2016 Honorees

Craig and Carolyn Jackson - Pope Humanitarian Award
Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson and his wife Carolyn – the company’s Brand Manager – are honored to be at the helm of a family-run company that has just celebrated its 45th year in the collector car industry. Born and raised into the automotive lifestyle, Craig has continued to build on the passion and devotion to the automobile market instilled in him by his older brother Brian and father Russ – who, with Tom Barrett, founded Barrett-Jackson in 1971. Craig took over the reins of the company in 1995 following Brian’s untimely death, and has grown the company’s events from among the best collector car auctions in the world into automotive lifestyle events unlike any others. Carolyn has worked diligently to expand the company’s image as The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, overseeing all aspects of the world-renowned brand. In addition, Carolyn is committed to keeping alive the legacy of Craig’s mother Nellie, who was dedicated to using Barrett-Jackson’s celebrated auction block as a platform to raise much-needed awareness and funds for charitable organizations. To date, more than $90 million has been raised across the company’s four auction venues for charity, with the majority of that being raised in just the last six years.

Lynne Love - Woman Who Cares
Lynne Love is grateful and honored to be a 2016 Woman Who Cares, and is awed by her Phoenix Theatre friend’s talents and community contributions. Lynne feels blessed daily by her cherished daughters Sarah Kathryn and Mara Elizabeth. She’s thankful for her inspiring and supportive friends and valley community. Lynne is also grateful for her adorable dogs Chloe, Mia, Maisie and MacKenzie. Lynne hails from a wonderful Michigan family. She has a B.A. in Advertising/Marketing from Michigan State University and thanks the University of Arizona for their Journalism program, where she did her graduate work. She enjoyed a career in advertising, marketing and public relations management in Michigan and Arizona. She’s lived in the valley for seventeen years and spent fifteen years in Tucson. Lynne, along with her sister Mary Jo Bochner, is a former principal of La Plume, a custom pillow and bedding design and manufacturing company. Lynne finds great joy in supporting her community. She has enjoyed chairing community events such as the Phoenix Theatre Gala, the Authors Luncheon, the Phoenix Heart Ball, the Key to the Cure, the Xavier Fashion Show, and the Cerebral Palsy Foundation Gala. She serves on, or has served on, boards such as the Arizona Women’s Board, the Xavier Board of Trustees, and the Arizona Costume Institute. Lynne was honored to be a 2009 Trendsetter by the Trends Charitable Fund. She’s a former member and advocate of organizations such as National Charity League and Junior League, who empower future female leaders. Lynne finds great satisfaction from mentoring and teaching volunteer leaders. 

Karrin Kunasek Taylor - Woman Who Cares
Ms. Taylor is the Founder and President of Arizona Strategies, a land use strategy and development company headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

Prior to forming Arizona Strategies, Ms. Taylor was Executive Vice President of DMB Associates, Inc., a Scottsdale based master-planned community developer where she was responsible for ongoing land use entitlement matters and other value enhancing efforts for DMB communities and businesses. Ms. Taylor continues to provide oversight for DMB’s government and political affairs efforts and economic development activities at the local, state, and federal level. Previously, Ms. Taylor served as the national President of the Foundation for Environmental and Economic Progress (FEEP). Representing major landowners and stakeholders across the country, FEEP works to advance balanced federal environmental law and policy on endangered species acts and wetlands issues. In Arizona, she represents DMB on the boards of numerous government, community, and economic development organizations. Ms. Taylor was a member of DMB’s entitlements team for over 21 years and was responsible for the successful entitlement of many of the Company’s projects including DC Ranch, Verrado, Marley Park, One Scottsdale, Centerpoint, and most recently, Eastmark, 3,200 acres of the former General Motors Proving Grounds in Mesa, Arizona. Cumulatively, she has entitled more than 20,000 acres including more than 35,000 homes and over 25 million square feet of commercial uses for DMB. In addition, she has successfully obtained approval of municipal finance incentives and tools that provide well over $500 million of value to DMB’s communities.

Prior to DMB, Ms. Taylor was a principal with the law firm of Biskind, Hunt & Taylor, P.L.C., where she practiced in the areas of land use, development, and zoning law representing large landowners, including DMB, on significant and complex land use cases.

The Honorable Neil Giuliano - Man of Character
Neil Giuliano serves as the President/CEO of Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL), which for forty years has been the forum for corporate leadership to collaborate with the government, education and philanthropy sectors to create and sustain a safe, healthy and prosperous community.

Prior to returning to Arizona full-time with GPL, Giuliano was CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF), one of the largest AIDS service organizations in the world, from 2010-2015. SFAF provides comprehensive HIV/AIDS and sexual health programs and services in the city where HIV first reached epidemic levels. Serving over 17,000 people a year, the organization has an annual budget of over $28MM and 150 employees.  Known globally for the leadership role it has played in fighting the AIDS pandemic, SFAF advocacy and care models have been replicated around the world. Today, SFAF is pioneering the shift in addressing HIV/AIDS with a sickness and disease management model of care, to utilizing one of holistic health and wellness. In December of 2015, SFAF will open a new health & wellness center in the heart of the Castro neighborhood, bringing together it's clinic, counseling center and HIV prevention programs, historically in separate locations, into one new space. A $15MM four-year fundraising campaign for the creation and operation of the center secured $12.5MM in the initial two-year quiet phase of the campaign.

Prior to his work in San Francisco, Giuliano was bi-coastal (NYC & LA) as president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and executive producer of GLAAD Media Awards from 2005-2009. At GLAAD, the third largest LGBT advocacy organization in the US, he expanded the organization’s media and anti-defamation work to include religious and faith-based communities, sports and advertising media. The fair and accurate inclusion of LGBT characters and stories in TV, film and news coverage has been credited with advancing the acceptance of LGBT people and relationships. Under his leadership, the GLAAD Media Awards was broadcast on the BRAVO television network, bringing messages of inclusion and acceptance for LGBT people into over 80 million homes.

