Currently at Freedom Financial Network, Linda brings her extensive experience leading people strategy in fast growing, high performance organizations with a passion for employee engagement and enablement. With expertise in Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, Succession, Learning & Development, Linda defines success as getting the right talent, in the right place, at the right time in all areas of the business. As Freedom experiences accelerated growth, she will ensure we continue with our strong culture of respect, openness, teamwork and passion for excellence. At Freedom Linda leads our Talent Acquisition, Human Resources and Training and Development functions. Her background includes HR leadership roles at GT Advanced Technologies and United Rentals. At United Rentals she was recognized for creating “Women United” career advancement program. She has a BA in Business Management.
Wow, I can’t believe that I have been with Dignity Health for over 17 years now. Time goes by so fast, especially when you are doing something that you love. As the Regional Director of Talent Acquisition, overseeing the hiring of our hospitals in Arizona, Bakersfield/Merced, California and Nevada, I embrace my role in ensuring that our hospitals are staffed with the most talented professionals who truly dedicated to their roles as ambassadors of Hello Humankindness. From entry level to hospital presidents, our talent team is very selective, ensuring that all successful candidates are as passionate about patient care and family customer service as we are. This is a true honor to hold, and it is with that honor that I am commiteed to our job seekers to educate them on what types of traditional and non-traditional career opporunities are availalbe in healthcare, share the various pathways into healthcare and provide guidence and support in an area that I am passionate about.
After graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in Business Management and a certificate in Entrepreneurship, Jian Boldi began his career in personal finance. The field gave Jian an opportunity to do what he loves, helping people, while also using his financial skills. In addition to his degree from ASU, Jian also has a certificate in Personal Financial Planning from UCLA which he received with distinction.
In each year from 2013-2018 Jian has been awarded the Five Star Financial Professional Award and included in the September issue of Phoenix Magazine.
When he is not working as a Financial Advisor, Jian is very active in the community. In addition to volunteering with Career Connectors and serving on the Career Connectors Board of Directors, Jian is a member of the Chandler Lions Club and a volunteer with the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation.
In his spare time Jian enjoys spending time with his wife Jennifer and their three Chihuahua’s, Barkley, Figgy and Fumble; their 5 year old son Scott and 3 year old son, Grayson.
Jason has worked for Policy Development Group since 1998 and represents clients at all levels of government – local, state, and federal. Prior to joining PDG, Jason served as legislative director for Congressman Jim Kolbe. During his nearly eight year tenure on Capitol Hill in Congressman Kolbe’s office, Jason rose through the ranks to ultimately staff the Appropriations Subcommittee on Treasury and Postal Service which Kolbe chaired. During his time on Capitol Hill, Jason was responsible for advising Congressman Kolbe on a range of issues including defense, education, currency reform, law enforcement, judicial matters, and immigration. A Tucson native, Jason graduated from Baylor University and holds a diploma for the completion of the US Naval War College’s College of Naval Command and Staff program. In 2010, Governor Janice K. Brewer appointed Jason to the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments Nominating Committee where he served until 2015. Additionally, Governor Brewer appointed Jason to serve on the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council in 2012 where he continues to serve.
He has served as an Honorary Commander for Luke Air Force Base and remains a member of Fighter Country Partnership serving as the Vice-Commander of the Blue Blazer Squadron and the Vice-Chairman of the Honorary Commander Committee. In addition, Jason has served for many years as a teacher, committee member and deacon at North Phoenix Baptist Church.
Jason resides in Phoenix with his wife, son, and three stepsons.
Kristy recently joined the BestCompaniesAZ team in February 2020 as COO and was hired to help grow the BestCompaniesAZ’s mission of Validating and Elevating Arizona’s Best Companies. With over 25 years in the Staffing and Recruiting industry, Kristy brings her success to immediately connect with, consult, and inspire individuals across every level and discipline, building trust and authentic relationships with clients, team members and peers. Her talent acquisition/ staffing industry experience runs the gamut, from front-line sales and service responsibility to high-level strategic analysis, planning, and implementation. Prior to joining BestCompaniesAZ , Kristy most recently served in a COO capacity at The Finders, a local staffing firm, specializing in Technology, Human Resources, and Finance/Accounting. Kristy currently serves on the Board of Directors for a local non-profit organization, Career Connectors and serves on the GCU Technology Advisory Board. She is co-founder of U Rock Career Center, which provides career counseling and coaching to community-members involved with Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Community Center. Kristy is a graduate of the University of Arizona and enjoys her family, friends, community involvement, running and exercise in her free time.
Kimberly Jordan is the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development at WESTMARC and Leadership West Alumni, Class XXII. Kimberly is committed to the future development, growth and success of the West Valley of the Greater Phoenix Metro area. Her passion for workforce and economic development; strategies, initiatives and outcomes serves and the driving force behind her work.
Kimberly graduated with a Bachelors degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and has completed work toward her Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology at Argosy University in Phoenix.
Kimberly has 27 years of experience in the healthcare industry within rehabilitative genres including: mental / behavioral health and physical rehabilitation. She has also held leadership positions in higher education including Director of Admissions, Assistant Dean of Students and Campus Director.
In her current role, Kimberly works closely with leadership across the government, education and business sectors on the implementation of the only regional workforce development strategy in the state of Arizona, West Valley Pipeline. She was recently accepted into the Talent Pipeline Management Academy (TPM) through the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the US Chamber Foundation, which provides a national platform and resources for workforce development with proven success.
