifts and art.

Pueblo Grande Museum Indian Market

4619 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Native American artisans representing more than 50 tribes display and sell arts and crafts.

Southwest Indian Art Fair

1013 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ
The Southwest Indian Fair features some of Arizona’s best Native American arts from 200 renowned artists. Demonstrations, food, music and dance performances will also be on hand. February 18-19, 2012.

Turkey Mountain Traders

7008 E. Main St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Turkey Mountain Traders specializes in the finest antique (pre-1940) American Indian art, antique American Indian jewelry, and antique American folk art. Its gallery is located on Main Street in Scottsdale and is open Monday and Wednesday-Saturday (and by chance or appointment on Tuesdays) from October through May.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

Top 5 Arizona Museums (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Arizona Museums (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Museums — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Experience the myriad cultures and art of American Indians in 10 world-class exhibit galleries, plus enjoy sculpture courtyards, superb dining and shopping for your own uniquely Southwestern gifts and art.

Scottsdale Museum Of Contemporary Art

7374 E. 2nd St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-994-ARTS (2787)
SMoCA is an educational institution dedicated to presenting exhibitions on contemporary and modern art, architecture and design.

Musical Instrument Museum

4725 E. Mayo Blvd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85050
At the first global musical-insturment museum, nearly 300 exhibits immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the world’s instruments.

Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004
The Southwest’s premier destination for world-class visual arts, features popular exhibitions and a collection of more than 18,000 works.

Pima Air & Space Museum

6000 E. Valencia Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85706
Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

summer sundays

Heard Offers Free Summer Sundays In July

From an extravaganza of hands-on activities and story reading to cool treats, Summer Sundays at the Heard Museum gives kids and families a cool and creative way to spend July Sundays.

What’s better, mom and dad or grandpa and grandma can explore the Heard Museum and enjoy the activities for free as well, thanks to support from Target.

At Free Summer Sundays in July at the Heard Museum, there’s something for everyone! Each Sunday from July 1-29, visitors can enjoy kids’ hands-on activities with a different theme each week, cool off with ice cream thanks to Cisco (first-come, first-served; limited to supply on hand) and explore the museum by participating in a “scavenger hunt.” The Courtyard Café will offer special kids’ and family lunches.

On selected Sundays, a Native storyteller will entertain all with tribal lore and stories. Visit heard.org/events/summersundays.html for up-to-date information on day/time.

Also, stop into Books & More, our boutique bookstore and souvenir shop, during Summer Sundays and receive a coupon good for 10% off one children’s book!

Kids can enjoy several hands-on activities in addition to the dozens of interactive or make-and-take activities in two of the museum’s galleries: Every Picture Tells a Story and We Are! Arizona’s First People. They can also participate in a different “scavenger hunt” in the museum each week.

Free Sundays take place July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on Summer Sundays at the Heard Museum, visit their website at heard.org.

Heard Museum

Things To Do In Arizona: The Heard Museum

When you grow up in Arizona, sometimes the coolest things are in your own backyard and you don’t even realize it. Recently I spent an afternoon at the Heard Museum in Central Phoenix and thought to myself, “Why haven’t I been here before?”

Entering the grounds, it’s not hard to be in awe of the buildings marvelous architecture and how they complement one another. Even more breathtaking is how nature is incorporated throughout the grounds, including the various gardens that are part of the exhibits. The Heard Museum is a perfect example of combining the use of art, nature, and the charms of Arizona to create something new and exciting for visitors to see.

Upon entering, I was warmly greeted by two gentlemen who told me about the various tours available and offered to answer any questions. Feeling adventurous, I decided to strike out on my own; hoping to create my own adventure on the museum’s vast grounds. This allowed me to pace myself and explore in more detail what interested me.

My first stop was the “Home: Native People In The Southwest” gallery. I was dazzled by the numerous collections of jewelry, instruments, and clothes. What became one of the most vivid encounters of my experience was a wooden fortress. The moment you set foot inside you could smell the freshly cut trees and take in how this structure was built.

The various patterns of how the logs were intertwined to make the structure stable were beautiful. The pattern left a circular hole in the center of the roof and a wooden bench lined the circular hut.

As I proceeded through the Heard Museum I examined more and more artifacts that I wasn’t certain could be topped. The surprises that awaited me throughout my journey were just as informative as they were beautiful.

What I was most impressed with was how interactive and hands-on the experience can be. There were multiple areas such as the Ullman Learning Center and Freeman Gallery that featured kid-friendly activities. Many of the exhibits had video stops or buttons to push that allowed the visitor to listen to personal stories relevant to the exhibit.

An amazing amenity the museum offers are outside benches that allow you take a break from learning and enjoy nature and architecture as water features run near by.

Of course, you can also take a break by visiting the Coffee Cantina or the Courtyard Café, which serves lunch and desserts that include a unique experience of local and indigenous ingredients in the culinary creations. If your stomach is full but your appetite for knowledge is still not satiated, be sure to check out the Books and More shop.

As I left the Heard Museum and weaved through the pillars making my way gradually to the parking lot, the sculptures became more apparent and I discovered some that I had not previously noticed.

The Heard Museum allows visitors to be just as aware of its exterior, not giving up any secrets as to the memorable experience inside.

Memorable. That’s a word I would use to describe my experience. My only regret is that I didn’t come here sooner.

This was a wonderful experience. Next time I hope to find another adventure awaiting.

For more information on the Heard Museum, visit their website at www.heard.org.

