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Beth Jo Zeitzer

Beth Jo Zeitzer – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Beth Jo Zeitzer – Founder and president, R.O.I. Properties

Zeitzer, an attorney by training, has more than 20 years of experience in the legal and real estate industries. She has a strong background in the turnaround, repositioning and disposition of real estate assets, from single family residential to income producing properties of all types, including multi-family, retail, office and industrial properties.

Surprising fact: “I was a ‘survivor’ before the show. Through my high school Challenge Club, I survived a two-day desert survival trip: no food, water or shelter and only a compass in hand.”

Biggest challenge: “Succeeding as a woman in the male-dominant commercial brokerage world. With keen perseverance, I have closed 114 commercial listings/sales over the last three years alone.”

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Judith Wolf

Dr. Judith Wolf – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Dr. Judith Wolf – Chief of surgery, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center

Wolf provides leadership and medical guidance for the surgery program at the cancer center. She has held numerous academic and administrative appointments at MD Anderson over the last eight years, and has served as the principal investigator for a multitude of research grants and protocols related to gynecologic cancers.

Surprising fact: “Until my late 20s, I was not athletic. Now, I run or exercise every day, have run 15 marathons and started a 5K race to raise money for ovarian cancer research.”

Biggest challenge: “Providing the best comprehensive care for people with cancer drives me to make sure we build the best cancer center in the Southwest and makes it exciting to come to work every day.”

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

Donna Witherwax

Donna Witherwax, CPA – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Donna Witherwax, CPA – Partner, Grant Thornton

With more than two decades of experience, most recently as a partner at KPMG in Phoenix, Witherwax, CPA, joined Grant Thornton in 2012 as a tax partner and the overall tax practice leader for the firm. She is responsible for implementing the strategic direction of the practice, strengthening existing client relationships, identifying new opportunities and managing day-to-day oversight of the growing Phoenix office.

Surprising fact: “I was on the Villa Montessori board for over 15 years. I acquired land for them until we could put a bond financing in place for them.”

Biggest challenge: “Balancing work and children. I got up early, came home for dinner and then went back to the office after I put them to bed.”

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

Rebecca White Berch

Rebecca White Berch – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Rebecca White Berch – Chief justice, Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice

White Berch was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court in 2002 and has been chief justice since 2009. Before her Supreme Court appointment, she was a Court of Appeals judge (1998-2002); Arizona’s solicitor general (1991-1994); a member of the ASU College of Law faculty (1986-1995); and was in private practice (1979-1986).

Surprising fact: “I officiated at a wedding for 100 couples on the steps of the Supreme Court on February 14, 2012, the centennial of Arizona’s statehood — and Valentine’s Day.”

Biggest challenge: “Each new job has posed challenges that seemed, at that time, to have been the biggest I’d faced … Patience, humor, hard work, good advisors and good friends are the keys to meeting such challenges.”

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

Patty White

Patty White – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Patty White – President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Hospital

White has been with Dignity Health Arizona for 30 years. During that time, she has had progressive management positions throughout the organization, including her most current role as president and CEO.

Surprising fact: “I grew up 9 miles outside of a rural town in Missouri, a farmer’s daughter. We depended on the land for everything. I was even born at home before it was popular.”

Biggest challenge: “Work/life balance is really difficult in a fast-paced environment. I love to exercise, so I made a commitment to take the time to make that happen. Every morning, I get up at 4:30 to fit exercise into my schedule. I have been running with the same group of friends for 20 years.”

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Vickie Wessel

Vickie Wessel – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Vickie Wessel – Owner, Spirit Electronics

Wessel founded Spirit in 1979 and her innovative leadership has helped Spirit receive Raytheon’s coveted 3-Star Supplier Excellence Award for four consecutive years of, Boeing’s Performance Excellence Award, Distributor of the Year by Arizona’s Minority Business Development Agency, Distributor of the Year by the Grand Canyon Minority Supplier Development Council, and Region IX Subcontractor of the Year by the Small Business Administration.

Surprising fact: “I am an avid road bicyclist. I love to bicycle anywhere from 15-50 miles in a day.”

Biggest challenge: “Balancing work and my personal life as a single mother. Being involved in my children’s lives has been my No. 1 priority … Sometimes I was extremely tired from days with no down time, but I attended every function I could attend. I am happy that I did.”

