Sunday, February 11  |  11:00 am  |  Sanctuary
Join us for our annual meeting immediately following the 10 am service.

The following Pinnacle members have agreed to serve:

Elder Nominee:


ERIN BOYD has been a member of Pinnacle for over seven years along with her husband, John, and daughter, Sydney (9). They moved to the Phoenix area 22 years ago from Oklahoma City where they were both raised. Erin attended Oklahoma State University and majored in broadcast journalism. After working in the news industry for several years, which included some Oklahoma storm chasing, Erin moved into the healthcare marketing and communications field. She currently works for Cigna and is responsible for the company's behavioral provider network for the western region of the U.S. She is an active member in Pinnacle's Children's Ministry, Church School teacher, served on the Personnel Committee and was a member on the Interim Music Director search committee. Her daughter is a member of the children's singing and bell choirs.


RICK HESS was born in Lancaster County Pennsylvania, where he was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran church in Lititz, PA. He graduated from Robert Morris University with a BA in Business Management. As the President of a family owned and operated company, he grew the business to over 50,000 customers in four states.  Rick truly understands the dynamics of family businesses. Today Rick coaches HVAC businesses throughout the US at Service Business Evolution. Rick chaired the building committee for the Ephrata Community Library and served on the board of directors of the Ephrata Community Hospital for 13 years. Rick and his wife, Jill, joined Pinnacle in 2008. Previous rolls include: serving as Chair of the music committee and a member of the finance committee. Currently Rick serves as a member of the stewardship committee, ACT II, a mentor to a confirmand and ushers.


JAMES L. LIPSCOMB is a former Executive Vice President and General Counsel of a Fortune 40 company. James and his wife, Nancy, have been members of Pinnacle for 7 years and has lived in Scottsdale for 10 years. He has served on Open Table and is currently a member of the Pinnacle Finance Committee. He was ordained as a deacon at Wilton Baptist Church in Wilton, CT. His civic service includes serving as Chairman of the Citizens Budget Commission of New York, director of Graffiti Community Ministries, Inc., and a founder of   Center of Hope (Haiti), Inc. and Chairman of its Advisory Board. He is a graduate of Howard University, Columbia University School of Law and New York University School of Law.


MARY PAHISSA UPCHURCH joined Pinnacle in 1997. She has served on the personnel committee, as a trustee of the Foundation, and as an usher.  She and her husband, James, raised their sons, Jarett and Connor, at Pinnacle, where both boys were confirmed. Mary is a Senior Partner at Gray Associates, a consulting firm that focuses its practice in post-secondary education. She has over 25 years of management experience with AT&T. Mary currently serves on ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy Advisory board and is a member of its Executive Committee. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, a current member of its Executive Committee and served as its Board Chair for two terms; she is also a member of Charter 100.  Mary holds a Master of Science in Management degree from Purdue University.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communications from Rollins College.


Deacon Nominees:


SEAN ENGLUND has been an active member of Pinnacle Presbyterian Church for more than a decade.  He has served the church in many ways, including Family Ministries Committee, Playground Construction Committee, Worship, Music & Arts Committee, Youth Mentor x 3, Youth Group International Mission Leader, Youth Group Winter Retreat Leader, Nominating Committee and Fellowship Friends.  He and his wife, Diana, have 2 children; Nicole 19, and Jenna 16.  Sean currently works for First American Title Company in the Title Review Department.  Sean’s wife, Diana, is the Office Administrator at Pinnacle Presbyterian Preschool where Sean is proudly known as Ms. Diana’s husband. 


JANIS FITCH was born and raised in Newton, Kansas, in a large, loving, Presbyterian family.  She received a BS in Nursing from the University of Kansas and worked as an emergency room nurse.  Janis met and married Tom while he was a medical student.  They lived in Michigan and Minnesota during his medical training. They moved to Scottsdale, AZ, in 1988 with three young daughters, and Tom began his work at Mayo Arizona. She enjoyed raising their children and was active as a volunteer.  Janis served as an Elder in charge of mission 1996-1999 at Mountain View Presbyterian Church and as Director of Children’s Ministry from 1999 -2013. She spent a lot of time traveling to see children and grandchildren in Kansas and Oregon. She loves to hike, golf, read, travel, volunteer, spend time with friends and serve in our church.


