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Advisory Board

Mesa, Arizona • 800-WILKES U, x6372 (T) or 570-408-MESA (T) • Email

Wilkes is pleased to announce members of the newly formed Mesa advisory board. The advisory board will help steer the University's efforts in presenting degree programs in Mesa, Ariz.They will serve as advocates and ambassadors for the University while providing insight about the region and its educational needs and goals. The board will also make recommendations on opportunities for enrollment growth, community and business partnerships, community service and internship and job placement.

Two advisory board members, Robert Castellani, regional manager for the Principal Financial Group, and Ellen Van Riper, an attorney with Holloway, Odegard & Kelly, are alumni of the University.

Mesa Advisory Board

  • Rhonda Anderson, CEO, Cardon Children’s Medical Center
  • Patrick Burkhart, provost, Mesa Community College
  • Brian Campbell, Esq., attorney, Campbell Law Group
  • Robert Castellani ‘85, regional managing director, Principal Financial Group
  • Dr. Michael Cowan, superintendent, Mesa Public Schools
  • Dr. Debra Duvall, executive director, Arizona School Administrators, Inc.
  • Sally Harrison, president and CEO, Mesa Chamber of Commerce
  • Cindy Ornstein, director of arts & culture, City of Mesa; executive director, Mesa Arts Center
  • Dr. Scott Somers, council member, City of Mesa
  • Rebecca Timmer, corporate relations, Dibble Engineering
  • Ellen Van Riper ’83, Esq., attorney, Holloway, Odegard & Kelly, PLC
  • T. Dan Wollam, president and CEO, Mesa United Way
  • Dr. James Zaharis, vice president, education, Greater Phoenix Leadership
  • Steven G. Zylstra, Sc.D (Hon.), president and CEO, Arizona Technology Council


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