Act One Adds 4 New Board Members

Act One Adds 4 New Board Members

The Act One board of directors in September approved four new board members, bringing the total number of board members for the nonprofit organization to 11. New board members include Todd Bresnahan, Mary Heiss, Karen Mildenhall and Joette Schmidt.

The new board members join seven current members including Board Chair Al Priem, CFO of Clim-a-tech; Board Vice Chair Lois Savage, president of the Lodestar Foundation; Board Secretary Judy McDermott, executive director of Tucson Conquistadors Inc.; Leezie Kim, VP/General Counsel of Fox Restaurant Concepts; Act One co-founder Mac Perlich, president of ON Media; Act One co-founder Russ Perlich, partner at PWP Capital; and Dan Schay, executive director of Theater Works.

Todd Bresnahan, Chief Creative Officer at LaneTerralever, has extensive experience in marketing and advertising. He helped E.B. Lane (now operating as LaneTerralever) grow into the largest digital and advertising agency in Arizona working with clients across the United States. He also has held executive positions with DDB Needham in New York and Dallas, TracyLocke and Bozell. Bresnahan serves on the board of advisors for venture | dairy, a start-up nonprofit organization based in Chicago that builds sustainable dairy enterprises in developing communities.

Mary Heiss is a retired financial analyst who has served as a volunteer and board member for a variety of organizations including the Junior League of Phoenix, Desert Botanical Garden, Y.W.C.A. of Maricopa County and Phoenix Art Museum.

As the principal of KM Leadership Solutions, Karen Mildenhall uses her extensive experience to help companies and organizations through leadership succession and operational transformation, strategic planning and implementation, business development and client services improvement, and board development. She has served as chair of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross as well as on the advisory board of Ellevate Network.

Joette Schmidt is an executive director and private banker at JP Morgan, where she has worked for more than nine years. She began her career in the airline industry, holding multiple client-related positions. She is an active board member with the Heard Museum and the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, and she is a member of Women Inspiring Scientific Progress. She previously served on the boards of the Arizona Humane Society, Homeward Bound, United Way, Arizona Women’s Education & Employment and the Girl Scouts.