Chairman - Al Comello
Comello Media Services, email@example.com
Al Comello has lived in the Sedona area for 20 years and has participated in numerous organizations, events, boards, and community projects and is committed to being part of Sedona’s future by sharing his skills, perspectives and talents. Al was on the board of the Sedona Community Center for 18 years. He has been the manager of their very successful annual tax credit fundraiser.
In 2007 he created a non-profit organization called Sedona Fair, Inc., dedicated to creating events for locals and visitors alike. This organization gave birth to the Sedona Winefest now in its 11th year. Al has also produced Sedona Airport’s Airport Day and Family Fun Days over 10 times. He is as president of the Sedona Events Alliance, an affinity organization representing the Sedona events community. More recently, he serves on the board of the Sedona Historical Society and the Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs. In 2018 he was elected to a 4 year term on the governing board of the Sedona Fire District.
Al currently operates an marketing agency called Comello Media Services and works various marketing related projects. He has an extensive background in newspaper and magazine publishing and real estate marketing. Al was the Real Estate Editor and Classified Advertising Manager of the St. Louis Globe Democrat, a 150 year old major daily newspaper in St. Louis.
Vice Chair - Jennifer W. Perry
Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Perry is the Regional Director of the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona, an organization dedicated to improving communities through long lasting philanthropy. Jennifer has had a home in Sedona since 1987 and moved here full time with her family in 2003. Prior to the Arizona Community Foundation, Jennifer was the Development Director for the Verde Valley Sanctuary, the Ross School, the Sedona Public Library and the Executive Director of Camp Soaring Eagle. She earned her B.A. from Syracuse University and her M.B.A. from Simmons Graduate School of Management.
Secretary - Wendy Lippman
Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, email@example.com
Sedona resident since 1998, Wendy Lippman, is the General Manager and Resident Partner for Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village and Tlaquepaque North. She spends most days working on marketing, operations and maintaining a positive and profitable environment for the 50 plus tenants in the center.
Prior to moving to Sedona, Wendy was born and raised in Los Angeles, attended and graduated Washington University in St. Louis, MO and then worked 13 years in the retail industry. Her last endeavor prior to Sedona was in NYC as the National Sales Manager for Tommy Hilfiger launching their footwear line.
Wendy Lippman previously served on the Board of Sedona Chamber of Commerce from 2009 - 2012 as well as served as the President of the Verde Valley Sanctuary, Board member for the Goodwill of Northern Arizona, and Treasurer and Co-President for the Sedona Gallery Association to name a few.
Wendy has an understanding of the Community as well as the needs of small businesses. She and her husband previously owned and operated Don Hoel’s Cabins in Oak Creek Canyon for six years and Wendy opened and operated Tlaquepaque Toy Town for ten years. She looks forward to bringing her retail and marketing experiences to the Board now and in the future.
Treasurer - Mike Wise
Arizona Prime Real Estate, Sycamore Group, LLC, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike is an active Realtor serving both residential and commercial properties in Sedona and the Verde Valley with Arizona Prime Real Estate and is Co-Owner of the Sycamore Group, a property management group located next to the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center in Uptown Sedona.
He currently serves on the Cottonwood Economic Development Council and also serves on the Sedona Economic Diversification Team. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from La Sierra University. He enjoys cycling, mountain bike riding and skiing. These interests make Sedona just about the perfect place to live.
Having vintage roots in Sedona, Mike along with his mother and father moved to Sedona in 1955. The late ’60’s saw difficult economic times in Sedona and the family moved away, returning to Sedona with his family in 2004. His father was an excavator/earth mover who is responsible for building many of the roads (Soldiers Pass Road, Mountain Shadows) building sites and athletic fields in the area including the ball field at Posse Grounds Park. Some of his earliest work memories were of placing old vehicle tires across Hwy 89A so his father could drive a tractor across the highway without leaving marks in the asphalt. Due to those early experiences Mike has a passion for economic development and quality of life in Sedona and the Verde Valley.
