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NEXT BOARD MEETING: August 16, 2017 5:00PM RM 4 –  Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy – 3401 N. Ft. Valley Rd.  Flagstaff, Arizona

During the school year (August through May) FALA’s Board of Trustees meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:00PM p.m. on the FALA campus in room 4. Meetings are open to the public. Meeting agendas and monthly financial reports are posted 24 hours before the meetings in the News section on the homepage.

You can read a copy of our 2016 Annual Financial Review here. Use drop down menu to navigate to Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy.

Board Members

Laura R. Umphrey, Ph.D. | President

Laura joined the faculty in the School of Communication at Northern Arizona University in 2002.  At NAU, Laura teaches a variety of courses including public speaking, research methods, interviewing, capstone, persuasion and group communication.  She is currently the Course Director for the NAU Public Speaking courses.  Current lines of her research include grief, suicide prevention and communication skill outcomes.  Laura earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs (French) and a Master’s of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Maine.  She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Communication with a minor in Public Health.  She joined the FALA Board of Directors in November 2016.

Judy Jordan | Vice President

Judy is a FALA parent who joined the Board of Directors in November, 2016. She received her Bachelor of Science in Special Education, with a minor in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University in 1991. Prior to becoming a parent, she spent 11 years as a Special Education and Gifted and Talented teacher in Illinois. She has vast experience working with students across a variety of disabilities and characteristics, as well as from differing backgrounds. While teaching, she also worked on curriculum development and implementation, team building, community outreach and parent advocacy. She served as a building representative for the Illinois Education Association teacher’s union for 6 years. Since becoming a parent, Judy has continued to enrich her educational passions through volunteer and advocacy work. Her years in the classroom solidified her passion for meaningful and innovative education, and it was because of this that she was drawn to FALA’s mission.

Eli Cohen | Board Treasurer

Bio available soon



Heather Pierce | Board Secretary

Heather began her 15+ year career in marketing and communications in the non-profit sector, later moving into health care. Currently as a Marketing Manager for Aetna, she develops marketing strategies to build awareness of community-based health care plan products. Over her career, Heather has been involved in rebranding initiatives, bringing new products to market and helping businesses grow. She is also a seasoned writer having owned a small marketing and freelance copywriting firm for six years and continues to freelance and write for Aetna.

Heather achieved an Art History degree from Arizona State University in 2000. She has volunteered in the arts and other non-profits for 25+ years. Joining this Board is a pinnacle for Heather as she has renewed her commitment to the arts and education. She joined the FALA Board of Directors in November 2016.

Scott Perelstein | Board Member

Scott has worked in facilities at NAU since 2009. Currently as the Director of Operations for maintenance, he leads the trades, grounds, custodial, and fleet operations. Scott has a BS in Applied Economics and Business Management from Cornell University. He relies on lessons gained through extra-curricular and study abroad programs while in college. His career has often been at the intersection of college achievement and vocational expertise.

Over 20 years of living in Flagstaff, Scott has become a raving fan of the community and what it has to offer. He graduated from the Flagstaff Leadership Program in 2008 and has extensive board experience serving Flagstaff. He is past chair and steering committee member of the Environmental Caucus at NAU working to operate campus in a more sustainable way. Scott loves to participate in organizations that shape and enrich the Flagstaff community.

Sharon Gorman, Ed.D. | Board Member

Bio Soon Available


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