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    Board of Trustees

    Steve Gaber

    S Gaber webPresident and Executive Committee Chair

    Steve Gaber grew up on the prairies of Southern Colorado. His formal education, at universities in Colorado and Alaska, supplemented an environmental awareness gained through outdoor experiences. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Public Administration at the University of Alaska, which led to a career in City Planning.

    After serving as a Planner for communities in Alaska and Oregon, Steve was hired by the City of Prescott in 1997, where he worked for 14 years. He recently retired. Throughout his career, Steve served on many boards, with particular emphasis on natural, cultural and historical missions. Steve was on the Sharlot Hall Museum Board from 2005 to 2011, and served as Vice-President in 2010 and President in 2011. He returned to the Board in FY 2013 and currently serves as the Vice President and chair of multiple committees.

    Term expires June 2018

    David Maurer

    David MaurerVice President and
    Resource Development Committee Chair

    David Maurer has been CEO of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce since 20014, and is now in his 31st year of chamber management. He served as president/CEO of the Flagstaff Chamber for 10 years, and was a city lobbyist/economic development manager at the Phoenix Chamber for 10 years.  He also worked at the Heard Museum in Phoenix as development director for five years.

    Dave has served on boards of the Arizona Community Foundation and Prescott Area Leadership.  He is also past president of the Prescott Area Coalition for Tourism and Prescott Frontier Rotary.

    Dave holds a B.A. degree in English from Hartwick College in upstate New York and is an Accredited Chamber executive (ACE).  He and his wife, Nancy, have two daughters and four grandchildren.

    Term Expires June 2018


    Jake Carlson

    J CarlsonTreasurer and Finance Committee Chair

    Jake Carlson is a native of Prescott.  He has worked in the financial field since graduating from Wheaton College (Illinois) with a bachelor's degree in business and economics, and is currently a financial advisor and partner with Stratos Wealth Partners.  Jake is a talented musician and has volunteered his services to provide direction and leadership to a non-profit community orchestra.  He is also active in the Prescott Frontier Rotary.

    Term expires June 2020

    Sandra Brown


    Sandra Brown retired in 2006 from an executive position with a Southern California travel incentive company specializing in corporate meeting planning and travel incentive programs for corporate clients, and moved to Prescott.

    Sandi, as she is best known, has served as a Board member of the Williamson Valley Community Organization for the past eight years, holding positions with that organization as its Secretary and its Treasurer. In addition, she has volunteered for Hacienda de Los Milagros, a non-profit animal sanctuary for horses, donkeys, and other animals, and with the state Adopt-a-Road program.  She is member of the Republican Women of Prescott, the largest chapter of that organization within the United States, and currently serves as its Vice President of Membership.  Sandi is also a member of the Arizona Federation of Republican Women and serves on its Bylaws Committee.

    Term expires June 2019


    Ben Andre

    Ben AndreNominations Committee Chair

    Ben Andre is a retired retailer with more than 40 years experience in both corporate and private business.  After 10 years as a Sears store manager, he purchased Miller Hardware on Iron Springs Road, changing the name to Prescott True Value Hardware. He expanded that location in 1984 and later relocated it to the current location on Miller Valley Road. 

    His other endeavors include serving on the Board of Directors of True Value Corp. for three years; for County Bank (now National Bank of Arizona) for seven years; and a founding member of Country Bank and serving on its board for more than 10 years. A member of Prescott Frontier Rotary Club for more than three decades, he is also a volunteer at the Prescott Chamber of Commerce.  A graduate of the University of Arizona with a B.S. in business, he is a widower with two children: Suzanne Springer, current owner of Prescott True Value, and Andy Andre, a science teacher at Mile High Middle School.

    Term Expires June 2020


    Carol Bessel

    C Bessel web

    Carol Bessel was born and raised in North Dakota and attended the University of North Dakota. For several years she was Vice President in a real estate investment and property management firm in Thousand Oaks, California. Before retiring she was Controller for a public corporation in Calabasas, California.

    Since settling in Prescott in 2005, she took the volunteer training classes at the Sharlot Hall Museum and has since volunteered on a regular basis at the Museum in the Lawler Center and currently in Collections. Carol is currently serving on the Volunteer Advisory Committee and is active on the PIAM committee and continues to assist at various Museum festivals and events. She has worked with the committee for An Evening at Sharlot’s Place for the past five years and during the past two years she has been co-chair of the event, helping to raise funds and support for the Museum.

    Term expires June 2019

    Jimmy Cordier

    j cordierJimmy Cordier is the owner of Piñon Painting of Prescott, a company he started in the spring of 2007.  He has grown the business through one of the most challenging economic periods, and currently employs 11 people.  Prior to moving to Prescott more than a decade ago, Mr. Cordier had a painting business in Ohio for 22 years, where he also served on the Stark County (Ohion) board of the Painting & Decorating Contractors of America for many years in all positions.  He also served on the state board of PDCA in all positions including president.

    Jimmy lives in Prescott with his wife (and high school sweetheart for these past 36 years) Cheryl.

    Term expires: June 2018

    Kim Finston

    Kim-Finston-Sharlot-Hall-MuseumKim Finston has more than 22 years of special programs and information systems security experience working for a number of defense contractors. She holds an AA degree in Education from El Camino College and previously worked in the Special Education Department for the Torrance, CA, school district.

