Business Advisory Board
As part of our commitment to the LGBT and allied communities and to develop stronger, diverse partnerships, ONE Community created its Multicultural Business Advisory Board in 2012. Advisory Board members include local business and nonprofit leaders who will support ONE Community and lend guidance regarding strategic growth and community involvement to better serve diverse populations.
Kathey Wagner is President and CEO of Phoenix-based B-On The Obvious, Inc. Arizona's premier business development and executive coaching firm. As an Executive Business Strategist, Kathey and her team of experienced consultants, lead senior leaders and business owners through an examination of their organization; then makes certain they have the right balance of processes, investment, and strategic planning in place to achieve important short-term gains while laying the groundwork for long-term growth.
Kathey's community leadership includes life-long commitment to Special Olympics, Martin Luther King's Jr. Board of Directors in Salt Lake City, Arizona Saves Board Chair in Phoenix, and currently serves on the Arizona's Women Education and Employment (AWEE) Board of Directors in Phoenix.
Carmen Jandacek grew up in a small town in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. After graduating she moved to the Phoenix area. Carmen has worked for Arizona Public Service since 1996 holding various positions and leadership roles over the years. She is a senior HR professional and currently is consulting in the APS Ethics Office. Carmen holds a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional Designation and also has an undergraduate degree in management. She earned her MBA from the University of Phoenix in 1999. Carmen holds board positions on One n Ten, Chair of the APS LGBT employee network group and also sits on the board of the Greater Phoenix Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. She is engaged to her partner Stephanie Martin, is a triathlete having raced many races throughout the state and is an Ironman Arizona finisher.
Tammy J. Perkins
Tammy Perkins retired from the City of Phoenix executive after 30 plus years of service in local government management. Her Phoenix work assignments included:
Interim Deputy City Manager with oversight responsibilities of the Aviation, City Clerk and Public Works Departments and the Arts & Culture, Education & Youth and Historic Preservation functions; also service as a senior executive in the City Manager’s Office including designation as the City’s chief sustainability officer.
Acting Water Services Director responsible for water treatment & distribution, wastewater collection & treatment, infrastructure design & construction, water resources & conservation and customer service operations. The department had over 1,400 employees, an operating budget of $265 million and a five-year capital budget of $2.1 billion.
Neighborhood Services Director and Deputy Neighborhood Services Director managing comprehensive neighborhood revitalization, community development, infill housing & commercial development, zoning & blight code enforcement and resident involvement programs. The department had 232 employees, an operating budget of $34.1 million and a five year capital budget of $35 million.
Lobbyist representing the City at the State Legislature and various assignments with the Office of the Mayor, City Manager’s Office and Management & Budget Department.
Her community involvement included Chair of the Arizona Women’s Town Hall, participant on the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix’s Interfaith Mission, Chair of the Downtown Phoenix YMCA Board of Management and member of the Valley Leadership Board.
Since leaving the City, Tammy has completed the Arizona Attorney General’s Office Mediation Training, served as a mentor for the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, participated in numerous Osher Lifelong Institute courses and served on Drake University’s National Alumni Board. She is a member of One Community’s Minority Advisory Board and serves as a leadership/management coach with ASU’s Certified Public Manager Program.
Her education includes a certificate from the Senior Executive in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School, a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Drake University.
Tammy’s current professional memberships include the Association for Conflict Resolution and the International City County Management Association.
Layne J Mortensen
My passion is to help companies innovate by recruiting the best people into the right roles for them to succeed. To do this I am excited to be part of the Multicultural Advisory Board to help Arizona businesses understand the importance of diversity, inclusion and equality for all of Arizona’s diverse citizens to build a better workplace. I have 20+ experiences in staffing and I currently have my own recruiting services business called LJM, LLC where I provide Executive and Senior Recruiting Services that includes program development, research, identification and selection of top talent.
