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Board Members

Michael Crusa, President

Michael has over 30 years of exemplary service in leadership positions in government,
corporate and private business. For his innovative instructing techniques as Director of Business
and Industry Partnership and professor at Rio Salado College, he was recently named
Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Instructor 2011 – 2012. Prior to joining Rio Salado, Michael served
as Chief of Staff to Mayor Hugh Hallman in Tempe, AZ where he implemented strategic initiatives
including a program nationally recognized for resident emergency preparedness and developed
new partnership programs with local educational institutions fostering community growth and
providing opportunity for those in need. He attributes his success to actively listening to and
understanding stakeholder needs and seeking win-win resolutions. Michael was Owner and
President of The Summit Group from 1991 to 2005, a public affairs consultancy recommending
strategic issue development for public and private sector organizations. Helping his clients
understand and get ahead of changes in the business climate drove the practice to national
acclaim. Among his significant previous positions, Michael served as State Director for U.S.
Senator Dennis DeConcini managing three state offices. He also served as Government
Relations Representative for the Department of Emergency Preparedness, Arizona Nuclear
Power Project. Michael has also been active in the community and philanthropically. Highlights
include serving on the boards of the Prescott College Board of Trustees, Arizona Close-Up,
Phoenix Substance Abuse Commission, Tempe Planning and Zoning Commission and Valley
Leadership, where he is currently Board Chair. He is an avid golfer, enjoys fishing with his two
sons and horseback riding with his wife, Shauna. Michael Crusa holds a bachelor’s of political
science from the University of Arizona and a master’s of public administration from Western
International University.


Jean Krall

Paul Baker

John Jarchow

Jim Rathbun

Bob Henry

Dennis Ahlman