A Scottsdale homemaker and a bank executive are newly elected leaders of the Scottsdale Foundation for the Handicapped, a nonprofit agency that for 30 years has helped disabled adults improve their lives.
Holly Pleiter, a Scottsdale mother who is also an active community volunteer, was elected chairwoman of the board of directors for 2004 effective July 1.
Gail Hitt, an executive with Arizona Business Bank, is the chairwoman-elect and will assume the reins in 2005.
Other newly elected board members are Rick Kidder, director of public policy for the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, and Paul Adkins, director of strategy for General Dynamics Decisions Systems. Terry Zajac, a real estate instructor, is new vice chairman, Don Schilling, a telecommunications consultant is the secretary, and Sasha Weller, vice president of the Scottsdale Firefighters Association, is the new treasurer.
Elected to the foundation’s Advisory Council were Becky White of DMB Associates, Mark Linsalata of Lee and Associates, Katherine Hutton Ra by a S co ttsdale city employee, Judith Egan, president of Valley First Community Bank, and Lolita Prescod, a community volunteer.
Jeffrey Battle, president of the foundation based at 7507 E. Osborn Road, said the new leadership will face many challenges in the coming years, especially the increasing number of residents with disabilities.
"We really haven’t kept pace with the growth in Scottsdale." said Battle. "We’ve got a lot of catching up to do, and our new leaders as well as our existing leaders are forward-thinking people who can provide us with incredible direction in the future."