Past Judges

Past Judges

2015-2016 Changemaker Challenge Judges

Changemaker Challenge judging occurs in two phases. During the first phase, proposals are reviewed by First Round Judges. First Round Judges are active members of our communities; many are external to the university, and are all heavily involved in building strong communities and/or entrepreneurship.

During the second phase, finalists advance to an elevator pitch competition and pitch their ideas before a panel of Final Round Judges. Below you will find our previous year’s Final Round Judges. Judges were selected based on their expertise in the areas of innovation, creativity, social impact and entrepreneurship.

Rick McCartney has been publishing in Phoenix for the past eighteen years. He is President and CEO of InMedia and is currently responsible for producing many local, regional and national publications and media products including In Business Magazine, the Vicinity Magazine city guides, Properties Magazine and numerous film festival and community publications and websites. Working with various children’s charities, he is dedicated to supporting children’s health and educational causes. McCartney is former Chairman of the Board of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. As an Executive Board Director of the Phoenix Film Foundation, he works reverently to build awareness of the many educational arts programs to school-aged children.McCartney is chairman of the Governor’s Workforce Arizona Council where he chaired the Marketing Committee.

Sentari M. Minor , Director of Engagement & Education at Social Venture Partners Arizona (SVPAZ), facilitates the engagement of local philanthropists and activates community leaders to drive social change in the Valley. Prior to SVPAZ, Mr. Minor oversaw the corporate and foundation relations and major campaigns for the Arizona Humane Society, Arizona’s largest animal welfare organization. He started his career in the nonprofit sector at the Rodel Foundation where he managed communications, events, and special projects under the direction of the President & CEO.

Kathryn Scheckel is an Assistant Director of Special Projects at Arizona State University's Office of the President, and is responsible for advancing strategic projects, partnerships, initiatives and tactics related to overall university goals, coordinating across university and external leadership. Kathryn joined ASU in July 2012 in the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development where she incubated several strategic projects and partnerships including Quanta, an online platform connecting students to the research knowledge enterprise, as well as managing and leading ASU’s formal partnership with Arizona Science Center. In 2007, Kathryn was awarded the Flinn Foundation scholarship – Arizona’s highest honor for graduating high school seniors – to attend ASU. Kathryn received her Bachelors in Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology, as well as Bachelors in Piano, at Arizona State University in 2012. She will complete a Masters in Public Policy in May 2016.

 

2014-2015 Changemaker Challenge Judges

Kathryn Scheckel is an Assistant Director of Special Projects at Arizona State University's Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, and is responsible for advancing strategic projects, partnerships, initiatives and tactics related to overall research enterprise goals, coordinating across university and external leadership.
Kathryn joined ASU in July 2012 as Project Coordinator, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, where in the past year she incubated several strategic projects and partnerships including Quanta, an online research experience for high school students to connect to the research knowledge enterprise, as well as managing and leading ASU’s formal partnership with Arizona Science Center. In her role as Assistant Director, Kathryn continues to advance these projects as well as additional special projects.
In 2007, Kathryn was awarded the Flinn Foundation scholarship – Arizona’s highest honor for graduating high school seniors – to attend Arizona State University. Kathryn received her Bachelors in Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology, as well as Bachelors in Piano, at Arizona State University in 2012, graduating with Honors from the Barrett Honors College.

Sentari Minor Director of Engagement & Education at Social Venture Partners Arizona (SVPAZ), facilitates the engagement of local philanthropists and activates community leaders to drive social change in the Valley. Prior to SVPAZ, Mr. Minor oversaw the corporate and foundation relations and major campaigns for the Arizona Humane Society, Arizona’s largest animal welfare organization. He started his career in the nonprofit sector at the Rodel Foundation where he managed communications, events, and special projects under the direction of the President & CEO.

 

2013-2014 Changemaker Challenge Final Round Judges

John Dorsey is Partner & Chief Sales Officer for Conservice Utility Management & Billing, where he leads all sales operations and sits on the Board of Directors. With 15 years of experience in the industry, he has developed a thorough understanding of the ins and outs of utility management and billing and has developed a national loyalty in the multifamily REIT community. John has been instrumental in the unprecedented growth of Conservice from a start up to a national company providing utility management services to over 1.4 million apartments in the U.S. Conservice has been named to the Inc 5000 fasting growing U.S. companies for 5 years in a row. After completing his undergraduate degree at Arizona State University, John received his MBA in International Business from Grand Canyon University in International Business. John is a serial entrepreneur/investor, having started and invested in multiple companies over his career.