Sedona Center, email@example.com
Jesse is an Arizona native with 30 years of hospitality management experience. He is the Chief Operating Officer for the Canyon Portal and Sinagua Plaza shopping centers in Uptown, as well as the Sedona Trolley, three Uptown restaurants and retail stores.
Jesse has a BS degree from ASU in Human Resource Management and served as General Manager of the L’Auberge from 2008 to 2016.
Jesse believes Sedona is “a special place,” and says the visitor experience should always include “feeling the specialness” of Sedona. Jesse is an avid long-distance runner, rock climber and outdoor adventurer.
Courtyard by Marriott-Sedona, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheryl is the General Manager of the Courtyard by Marriott-Sedona and the owner of the Whispering Creek B&B. A Sedona resident since 2015, Mrs. Barron came from Washington DC where she was a Regional Manager for multiple brands within Marriott overseeing the total operations with the focus on Quality Assurance. Previous to that she worked in many cities throughout the US opening Marriott Hotels with an emphasis on Residence Inn's and Courtyard Brands. Cheryl has worked for major chains such as Marriott, Hilton, Best Western and Sheraton Hotels and started her career in Denver while attending the University of Colorado. Married in 1992, Cheryl and Joe have two daughters, Stephanie and Karina and are now empty nesting with their two dogs, Cooper & Leo. For fun, they take full advantage of their Marriott benefits and travel the world.
John Davis has called Sedona home since 1992. Together with his wife, Nicole, they have two daughters who have attended Sedona schools from kindergarten through high school graduation. They continued their education at NAU and still call Arizona home.
John and his family are partners in a family owned and operated business venture and have been since 1992. Together they operate Cheers, and the recently added Manzanita Market. These businesses serve not only visitors from around the world but local residents looking for quality outdoor wear, grab and go snack and lunch items, beer, wine, and so much more.
Having been a business owner through roadway construction, a recession, changes in travel and tourism, and the recent COVID-19 pandemic, John understands the value of marketing, promotion, and the need for a Chamber of Commerce to help support the local economy. John has utilized the Chamber’s resources and knows firsthand how using the Chamber’s social media can impact a business, sponsoring key events like the Sedona Marathon can bring attention and business from near and far, as well as staying informed with the latest news, updates, and industry information.
When he’s not restocking shelves, greeting customers, and choosing the next perfect retail item to offer, he enjoys golfing, fishing, and taking advantage of living in one of the most beautiful places in the world. He and his family enjoy traveling together whether it be Hawaii, Lake Powell, or Europe, but in the end, home is located in the Village of Oak Creek.
John looks forward to bringing his years of Sedona retail experience, insight into visitor data, and commitment to supporting local business to the Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
Darla DeVille is a U.S. Army Veteran, who enlisted after high school, serving three years as a helicopter crew chief at Ft. Carson Colorado, and re-enlisted to serve four additional years in the Army Reserve. She holds a dual Master’s Degree in Education Administration and Curriculum & Development from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Master Certification in Organizational Leadership from Villanova University. Her undergraduate degree is in the field of education where she taught secondary (6-12) social studies, along with coaching and supervising extra-curricular activities. DeVille is a community leader who has developed extensive networking partnerships throughout the County; currently serving on the United Way of Yavapai County Advisory Board; Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters Board, Prescott Downtown Partnership Board, and Bagdad Community Panel. DeVille serves on numerous organizational committees and is an active member of the District 5000 We Rotary Club, based in Hawaii. Darla is a collaborative, networking partner, committed to building meaningful relationships to help improve lives and build strong communities throughout Yavapai County.
