Biographies of Trustee Members
PAULA KNEISL - Chair
Ms. Kneisl worked for the Good Samaritan Society overseeing the Prescott, Prescott Valley and Payson Campuses from 1998 to her retirement in December 2010. During her tenure, she was instrumental in developing a full continuum of care including assisted living, home health and hospice in addition to long-term care and senior housing.
Her previous administrative experience includes Roseville Good Samaritan Center, Nicollet Good Samaritan Center, and University Health Care Center, all in Minnesota. Paula taught in the Health Care Occupations Department at 916 VoTech and for the University of Minnesota Consortium for Rural Hospitals. She has a degree in Communications and Health Care Administration from Metro State University and a Mini MBA from St. Thomas University.
Paula has served on national committees for the American Hospital Association and the Advancement for Medical Instrumentation. She participated on the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society National Board, the RSVP Board of Greater St. Paul, MN, the Leading Age Board of AZ, and was a member of Covenant Health Network, Sun Up Rotary and the Prescott Chamber of Commerce. Her previous affiliation with YRMC includes serving on the Council of Electors from 2003-2010.
JANE BRISTOL - Vice Chair
Jane worked for the City of Prescott from 1989 until 2010 when she began her own consulting firm. During her tenure with the City, Jane worked for many years as the Economic Development Director in the City Manager's Office.
She has an advanced background in business attraction, strategic planning and creative program development. Jane received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in 1994, attended the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma in 2001, and became a Certified Economic Developer, CEcD in 2001 from the Internal Economic Development Council.
Jane has received numerous awards, including: the William W. Lampkin Award for Long Term Excellence in Economic Development, the Economic Developer of the Year for Small Communities, the Small Organization of the Year Award, and the Prescott Achievement of Civic Excellence Award. A few of her professional affiliations include: the Governor's Office on Workforce Policy Economic Development Committee, the Arizona Rural Development Council (Founding Board Member), the Prescott Frontier Rotary Board, and the Arizona Association for Economic Development (President-Elect of Board).
SANFORD "SANDY" WILLIAMS - Secretary
Sanford ‘Sandy’ Williams is the Owner and President of Quality Plastics, LLC, a manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging. Prior to Quality Plastics, Sandy spent many years as a consultant with a global management consulting firm where he specialized in corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, operations integration, and corporate restructuring for multi-billion dollar, global corporations. Sandy also served as the Vice President of Business Operations for one of the country's largest electric and natural gas companies.
Sandy is active in the community, and currently serves on the Foothills Bank Advisory Board. He has served on other community Boards Including Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Lutheran Church Council, and the Primavera School Board of Directors.
Sandy earned his Bachelor of Science degree from The College of William and Mary, with honors. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago in finance and economics.
MIKE BEATTY - Treasurer
Mr. Beatty received a B.Sc. in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University (NAU). Since 1988, he has been the owner/president of Prescott Investor Services, Inc., a management of international investment advisory firm. He has been active in the community, serving on the Northern Arizona University Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter and the Prescott Sunrise Lions Club, with commitments ranging from member to president and chairman. Mr. Beatty is also a member of the NAU College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Advancement Council and volunteers with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Yavapai County. He has received the Melvin Jones, Fellow, Lions Club International and Outstanding Volunteer, Association of Fundraising Professionals awards.
Mr. Sischka received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Portland and a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird Graduate School. Since 1980, he has been the Owner/Vice President of Olsen's Grain, Inc. He has been active in the community, serving on the Prescott Frontier Rotary for 33 years (as President in 1986/1987), as Chairman of the Rotary District 5490 RYLA in 2003-2006, as a current Board Member on the Central Arizona Partnership, and with the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Sischka is also involved with the Prescott Center for the Arts and the Sacred Heart Choir. He was the Frontier Rotarian of the Year in 2003 and 2005 and received the BSA Silver Beaver Award in 1996.
JOHN MACKENZIE, D.O., F.A.C.N.
Dr. MacKenzie's formal education includes a B.S. in Psychology from Arizona State University; he received his degree in Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed Internships at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Oakland General Hospital. Dr. MacKenzie completed his residency in Neurology at Oakland General Hospital and Michigan Institute for Neurological Disorders and became Board certified in Neurology and Psychiatry in 1999.
Dr. MacKenzie has served on several hospital committees, both here and in Phoenix. His memberships include the American Osteopathic Association, the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association, the American College of Neuropsychiatries, and the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. His professional experience includes Valley Neurology Associates, Ltd (1997-2000) and his own neurology practice here in Prescott (2000-present).
DANIEL STORVICK, D. MIN.
Mr. Storvick received a BA in Public Speaking from California Lutheran University, a M DIV from Lutheran Seminary in St. Paul, MN and a D Min from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA. His Parish ministry includes time as an Assistant/Associate Pastor at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, a Pastor/Senior Pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church, and Senior Pastor at American Lutheran Church, where he was conferred with the title "Pastor Emeritus" upon retirement. Mr. Storvick's community involvement includes Rotary International, Prescott YMCA Board of Directors, Boy Scouts of America, City of Prescott Futures Task Force, Prescott Samaritan Village Advisory Board and the Prescott Unified School District Superintendent's Planning Task Force. He is a founding leader of The Rock, a youth ministry outreach house across from Prescott High School, and part of the founding leadership committee of Prescott Young Life.
JAMES HOWARD, Ph.D.
Dr. James Howard has been a teacher, coach and administrator for forty years. For 22 years, he was the Superintendent of Schools with Kearney, Nebraska, Prescott, Arizona and the Aqua Fria School District located in Avondale, Goodyear and Litchfield Park, Arizona.
He is active in the Prescott Community as the Co-Director and Founding Partner of the Trinity Christian Preschool, the Blue Grass Events Association Board of Directors, YMCA Board of Directors, past President of the Prescott Pops Symphony, and the Chairperson for the successful Bond Issue effort to establish a Joint Technology Educational District (JTED) for the students of Yavapai County.
Jim is the past President of the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce, recipient of the Governor’s Award of Appreciation, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, a member of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Omaha Central High School Hall of Fame for his life accomplishments.
Tony Ferrulli is a business management, real estate, and asset management professional with more than 40 years experience. Tony’s most recent professional experience includes over three years as the Real Estate Manager for the Western Region of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in Irvine, California, during the last Banking crisis. This was his second time around with FDIC in this capacity. During his career at FDIC he oversaw the sale of over $3 billion dollars in real estate assets.
Prior to Tony’s position with FDIC, he was the Real Estate and Asset Management Division Manager in Orange County, California. He was responsible for the management of 4.3 million square feet of County-owned and leased facilities, and held a major role in negotiations involving the closure, sale, and reuse of multiple federal military properties located in Orange County.
In addition to his public sector experience, Mr. Ferrulli has over 12 years of private sector real estate experience, during which he owned and operated Ferrulli and Associates in Irvine, California, a real estate firm representing commercial properties. Mr. Ferrulli holds a real estate Brokers license in California and Arizona.
In January 2012, Tony retired and moved to Prescott, AZ. He and his wife are settled and thoroughly enjoy their lives in Prescott. They have made many friends and have become involved in community activities. Tony recently cycled off the Prescott Lakes Homeowner’s Association after serving four years, three of which as Board President.