In previous roles I was a Sr Director of the Strategic Recruiting Team (SRT) at Microsoft. I was responsible for creating and developing programs, operations and building a team that led to our mission to identify and hire the best senior technical talent to strategically impact critical areas of the company. Before joining SRT, I was a Workforce Consultant, where I worked with VP’s and management to understand the best workforce mix of FTE’s, vendors and agency temps to optimize their organizations. Before moving into the Workforce role, I was a Staffing Manager with a team focused on candidate generation and placement in technical and operations roles. I originally joined Microsoft as a Senior Technical Recruiter, hiring technical experts. Before joining Microsoft, I worked for professional technical placement firms as an Account Executive.
Sheila Kloefkorn is a business growth and marketing expert with more than 25 years of experience. She is CEO/President of KEO Marketing, a business-to-business, full-service marketing agency in Phoenix, Arizona. Sheila is deeply committed to creating jobs and growing Arizona’s economy and its communities.
Sheila is the recipient of many local and national marketing awards. She was recently named one of the “Top 10 Business Leaders of the Year” and “Top 25 Dynamic Women in Business” by the Phoenix Business Journal and one of 15 Arizonans to Watch by the Arizona Republic. On behalf of her company and client, she received a Stevie® American Business Award for “Marketing Campaign of the Year,” and a Stevie Worldwide Women in Business Award in Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations.
In addition to her business leadership, Sheila has dedicated her life’s work to building a more equitable world. She serves on the National Board of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and has volunteered for the local Steering Committee for over a decade. Sheila sits on the ONE Community Multicultural Advisory Board. She co-chaired the Yes on Prop 475 ballot initiative to extend non-discrimination protections to Tempe citizens through their city charter and today she co-chairs the Competitive Arizona campaign working for full legal inclusion of LGBT people. She has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of equality causes nationally and locally.
When the Arizona legislature passed SB 1062, a religious discrimination bill, Sheila, along with Angela Hughey, Bettina Nava, Meghan Cox and Kimber Lanning, rallied the support of 167 businesses and more than 100 faith leaders in asking the Governor for what became a successful veto. She continues to lead these coalitions to fight discrimination and extend protections to everyone. In 2013 and 2014, Sheila co-chaired the Why Marriage Matters Arizona education campaign, and, with her wife Sue, was one of the first same-sex couples to be lawfully married in Arizona. Sheila has also mentored Latina women and girls through her board work with La Trenza Leadership, and volunteered with Ya Es Hora to help people complete their immigration paperwork to become citizens and is a big sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Arizona. Sheila’s mentoring impact was recognized on a national level when she was honored at the 2012 Human Rights Campaign Equality Convention with a prestigious National Leader of the Year award. She is a frequent national and local speaker on a wide variety of marketing, business, diversity and inclusion topics.
Karen Bailey & Nelda Majors
Nelda was born and lived in Houston, Texas, until 2003. Lived in Wimberley, Texas 2002-2005. Moved to Scottsdale in 2005. I graduated from the University of Houston with BS degree in 1963. Majored in Physical Therapy and Sociology. In 1975, I started a Physical Therapy contract service providing physical therapy services to over 20 hospitals in several states as well as 5 out patient offices.in Texas. Retired in 1990, and then got involved with a friend in commercial real estate and land development projects. We developed the land and sold to home builders. I am still involved in the real estate, but not in any new projects..
Karen Bailey was born in Madisonville, Texas, but spent most of her childhood living in Galveston, Texas. When she was 15, her family moved from Galveston to Texas City, Texas. She attended Sam Houston State University for 1 year. She met Nelda while at Sam Houston, and the following year they both transferred to the University of Houston. She worked for Superior Oil Co. until 1976. Nelda then talked her into coming to work with her. She managed the business end of the company dealing almost constantly with Insurance Companies, payroll duties, and trying to keep all of the secretaries in the various physical therapy departments happy. She did a great job. She retired with me in 1990, and since then has been very involved in raising her two great nieces. We've had Sharla since 1996 and Marissa since since 2001. Sharla is now 23 and Marissa is 17.
Donna Tanori has served as Fry’s Human Resources leader for more than seven years. In this capacity, she oversees several departments including Talent Management & Training (Management Development Programs), Total Rewards, Payroll Benefits and Associate Relations. At Fry’s, she is a founding member of the company’s Associate 1st Committee, which has helped to grow associate engagement to an all-time high of 91 percent! Additionally, she has led many of Fry’s/Kroger’s initiatives.