Dr. Beth DuPree M.D., FACS, ABIOM
Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona, email@example.com
Breast Surgeon Cancer Sedona Arizona
Medical Director of Oncology Services Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona
Vice President of Holy Redeemer Hospital Huntington Valley , Pennsylvania
Dr Beth DuPree transitioned her primary breast care practice to Sedona Arizona in September 2017. She brings thirty-three years of expertise and passion to Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona where she leads a fully integrative breast cancer program that has received NAPBC (National Accreditation Program of Breast Centers) designation in December of2019. Sedona has long been her favorite place on the planet since visiting on vacation in 2001 on a trip to the Grand Canyon.
Dr. DuPree has been Vice President of Holy Redeemer Health System overseeing Surgical Services, Women’s Health, Employee Wellness and Integrative and Holistic Medicine. She held an academic appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery at The University of Pennsylvania. She is a breast surgeon who embraces Eastern-healing philosophies as she remains on the cutting edge of Western medical technologies. Dr. DuPree is a graduate of The University of Pittsburgh and a 1987 graduate of Hahnemann University (Drexel) School of Medicine.
She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is board certified in Surgery as well as Integrative Medicine. Dr. DuPree is the recipient of numerous awards, achievements and serves on the advisory boards for several breast cancer organizations. She believes that “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” (Gandhi), and inspires her patients, colleagues and acquaintances to be the change.
In 2007 she founded The Healing Consciousness Foundation that provides healing/ integrative services free of charge to women and men on their breast cancer journey. She is the author of “The Healing Consciousness: A Doctor’s Journey to Healing”, a Reiki Master, national and international physician educator, inspirational Speaker, pilot, philanthropist, health and wellness enthusiast and a loving wife of 33 years and mother of two amazing sons.
She has been named to Philadelphia Magazine’s 2016 and 2017 TOP DOCS in surgery and Complementary Medicine! Bringing Eastern and Western medicine together for the individuals highest healing intention is her passion and mission. She has been voted as Northern Arizona Healthcare’s Physician of the Year for Verde Valley Medical Center 2020.
Gary Glenn The Sedona Image Maker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Glenn has lived in Sedona full time for 4 years and has quickly become a recognizable contributor to the community. Gary is a professional photographer specializing in Event Photography and Personality Portrait Photography.
Gary lived and worked in Australia for 40 years, working as a professional public speaker and business consultant. His experience gave the opportunity to intimately view hundreds of businesses and work with them with the aim to build their sales processes, their management practices and their staff motivation.
Gary's introduction to Sedona occurred when he had a Film accepted in the Sedona International Film Festival in 2013 and he visited here, from Australia, almost every month before moving here full time in 2016
Throughout his career as a speaker and consultant, Gary has worked as a professional imagemaker specializing in photography and video.
The Arabella Sedona, email@example.com
Julia Kaiser has been part of the Sedona Community for the last 12 years. She is currently the General Manager at the historic boutique hotel The Arabella Sedona. She started her career at the luxury Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa. She continued to further her hotel management skills at Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa, and later the Hampton Inn Sedona.
As a seasoned professional with more than 14 years of hospitality work experience in Sedona, Julia is intimately familiar with current challenges the community faces. She strongly believes that The Sedona Chamber of Commerce holds a key to initiating and sustaining collaborative transformative cooperation between business owners and Sedona residents which will make this community a better place to live, work and visit.
The Enchantment Resort, Stan.firstname.lastname@example.org
Stan Kantowski has been a full time Sedona resident for the last two years. As Managing Director he is responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day operations of Enchantment Resort, Mii amo Spa and Seven Canyons Golf Operation.
Prior to moving to Sedona and assuming his role, Stan quickly became a distinguished leader in the hospitality industry. He has continued a successful career as a Vice President and General Manager, leading major openings, renovations, and repositioning of premier and historic hotels around the country. He worked for four and five-star hotels throughout his career including The Broadmoor, La Quinta Resort, Hyatt Regency Kauai, Squaw Creek Resort, Mission Inn and Sunriver Resort. In 2002, Kantowski was invited to lead the large team of food and beverage professionals for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. He was responsible for handling all aspects of the food and beverage operations for the opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympics.
