about the council board
The Anthem master planned community is directed by a seven-member Anthem Community Council (ACC) Board, made up of volunteer homeowners from each HOA. The Board oversees the Community Executive Officer, who is responsible for managing the ACC and with his or her staff, carrying out the policies and directives set by the Board.
ACC Board members serve the entire Anthem community. Each April, the Board selects a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer from its members. The President is the presiding officer at all meetings of the Board. Each year, an election is held for open Board seats. Individuals are elected to serve three-year terms beginning and ending in April.
2019 strategic priorities
- Fostering positive and ongoing organizational development;
- Continuing to provide high-quality customer service, facilities and programs that enhance quality of life;
- Maintaining open and positive communication with community partners in the best interest of Anthem;
- Continuing to advocate on behalf of Anthem on issues of public safety; and
- Implementing the Facilities Master Plan projects.
ACC board of directors
Roger Willis, President | Country Club Representative
Current term: April 2017-2020
Retired, Management and IT Consultant
B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering, Purdue University
Roger Willis’ experience on the ACC Utilities Panel and various Anthem Country Club Community Association committees inspired him to run for the ACC Board. Additionally, he serves on the Desert Foothills Land Trust Board of Directors, the Friends of Daisy Mountain Trails committee and advisory boards for Purdue University and CETYS Universidad in Mexico. Roger has lived in Anthem with his wife, Christine, for eight years; they have three children and two grandchildren. Roger’s desire as a Board director is to raise Anthem’s profile in the national media spotlight, earning recognition as a top place to live.
Terry Mullarkey, Vice President | Parkside Representative
Current term: April 2018-2021
Retired, Program Executive, IBM Corporation
B.A., National Louis University and Texas A&M University
Terry Mullarkey brings a wealth of professional experience, as well as more than a decade of Anthem residency, to the Board. Previously, he served as chairman of the ACC’s Fiscal and Resource Management Committee; Charitable Giving Coordinator for IBM’s Phoenix location; and president of the Kingston HOA Board in Herndon, Virginia. He currently serves as Missions Committee chairman and an elder at Desert View Bible Church. He and his wife have three grown children and one grandchild. Terry hopes to enhance the value of Anthem for home and business owners and to ensure the safety of the community.
Rick Kesselman, Secretary | Country Club Representative
Current term: April 2016-2019
B.A., Monmouth University; J.D. Temple University
Rick Kesselman has spent many of his nine years in Anthem giving back. He serves on the Friends of Daisy Mountain Trails committee, Arizona State Committee on Trails, Arizona State Parks Board of Directors, Maricopa Trail and Park Foundation Advisory Board and more. Previously, he served four years on the Anthem Country Club Community Association Board of Directors, including a year as president. Rick and his wife, Fran, have two children and four grandchildren. In his role as a Board director, Rick’s focus is on maintaining and improving Anthem amenities, and maintaining a business-friendly reputation.
Bob McKenzie, Treasurer | Country Club Representative
Current term: April 2018-2021
Retired, CPA and Government Affairs/Political Consultant
B.A. in Political Science; graduate work in economics and national security
Bob McKenzie first moved to Anthem in 2002, and nine years later, he and his wife, Sheryl, made the community their full-time home. Locally, Bob serves or has served as a Board representative on a number of ACC committees, including Community Planning and Development, Fiscal and Resource Management and the Utilities Panel. He is also a member of various Chambers of Commerce, charities and government committees/commissions in the Phoenix Valley and elsewhere. Bob and Sheryl have three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. As a Board member, he wants to continue advocating for transparency, fiscal responsibility and a commitment to providing recreational activity for all ages.
Dino Cotton, Director | Parkside Representative
Current term: April 2017-2020
Entrepreneur, Business Owner
B.A. in Communications, Arizona State University
An Anthem resident since 2012, Dino Cotton is the newest member to the ACC Board. He has more than a decade of experience in technology recruitment and development. In addition to his role on the Board, where he hopes to strengthen ACC relationships within Anthem and with the City of Phoenix, Dino serves as a coach to his kids' community soccer team. He, his wife Cristina, and their four children feel fortunate to live in an extremely well-run community, where the people are amazing and it’s always 3 degrees cooler than in Phoenix. As a Board director, Dino intends to continue making the right decisions for our community, and to represent Parkside to the best of his ability.
John Balzer, Director | Village Representative
Current term: April 2018-2021
Retired, Senior Engineer, Lucent Technologies
Two years college in Business Management, L.A. Valley College
When John Balzer closed on his Anthem home in July 1999, he was the 14th homeowner in the new community to do so. During that time, John has served on the PTA at Anthem School, coached youth sports and established himself as a stalwart of the Anthem Neighborhood Watch program, which he has been involved with for nearly a decade. John is the father of four adult boys. The best part of Anthem, in his mind, is the amount of opportunities for youth to grow up and experience so much life in their own neighborhood.
Darrin Francom, Director | Parkside Representative
Current term: June 2018-April 2019
Director - Operations, Power, and Engineering for Central Arizona Project
B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Arizona
Darrin and his family have resided in Anthem for nearly 16 years. He is a registered Professional Civil Engineer and U.S. Navy veteran, having graduated from Officer Candidate School and Civil Engineer Corps Officer School in 1996. He has served in various engineering and management positions with the Central Arizona Project since 2001. Darrin’s desire as a Board director is to address the new challenges and opportunities facing Anthem, including on-going maintenance of aging infrastructure assets, future development and utilities.
Neal Shearer, Community Executive Officer
B.S. in Social Sciences, Illinois State University; Master's in Public Administration, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; Executive Management programs at Harvard University and Arizona State University
Neal’s entire professional career has been devoted to public administration and community management. With the ACC, he has been involved in overseeing operating departments, programs and services; negotiating large-scale service agreements; recommending Board policies; supporting resident committees; and spearheading major capital projects such as Opportunity Way Park, Adventure Playground and Discovery Playground.
He was appointed to the position of Anthem's CEO in February 2018, after serving as COO for eight years. Prior to his appointment as COO in 2010, he served for twenty years in executive management positions with the City of Scottsdale, including Assistant City Manager for Administrative and Community Services, Human Resources General Manager, Assistant to the City Manager for Intergovernmental Relations and Executive Assistant to the Mayor.
Neal’s personal interests center around family, sports and outside activities with his wife Sherry, and their sons Nate and Zack.
Doug Greenstein, Community Finance and Operations Officer (CFOO)
B.A. in Economics and Accounting, Rutgers University; M.B.A. in Corporate Finance and Accounting, New York University
Doug served on both the Anthem Country Club Community Association and ACC Finance Committees for more than four years before joining the ACC as the CFO in 2011. Doug brings nearly 40 years of experience as a CFO, COO, Treasurer, IT Director and Management Consultant to the community. His experience spans both domestic and international assignments for both public and privately held companies across multiple industry segments.
He was a volunteer accounting and technology instructor for both the American Institute and New Jersey Society of CPAs for 19 years. He authored the first nationally available document tracking software for the CPA industry in 1983 and developed several industry-defining software packages during his career.
With his spouse, Jo-Ann, Doug owned an HOA management company for 15 years while residing in New Jersey, before acquiring a home in Anthem in 2001.