Mesa Community College: Educating nearly 27,000 students


9 – 9:10 am               Welcome to MCC!   (For more information:

9:10 – 9:30 am          Sustainability on Campus

Suzi Dodt, Occupational Health and Safety/Environmental Sustainability Coordinator

9:30 – 9:40 am          LEED:

Janice Pierson, Interior Design Faculty & Faculty Developer

9:40 – 9:55 am          Tour of Health & Wellness Building

Janice Pierson & Joanne Zimmerman, Clinical Nursing Instructor


Amazing life-like robots help nursing students treat illness. This one can even be pregnant!


Six beds of sick robots!
Common area for nursing students.
Tapestries on the walls. Did you know elephants are examples of compassion?
Workout room. 

9:55 – 10:10 am         Tour of Physical Science Building: Meet in PS Lobby



10:15 – 10:30 am       Tour of Art Gallery

Jennifer Campbell, Art Gallery Coordinator



10:30 – 10:40 am        Travel to PAC and point out Solar Parking Structure


10:40 – 11:00 am      Performing Arts Center Tour:  Alex Keen, Venue Manager


Faculty offices are very inviting.


For more information on the Performing Arts Center:

Attending this tour were Mesa Leadership participants Lynn Runyan and Jill Adair. Sustainability Director Suzi Dodt in back.



Mesa Welfare Complex: One church’s program to help the needy

Mesa Leadership toured the Mesa Welfare Complex on March 24. The complex, located at 235 S. El Dorado in Mesa, includes the Bishops’ Storehouse, Mesa Arizona Employment Resources Center, Cannery and Home Storage Center—to help individuals and families in our community find assistance and temporary relief in times of need.

At the Bishops’ Storehouse, church-service missionaries and volunteers from 70 Arizona stakes help distribute commodities to the poor and needy as requested by bishops. The provident living website explains:

This area has bulk items for sale to anyone to provide “rainy day” food storage.

Home storage center items 2016


This warehouse has food items grown locally or on other church-owned property throughout the United States.

As bishops for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints care for the poor and needy they should: Seek out the poor; promote personal responsibility; sustain life, not lifestyle; provide commodities before cash; give work opportunities (from the website).


Those needing assistance bring an order form to this “grocery store” where they receive the items at no cost. An order should give enough food for two weeks.



Here fully stocked shelves contain everything from canned goods, to meat, produce, personal hygiene products, laundry detergent, pancake mix, pasta, sugar, flour and other items.


Other areas of the Welfare Complex include the Employment Resource Center, which is open to anyone. There are a variety of free workshops offered in the center, from professional career workshops to resume writing and even self-employment workshops, to help individuals at whatever level they may be.

The key services and resources that employment resource centers offer are:

  • Extensive career planning assistance and job search coaching for individuals.
  • The Career Workshop, which teaches proven job search skills for people of all vocational and professional backgrounds.
  • The Self-Employment Workshop, which teaches small business planning, marketing, and development skills.
  • The church’s employment resource services website,, which provides tools to connect job seekers with employers and job openings, job search and interviewing tips.

Another area is the Mesa Cannery, which is one of six canneries in the country that produce about 90 percent of the items distributed at Bishops’ Storehouses nationwide.

Church welfare canneries and food processing plants produce quality food such as the following for bishops’ storehouses:

  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned meats
  • Canned soups and chili
  • Bottled jams, fruits, and sauces
  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Milk and other dairy products

When not producing food for bishops’ storehouses, canneries offer opportunities to individuals and families to come and process a selection of products for their own family home storage.

The grain silos store thousands of bushels of wheat for emergency use.

I didn’t get a group photo this time but those attending the tour were: Julie Bigler, Michael Book, John Gilliam and Jill Adair.