In addition to his Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola University, Kantowski holds a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration from The Southern California University. He has been continued to be involved in local communities and was elected President of Palm Springs Hospitality Association, served as an Executive Board Member for Coachella Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, and served on the Board of Directors for Palm Springs Resorts Association, the Squaw Valley Institute. He was a President for the Downtown Board of Directors for the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce.
Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, KC.Kinsey@waldorfastoria.com
KC Kinsey has been a full-time resident of the Village of Oak Creek with his wife Sunni since September 2018. As General Manager for the largest resort property in the Sedona/VOC area, he is responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day operations at the Hilton Sedona Resort, eForea Spa and the Sedona Athletic Club. Prior to relocating to Sedona, he was a resident of the greater Palm Springs area for 18 years where he and his wife raised their two children. KC has operated some of the finest resorts on the West Coast, including the Historic Waldorf Astoria La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA WEST. His hospitality career of 30 plus years includes Executive level positions in Sales, Marketing, Membership, and Operations at Convention Hotels to Boutique Resorts. In addition, he has overseen major capital renovations and property conversions, most recently being selected by Hilton to lead the conversion in Las Vegas of the Mandarin Oriental to Waldorf Astoria. In 2015, and continuing through today, KC was asked to join the Board of Directors for the Warburton, an annual three day Gala Event that benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; and to date has generated $17 Million Dollars to treat and defeat childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. In addition, he has served on several tourism councils, community boards, and steering committees in the various destinations he has resided within. He is a graduate of USC Marshall School of Business and enjoys spending his free time hiking with his wife in our beautiful destination.
Business and Wellness Consulting email@example.com
Susan has more than forty years of experience as a business executive and manager, and has worked in retail, in the arts, and for large and small corporations in software development, product development, quality management, commercial lease management, and other disciplines. She is a Certified SCORE Mentor and has served as Board Chair for Simmons Graduate School of Management. She manages content for software companies creating articles, white papers, web content, blogs and technical content, and has published four novels. Susan is also trained as a Clinical Massage Therapist, and teaches Reiki and Crystal and Stone Therapy.
Sedona-Oak Creek Airport Authority, firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been employed in the field of Airport Management for 39 years. I've worked at airports in New York, Texas, California, North Carolina, and now Arizona. I've worked with Law Enforcement, Emergency Services, local governments, economic development corporations, military, Tourism Promotion Agencies, and Chambers of Commerce to target markets for use of the airport facilities and for special events. I'm co-founder of the Great Hudson Valley Balloon Race and The Autumn Warbird Fly-In. Both events were located in Southern New York. I served as President of the New York Airport Manager's Association which included the Port Authority of NY /NJ, Capital District Transportation Authority, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, I operated my own Guide business for 20 years, Outdoor Services of the Hudson Valley, sharing my passion for the outdoors through hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, rock and ice climbing, and remote kayaking adventures. I'm super keen on protecting our environment. I'm a husband, father of four, and grandfather of two. Public speaking is part of my everyday duties. I'm very community minded and seek to increase the airport's utility and contribution to the community through cultivated partnerships.
Immediate Past Chairman - Lonnie Lillie
Arroyo Pinion Sedona Hotel LLC, email@example.com
Lonnie Lillie graduated high school in June of 1984 and moved to Sedona one week later. His first job was a bus boy at the Hideaway Restaurant. In three years Lonnie worked his way up into assistant manager and shortly after became manager. Married in 1990 Lonnie and Lori now have two children, Ryan and Rachel. Lonnie maintained the manager position at the Hideaway Restaurant through the year 2000. In January 2001, Lonnie's father-in-law Leon Lunsway retired as General Manager of the Best Western PLUS Arroyo Roble Hotel and Creekside Villas. Lonnie was the General Manager at the Best Western from 2001 to 2017, where he received certification as a "Certified Hospitality Sale Professional" and a "Certified Hospitality Administrator". In 2015 Lonnie was Arizona Hotelier of the Year.