Board of Directors

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Mayor, John Giles

Vice Mayor, 
Jenn Duff


David Luna
Julie Spilsbury
Francisco Heredia
Kevin Thompson
Mark Freeman

Cheryl Laflen

Dennis Kavanaugh
Vice President

Todd Selman

Patsy Fimbres


Jennell Wise

Milt Fort

Kyle Jones

Wayne Balmer

Dr. Val Wilson


City of Mesa:
Melissa Randazzo
Chief of Staff, Office of the Mayor, Mesa AZ


August 17, 2021

Greetings from Mesa Sister Cities,

Welcome to the Mesa, Sister Cities website! I am so pleased that you are interested in checking us out because I believe this is a unique and wonderful organization and one that is very important in today’s world.

Let me share with you a bit of our history and mission. Sister Cities International was founded over sixty years ago, by President Dwight Eisenhower, as a network of citizen diplomats that would champion peace by fostering bonds between different communities around the world. Our mission is to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation-one individual, one community at a time. It is a nonpartisan 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that connects two communities and allows them to understand, appreciate and celebrate their differences while building partnerships that strengthen global relationships.

Mesa Sister Cities Association is celebrating nearly 40 years of participation in this important international organization. We have established friendships in Mexico, New Zealand, China, Peru and Canada. We host visiting delegations from our Sister Cities and, in turn, we are invited to enjoy the hospitality of their home. We have a number of programs that encourage our youth to participate and experience other cultures. We share, we learn and we grow and we have a good time.

Once you have had a chance to look through this site I would love to hear from you. If you have questions, give me a call. If you would like to join us, fill out the membership application and send it in. If you wish to make a donation to aid in our mission we would be very grateful. I hope to see you at one of our member meetings, the first Thursday of each month at the VisitMesa building, 120 N. Center St. in downtown Mesa.

Warmest regards

Cheryl Laflen