Mesa Leadership Participates in Relay for Life

Relay4Life4On Saturday April 9, the Mesa Leadership Class of 2016 participated in the Relay for Life raising over $2,000 for the American Cancer Society and had a lot of fun doing it. They were awarded a Track sign. Track signs are awarded to teams who raise more than $1,000 and are color coded so teams can move up as they raise more money each year. Some of the longer serving teams at the Relay proudly display 6 or 7 Track signs. Congratulations Class and Lyn Gorton, the class member who led the team.

Next year they plan to invite alumni to be involved so be looking for information about this very fun and worthy event in the Spring of 2017.



More photos from Jill Adair:

Coloring contest winners
Our Leadership booth had a coloring contest with great prizes! Here’s one of our winners!

Coloring contest winners2coloring contestdancersJill and Mark YoungLyn GortonLynn Runyan and Jillparade 2parade 3parade 4signSusan Tychman and Lynn Runyantrain

More photos from Jaime Glasser:

Shannon with daughtermayor giles

AZ Republic: Learning about Mesa through leadership

AZ Republic article

Community News                              Friday, April 1, 2016

By Jill Adair, Special for The Republic |

I’ve lived in Mesa for more than 40 years and I realized lately that I am learning so much about Mesa that I didn’t know, including challenges that the city or my neighbors face and resources that make a positive difference in people’s lives.

Many of my Mesa Leadership classmates feel similarly.

“I’ve lived in this town since the mid-90s and I’ve learned more in these few months than all those years,” said Lynn Runyan, a class member and senior planning analyst with Salt River Project.

She said she has been impressed with tours of local nonprofit agencies and the resources they offer to the less-fortunate in the community.

“Helping those in poverty, women and children – that’s where I would like to make my contribution,” Runyan said, considering her volunteer opportunities after the class is over.

Class member Morgan Sarager, a customer service analyst with SRP, said he’s learned a lot, particularly about how the city needs to operate effectively now while also being prepared for the future.

“It takes a coordinated effort to make sure the daily functions of the city are completed, but leaders must always have the future in mind when making important strategic decisions,” he said.

“I’ve also learned the importance of building healthy relationships with those whom we work with,” he said. “We may not always agree with each other but having the ability to build positive working relationships and focus on common goals is an important leadership skill to possess.”

Each month our Mesa Leadership class focuses on different topics. A recent class, which was held at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, focused on sustainability and development.

Brian Sexton, public information officer with the airport, highlighted the growth and potential for the area in the far southeastern part of Mesa.

“Allegiant Air is the anchor for Gateway,” Sexton said, assuring the class that the airlines is planning to stay and grow where it’s been since 2007 – in Mesa.

We also heard from Kevin Thompson, city councilman from District 6, who spoke about leadership perspectives on priority initiatives.

He said his focus since he joined the council a year ago has been on economic development and envisions a manufacturing corridor along Elliott Road near the airport.

He said that with increasing residential development in his district, the “big push” is for a new fire station in the area and more police.

“It’s our job on city council to ensure that our residents are safe, and feel safe,” he said.

Class members toured the airport as well as the adjacent Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus, including the Aviation Simulator Building, Startup Labs, and Laboratory for Algae Research and Biotechnology.

In addition to these monthly classes that run through April, Mesa Leadership offers tours – sometimes two a week – for class members to learn firsthand about community challenges.

Lyn Gorton, a class member and event lead for American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Greater Mesa, said his perspective has been broadened through these experiences.

“There are a lot of people in Mesa who need some form of help,” he said. “This is not obvious from a general public point of view, but I have had my eyes opened to a lot of things going on behind the scenes in our city.”

Mesa Leadership also requires and helps provide an opportunity to spend a day with a local leader of the class member’s choice to observe leadership in action. Class members have spent part of a day with the mayor, city council members or leaders in local business.

Sarager, who was recently in Washington D.C., was able to shadow Congressman Matt Salmon, R-Dist. 5, while there.

“I think what benefited me most was being reminded that we can all do great things, no matter what our aspirations may be,” he said.

Jill Adair is a Mesa resident and journalist participating​ in Mesa Leadership, a 10-month program to cultivate leadership through education, exposure to the community and interaction among class members.