Yerkovich selected to participate in Class 31 of Project CENTRL

Courtesy photo Michelle Yerkovich has been selected to participate in a leadership program called Project CENTRL. Project CENTRL has trained over 700 Arizona leaders since 1983.

Michelle Yerkovich is the Development Services Manager/Code Enforcement Specialist for the City of Globe. Before working for the City, Michelle was raised in Globe by her parents Manny and Mary Casillas. She married her high school sweetheart Chris Yerkovich in 1987. They raised their three children, Victoria, Anthony and Tyler, here in Globe. A second-generation Realtor, having followed in her mom’s footsteps, she is an Associate Broker with Stallings and Long Realty Services and has sold real estate in Arizona since 2002.

In her five years in Code Enforcement, she has built the Code Enforcement Department, organized and co-founded the dumpster clean-ups and Trash Mob clean-ups, started the new Building Department, and worked on multiple City of Globe development projects. She has a record of 14 dilapidated buildings being torn down, and several commercial buildings and homes painted up (often working on getting paint for those who could not afford it).

For fun, Michelle likes to spend time with her family, hike and kayak. Her favorite place to kayak is the Lower Salt River and Roosevelt Lake. Her favorite trips include white water rafting the Grand Canyon, hiking the Grand Canyon from Rim to Rim, kayaking the Colorado River at Horseshoe Bend and going on a cruise ship in Europe with her husband, Chris. She hiked The Narrows and Angel’s Landing at Zion National Park in August 2021. Her bucket list is to hike in every National Park in the United States. She has already been to 10, and we hope to see her hit that goal!

Arizona Center for Rural Leadership equips and empowers leaders to meet the needs of rural Arizona. The flagship program, Project CENTRL, has trained over 700 Arizona leaders since 1983. Project CENTRL’s impact on rural Arizona is significant and substantial as participants hold many leadership positions around the state. Sixteen participants were competitively selected for Class 31, which held its first seminar June 2-4, 2022 at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel in Chandler, Arizona. Project CENTRL Class 31 will be travelling the state over the next 12 months participating in nine seminars including Effective Communication, Natural Resources and the Rural Economy, State Budget Basics: Healthcare, Education & Corrections, Agriculture in an International Border Community and Public Policy in Arizona. They will travel to Sonora, Mexico, Gettysburg, Pa. and Washington, D.C. to explore leadership lessons from all perspectives. The program culminates with a team “Make A Difference" project where class graduates address how they would help take on and solve some of rural Arizona’s crucial issues and challenges. The Fundamentals of Leadership seminar at Wild Horse Pass provided important opportunities to learn personal communication and learning styles and make connections among each other and alumni. The venue also served as the final seminar and graduation ceremony for the outgoing Class 30 of Project CENTRL. Scott Koenig, MBA and alumnus of Class 21, serves as the program’s fifth Executive Director, based out of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. Arizona Center for Rural Leadership is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to ensuring rural Arizona is healthy, vibrant and sustainable. Since 1983 it has developed leaders and established a network of problem-solvers, decision makers and spokespersons for rural Arizona. Visit for more information.


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