VYP Board of Directors

Meet our 2021-2022 Board of Directors

Veronica Aguilar

Teach for America

About Veronica...

  1. What’s your favorite thing to do in Phoenix and why?
    My favorite thing to do in Phoenix is go to spring training games and any events/festivals in the springtime!
  2. What is your favorite local restaurant?
    Cien Agaves, Gadzooks and The Henry
  3. What is your hometown?
    Scottsdale, AZ
  4. What is one of your current favorite shows or movies?Chicago Med, rewatching 24, Topgun: Maverick, any Marvel/Avengers movie!
  5. If you had a month of free time to learn a new hobby, what would it be?
    Get back into rock climbing
  6. What’s your favorite movie theatre candy or snack?
    Cookie dough bites and popcorn
  7. If you were handed a plane ticket to fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    Italy
  8. What was your dream profession growing up?
    Being a teacher!
  9. Who in your life has inspired you most?
    My mother and father has inspired me the most! They inspire me to keep going, not give up and follow my passions.
  10. What inspires you to be involved with groups like VYP, outside of your normal work responsibilities?
    I am eager to contribute to the overall mission of Valley Young Professionals to drive positive change in my home state. I am excited to join the board, strengthen my leadership skills and lead as a young, female changemaker and entrepreneur. I care deeply about my hometown and want to dedicate my time to inspire and bring together diverse leaders across the valley to become changemaker and trailblazers on societal issues.

Sarah Amaral

The American Lung Association

About Sarah...

  1. What’s your favorite thing to do in Phoenix and why?
    I love seeing live music and hiking all over the Valley
  2. What is your favorite local restaurant?
    Ghost Ranch in South Tempe
  3. What is your hometown?
    Mountain View, CA
  4. What is one of your current favorite shows or movies?
    Anything Marvel for movies , for TV Peaky Blinders
  5. If you had a month of free time to learn a new hobby, what would it be?
    How to play the guitar!
  6. What’s your favorite movie theatre candy or snack?
    Junior Mints
  7. If you were handed a plane ticket to fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    Greece!!
  8. What was your dream profession growing up?
    Pediatrician
  9. Who in your life has inspired you most?
    My Mom!
  10. What inspires you to be involved with groups like VYP, outside of your normal work responsibilities?
    I work for a nonprofit professionally so I love the chance to get the “feel-goods” from giving my time to an amazing cause outside of work.

Eric Bottolfsen

Goldbook Financial

VYP Board of Directors Immediate Past Chair

About Eric...

  1. What’s your favorite thing to do in Phoenix and why?
    Get out and turn off. Phoenix has an insane amount of outdoor excitement. The hiking, kayaking, waterfall finding, watering hole swimming, and sights to see are endless. Turning off my email and tuning into how great AZ is.
  2. What is your favorite local restaurant?
    When I’m not eating “Mad Fresh,” my favorite meal prep service I choose Durant’s for the best night out!
  3. What is your hometown?
    Superior, WI – “Where rail meets sail.”
  4. What is one of your current favorite shows or movies?
    Billions
  5. If you had a month of free time to learn a new hobby, what would it be?
    Astronomy or night time photography. I could stare at the night sky all night.
  6. What’s your favorite movie theatre candy or snack?
    Nachos with the fake slimy cheese.
  7. If you were handed a plane ticket to fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    Egypt
  8. What was your dream profession growing up?
    Archaeologist or Astronomer
  9. Who in your life has inspired you most?
    I am a Mom’s boy all day – her.
  10. What inspires you to be involved with groups like VYP, outside of your normal work responsibilities?
    I am inspired and motivated by all of the diverse, young professionals that I meet through this group. There are many different backgrounds and industries represented of young leaders all trying to make a difference in our city and communities through networking, business, and philanthropy.

Danny De Hoog

Maricopa County

About Danny...

