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Big crowd honors Arizona’s Most Influential Women

A crowd of nearly 500 people packed Chateau Luxe in Phoenix Thursday night to honor Az Business and AZRE magazines’ Most Influential Women in Arizona Business.

“The Most Influential Women issue of both magazines is easily our most popular issue of the year,”said AZ Big Media  Publisher Cheryl Green. “This year, we had more than 2,000 women under consideration and chose 50 influential women, five Generation Next women to watch and 12 groundbreakers in commercial real estate.”

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Green said all the women featured have earned influence in their respective fields through demonstrated track records of profitability, leadership and innovation.   

The women selected to the 2015 list for 2015 and honored Thursday were:

Amy Abdo, director, Fennemore Craig

Jennifer Anderson, senior vice president and regional manager, Wells Fargo

Karen Anderson, researcher, ASU’s Biodesign Institute

Lauren Bailey, founder, Upward Projects

Glynis Bryan, CFO, Insight Enterprises

Rita Cheng, president, NAU

Judith S. Gordon, associate professor and associate head for research at the University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine

Alisa Gray, shareholder, Tiffany & Bosco

Sue Hasenstein, BMO Harris Bank

Melissa Ho, Polsinelli

Bo Hughes, CFO and COO, Pinnacle Bank

Veronique James, CEO, The James Agency

Isabelle Jazo, senior vice president of strategy, LaneTerralever

Carolyn J. Johnsen, Dickinson Wright

Eileen Klein, Arizona Board of Regents

Rosey Koberlein, CEO, Long Companies

Becky Kuhn, executive vice president, Banner Health

Betsy Kuzas, chief operating officer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Michelle Lawrie, economic development director, Goodyear

Nona Lee, SVP and general counsel, Arizona Diamondbacks

Hope Leibsohn, member, Sherman & Howard

Stacey L. Lihn, Gallagher & Kennedy

Tina Machado, president, CodeRed-I

Carol May, president, Wisdom Natural Brands DBA SweetLeaf

Sara McCoy, first female to manage a power plant for SRP

Erica McGinnis, president and CEO, AIG Advisor Group

Tammy McLeod, vice president, APS

Rose Megian, president and CEO, Health Net of Arizona

Dion Messer, general counsel – intellectual property, Limelight Networks

MaryAnn Miller, senior vice president, Avnet

Ioanna Morfessis, president, IO.Inc.

Harriet Mountcastle-Walsh,VP and General Counsel, Honeywell

Annette G. Musa, Arizona market president, Comerica Bank

Christine Nowaczyk, senior vice president, Bank of Arizona

Deborah Pearson, Arizona State Credit Union

Susan Pepin, president and CEO, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

Suzanne Pfister, president and CEO, St. Luke’s Health Initiatives

Christina Roderick, principal, REDW

Patricia Rourke, market president, Bankers Trust

Lisa Sanchez, COO, The CORE Institute

Adelaida V. Severson, president and CEO, Bushtex

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ 9th District

Sherri Slayton, Alliance Bank of Arizona

Wendi A. Sorensen, Burch & Cracchiolo

Molly Stockley, vice president of hospital growth, CTCA

Cathy Valenzuela, president, Arizona Business Bank

Kimberly Van Amburg, CEO, Casino Del Sol Resort

Cheryl Vogt, managing director, Marsh

Cynthia Walter, president, BAGNALL

Lori L. Winkelman, Quarles & Brady LLP

The groundbreakers selected from the commercial real estate world were:

Kathy Bollinger, executive vice president of University Medicine, Banner Health

Danielle Casey, economic development director, City of Scottsdale

Cindy Cooke, senior executive vice president, Colliers International

Karen Halpert, senior vice president, Head of Property Management, VEREIT, Inc.

Diane Jacobs, principal, Holly Street Studio Architects

Alison Melnychenko, vice president of marketing , DTZ

Jody Pokorski, partner, Snell & Wilmer

Barbi Reuter, COO, Cushman & Wakefield

Maria Salenger, senior associate, Jones Studio

Cathy Thuringer, principal, Trammell Crow

Alisa Timm, director of management services, Lincoln Property Company

Vicki Williams, senior vice president, commercial real estate, Alliance Bank of Arizona

In addition to the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business, Az Business also selects five “Generation Next” women who are making an impact on Arizona, even though they are less than 40 years old. Those women selected for 2014 are:

Denyse Airheart, interim director of economic development, City of Maricopa

Jessica Benford, shareholder, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite

Dr. Ivana Dzeletovic, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center

Stephanie Parra, executive director, T.W. Lewis Foundation

Teresa M. Pilatowicz, of counsel, Garman Turner Gordon

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Harriet Mountcastle-Walsh: Most Influential Women

Harriet Mountcastle-Walsh, vice president and general counsel, Honeywell Aerospace

Mountcastle-Walsh leads 280 legal, contracts and compliance professionals who provide transactional support for $130 billion in program wins.

Greatest accomplishment: “Building a high performing, diverse global team with employees in 11 countries.”

