Human Relations Advisory Board - Member Biographies
Denise Heap- Chair
Denise has lived in Mesa for fifty five years. A seventh
generation Mormon, she attended Webster Elementary, Carson Jr High,
Westwood High School, Mesa Community College and Arizona State
University. Her major fields of study were History,
Political Science, Women’s Studies and French. While at MCC
and she served as secretary of Women’s Honor Board, member of Phi
Theta Kappa and Lambda Delta Sigma. Her first job was cleaning
apartments and working as a receptionist for Del Heap Realty.
She was employed by MCC as a tutor in economics and French.
While attending ASU she was employed as a clerk by ABCO. She
worked briefly for Mesa Community College prior to applying for
During her time at ASU she served as chair of the Lesbian and Gay
Academic Union, chair of the Bridge Club, chair of the Women’s
Studies Student Association, and chair of the Women’s Student’s
Association. She was appointed by President J. Russell
Nelson as student representative to the Women's Studies Advisory
Board and the Equal Opportunity Board. She was a member of
ASU’s committee for a Martin Luther King Committee working for a
Her statewide offices include being secretary of the Arizona
Lesbian and Gay Task Force in 1984, state coordinator of the
National Organization for Women, founding board member of Arizonans
for Fairness (This became the Arizona Human Relations Campaign and
Equality Arizona.) She served locally as chair of the
Tri-City, Phoenix, ASU and East Valley chapters of NOW and political
director and member of the board of Phoenix Pride. She was a
member of Building a Healthy Mesa and the Mesa Martin Luther King
Currently disabled due to chronic health problems she was a
member of the 2009/10 class of Mesa Leadership, Training and
Development and a current member. She has served on the Human
Relations Advisory Board since 2009. At various times she has
been a member of various local organizations.
She lives in Mesa with her dog, a cat and six chickens. Her
interests include gardening, reading, fishing and cooking. She
is definitely not a fan of housework.
Mark Tompert - Vice Chair
Mark Tompert has been a Mesa resident since December of 1980 and
started working at Marc Center (now Marc Community Resources, Inc.)
in February of 1981. He is married with 6 children and seven
grandchildren. He is a former Board member of the James
Madison Prep School in Tempe and former President of Mesa Wham
Basketball League. Mark enjoys reading and spending time with
Born and raised in Ontario Canada, Ms. Anderson began
volunteering in the field of Human Services at the age of 14.
Complete college in 1981. Moved to a small northern town in Ontario
and eventually became the Executive Director for Community Living.
In 2001 Ms. Anderson immigrated to the United States and began
working for Marc Community Resources (formally Marc Center) in 2005.
Presently, she is the Director of Recovery and Resiliency Support
Services. Ms. Anderson has had the privilege of working with people
with various abilities for over 40 years which has been a dream come
true. Ms. Anderson is the Vice Chair for the Peer and Family
Coalition for Arizona and a new member of Mercy Maricopa Integrated
Care Governance Board for the Behavioral Health system in Maricopa
County. She has a beautiful daughter, Shawna and granddaughter,
Riley who live in Canada and are the greatest joy in her life. Ms.
Anderson has been a resident of Mesa for the past 13 years.
Karen Frias- Long
Karen Frias-Long is a dedicated mother of three children that she
and her husband, of 28 years, have raised in Mesa. She is an iMesa
Committee member and a graduate of Mesa Leadership class of 2013.
Her current position as Director of The Mesa Prevention Alliance has
given her the opportunity to focus her passion on the youth of Mesa.
Ms. Frias-Long is a Mesa native and graduate of Mountain View
High School. After completing a Certificate in Personal Training at
MCC, she continued her education at Arizona State University where
she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in
Exercise and Wellness, concentration on Health Promotion.
Frank Johnson was born in Casa Grande Arizona and lived in Eloy
Arizona until graduation from Santa Cruz High School. After
25+ years in the retail home improvement industry Frank started
Frank Johnson Handyman Services Inc in 2005. He has been a Dobson
Ranch resident since 1990 where he resides with his wife. He has
served as a volunteer for the Landings Homeowners Association, YMCA,
Camp Fire Boys & Girls and Body Positive and Equality Arizona.
Dr. Tony Liuzzo
Dr. Anthony L. Liuzzo serves as Professor of Business and
Economics and Director of Arizona Business Programs at Wilkes
Dr. Liuzzo is a licensed attorney and economist. He earned his Ph.D.
in business administration, Master of Philosophy in economics, and
MBA in management and organizational behavior from New York
University; his law degree from St. John’s University; and his
bachelor’s degree in marketing from Fordham University in New York
Specializing in public policy issues, employment law, and holiday
retail sales forecasting, he has been cited on numerous occasions in
hundreds of publications, including CNN, Forbes, the New York Times,
USA Today, the Arizona Republic, the New York Daily News, the
Philadelphia Daily News, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Times,
the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Detroit
News, the Christian Science Monitor, and the San Francisco Examiner,
for his views on legal and business issues.
Dr. Liuzzo is the sole author of the popular textbook, Essentials
of Business Law, now in its 8th edition, and accompanying assessment
materials, mobile applications, and instructor's manual, published
Dr. Liuzzo is also the author of several books and numerous
articles that have appeared in scholarly and professional journals.
He has served as editor of a scholarly journal and has been
instrumental in creating several successful small businesses.
Dr. Liuzzo is an active member of many professional and community
organizations, and currently serves as a member and officer of
several Boards of Directors, in addition to being a member of the
Human Relations Advisory Board.
Cliff Moon is a family man who has been married for 28 years and
has four children. He has lived in the city of Mesa since 1991 and
is an educator with the Mesa School District. Cliff is also an
adjunct professor with Northern Arizona University. Cliff has a
strong belief individual worth and is passionate about social
justice. His community involvement includes participation on various
non-profit organizations. These include: 1) the Mesa Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee, 2) East Valley NAACP 3)
Sirrine Adult Day Care Board, 5) City of Mesa’s Human
Relations Advisory Board and 6) the Mesa Chamber of Commerce’s
Quality of Life Council. He looks forward to further serving the
Mesa community and the east valley.
Talmage Pearce has been serving on the Human Relations Advisory
Board since 2013. He grew up in Mesa, Arizona and has a strong
desire to serve the community where he was raised. He served a
2-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
in Southern Chile from 2004-2006. In 2012 Talmage graduated
top of his class from Arizona State University with a degree in
Political Science as well as a minor in Religious Studies and
certificates in International Studies and Islamic Studies.
Lu Ann Schmidt is a homemaker with an associate’s degree in early
childhood education from Lane Community College. She is a former
Head Start teacher and an advocate for people living with
disabilities in the community.