After 9+ years with Phoenix Community Alliance (PCA), Lupe Andow has decided to leave the Valley of the Sun for her hometown of El Paso, TX. There is no doubt that Lupe will be missed for her hard work, sweet demeanor, and huge heart. Also, there is no doubt that her absence leaves huge shoes to fill. We wish you the very best, Lupe!
With a loss of one of our own, we thought it appropriate to use our blog as a way to introduce you to two new PCA team members as well as reacquaint you with our two fearless leaders. Our team looks forward to serving you and helping create a vibrant and lively downtown Phoenix and Central City.
Don Keuth, President, Phoenix Community Alliance
Don Keuth has been president of Phoenix Community Alliance since January 1, 1998. Don has served the Phoenix-area for over 12 years on different civic and community organizations. Most recently, Mr. Keuth is the founding president of the Discovery Triangle Development Corporation (DTDC). He is also the immediate past Chairman of the Phoenix Planning Commission, which he served for three years. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Valley Partnership and is a member of Phoenix College President’s Advisory Board, the ASU DPC Business Advisory Council, NAU College of Health and Human Services Leadership Council, the Phoenix Biomedical Campus Advisory Group, and much more. His efforts with these groups promote PCA and champion a strong downtown core.
Vice President, JoMarie McDonald has served PCA for 25 years. Ms. McDonald was on the original Arizona Nuclear Power Project team, a multi-utility-organization formed to plan and develop Arizona Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. She has national and international experience in project development and community relations.
Replacing Lupe Andow’s position is Tonya Gray. Tonya graduated from Arizona State University (ASU) with a degree in Communication. After undergrad, she worked for Southwest Airlines in their local field marketing office in Phoenix. She worked for eight years in Marketing in Phoenix, Denver, and Dallas, TX where she gained valuable experience in product development, brand and customer management. She is excited to work with PCA and help its members build a vibrant downtown and Central City.
Our newest addition, Meghanne Bearden, will be volunteering her time to provide content for our social media sites. Meghanne graduated from the University of Arizona with a dual degree in Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology, Italian Studies. Currently, she is working as a social media intern at Lumension in Scottsdale, AZ. Meghanne is also an alumna of Public Allies Arizona, an AmeriCorps* program, where she served as Communications Coordinator for Anytown Arizona, Inc. Her passion for creating community both on and off-line will help bring PCA’s critical message to the social media sphere.
The PCA team is ready to step up to the plate for every and any urban issue or challenge. We thank our members for the wealth of resources, talent, and expertise they bring to the table. We are excited about the future and we are at your service.
L - R: Meghanne Bearden, JoMarie McDonald, Lupe Andow, and Tonya Gray