New ASU Leadership Institute alumni hail from range of industries

9-month program helps participants develop and understand critical leadership skills

ASU Leadership Institute Class 5

The nine-month immersive program enhances leadership development and prepares participants to serve on ASU boards and councils, mentor students and serve as community ambassadors.


The Arizona State University Alumni Association is proud to introduce the 26 Sun Devil alumni participating in the ASU Leadership Institute. 

Class 5 participants are a diverse group of alumni with a range of graduation dates, from 1983 to 2019, and from a wide array of industries, including construction, business management, banking, education, government, urban development and nonprofit fundraising. 

Every year, the ASU Alumni Association selects a cohort of outstanding alumni for the nine-month immersive leadership program. The program aims to inspire participants as well as enhance their leadership development. They are prepared to serve on ASU boards and councils, mentor students and serve as community ambassadors.

“Within five years, the ASU Leadership Institute has grown into a thriving program that offers participants the opportunity for continued growth in leadership skills, both personal and professional, while engaging with other Sun Devils who want to make a difference in their communities,” said Christine K. Wilkinson, ASU Alumni Association president and CEO. “It is a delight to see alums who want to devote their time to learning how ASU continues to transform as the contemporary New American University.” 

For information about the ASU Leadership Instute and how to apply for Class 6, click here. 

Meet the members of the 2022–2023 ASU Leadership Institute Class 5:

Megan Cesiel, Salt River Project 

Kristina Chumpol, Fiesta Bowl 

Jana Crum, Welby Health

Wesley Despins, Sundt Construction 

Shannen Falkenrath, LinkedIn

Chrystine Geele, Sundt Construction 

Angela Gonzales, Bell Bank 

Philip Hensley, JE Dunn Construction 

Christina Hudson, Find 180, LLC 

Danita Jackson, Arizona Birth Network 

Amy Johnson, Khan World School at ASU Prep Digital 

Ryan Johnson, Salt River Project

Maureen Jorden, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center 

Abhay Khaire, Dibble 

Anne Landers, Junior Achievement of Arizona 

Thomas Maynard, Greater Phoenix Economic Council 

Adam Mims, Oak View Group 

Thomas Myzia, Kitchell 

William Nolde, DraftKings

Andrew Ostrander, Ostrander Real Estate Group 

Jared Phelps, Alliance Bank of Arizona

Jennifer Rearich, Maricopa County Assessor’s Office

Debbie Smith, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Arizona 

Kelly Tucker, Baker Bros. Flooring 

Kaitlyn Wittig, Lauren’s Institute for Education 

Marge Zylla, City of Tempe

More University news


Elva and Lattie Coor smile at each other

Elva Coor, wife of former ASU president, remembered as 'a catalyst for enduring change'

Elva (Wingfield) Coor was passionate about the community, politics and outdoor activities.She grew up on a ranch in Camp Verde,…

A handful of globes in various sizes sit on a tabletop.

9 ASU faculty receive Fulbright US Scholar awards for 2024–25

Using AI to optimize rooftop solar panels in North Macedonia. Charting immigration and human rights efforts in Spain and Morocco…

Group of students pose for a photo in a desert landscape.

ASU hosts 10 students from across the country in 10-week NSF-funded summer program

For many students who choose to attend smaller liberal arts or community colleges, the opportunity to conduct hands-on research…