Lew Laws is a Senior Project Manager at DPR Construction, where he has worked for over 12 years. DPR leads the industry in Green construction. In fact, the team built the two buildings that make up the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, which have achieved gold and platinum LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) certification. DPR also built the ASU Polytechnic Academic Buildings, which achieved LEED gold. Currently, Lew oversees the construction at the McCord Hall project on the Tempe campus. Lew holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University.

Kathryn Scheckel is an Assistant Director of Special Projects at Arizona State University's Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, and is responsible for advancing strategic projects, partnerships, initiatives and tactics related to overall research enterprise goals, coordinating across university and external leadership.
Kathryn joined ASU in July 2012 as Project Coordinator, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, where in the past year she incubated several strategic projects and partnerships including Quanta, an online research experience for high school students to connect to the research knowledge enterprise, as well as managing and leading ASU’s formal partnership with Arizona Science Center. In her role as Assistant Director, Kathryn continues to advance these projects as well as additional special projects.
In 2007, Kathryn was awarded the Flinn Foundation scholarship – Arizona’s highest honor for graduating high school seniors – to attend Arizona State University. Kathryn received her Bachelors in Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology, as well as Bachelors in Piano, at Arizona State University in 2012, graduating with Honors from the Barrett Honors College.

Jennifer Understahl, a real estate partner at Perkins Coie LLP, is actively involved in the firm’s CMBS, Senior Housing and Retail & Consumer Products industries. She has worked extensively handling single and multi-state commercial real estate transactions of all types, including loan work-outs (including assumptions and note sales), sales and acquisitions, senior housing, retail and office leasing, management and development agreements, private investment formations and title, survey and other due diligence review. Her representation has involved a wide variety of commercial properties, including retail shopping centers, senior housing projects, office complexes, industrial parks and multi-family buildings.

 

2012-2013 Changemaker Challenge Final Round Judges

Howard Cabot is a partner in the international law firm of Perkins Coie. He specializes in litigation and has extensive trial experience throughout the country in complex and sophisticated business cases, including antitrust, securities, commercial torts, accounting and class actions. Named Best Lawyers' 2012 Phoenix Litigation - Antitrust Lawyer of the Year and ranked nationally in Trial by Chambers USA, as "America's Leading Commercial Litigation Lawyers," Howard also teaches evidence and trial advocacy as an Adjunct Professor at the Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law, Arizona State University and serves as a Superior Court Judge Pro Tem in Maricopa County, Arizona. Howard and his wife Vicki are active members of the ASU President's Club.

Jennifer Casap Vollmann is the Executive Director for New Global Citizens. New Global Citizens inspires and prepares youth in Elementary, Middle, and High Schools across the country to become engaged global citizens, equipped to take on their role as leaders, change agents, and advocates to solve the world’s greatest challenges. New Global Citizens’ project-based learning programs develop students’ skills in global competence, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and digital literacy. As Executive, Jennifer is responsible for overseeing the New Global Citizens program, international partnerships, working with educators and youth, and expanding the New Global Citizens program across Arizona and the country. Before joining New Global Citizens, Jennifer lived and worked with several non-profit organizations in Kenya, and has traveled and volunteered extensively through Africa, Central America, South and Southeast Asia. Jennifer graduated from Santa Clara University and is proud to be born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona.

John Dorsey is Partner & Chief Sales Officer for Conservice Utility Management & Billing, where he leads all sales operations. With 15 years of experience in the industry, he has developed a thorough understanding of the ins and outs of utility management and billing and has developed a national loyalty in the multifamily REIT community. John has been instrumental in the unprecedented growth of Conservice from a start up to a national company providing utility management services to over 1.2 million apartments in the U.S. Conservice has been named to the Inc 5000 fasting growing U.S. companies for 5 years in a row. After completing his undergraduate degree at Arizona State University, John received his MBS in International Business from Grand Canyon University an International utility company before starting Conservice. John is a serial entrepreneur/investor, having started and invested in multiple companies over his career

Kathryn Scheckel serves as coordinator to the Senior Vice President of Research at Arizona State University. As a student entrepreneur, she founded Quanta, an online collaborative system with the goal of engaging high school students in authentic research experiences while involving college students and research professionals as mentors. The startup received both Innovation Challenge and Edson funding in 2011 and 2012. In July 2012, Quanta became a university program of the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development at ASU. Kathryn continues to direct Quanta, along with managing the formal institutional partnership between Arizona Science Center and ASU. During her undergraduate career, Kathryn served as president of The Triple Helix at ASU, a non-profit that publishes a biannual student publication focused on the sciences, and the director of Community Outreach and Advocacy for Refugees (COAR). Kathryn graduated with honors from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University as a Flinn Foundation scholar. Her studies included double degrees in piano and molecular biosciences and biotechnology, as well as an honors certificate in philosophy, politics and law.

