Board and Executive Staff

about the council board

The Anthem master planned community is directed by a seven-member Anthem Community Council (ACC) Board, made up of volunteer homeowners from each HOA. The Board oversees the Community Executive Officer, who is responsible for managing the ACC and with his or her staff, carrying out the policies and directives set by the Board. 

ACC Board members serve the entire Anthem community. Each April, the Board selects a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer from its members. The President is the presiding officer at all meetings of the Board. Each year, an election is held for open Board seats. Individuals are elected to serve three-year terms beginning and ending in April.

Contact ACC Community Executive Officer Neal Shearer: nshearer@anthemcouncil.com, 623-742-6050
Contact the Homeowners' Associations: Country ClubParkside or Village 

2019 strategic priorities

  • Fostering positive and ongoing organizational development;
  • Continuing to provide high-quality customer service, facilities and programs that enhance quality of life;
  • Maintaining open and positive communication with community partners in the best interest of Anthem;
  • Continuing to advocate on behalf of Anthem on issues of public safety; and 
  • Implementing the Facilities Master Plan projects.


ACC board of directors


Terry Mullarkey-web

Terry Mullarkey, President | Parkside Representative
Current term: April 2018-2021

Retired, Program Executive, IBM Corporation
B.A., National Louis University and Texas A&M University

Terry Mullarkey brings a wealth of professional experience, as well as more than a decade of Anthem residency, to the Board. In the past, he has served as Vice President and Treasurer of the ACC Board of Directors, and chairman of the ACC Fiscal and Resource Management Committee. He also has served as the Charitable Giving Coordinator for IBM’s Phoenix location; as president of the Kingston HOA Board in Herndon, Virginia; and as the Missions Committee chairman and an elder at a local church. Terry enjoys traveling with his wife, scuba diving, and playing with his three grandchildren. Terry's desire is to enhance the value of Anthem for home and business owners, and to ensure the safety of our community. 


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Bob McKenzie, Vice President | Country Club Representative
Current term: April 2018-2021

Retired, CPA and Government Affairs/Political Consultant
B.A. in Political Science; graduate work in economics and national security

Bob McKenzie first moved to Anthem in 2002, and nine years later, he and his wife, Sheryl, made the community their full-time home. Locally, Bob serves or has served as a Board representative on a number of ACC committees, including Community Planning and Development, Fiscal and Resource Management and the Utilities Panel. He is also a member of various Chambers of Commerce, charities and government committees/commissions in the Phoenix Valley and elsewhere. Bob and Sheryl have three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. As a Board member, he wants to continue advocating for transparency, fiscal responsibility and a commitment to providing recreational activity for all ages.


DarrinFrancom-webDarrin Francom, Secretary | Parkside Representative
Current term: April 2019-2022

Director - Operations, Power, and Engineering for Central Arizona Project
B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Arizona

Darrin and his family have resided in Anthem for nearly 16 years. He is a registered Professional Civil Engineer and U.S. Navy veteran, having graduated from Officer Candidate School and Civil Engineer Corps Officer School in 1996. He has served in various engineering and management positions with the Central Arizona Project since 2001. Darrin’s desire as a Board director is to address the new challenges and opportunities facing Anthem, including on-going maintenance of aging infrastructure assets, future development and utilities.


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Carolynn Hiron, Treasurer | Country Club Representative
Current term: April 2019-2022

Retired CEO; Realtor
Bachelor of Commerce and Laws Degrees, University of Alberta

Carolynn has served Anthem as chair of the Fiscal and Resource Management Committee (FaRM) and currently is the Vice Chair of the Member Advisory Board of Anthem Country Club. She hopes to use her professional skills and experience, as well as her strong desire to give back to the community that has given so much to her, to continue the work of the Anthem Community Council to make Anthem what it is today. Carolynn and her husband, Henry, have been Anthem residents for ten years. They have a daughter, Lindsay and son-in-law, Ryan. When she’s not busy at work or in her volunteer roles, Carolynn enjoys hiking and golfing with her family.


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Dino Cotton, Director | Parkside Representative
Current term: April 2017-2020

Husband, Father, Technology Executive
B.A. in Communications, Arizona State University

An Anthem resident since 2012 and CEO of a local technology consulting firm, Dino Cotton is an advocate for Anthem Parkside families and businesses. Elected to the ACC Board in 2017, Director Cotton brings a modern and common-sense approach to decisions that affect our community.  He currently mentors the Anthem Youth Advisory Council, an ACC-sponsored group of leadership driven teens, who are tasked with improving our community.  Dino is focused on listening to the ideas and concerns of the Parkside community.


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Roger Willis, Director | Country Club Representative
Current term: April 2017-2020

Retired, Management and IT Consultant
B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering, Purdue University

Roger Willis’ experience on the ACC Utilities Panel and various Anthem Country Club Community Association committees inspired him to run for the ACC Board. Additionally, he serves on the Desert Foothills Land Trust Board of Directors, the Friends of Daisy Mountain Trails committee and advisory boards for Purdue University and CETYS Universidad in Mexico. Roger has lived in Anthem with his wife, Christine, for eight years; they have three children and two grandchildren. Roger’s desire as a Board director is to raise Anthem’s profile in the national media spotlight, earning recognition as a top place to live.


executive staff

Neal Shearer, Community Executive Officer
Neal Shearer was appointed by the Board of Directors as CEO of the Anthem Community Council in February 2018, after serving as COO for eight years. 

Neal’s professional career and his educational pursuits have been devoted to public service and community management. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and he has completed Executive Management programs at Harvard and Arizona State University.

With the Anthem Community Council, Neal has been involved in overseeing all departments, programs and services; negotiating large-scale service agreements; recommending Board policies; supporting resident committees; and spearheading major capital improvement projects such as Opportunity Way Park, the Adventure Playground renovation, the Community Center remodel and expansion, the new permanent Pickleball Courts and the new Dog Park that is under construction.  

Prior to his nearly ten-year career with the Anthem Community Council, he served for twenty years in executive management positions with the City of Scottsdale, including Assistant City Manager for Administration and Community Services, Human Resources General Manager, Assistant to the City Manager for Intergovernmental Relations, and Executive Assistant to the Mayor. 

Neal’s personal interests center around family, sports and outside activities with his wife, Sherry,  their adult sons Nate and Zack, and dogs Roxy and Kylie.