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AZ Big Media honors Most Influential Women

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They are the best business minds in Arizona. They are innovators, trailblazers and leaders of men.

They are Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2014, as selected by the editorial team at Az Business magazine and a panel of industry experts. The Most Influential Women were honored Thursday at a reception at The Venue in Scottsdale.

“While their resumes and career paths may differ, the women we selected have all procured influence in their respective fields through hard-earned track records of profitability, business ethics and leadership,” said AZ Big Media Publisher Cheryl Green. “Az Business magazine is proud to congratulate the women who earned the right to call themselves one of the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. They are changing the face of Arizona business.”

The women selected to this prestigious list for 2014 are:

Nazneen Aziz, Ph.D, senior vice president and chief research officer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Trish Bear, president and CEO, I-ology
Dr. Amy Beiter, president and CEO, Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital and Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute
Janet G. Betts, member, Sherman & Howard
Kristin Bloomquist, executive vice president and general manager, Cramer-Krasselt
Delia Carlyle, councilwoman, Ak-Chin Indian Community
Luci Chen, partner, Arizona Center for Cancer Care
Mary Collum, senior vice president, National Bank of Arizona
Kathy Coover, co-founder, Isagenix International
Janna Day, managing partner, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Karen Dickinson, shareholder, Polsinelli
Michele Finney, CEO, Abrazo Health
Susan Frank, CEO, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union
Leah Freed, managing shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
Deborah Griffin, president of the board of directors, Gila River Casinos
Mary Ann Guerra, CEO, BioAccel
Deb Gullett, senior specialist, Gallagher & Kennedy
Diane Haller, partner, Quarles & Brady
Maria Harper-Marinick, executive vice chancellor and provost, Maricopa Community Colleges
Catherine Hayes, principal, hayes architecture/interiors inc.
Camille Hill, president, Merestone
Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO, Arizona Science Center
Heidi Jannenga, founder, WebPT
Kara Kalkbrenner, acting fire chief, City of Phoenix
Lynne King Smith, CEO, TicketForce
Joan Koerber Walker, CEO, Arizona Bioindustry Association
Karen Kravitz, president and head of conceptology, Commotion Promotions
Deb Krmpotic, CEO, Banner Estrella Medical Center
Jessica Langbaum, PhD, principal scientist, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
Georgia Lord, mayor, City of Goodyear
Sherry Lund, founder, Celebration Stem Cell Centre
Teresa Mandelin, CEO, Southwestern Business Financing Corporation
Shirley Mays, dean, Arizona Summit Law School
Ann Meyers-Drysdale, vice president, Phoenix Mercury and Phoenix Suns
Marcia L. Mintz, president, John C. Lincoln Health Foundation
Martha C. Patrick, shareholder, Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.
Stephanie J. Quincy, partner, Steptoe & Johnson
Barb Rechterman, chief marketing officer, GoDaddy
Marian Rhodes, senior vice president, Arizona Diamondbacks
Joyce Santis, chief operating officer, Sonora Quest Laboratories
Gena Sluga, partner, Christian Dichter & Sluga
Beth Soberg, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Arizona
Scarlett Spring, president, VisionGate
Patrice Strong-Register, managing partner, JatroBiofuels
Sarah A. Strunk, director, Fennemore Craig, P.C.
Marie Sullivan, president and CEO, Arizona Women’s Education & Employment
Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, director, UA’s Sarver Heart Center
Dana Vela, president, Sunrise Schools and Tots Unlimited
Alicia Wadas, COO, The Lavidge Company
Ginger Ward, CEO, Southwest Human Development

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:

Anca Bec, 36, business development officer, Alliance Bank of Arizona
Alison R. Christian, 32, shareholder, Christian Dichter & Sluga, P.C.
Jaime Daddona, 38, senior associate, Squire Patton Boggs
Nancy Kim, 36, owner, Spectrum Dermatology
Jami Reagan, 35, owner, Shine Factory Public Relations

To select the best and brightest women to recognize each year, the editor and publisher of Az Business magazine compile a list of almost 1,000 women from every facet of Arizona’s business landscape — banking, law, healthcare, bioscience, real estate, technology, manufacturing, retail, tourism, energy, accounting and nonprofits. Once that list is compiled, we vet the list, narrow it down to about 150 women who we feel are most deserving, and then submit the list to 20 of their peers — female leaders from a variety or industries — and ask them to vote. If they want to vote for someone whose name is not on the list of those submitted for consideration, voters are invited to write in the names of women who they think deserve to members of this exclusive club.

Az Business also does not allow a woman to appear on the list most than once.

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Desert Schools Promotes Meshey to President

Desert Schools Federal Credit Union has announced the appointment of the organization’s new president, Jeff Meshey. Desert Schools’ current CEO and President, Susan Frank, will retain the title of CEO and remain in the foremost executive leadership position. A former senior executive vice president and veteran of Desert Schools, Meshey assumes the role following 20 years with the company, all of which have been under Frank’s tenure.

Meshey has long been a key contributor to Desert Schools’ immense success in the Arizona market, leading the charge to expand the organization’s presence across three counties. Prior to the economic downturn in 2008, he was instrumental in leading the growth of the credit union’s branch network, helping to move the organization’s area of service solely from school employees to a full community charter, now serving any member of the community who lives or works within the three counties that the branches occupy.

