NSA-Arizona Board of Directors 2022-2023
John Iannarelli, ESQ, CSP®, President
John Iannarelli was an FBI Special Agent and was the FBI’s national spokesperson. His investigative work included the Oklahoma City Bombing, 9/11 Attack, shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the Sony hack. He is the recipient of the FBI Director’s Distinguished Service Award, as well as an Honorary Doctor of Computer Science. After retiring from the FBI, John was an NFL Security Representative, overseeing game-day security of players, fans, and the stadium throughout the football season and during the Super Bowl. John is a former Police Officer, attorney, author of five books and a highly sought-after keynote speaker who has presented to Fortune 500 companies, domestic and international audiences, the United Nations, and the Vatican, where he has personally met on several occasions with Pope Francis.
Rita Hudgens, President-Elect
Rita Hudgens is an expert on how our brains impact our thoughts, decisions, motivation, and behavior.
As a Mental Strengths Coach, with almost a decade of experience working with executives and entrepreneurs across the country, Rita is sought after as a coach, speaker, and group facilitator because of the results people experience due to her coaching and training programs. She has the ability to take complex ideas, simplify them, and make them easy for her audiences to understand and put to action. Rita’s message inspires, motivates, and challenges her clients to think and act differently; consequently getting the results they want.
Lee Jenkins, Treasurer
Lee has been active in education for 50 years as teacher, principal, university professor and school district superintendent. For the past 20 years he has devoted himself to writing, consulting and speaking. Lee has authored 30 books for either teachers or children including his most recent book for educators entitled How to Create a Perfect School. Lee has spoken in most states plus 10 other countries. His work focuses upon the systems that impact negatively on students’ learning and then the replacements. One question he loves to ask audiences is, “Who has the most control over education in the USA? This is the same person for both public and private schools.” The answer quickly gets to the power of harmful systems.
Elaine Simpson, Immediate Past President
Elaine Simpson is a passionate National Speaker, Consultant & Trainer with offices in Detroit, Michigan and Phoenix, Arizona. Her passion for speaking and helping others began early on and it has stayed with her ever since. As an identical twin within a set of triplets born on Christmas day, Elaine has always strived to stand out from the pack and goes above and beyond to create workshops, trainings, and keynote presentations that are unique, energizing and equally as engaging. Sharing her positive and not so positive stories about being a triplet and her 30+ years in property management, Elaine uses her experiences, struggles, successes and stories, the good, bad and the ugly, to connect and relate to anyone who has customers and/or employees. With humor and interactive exercises, Elaine grabs the audience and takes them for a ride that they will enjoy, remember and learn from. Elaine is a graduate of Wayne State University, member of the National Speaker’s Association, a certified John Maxwell Coach, Trainer & Speaker and a National Apartment Association Education Institute Facilitator. Additionally, she is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in Michigan and Arizona and a Certified Senior Real Estate Specialist. She is also the founder and president of Occupancy Solutions, LCC and has helped countless professionals with all of their operational, training, marketing and leasing needs.
Michael Haley, Director
Doreen Herman, Director
Seldom are the terms hilarious storyteller and theological scholar used to describe the same person, but Doreen Herman is anything but ordinary. Her colorful background combines years of business and world travel with advanced degrees in Intercultural Studies and Biblical Theology. Doreen’s speaking engagements and workshops provide strategies for communicating with difficult people, practical advice for overcoming adversity, and detailed instruction to build back stronger after failure.
Deva Justhy, Director
Deva Justhy is the founder and creator of The Data Strategy Lab, an advisory firm & The Datapreneur Institute, a leadership training provider. He is also the author of "The Billion Dollar Byte - Turn Big Data Into Good Profits. The Datapreneur Way" and is on a mission to convert data-non-use to data-good-use, so that corporate leaders and their teams are able to consistently create massive economic and societal value, by creating and maintaining - explosive growth, remarkable efficiencies, consistent safety and uncompromising compliance.
Jeff Leshay, Director
Jeff Leshay is an executive presentation coach, media trainer and crisis communications specialist who has enhanced the communication skills and “executive presence” of senior leaders at dozens of Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of other for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Time and again, Jeff’s storytelling techniques have helped clients demonstrate leadership, strengthen teams, rally support, and improve their business results. Jeff spent the first decade of his career as a journalist, starting at The Associated Press and then as an award-winning, on-air television news correspondent at CNBC and several network affiliates. He went on to serve in leadership roles at three of the world’s largest public relations firms and two multi-billion-dollar public companies, including Abbott Laboratories, before founding his own firm, Leshay Communications, in 2011. Jeff holds a Master of Science degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and has authored two books – “How to Launch Your Career in TV News,” and the recently published TV news and financial thriller, “Dangerous Trades.” He has also just launched an online master class titled, “Presenting with Persuasion: The Premier Fast Track to Powerful Storytelling.”
Alaina Levine, Director
Alaina G. Levine is an award-winning professional speaker, entrepreneur, career coach, speaking coach, TEDx speaker, science journalist and corporate comedian. Her first book, Networking for Nerds (Wiley, 2015), beat out Einstein (really!) for the honor of being named a Top 5 Book of 2015 by Physics Today, and her next book is Create Your Unicorn Career. As President of Quantum Success Solutions, LLC, she is a prolific speaker and writer on career development and professional advancement for STEM nerds and word nerds, and she has delivered over 850 keynotes, workshops, and training for clients in the US, EU, Mexico, Canada, Africa, Asia, and South America (including over 100 gigs in 2020). Levine has written over 500 articles in publications like Science, Nature, Scientific American, National Geographic News Watch, World Economic Forum, and Smithsonian. She also writes “Your Unicorn Career”, a careers column for Science Magazine about designing a customized career that honors your authenticity. Levine authored two online courses for Oxford University Press on career development and entrepreneurship, and is a consultant, speaker, and writer for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, where, as a panel moderator, she stopped a fist fight between Nobel Laureates and the CEO of a global, multi-100-million dollar company. As a career coach and consultant, she has helped 100s of clients in diverse fields, professions, industries, and regions create and grow their own Unicorn Career and has enabled companies to develop strategic career development plans for recruiting and keeping top technical talent. She holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and anthropology and a certificate in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona, and studied at the American University in Cairo as a US Department of Defense Boren Fellow. And as an award-winning billiards player in college, she competed at national events under her moniker Lady Dyn-o-mite.
Bob Loeffler, Director
Jim Plouffe, Director
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