Lew Laws is a Senior Project Manager at DPR Construction, where he has worked for over 12 years. DPR leads the industry in Green construction. In fact, the team built the two buildings that make up the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, which have achieved gold and platinum LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) certification. DPR also built the ASU Polytechnic Academic Buildings, which achieved LEED gold. Currently, Lew oversees the construction at the McCord Hall project on the Tempe campus. Lew holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University.

 

2011-2012 Changemaker Challenge Final Round Judges

Eve Bilotas, Vice President of Constituent Development at Valley of the Sun United Way focuses on engaging prospects and donors in the work of United Way through various programs including volunteering and affinity groups, including Generation United, a program for Young Professionals, the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) and Leadership Giving. Past responsibilities include overseeing the workforce campaign. Eve's community involvement includes volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona and the Desert Botanical Garden. Eve is a graduate of Scottsdale Leadership Class XXIII and the United Way Worldwide Global Fellows Program. Past community involvement includes Free Arts of Arizona, Valley of the Sun 20/30 and Global Visionaries. Eve graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Communication and certificate in Non-Profit Management (American Humanics).

Howard Cabot is a partner in the international law firm of Perkins Coie.  He specializes in litigation and has extensive trial experience throughout the country in complex and sophisticated business cases, including antitrust, securities, commercial torts, accounting and class actions. Named Best Lawyers' 2012 Phoenix Litigation - Antitrust Lawyer of the Year and ranked nationally in Trial by Chambers USA, as "America's Leading Commercial Litigation Lawyers," Howard also teaches evidence and trial advocacy as an Adjunct Professor at the Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law, Arizona State University and serves as a Superior Court Judge Pro Tem in Maricopa County, Arizona. Howard and his wife Vicki are active members of the ASU President's Club.

Susan Cordts, President & CEO, Adaptive Technologies, Inc., has a background in healthcare outcomes management and applying that knowledge to clinical and   operational practice. She has provided insight and leadership in initiating systems, processes and controls to help organizations stimulate sales productivity, meet market challenges, and exceed revenue projections through quality solutions and proven expertise. Susan has spoken at a number of local and national events and has received numerous awards including being honored as one of the Top 25 Businesswomen of the Year for 2009 and the 2010 Private Sector Athena Award recipient. She is also highly involved in the community with the Finding my Shoes Campaign, Shanghai Mentor Program, Arizona Women’s Education and Employment (AWEE), Global Mentoring Program and the Human Services Campus. She received her AD in Nursing, a BA in Marketing from Midwestern State University, and a Masters in International Management (MIM) from Thunderbird, The School of Global Management.

James D. Culver, Jr.*, was Senior Vice President, Operational Finance for Allied Waste Industries, Inc. until its merger with Republic Services in December 2009.  He earned his Bachelors of Administration in Accounting from Southern Methodist University in 1984 and his Masters in Business Administration from the Executive MBA program at Arizona State University in 2000.  He joined Allied Waste in 1989 during a period of rapid growth and took on various positions within both the accounting and mergers and acquisitions areas.  He currently sits on the Board of Trustees of All Saints Episcopal Day School, and the Finance Committee of Paradise Valley United Methodist Church.

Leslie Leggett manages the Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Initiative on Teach For America's National Alumni Affairs team, where she supports alumnilaunching their own social ventures aimed at closing the achievement gap.  Prior to joining Teach For America, Leslie worked for a leadership development consultancy start-up and as a major donor fundraiser at a large children's charity.  Her particular areas of interest within entrepreneurship include education and health-based social ventures. 