  1. What’s your favorite thing to do in Phoenix and why?
    I love to try new restaurants!
  2. What is your favorite local restaurant?
    The Rokerij
  3. What is your hometown?
    Hesperia, CA
  4. What is one of your current favorite shows or movies?
    My favorite movie/show of all time is the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice. My go-to show is the Challenge.
  5. If you had a month of free time to learn a new hobby, what would it be?
    Gardening
  6. What’s your favorite movie theatre candy or snack?
    Popcorn
  7. If you were handed a plane ticket to fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    Any city in Italy that has a beautiful winery and homemade pasta!
  8. What was your dream profession growing up?
    A chef
  9. Who in your life has inspired you most?
    My Dad! He is the epitome of patience and kindness and I am always striving to be more like him.
  10. What inspires you to be involved with groups like VYP, outside of your normal work responsibilities?
    The COVID pandemic changed the workplace for many young professionals. I joined VYP because believe that young professionals (including myself) need networking opportunities more than ever as we return to our versions of the new normal.

Brittany Dugan

Intel

About Brittany...

  1. What’s your favorite thing to do in Phoenix and why?
    I love to hike around the valley. There are trails for everyone from beginners to experts and they provide these incredible views of the entire valley! 
  2. What is your favorite local restaurant?
    Pokitrition! Best sushi burritos ever, I think I eat there almost once a week 🙂
  3. What is your hometown?
    Mankato, MN
  4. What is one of your current favorite shows or movies?
    It’s not a recent show but I am obsessed with The Office. I watch an episode almost every day, have read books about the show and listen to podcasts about the show. It’s a true master piece and I love it haha
  5. If you had a month of free time to learn a new hobby, what would it be?
    I would love to learn a new language! 
  6. What’s your favorite movie theatre candy or snack?
    At the movie theater i have to have popcorn (who can resist that smell?!) but for candy my favorites are Hot Tamales Nerd Gummy Clusters.
  7. If you were handed a plane ticket to fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    This is tough as there are so many amazing places I would love to visit! Right now I’d have to go with Egypt or Bali.
  8. What was your dream profession growing up?
    I wanted to work at Crayola and make/name the crayons and markers. 
  9. Who in your life has inspired you most?
    While Covid shut down the world these last couple of years, I have actually found it to be inspiring. It reminded me that life is short and nothing is guaranteed in life therefore you should strive to do what makes you happy in every aspect of your life. Go on that trip, text your mom that you love her, grab dinner with that friend you haven’t seen for months, leave your job if you’re not happy, ask for that raise! 
  10. What inspires you to be involved with groups like VYP, outside of your normal work responsibilities?
    I love meeting new people, building new connections and exploring Arizona. YPC does all of those things and more!

Jill Foley

Four Leaf Financial & Accounting

About Jill...

  1. What’s your favorite thing to do in Phoenix and why?
    Hike – it is a unique experience to be able to hike on mountains in the middle of a large city, and you can easily get in a good outdoor workout before work.
  2. What is your favorite local restaurant?
    There are so many! Tops are The Gladly, Postino or Marigold Maison
  3. What is your hometown?
    Chicago, IL – Go Cubs!
  4. What is one of your current favorite shows or movies?
    I don’t watch much TV, but Movie = Jurassic Park
  5. If you had a month of free time to learn a new hobby, what would it be?
    To play the guitar or learn Spanish
  6. What’s your favorite movie theatre candy or snack?
    Popcorn
  7. If you were handed a plane ticket to fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    Australia
  8. What was your dream profession growing up?
    Veterinarian
  9. Who in your life has inspired you most?
    My aunt – a successful entrepreneur, wife, mother – overall incredible person
  10. What inspires you to be involved with groups like VYP, outside of your normal work responsibilities?
    Building a strong network of peers is incredibly valuable and rewarding. It also inspires me to think outside the box and experience new things.

Chad Guzman

EPCOR

About Chad...

