The Jaxon Foundation is a non-profit entity established with the purpose of recognizing the life and goals of an exceptional young man, Jaxon Landfair. When presented with the question of what Wish would he like to realize by the Arizona Make-A-Wish granters he chose to give to the future. That Wish, to have a scholarship for students to pursue careers in Law Enforcement is the core mission of the Jaxon Foundation. In addition to financial support, all scholarship recipients will be connected with Jaxon Mentors. The Mentors are Law Enforcement professionals in a variety of areas of specialization and will stay connected to the scholarship recipients throughout their academic tenure.
Your generous donations will allow the JAXON Foundation to create scholarship opportunities for students throughout the state of Arizona to pursue educational programs in law enforcement, criminology, and criminal justice. These scholarship programs are developed in concert with law enforcement agencies and institutions of higher education throughout the state of Arizona.
The Jaxon Foundation provides funding to select students to pursue careers in law enforcement and connects them to law enforcement professionals to serve as Mentors throughout their schooling. We do this to honor an extraordinary young man, Jaxon Landfair, who left us too early, and his wish to help other young people begin their careers in law enforcement.
Michael is an entrepreneur who has achieved great success and overcome extraordinary challenges. In 15 years, he took over an $8 million family manufacturing business and started an international trading company, both of which he grew to a combined $45 million with over 200 employees. In the midst of the 2009 financial recession, Michael discovered that his business partner and best friend at the time had not only been embezzling, but also committing fraud, which ultimately led to the collapse of the entire organization.
By early 2010, Michael had lost everything, and his partner would go on to eventually plead guilty and serve 2 years in Federal prison. It was every entrepreneur’s worst nightmare. Later in 2010, Michael started a new business, which he grew to over $7 million in 5 short years. In 2015, he began exiting that business and created Next Level Growth, where he leads a Phoenix based team of Business and Leadership Team Coaches and shares his real-world experience with others as he and his team guide their clients on the journey to get the most out of their organizations.
In 2017, Michael published RISE: The Reincarnation of an Entrepreneur, which has become an Amazon Best-Seller, where he recounts his story with brutal honesty and vulnerability.
With his extensive background, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge in leadership, operations and finance to the Jaxon Foundation Board.
The pride of Jessica’s life has been being a mom raising, along with her husband, a blended family of 6 children. She is also a massage therapist who travels to clients’ homes and provides deep tissue massage and pain management techniques. For 17 years she owned GC TumbleTyme, LLC and taught many children gymnastic skills while focusing to help them build self-esteem and feelings of accomplishment. Jessica likes to be active and can often be found outdoors. She enjoys hiking, boating, camping, and off roading in her Jeep.
During Jaxon’s battle with Leukemia, Jessica was his primary caregiver. They spent every day together. During that time she learned many skills and protocols that his nurses performed at the hospital. This allowed her to be Jaxon’s primary caregiver rather than him staying in the hospital or having a home nurse come to the house. Jessica is a happy person and finds joy in sharing kindness and helping others. She looks forward to seeing the benefits that the Jaxon Foundation will bring to the lives of individuals and the community.
Brian Cornellison began volunteering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation along with Cindy Cornellison in February of 2019. The two of them became certified Wish Granters very quickly and have collectively handled almost 30 different Wishes for various Wish Kids in three different states. Brian has a background in technology, and has been a Programmer, Technical Manager, I.T. Director, and is currently a Google Systems Engineer with Tech Data. His most fervent wish, personally, is to become independently wealthy so that he can quit his full-time job and become a Wish Granter full-time for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Jay Landfair is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Services and now has 26 years of leadership experience in the hospitality industry. Together with his wife Jessica, Jay helped raise 6 kids in a blended loving family in Chandler, Arizona. The months of challenge – knowing, not knowing, nurturing, supporting, and learning from Jaxon as he faced the demon of Leukemia have given Jay a new vision on life. He and Jessica, working with a supportive and talented community, want to bring Jaxon’s Wish to fulfillment and bring benefit to many lives and many families.