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

Ann Weaver Hart

Ann Weaver Hart – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Ann Weaver Hart – President, University of Arizona

Hart, the 21st president of the University of Arizona, came to Tucson from Temple University, where she served as president from July 2006 until she assumed the presidency of the UA in July 2012. Her research focuses on leadership succession and development, work redesign and organizational behavior in educational organizations, and academic freedom.

Surprising fact: “I knit complex, multicolored sweaters, blankets, Christmas stockings, etc. It takes up all the space in your brain when you have to concentrate, so you can’t worry about problems while you do it.”

Biggest challenge: “Creating space for an active personal and professional life as a woman, scholar and university administrator with four children and eight grandchildren. It remains a challenge in life.”

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Sandra Watson

Sandra Watson – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Sandra Watson – President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority

Watson has more than 20 years of economic development leadership and experience. She and her teams have attracted hundreds of companies to Arizona that have invested billions of dollars in capital and created more than 65,000 quality jobs.

Surprising fact: “My career in economic development began in Canada. When my family and I moved to Arizona, I continued economic development work with the City of Chandler and then the state of Arizona.”

Biggest challenge: “Economic development during the recession was extremely challenging. Working with Gov. Brewer and our elected leadership to create the Arizona Commerce Authority and lay the foundation for a more sustainable economy has been incredibly rewarding and is already paying dividends through quality job creation for Arizonans.”

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

Brenda Thomson

Brenda Thomson – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Brenda ThomsonExecutive director, Arizona Humanities Council

Thomson, who joined the Arizona Humanities Council in 2010, has a background in executive management, fundraising, human resources, public speaking, community relations, and strategic planning. The Yale Law School graduate was director of The Center for Law Leadership and Management at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU and was executive director of the Maricopa County Bar Association.

Surprising fact: “When I went to college I dreamed of being a composer and songwriter. To this day I play the piano, write poems and songs, and most recently have written several children’s stories.”

Biggest challenge: “Achieving my goals in a world where African-American women attorneys and leaders are not often at the helm with decision-makers, and are frequently underestimated despite decades of accomplishments.”

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

Patricia Tate

Patricia Tate – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Patricia Tate - Vice president and CFO, Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona

Tate joined Casino Arizona in 2004 as its finance controller, responsible for financial statement presentation and treasury administration. Her current role as the CFO and vice president includes all her previous responsibilities, along with management of the cage, count, finance, purchasing, compliance, and information technology departments within the enterprise, which includes Casino Arizona and its sister property, Talking Stick Resort.

Surprising fact: “I live in Laveen, three miles from the house I grew up in and where my parents still live today.”

Biggest challenge: “Over the course of my career, I’ve worked in several male-dominated industries, and the biggest challenge has been being judged before my ideas were heard.”

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Valerie Spicer

Valerie Spicer – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Valerie Spicer – Executive director, Arizona Indian Gaming Association

Spicer brings 26 years of gaming experience to AIGA, which represents 19 Tribes. Most recently she was CEO of Gaming Strategies Group, where she promoted business development with tribal enterprises, governments and consulted tribal and individually owned businesses. Spicer has been named as a Great Woman of Gaming, a Proven Leader by Casino Enterprise Management magazine, and as one of the “Top 25 People To Watch” by Global Gaming Magazine.

Surprising fact: “I spent three years as an 18-wheel truck driver, cross-country hauling computers and fine art, including a Diego Rivera painting.”

Biggest challenge: “As single mom, my biggest challenge was balancing a strong commitment to my family and my career, which requires working twice as hard at both.”

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Lori Singleton

Lori Singleton – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Lori Singleton – Manager of Sustainability Initiatives and Technologies, SRP

Singleton has been with SRP for 35 years and is responsible for developing and implementing solar and sustainability programs, and wireline and wireless telecom solutions for customers. Under her direction, SRP has provided incentives to more than 12,000 customers who have installed solar energy systems on their homes and businesses. She is also an active volunteer and effective advocate on the boards of Audubon of Arizona and the National Solar Energy Power Association.

Surprising fact: “I love to country dance.”

Biggest challenge: “Finding the right balance between work and family, particularly as a single mom. That said, my daughter is 25, finishing college and fondly remembers hanging out in mom’s office while she worked or tagging along for volunteer events.”