Jessica founded Career Connectors in 2009 after the economy had a personal impact on her family. Originally started as a small volunteer group to help write resumes, it quickly turned into a larger organization helping people get back to work. She is now the Executive Director of Career Connectors as well as a known speaker, trainer and career transition expert. Jessica brings a strong background in organizational development techniques, career coaching, DISC behavioral assessment, training and development, pre-employment assessments, outplacement services and hiring.
Jessica Pierce is also the President of Thrive139, it’s where Competence + Character + Chemistry makes the right Culture Match, with the niche focus on hiring and people development for churches and nonprofit organizations.
Jessica recently spoke at The White House in the Forum on Job Clubs in United States, her focus being on employer engagement. She was also named as one of Phoenix’s 40 Under Forty in 2011, the premier program honoring the best young leaders in the Phoenix metro market and an award recipient of the 2013 Arizona Foothill’s Women Who Move the Valley, then also an award nominee for the 2014 Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s Athena Awards. Jessica has been featured in the Arizona Republic, on NBC Channel 12, ABC Channel 15, SimplyHired and multiple other radio and newspaper outlets.
Sheila Paul Shedd serves as the Director for Corporate Engagement in the Career & Professional Development Services division at Arizona State University. She oversees the Corporate Engagement and Alumni Relations unit that engages organizations, both domestic and global, to provide quality internships and career opportunities for over 100,000 students and 450,000+ alumni.
Prior to this, Sheila served as an Associate Director for Workforce Development at Maricopa Community Colleges. In her role, she built and sustained strategic partnerships with the economic and workforce development ecosystem, with the ultimate goal of positioning Maricopa’s students for quality careers across the 10 Colleges and 2 Skill Centers that made up the Maricopa Community College system.
Sheila also served as the Director of the Workforce Arizona Council, the State’s Workforce Investment Board that advised the Governor on workforce development. Sheila was instrumental in the re-engineering of the state’s workforce system that included initiatives to strengthen its delivery of services.
Prior to entering the Economic and Workforce Development arena, Sheila spent her professional career as a Municipal Clerk to several Mayors and Councils in South Florida for 10 years as well as spending time as a licensed Business Broker where she assisted in the successful transfer and acquisition of small to medium-sized companies in Arizona.
Sheila earned her Master’s in Business Administration and double-majored in Business Management and International Business at Florida International University. Sheila also serves as a public speaker on workforce development topics. Most recently, she represented the United States workforce system at the 2015 SelectUSA Summit headlined by President Barack Obama and U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez.
Sheila is of Haitian-American descent and speaks fluent French Creole. She enjoys spending time with her family.
Bill Serva believes that technology has the power to change people’s lives and make the world a better place. He has been working in IT for over 20 years across several different industries including foodservice distribution, grocery, and not for profit companies. Since 2010, he has worked for Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona and is currently the Vice President of Information Technology.
Bill has been fascinated by technology from a young age. After playing Pac-Man for the first time as a kid, he was hooked and knew that someday he would have a career in IT. Building and modifying classic video games has become a fun hobby for him.
Bill holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona; however, he has one son that has graduated from ASU and another that will be graduating next year. As a result, he is a fan of ASU but still roots against them when they are playing the UofA. He also holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Karen, his four adult age children, as well as his first granddaughter, Paisley who was born in October 2019.
Trevor Stokes is the CEO of the Partnership for Workforce Innovation. His decades of experience and thought leadership in the alignment of economic development, education and workforce development strategy enables PWI to offer a broad spectrum of expertise that includes strategic economic and workforce development planning, labor market analysis, industry sector partnerships and career pathways design and development.
His extensive background in economic research and labor market analysis includes more than 350 regional labor market studies conducted for Chambers of Commerce, economic development organizations, school districts and workforce boards across the country. Trevor is:
- Arizona’s Adult Education 2018 WIOA Partner of the Year
- Aspen Institute’s Communities That Work program Fellow
- Arizona Association of Career and Technical Education’s Circle of Distinction member
- Arizona’s delegate to the National Governors Association’s Good Jobs for All Americans initiative
- A Certified Community Researcher
Before coming to Arizona, Trevor provided leadership to some of the country’s most innovative and successful career-driven education and workforce development initiatives, including Go Build Alabama, Florida Ready to Work and the Kentucky Career and College Readiness Transformation. In Arizona, he has designed and implemented numerous innovative projects, including the Arizona Advanced Technologies Network, the Maryvale Workforce Initiative, and the Arizona Career Readiness Credential.
Home for Trevor, his wife and his four daughters is Peoria, AZ, where he works to improve access to high-quality careers for students and jobseekers across the country.
Born and raised in Chicago, Frank lived in New York City, Detroit, Connecticut and Bavaria, Germany, before moving to Arizona in the late 1990s.
In 1999 he co-founded the branding agency Six Degrees in Scottsdale, which he leads as CEO. Six Degrees serves national and international clients with branding, advertising and market research services. Before coming to Arizona, Frank held corporate positions at General Motors and Pfizer and served as a Managing Partner at Interbrand New York and VP of Global Brand Research at Opinion Research Corporation. His brand-building experience covers various sectors including hospitality, financial, medical device, consumer goods, pharmaceutical, automotive, technology—and in one notable exception—the re-branding of sovereign nation state. Frank’s professional work has taken him to 17 countries on four continents.
Frank is married to Estella, a Registered Oncology Nurse at Honor Health. The two met at Knox College and have two adult sons, Philip and Avery. Frank’s hobbies include international travel, the culinary arts & wine and, occasionally, car racing.
Frank holds a doctorate in psychology from Yale University and speaks fluent German.