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.

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.


Past Diversity Champions


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