Local volunteers from around the area are taking part to help provide a better community for San Tan Valley. Without becoming a municipality San Tan Valley will continue to lack representation and a voice within Pinal County. Without becoming a municipality San Tan Valley residents will continue to have less control over their tax dollars, suffer from a complete lack of city planning, and miss out on basic amenities for our area. Learn about the local residents that are volunteering to help our community develop.
Bryan K. McCoy
Bryan K. McCoy was not born in Arizona. As an Air Force brat, he lived in many places growing up. After graduating from high school in Illinois his dad got orders and they moved to California. Bryan ended up finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Production & Operations Management from San Diego State University. He spent the next 10 years working for Belkin Corporation out of Compton, California where he finished as a Systems Analyst. In 2005, he and his wife, Jenna, decided to move to Arizona to raise a family. In March 2006 Bryan got his Real Estate license while Jenna went back to school for Interior Architecture and Design while together raising their three children right here in San Tan Valley.
While Bryan started in residential real estate, he does more commercial these days. He joined the Board of Directors for the San Tan Valley Chamber of Commerce in early 2014 and became the Chairman in May of 2016. In addition to running his own real estate business and giving back to the community through the Chamber, Bryan enjoys watching his son play soccer and spending time with his wife and daughters. He also chairs a committee that runs a reading contest at an inner city school in Chandler, sits on the San Tan Valley Advisory Committee and has volunteered for a teen program with the YMCA since 1992. He wanted to take on the challenge of joining the incorporation effort because, “It’s important for the community to take this step, to decide our own destiny, and I wanted to help.”
Jeanne Stockton has lived in San Tan Valley since 2010 and retired in 2016 from a career in information technology. Her career at Peoples Natural Gas and IBM included implementation of new technologies, managing technical professionals worldwide, and managing the services delivered to numerous fortune 500 companies across the globe.
Jeanne has always taken an interest in her community, serving on the Board for her son’s high school Booster Club. She was on the fundraising committee for Nebraska Public Television, a high school cheerleading sponsor for two years, volunteered for numerous fundraising events, and was Ambassador for Shape Up Omaha YMCA.
Jeanne is volunteering to help incorporate San Tan Valley because, “It’s time for the best interests of our community to be considered and acted on instead of sitting back and watching surrounding communities grow at our expense. There is no ‘value add’ when our tax dollars are not channeled back into our community or even our county. Future growth is clear, and we need to capitalize on that momentum now to set our own course instead of having it dictated to us.”
Rey Torres is an Arizona native residing in San Tan Valley since 2008. He graduated from Gilbert High School later earning an A.A. in History from MCC as well as a B.A. in Political Science from ASU. Rey is a longtime parishioner of St. Mary’s Basilica (Phoenix) where he performs as a bass vocalist in the Basilica choir. He is also a classical string bassist in the Chandler Symphony Orchestra. Rey has served as a Field Staffer to U.S. Congressman J.D. Hayworth, going on to serve as Director of Communications for the Majority Caucus of the Arizona House of Representatives. He has been a board member of the East Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as well as for the Chandler Symphony. Rey currently serves on the Pinal County Citizens Advisory Committee and as Chairman of the San Tan Valley Advisory Committee. He has also worked for various fortune 500 companies and currently works as a human resources contractor. Regarding the incorporation effort, Rey stated, “There’s no more basic element of a strong community than that of self-determination. To that end, I’m committed to work towards the incorporation of a municipality of San Tan Valley.”
Vickigene Howard is an Arizona native, moved to San Tan Valley with her husband and 3 children in 2008. Her background includes bookkeeping, taxes, and accounting. Previously she worked for a Scottsdale accounting firm and later worked for a large car dealership here in the Valley, handling all their payables and receivables. She has been active in the community with the Boys Scouts of America, 5 of her 13 years were as District Commissioner over a large area of San Tan Valley. She was also President of her church children’s organization, which served approximately 1,100 children. Volunteering to help with the incorporation effort came naturally because as a parent, she wants to make this a great community that her “children wish to live in when they become adults. I want to give San Tan Valley its own purpose and identity.”
Daren Schnepf is a native of Arizona and a resident of San Tan Valley. He and his wife Tiffani are the parents of five children. Daren’s family has strong roots in the community both in farming and in business. The Schnepf family started farming in Pinal and Maricopa Counties in 1941, and raised generations of their family in the area. Understanding the interest in the valued farm land and the desire of people wanting to move out to the Valley, Daren’s father Don recognized the need for water service and co-founded the water utility company H2O, Inc., in 1972. Daren helped manage H2O, Inc. for 11 years, serving residents in the San Tan Valley and Queen Creek areas. Daren received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems at DeVry University and a Master’s in Business Administration, with Distinction, at Keller Graduate School of Management, DeVry
Daren currently serves on the Pinal County Citizens Advisory Committee and the San Tan Valley Advisory Committee. He believes that incorporation will provide San Tan Valley with a better sense of community, ability to serve the local population more responsively and effectively, have a voice over the growth and future of the area, and be more sensitive to the needs and ideas of the community. “Progress and growth is happening now in this area, which emphasizes the need for a unified and cohesive process that promotes the values and lifestyles that make San Tan Valley highly desirable.”
Julie Phillips is a wife, mother, grandmother and small business owner, has lived in San Tan Valley since 2010. She and husband Robert own a land surveying company. There are four generations of her family now in the Valley. She feels that, “It’s important for San Tan Valley citizens to take control of their future and plan a community that will serve future generations.” Her vision includes a safe community with parks, libraries, cultural activities and great citizen involvement. As a volunteer, Julie has been a Site Council member for four different schools, High School Grad Night committee member and chair (4 years), Phoenix Boys Choir fundraising committee member (3 years), Phoenix Girls Chorus fundraising committee member ( 5 years), Phoenix Girls Chorus member, Board of Directors (2 years), various church leadership in positions helping children and youth. She and her husband have served two missions for their church in the Philippines and Hawaii.
For more information regarding the incorporation of San Tan Valley you can visit www.votesantanvalley.com
If you would like to view a map of the proposed boundary of the municipality of San Tan Valley and read the press release you can click HERE.