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 Executive Director, 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 Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer from its members. The Chair 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 Board Chairman Bob McKenzie:
Contact the Homeowners' Associations: Country Club, Parkside or Village

ACC board of directors


Bob McKenzie, Chair | Country Club Representative
Current term: April 2021–2024

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, Vice Chair | 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 more than 17 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 ongoing maintenance of aging infrastructure assets, future development and utilities.


Carolynn Hiron, Secretary | 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 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.

Doug Sutherland

Doug Sutherland, Treasurer | Parkside Representative
Current term: April 2020–2023

Consultant; Retired
B.A. in History, Central Washington University

Doug and his wife, Grace, moved to Anthem ten years ago from western Washington, having lived there for more than 50 years. As a business owner, Doug became interested in working with the city of Tacoma, first elected to a position on the city council, then as mayor for two, four-year terms. He was then appointed as the first city manager of the new city of SeaTac. After three years, Doug successfully ran for the Pierce County Executive and served two, four year-terms before being elected as the Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands, where he served two terms. In Anthem, Doug served five years on the Parkside Board, three as its president. Doug and Grace have six adult children and eight grandchildren.

Barb Patterson

Barb Patterson, Director | Country Club Representative
Current term: April 2020–2023

Financial and Software Consultant
B.S. in Education, Iowa State University

Barb Patterson, an Anthem resident since 2013, was an instrumental voice on the pickleball courts and dog park as part of Anthem’s Facilities Master Plan process. She is the current president of Anthem AZ Pickleball Club, serves on the LEC committee for the ACCCA and the PAC Committee for ClubCorp, is a member of The Wednesday Club, and has been involved in various charitable organizations. She is married to Craig; they have three children and two grandchildren who live in Australia. Barb strives to continue open communication with residents in Anthem, increase resident involvement, and maintain fiscal responsibility.

Gina RichardGina Richard, Director | Village Representative
Current term: April 2021–2024

Administrative Operations Coordinator, DC Ranch Community Council
B.S. in Business Administration; concentration in finance and marketing,
Gonzaga University

A 17-year resident of Anthem, Gina previously served the community on the Village at Anthem Condominium Council of Co-owners Board, as both secretary and president. As a long-time resident, her desire serving on the ACC Board is to give back to the community that has given her so much, and to represent the entirety of Anthem in addition to her HOA. Gina loves the hometown feeling of Anthem, with lots of other fun options not far away. She enjoys pickleball, traveling, reading, and home improvement projects with her husband and three teenage children.

Chilesa-ReadyChilesa Ready, Director | Parkside Representative
Current term: April 2021-2024

Lawyer/Small Business Owner
B.A. in English & Political Science, Tougaloo College
J.D., William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock

Since Chilesa, her husband, and three children moved to Anthem, they have fully embraced it as home. Her children are active in Anthem schools, the family regularly walks the community’s beautiful trails, they in engage in community activities, and support Anthem's various community service efforts. Chilesa's diverse experience will serve to further the community’s reputation for being among the best in the region. Her legal background along with  teaching and counseling knowledge allow her to be objective, strategic, and solution-oriented while also lending support and understanding in a spirit of collaboration; she also is an ordained minister. As we seek to navigate a new normal in our world, Chilesa is honored to serve Anthem residents and confidently prepare the community to face the future.

executive staff

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Aaron Baker, Executive Director
Paul Conley, Senior Director of Finance
Scott Newell, Director of Programs & Aquatics
Mike Krask, Director of Parks & Facilities