Donna is passionate about people, and it shows in her every day interaction with Fry’s Associates as well as our Fry’s Customers.
She is a leader with more than 26 years’ experience in the HR field. In the community, Donna is an active volunteer. She regularly participates in the Race for the Cure, assists with The Salvation Army Holiday Warehouse and enjoys serving evening meals at St. Vincent De Paul’s Watkins Shelter. Currently, she serves on One Community’s Multicultural Business Advisory Board. Donna also served on Sojourner Center’s board of directors for more than four years. Sojourner Center is the largest domestic violence shelter in the nation. During her time off, she enjoys spending quality time with her family either traveling or spending a quiet afternoon at the lake on the family boat. She is married and has two grown children.
Donna holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Arizona State University.
Jonathan Clark is an Apache from San Carlos, AZ. He works at Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, AZ, in the Information Technology Department as a Business Systems Analyst where he manages large scale projects for his company with high visibility in the industry.
Outside of the office, Jonathan dedicates his energy to several non-profit organizations that advocate equality and diversity in schools and the workplace. He is a leader on the forefront of equal rights in Arizona, co-founding an organization that focuses on supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) individuals, their families, and friends. Jonathan currently serves as Vice President of Native PFLAG, as a Corporate Trainer for the Human Rights Campaign, and as both a Change Agent and a Multicultural Advisory Board Member for One Community.
Jonathan travels the country delivering “Safe Space” workshops to various colleges, organizations, and corporations including Arizona State University, the University of Colorado, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), Intel, and Boeing.
Jonathan also mentors Native American students pursuing STEM degrees with his work in AISES. He has served two terms as the Phoenix AISES President, and currently volunteers as the Scholarship Committee President and as an Advisor to the Board. Jonathan is the President of the AISES Professional Chapter Council, and is also an AISES Sequoyah Fellow and lifetime member of the organization.
A native from Connecticut, Deanna Jordan has called Arizona home since 2003. She has both her Bachelors as well as Master in Business from Chadwick University. She was a consultant for the Telecom/Information Technology industry, on engagements as far as Australia and Venezuela. She was CEO of Nulogic from 2003 to 2008. She was Director of It for Stinger Welding, and then started her own small business consulting company. Currently, she is Banker for Comerica Bank. Deanna was a long term Board Member of Equality Arizona from 2004 to 20011 and was dinner chair of several dinner events.
Deanna believes the best way to create change is to be the change and that is why she sits on several other Boards. Currently she is on the Multi Cultural Advisory Board for ONE Community, Impact for Enterprising Women Board, GPGLCC Board and the Fusion Foundation. Bringing people, process and heart together motivates her to stay active and keep building on the foundations that others have made. Deanna loves to travel both domestically as well internationally, create a culinary experience for friends and follows the mantra “to live is to experience and to experience is to live”.
Marilyn Purvis joined Veridus in 2011, drawn by her fascination with policy, the legislative process, and campaigns. In her role with the firm, she focuses on lobbying, client relations, government affairs, elections and polling, media, candidate and initiative campaigns, and the collaboration of The Purple Book.
Marilyn graduated cum laude from Arizona State University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, a Minor in Urban Policy and Planning, and a Certificate in Public Administration. Marilyn is currently on the Multicultural Business Advisory Board of One Community, the Manifesto Project Board, and the Gabriel’s Angels Young Professionals Board. She is a member of the Greater Phoenix Chamber Commerce Valley Young Professionals and serves as a regular guest speaker at various emerging young professional events in the Phoenix community.
In her leisure time, Marilyn likes to discover new and local craft breweries in the state, run long distances, read science fiction and historical nonfiction, listen to political podcasts, and travel. Marilyn also has a deep love of music: she took up percussion in grade school, performed at Carnegie Hall in 2005, and was the recipient of Arizona State University’s School of Music Scholarship for Music Performance.
Areas of Expertise Marilyn conducts detailed analysis of policy and legislative matters in Arizona. Marilyn can frequently be found at the Arizona State Capitol meeting with Legislators and attending committee hearings where her unique experience provides valuable perspective for all client matters. When the Legislature is not in session, Marilyn can be found out in the community fundraising and canvassing for candidates at the congressional, statewide, legislative and local levels.