    Since moving to Prescott in 2008, Kim has been involved with the Sharlot Hall Museum – primarily volunteering with An Evening at Sharlot’s Place each year. Kim is also a member of the Horses with H.E.A.R.T. Board, working with clients in the equestrian arena, and enjoys volunteering at Miller Valley School. Prior to moving to Prescott, Kim served as a Special Olympics figure skating coach and was a volunteer member of the Fairfax County, VA, Juvenile Court’s parent’s support group. Kim was born in Hermosa Beach, CA.

    Term expires June 2019

    Charles 'Chick' Hastings

    C HastingsCharles "Chick" Hastings is retired from 20 years as the Yavapai County Attorney, and has served three terms as member and former president of the Board for the Museum. He considers himself a true westerner interested in preserving and promoting the cultural values of the American West.

    "Chick" received is B.A. in history from Stanford University and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.  After four years of service as an Air Force officer, he served three years as a deputy district attorney with the Monterey County (California) District Attorney's office.  He and his wife Christy and their two young daughters relocated to Prescott in 1975.  During his career in the YC Attorney Office, commission and board positions have included chairman of the Arizona Prosecuting Attorney's Advisory Council, and chair of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission.

    Term expires June 2019

    Dava Hoffman

    Sharlot-Hall-Museum-Dava-HoffmanDava Hoffman found her way out west to attend Arizona State University after receiving a Bachelor of Design degree from the University of Florida.  She joined the City of Tempe's Planning Department on completion of her ASU Master of Arts degree.  In the late '70s, Dava moved to Prescott to become the City's Planning Director.  Feeling immediately at home in Prescott, Dava invested in the community by becoming a long-time resident and business owner.  She started Dava & Associates, Inc., more than 30 years ago providing planning, civil engineering and surveying services.

    Her volunteer service includes the Prescott Committee for Better Streets; the Mayor's Water Conservation Committee, chair; the Prescott Town Hall; Prescott Area Leadership, charter board member; Prescott Chamber of Commerce, board member and chair; the American Planning Association, Arizona Chapter, vice president; and currently the Board of the Prescott Downtown Partnership.

    Term Expires June 2018


    Kendall Jaspers

    K JaspersChair of Strategic Planning and Policy committees

    Kendall Jaspers is a long-time Prescott resident and businessman.  In 1987 he opened Kendall's Famous Burgers and Ice Cream in downtown Prescott and operated the business until November 2013.  

    Kendall has been an active member of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, serving on its board and also as the Chamber's president.  Kendall was a founding member of the Prescott Downtown Partnership and currently serves as its executive director.  He is a certified Arizona Main Street manager and is committed to the well-being of downtown Prescott, both commercially and historically.

    Term expires June 2020

    Bonnie McMinn


    Bonnie McMinn has more than 25 years experience as a sales/marketing executive and subject-matter expert in communications and information technology field working for AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Avaya, Cisco and Nortel. A Michigan native, she holds a BA from Albion College located in Albion, MI.

    Bonnie moved to Prescott in 2009 and opened her private Pilates Studio, teaching exercise protocols for posture, strength, balance, flexibility and endurance as well as specialized work for pre and post surgery, spinal issues, joint replacements, and motor control issues. She holds several certifications relevant to her practice In 2011, Bonnie joined Yavapai College Foundation Board, actively fundraising for Yavapai College Southwest Wine Center, and Prescott Center for the Arts Auxiliary. When not busy with clients, volunteering or studying, she enjoys hiking, travel, wine and cooking.

    Term expires June 2019


    Mark Schiavoni

    Mark SchiavoniMark Schiavoni is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Arizona Public Service Company (APS), overseeing the company’s non-nuclear generation, transmission and distribution operations, having previously served with APS as its executive vice president of operations and senior vice president, fossil generation.

    Prior to joining APS in 2009, Mark held various executive management positions with other utility companies and spent 22 years in the United States Navy’s nuclear submarine program. His community leadership activities include service on the boards of the Valley of the Sun United Way, the Heard Museum and the Grand Canyon Association.

    Term expires: June 2020

    Magdalena Waidner


    Magdalena Waidner moved to Prescott in 2012 with her husband Dan and their adult daughter Kristie following a 25-year career as a court reporter for Los Angeles County, California.  She quickly became active as a volunteer at the Sharlot Hall Museum in both the Museum store and in the Library and Archives, where her work experience has proven invaluable in transcribing oral histories.  

    Magdalena is also actively involved with her daughter, who has Down Syndrome, and in Horses with H.E.A.R.T., an organization established to provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate in therapeutic and recreational horseback riding.


    Term expires June 2018


    Aaron Wulff

    Aaron WulffAaron Wulff grew up in Arizona, graduating from Prescott High School and Northern Arizona University. He earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of Louisville, and thereafter entered the United States Air Force and worked as a dentist at various bases throughout the Midwest.

    He and his wife Megan returned to Prescott in 2013 where he joined his father’s dental practice at Distinctive Dental Care. He has since been working on building his business and continuing his service as an Air Force Reservist. Aaron is a member of the Arizona Dental Association’s committee for annual session of the Western Regional Dental Convention which helps organize the region’s largest dental conference. He is also an active volunteer with Prescott Area Young Professionals.

    Term expires: June 2020