David Wetta is the Managing Director of Retail Investment Sales at Faris Lee Investments in the Phoenix office. In nearly three decades in commercial real estate, Mr. Wetta has participated in more than 2,200 investment real estate transactions, totaling more than $6.5 billion. His high-level of expertise, familiarity with the Arizona commercial retail market and commitment to helping investors solve problems and capitalize on opportunities, has made him an invaluable partner. Prior to joining Faris Lee Investments, Mr. Wetta spent 25 years at Marcus and Millichap. Fast track promotions led Mr. Wetta from sales agent to ManagingDirector. The 2010 transition to Faris Lee, the largest brokerage firm in the United States dedicated solely to retail real estate, allowed Mr. Wetta, toprovide more powerful representation to the Arizona market through the company’s collaborative “One Team – One Company” platform. Mr. Wetta earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Arizona State University and a Juris Doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. David and wife Jackie areactive members of the ASU President's Club.

* returning judge from the 2010-2011 competition

 

2010-2011 Changemaker Challenge Final Round Judges

Cindy Au is Community Director at Kickstarter, the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has worked extensively in both education and online media. At Kickstarter, she works closely with the user community, helping individuals bring to life projects from the worlds of art, theater, music, technology, publishing, and other creative fields.

Gemma Bulos is a multi-award winning social entrepreneur and musician. She is the Director of the Global Women’s Water Initiative (GWWI), which provides the skills, tools and appropriate technologies for women to implement sustainable water solutions in Africa. Prior to GWWI, Gemma was the Founding Director of A Single Drop for Safe Water in the Philippines, where they developed an innovative program creating community-driven water service enterprises. For this innovation, she has received social entrepreneur awards from Echoing Green and Ernst Young in partnership with Schwab Foundation. The program also won Tech Museum Tech Equality Award and Warriors of the UN Millennium Goals for Kodak Philippines.

James D. Culver, Jr., was Senior Vice President, Operational Finance for Allied Waste Industries, Inc. until its merger with Republic Services in December 2009.  He earned his Bachelors of Administration in Accounting from Southern Methodist University in 1984 and his Masters in Business Administration from the Executive MBA program at Arizona State University in 2000.  He joined Allied Waste in 1989 during a period of rapid growth and took on various positions within both the accounting and mergers and acquisitions areas.  He currently sits on the Board of Trustees of All Saints Episcopal Day School, and the Finance Committee of Paradise Valley United Methodist Church.

John Dorsey is Chief Sales Officer for Conservice where he leads all sales operations. With 13 years experience in the industry, he has developed a thorough understanding of the ins and outs of utility management and billing. John has been instrumental in the unprecedented growth of Consevice from a start up to a national company providing utility management services to over 800,000 apartments. After completing his undergraduate degree at Arizona State University, John received a MS in International Business from Grand Canyon University.

Gayle Shanks has been a bookseller since 1974 when she and a friend opened a tiny, 500-square-foot used book store, Changing Hands, in Tempe, Arizona.  The store moved twice and grew to 12,000 square feet and carries new and used books and gifts.  Gayle has a degree in English Literature from ASU.  She spends her days ordering books, recommending books, creating a community gathering place where authors come nearly every day of the year to read from their work.  Gayle has been involved in many civic activities over the years, serving on social service agency boards, city-planning committees, and has served on the board of the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Association and was president for two years. She has been a community organizer and activist and loves to work in her garden.

Lee A. Vickers, PhD (University of Wyoming) is President-Emeritus (1999-2008) of Dickinson State University.  Dr. Vickers also served as President of Francis Marion University (1994-1999) and President of Lewis-Clark State College (1978-1994). As president he implemented innovative initiatives at his various institutions in the areas of access, diversity, internationalization, undergraduate research, entrepreneurship, excellence in teaching and service, assessment and community outreach. Dr. Vickers has spearheaded a number of education missions to foreign countries including Japan, Taiwan, Switzerland, China, Russia and Ukraine.  He is currently serving as a consultant on international education, as well as entrepreneurial - based economic development and higher education outreach in rural communities.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship.  

Sharon Vosmek has been CEO of Astia - a global nonprofit organization - since June 2007 after having served as COO since 2004, and an advisor to Astia’s portfolio companies the two years prior. Astia is a community of experts and resources committed to building women leaders and accelerating the funding and growth of high-growth, women-led start-ups. Astia provides extensive resources and customized services to help startups achieve sustainable high-growth and a successful exit.  The community provides high quality, high touch, high impact customized interactions with experts; direct access to investors, industry leaders and technical visionaries; fundraising advice; and coaching. The role of the organization is to facilitate access to the proven pathways to success. It is the preeminent organization devoted to this objective.

 

2009-2010 Changemaker Challenge Final Round Judges