  1. What’s your favorite thing to do in Phoenix and why?
    Running (for 9 months out of the year) because of the fantastic weather!
  2. What is your favorite local restaurant?
    Forno 301
  3. What is your hometown?
    Phoenix
  4. What is one of your current favorite shows or movies?
    Just now watching 30 Rock
  5. If you had a month of free time to learn a new hobby, what would it be?
    The Tango
  6. What’s your favorite movie theatre candy or snack?
    Reeses
  7. If you were handed a plane ticket to fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    Tanzania
  8. What was your dream profession growing up?
    Astronaut
  9. Who in your life has inspired you most?
    My boss and my girlfriend – not the same person!
  10. What inspires you to be involved with groups like VYP, outside of your normal work responsibilities?
    The goal of attracting and retaining young professionals to live in Phoenix by promoting the great standard of living we enjoy here.

Shon Mack

Salt River Project

About Shon...

  1. What’s your favorite thing to do in Phoenix and why?
    Hike. Since I am from Kansas and I have a super deep appreciation for the beautiful mountains
  2. What is your favorite local restaurant?
    AZ88
  3. What is your hometown?
    Topeka, Kansas
  4. What is one of your current favorite shows or movies?
    Bobs Burgers
  5. If you had a month of free time to learn a new hobby, what would it be?
    I would learn to play the saxophone
  6. What’s your favorite movie theatre candy or snack?
    Blue Raspberry Slushy
  7. If you were handed a plane ticket to fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    Greece, Mykonos Islands
  8. What was your dream profession growing up?
    Pediatric Nurse
  9. Who in your life has inspired you most?
    My mother and step-father
  10. What inspires you to be involved with groups like VYP, outside of your normal work responsibilities?
    We can get consumed in our day to day jobs. Its important for us to take a step away, network, learn, interact and give back to the communities in which we live and work.

T.J. Mitchell

Quarles & Brady

VYP Board of Directors Chair

About T.J....

  1. What’s your favorite thing to do in Phoenix and why?
    We are so lucky to have such a wealth of great restaurants and bars here in Phoenix. One thing my fiancée and I love doing on the weekends is going to the Uptown Farmer’s Market and then grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many excellent local restaurants. We try to experience a new restaurant once a month!
  2. What is your favorite local restaurant?
    Hard to pick just one with so many good ones in the Uptown corridor. St. Francis on Camelback is an excellent restaurant for a date night, as is Chantico, a “new” Mexican restaurant opened by the same team that opened Ocotillo.
  3. What is your hometown?
    I’m from State College, Pennsylvania.
  4. What is one of your current favorite shows or movies?
    I am a big fan of Bosch, an Amazon Prime show following Titus Welliver as an LA detective. It has all the features of an old “film noir” set in modern-day Los Angeles. The final season was just released!
  5. If you had a month of free time to learn a new hobby, what would it be?
    Although a month may not be enough, I have always been interested in attending culinary school to improve my cooking. I enjoy cooking new recipes with my fiancée and would love to sharpen my culinary skills!
  6. What’s your favorite movie theatre candy or snack?
    Hard to beat the classic popcorn, but I am also a sucker for sour candy, like Sour Patch Kids.
  7. If you were handed a plane ticket to fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    Probably the Maldives! I could use two weeks on a white sand beach!
  8. What was your dream profession growing up?
    I always thought I was going to be a doctor when I grew up. I liked the idea of caring for patients during their time of need; I suppose in my current role as an attorney, I am also caring for clients during their time of need (in a legal way as opposed to a medical way).
  9. Who in your life has inspired you most?
    My father is absolutely my role model. He overcame a tumultuous upbringing to graduate Penn State in three years and went on to found his own insurance brokerage before selling it to MetLife. Seeing the obstacles he has had to overcome has inspired me to make the most out of every opportunity I am given.
  10. What inspires you to be involved with groups like VYP, outside of your normal work responsibilities?
    I believe every citizen has an obligation to engage with and improve their community. VYP is an opportunity for me to not only meet other like-minded young professionals, but to learn more about the community I live in and work with charities and non-profits to improve it.

Lindsay Moellenberndt

Fennemore

About Lindsay...

