Jill Galea, Chair
Managing Director – Owner Sedona New Day Spa

We feel blessed to be in beautiful Sedona and have the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful community.

“Mom and dad loved Sedona and we loved spending time with them and our family throughout the years. Those precious memories we will treasure forever. Dad was very impressed with the community spirit of Sedona and he helped to establish some, and supported other service clubs and organizations. They both believed in the intrinsic value of service work, supporting one’s community in whatever ways an individual is able.

I am so honored to be the Chairwoman of the non-profit sculptural pedestrian park, Jack Jamesen Memorial Park in West Sedona in memory of Dad and recognition of those amazing citizens who serve their community and work to make this world a better place.

“The honoring Women section of the park is, of course, a favorite for me as I love honoring my loving Mother Gail~ the Woman who brought me into this world and gave me my wings.”


In the past Jill Galea held executive management positions at Lord & Taylor, Ann Taylor, Brooks Brothers, Carter’s Childrenswear and also spent time in consulting for NextGen Networks in her husband’s former telecommunication consulting firm.


Currently Jill and her husband own and manage Sedona’s New Day Spa, a new private retreat for relaxation and rejuvenation with outdoor gardens, a hot tub and fountains, offering a unique menu of Desert Nature Body Treatments and Native American inspired Spa Rituals, restorative facials and a full nail service.



Alan Brecher

I was drawn to Jack Jamesen Park  many years ago as I attend all the beautiful military  ceremonies held at this special sculpture garden.

My wife Linda and I have always been committed to animal causes. We both served on the board of the Humane Society of Sedona. Now I am walking dogs at the shelter 4 days a week, and am involved in adoption and rescue for these incredible dogs that ask for so little.

We are fortunate to be able to donate a K9 sculpture to Jack Jamesen Memorial Park, Jewel in Sedona. Our military dogs are 4 legged heroes and need to be recognized for what they do abroad and for our veterans here at home.

Lisa Dahl
Cucina Rustica
Dahl and DiLuca Ristorante Italiano
Pisa Lisa
Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill

Sedona’s culinary landscape is dominated by Chef Lisa Dahl’s award-winning restaurants. As a veteran of Sedona’s fine-dining scene with Dahl & Di Luca, Cucina Rustica, Pisa Lisa and her latest creation – Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill, Dahl’s restaurants are continually ranked amongst the best in the state. Bringing the highest quality experience paired with the freshest ingredients, her culinary passions are diverse and continue to tantalize the taste buds of guests from around the world.

My personal commitment to each and every guest is to create a memory laced with the beauty of atmosphere and cuisine which makes them wish to return time and time again. Our long-standing reputation for nearly two decades is built on the foundation of consistency with food and service.

Elyse Otto

David Blauert, Visionary
Blauert Construction

Dave Blauert moved from Minnesota to scenic Sedona in 1961. For 55 years Blauert & Associates bought land, developed and built commercial and residential properties in Sedona and the Verde Valley as well as throughout the states of Arizona and Colorado.

Dave has built more than 800 custom homes including some in numerous subdivisions such as: Sundance, Nozomi, Les Springs, Casa Contenta and Crimson View. He developed eight parks in the county, building roads, infrastructure, ball fields and swimming pools as well as a teen center and the skateboard park. Blauert has managed the construction of numerous projects for the Navajo Nation including schools, shopping centers, farms and their headquarters, Window Rock.

Additionally Blauert developed and managed construction for many projects at Northern Arizona University, Verde Valley Medical Center, three resorts for Wyndham Fairfield, three houses of worship, two hotels, several banks and numerous school projects in the Verde Valley.

Linda Brecher

I was drawn to Jack Jamesen Park many years ago as I attend all the beautiful military  ceremonies held at this special sculpture garden.

My husband Alan and I have always been committed to animal causes. We both served on the board of the Humane Society of Sedona. Now I am walking dogs at the shelter 4 days a week, and am involved in adoption and rescue for these incredible dogs that ask for so little.

We are fortunate to be able to donate a K9 sculpture to Jack Jamesen Memorial Park, Jewel in Sedona. Our military dogs are 4 legged heroes and need to be recognized for what they do abroad and for our veterans here at home.

Shondra Jepperson

Shondra Jepperson is an Alumni of the Juilliard School of Drama, with an impressive resume of acting & performance credits. She’s also an international singer songwriter recording concert artist & publisher registered with BMI. Her CDs I Am and Inside Fire are available on ShondraMusic.com, iTunes and other sites. Several of her songs are published in the international Unity Songbooks. Her catalogue of originals include a vast range of genres from Rock, Pop, Country Rock, Blues, Power Ballads, Theme Songs, Anthems and New Thought Inspirational Pop tunes. She is the composer of several theme anthems for organizations in which include Keep Sedona Beautiful, Walking Free Against Sex Trafficking and The Humane Society of Sedona. Shondra is the music director of the Center for Positive Living going on 9 years, the founder of a weekly concert series, In the Living Room Music Series going on 3 years, co-founder of Sedona Winefest and co-founder/coach of Sedona Youth Theatre since 2006. She is half of the popular entertainment team Tom & Shondra performing their shows throughout AZ and the USA. She’s one of the Dynamite Divas who recently toured throughout southern AZ to sold out performances and is scheduled to tour with Tom in 2018. Currently she is the songwriter for Delta Dental’s show The Mouth Project. Shondra is also a voice, acting, performance & life coach.

