Most Influential Women from 2012-2018

Above: A sold-out crowd of packed The Camby to honor the Most Influential Women in Arizona in 2018. Business News | 20 Aug |

With with awards dinner and celebration of the 2019 Most Influential Women in Arizona just days away, we thought it would be fun to revisit the Classes of 2012-2018.

Here is a list of the innovators and game-changers who have been honored in past years as Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women. Az Business only allows women to make the list once. All names and companies are accurate to the year of each woman’s selection.

Class of 2012

Rhonda Anderson, Cardon Children’s Medical Center

Maria Baier,Sonoran Institute

Barbara M. Barrett, Triple Creek Ranch

Deborah Bateman, National Bank of Arizona

Betsey Bayless, Maricopa Integrated Health System

Lorraine Bergman, Caliente Construction, Inc.

Terri Bishop, Apollo Group, Inc.

Kathy Bollinger, Banner Health

Rebecca Lynne Burnham, Greenberg Traurig

Pamela Conboy, Wells Fargo Arizona

Carla Consoli, Lewis and Roca

Lisa L. Daniels, KPMG

Sandra Day O’Connor, retired Supreme Court justice

Julia Dollarhide, Biltmore Bank of Arizona

Shelly Esque, Intel

Rhonda Forsyth, John C. Lincoln Health Network

Pam Gaber, Gabriel’s Angels

Stephanie Gorman, Cigna Medical Group

Sharon Harper, Plaza Companies

Sherry Henry, Arizona Office of Tourism

Linda Hunt, Dignity Health Arizona

Debbie Johnson, Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association

Lisa K. Johnson, Corporate Interior Systems

Judy Jolley Mohraz, PhD, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

Michelle King Robson, EmpowHer.com

Margaret Bushman LaBianca, Polsinelli Shughart

Kimber Lanning, Local First Arizona

Barbara Lockwood, Arizona Public Service

Christine Mackay, City of Chandler

Mary Martuscelli, JPMorgan Chase

Christy McClendon, The Wellness Community

Kimberly J. McWaters, Universal Technical Institute, Inc.

Sue Navran, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Darlene Newsom, UMOM New Day Center

Dr. Kathy Player, Grand Canyon University

Kathleen Quirk, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

Denise D. Resnik, DRA Strategic Communications

Marcia Rowley, International Cruise & Excursions, Inc.

Rachel Sacco, Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

Stella Shanovich, Grant Thornton        

Ann Siner, Eco-Chic Consignments

Eileen Joy Spitalny, Fairytale Brownies

Debra Z. Sydenham, Urban Land Institute, Arizona District Council

Karrin Taylor, DMB Associates

Deb Weidenhamer, Auction Systems Auctioneers & Appraisers

Tammy Weinbaum, American Express

Nancy L. White, Steptoe & Johnson

Candace Hunter Wiest, West Valley National Bank

Kari Yatkowski, Corporate Citizen

Diana Yazzie Devine, Native American Connections

Class of 2015

Amy Abdo, Fennemore Craig

Jennifer Anderson, Wells Fargo

Karen Anderson, ASU’s Biodesign Institute

Lauren Bailey, Upward Projects

Glynis Bryan, Insight Enterprises

Rita Cheng, NAU

Judith S. Gordon, University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine

Alisa Gray, Tiffany & Bosco

Sue Hasenstein, BMO Harris Bank

Melissa Ho, Polsinelli

Bo Hughes, Pinnacle Bank

Veronique James,The James Agency

Isabelle Jazo, LaneTerralever

Carolyn J. Johnsen, Dickinson Wright

Eileen Klein, Arizona Board of Regents

Rosey Koberlein, Long Companies

Becky Kuhn, Banner Health

Betsy Kuzas, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Michelle Lawrie, City of Goodyear

Nona Lee, Arizona Diamondbacks

Hope Leibsohn, Sherman & Howard

Stacey L. Lihn, Gallagher & Kennedy

Tina Machado, CodeRed-I

Carol May, Wisdom Natural Brands DBA SweetLeaf

Sara McCoy, SRP

Erica McGinnis, AIG Advisor Group

Tammy McLeod, vAPS

Rose Megian, Health Net of Arizona

Dion Messer, Limelight Networks

MaryAnn Miller, Avnet

Ioanna Morfessis, IO.Inc.