“I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to move further into a leadership role within Desert Schools and am humbled by the organization’s faith in me,” said Meshey. “I believe in being both a leader and a servant for our members and employees, and I look forward to continuing to make a difference in my new position.”

With $3.8 billion in assets, more than 300,000 members and 50 branch locations across Maricopa, Pinal and Gila Counties, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union assumes the title of largest credit union in Arizona.

Twelve recipients were awarded a scholarship through the Desert Schools Community Service Scholarship program.

Desert Schools awards more than $40K in scholarships

Desert Schools Federal Credit Union has announced the recipients of this year’s Desert Schools Community Service Scholarship. In all, eight high school seniors and four college freshman were awarded scholarships totaling $42,500 for his/her volunteerism within the community.

Through Shine On, Desert Schools 75th anniversary celebration, the organization has pledged to give back more than $1 million to the community this year. These scholarships have helped bring Desert Schools closer to its goal, with a total donation of $502,943 to date.

Each scholarship recipient had to display a passion for helping others in need and an excellence in education. Helping children and animals in need, volunteering time at libraries and Valley teen centers, and participating in revitalization projects are just some of the ways this year’s scholarship recipients have given back to the community over the past year. In total, these 12 students have volunteered more than 1,200 hours and don’t have any plans to stop volunteering any time soon. With the help of Desert Schools’ more than 300,000 members, Desert Schools is able to help lift some of the financial burden associated with going to college.

“We’re thrilled to be able to reward students that share our values and actively give back to the community, “said Desert Schools CEO Susan Frank.

This year’s $10,000 high school scholarship went to senior Jacob Osmundson, who recently graduated from Ironwood High School. Jacob has volunteered more than 150 hours with the International Baccalaureate Program helping to tutor students in math, reading and science. High school senior Emily Hawbacker was awarded a $5,000 scholarship and the remaining six high school recipients received $2,500. They include: Joseph Jacquez, Emily Judson, Megan McWherter, Kaela Meyer, Alexis Williams and Alexandra Stitch. Matthew Wall is this year’s big winner among the college freshman. Matthew received a $5,000 scholarship to help him continue pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Arizona. One day, Matthew hopes to work for the FBI or CIA. The three other college freshman, Andrew Hayes, Madeline Lynch and Margaret Hardin received $2,500 to help continue their education.

Students who are interested in applying for the 2015 Desert Schools Community Service Scholarship should start their volunteer efforts now to help build up their community service hours. In addition to volunteering, recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher to be eligible to apply for the scholarship program. Applications will start being accepted this fall. Visit www.desertschools.org/scholarship for details.

In addition to spotlighting students with scholarships, Desert Schools is also shining a light on Arizona and saying thank you throughout 2014 by awarding monthly prizes to members of the community, along with providing $75,000 in grants to six local charities. Visit www.shineonaz.org to learn more about the effort and join the 75th anniversary celebration.

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Desert Schools Honored For Community Service In Arizona

Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, the largest not-for-profit membership-based financial institution in the state of Arizona, announced today that it has been selected by Toastmasters International and the organization’s District 3 Governor as the 2012 award recipient for community service and leadership for the state of Arizona.

This is the first time Desert Schools has been recognized by Toastmasters, a globally recognized, international nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. The organization has more than 270,000 members and over 13,000 clubs in 116 countries.

Desert Schools will be presented with the Toastmasters International 2012 award for community service and leadership on Friday, May 18th. Cathy Graham, vice president of marketing at Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, will accept the award on the credit union’s behalf.

Desert Schools has built its foundation on a fundamental passion for lending a personal hand toward positive change throughout Valley communities and encourages its employees to get involved in the same philanthropic spirit on which the organization has prided itself since its founding.

The Desert Schools ‘CommuniTeam’ – a group made up of dedicated employee volunteers – is active throughout Valley communities and offers Desert Schools’ employees the opportunity to volunteer their time and philanthropic talents throughout the community. Participating in nearly 130 community projects in the Phoenix metropolitan area, 45% of Desert Schools’ employees got involved with or led community projects in 2011, volunteering 2,902 hours to support various causes.

Susan Frank, President and CEO of Desert Schools, said, “We couldn’t be more honored to accept this award from an outstanding organization like Toastmasters International. Giving back to our community has long been the cornerstone of Desert Schools’ business. The time that Desert Schools staff is able to spend year in and year out doing good throughout our Valley is something that we’re very proud of, and it means that much more to be recognized by such an extraordinary philanthropic organization.”

In 2011, the credit union coordinated fundraising efforts with employees, vendors and partners to give back more than $770,000 to the community. Desert Schools raised $360,285 for the Children’s Miracle Network, $224,178 for the United Way and $96,000 in community grants in 2011 alone.

The credit union also awarded $30,000 in community service scholarships to high school seniors and college freshmen for demonstrating dedication to their studies and continued education as well as their commitment to giving back to the community. Scholarships were awarded for Fall 2012 coursework.

For more information on Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, visit Desert Schools’ website at desertschools.org.