ANDREA JOHNSON began attending Pinnacle in 2015 and joined the church the following year.   She was raised in Lexington, KY, and moved to Arizona in 1985 to attend the University of Arizona.  After graduating with a degree in Business Administration, she worked for Dillard’s Dept. Stores as a footwear buyer.  Andrea met her husband, Dan, at U of A and they have been married for 26 years.  They have three children; Kenzie, 23, Jack, 20, and Caroline, 14.  Andrea was a stay-at-home mom for 16 years and now works as a retail planner/analyst for a women’s footwear wholesaler. In her free time, she enjoys hot yoga, hiking, reading, and family vacations to the beach.


NANCY LIPSCOMB and her husband, James, moved to Arizona in 2011.  She was born in New York and was baptized in the small Presbyterian chapel founded by her great, great, great-grandfather.  She received  bachelor and master’s degrees from the State University of New York at Albany and taught for many years in New York, California, and Connecticut. While living in Connecticut she served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher at the Baptist church where she was a member.  She served on the Leaders’ Council of Community Bible Study in Greenwich, CT, for 10 years.  Nancy is currently a member of the board of directors of Center of Hope (Haiti), Inc. She and James have three married daughters and four grandchildren.


DAWN RIOLO moved to AZ with her husband, Sam, and two children, Marco (5) and Nina (7) in 2015.  Marco is a recent graduate of Pinnacle Presbyterian Preschool which led their family to Pinnacle.   Dawn & Sam were born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and after college lived in Chicago and then ventured to the SF Bay area before settling down in Cave Creek.   Dawn has a BFA majoring in Interior Design and is working on reestablishing her business here in AZ.  Dawn has many hobbies which include 20 years of teaching USA Junior Olympic Women’s Gymnastics, volunteering in her children’s schools, working with horses, trying new restaurants and snuggling, Fritz, their 10-month old Miniature Schnauzer. Dawn volunteered this year for Vacation Bible School and is very excited to serve as a Deacon.


BARB ROBINSON is originally from Michigan. She and her husband, Dale, moved to Arizona in 2002. In June, they will be celebrating 50 years of marriage and have lived in HI, NY, OH, CT, FL, and MA. They have three married children and eight grandchildren. Two of their children live here in Phoenix/Cave Creek with their families and her oldest son and his family live in Stamford, CT. Recently retired from the Financial Planning industry, Barb now has more time to enjoy her children, grandchildren, sewing, crafts, her German shepherd and helping out however she can at Pinnacle as a Deacon.


SANDRA L. STREECH is a retired Leadership Consultant/Project Management Consultant and now teaches quilting classes.  She moved to Scottsdale 18 years ago from Tempe with husband, Vincent, who is now a retired electrical contractor.  They have two adult children, 3 adult grandchildren and two young grandboys.  They are heavily involved in Boy Scouts in Phoenix.  Sandra served on the Pinnacle Art group, Days For Girls and the knitting group.  While in Tempe she served as an Elder at University Presbyterian Church. Though Sandra and her husband have attended Pinnacle for years, they only recently transferred their membership. They enjoy all of the opportunities that Pinnacle provides and looks forward to many more years of service.


KEVIN WHITE grew up in Washington State. After completing school at Washington State University he served in South Korea as a missionary teacher. Kevin taught New Testament history, Drama, Math and Science.  He returned to Washington State to continue teaching on a reservation in central Washington.  While in Toppenish he served as a youth and music leader for Young Life.  In 2002 Kevin moved to Chicago to attend the Illinois Institute of Technology.  Kevin met his wife, Jen, in Chicago and married in 2007.  He served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas in Arlington. In 2013 Kevin and Jen moved to Arizona where he has continued to teach. Kevin and Jen have two children, Henry and Hannah.


TYLER JAMES CASAS is a 15-year-old sophomore at Cactus Shadows High School in Cave Creek. He enjoys golfing, music, the ocean and surfing. Tyler's grandparents, Jim and Jean Paisley, are founding members of Pinnacle. His Aunt Kelly is also a member. Tyler has one sister, Kelsey, who is 14 years old. His parents are Kristin Paisley Casas and John Casas. They have two dogs, Juanita and Louis. Tyler says his family has helped me develop into the Christian man that he is today. He recalls being baptized in front of this congregation by Rev. Mac Schafer, former Associate Pastor. Tyler's earliest memory of church was seeing the Sanctuary doors open and feeling the warm sense of community. He attended Pinnacle Preschool and has enjoyed being a member of the youth program. Tyler believes Jesus has helped him in so many ways!