Harriet Mountcastle-Walsh, Honeywell

Annette G. Musa, Comerica Bank

Christine Nowaczyk, Bank of Arizona

Deborah Pearson, Arizona State Credit Union

Susan Pepin, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

Suzanne Pfister, St. Luke’s Health Initiatives

Christina Roderick, REDW

Patricia Rourke, Bankers Trust

Lisa Sanchez, The CORE Institute

Adelaida V. Severson, Bushtex

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ 9th District

Sherri Slayton, Alliance Bank of Arizona

Wendi A. Sorensen, Burch & Cracchiolo

Molly Stockley, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Cathy Valenzuela, Arizona Business Bank

Kimberly Van Amburg, Casino Del Sol Resort

Cheryl Vogt, Marsh

Cynthia Walter, BAGNALL

Lori L. Winkelman, Quarles & Brady

Class of 2013

Karen Abraham, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Mara Aspinal, Ventana Medical Systems

Gov. Jan Brewer, State of Arizona

Diane Brossart, Arizona Forward

Theresa Chacopulos, Wells Fargo Advisors

Debbie Cotton, Phoenix Convention Center

Diane Costantino, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Tamika Curry Smith,  The TCS Group.

Michelle De Blasi, Greenberg Traurig

Sara R. Dial, Discovery Triangle Development Corporation

Judith Dworkin, Sacks Tierney

Diane Enos, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Christine Espinoza, Platform Scottsdale

Nicole France Stanton, Quarles & Brady

Kathleen Goeppinger, PhD, Midwestern University

Kathy Hancock, Fennemore Craig

Beth Harmon-Vaughan, Gensler

Lynne Herndon, BBVA Compass Bank

Sheryl Hildebrand, Deloitte

Amy Hillman, W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University

Wendy Jameson, Colnatec

Jodi Jerich, Arizona Corporation Commission

Jeri Jones, UnitedHealthcare

Sharon Lechter, Pay Your Family First

Michelle Lind, Arizona Association of Realtors

Jennifer Linder, MD, PCA Skin

Lori Linder, MomDoc

Robin Milne, Phoenix Suns Charities

Zandra O’Keefe, CBIZ

Sheryl Palmer, Taylor Morrison Homes

Jay Parry, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee

Michelle J. Perkins, Owens & Perkins

Judy Rich, TCM Healthcare

Sen. Michele Reagan, Arizona State Senate

Laura Robertson, Banner Baywood Medical Center and Banner Heart Hospital

Kristen Rosati, Polsinselli

Jordan Rose, Rose Law Group

Adrienne Scheck, PhD, Barrow Neurological Institute

Lori Singleton, SRP

Valerie Spicer, Arizona Indian Gaming Association

Patricia Tate, Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona

Brenda Thomson, Arizona Humanities Council

Sandra Watson, Arizona Commerce Authority

Ann Weaver Hart, University of Arizona

Vickie Wessel, Spirit Electronics

Patty White, St. Joseph’s Hospital

Rebecca White Berch, chief justice, Arizona Supreme Court

Donna Witherwax, Grant Thornton

Judith Wolfe, MD, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center

Beth Jo Zeitzer, R.O.I. Properties

Class of 2014

Nazneen Aziz, PhD, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Trish Bear, I-ology

Dr. Amy Beiter, Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital and Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute

Janet G. Betts, Sherman & Howard

Kristin Bloomquist, Cramer-Krasselt

Kathye W. Brown, Brown Evans Distributing

Delia Carlyle, Ak-Chin Indian Community

Luci Chen, Arizona Center for Cancer Care

Mary Collum, National Bank of Arizona

Kathy Coover, Isagenix International

Janna Day, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Karen Dickinson, Polsinelli

Michele Finney, Abrazo Health

Susan Frank, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union

Leah Freed, Ogletree Deakins

Deborah Griffin, Gila River Casinos

Mary Ann Guerra, BioAccel

Deb Gullett, Gallagher & Kennedy

Diane Haller, Quarles & Brady

Maria Harper-Marinick, Maricopa Community Colleges

Catherine Hayes, hayes architecture/interiors inc.

