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Board of Directors

Jenn Daniels

Mayor Jenn Daniels was appointed as Mayor of Gilbert on July 19, 2016. Mayor Daniels has served her community for five years on the board of a non-profit, worked on several state ballot initiaties, volunteers time with other charitable organizations, and takes an active interest in our Gilbert community.

Mayor Daniels has a B.A. in Humanities and wokred for six years in finance - three in the private sector and three more as the owner of her own small business.

Mayor Daniels is active in her church, enjoys reading and outdoor activities, is a precint committeeman and loves spending time with her family. Mayor Daniels is married to Eric Daniels and they have three young sons and a daughter.

John Giles

John Giles was elected the 40th Mayor of Mesa, Arizona in August, 2014. Giles earned degrees from Brigham Young University in Political Science and Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He has managed his own law firm in downtown Mesa for the past 20 years.

In 1996, Giles was elected to the Mesa City Council and from 1998 to 2000, he served as Vice Mayor. After his service on the City Council, he remained active in the community and served on 25 boards and committees. Giles has been very involved in interfaith relations throughout the Phoenix-metro area, including serving on the Board of the Arizona Interfaith Movement for the last 8 years. As Mayor, he serves on numerous local and regional boards and committees.

Born and raised in Mesa, he graduated from Westwood High School in 1978. Giles is an active marathoner and triathlete who has completed two full Ironman competitions. This year, he finished his 20th marathon and 4th Boston Marathon. In 2013, he was named “Mesa Man of the Year.” Giles and his wife Dawn have been married for more than thirty years. They have five children and three grandchildren.

Mayor Giles is committed to leading the way to build upon Mesa’s strengths through the following priorities:

• Economic Development by creating new jobs through business attraction, expansion and retention; and improving business-friendly processes;

• Education by working closely with community partners to facilitate quality education to help all students have the opportunity to succeed;

• Community Livability by increasing “Fight Blight” practices and improving delivery of public services to Mesa residents;

• Smart Growth by ensuring well-planned and thoughtful development;

• Accessibility and Participation in City Government by continuously engaging residents in new and innovative ways.

Thelda Williams

Thelda Williams was reelected in 2011 for a second four-year term as District 1 Councilwoman. She has served on the Phoenix City Council since 2008. Previously, she served on the council from 1989 to 1996 and as interim mayor in 1994.

Before joining the Council, she was the Division Commander of the Custody Support/Inmate Programs Division at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, where she supervised the Sheriff’s MASH Unit for abused and neglected animals, Hard Knocks High School for incarcerated juveniles, the Alpha Program for drug and/or alcohol-addicted inmates, and all religious and adult programs.

Councilwoman Williams has been active in community affairs for a number of years, having served on numerous boards and commissions including the City of Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board, the City of Phoenix Transit Commission, the Block Watch Oversight Committee, the Deer Valley Village Planning Committee, the Phoenix Planning and Zoning Committee, the Maricopa Association of Governments’ Board, Women in Local Government Association, Governor’s Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women, and the Maricopa County Adult Probation Advisory Board.

She is currently a member of the City Council’s Audit Committee and the following Subcommittees: Downtown, Aviation, Economy and Education; Public Safety, Veterans, Transparency and Ethics; and Transportation and Infrastructure. In addition, she is a member of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Board of Directors and the Luke West Valley Council.

Gail Barney

Gail Barney served on the Queen Creek Planning & Zoning Commission from 1998 to 2002. He was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Town Council in January 2002 and was elected Mayor in June 2010. As Mayor, Barney represents Queen Creek on the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Council, the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Board of Directors and the Maricopa/Northern Pinal Gateway Alliance.

Barney earned an associate degree from Mesa Community College and a Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University. He is an Eagle Scout. A lifelong Queen Creek resident, he operates his family farm in the community.

Monica Antone

Monica Lynn Antone will be serving in the 27th Administration as Lt. Governor of the Gila River Indian Community. She is the daughter of the late Edward C. Allison and Lupe C. Hernandez. Her paternal grandparents are the late Edison Allison and Agnes Antone Allison of Upper Santan in District Four. Mrs. Antone is married to Victor Antone, Associate Judge of the Salt River lndian Community. Monica has raised 6 children, Gabriel, Daniel, Michael, Angela, Jessica and Salina and has thirteen grandchildren. Monica values her family and knows it takes a strong foundation of faith in order to bring balance to a family and provide stability.