Before becoming a national activist and NGO executive, Giuliano was the youngest person ever elected mayor of Tempe, Arizona, a post he held from 1994-2004. He was the first directly-elected openly gay mayor in the Unites States, and for six of those years, Tempe (pop. 170,000) was the largest city in America with an openly gay mayor. He served on the board of directors of the National League of Cities (NLC) and as Vice-Chair of the National Advisory Council of NLC. In 2003 Tempe earned the “All-American City” award, a coveted honor bestowed on local governments demonstrating exceptional success in problem solving. Concurrent to his work as a public official, he held numerous senior roles at Arizona State University, including director of federal relations and 2004 co-chair of the final presidential debate between President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry.

Giuliano is the author of “The Campaign Within: A Mayor’s Private Journey to Public Leadership” (Magnus Books 2012) and has received numerous awards and honors for his work in public policy and community activism. He was named to the “Out 100” by Out Magazine, served as a distinguished lecturer at the William J. Clinton School of Public Service at the Clinton Presidential Library, received the Barry Goldwater Human Rights Award from Equality Arizona, and was named Tempe Humanitarian of the Year in 2014. In 2013 he executive produced the play *8*, written by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black, for a one-night-only, sold out performance in Phoenix, AZ.

Giuliano received a B.A. in communication and a M.Ed. in higher education from Arizona State University, where he served as student body president in the early 1980’s. He has also completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Advanced Program for State and Local Officials. He currently resides in San Francisco and Tempe.

Janet and Larry Read - Angels of the Art
Janet and Larry moved to the Phoenix area seven years ago after raising their two sons in northern California. After enjoying success in business and life, they became active in philanthropic efforts benefiting the arts and Pediatric Oncology. One of their proudest accomplishments was building a quality of life program inside the children’s hospital in Oakland, CA benefiting children stricken with cancer, sickle cell anemia and HIV/AIDS. Janet and Larry helped create this program as a way to keep children connected to their friends and classmates during their treatments and maintain normalcy in their lives. Reaching out to computer companies for their support, they were able to build a computer center so these children could stay up to date on classwork and entertainment. The center also benefited the parents of these children, giving them the ability to research their child’s disease and treatment protocols. Additionally, they were able to reach out to the California Education Department and pair kids with teachers to keep these children up to date on school work so they would not be held back and alienated from their friends upon returning to school after a year or two of treatment. At the same time, they became involved with community theatre, providing financial support to the Diablo Regional Arts, Town Hall Theatre, and the Lafayette Regional Theatre in Northern California. With this support they saw the success of a young playwright, Kevin Morales, who is now directing pilots for HBO, young actors like Darcy Carden, who plays Janet on “The Good Place” on ABC, and director Clive Horsley, who has directed musicals on Broadway. When they first arrived to Phoenix, they were introduced to Phoenix Theatre and were instantly struck by the enthusiasm, passion, and outreach from Michael Barnard and Vincent VanVleet especially when they shared their goals of producing quality plays and special community programs. Janet and Larry are very proud to support “Partners That Heal,” Phoenix Theatre’s outreach program to Phoenix Children’s Hospital which reaches 8,000 children each year, the “Theatre for Young Audiences” which connects with 2,000 children through field trips to the theatre, and “Summer Camp” which effects 1,000 kids each summer. Through their years of charitable giving and countless lives that have been touched because of their support, Larry and Janet feel the strongest message that should be shared is that there is no gift too small to have an effect. If you believe in a cause and you are passionate about helping, sharing a donation is a powerful tool. It is through all of these gifts large and small that we unite as a community and truly impact the lives of others. Their proudest accomplishment has been their two sons, Aaron and Kyle, and enjoying their time with their daughter in law, Kristina, as well as their two granddaughters, Ella, 5, and Camille, 4.

Pat McMahon - Lifetime Achievement Award
If anyone ever told Pat McMahon, “You simply can’t do it all” he wasn’t listening! Pat McMahon’s career at KTAR radio spans over 30 years as award winning talk-show host of such memorable shows as, “The Pat McMahon Show”, “The McMahon Group” now called “World Class Arizona” and “The God Show.” Pat McMahon’s kaleidoscopic life has always been full. As a child he traveled the world with his show business family, which proved excellent training for his multifaceted career as an actor with legends like Orson Welles, John Huston and Dick Van Dyke, a producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster and one-third of the unforgettable comedy team that was the 35 year TV legend, “The Wallace and Ladmo Show”. As well as: Director of Public Affairs for News-Talk 92.3 KTAR, an editorial commentator, delivering the internet audience compelling, What’s It Like? and an opportunity to catch up on the dining scene with Menus and McMahon on KTAR.com, television talk show Host for KAZT-TV where Pat hosts a stimulating live daily hour of compelling conversation with Arizona newsmakers.

Since 1972, Pat has also managed to find the time to head his own creative company, The Idea Factory. Pat’s professional and personal contributions have been richly rewarded with seven Emmys, major national and international radio awards along with numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. He is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime Achievement Award, the only two time Hall of Fame recipient of the Arizona Broadcasters Association, and his bronze likeness hangs alongside Hugh Downs and Leslie Nielsen in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications and the Arts. The local theater community named the McMahons, “the First Family of Arizona Entertainment,” but Pat, no doubt, feels most comfortable simply being thought of as someone you continue to trust on News-Talk 92.3 KTAR.