John Randolph - Board President
John Randolph is an attorney with the firm of Sherman & Howard, L.L.C. His practice includes the representation of banks and other financial institutions in all aspects of commercial financing, title insurance and escrow companies in connection with title insurance claims, negligence claims and foreclosure proceedings and commercial developers and homebuilders in the acquisition, development, sale, and financing of vacant and improved real property, for residential, commercial and industrial use. John is a member of Lambda Alpha International, a national land economics honorary society and has been consistently recognized as an Arizona Business Leader in the area of banking law and finance.
John has been actively involved in the Volunteer Lawyers Program of Maricopa County and has handled a number of pro-bono cases for that organization. He has also served the Grand Canyon Council of the Boy Scouts of America in various leadership and youth protection training programs advancing to one of the founders and the District Chairman of the central Phoenix Camelback District. John has been involved in the East Camelback Rotary, the Sandra Day O’Connor Council of 100 and Valley Partnership serving on various committees for those organizations. He also currently serves on several other non-profit boards.
John is a graduate of Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics. He received his law degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University.
Janeen Gaskins - Board Secretary
Janeen Gaskins is the Grant Professional Consultant with more than 16 years of progressive grant experience. Janeen received her Grant Professional Certification from the Grant Professional Association in 2009 and has renewed her credential without any interruption. Janeen worked for municipal government for more than 18 years and recently left municipal government to join her family business as the Vice President of Shakatronics Audio Video with the goal of establishing a foundation for automated services to benefit veterans and persons with disabilities.
In her spare time, Janeen provides professional grant services to local organizations which include but are not limited to: grant research, writing, monitoring and planning. For the last five years, she has averaged an annual grant benefit of $3 million dollars.
Janeen was born in Brooklyn, New York and now reside in with her husband and three children in the Litchfield Park area. Janeen holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, African American Studies, and a master’s degree in Environmental Planning. Janeen is also a Certified Public Manager and National Board Member of the Grant Professional Association.
Melissa Montenegro serves as a faculty member for University of Phoenix for the past 4 years teaching courses in Finance and Critical Thinking. She also has a background in Human Resources working with the Arizona Department of Administration. Melissa is a frequent substitute teacher for Arizona Charter Academy and enjoys the relationships that she is able to forge with ACA staff and students.
Melissa is a graduate of Grand Canyon University with a Master Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Leadership. Melissa also a part of the Administration team of her local church, Surprise Apostolic Church, where she serves as the Chief Financial Officer.
Othell Newbill is a certified Emergency Manager and currently serves as the as the Emergency Management Coordinator for City of Goodyear where he works with the Mayor, Council, City Manager, and Chiefs in coordinating their response to natural or manmade disasters. He also spent 9 years as the Emergency Services Planner for Maricopa County.
Mr. Newbill also served over 20 years in the United States Army Reserves as a Master Sergeant. While in the military, he was mobilized to Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm I (1990-1991) and to Kuwait for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (2005-2006).
Mr. Newbill is also a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers, Arizona Emergency Services Association, and the Maricopa County Local Emergency Planning Committee He is also a member of Leadership West.
Cassandra Carter is a veteran teacher with over eighteen years of experience as a classroom instructor and is currently a Master Teacher for the Avondale School District. She is passionate about student achievement and teacher growth which is evident in her successful career path. Cassandra’s experience also includes gifted education, Leading a grant team for Math and Science partnerships and served as Program Facilitator for the Arizona State University PDS program.
Cassandra holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and an Elementary Education Degree from Northern Illinois University. She is a National Board Certified teacher and also holds a certification from Arizona Department of Education.
As President and Co-founder of GCON Inc., Mike has more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry. His interest in construction started at an early age working alongside his father who was a union plumber. He spent many years with him in the field and was drawn to the challenge of construction and the satisfaction of seeing the fruits of your labor each day. A third generation Arizona native, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Arizona State University.
Prior to GCON, he served in various management positions for Intel Corporation including Project Manager where he was in charge of projects in excess of $500 million. His last position with Intel was as Americas Sourcing Manager, where he was responsible for all US and South America based construction contracts.With nearly a decade of invaluable experience and significant accomplishments at Intel, Mike was motivated to create his own legacy in construction and with long-time friend and industry colleague, Gabe Gavriliidis, the pair co-founded GCON, Inc and began providing construction services in the Valley in 2002.
Melissa Holdaway currently serves as the Chief Operations Officer of Arizona Charter Academy. She has over 20 years of management experience and co-founded three charter schools and has been awarded and managed numerous state and federal grants as well as tax-exempt bonds.
Melissa earned a Bachelor's degree in management and received an Executive MBA from the Ken Blanchard College of Business at Grand Canyon University.
Prior to moving to non-profit education, Melissa was the director of underwriting for Insurers Administrative Corporation where she managed the direction of two internal departments and satellite offices in multiple states.
Melissa presently chairs the Arizona Association for Charter Schools Advisory Board Business Committee and serves on the West Valley Youth Leadership Council and the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is an active member of Leadership West, Surprise Rotary, Sun City Elks, Arizona Association of Business Officials (AASBO), and the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service program. Melissa has served as a Commissioner for the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education, Commissioner for the Surprise General Plan Commission and numerous committees for the Arizona Department of Education.
In 2013, Melissa was inducted into the Grand Canyon University College of Business Hall of Fame, was Leadership West Alumnus of the year, and Sun City Elks Citizen of the Year. Additional awards include Ken Blanchard College of Business Inspirational Leadership Award 2010, and Leadership West Project of the Year 2010.
Heather Henderson currently serves at the Academic Leader and Elementary School Principal for Arizona Charter Academy. With over 18 years of educational experience in a teaching, administrative and special education capacity, she oversees the academic, professional development and Special Education areas of the school along with leading the elementary students, staff and teachers.
Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Special Education K-12 and Master’s Degree in School Leadership and is a certified principal. Heather’s focus on data-driven decision making and professional development of teachers has significantly increased student achievement.