Childhood aspiration: “I always wanted to be a lawyer, but loved running a family-owned fruit stand. Honeywell values both interests.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

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MaryAnn Miller: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

MaryAnn Miller, senior vice president, Avnet

Miller is responsible for leading Avnet’s global human resources and organizational development, as well as corporate communications and its strategic alignment to Avnet’s initiatives.

Significant accomplishment: Miller was named among the National Diversity Council’s 2015 Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology. It is the second consecutive year Miller has received the recognition.

Childhood aspiration: “A professional singer, which has helped me inspire and connect with people in my career.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Dion Messer: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Dion Messer, general counsel — intellectual property, Limelight Networks

Messer is an experienced IP professional, winning litigation and taking Limelight from just two issued patents to more than 120. She owned her own successful software training company and is renowned as a digital signal processing engineer with nine patents.

Greatest accomplishment: “Winning Limelight’s U.S. Supreme Court case, 9-0.”

Childhood aspiration: “To prove that despite being female, I could be successful at any profession I chose.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Rose Megian: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Rose Megian, president and CEO, Health Net of Arizona

Greatest accomplishment: “Becoming a CEO of a company. Health Net of Arizona is committed to making health care work, and I am proud to lead a company that helps make that happen for consumers every day.”

Childhood aspiration: “A business woman. I would walk around in my mom’s high heels and carry an oversized briefcase that my dad bought for me. I knew what I wanted to do from a very early age.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Sara McCoy: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Sara McCoy, plant manager, Agua Fria Generating Station, SRP

McCoy oversees production at one of SRP’s longest-running power plants. She has mentored personnel, contributed to improving collaboration between departments and led efforts to build the utility’s power grid back-up control center.

Greatest accomplishment: “Achieving success at SRP, including becoming the first female plant manager, while being a wife and mother.”

Childhood aspiration: “I wanted to become an engineer to solve problems and set a good example by exceeding people’s expectations.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Carol May: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Carol May, president, Wisdom Natural Brands DBA SweetLeaf

May’s dedication to consumer well-being and SweetLeaf Stevia Sweeteners have been integral in moving Wisdom Natural Brands from a small Arizona company to an international brand.

Childhood aspiration: “Growing up, my career goal was to become a judge. Having this aspiration helped me to develop critical thinking skills, evaluate situations and make decisions effectively while still embodying a sense of empathy.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Tina Machado: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Tina Machado, president and CEO/founder, Rarity Investments and CodeRed-I

Machado has an extensive background in strategic acquisitions and brand creation as leader of Rarity Investments and CodeRed-I, a leader in app and gaming development.

Greatest accomplishment: “Bridge the Gap is one of my companies that provides superior business strategy and overall direction for expanding businesses. I am able to enhance a business’ bottom line without the client having to contribute a monetary investment up front. My clients don’t invest in me; I invest in my clients.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Stacey L. Lihn: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Stacey L. Lihn, paralegal, Gallagher & Kennedy

Lihn was the first parent elected as a public member of the American Board of Pediatrics Foundation. Lihn has been an effective advocate for cardiac and pediatric health care since 2009, when her daughter was diagnosed in utero with a severe congenital heart defect.

Greatest accomplishment: “Mastering the art of advocacy, allowing me to serve clients well and, on a wider scale, advocate for children and families.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Nona Lee: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Nona Lee, senior vice president and general counsel, Arizona Diamondbacks

Lee oversees all legal issues for the Diamondbacks. She has previously served as counsel for the Suns, Mercury and Rattlers, among others.

Greatest accomplishment: “Building a career in the industry that connects my passion to my profession and loving what I do.”

Childhood aspiration: “I wanted to be an elite athlete, which helped me develop to the drive, determination and discipline to accomplish my goals.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Michelle Lawrie: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Michelle Lawrie, economic development director, City of Goodyear

Prior to joining Goodyear, Lawrie was president and CEO of WESTMARC from 2011 through 2014.

Greatest accomplishment: “Being able to strengthen WESTMARC by bringing new energy to its activities and events impacting the West Valley.”

Childhood aspiration: “My grandfather was a big influence growing up, and while I was unsure about what I wanted to be, he made an impact upon me that working hard for your community made a rewarding life.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Betsy Kuzas: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Betsy Kuzas, chief operating officer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Phoenix Children’s highest-ranking woman heads up construction and facilities, including the hospital’s $538 million expansion, commanding respect in a role traditionally dominated by men.

Greatest accomplishment: “Leading the complex expansion of Phoenix Children’s. My first priority was to assemble an expert team.”

Childhood aspiration: “Healthcare was the family business. I started in microbiology but now I take a macro view.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Rebecca Kuhn: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Rebecca Kuhn, executive vice president, Banner Health

Kuhn is responsible for oversight of community hospitals, medical centers and operating units including Banner Medical Group, Banner Home Care and Banner Hospice.

Greatest accomplishment: “My career journey – starting as an ICU nurse and progressing through clinical, education and leadership roles to an executive position in a healthcare system.”

