Prospective Board Members – April 2019
The Rosson House-Heritage Square Foundation by-laws provide that the Foundation shall be governed by a Board of Directors of no less than three individuals elected by the Members. The Nominating Committee has selected a slate of nominees. Below you will find a brief biography of each nominee, followed by a link at the bottom of the page for an online ballot. There is also a link to a downloadable ballot that you can print and mail in or bring to Heritage Square instead of casting your ballot online. You may vote for as many nominees as you’d prefer, but may only cast one ballot. Write-in votes are permitted if the nominee has provided written permission.
Diane Erhart worked in corporate finance at Bank of America from 1990 through April 2015, when she retired as a Senior Vice President of Finance. During the latter half of that period, she held two positions: the first was Controller of the nationwide Consumer Bank, with responsibility for the monthly financials, forecasting and analytics, and the annual budget; the second was the Consumer Bank Lead and Corporate Data Quality Manager for the corporate-wide general ledger conversion. Other responsibilities during her time at Bank of America included regulatory and management reporting, banking center staffing modeling and cost analysis, fixed asset and accounts payable. Diane managed teams ranging from 10 – 40 during her time at the bank. From 1980 to 1990 she worked at Merabank (previously First Federal Savings) in general accounting, eventually managing a team of accountants responsible for producing monthly financials and management/Board of Directors, SEC, and Regulatory reporting.
Diane graduated from ASU with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1982. She was a Certified Public Accountant, but inactivated her license when she retired.
Outside of work, Diane’s volunteer activities have included Girl Scout Leader, Lacrosse team manager, and Sunday School Teacher. She currently volunteers twice a week with Mentor Kids, an after-school program at Palomino Elementary, where she mentor seventeen 4th, 5th, and 6th grade girls.
Diane has lived in Phoenix since 1964. Her husband, Jeff, is a local real estate attorney. Between them, they have five children, and five grandchildren under four years old. Her hobbies include hiking, gardening, cooking, book club, piano and jigsaw puzzles.
Leah Harrison is the Manager of Research Archives and Heritage at Salt River Project. Leah earned her Bachelor’s in History Education from the University of Arizona. A native Phoenician, Leah taught history and drama for three years before pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public History, and a certificate in Scholarly Publishing from Arizona State University. She has been with SRP for eight years, analyzing the history of water and power in the valley and managing a team that oversees SRP’s archival and artifact collections, along with the SRP Heritage Center.
Senior Vice President, Small Business Analytics
Laura Read was the Sales, Service and Referral Analytics executive. In her position she had responsibility for designing and delivering analytical solutions, which assess sales and referral opportunities across products and segments. This included having a deep understanding of client needs and buying opportunities, including trigger events, which enabled the segment to better obtain and deepen relationships as well as minimize attrition risk or relationship diminishment. The team’s data analyses provided key business insights that helped to understand and predict business performance, and identified opportunities that drove revenue growth and profitability.
Laura has 20+ years of experience in banking. Her background includes financial planning and reporting for the Consumer/Small Business Bank, Global Wealth Management, and analytics for Global Product Solutions.
Raymond Wong Jr is an Arizona Native whom has been a visitor and supporter of Heritage Square for more than 25 years. He was raised in Chandler, AZ, and was first introduced to the Square on an Elementary School tour. As years passed, Raymond frequently visited and promoted this historic place, and by his late teens had become a Rosson House docent. Providing tours for more than a decade, Raymond fostered a strategic relationship between the Square and his previous employer, Bank of America. As years passed, he assumed a role within the Foundation’s Board of Directors, where he eventually served as Vice-President and President. During his tenure, Raymond advocated for expanded programs, community outreach, and increased space dedicated to education and exhibits. Raymond currently works with Northern Trust and resides in downtown Phoenix on Portland Street. He remains an advocate for the Square and surrounding area.
How to Vote
Members are asked to complete their ballots and return in one of three ways:
- In Person — Print and bring your ballot to the Annual Members’ Meeting, Thursday, May 2, 2019. Ballots must be received no later than 5:30 pm.
- By Mail — Print and send your ballot to Rosson House-Heritage Square Nominating Committee, 113 North 6th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Mail-in ballots must be received no later than 5:00 pm, Thursday, May 2, 2019.
- Online — Vote online at this link. Online votes must be entered no later than 5:00 pm, Thursday, May 2, 2019.