Board of Directors
Mayor John Lewis was elected as Mayor of Gilbert in May 2009. Prior community involvement included serving as co-chairman of the Town’s Diversity Task Force, organizer of Community Interfaith activities, and founder of Gilbert’s first “Constitution Week.”
He has 28 years of private sector business experience including 19 years with Apollo Group (parent company to the University of Phoenix) and 9 years with Ernst & Young (International Accounting Firm). Assignments have included information technology management, leadership development, and management consulting. He also served in a staff position with U.S. Senator Jake Gam, in Washington, D.C.
Mayor Lewis earned an MBA from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Science (Finance) from Brigham Young University.
Mayor Lewis serves on the Maricopa Association of Government (MAG) Regional Council, MAG Economic Development Committee, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Board/Past Chair, Greater Phoenix Economic Council Board, and East Valley Partnership Board.
John Giles was elected the 40th Mayor of Mesa, Arizona in August, 2014. Giles earned degrees from Brigham Young University in Political Science and Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He has managed his own law firm in downtown Mesa for the past 20 years.
In 1996, Giles was elected to the Mesa City Council and from 1998 to 2000, he served as Vice Mayor. After his service on the City Council, he remained active in the community and served on 25 boards and committees. Giles has been very involved in interfaith relations throughout the Phoenix-metro area, including serving on the Board of the Arizona Interfaith Movement for the last 8 years. As Mayor, he serves on numerous local and regional boards and committees.
Born and raised in Mesa, he graduated from Westwood High School in 1978. Giles is an active marathoner and triathlete who has completed two full Ironman competitions. This year, he finished his 20th marathon and 4th Boston Marathon. In 2013, he was named “Mesa Man of the Year.” Giles and his wife Dawn have been married for more than thirty years. They have five children and three grandchildren.
Mayor Giles is committed to leading the way to build upon Mesa’s strengths through the following priorities:
• Economic Development by creating new jobs through business attraction, expansion and retention; and improving business-friendly processes;
• Education by working closely with community partners to facilitate quality education to help all students have the opportunity to succeed;
• Community Livability by increasing “Fight Blight” practices and improving delivery of public services to Mesa residents;
• Smart Growth by ensuring well-planned and thoughtful development;
• Accessibility and Participation in City Government by continuously engaging residents in new and innovative ways.
Thelda Williams was reelected in 2011 for a second four-year term as District 1 Councilwoman. She has served on the Phoenix City Council since 2008. Previously, she served on the council from 1989 to 1996 and as interim mayor in 1994.
Before joining the Council, she was the Division Commander of the Custody Support/Inmate Programs Division at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, where she supervised the Sheriff’s MASH Unit for abused and neglected animals, Hard Knocks High School for incarcerated juveniles, the Alpha Program for drug and/or alcohol-addicted inmates, and all religious and adult programs.
Councilwoman Williams has been active in community affairs for a number of years, having served on numerous boards and commissions including the City of Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board, the City of Phoenix Transit Commission, the Block Watch Oversight Committee, the Deer Valley Village Planning Committee, the Phoenix Planning and Zoning Committee, the Maricopa Association of Governments’ Board, Women in Local Government Association, Governor’s Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women, and the Maricopa County Adult Probation Advisory Board.
She is currently a member of the City Council’s Audit Committee and the following Subcommittees: Downtown, Aviation, Economy and Education; Public Safety, Veterans, Transparency and Ethics; and Transportation and Infrastructure. In addition, she is a member of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Board of Directors and the Luke West Valley Council.
Gail Barney served on the Queen Creek Planning & Zoning Commission from 1998 to 2002. He was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Town Council in January 2002 and was elected Mayor in June 2010. As Mayor, Barney represents Queen Creek on the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Council, the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Board of Directors and the Maricopa/Northern Pinal Gateway Alliance.
Barney earned an associate degree from Mesa Community College and a Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University. He is an Eagle Scout. A lifelong Queen Creek resident, he operates his family farm in the community.
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John L. Insalaco
Serving as Mayor since June 2007. Served on City Council from June 1997 to June 2001, and June 2003 to June 2007. Re-elected Mayor in March 2013 to serve a two year term starting in June 2013.
Family: Married to Susan, they have three children and five grandchildren.
Work: Co-owner, Insalaco's Music and Upholstery since 1971; retired in December 2011.
Associations: Knights of Columbus member; American Legion member; and Veterans of Foreign Wars member. Served on Globe School Board for nine years, and was Citizen of the Year in 1972.
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**Between November 2014 and March 2015, the Board meetings will be held at Chandler-Gilbert Community College - Williams Campus, Bridget Hall (7360 E Tahoe Ave. Mesa, AZ 85212).**
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is owned and operated by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, a Joint Powers Airport Authority comprised of
the Cities of Mesa, Phoenix and Apache Junction, the Towns of Queen Creek and Gilbert, and the Gila River Indian Community. The Airport Authority was formed to develop,
reuse, operate, and maintain the Airport property and facilities at the former Williams Air Force Base, which closed in September 1993.
Board meetings are scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. in the Administration building boardroom. (Meeting dates and times are
subject to change.) These meetings are open to the public. Meeting dates and agendas are posted below. For information about current or past
Board meetings, please contact Maria Gonzalez, Clerk of the Board of Directors, at 480-988-7603 or
2014 Board Meeting Dates
Typically no meeting in August
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