  1. What’s your favorite thing to do in Phoenix and why?
    Attend ASU Football & Basketball Games, Hike Camelback & McDowell Mountain, Try local coffee shops.
  2. What is your favorite local restaurant?
    Flo’s – Chinese restaurant in N. Scottsdale
  3. What is your hometown?
    Edwardsburg, Michigan
  4. What is one of your current favorite shows or movies?
    Last Chance U
  5. What’s your favorite movie theatre candy or snack?
    Popcorn and licorice
  6. If you were handed a plane ticket to fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    It would be a short flight, but my favorite go-to getaway is to northern Arizona where we have a family cabin. I love it up there!
  7. What was your dream profession growing up?
    Interior Designer – watched wayyyy too much HGTV and still do.
  8. Who in your life has inspired you most?
    My life coach. The best investment I ever made.
  9. What inspires you to be involved with groups like VYP, outside of your normal work responsibilities?
    I am energized by helping other people. Serving on the VYP Board allows me to do more of it.

Stella O'Rourke

Arizona Coyotes

VYP Board of Directors Vice Chair

About Stella...

  1. What’s your favorite thing to do in Phoenix and why?  
    Try new restaurants. There are new restaurants that are popping up all over town! I especially like to go to other smaller cities in Arizona to try restaurants in areas I wouldn’t go to on a day to day. It gives me an excuse to take a few staycations.
  2. What is your favorite local restaurant?
    Carolina’s Mexican Restaurant
  3. What is your hometown?
    Pullman, Washington
  4. What is one of your current favorite shows or movies?
    New Girl is my favorite show of all time but I also really love The Office. Favorite movie – that’s a really hard one – but I love a good rom-com (Pretty Woman is one of my top favorite movies for sure).
  5. If you had a month of free time to learn a new hobby, what would it be?
    I really love to sing – I want to learn how to play the piano so I can learn to sing in tune.
  6. What’s your favorite movie theatre candy or snack?
    Popcorn and gummy bears
  7. If you were handed a plane ticket to fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    I would pretend it is a really long ticket with multiple destinations over multiple months so I would go to Hawaii, India and the Dominican Republic.
  8. What was your dream profession growing up?
    To be a veterinarian. I love animals.
  9. Who in your life has inspired you most?
    My mom. She was always so resilient and fearless. She always had a way of inspiring change and helping others in ways that I really admired.
  10. What inspires you to be involved with groups like VYP, outside of your normal work responsibilities?
    Getting involved in the VYP has been a tremendous opportunity for me to meet some of the best people in Phoenix. Because of that, I have experienced opportunities I would not have had the opportunity to experience without the VYP. I have met incredible leaders and changemakers within the VYP Board and VYP members, but also through the Chamber staff and Chamber members (local companies) in the Greater Phoenix area. If you think joining the VYP will help you with building your business and expanding your networks, you’d be right. But, joining the VYP has also provided me with incredible opportunities with phenomenal people – you just don’t get that with any young professionals group – that inspires me to get involved, you never know who you’ll meet or what you’ll experience next!

Murphy Raine

TGEN

About Murphy...

  1. What is your favorite local restaurant?
    The Parlor or Clever Koi
  2. What is your hometown?
    Phoenix! I’m 5th generation Arizonian. 
  3. What is one of your current favorite books?
    Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari. It’s an investigative journalistic look at the history of the war on drugs.
  4. If you had a month of free time to learn a new hobby, what would it be?
    Rather than learn a new hobby, I would want to spend a month honing my woodworking skills. I currently build furniture, but I would love to be able to remodel a whole house by myself one day.
  5. What inspires you to be involved with groups like VYP, outside of your normal work responsibilities?
    The ability to connect with like-minded people across industries, ranks, and professions. But mostly, I enjoy connecting people who together can make great ideas come to fruition.

Kimberly Roland

Better Business Bureau

About Kimberly...