2013: Fellow, Leading for Change
2015: Nominee, Best Female Lobbyist under 40, Arizona Capitol Times Best of the Capitol Awards
Media Marilyn became a Co-Host of Copper Talk Podcast
Brendan Mahoney is General Counsel for HBI International after many years of legal practice and running a boutique law firm, specializing in commercial disputes, intellectual property and pro-bono non-profit work. As a working sabbatical, he recently served for two years as Mayor Stanton’s Senior Policy Advisor, responsible for economic development, arts and culture, historic preservation, biosciences, aviation, and liaison to the LGBT and Asian communities. Brendan led the Mayor’s team to enact Phoenix’s LGBT non-discrimination ordinance.
Brendan earned his J.D. from University of New Mexico, cum laude and Order of the Coif. He graduated from William Paterson University, summa cum laude and studied postgraduate at University of Chicago and Hong Kong Chinese University, majoring in Chinese language and literature. He is bilingual in Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese) and English.
Brendan has been active in many facets of community service in Arizona and a passionate advocate for equality for all people. He recently completed a term as Moderator of the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ (Arizona, New Mexico, El Paso and Ciudad Juarez), the highest elected position for the more than 50 churches in the Conference, and headed up the team effort for his church to become the first in Phoenix to be immigrant welcoming. He serves as the Chair of the Phoenix Human Relations Commission and on the Multi-Cultural Advisory Board for One Community. He also has served on the boards of Leading for Change, Arizona School for the Arts (advisory) Art Works Children's Foundation, Arizona Human Rights Fund (Equality Arizona), One Voice Community Center, Health Education for Latino People, Asian Pacific Community in Action, Full Circle Women's Choir and has provided pro bono legal counsel to many other non-profits such as the Scottsdale International Film Festival, Calle 16, Arizona Women in Tune, Voices of the Desert, Renewal in the Desert, Lambda Phoenix Center, Community Church of Hope and First Congregational United Church of Christ.
Brendan also was a founding member and chair of the Arizona State Bar Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, the first of its kind in the United States, where he worked on revisions to attorney’s ethical rules to prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in the practice of law. He has taught many continuing legal education courses to other lawyers about how the legal system treats LGBT differently from others. He testified before the Arizona Senate as part of the successful repeal of Arizona laws criminalizing sexual activities between members of the same gender.
Brendan joined Mayor Stanton’s office to help Mayor Stanton secure passage of Phoenix’s non-discrimination ordinance. He was instrumental in drafting the ordinance and getting it passed. He has since worked with other Valley City’s on similar ordinances and proposals. He also conceived of and has worked on the team for the City of Phoenix Equal Pay Act, which will come before the City Council in March, 2015.
Brendan has been active in other causes as well. He has been a vocal advocate for Latino and immigrant rights, presiding over the meeting that launched the first boycott of Arizona in the wake of SB 1070. He helped organize a resettlement program for undocumented friends and neighbors who fled Arizona for their family security. He also has worked with the team advocating for a City of Phoenix municipal identification card for those lacking state-issued identification. He led the Mayor’s efforts to successfully save a famous Phoenix Frank Lloyd Wright building from demolition.
Brendan has received recognition for his work in historic preservation, receiving the third City of Phoenix Friend’s of Historic Preservation Award. He also is the recipient of Gay Pride’s Phil Gordon Spirit of Phoenix Award, Equality Arizona’s William McDonald Lifetime Achievement Award, Echo Magazine Hall of Fame 2014, Center for Neighborhood Leadership Unsung Heroes Award, and was Grand Marshall for the 2015 Gay Pride Parade.
In his younger years, Brendan aspired to be a Baroque woodwind musician. He still performs, playing recorder, keyboards and Irish whistle. Brendan resides in Phoenix with his husband of 20 years, Gordon P. Street, III, where he spends his leisure time cooking, using too much butter in food, and spoiling their two undisciplined and much-loved beagles.
James Christian is an attorney at Tiffany & Bosco, P.A. who provides a broad array legal services to businesses of all sizes. He is also a community advocate that is passionate about advancing the interests of Arizona’s emerging and minority communities.