Cynthia Richmond
Cynthia Richmond

Cynthia Richmond is a speaker, author, editor, writer and coach. She does a great deal of the media and PR for the Jack Jamesen Memorial Park. Cynthia hosted her own live, daily, national TV show and has been a guest on nearly every talk show on television. She has done thousands of radio interviews. Simon & Schuster published her book Dream Power and NAWBO, the National Association of Women Business Owners named her their Visionary Award Winner in 2010. Cynthia has written long-time columns for major market newspapers and is a corporate speaker. “It is such an honor to be part of this group of people of varied backgrounds who all want to honor women as never before and create this stunning jewel of a park that not only beautifies Sedona but additionally raises the esteem of our community.


Claudia Ault
Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Real Estate

Since 1985, the Ault name has been synonymous with excellence in the practice of real estate.  Claudia’s goal was and still is to establish a reputation of utmost respect in the market she serves.  Larry has added to that his belief that hard work and attention to detail are important to anything worth doing well, and working with their clients absolutely deserves that attention.

Claudia grew up in MD and was educated on the East Coast with degrees from Catawba College in NC and from Villanova University.   Over the years, Claudia taught in public schools and universities, not realizing the years in the classroom were preparing her for the business of real estate.

Diana Chiandet
Exceptional Kids Inc.
FredaJohn L.L.C.
LapisGroup LLC
The Our House Gang LLC

Over the years many women have influenced my life and my development. I am now blessed to have the privilege of working with those individuals who have cognitive and physical disabilities.

Many days takes me into the homes of the disabled, and I get to observe the women who have devoted their lives to the care and nurturing of these very special individuals. Those admirable women inspire and encourage me daily.

I arrived in this great state seventeen years ago, thinking that I would enjoy the wonderful weather, playing golf, and becoming a couch potato. Previously, I had enjoyed my life as an entrepreneur, and I thought that I was deserving of an early retirement.

Shortly after I arrived in Arizona, I met a precious eleven year old young woman with cerebral palsy, who changed the direction of my life forever. I learned from this young woman the joy of mastering daily living skills, skills that so many of us don’t give much thought to completing. She taught me trust, love, and laughter.

Luke Sefton
Sefton Engineering Consultants

Luke Sefton, is a Licensed Professional Engineer and President of Sefton Engineering Consultants, a 100% Veteran Owned Firm located in Sedona, Arizona.  He has lived and practiced Civil Engineering in the Verde Valley for over 30 years and is an active member of a host of Community Organizations and Private Charities, including the Cottonwood and Sedona Chamber of Commerce, Rotary of the Red Rocks, Friends of Jack Jamesen Park, Verde Valley Military Service Park, and Secretary of Sedona 30.  He is also a member of Engage Sedona, a group that encourages citizen participation and input on a variety of issues affecting Sedona and the surrounding community.  Luke has engineered and represented many projects in the Verde Valley, including his company’s most recent achievement: Mariposa Latin Grill in Sedona and the Yavapai Apache Nation’s latest Housing and Community Center that has won numerous awards.  He is also the Civil Engineer for the Out of Africa Park Development.

Luke began his Military Service in 1985 when he enlisted as Combat Medic for the Indiana Army National Guard.  He later enrolled in the Indiana Military Academy and successfully graduated as an Officer.  Luke later moved to Arizona to obtain his degree in Civil Engineering.  During this time, he also served as an Ordinance Officer for the Arizona Army National Guard.  He was eventually mobilized to Saudi Arabia and later Kuwait to serve in Operation Desert Storm.

Today Luke is an active volunteer (and former Northern AZ Area Chair) for Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and was honored as Volunteer of the year in 2011.


Desiree Brackin

Desiree Brackin was born and raised in Chandler, Arizona. She and her husband Kevin were married in 1989 and have since had four daughters. After starting their family, they decided to move to Southern Oregon and lived there for 8 years. The family relocated back to Arizona in 2004 and chose Sedona as home. They started their business and since then, Desiree has become the co-owner and a licensed professional of Brackin Benefits, a local insurance agency offering Health, Life and Long Term Care insurance and Medicare supplements. She has served on the Mystic Hills Board of Directors for 4 years. Desiree was a Sedona Chamber of Commerce Ambassador for 2011 and 2012.  In 2012 she began her service on the Board of Directors for the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and has been a member of the Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks since 2012.

“I joined the JJMP committee to help Dave Blauert achieve his goal of adding beautiful sculpture to the park.”

Rabbi Alicia Magal
Red Rock Rabbi

Rabbi Alicia Magal serves as the rabbi for the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley.  She is enthusiastically involved in interfaith and community events and boards. Rabbi Magal serves on the Committee for Jamesen Memorial Park Honoring Women , on the Advisory Board of  the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona, and the Interfaith Clergy Connection of Sedona.  As a woman clergy leader, Rabbi Magal serves as a model and mentor for younger women seeking to serve as spiritual leaders in several faith denominations.  As a daughter of Holocaust Survivors, she chooses to devote her life to positive, joyful, life-enhancing projects, and never take the gift of life for granted.



Patricia Hickey Jump

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