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Adrienne Scheck

Adrienne Scheck, Ph.D – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Adrienne Scheck, Ph.D – Principal investigator, Barrow Neurological Institute

In 2012, Scheck and her research team effectively treated malignant gliomas, an aggressive and deadly brain tumor, using a combination of metabolic alteration (through diet) and radiation therapy. This research is moving into clinical trials and has the potential to help treat other cancers.

Surprising fact: “As a postdoc, I bought a 28-foot sailboat. In 1986, we sailed from Chesapeake Bay to Long Island Sound and I became the first female member of Neptune Boat Club, which was established in 1963.”

Biggest challenge: “Being taken seriously as an independent scientist. I overcame it by starting innovative research projects and collaborations with colleagues. My hard work and results got noticed.”

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Jordan Rose

Jordan Rose – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Jordan Rose – Owner, Rose Law Group

In 2000, Rose founded Rose Law Group, a fullservice law firm that that is known for its work in real estate, litigation, family, tax, estate planning, intellectual property and environmental issues. Rose Law Group is currently the largest law firm owned by a woman in the Southwestern United States.

Surprising fact: “I love listening to sports radio.”

Biggest challenge: “The recession hit and instead of prolonged pouting, I decided to use it as an opportunity for expansion and practice area diversification. We ended up growing during the downturn, expanding litigation and tax; and adding estate planning, criminal, intellectual property and family law practices.”

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Kristen Rosati

Kristen Rosati – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Kristen Rosati – Shareholder, Polsinselli

Rosati is a national thought-leader in electronic health information, emerging health technologies and clinical research. Rosati counsels clients on HIPAA compliance, electronic health records implementation, health information exchange, data sharing for research and clinical integration initiatives, and clinical research compliance and clinical trials contracting. She is president-elect of the American Health Lawyers Association, the nation’s largest educational organization devoted to legal issues in the health care field.

Surprising fact: “I was enrolled in the University of Michigan Medical School. I decided to pursue law instead, because I was very interested in health policy.”

Biggest challenge: “I chose a field of law that is constantly evolving. To keep up with the pace of change, I do a lot of writing and speaking across the country on electronic health information and research.”

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Sen. Michelle Reagan

Sen. Michele Reagan – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Sen. Michele Reagan – Chair of the Economic Development and Jobs Creation Committee, Arizona State Senate

Reagan was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2002, where she served for six years and was chair of the House Commerce Committee, the youngest female to hold the position. She is currently completing her second term in the Arizona Senate, where she is chair of the Economic Development and Jobs Creation Committee.

Surprising fact: “Despite being elected for over a decade, I am actually a very private person. And, I used to be terrified of public speaking and publicity.”

Biggest challenge: “I used to want to please everyone, and in a political environment that is impossible. My new motto is. ‘If everyone is happy with you, you aren’t being very effective.’”

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Laura Robertson

Laura Robertson – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Laura Robertson – CEO, Banner Baywood Medical Center and Banner Heart Hospital

Robertson began her nursing career at Banner Health in 1988 at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. A cardiac nurse with nearly 20 years experience, she has served in a variety of staff and management positions, including Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit director. In 2010, she was named CEO of Banner Baywood and in 2012, she was named CEO of Banner Heart Hospital, which is on the same campus of Banner Baywood.

Surprising fact: “Exercise is my stress reliever and it provides me balance. I run six miles a day every morning.”

Biggest challenge: “Balancing a family and a career. I stay focused and make each a priority.”

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Judy Rich

Judy Rich – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Judy Rich – President and CEO, TMC Healthcare

Rich has held roles in healthcare that range from staff nurse to CEO. Rich joined TMC HealthCare nearly 10 years ago and was COO for Tucson Medical Center until 2006 before she was named president and CEO of the 650-bed nonprofit hospital in 2007.

Surprising fact: “I often come to TMC on the weekends when my daughter is volunteering with Therapeutic Ranch for Animals and Kids, introducing the ranch’s rabbits, chicks and other small animals to TMC’s pediatric patients.”

Biggest challenge: “As CEO, it’s important to zoom in to understand the seemingly minute details of operations, as well as zoom out to see the organization from the 10,000-foot level. Balancing between the two is challenging and takes discipline.”

