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.
2021 strategic priorities
- Continue to provide high-quality customer service, facilities, and programs that enhance quality of life for Anthem residents.
- Review the policies related to access and fee structure of Anthem community amenities.
- Begin the Master Plan Process (Round 2) for future Anthem amenities.
- Form a near-term and long-term group to analyze ACC policies and positions with regard to neighboring developments.
- Determine go-forward procedure to administer policy changes as Pulte completes the transfer of declarant rights to ACC.
- Continue to advocate on behalf of Anthem on issues of public safety.
- Proceed with Phoenix Trust annexation and development.
- Invest in Board and executive staff coaching so that a comprehensive succession plan can be developed at all levels.
ACC board of directors
Bob McKenzie, Chair | 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.
Darrin Francom, Vice Chair | Parkside Representative
Current term: April 2019–2022
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.
Carolynn Hiron, Secretary | Country Club Representative
Current term: April 2019–2022
Retired CEO; Realtor
Bachelor of Commerce and Laws Degrees, University of Alberta
Carolynn has served Anthem as chair of the Fiscal and Resource Management Committee (FaRM) and currently is the Vice Chair of the Member Advisory Board of Anthem Country Club. She hopes to use her professional skills and experience, as well as her strong desire to give back to the community that has given so much to her, to continue the work of the Anthem Community Council to make Anthem what it is today. Carolynn and her husband, Henry, have been Anthem residents for ten years. They have a daughter, Lindsay and son-in-law, Ryan. When she’s not busy at work or in her volunteer roles, Carolynn enjoys hiking and golfing with her family.
Doug Sutherland, Treasurer | Parkside Representative
Current term: April 2020–2023
B.A. in History, Central Washington University
Doug and his wife, Grace, moved to Anthem ten years ago from western Washington, having lived there for more than 50 years. As a business owner, Doug became interested in working with the city of Tacoma, first elected to a position on the city council, then as mayor for two, four-year terms. He was then appointed as the first city manager of the new city of SeaTac. After three years, Doug successfully ran for the Pierce County Executive and served two, four year-terms before being elected as the Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands, where he served two terms. In Anthem, Doug served five years on the Parkside Board, three as its president. Doug and Grace have six adult children and eight grandchildren.
Barb Patterson, Director | Country Club Representative
Current term: April 2020–2023
Financial and Software Consultant
B.S. in Education, Iowa State University
Barb Patterson, an Anthem resident since 2013, was an instrumental voice on the pickleball courts and dog park as part of Anthem’s Facilities Master Plan process. She is the current president of Anthem AZ Pickleball Club, serves on the LEC committee for the ACCCA and the PAC Committee for ClubCorp, is a member of The Wednesday Club, and has been involved in various charitable organizations. She is married to Craig; they have three children and two grandchildren who live in Australia. Barb strives to continue open communication with residents in Anthem, increase resident involvement, and maintain fiscal responsibility.
Gina Richard, Director | Village Representative
Current term: April 2020–2021
ESS Instructional Assistant, Anthem Preparatory
B.S. in Business Administration; concentration in finance and marketing,
A 16-year resident of Anthem, Gina previously served the community on the Village at Anthem Condominium Council of Co-owners Board, as both secretary and president. As a long-time resident, her desire serving on the ACC Board is to give back to the community that has given her so much, and to represent the entirety of Anthem in addition to her HOA. Gina loves the hometown feeling of Anthem, with lots of other fun options not far away. She enjoys pickleball, traveling, reading, and home improvement projects with her husband and three teenage children.
Jacqueline Roersma, Director | Parkside Representative
Current term: December 2020–April 2021
Real Estate Broker/Agent
An Anthem pioneer, Jacqueline was one of the community's first homeowners and business owners (Phantom Realty) with her husband, Hans. She has previously volunteered on the ACC's Commercial Design Review Advisory Committee, assisted with and participated in every veterans parade, has hosted a booth at all but one Anthem Days, contributed to the Anthem Veterans Memorial, and has been involved with many other charities through the years. In her appointed role to the Board, she hopes to assist in protecting the interests of the community and its owners, to compassionately help those who may need assistance, and to increase owners' engagement in the community. Jacqueline enjoys rescuing animals, horseback riding, hiking, and traveling with Hans.
Michele DeMichele, Senior Director of Operations
Paul Conley, Senior Director of Finance
Kristi Northcutt, Senior Director of Community Relations
Dave Fermoile, Director of Programs
Shannon Reeths, Executive Assistant