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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2021 Diversity Champions

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

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Dr. Jan Gehler

Dr. Gehler became Scottsdale Community College’s second president following the distinguished career of Dr. Art DeCabooter. She had 21 years in higher education prior to joining the Maricopa County Community College District.

Dr Gehler served the local community of Scottsdale as board member for the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, Community Celebrating Diversity, Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services, and as a member of the Scottsdale Leadership Advisory Committee, Scottsdale Healthcare Advisory Committee and Scottsdale Rotary.

Jan retired in August of 2018 after 10 years of service to Scottsdale Community College.

Chief Alan Rodbell

Chief Alan Rodbell is a police executive with 44 years of experience in law enforcement administration. His most recent 17 years have been spent as the Police Chief of the City of Scottsdale.

 

Under his leadership, Scottsdale has achieved double digit reductions in crime, making Scottsdale one of the safest cities in Arizona.

 

Chief Rodbell was appointed by the Governor to two State Boards; the Arizona Police Officer Standards and Training Board, and the Homeland Security, Central Regional Advisory Council.

 

In 2017, Chief Rodbell was named Police Chief of the Year by the Arizona Chiefs of Police.

 

Chief Rodbell serves as an Advisory Board member of the East Valley NAACP and a member of the Arizona Black Law Enforcement Employees Association.

 

The Chief has worked with the Special Olympics throughout his career and with many local organizations such as the Scottsdale Charros, CCD, Health World Education, Horsense, SCC, and Scottsdale Leadership.

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Past Diversity Champions

2021

Dr. Jan Gehler
Chief Alan Rodbell

2020

Rosa Casas

Shannon Paloma

Peter Rusin

2019

Sharon Cini

Gary Griggs

2018

Marybell Ramirez-Deeds

André Watkins

2017

Gina Griffiths
Linda Walton

2016

Keiko Conn
Stanna-Michelle Slater

2015

Frances Ann Burruel
Lee and Ray Silverman

2014

Michele Halyard
Tom Henny
Jim and Cindy Hill

2013

Darrell Copp
Christine French
Mary Manross

2012

Wendy Lyons
Carolyn Repp

2011

Helen Gandara
Mary King

2010

Don Logan
Joe Baca

2009

Tina Brown
Lin Ling Lee

2008

Marion Kelly
Graciela Candia

2007

Mark Rothman

2006

Doreen Reinke
Clif McKenzie

2005

James Yiannias
Jamie Leibovitz

2004

Ruben Camacho
Meghan & Manali Ghave

2003

Paul Eppinger
Kathy Hotchner

2002

Art DeCabooter
Norma Saldana

2001

Dick Bowers
John Calvin