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.
Alex Finter became Mayor of Mesa, the 3rd largest city in Arizona and 38th largest in America, in April of 2014 following the resignation of Mayor Scott Smith. Elected to represent District 2 on the Mesa City Council in June of 2008 and re-elected uncontested to a second term in August of 2012, Alex Finter was named Vice Mayor of Mesa in January of 2013. In the private-sector, Finter is a businessman and partner at Worldwide Investments LLC.
Mayor Finter has spent the majority of his career as a public servant, beginning in 1978 as a firefighter for the Scottsdale/Rural Metro Fire Department. In 1981 he joined the Mesa Fire Department, serving the city until 1999, with the final 11 years as a City of Mesa Fire Captain. During his time as Captain, Finter and his fellow crewmembers received several lifesaving awards and were recognized for acts of heroism.
As a Councilmember, Finter helped lead the largest reorganization of city government in Mesa’s history, reducing the budget nearly 20 percent, while simultaneously making the city more effective, efficient and business-friendly.
Recognizing that a strong higher education environment is crucial to producing much-needed high wage jobs, Finter along with the Mesa City Council recruited five liberal arts colleges making Mesa the newest “college town” in the West. All five institutions, which includes Arizona’s first Catholic college, join Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus, Mesa Community College and Northern Arizona University’s Mesa Campus in transforming the educational landscape of the region. Three of the five new colleges are located downtown complimenting the light rail extension through the heart of Mesa.
Mayor Finter chairs the Read On Mesa initiative, a collaborative literacy project with the Mesa United Way and part of a larger Read On Arizona network committed to ensuring our children have the reading skills they need as they enter the fourth grade. As one of the first efforts in this initiative, Read On Mesa and the community are partnering to reduce summer learning loss for children in kindergarten with the 12 Books Program. Working with Mesa Public Schools and other community stakeholders, Read On Mesa will provide twelve books each to students who normally would not have access to books in summer.
Mayor Finter is extremely active on numerous boards and committees. He represents Mesa on the Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Board where the City Council has focused its efforts to foster a thriving commercial airport serving more than 1.5 million passengers. Mayor Finter is also the Vice President of the Mesa Public Safety Foundation.
Finter is committed to keep Mesa’s positive momentum going forward during his term by building upon recent economic wins to attract businesses and jobs; strategic planning for the Falcon and Fiesta areas; tackling the city’s most pressing public safety issues; and ensuring continued wise fiscal policies in City operations.
Born and raised in Mesa, Mayor Finter and his wife, JoAn, have three children and three grandchildren.
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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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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