Contact: Jim Sherbert
Phone: 716-450-8320
DESERT FOOTHILLS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY now accepting applications for Class II – 2022
DESERT FOOTHILLS, AZ (November 7, 2021) – The Holland Center and Carefree-Cave Creek
Chamber of Commerce announced today the dates for the Desert Foothills Leadership
Academy (DFLA) – Class II. Class II will kick-off Jan 13th, 2022.
“After a very successful inaugural Class of XX participants, we are excited to welcome Class II”,
said Jennifer Rosvall, Executive Director of The Holland Center. “The feedback and reviews from
our inaugural class supported our mission to educate, energize, and engage emerging leaders with
a goal of enriching community life while responsibly sustaining our natural resources for
generations to come. All of this is done through a focus on strengthening participants
understanding of the Past, Current, and Future potential of the Sonoran Desert Foothills.”
“I am so glad I had the opportunity to participate in the Desert Foothills Leadership Academy. It
was an outstanding opportunity to obtain critical and streamlined information regarding the needs
of our unique community and the role I can play in addressing those needs”, said Kandace French
Contreras, CMC, Carefree Town Clerk/Treasurer.
Class II The Academy will take place over an 10 month period and include both on-site and
“classroom” training incorporating subject matter expert presentations, on-site tours, panel
discussions, and hands-on training. Areas to be covered include Health Care, Tourism,
Technology, Sustainability, Innovation, Education, Land Usage/Growth, Social Services, Arts, Local
Issues, Transportation, Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), Leadership Training/Styles,
and Public Safety.
Kim Nathanson, Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties, another
graduate of Class I, commented “The Leadership Academy provided valuable information and
insight that has given me the connections, confidence and knowledge to become an effective and
inspired community leader.”
For additional information or to apply for DFLA – Class II, please visit us at: