About Us

Rebuild Superior, Inc. (RSI) gains strength from the Superior Chamber of Commerce, the Superior Unified School District and the Town of Superior which are prominent on the Rebuild Superior, Inc. logo as TOS – Town of Superior, SUSD – Superior Unified School District, and CHAMBER – Superior Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, RSI receives feedback, suggestions and orientation from nonprofits, businesses and our town’s residents.

Rebuild Superior, Inc. Board of Directors & Project Manager

Direct responsibility for Rebuild Superior, Inc. is with its Board of Directors who actively support and guide the organization. The Board is made up of a group of both residents and supporters who bring a balanced skill set and dedication to helping the Superior community improve its quality of life based on preservation and improvement of the town’s infrastructure, organizations and the community members’ socioeconomic well-being.

Sue Anderson
President - Superior Resident

Sue was born and raised in Southern California where she managed the accounting offices for a nationwide electrical wholesale company.  It was there she met her husband, Bill, and they went on to create and operate a commercial wholesale lighting company.  They discovered Arizona when Sue fished in a lady's bass tournament at Roosevelt Lake and she had her limit by 8 o'clock in the morning! The Globe area was definitely on their list when the time came to sell their business and start a new chapter in their lives. Moving to Globe in 1991 Sue worked part time installing and training on new systems  for the firm where she originally worked.  From Globe they bought a "fixer upper" in Sedona and moved there.   Sue explains that, although beautiful, it just never felt like home.  They discovered Superior after reading an article about this sleepy little Town that had fallen on hard times when the mine closed.  Having dealt with real estate and rentals for a number of years they took a look at Superior and immediately saw what great potential this Town had.  The beauty, elevation and proximity to the Valley gave Superior endless possibilities. Everywhere they turned there were numerous things that could be done to improve the Town. They bought their first "fixer upper" in Superior in 1991 and have renovated 47 homes in the Town, many of which were uninhabitable.  Diving in head first in community projects she is passionate about blight mitigation and supporting small businesses.  Sue is currently the President of the Superior Chamber of Commerce and Rebuild Superior, Inc.  She and her husband have a blended family of 4 children and 10 grandchildren who they adore and see as often as possible.

Mike Montiel
Vice President - Superior Resident
Deb McKee
Treasurer - Superior Resident
Born in Northern Ontario Canada, Superior has been Deb's home for most of her life. She graduated from Superior High School in 1971. After living in Las Vegas for a time, she returned to Superior in 2000. Deb retired in 2013 as Vice President, Regional Operations Manager from a 38 year career in banking that began in 1975 at Valley National Bank of Arizona, Superior Branch. She currently serves on the board for the Superior Chamber of Commerce in the position of Treasurer. She also holds the same position on the Rebuild Superior board. Having lived in Superior through the "boom" years, she has a keen interest in seeing the town returned to its former state of vibrancy with a revived downtown area of thriving shops and neighborhoods of homes filled with families.
Karen LaFrance
Secretary (ex officio) / Project Manager

Ms. LaFrance, a self-employed consultant since 1995, has had a long career in community economic development leadership in Pennsylvania and Arizona.  Areas of expertise include strategic planning, business management, small business lending, micro-loan programs (most recently in Kampala, UG), community organizing, collaborations and coalitions, policy advocacy, asset-building programs, for-profit enterprises of nonprofit organizations and financial and risk management.  Over the years, she started and led two nonprofit community-based development organizations, the most recent of which was a nonprofit small business lender (a Community Development Financial Institution—CDFI) in Mesa, AZ. In 2014, she helped the Superior Chamber of Commerce with strategic planning and returned to provide consultant services to the Chamber’s Business Attraction & Retention Committee (“the BAR”) in 2015/16.  Ms. LaFrance provides project management services to Rebuild Superior, Inc., set up in 2016 to implement the BAR’s plans for diversifying the community’s business community, fighting blight and improving the quality of life in Superior.

