Scottsdale residents appointed to city boards, commissions

The Scottsdale City Council recently appointed 13 residents to a variety of boards and commissions.

These citizen volunteers provide an important level of review and perspective for items and issues in Scottsdale.

These residents were appointed to three-year terms on the boards and commissions noted:

  • Dana Belknap, an attorney, to the Board of Adjustment. This board has final authority on requests to vary from the city’s zoning ordinance and appeals of administrative zoning decisions.
  • Ed Peaser, a retired building official, to the Building Advisory Board of Appeals. This board reviews requests for minor variances from building codes and alternative construction methods.
  • Prescott Smith, a community outreach director, to the Development Review Board. This board reviews architectural designs and site layouts of proposed developments.
  • Dane Englert, a former environmental laboratory technician, and Steven Schlosser, a former manufacturing vice president, to the Environmental Quality Advisory Board. This board advises the City Council on environmental activities and programs.
  • Joseph Ettinger, an attorney and law school professor, and Daria Lohman, a software and security engineer, to the Human Relations Commission. This commission advises on matters of cultural awareness and diversity.
  • Marty Day, an executive assistant, and Janice Eng, an executive recruiter, to the Human Services Commission.  Ms. Day was reappointed to a second term. This commission advises on human services programs and allocations for federal Community Development Block Grant and other social service money.
  • Cynthia Wenstrom, an events development associate, to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission. This commission provides citizen oversight for acquiring and managing Scottsdale’s 30,000-acre desert preserve.
  • Virginia Harris, a former retail director, and Christopher Thuman, an online learning director and adjunct professor, to the Parks and Recreation Commission. Ms. Harris was reappointed to a second term. This commission advises on acquiring and operating the city’s parks and recreation facilities.
  • Jyme McLaren, a regional transportation executive, to the Transportation Commission. This commission advises on safe and efficient movement of vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.

For more information and an application to serve on Scottsdale citizen boards and commissions, visit and search “boards.

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