  1. What’s your favorite thing to do in Phoenix and why?
    I love visiting our various museums and galleries on Roosevelt Row and Grand Ave! 
  2. What is your favorite local restaurant?
    This is an impossible question to answer but a few of them are: Federal Pizza, Ingo’s, La Pinata, Pane Bianco, Zookz, and Glai Baan. 
  3. What is your hometown?
    Phoenix, AZ- born and raised in the 602 and I could not be prouder. 
  4. What is one of your current favorite shows or movies?
    Ted Lasso is truly balm for the soul. 
  5. If you had a month of free time to learn a new hobby, what would it be?
    I would learn either patisserie or I would do a deep dive into learning a new language or strengthening my Spanish speaking skills.
  6. What’s your favorite movie theatre candy or snack?
    Harkins’ Popcorn fresh from the popper cannot be beat, in my humble opinion. 
  7. If you were handed a plane ticket to fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    I would go to Rome, Italy where I used to live and see my friends who are still there. 
  8. What was your dream profession growing up?
    I always thought I would be a chef as a child and teenager because I admired Martin Yan, Julia Child, and Jacques Pepin who all had PBS cooking shows. Once my family got cable and Food Network became my channel of choice, I shifted from being a chef to wanting to be a TV personality who travels and eats like Guy Fieri. I still think it would be an amazingly fun career! 
  9. Who in your life has inspired you most?
    There are a lot of people I know and other heroes of mine I have never met who inspire me, but my Mom has always inspired me most. Her life and career has been devoted to serving others. 
  10. What inspires you to be involved with groups like VYP, outside of your normal work responsibilities?
    I love connecting with other amazing young professionals and working on new ways we can highlight the amazing city and state we all call home. I get so much energy and inspiration from my fellow VYP Board members and the Chamber staff.

Marina Sandoval

Valleywise Health Foundation

About Marina...

  1. What’s your favorite thing to do in Phoenix and why?
    My favorite thing to do in Phoenix is exploring new restaurants and bars with family and friends. There’s so many new places to try and I’ve barely scratched the surface!
  2. What is your favorite local restaurant?
    This is a tough question, but I will say that I’m currently craving mariscos from Playa Hermosa on 16th and Garfield.
  3. What is your hometown?
    Rockford, IL
  4. What is one of your current favorite shows or movies?
    I know I’m late to the party, but I just finished the Dynasty series on Netflix.
  5. If you had a month of free time to learn a new hobby, what would it be?
    If I had a month of free time, I would work on my salsa and bachata skills. I love watching the pros on the dance floor who make it seem so effortless.
  6. What’s your favorite movie theatre candy or snack? Popcorn
  7. If you were handed a plane ticket to fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    It’s next on my bucket list!
  8. What was your dream profession growing up?
    My dream profession growing up was to become an Obstetrician.
  9. Who in your life has inspired you most?
    My mom. She was a single mom of three children, juggled a career, and made it to most of our sporting/school events.
  10. What inspires you to be involved with groups like VYP, outside of your normal work responsibilities?
    I truly enjoy being around like-minded individuals who not only seek to grow both personally and professionally, but lift others to help them succeed as well.

Amy Scoville-Weaver

Arizona State University

About Amy...

  1. What’s your favorite thing to do in Phoenix and why?
    Bike riding the canal system! There is always something to see 
  2. What is your favorite local restaurant?
    Siamese Kitchen in Glendale
  3. What is your hometown?
    Glendale (west side!)
  4. What is one of your current favorite shows or movies?
    Rick Steves Europe all the time
  5. If you had a month of free time to learn a new hobby, what would it be?
    Kick-boxing!
  6. What’s your favorite movie theatre candy or snack? Peppermint Patties
  7. If you were handed a plane ticket to fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    Egypt
  8. What was your dream profession growing up?
    Writer
  9. Who in your life has inspired you most?
    My mother
  10. What inspires you to be involved with groups like VYP, outside of your normal work responsibilities?
    I’m passionate about Phoenix (fourth-generation woot woot) and wanting to make it a better place.

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