Mila Besich-Lira
Board Member (ex officio) - Superior Resident

Mila Besich-Lira was elected as Mayor of the Town of Superior, AZ in 2017. Prior to her election as Superior’s mayor in 2017, Mila served on the Superior Town Council from 2013.  She also has served as a member of the Superior Unified School District Governing board since 2010. Mila serves as the Executive Director of the Copper Corridor Economic Development Coalition and is the Advertising Director and a reporter for the Copper Area News publishers. For the past 10 years, her company, Miracle Executive Services, has provided project management, administration, and event planning, as well as marketing for several small businesses, non-profits and governmental entities in Arizona. Mila has been a trainer in sessions with a number of regional nonprofit organizations. She has been actively involved in tourism projects in the Copper Corridor. Her work with the Legends of Superior Trails and her advocacy for the Arizona Trail were recognized by the Arizona Trail Association in 2017 when they named her the Community Advocate of the Year. In 2014, Mila was awarded the Valle del Sol Exemplary Leadership award. She is currently Vice-President of the Superior Optimist Club and a member of the Superior Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  As Mayor, she is an ex-officio Board Member of Rebuild Superior, Inc.

Pete Casillas
Board Member - Superior Resident

 3rdgeneration resident of Superior, AZ. I grew up volunteering with my parents on “Project Happy face” which collected and distributing food and clothing that helped families in need. At a young age it helped me realize the importance of helping out in my community. Shortly after High School I moved to Mesa to find work and went to school for communications. In the mid 90’s I worked part time as a firearms instructor and drove back and forth to Superior to volunteer as a Cub Scout Master for the local Boy Scouts that my son Christopher was in. I eventually went to work for Lucent Technologies from 97 through 2003 and went on to INTEL until 2005 when I quit there to work back home in Superior with Resolution Copper. I moved back to Superior and immediately dove into the volunteer efforts as Parks and Rec’s director from 2006 to 2011, was in the Optimist Club, President of the Arts League from 2007 to 2009 and have held a leadership role as president or vice president in the Superior Chamber of Commerce from 2006 to 2017. I look forward in giving my time to the continued efforts in helping others plant the seeds and pour the foundations that will rebuild Superior!

Kyle Gallo
Board Member

Kyle Gallo was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. He attended and graduated from Arizona State University with his Bachelors in Business Communication and Certificate in International Business from the WP Carey School of Business. Kyle started his banking career in 2011 where he held multiple positions within Retail and Business Banking. He currently serves as a Multi-Site Branch Manager/Vice President for Bank of the West in Coolidge, AZ and Superior, AZ.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for Arizona@Work Pinal County. Kyle currently resides in Queen Creek, AZ with his girlfriend Christian and their 3 children Nilah, Kohen and Liam. Kyle looks forward to working on the Rebuild Superior Board and working with other Board Members to ensure we are working to improve the Town of Superior for the best!

Robert Githens
Board Member

Robert Githens is an Arizona Native.  Growing up in close by Mesa he spent his youth exploring the surrounding areas of the Valley of the Sun.  With over 20 years of Retail Management Experience in the Home Improvement Industry he brings an insight to the supply chain side of redevelopment.  Robert has been active with the Arizona Chapter of MDA for over 7 years serving on its Executive Committee and supporting the Arizona fundraising team.  Robert lives in Queen Creek with his wife Sara and has two sons Tyler and Austin.  In his spare time Robert enjoys furniture making and hiking through Arizona’s mountains and deserts.  Robert plans to use his influence and resources to help restore Superior to what it once was and carry it into the future.

Arlynn Godinez
Board Member - Superior Resident
Arlynn Godinez grew up in Superior and returned to raise her family. She has spent the last 28 years in education, 18 years as a classroom teacher and the last 10 in administration. Arlynn currently works for the Maricopa County Education Service Agency as a STEM Pedagogical Content Knowledge Expert working with school districts and business partners to help build STEM identities in middle school students. She is very community oriented and serves on several boards in Superior including: The Community Working Group, Superior High School Hall of Fame Board, Business Attraction and Retention Committee, Rebuild Superior Board, and is the current Superior Unified School District School Board President. Arlynn believes that it is important to take an active role in the community and is excited to be a part of such a dynamic period in Superior.
Manuel Guzman V
Board Member
Susan Ketron
Board Member - Superior Resident

Susan Ketron, a former Special Events Coordinator for a defense manufacturer was born to a family of Superior pioneers. Raised in Superior through high school, Susie moved back to Superior in 1995 to manage family owned properties. She is a member of the Superior Chamber of Commerce, volunteering weekly at the Caboose Visitor Center on Highway 60 and currently is serving a one year term on the Board of Rebuild Superior and serves as the Treasurer for LOST - Legends of Superior Trails.