Childhood aspiration: “A nurse who influenced care — like Clara Barton or Florence Nightingale. My clinical background provided the foundation for influencing healthcare though increasingly larger roles.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Rosey Koberlein: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Rosey Koberlein, CEO, Long Companies

Koberlein is the CEO of Long Companies and has served in branch and senior management positions within Long Realty since 1991. This year, she was named to the Swanepoel Power 200 Most Powerful People in Real Estate.

Greatest accomplishment: “Thriving through the recession. Our organization is better today than 2006. More focused, driven.”

Childhood aspiration: “Basketball coach. I realized early on that life is a team sport.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Eileen Klein: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Eileen Klein, president, Arizona Board of Regents

Klein oversees the $4 billion Arizona public university system and works with university presidents to achieve ambitious goals to increase degree production, double research activity and reform instructional delivery and financing of the university system.

Childhood aspiration: “I love animals and originally planned to become a zoologist or veterinarian — and thanks to the late House Speaker Jake Flake, I know how to give a cow a pregnancy test.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Carolyn J. Johnsen: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Carolyn J. Johnsen, partner, Dickinson Wright

Johnsen focuses on business restructurings and creating complex plans, strategies and structures for multi-million dollar companies in multiple industries. She serves on the Smithsonian Libraries Board and co-chairs the national alumnae of the Direct Women Board Institute, dedicated to advancing women to serve on corporate boards.

Greatest accomplishment: “Attaining the competence and credibility to advise businesses on high-level decisions.”

Childhood aspiration: “A career beyond the norm where intelligence and creativity were of the utmost priority.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Isabelle Jazo: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Isabelle Jazo, senior vice president of brand strategy, LaneTerralever

Jazo leads the agency’s Strategy and Analytics Department, bringing more than 22 years of marketing, account planning, consumer research and analytics experience to ensure LaneTerralever’s strategies are both effective ands creative. Jazo is skilled at aligning clients’ business goals, business challenges and consumer insights into actionable solutions.

Community impact: Jazo pursues her passion for supporting the local movement in Arizona serving on the board of directors for Local First Arizona.

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Veronique James: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Veronique James, CEO, The James Agency

Greatest accomplishment: “I have built a sustainable concept from scratch that provides valuable services to businesses and a healthy source of income to 25 employees and their families.”

Childhood aspiration: “I always thought I would be an architect and initially pursued an architectural degree at the U of A. I ultimately switched to visual communications because I missed the creative freedom, but I still have high hopes to design our next home.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Bo Hughes: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Bo Hughes, CFO and COO, Pinnacle Bank

Hughes has a dual role as chief financial and chief operating officer.

Greatest accomplishment: “I love the team we have built here at Pinnacle Bank. Every day, I get to work with talented, results-oriented people.”

Childhood aspiration: “When I was 8, I wanted to be an airplane pilot. At 11, I found numbers. The rest is history. I started working in a bank during college and have been in love with the industry ever since.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Melissa Ho: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Melissa Ho, shareholder, Polsinelli

Ho, who was included in Lawyers of Color’s inaugural Hot List in 2013, practices law in the areas of government investigations and white-collar criminal defense. 

Greatest accomplishment: “Being selected in 2014 for the Judge Learned Hand Award Emerging Leadership Award in recognition for my commitment to public and community service.”

Childhood aspiration: “When I was young, I wanted to be Indiana Jones. Curiosity about the world has led me to where I am now.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Sue Hasenstein: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Sue Hasenstein, senior vice president, BMO Harris Bank

Hasenstein oversees all sales functions within the Premier Services Banking for Arizona. She is accountable for revenue and balance sheet growth for a team that provides personalized financial services to individuals with investable assets from $250,000-$1 million.

Childhood aspiration: “I wanted to be a doctor to make a difference in people’s lives. Though not in the medical field today, I  have continued to make helping and mentoring others a focus in all that I do.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Alisa Gray: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Alisa Gray, shareholder, Tiffany & Bosco

Gray, a a certified yoga instructor at Desert Song Healing Arts Center, practices probate litigation and mediation.

Greatest accomplishment: “Creating and maintaining balance among a thriving elder law practice, a young family, and yoga – a balance I draw on every day in my law practice, my teaching, and my life.”

Childhood aspiration: “I vacillated between lawyer and teacher … Now, as an attorney and a yoga teacher, I get to live out both of those dreams.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Rita Cheng: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Rita Cheng, president, Northern Arizona University

Rita Cheng serves as the 16th president of NAU. As a first-generation and non-traditional college graduate, Cheng firmly believes in making higher education accessible and affordable for all students.

Current challenge: “We have to continue to be as entrepreneurial as possible, offering programs that are connected to not only life success, but job success. And we will look for private partners to help us carry out our mission.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Glynis Bryan: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Glynis Bryan, CFO, Insight Enterprises

Bryan is responsible for setting the company’s financial strategies; ensuring the company has the appropriate financial and operating controls and systems in place to support future growth; developing financial and business planning models and operating metrics to increase return on invested capital; and serving as a financial and business advisor to the leadership team.

Childhood aspiration: “Psychologist. My undergraduate degree is in psychology and it has helped me with interpersonal relationship throughout my career.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.