Travis Yarlagadda was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He obtained his Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University and his Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. He has held positions with Novellus Systems, Intel, Celanese, and Henkel as a process engineer and reliability engineer, and currently is a principal scientist with Henkel in Scottsdale, AZ. He earned his certification as a Six Sigma Black Belt from his work with Celanese. He is also certified as a Tennis Pro Coach with the Professional Tennis Registry. Travis is a Scottsdale Leadership Alumnus with Class 25. He is a founding member of the Foundation and currently is the President of the Board of Directors today.
Kristi Small relocated to Las Vegas in July of 2011 as the Assistant General Manager, focusing on recycling for Republic Services. She has been with Republic Services for over 10 years, and has her Bachelor’s in Accountancy from Arizona State University. She has an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management, and is a member of Class 25 with Scottsdale Leadership. Kristi is a founding member of Sustainable Seniors and still holds the position of Treasurer on the Board of Directors today.
As a Scottsdale Arizona native and University of Arizona graduate, John Schloz is a proud father and husband. As a Real Estate Broker for the past 15 years he enjoys advising clients through this turbulent market. He provides strategic investment guidance along with financial counsel to a wide range of clients, from those with large cash reserves to those facing imminent foreclosure. His additional philanthropic participation includes EC70, Phoenix Boys and Girls Clubs, and Scottsdale Leadership.
For over 17 years, Marc Blonstein’s practice has focused on all aspects of real estate and business transactions. Marc is a member of the Arizona and New Mexico bar and is a Member of Berens, Kozub, Kloberdanz & Blonstein, PLC, a boutique business and real estate law firm. Professionally, Marc was the former President of the Business Section of the State Bar of Arizona and former Member of Board of Directors of Real Property Section of the State Bar of Arizona. Since 2009, Marc has been selected one of the “Southwest Superlawyers” and since 2010 has been selected as one of “Arizona’s Finest Lawyers.” Marc is “AV Rated” by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating available.
Marc remains very involved in the community, as well. Marc currently serves: (i) on the Board of Directors for Scottsdale Leadership, (ii) on the Fiesta Bowl Committee, and has chaired the National Anthem Subcommittee for the last 3 years, (iii) as Treasurer and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Industrial Development Authority for City of Scottsdale, and (iv) on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Sustainable Senior Centers of Scottsdale, Inc. Marc is a frequent volunteer for the Granite Reef Senior Center.
Lizbeth Congiusti is happy to be on the board of The Foundation for Sustainable Senior Centers and brings a wealth of event and fundraising experience from her previous work with The Harp Foundation, Singleton Moms, and Wine, Women and Shoes, an event hosted for The Sojourner Center. In 2010, she and her husband Bob Williams received the Frances Young Community Heroes Award for their volunteer work. Lizbeth is a volunteer at the Granite Reef Senior Center where you can find her on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Please stop by and say hello.
As a long-standing member of Meeting Planners International (MPI), Debbie Brass was recently awarded their annual Achievement of Excellence honor. Debbie has been in the events and fundraising business for over 15 years and Business Journal recently voted her one of Top 25 Event Planners in Arizona. She is also active in the local community, volunteering her expertise and boundless energy to fundraisers for non-profit organizations such as the Walk for Autism Fundraiser; Make a Wish, Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona and The Sojourner Center. Debbie also donates her time to the Meals on Wheels program for the Agency for the Aging in Scottsdale and volunteers at Scottsdale Center for the Arts. She is very excited to be on the board of The Foundation for Sustainable Senior Centers
Candy Campbell is a senior at Arizona State University majoring in Political Science with a minor in Global Studies and a certificate in International Relations; she will be pursuing her masters in Humanitarian Aid Relief in the fall of 2013. Candy has been working for the City of Scottsdale for five years and is presently working as a Recreation Leader II at the Granite Reef Senior Center in Scottsdale, AZ.
Candy has worked with philanthropic organizations such as Crisis Nursery, Adult Mental Rehabilitation Centers, Scottsdale Boys and Girls Club, Valley of the Sun Cheer and Dance Competitions and the Make-a-Wish foundation, among others, for eight years. Scottsdale Honors Cotillion and Arizona State University Chi Omega Women’s Fraternity has also helped to shape Candy and her role in non-profit work.