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 disability

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 statewide holiday.

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 Committee.

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 his family.


Cheryl Anderson

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

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 University.
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 City.
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 by McGraw-Hill/Irwin.

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

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

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 AnnSchmidt

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.