Camille Hill, Merestone

Chevy Humphrey, Arizona Science Center

Heidi Jannenga, WebPT

Kara Kalkbrenner, City of Phoenix

Lynne King Smith, TicketForce

Joan Koerber Walker, Arizona Bioindustry Association

Karen Kravitz, Commotion Promotions

Deb Krmpotic, Banner Estrella Medical Center

Maria Lacal, Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, APS

Jessica Langbaum, PhD, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute

Georgia Lord, Mayor, City of Goodyear

Sherry Lund, Celebration Stem Cell Centre

Teresa Mandelin, Southwestern Business Financing Corporation

Shirley Mays, Arizona Summit Law School

Ann Meyers-Drysdale, Phoenix Mercury and Phoenix Suns

Marcia L. Mintz, John C. Lincoln Health Foundation

Martha C. Patrick, Burch & Cracchiolo

Stephanie J. Quincy, Steptoe & Johnson

Barb Rechterman, GoDaddy

Marian Rhodes, Arizona Diamondbacks

Joyce Santis, Sonora Quest Laboratories

Gena Sluga, Christian Dichter & Sluga

Beth Soberg, UnitedHealthcare of Arizona

Scarlett Spring, VisionGate

Patrice Strong-Register, JatroBiofuels

Sarah A. Strunk, Fennemore Craig

Marie Sullivan, Arizona Women’s Education & Employment

Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, UA’s Sarver Heart Center

Dana Vela, Sunrise Schools and Tots Unlimited

Alicia Wadas, The Lavidge Company

Ginger Ward, Southwest Human Development

Class of 2016

Clare H. Abel, Burch & Cracchiolo.

Kimberly Anderson-Matich, Anderson Security Agency

Sharon Bondurant, Tech Finders

Susan Brichler Trujillo, Quarles & Brady

Margery Brown, GPEC

Christina Burroughs, MRA Associates

Kami Cothrun, Pieceful Solutions

Jaime R. Daddona, Squire Patton Boggs

Roopali Desai, Coppersmith Brockelman

Ruth Engle, Troon Golf

Roxann Gallagher, Sacks Tierney

Kate Gallego, City of Phoenix

Karen S. Gaylord, Jennings, Haug & Cunningham

Sandy Gibson, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Dr. Parul Goel, Barrow Neurosurgical Associates

Sharon Grambow, Sun Health Senior Living

Molly Greene, SRP

Nicholle Harris, Gust Rosenfeld

Sintra Hoffman, WESTMARC

Dr. Janice Johnston, Redirect Health

Nima Kelly, GoDaddy

Jalina Kerr, Charles Schwab & Co.

Linda Little, iHeartMEDIA

Dr. Melanie D. Logue, Grand Canyon University

Kate Maynard Hickman, Alliance Bank of Arizona

Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier, Snell & Wilmer

Dawn Nagle, Metro Phoenix Export Alliance

Pam Nenaber, Banner Pharmaceutical Operations

Mary Orlando, USAA

Deborah Ostreicher, City of Phoenix

Melanie Pate, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Cathy Reece, Fennemore Craig

Cynthia A. Ricketts, Sacks, Ricketts & Case

Mirja Riester, RIESTER

Dawn Rogers, 2017 Phoenix NCAA Basketball Final Four

Dr. Cecilia Rosales, University of Arizona College of Public Health

Kim Sabow, Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association

Jasgit Sachdev, HonorHealth

April Salomon, Musical Instrument Museum

Jody Sarchett, Lovitt & Touche

Trish Stark, First Western Trust

Lisa Urias, Urias Communications

Alexi Venneri, Digital Air Strike

Deanna Wise, Dignity Health

Class of 2017

Catherine Alonzo, Javelina

Monica Antone, Gila River Indian Community

Kelly Barr, SRP

Ann Becker, APS

Maja Berlin-Del Vigna, Honeywell International Inc.

Noreen Bishop, J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Lorry Bottrill, Mercy Care Plan

Jenn Daniels, mayor, Town of Gilbert

Jennifer Davis Lunt, Davis Enterprises

Paris Davis, Washington Federal

Kimberly Demarchi, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Allison DeVane, Teaspressa

Amber Gilroy, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Denise Gredler, BestCompaniesAZ

Nancy Ham, WebPT

Michele Y. Halyard, MD, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Arizona Campus

Sandra Hudson, TrustBank Arizona

Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, ASU Gammage

Julie Johnson, Avison Young

Lisa Johnson, Corporate Interior Systems

Mystie Johnson Foote, MD, Banner Medical Group

Jennifer Kaplan, Evolve Public Relations and Marketing

Donna Kennedy, City of Tempe

Mindy Korth, Colliers International

Christina Kwasnica, MD, Barrow Neurological Institute

Laura Lawless Robertson, Squire Patton Boggs

Ericka LeMaster, Alliance Bank of Arizona

Donna Lemons-Roush, MT Builders

Shawn Linam, Qwaltec

Tina Litteral, AIA Arizona

Shari Lott, SpearmintLOVE

Alisa Lyons, Sloan Lyons Public Affairs

Jodi Malenfant, W&W Structural, Inc.