Heard Museum - President and CEO retiring

Heard Museum names interim president and CEO

Mark Bonsall, chair of the Heard Museum Board of Trustees, has announced the board’s selection of Lee Peterson as interim president and CEO of the Heard. Peterson will act as the museum’s interim CEO upon the retirement of the current CEO, Letitia Chambers, who recently announced her retirement effective July 31. A search committee has been formed, and the selection process for a permanent replacement is expected to be completed in the fall.

Peterson, a museum member for more than 30 years and the current vice chair of the Heard’s board, recently retired as the CEO of Sun Health Services in the West Valley.

“Lee’s passion for the Heard is unparalleled, his community and business résumé is substantial, and his volunteer role within the Heard has been very extensive,” said Bonsall. “We are fortunate Lee is able to work with Letitia during this transition and to serve in an interim capacity thereafter.”

“I am glad to extend my volunteer service to include this interim CEO role,” said Peterson. “I look forward to working with our outstanding staff, Heard Museum Guild members and board leaders in the continuing development of this incredibly significant community enterprise.”

Peterson will serve as interim president and CEO on a volunteer, non-paid basis until a new executive is on board.

Peterson earned a bachelor of science degree from Wisconsin State University, River Falls, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to his current volunteer work as a member of the Heard Museum Guild, the museum’s volunteer auxiliary, Peterson serves as chairman of the Glendale Municipal Properties Corporation and chairman of Glendale School District 40 Trust. He is a past chairman of Western Maricopa Coalition (WESTMARC) and the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. He has worked with many other community and corporate organizations in the Valley. Peterson and his wife, Kris, a long-serving West Valley teacher, live in Glendale.

Family Summer Fun

Family Summer Fun 2012

During the summer, two things increase: the temperature and the amount of time your kids spend at home — and both can be stressful.

Here are some fun and engaging activities for the whole family to enjoy so you can bank on some family summer fun!

Have you heard of the Heard Museum?

This museum has more than 32,000 pieces to display and is one of Phoenix’s first cultural attractions. Founded in 1929, the Heard Museum did not cease to amaze Arizonans, both young and old, of its variety of collections and exhibitions. For more information and to view upcoming events, visit its website at heard.org.

The Desert Botanical Garden

If you are looking for a more earthy and natural experience, the Desert Botanical Garden is the place for you. And if you didn’t know, they also have the “Music in the Garden” series of concerts and events, where the Garden hosts some of the most talent musicians. For a list of these events, visit dpg.org 

Yee-Haw! The Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse

Instead of complaining about the life of the west — and its heat — embrace it! And if you have little ones who would love to be cowboys and cowgirls when they “grow up,” you can’t miss out on Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse. Activities include bull riding, gold panning, camel rides, stunt shows and more. For more information, visit rawhide.com.

More fun, less heat? As You Wish

As You Wish pottery painting place is the perfect place for you and your kids to enjoy a day indoors. Here you can choose a pottery piece, select from a variety of colors, and paint it the way you like. You can then pick up your now fired and blazed pottery piece a few days after you’ve painted it. This makes for great memories. For more information on the way it works, visit asyouwishpottery.com.


Phoenix Museums

Phoenix Museums: History, Culture And More

Interested in the history of Phoenix or the culture surrounding it? Or are you just looking for a good, educational and interesting time? Check out one of many Phoenix museums, focusing on everything from art and music, to science and history.

With so many from which to choose, here are five well-known museums located throughout Phoenix and the state:

Arizona Science Center

Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the Arizona Science Center is one of the more well-known Phoenix museums. With more than 350 permanent exhibits, as well as a number of nationally traveling exhibits, the Arizona Science Center gives visitors a great hands-on look at science, nature, the human body and other subjects.

The experience is constantly changing thanks to the traveling exhibits that stop by; even if you’ve visited once before, there’s always something new to experience and explore. The Arizona Science Center also features a planetarium, an IMAX theater and a series of multimedia classrooms.

[stextbox id=”grey”]600 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 716-2000[/stextbox]

Heard Museum

The Heard Museum doesn’t focus specifically on scientific exhibits; rather, this is the place you want to see if you’re interested in the history and culture of Native Americans in Arizona. This isn’t just a history museum, either. It features both ancient and contemporary art and literature, as well as a collection of exhibits about Native American history.

[stextbox id=”grey”]2301 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 252-8840[/stextbox]

Phoenix Art Museum

If it isn’t science or culture you’re looking for, then what about art? The Phoenix Art Museum is another one of the great Phoenix museums … so great, in fact, that it just might be one of, if not the biggest art museum in the southwestern United States.

The museum features, among other things, more than 18,000 works of art from all over the world, as well as the occasional festival, live performance or other event.

[stextbox id=”grey”]1625 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 257-1222[/stextbox]

Pueblo Grande Museum Archeological Park

This one isn’t the kind of museum that most people would think of when they hear the word “museum”; it’s actually a preserved site that is thought to be where a group of Native Americans settled as far back as 450 AD.

These ruins of a platform mound and a series of irrigation canals offer visitors a unique look at ancient Arizona and the people who lived there long before we did, and they’re definitely worth a look.

[stextbox id=”grey”]4619 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(602) 495-0900[/stextbox]

Musical Instrument Museum

Probably the most recent of the Phoenix museums on this list, the Musical Instrument Museum is a place any music lover should visit at least once. It has a collection of more than 13,000 musical instruments from all places and times; nearly 200 countries and territories are represented in its collection. Guests are given a wireless headset as they explore the museum, allowing them to hear the music of an exhibit as they approach it. A system like this gives visitors a unique experience.

[stextbox id=”grey”]4725 E. Mayo Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85050
(480) 478-6000 [/stextbox]

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