MEGAN MATHEWS  Megan is currently a sophomore attending Cactus Shadows High School. She was born and raised in Scottsdale and was baptized at Pinnacle. In addition, she attended PPC’s Preschool and has been involved in the church ever since. She has attended/volunteered at every VBS from the age of 6! At school, she is on the Cross Country and Track and Field team. She is also involved in French Honor Society at school, and she competitively shows her two Arabian horses. In addition, Megan rides on a competitive equestrian team. In her free time she likes to ski, hike and spend time with her friends. She is honored to serve as a youth deacon for the church she grew up in.

Nominees for Foundation Trustees:


NATHAN JONES has been a member of Pinnacle for 5 years since joining with his wife, Erin, and daughter, Christine. Nathan has been serving on the deacon board for the last three years including his current position as Vice Moderator. He has also been involved in the planning committees for the Family Camp. He earned an Economics Degree in Minnesota prior to moving to Scottsdale in 2003. Nathan is currently employed in the Financial Services Sector as a specialist, assisting families that have recently undergone a loss of a family member.


GEORGE O’CONNELL and his wife, Roselyn, have been members of Pinnacle since May 2010. George earned his BA in Economics from Western Washington University. For more than 34 years George’s primary focus was in the commercial mortgage lending/investment banking arena. He was a direct construction lender with Rainier National Bank, a bridge lender with a division of the Ford Motor Company and a commercial mortgage banker representing the likes of TIAA/CREF, Nationwide Insurance, Allstate, Lehman Brothers, and JP Morgan. At Pinnacle, George has served on the Tending the Promise Campaign steering committee, as an usher and Amigos. The O’Connells have traveled extensively throughout the world including Africa, Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia, China, Thailand and Europe. They have five adult children and 5 grandchildren.


PAUL ROOKER was raised a Presbyterian in the church in Wilmette, Illinois, where Dr. Avram had an early pastorate. He served for 23 years in the Air Force, and a variety of jobs thereafter, found himself in Scottsdale in 2001. Paul has been active in church since his early military days, mostly as a worshiper, but also as a deacon, elder and church treasurer.  Paul finds he is most content and fulfilled the closer he is to the church. Paul has served Pinnacle as a Vacation Bible School teacher, worship leader, chair of Men’s Fellowship Breakfast and as Elder chair and active member of the property committee, assisting with the upkeep of our church and most recently on the Nominating Committee. Paul has also served as Treasurer for the Grand Canyon Presbytery and as a member of their leadership team.

Nominees for the Nominating Committee


KIM BUSSEY is a cancer cytogeneticist and applied bioinformatician with NantOmics, where she works on cancer evolution. She is an alumna of the University of Arizona where she met her husband, Matt. She received her PhD in Medical and Molecular Genetics from Oregon Health and Science University in 2000 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in bioinformatics at the National Cancer Institute. Kim has published over 30 scientific papers and has been granted three patents for her work in rare tumors. She is actively involved with Interface: Faith and Science at Pinnacle. When she isn’t in the lab, Kim enjoys playing music (piano and handbells), hiking, mountain biking, and indulging in her passion for Star Wars with her husband and two daughters.


ROBERT “BOB” W. STALEY was born and raised in the mid-west. He attended Cornell University, receiving an engineering degree in 1958 and a masters in business in 1959. He met Elizabeth Chapman (Liz) at Cornell and they were married in 1958; Liz passed away in May 2016. They have four daughters. In 1975, Bob joined Emerson Electric, a large manufacturing company. Throughout his 25-year career at Emerson, he held many positions, including VP of new products to chief financial officer to chairman, Emerson Asia Pacific. Bob was a director of Emerson for 17 years, retiring as vice-chairman in 2000. His passion in retirement is education, and he directs much of his attention to Cornell University (emeritus trustee) and Ranken Technical College (past chairman). Bob joined Pinnacle in 2008. He has served on the finance committee, the planning committee for the recent Tending the Promise campaign, and most recently the board of trustees for the PPC Foundation.


TIFFANY UELNER is originally from Petal, Mississippi and has been living in Scottsdale since 2004.  Tiffany and her husband, Scott, have been married for 17 years, and they have two girls, Kate (12) and Kristen (8). They have all been very active in the church for the past 10 years. Tiffany is currently a Church School Teacher for the elementary age children, and she also helps with youth bells.  She has been a member of the Children's Ministry Committee for the past 8 years. Outside of church, Tiffany is an Optometrist, with her own practice in DC Ranch. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and their Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Guinness.