Arizona LeadingAge Staff and Lobbyists


Ms. Pam Koester

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Pam Koester has had a distinguished career in aging services, beginning with her Master's Degree in Social Gerontology, continuing in various capacities in senior executive positions, and advancing cutting-edge governance and strategic planning techniques in her role as President of Koester & Associates. Ms. Koester rejoined Arizona Leading Age as Chief Executive Officer in January of 2016, after previously serving as its Director of Education and Interim Executive Director.

Mr. John Wayne Gonzales

Associate Director

Mr. Gonzales has more than twenty years of experience in the

government and public affairs field in Arizona. He has previously

held the position of Government Affairs Manager for both the City

of Phoenix and Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, advocating their

issues before the Governor’s Office, state legislature, state agencies, and

local governments. Mr. Gonzales is a graduate of Arizona State

University, earning a Bachelors of Arts degree in American Studies. 

Ms. Gemenie Babb

Director of Membership

Ms. Babb was promoted to the position of Director of Membership in August of 2019. She previously served as the Association's Office Manager. Prior to her time with Arizona LeadingAge, she worked for the National Speakers Association as their Membership Coordinator for 12 years as well as for other non-profit groups. Ms. Babb is a valuable member of the office team and enjoys serving our members.


Mr. Donald G. Isaacson


Mr. Donald G. Isaacson has provided lobbying services to Arizona LeadingAge for the past 30 years. His firm, Isaacson & Walsh* has provided high level legal and government relations services to Arizona LeadingAge. It is consistently rated among the top lobbying firms in Arizona.  

Ms. Cheyenne Walsh


Ms. Cheyenne Walsh


Ms. Cheyenne Walsh joined Mr. Isaacson in the firm on January 1, 2015 and specializes in representing clients before the Arizona State Legislature, and state and local agencies.

Tirelessly representing clients at the State Capitol, Mr. Isaacson and Ms. Walsh have developed strong working relationships and solid reputations with key officials in the legislative and executive branches of Arizona state government.  Experts in governmental relations, lobbying and administrative law, Isaacson & Walsh delivers results to our organization. For more information, click here.

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