Fran Mallace, Cox Media

Dawn Meidinger, Fennemore Craig

Marcia Mintz, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

Mary Nollenberger, SVN Desert Commercial Advisors

Kathi O’Connor, Swaine Asphalt Corporation

Laura Ortiz, Evergreen Development

Desirae Outcalt, Biltmore Bank

Renee Parsons, Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation

Melissa Proctor, Polsinelli

Sissie Roberts Shank, Chas Roberts A/C & Plumbing

Shawn Rush, Corgan

Jane Russell-Winiecki, Yavapai-Apache Nation

Deanna Salazar, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Catherine Scrivano, CASCO Financial Group

Lawdan Shojaee, Axosoft

Ashley Snyder, Cresa

Sheryl A. Sweeney, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite

Sally A. Taylor, KeatsConnelly

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, Olympic gold medalist and founder of Amy’s Army

Katee Van Horn, GoDaddy

Ashley Villaverde Halvorson, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli

Jacque Westling, Quarles & Brady

Jeri Williams, chief of police, City of Phoenix

Tiffany Winne, Savills Studley

Class of 2018

Amy Altshuler, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Cathy Carlat, mayor, City of Peoria

Jennifer Carusetta, Health System Alliance of Arizona

Peggy Chase, Terros Health

Jill Chasson, Coppersmith Brockelman

Victoria Coley, Humana

Amy Cotton Peterson, Quarles & Brady

Jennifer Cranston, Gallagher & Kennedy

Megan Creecy-Herman, Liberty Property Trust

Lisa Dahl, Dahl Restaurant Group

Lisa Davey, Washington Federal

Kimberly Davids, The Weitz Company

Helen R. Davis, The Cavanagh Law Firm

Jane Dobbs, Canyon State Credit Union

Kristina Draper, Wells Fargo

Lisa Duran, Dickinson Wright,

Coral Evans, mayor, City of Flagstaff

Stephanie Fierro, Jaburg Wilk

Sara Fleury, Kitchell

Wendy Forsythe, HomeSmart International

Kris Gaw, Maricopa Integrated Health System

Nicole M. Goodwin, Greenberg Traurig

Marianne Guenther, BIG YAM, The Parsons Agency

Cammie Hancock Beckert, Camelot Homes

Dawn Hart, Gensler

Pamela Higdon, Northern Trust

Mary Holman, National Bank of Arizona

Amanda Houghton, Healthcare Trust of America

Misty Hyman, Olympic gold medalist and president of Mistyfly

Susanne E. Ingold, Burch & Cracchiolo

Norma Izzo, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon 

Michelle Just, Beatitudes Campus

Beth Katz, Katz Design Group

Pam Kehaly, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Cherie Koester, Earthworks Environmental

Drena Kusari, Lyft

Laurel Lewis, NAI Horizon

Alana Mann, The Statesman Group

Karen C. McConnell, Ballard Spahr

Stephanie Mitrovic, SmithGroupJJR

Audrey Monell, Forrest Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning

Nina Mullins, SRP

Lisa Ordóñez, Eller College of Management

Michelle Olson, Fingerpaint

Jenny Poon, CO+HOOTS Co-working

Jessica L. Post, Fennemore Craig

Kim Post, HonorHealth

Lisa Reilly Payton, Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold

Barbara U. Rodriguez-Pashkowski, Gust Rosenfeld

Darin Sender, Sender Associates

Liz Shabaker, Versant Capital Management

Holly Shill, MD, Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute

Kim Shepard, Cigna Arizona

Cindy Thomas, Sun State Builders

Diana Thomas, The World Egg Bank

Christine Wilkinson, Arizona State University

Antonya Williams, McCarthy Building Companies

Robyn Young, Western Alliance Bancorporation

Marilyn Zenko, Terracon

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