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Arizona’s Burning Man Regional Contacts.

Our Regional Contacts help local Burners connect with each other, while bringing Burning Man principles and culture into the Arizona community through events and activities, year-round. Learn how to become an RC.

Armella (QueenVoney)

Burning since: 2016

Personal quote: “Don’t take yourself too seriously.”

Queen Voney currently serves on the AZ Burner Leadership Team and has served as the Gate Lead for Saguaro Man for the past four years. 


Burning since: 2003

Gigi has been an involved AZBurner for the past 18yrs.  She was the founding member of B.E.D. (Bureau of Erotic Discourse) and has run several successful BM Theme Camps.


Burning since: 2009

Personal quote: “I may have joined the Burning Man community in 2009, but I have been a Burner all of my life.”

Point of pride: qqtpie dedicated four years to the tenacious pursuit of land to serve as the permanent home for AZ Burners.

Lisa (Sassy Cat)

Burning Since 2011

Personal quote: If not now, when?

Sassy Cat is new to AZBurner leadership but brings to the role the experience of coordinating logistics for large AZ theme camps (Catworld, Flamingos, and MOJP). Lisa also has highly applicable experience from her day job in the corporate world. This experience will be very beneficial to the Arizona Region’s future.

AZ Burners Region Leads.

AZ Burners Region Leads partner with the Regional Contacts to develop and nurture the AZ Burners community.

Kristin Wesley
(Ranger WidgetGirl, YoMama)

Burning since: 2001

Board Members.

As described below, several entities provide legal, financial, and administrative structure for the AZ Burners community. The entities are overseen by boards consisting of everyday Burners like you.

Juan Carlos Flamand
(Ranger Good Start)

Burning since: 2001

Ron Russell
(Buddha, Zenpuppy)

Burning since: 2003

Personal quote: “Don’t take yourself too seriously.”

Point of pride: Buddha also serves as chaplain and program director for the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix, vice president of Humanity Forward Arizona, and L2 coach for Unified Mindfulness.


Burning since: 1997

Personal quote: “I went there for the party, I stayed because of the people.”

Point of pride: I am a lifelong learner and enjoy speaking, debating, and learning from people who think differently.


Burning since: 2005

Organizational structure.

Several entities provide legal, financial, and administrative structure for the AZ Burners community.

Arizona Artistic Inc

Arizona Artistic Inc (AA) is the culmination of years of dreaming and planning for a permanent home for AZ Burners. In February 2020, AA purchased 80 acres of land near Wilcox. Learn more about the land purchase.

AA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity managed by a three-person board who are charged with developing a long term governance plan and mission.

AA’s board includes:

  • Juan Carlos
  • qqtpie
  • Tim

Arizona Artistic Conflagrators Inc

Arizona Artistic Conflagrators Inc (AAC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity doing business as AZ Burners. It is an umbrella organization that hosts officially-sanctioned Burning Man events like Saguaro Man.

AAC owns bank accounts and PayPal accounts, carries insurance policies, and more to provide administrative structure behind AZ Burners events and activities.

AAC invests all revenue into art grants, event operations, local charities, etc.

AAC’s board includes:

  • Armella
  • Gigi
  • Lisa
  • Kristin
  • Ron
  • Ruvi

Arizona Burners Without Borders

Arizona Burners Without Border (AZ BWB) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity for creating positive change in Arizona through volunteer participation.

AZ BWB is a grassroots, volunteer-driven, community leadership program bringing meaningful change through the creativity of the local community who seek solutions. We support volunteers from around Arizona in innovative relief solutions and community resiliency projects.

Learn more about AZ BWB and meet the board.