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Dana Vela – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Dana VelaPresident, Sunrise Schools and Tots Unlimited
Vela, a 31- year veteran of child care, helps operates 25 schools
in Arizona that serve more than 4,000 children.

Greatest accomplishment: “I think I have held every single job available in the company over the years. Those experiences … are why I am uniquely qualified to lead Sunrise Preschools.”

Surprising fact: “I have absolutely zero ability in all areas of arts and crafts and I am often embarrassed by it.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.

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Nancy K. Sweitzer – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Nancy K. SweitzerDirector, UA’s Sarver Heart Center
Sweitzer, an advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist and physiologist, hopes to build bridges between clinical and science enterprises and increase discovery in the areas of translational and personalized cardiovascular medicine.

Greatest accomplishment: “Becoming director of the Sarver Heart Center and chief of cardiology at the University of Arizona in March 2014.”

Surprising fact: “When visiting a new place, I always seek out local beer and yarn shops.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.

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Marie Sullivan – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Marie SullivanPresident & CEO, Arizona Women’s Education & Employment
Sullivan has been involved in education, women and family issues, and community development for more than 40 years.

Greatest accomplishment: “Leading efforts in education and the nonprofit sector to improve people’s lives and enhance their dignity.”

Surprising fact: “I recently earned an Austrian culinary school certificate for strudel making.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.

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Patrice Strong-Register – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Patrice Strong-RegisterManaging Partner, JatroBiofuels
Strong-Register has an Executive MBA, is the managing partner of JatroBioFuels and CEO of PLR Services. She also spends her spare time being a mentor for start-up companies and teaching at-risk students life skills.

Greatest accomplishment: “Becoming a partner in a renewable energy company and finding ways to improve or create alternative fuel sources.”

Surprising fact: “I was a law enforcement officer and I am a marksman.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.

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Beth Soberg – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Beth SobergCEO, UnitedHealthcare of Arizona
Soberg brings more than 25 years of industry experience to her leadership role overseeing Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming.

Greatest accomplishment: “The multi year integration of two companies post-merger that leveraged the strengths of each to build a sustainable and differentiated offering that resulted in 20 percent growth in top line and bottom line results.”

Surprising fact: “I make it a point to exercise daily, starting at 5 a.m.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.

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Gena Sluga – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Gena SlugaPartner, Christian Dichter & Sluga
Sluga maintains a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating and was recognized by Southwest Super Lawyers in 2013 in both the Insurance Coverage category and as one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in Arizona.

Greatest accomplishment: “Becoming named partner in a nationally-recognized law firm before the age of 40.”

Surprising fact: “I am an avid classical music fan and began my college education as a music performance major.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.

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Joyce Santis – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Joyce SantisShareholder, Sonora Quest
Santis has more than 30 years of laboratory management experience and works with numerous local and national charities and community organizations.

Greatest accomplishment: “The opportunity to contribute to the business turnaround, growth and success of Sonora Quest Laboratories.”

Surprising fact: “My secret ambition was to be a writer or a singer.”

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Marian Rhodes – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Marian RhodesSenior Vice President, Arizona Diamondbacks
With 27 years of Major League Baseball experience, Rhodes has re-developed the D-backs human resources while reinforcing a culture where the best and brightest want to work.

Greatest accomplishment: “I built two highly effective Human Resources departments for two different sport franchises.”

Surprising fact: “Despite the fact that I work with people every day as the SVP of human resources, I can be shy in certain situations.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.

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Barb Rechterman – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Barb RechtermanChief Marketing Officer, GoDaddy
Rechterman oversees all facets of corporate marketing, including making GoDaddy’s edgy and viral Super Bowl spots.

Greatest accomplishment: “We’ve gone from a company no one knew existed, to a brand with ‘household name’ recognition in the U.S., to a global powerhouse doing business in 42 markets around the world today.”

Surprising fact: “I ride horses and Harleys.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.

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Stephanie J. Quincy – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Stephanie J. QuincyPartner, Steptoe & Johnson
Quincy maintains a caseload of employment litigation and has extensive experience handling class-action and multi-plaintiff lawsuits. Quincy was named one of the Top 25 female lawyers in Arizona in 2014 by Southwest Super Lawyers.

Greatest accomplishment: “Surviving 22 years of litigation without compromising who I am. Litigation is not for the faint of heart.”

Surprising fact: “I still hold the record at my middle school for the 200-meter dash.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.

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Martha C. Patrick – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Martha C. PatrickShareholder, Burch & Cracchiolo
Certified as a tax specialist, Best Lawyers in America has named Patrick the 2014 Phoenix tax “Lawyer of the Year.” Patrick represents clients in tax controversies.

Greatest accomplishment: “Successfully resolving my clients’ issues with the IRS. Nothing could be greater or provide more satisfaction.”

Surprising fact: “When I was 18, I wanted to be a long-haul truck driver.”

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Marcia L. Mintz – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Marcia L. MintzPresident, John C. Lincoln Health Foundation
Mintz leads the John C. Lincoln Health Foundation and community benefit for Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network. She has more than 20 years of international and national experience in creating community and business partnerships through development and philanthropy.

Greatest accomplishment: “Knowing that my work is contributing to making our community a better place.”

Surprising fact: “I am a third-degree black belt in karate.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.

