By June 4, 2018

Anthem Leadership Set After Empty Board Seat Filled

By Robert Roy Britt — At a special open meeting of the Anthem Community Council Board of Directors May 30, Parkside resident Darrin Francom was selected to fill the board seat vacated by Ryan Halleran, who resigned and moved out of state. The appointment completes a transitional period in which new officers were selected and the community got a new CEO and COO.

Francom will be seated at the monthly ACC meeting June 27 and will finish Halleran’s term, through April 24, 2019, according to a statement from ACC. He’ll be eligible to run for a full three-year term at that time.

Three other candidates were interviewed at the meeting.

Francom and his family have lived in Anthem nearly 15 years, ACC said. He is a registered civil engineer and U.S. Navy veteran.

New Officers

Earlier this year, council selected its new leadership, which looks almost identical to its old leadership. Only one board member was nominated for each of the following positions, so no votes were needed to secure the spots:

  • Roger Willis, a Country Club representative, remains president.
  • Terry Mullarkey, a Parkside rep, is now vice president (he had been treasurer).
  • Bob McKenzie, a Country Club rep, is now treasurer (he had been vice president).
  • Rick Kesselman, a Country Club rep, is now secretary.

In the most recent ACC elections in March, Mullarkey and McKenzie retained their seats, as did John Balzer, representing the Village at Anthem. Dino Cotton, a director representing Parkside, rounds out the board.


A more notable change occurred at the February meeting, when former Community Operations Officer Neal Shearer was appointed by the all-volunteer board to the position of community executive officer, elevating him from the interim title he’d held since the departure of CEO Jenna Kohl.

Community Financial Officer Doug Greenstein was tapped to fill Shearer’s shoes, and now has the dual role of CFO and COO. The dual role is permanent, in part to save money. Greenstein and Shearer “will work hand-in-hand with the Board to evaluate and address staffing needs, in order to be both financially prudent and position the organization for continued success,” Shearer said.

With an $8.76-million balanced budget for 2018, ACC oversees maintenance and operation of common areas, including the community center, community park and civic building. Three separate HOAs, distinct from ACC, enforce homeowner rules and maintain pocket parks and other common areas.

Bios of the board members, CEO and COO are here.

This article first published on North Phoenix News.


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