Jayci Landfair, sister to Jaxon, graduated from Arizona State University and is continuing her education in the Cognitive Sciences Doctoral program. She is a participant in numerous research labs on the ASU campus that have studies ranging from perception and action, to memory and cognition. Jayci is also a manager at Dynata, an industry-leading global market research firm that serves a broad cross section of industries. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and outdoor activities. Her favorite thing to do is to spend time with her family, and, before his passing, pester Jaxon in ways only an older sister knows how. Jaxon’s perspective on life is a constant influence on the way she lives each day and treats others. Jayci is committed to bringing Jaxon’s Wish to fruition and being a catalyst for positive change through the work of the foundation.
Cindy Cornellison comes from a 25-year career in the insurance industry, along with many years of being active volunteering for several non-profit groups, including a domestic violence shelter her aunt founded over thirty years ago. Cindy and Brian relocated to Arizona in 2018 from California. They found themselves in a new area, not knowing anyone, so she went to work searching out a place to hang their volunteer hats. They discovered the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which they were delighted to learn actually began in Arizona. Cindy and Brian found a home with the foundation as wish granters and within just a few months had more than a dozen wish kids for which they were working on wishes. They were named Volunteers of the Month in June 2019 for Make-A-Wish Arizona. While every wish Cindy has been part of granting has brought her a tremendous amount of joy, being part of Jaxon’s wish truly touched her soul.
Mike served as President and principal owner of AZ Communications Group providing marketing and media relations services to businesses, communities, tribal entities, and organizations throughout the state of Arizona. Prior to founding AZ Communications, Mike served in management and executive positions in the hospitality industry. Mike and a partner built and operated the Grand Hotel and Canyon Star restaurant in Tusayan, the gateway community to the Grand Canyon South Rim. He served as interim CEO to the Moenkopi Developers Corporation – a non-profit that created the largest economic development ever on Hopi tribal land that has generated employment and opportunity for tribal members. He served as Vice President on the Executive Board of the non-profit Hopi Education Endowment Fund – HEEF. Mike was instrumental in the formation of the Buddy Whitethorne Foundation non-profit where he serves as a board member. Mike has known Jaxon’s father, Jay, for over 20 years and is honored to serve on the Jaxon Foundation Board.
Christopher Watson is currently a Police Lieutenant with the Scottsdale Police Department. Prior to his work in law enforcement, Chris spent 6 years in the U.S. Marine Corps with assignments in Yuma, Quantico, Liberia and Korea and then served for a year in Iraq as a security contractor working for Triple Canopy Security.
Chris began with the Scottsdale Police Department in 2005 and has held assignments as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, HEAT (High Enforcement Arrest Team) Detective, Drug Enforcement Unit Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Recruit Training Sergeant for the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy, Crisis Negotiator Team Supervisor, DEA Task Force Group Supervisor, and Patrol Watch Commander.
Chris has a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Career and Technical Education from Northern Arizona University.
Chris has been married to, wife, Jihae for 15 years and they have 7 amazing children ranging from age 5 to 27. Chris and Jihae have been foster and adoptive parents for over six years and have a foster/adoptive/parenting podcast, Fostering Voices Podcast. Chris is incredibly excited to be part of the Jaxon Foundation to carry on Jaxon’s legacy and help those interested in service to our communities.
Bridget Doherty is the Director of Philanthropy for Make-A-Wish® Arizona. She is proud to work for a non-profit that makes wishes come true for critically ill kids. Starting in April 2017 as the Individual Giving Director, then the Director of Major Gifts, Bridget currently leads an amazing team within the development department that is focused on individual gifts from the annual fund, middle giving, and major gifts.
At the start of her career, Bridget worked for the City of Phoenix Police Department, where she worked alongside detectives from multiple bureaus to help crime victims navigate the often cold criminal justice system. During this time, she was selected as the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Advocate of the Year and was a co-recipient of the Office of the Attorney General Distinguished Service Award.