Danette Rabago
Board Member - Superior Resident
Danette was born and raised in Superior, with family ties in Superior back to 1918, when her grandfather came to Superior as a police officer. Danette graduated from Superior High School and University of Phoenix with a BA in Management. Danette previously was a member of the Superior Chamber of Commerce, serving as Secretary and Vice President and a current member of the Superior Historical Society. Danette previously worked at the local school district and bank before retiring in 2015 after 24 years in the mining industry. She worked for Magma Copper/BHP/Capstone Mining as a purchasing specialist, payroll administrator, senior accountant and retired as accounts payable supervisor. Danette and her husband Mark, enjoy traveling, the outdoors and spending time with their three children and three grandchildren.
Pamela Rabago
Board Member - Superior Resident

I am a 45 year resident of Superior, AZ. I am also a business owner, Dalton Realty, for 29 yrs here in Superior.  I am a huge supporter of Superior and I want to keep what we have now in Superior, but make it better.  I love the small town feel and views that we have along with the diversity of our residents, businesses and homes. I am a wife, mother, grandmother and love plants.  I love getting out in the hills in the Jeep and seeing the beautiful area we live in.

Tiffany Rowell
Board Member - Superior Resident

Tiffany was raised in Superior after her grandfather took a job with Magma Copper as an underground miner in 1975. After marrying, she lived in Yuma, AZ for several years but was happy to return home to stay in 2008. Her professional background is in the care of the elderly with over 20 years of experience in the field. She owns and operates Golden Rule Care LLC, an in-home caregiving company that provides individualized, compassionate care. She is currently working on renovating a home in Superior to use as an assisted living home for the elderly. Tiffany has strong commitment to her community and is looking forward to working toward the vision of Rebuild Superior Inc. She sees the need for local jobs in a vibrant economy while maintaining the small-town atmosphere that truly makes us Superior.  She is a mother of 5 and grandmother of 2. Enjoys spending time with her family and is an active member of her Pentecostal church. Tiffany currently serves as the Superior Chamber of Commerce representative to the Community Development Committee and is a member of the Community Working Group.

Mario Sanchez
Board Member - Superior Business Owner
Todd White
Board Member - Superior Business Owner

Todd White is a local artist, resident and business owner. He has served the citizens of Phoenix and Arizona for the past 30 years as a Police Officer/Detective for the City of Phoenix and Inspector for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Prior to his work at the City of Phoenix, he worked as a designer/illustrator for the International Architectural firm of Howard, Needles, Tammen and Bergendoff in Phoenix. He has also participated in large scale urban planning projects such as the Hance Park Project and the Rio Salado Project in Phoenix, Arizona. He lives and works part time in Superior in the old fire station on Magma Avenue.

Rebuild Superior, Inc. Staff

Additionally, Rebuild Superior, Inc. has a VISTA – Volunteers in Service to America member working in capacity building with RSI as the Economic Sustainability Promotor.

Jim Schenck
VISTA / Economic Sustainability Promoter - Superior Resident

Jim has lived most of his life in different parts of Latin America working in the private, public & non-profit sectors. He served over ten years with the Peace Corps both as a volunteer and as staff in Paraguay, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. He was a social promoter with International Voluntary Services in Ecuador. As the Country Director and Chief of Party for Global Communities in Guatemala he led the Communities in Transition project. Jim taught non-profit management at the INCAE/ Costa Rica graduate school. Jim was the Sustainable Development Manager at the Glamis Gold Marlin Mine in Guatemala and, later, Goldcorp Regional Director for Sustainable Development for Central & South America. He has consulted in the extractives industry in Canada, the US, Latin America and Saudi Arabia. Jim served as the Community and Social Performance Manager at Resolution Copper in Superior, Arizona. Jim works with Rebuild Superior while still maintaining a consulting business and a historic commercial building. He participates in several Superior civic organizations including the Legends of Superior Trails, Superior Historical Society and the Rotary Club.

Rebuild Superior, Inc. wants to hear from you! Whether it be feedback, questions or suggestions. You can also contact us through our facebook page. Thanks!

Please contact us at: info@rebuildsuperioraz.org