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Diversity Champions

Diversity Champions are individuals who exemplify the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and who have enriched the community by empowering others. Individuals are nominated by others in the community and selected Diversity Champions are honored each year at the MLK Jr. Community Celebration. Eligible nominees must work, live or volunteer in Scottsdale.

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2022 Diversity Champions

Forty-two Diversity Champions have been honored since the program’s 2001 inception.


Chris Haines

 With 38 years in higher education, Chris Haines has led educational initiatives designed to support marginalized and at-risk populations to reduce barriers to access, such as the Hannelly Center One Stop Enrollment Center at Phoenix College and launching scholarships for DACA/Dreamer students. While coaching women’s sports at South Mountain Community College, she realized many of the players required flexible schedules to participate and she adjusted practice times to accommodate everybody. During the summer of 2020, the campus community was hurting from the tragic death of George Floyd. She held multiple town halls, and encouraged everyone to share their experiences. She quickly launched an extensive diversity, equity and inclusion committee to engage and support the campus community.


She serves on the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, Community Celebrating Diversity, East Valley Think Tank, City of Scottsdale Education Committee, Scottsdale Coalition of Today and Tomorrow (SCOTT) and Arizona Happy Tails Dog Rescue.


Angela Hughey exemplifies leadership through her work within the LGBTQ+ community and the broader business and political communities in Arizona. She co-founded ONE Community in 2008 with the goal of engaging socially responsible businesses, organizations and individuals who support and promote diversity, inclusion, equity and equality for all Arizonans.


In 2013, Angela and the ONE Community team launched the UNITY Pledge to advance workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and public accommodations for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) individuals and their allies. More than 3,300 businesses and 20,000 Arizonans have taken the UNITY Pledge, the largest equality pledge in the nation.


Angela has won multiple awards for her work on inclusion and awareness including the Human Rights Campaign Individual Equality Award, Echo Magazine’s Woman of the Year and the Anti-Defamation League’s Al Brooks Community Leadership Award. Angela is a 2021 Phoenix Business Journal, Most Admired Leader.

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Alan “AP” Powell is a serial entrepreneur, Gulf War Veteran, philanthropist and a renowned strategic consultant developing relationships for Fortune 500 companies. Powell is also the founder of the non-profit HeroZona Foundation which serves students and veterans by giving them access to educational opportunities to ensure they get to cross the “finish line.” The Foundation’s programs include HeroZona National Veteran Summit, Veterans Reach to Teach, Phoenix Tools 4 Schools, the Bridge Forum, Play It Forward, among many others. 


In addition, his foundation is working on a series of Bridge Forums in an effort to understand different perspectives, attitudes and beliefs about community policing. Previous topics discussed ways to better support veterans with recruitment, hiring, opportunities in service, veterans in crisis and support systems. Another one of his more recent projects includes the Play It Forward program, which exposes students to the arts at an early age with opportunities to learn, create and grow.

Past Diversity Champions


Chris Haines

Angela Hughey

Alan "AP" Powell


Dr. Jan Gehler
Chief Alan Rodbell


Rosa Casas

Shannon Paloma

Peter Rusin


Sharon Cini

Gary Griggs


Marybell Ramirez-Deeds

André Watkins


Gina Griffiths
Linda Walton


Keiko Conn
Stanna-Michelle Slater


Frances Ann Burruel
Lee and Ray Silverman


Michele Halyard
Tom Henny
Jim and Cindy Hill


Darrell Copp
Christine French
Mary Manross


Wendy Lyons
Carolyn Repp


Helen Gandara
Mary King


Don Logan
Joe Baca


Tina Brown
Lin Ling Lee


Marion Kelly
Graciela Candia


Mark Rothman


Doreen Reinke
Clif McKenzie


James Yiannias
Jamie Leibovitz


Ruben Camacho
Meghan & Manali Ghave


Paul Eppinger
Kathy Hotchner


Art DeCabooter
Norma Saldana


Dick Bowers
John Calvin

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