MEET THE TEAM
The Executive Committee is comprised of 7 members: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three Directors each serving a three year term. The immediate past president is an honorary member and is there as an advisor only. The board meets bi-monthly with the first meeting of the year starting in the month of January. They are the decision making body and are responsible for the professional administration of the organization.
I began my career in assessment with Yavapai County in 2007. During my time with Yavapai County I served in many capacities. I relocated to the Pinal County Assessor’s Office in 2017, where I have worked up from Appraiser Senior to Litigation Supervisor.
I have been a member of the AZ IAAO since 2008, and an IAAO member since 2014. I have assisted in successfully hosting a multitude of Chapter Luncheons when in Yavapai County.
I have also assisted in putting together and presenting at Real Ware User Group Meetings and continuing education classes. I also assisted with DOR classes that where held in Yavapai. I currently hold an IAAO A.A.S. designation which I earned in July of 2016.
My name is Cynthia Casler and I am a Lead Appraiser with Pinal County. I have been with the Assessor’s office going on 15 years. I am involved with appraising properties, petitions, customer service, and anything else that is asked of me. Prior to moving to Arizona 15 year ago, I worked in an office environment as bookkeeper, receptionist and/or secretary for 23 years.
My career in assessment began in 2000 as the Administrative Assistant to the Assessor; who was later elected to the Board of Supervisors. I took the opportunity to expand my county knowledge by becoming her Board Assistant until 2004 when I returned to the Assessor’s office.
I earned my DOR Level II in 2004, have completed the IAAO 300 and 400 and am currently working toward a designation. I proudly attended the Prescott Area Leadership Program, which focuses on community betterment through servant leadership, which I graduated in 2014. In 2016 I further expanded my horizons by attending college for my degree certificates in Residential Building and in Agriculture.
While with the Yavapai County Assessor’s Office I have been lucky enough to work in many departments: administration, appraisal and agricultural. I am currently serving as the Residential Supervisor for the Northern portion of our county, as well as the lead for all agricultural properties in Yavapai. I have worked with a diverse population of communities through the Board experience as well as presenting topics at community meetings for agricultural status and taxation issues. I believe this knowledge and experience would assist me in fulfilling the duties of the AZI AAO Vice President.
Justin Hanania has worked with the Maricopa County Assessors for almost 3 years, working as part of the Desktop Review team, He has completed both level 1 and 2 of the DOR training and has been attending AZ IAAO meetings from the beginning. Justin received the 2018 AZ IAAO President’s Award for helping in the planning, prepping and documenting of several meetings. While in college, Justin was elected as a student body representative and acted as a treasure, and for the last year has loosely shadowed the current Treasurer. In his down time Justin partakes in several hobbies, including: playing table top games, wood working and general crafting. As treasurer Justin is interested in promoting and finding out how to direct funds back to the local chapter members, through promoting scholarships, financial aid for coursework and is eager to represent and engage in two way communication with the members of AZ IAAO.
Dennise Jones is currently the Systems Administrator at the Apache County Assessor’s Office. She started there in 2016, as the Chief Appraiser then in December 2017, she transferred to Supervisor of the Administration side as the Systems Ad-ministrator.
Dennise is a Certified Level 2 Appraiser and graduated from Mohave Community College in 2006, with an AAS in Busi-ness. Her career with assessing started in 2008, when working for the La Paz County Assessor’s Office. There she started as a clerk and worked her way up to Chief Deputy Assessor.
Doug Simpson has been with the Assessor’s Office for Twelve years and previously worked in the appraisal industry. He has held his certified general commercial appraisal license and maintains his residential appraisal license. While with Maricopa County, Doug has worked as a level 3 appraiser in personal property, residential, and Commercial Properties and is currently a Sr. Analytic appraiser, is DOR level 3 certified, and holds an AAS designation with the IAAO. Doug has been a Chapter member since 2008 and most has served on the education advisory committee, organizing and setting up several courses for the chapter and holding them at locations for multiple counties. I would like to serve you and ask that you vote for me as one of your Chapter Executive Board Members.
Bret McKee is currently the Chief Appraiser in Mohave County, and has worked in ad-valorem taxation and valuation for over 29 years. His background as an appraiser, a regression-modeler and as a manager has involved him in many aspects of tax policy, and has exposed him to many of the appraisal issues we face as a state today. Through his career, he has enjoyed presenting many topics to many groups, but mostly values having had the good fortune of working with many great people from our Arizona Counties and our Department of Revenue. Bret is a proud third-generation Arizonan with a wife and three kids, and is secretly a total gamer geek.