Monica obtained an Associate’s Degree in Business Operations and has studied in the field of Criminal Justice. She has a fifteen-year career working for the Gila River lndian Community. ln 1997, Monica served as a Political intern for the late Governor Mary V. Thomas. This is when she entered into tribal politics. After serving under Governor Thomas' Administration she moved into Supervisory positions in the Department of Corrections and Supervision, Community Services, and Land Use Planning, and Zoning. Then in 2007, she managed projects under the Department of Housing Development providing technical assistance to build 500 newly constructed homes.

Monica has been a strong advocate for Mental Health issues as she has joined a coalition that promotes education and awareness in Suicide Prevention and is a Mental Health First Aide Instructor. She has served on the lra Hayes Women's Auxiliary and has been a member of the Housing Advisory Committee.

ln 2012, Monica was elected as a District Four Council Representative serving her constituency with dedication and addressing the issues by making informed decisions that empowered the people. She served on the Natural Resources Committee and served as the Chairperson for The Cultural Resources Committee. She values protection of land and trust responsibilities.

In November of 2014, Monica was elected as the Lt. Governor of the Gila River lndian Community. She is the third female to hold that office, following Jennifer Allison and her mentor, Mary Thomas. As Lt. Governor, she will focus on providing quality services to the Community by addressing the concerns of the people as she advocated during her campaign.

In addition, Monica is committed to working effectively with Governor Stephen Lewis and the Tribal Council on behalf of the Community to improve the quality of life for all. Monica is steadfast in her convictions to protect the Community’s Water Rights and to ensure economic growth for future generations to come.

Jeff Serdy

Jeff Serdy was elected mayor of Apache Junction in August of 2016 and will take office in January of 2017. As an entrepreneur and avid outdoor enthusiast, Serdy is the founder and owner of AJI Sporting Goods, one of the largest privately owned outdoor sporting goods store in the East Valley.

Serdy was elected to two terms as a councilmember, beginning in June of 2007 and has been a champion of tourism-related concerns in the East Valley. Serdy was instrumental in the formation of the Apache Junction Focal Point and Community Tourism Committee. Serdy currently sits on that committee as well as the Region’s Vitalization Committee and is the chairman of the Apache Junction Water District board. For the past six years, Serdy has also served as a member of the Governor’s Tourism Advisory Council.

Serdy’s other professional affiliations include being a member of the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Businessmen and various other advocacy organizations such as the Kiwanis and the Don’s Club of Arizona. He has also served as an Apache Junction Little League coach, volunteer and manager.

Now serving as Apache Junction’s representative to the Greater Phoenix Economic Council Board of Directors, Serdy is committed to further economic diversification of our region’s economy.

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Jenn Daniels
Town of Gilbert
Jeff Serdy
City of Apache Junction
Vice Chair
Lt. Governor
Monica Antone
Gila River Indian Community
Gail Barney
Town of Queen Creek
Thelda Williams
City of Phoenix
John Giles
City of Mesa

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is owned and operated by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority (PMGAA), a Joint Powers Airport Authority comprised of the Cities of Mesa, Phoenix and Apache Junction, the Towns of Queen Creek and Gilbert, and the Gila River Indian Community. The Airport Authority was formed to develop, reuse, operate, and maintain the Airport property and facilities at the former Williams Air Force Base, which closed in September 1993.

The Board of Directors will hold regular meetings on the third Tuesday of each month during the year 2017; click here for schedule. Meetings begin at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Board Room (Saguaro A/B) of the Gateway Administration Building at 5835 S. Sossaman Road, Mesa, Arizona 85212. These meetings are open to the public; dates and times are subject to change.

A copy of the current agenda is available for download below, and posted in the exterior display case of the Gateway Administration Building at least 24-hours in advance of a meeting.

Archived Board Packets: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 | Archived Board Minutes (2013-2016).

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