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March 8, 2021: Celebrate International Women's Day with us!

The young women of the ASMCC Student Government invite you to attend the Women's Empowerment Event. The discussion will be on International Women's Day and will feature influential women in the feminist community who empower other women through their personal and professional lives. All are welcome to attend!

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Alex Castaneda at vpredmountain-asmcc@mesacc.edu.

Date: Monday, March 8th 2021
Time:5:00pm - 6:30pm MST
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Password: Women

Jen Duff
Vice Mayor of the City of Mesa

Vice Mayor Jen Duff | City of Mesa
Elected to the Mesa City Council in November of 2018, Councilmember Jen Duff began her first term representing District 4 in January of 2019. She was named Vice Mayor of Mesa on January 11, 2021. Her term on the Council runs until January of 2023. A Mesa native with British family roots that go back to Falcon Field during World War II, Duff is very active in the Mesa community. She spent six years on the Board of Directors of the i.d.e.a. Museum (formerly the Arizona Museum for Youth), serving two years as Vice Chair and two years as Chair. She was on the board during the 2014 rebranding of the museum. She has served on the City of Mesa Planning and Zoning Board and co-founded the Retail, Arts, Innovation and Livability (R.A.I.L) Community Development Corporation. In 2015 she was awarded the Mesa Community College Hall of Fame Alumni Achievement Award.

Kiana Sears
Mesa Public School Board Member


Kiana is a proud 20 year resident of Mesa, Arizona. Kiana has been married for 23 years and is the mother of two college-age daughters, who are products of Mesa Public Schools and are currently attending Arizona State University. Kiana has always been an engaged parent, from teaching “Art Masterpiece” to participating in the Parent Teacher Organizations at her children’s schools, to hosting student foreign exchanges for the last 20 years. Her educational background includes a BA in Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication and a Masters of Public Administration from Arizona State University. Kiana is a public servant, socially-conscious community leader, and advocate for access to educational resources and opportunity for all children. She credits her hardworking mother, a state employee, for her dedication to serving others, an unwavering faith in God, and the ability to improve the lives of others by making a personal investment. She truly believes an investment in education reaps tremendous benefits for our community, in the form of even lower crime levels, decreased poverty, an improvement in economic development, as well as attracting high paying jobs for our children.

Dr. Lori M. Berquam
Interim College President at Mesa Community College


Dr. Lori M. Berquam has more than 30 years of leadership experience in higher education. Prior to joining MCC as Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, she completed a prestigious fellowship through the American Council on Education, serving in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Appointed Interim President Feb. 1, 2020, her primary responsibilities are providing vision and direction for the planning and operation of the college; serving as MCC's ambassador and advocate; and aligning the college's strategic priorities with the shared transformation of the Maricopa Community Colleges student experience.

Mary Cameli
Fire Chief of the Mesa Fire and Medical Department


Mary Cameli is the Fire Chief of the Mesa Fire and Medical Department in Phoenix, Arizona. She began her career as a firefighter in 1983 with the Mesa Fire and Medical Department and was one of the first females hired by the organization. She held each rank in the organization including 11 years as assistant chief, prior to being selected as fire chief.Mary has served on several IFSTA Validation committees including: Occupational Health and Safety, Essentials, and Chief Officer. She is currently the vice chair of the IFSTA Executive Board. Mary is a Past President of the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association (AFCA) and Past Chair of the Child Crisis Arizona Board. She has served the past 13 years with Mesa Sunrise Rotary holding the position of President in 2012. Mary currently serves as a member of the Community Bridges Board and is a member of the AFCA Board. Mary received Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Elementary and Physical Education and holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Management.

Megan McGuire
Library Faculty at Mesa Community College


Megan McGuire is a faculty librarian who loves the missions of libraries of making communities stronger and empowering people in using information to enrich their lives. Megan has worked at MCC for over 20 years, starting as a student. Now, as library faculty, she enjoys supporting students to succeed by teaching them about information creation, evaluation, and use, while also just being here as someone who will listen or provide a safe space to be. Megan is interested in equity and inclusion, open access to information, and online learning. She currently serves as Faculty Senate President-Elect and the Communication Coordinator for the DEI Council, and she has previously served as chair of the eLearning Committee and co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. Megan is a mother of two school-age children who have been going to school online during the Covid pandemic while she works from home.

Alex Castaneda
ASMCC Vice President of Red Mountain
Moderator and Event Coordinator