Bridget continued her passion for serving the community during her 12 years with Dignity Healthcare. As a community educator for St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, she built community programs and partnerships to promote health and safety within the City of Phoenix and surrounding suburbs. She then began her current career in philanthropy with Dignity Health Foundation – East Valley, where she raised funds for and awareness of multiple service lines and programs that improved health and well-being in the Southeast Valley area. She shared the stories of grateful patients with donors and community members alike, inspiring people to make a difference.
Bridget earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University and a Master of Education degree in Counseling and Human Relations from Northern Arizona University.
Bridget was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Arizona as a child. She now lives in Gilbert with her husband and their two children.
Bridget is so very honored to be a small part of the Jaxon Foundation and sit beside his family and key stake holders to further Jaxon’s wish of tuition assistance to those students seeking a future in Law Enforcement. This mission is an impactful one especially now and Bridget hopes to make Jaxon’s legacy one that is known throughout our community. Jaxon may have not been able to realize his dream of becoming a Police Officer, but through his foundation, many will.
Chandler Police Department
Assistant Chief Bryan Cox has served with the Chandler Police Department since October image002.jpg1997. As an officer, Assistant Chief Cox worked in patrol and as a field training officer until he was promoted to detective in August 2001. As a detective, Assistant Chief Cox worked in the Financial Crimes Unit, and also conducted asset forfeiture investigations.
In 2005 Assistant Chief Cox was promoted to Sergeant and worked patrol for a year before being assigned to the Main Station as the Administrative Sergeant. While there, Assistant Chief Cox developed the Civilian Teleserve Unit and the Patrol Detention Officer Unit. In August 2006 Assistant Chief Cox was selected to be the Financial Crimes Detective Sergeant where he worked to increase the efficiency of identity theft and embezzlement investigations. Assistant Chief Cox was promoted to Lieutenant in October 2010. As a lieutenant, he was assigned to Field Operations as a Patrol Watch Commander and the Fleet Operations Lieutenant. In 2014 Assistant Chief Cox was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Bureau Persons Crimes Division where he supervised the Robbery Homicide Unit, Family Crimes Unit, Sex Crimes Unit, Computer Crimes Unit, and the Victims Services Unit. Assistant Chief Cox also worked in the Professional Standards Section as the Unit Commander where he supervised the Background & Hiring Unit and Internal Affairs Unit.
Assistant Chief Cox was promoted to Commander in 2015, and served as the Executive Officer for the Office of the Chief and the Main Precinct Commander for three years. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in September 2018 and currently oversees the Professional Services Division.
Assistant Chief Cox is a graduate of the 260th session of the FBI National Academy. He holds a graduate certificate from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University. Assistant Chief Cox has been involved with many committees and boards within the organization, community, and state. Assistant Chief Cox also volunteers much of his time in the schools and community.
Captain Tony Mapp is currently the commander of the Major Offender District. This district investigates persons who have demonstrated prolific violent criminal tendencies and blatant disregard for the law as a group or as individuals.
Captain Mapp began his career in 1989 as a trooper assigned to the Highway Patrol Division in Avondale, Arizona. Over the course of his career, he has served in numerous assignments throughout the Arizona Department of Public Safety including the Criminal Investigations Division from 1993 to 2003 where he worked several investigations and task force positions such as gangs and narcotics. After promoting to sergeant in 2003, he was assigned to the highway patrol in Nogales, Arizona. In 2004, Captain Mapp again served in the Criminal Investigations Division as the General Investigations Unit Supervisor in Phoenix, Arizona. He supervised many different types of investigations from fraud and forgery to aggravated assault. In June 2017, he transferred to the Agency Support Division to a newly created position of Community Outreach Sergeant. Soon thereafter, in August 2017, he promoted to Captain and was assigned to the Public Affairs Unit and remained there until he transferred to his current position.
Captain Mapp is certified as a General Instructor through the Arizona Police Officer Standard Training (POST). He has provided insight and instruction to law enforcement agencies concerning gangs, narcotics, crime scene and cultural diversity throughout the state.
Captain Mapp received the designation of a Certified Public Manager (CPM) from Arizona State University and is a graduate of the International Police Chiefs (IACP) “Leadership in Police Organizations” (LPO) Command program.