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Michelle Perkins

Michelle J. Perkins – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Michelle J. Perkins – Managing partner, Owens & Perkins, P.C.

In 1996, Perkins formed Owens & Perkins with her grandfather, C.D. Owens. Perkins practices in the areas of family law, including divorce, legal separation, paternity, child support, custody and relocation matters; business and corporate formation, including Limited Liablity Companies, lease negotiations, business counseling in a tough economy and dissolution of a business entity. She received the 2013 Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award, which recognizes lawyers for their quality of service, overall value, responsiveness and communication ability.

Surprising fact: “The only thing I can cook is lasagna. Thankfully, my boyfriend can cook or I would starve.”

Biggest challenge: “Handling a full case load with multi-state, high conflict complex litigation and managing the law firm. My solution: excellent support staff.”

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Jay Parry

Jay Parry – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Jay Parry – President and CEO, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee

Parry oversees all aspects of planning and executing the 2015 Super Bowl, working closely with the NFL and numerous constituents in Arizona. The Super Bowl Host Committee is responsible for achieving a $25 million fundraising goal and then executing Arizona’s plan to maximize the impact of hosting the Super Bowl.

Surprising fact: “I come from a family of birds, meaning, my two sisters’ names are Robin and Piper. I was surrounded by strong women ‘in the nest’ from an early age.”

Biggest challenge: “Succeeding in male-dominated industries and professional sports has its challenges. I wear higher heels and what that really means is be yourself and true to your leadership philosophies no matter what the circumstances are.”

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Sheryl Palmer

Sheryl Palmer – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Sheryl Palmer – President and CEO, Taylor Morrison Homes

Palmer became president and CEO in August 2007 after serving as executive vice president for the western region of Morrison Homes. She brings more than 20 years of experience to her position, including leadership in land acquisition, sales and marketing, development and operations management. In April, Palmer helped her Scottsdale-based company raise $526 million through its initial public offering of 28.6 million shares.

Surprising fact: “I started my career at McDonald’s and the high point was being the ‘Hamburglar’ and popping out of Ray Kroc’s birthday cake at the (San Diego) Padres’ stadium.”

Biggest challenge: “Overcoming what was potentially a life-threatening health issue and maintaining perspective on what’s important.”

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Zandra O'Keefe

Zandra O’Keefe, CPA – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Zandra O’Keefe, CPA – Managing director, CBIZ

With more than 20 years of experience providing accounting, tax planning and compliance services, O’Keefe has developed a specialty and expertise in providing services to professional service practices such as medical practices, architectural and law firms. She is active in the community and serves as the Past President and an Executive Board Member of Southwest Human Development.

Surprising fact: “I used to re-break horses so that they could be ridden safely again.”

Biggest challenge: “I tend to be an impatient perfectionist, so I’ve had to learn to relax, let go and teach and empower others so they can rise and become successful as  part of our high-performing Phoenix office team.”

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Robin Milne

Robin Milne – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Robin Milne – Executive director, Phoenix Suns Charities

Milne said her job is “a dream” because she can combine her passion for sports and philanthropy. Milne works with the organization’s board of directors to raise and grant more than $1 million annually to programs in the areas of education, health, human services, the arts, rehabilitation, sports and recreation.

Surprising fact: “In college, I was a ‘lock’ on the scrum of a women’s rugby club. We were the Phoenix ‘Squash Blossoms‘ — our name said it all.”

Biggest challenge: “The organization took on a first-time initiative to ‘adopt’ Central High, in an effort to significantly increase graduation rates. We brought in ASU Teacher’s College’s iTeach AZ graduating teachers to mentor Central High teachers and its students to deliver that individual attention needed.”

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Lori Linder

Lori Linder – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Lori LinderCOO, MomDoc

In May, Linder brought more than 33 years of experience to MomDoc, a women’s health organization with six practices and 15 offices in Arizona. Before MomDoc, Linder served in both CFO and CEO roles for Banner Health.

Surprising fact: I am not the typical stereotype of an accountant. I am known for being approachable with excellent communication and listening skills that have enabled me to effectively collaborate, negotiate and maintain positive relationships.”

Biggest challenge: “Opening a new hospital in Northern Pinal County and taking on many assignments that went above and beyond financial experience. I overcame the challenge by just jumping in with both feet and learned as I did the assignment.

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