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Ann Meyers-Drysdale – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Ann Meyers-DrysdaleVice President, Phoenix Mercury
A pioneer in women’s athletics, Meyers-Drysdale was one of the first women to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Greatest accomplishment: “Being a part of the Phoenix Mercury and their two WNBA Championships; and my tryout with the Indiana Pacers.”

Surprising fact: “I was very shy growing up and didn’t speak to very many people.”

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Shirley Mays – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Shirley MaysDean, Arizona Summit Law School
Mays’ priorities are focused on the school’s mission of promoting diversity in the legal profession, serving under-served communities, developing innovative curriculum tailored to meet student needs and preparing students for success in their legal career. 

Surprising fact: “I am blessed to have the opportunity to raise my 7-year-old grandson, which allows me to both teach him and learn from him lessons of spiritual, physical, and emotional growth.”

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Teresa Mandelin – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Teresa MandelinCEO, Southwestern Business Financing Corporation
Mandelin has specialized in SBA lending since 1992. She is believed to be the first Native American woman to preside over a certified development company in the U.S. 

Greatest Accomplishment: “Being named president and CEO of Southwestern Business Financing Corp in October 2013.”

Surprising fact: “According to a recent DNA study, I have more ancient hominid DNA (Neanderthal and Denisovan) than the average human on the planet.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.

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Sherry Lund – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Sherry LundPrincipal Scientist, Celebration Stem Cell Centre
After having her eyes opened to the advancement of stem cell transplant medicine, Lund helped found Celebration Stem Cell Centre to provide the highest quality of viable stem cells for transplant and regenerative medicine and increase awareness of the healing effects of stem cells.

Greatest Accomplishment: “Building, opening and operating Celebration Stem Cell Centre in Gilbert.”

Surprising fact: “I am a big kid at heart.”

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Georgia Lord – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Georgia LordMayor, City of Goodyear
Lord has served as mayor of Goodyear since 2011 and has served on the Goodyear City Council since 2005. In 2013, GPEC awarded Lord the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her promotion of economic development in the region.

Key to her success: “The most important quality that has helped me in leadership positions is my ability to build relationships and coalitions.”

Surprising fact: “I grew up in a rural Michigan house with no electricity or running water and attended a one-room school house.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.

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Jessica Langbaum – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Jessica LangbaumPrincipal Scientist, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
Langbaum is actively involved in research activities at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute focusing on the earliest evidence of Alzheimer’s and on the design and conduct of Alzheimer’s prevention trials.

Greatest Accomplishment: “Playing a pivotal role in securing two unprecedented grants from the NIH totaling over $48 million.”

Surprising fact: “I worked my way up from scooper at Baskin Robbins to being a cake decorator.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.

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Deb Krmpotic – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Deb KrmpoticCEO, Banner Estrella Medical Center
Krmpotic began her healthcare career as a candy striper at the age of 14. She joined Banner Health 28 years ago as an oncology nurse. In 1993 she assumed CEO positions in rural North and South Dakota before returning to the Valley in 2000.

Surprising fact: “On a recent trip to Thailand, I spent a day caring for an elephant named MaMoo, riding her, bathing her and even inspecting her skin and poop.”

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Karen Kravitz – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Karen KravitzPresident and Head of Conceptology, Commotion Promotions
Kravitz’ leadership and vision have helped Commotion Promotions earn a spot on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list — which honors the fastest-growing private companies in America — for three consecutive years.

Greatest accomplishment: “Celebrating 30 years of being in business and working with a talented, energetic and creative team.”

Surprising fact: “On my bucket list: Gorilla trekking.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.

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Lynne King Smith – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Lynne King SmithCEO, TicketForce
Smith co-founded TicketForce in 2003 and manages daily operations.

Greatest accomplishment: “I took over as CEO in 2010 when the economy was still shaky. I made some deep budget cuts … We remained strong, had no layoffs and were set for the next several years of solid growth.”

Surprising fact: “My mom was born Amish – I’m thankful her parents left and became Mennonites, a faith I still feel connected to in many ways.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.

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Kara Kalkbrenner – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Kara KalkbrennerActing Fire Chief, City of Phoenix
Kalkbrenner is a Phoenix native who manages nearly 2,000 personnel and a $300 million budget for the Phoenix Fire Department. She is the first woman to lead the department.

Greatest accomplishment: “To have the honor and privilege of serving the citizens of Phoenix for nearly three decades.”

Surprising fact: “I am a homebody. My biggest joy in life is spending time with my family.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.

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Heidi Jannenga – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Heidi JannengaFounder, WebPT
Jannenga, who has 15 years of experience as a physical therapist and clinic director, is WebPT’s co-founder and chief operating officer. As COO, she leads the product strategy and oversees the WebPT brand vision.

Greatest accomplishment: “Launching a sustainable technology company in Phoenix that now provides more than 200 local jobs.”

Surprising fact: “I once scored 57 points playing basketball against the Chinese National Team.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.

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Chevy Humphrey – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Chevy HumphreyPresident and CEO, Arizona Science Center
Humphrey oversees the $12 million operation of Arizona Science Center, a 164,000-square-foot facility with more than 330 employees and volunteers that welcomes 500,000 visitors every year.

Greatest accomplishment: “Inspiring and helping others succeed. I am humbled to play a role in their achievement.”

Surprising fact: “I am a huge college basketball fan and March Madness is my favorite event of the year.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.

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