Az Business and AZRE magazines announced the publications’ lists of the Most Influential Women in Arizona of 2022, Carrie Kelly, executive director, AAED. In celebration of the 11th anniversary of the Most Influential Women program, is profiling one of the Most Influential Women of 2022 each day leading up to the Most Influential Women of 2022 dinner and reception.

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The Most Influential Women for 2022 will be honored at a reception on August 25 at Chateau Luxe in Phoenix. For sponsorship information, email For information about the event honoring the Most Influential Women, email or click here. To buy tickets, click here.

Carrie Kelly, executive director, AAED

BACKGROUND: Carrie Kelly has been working with nonprofit and government entities for upwards of 15 years. Prior to serving as executive director for the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED), she served as Executive Director for Downtown Santa Barbara. 

SOURCE OF PRIDE: “I assisted my hometown of Crawfordsville, Indiana, in securing the expansion of the community college to a larger facility. This expansion meant they were able to offer full degree programs and students did not have to travel hours away to complete their degrees. I have seen my high school classmates, and now their children, graduate from that community college and achieve their dreams in Crawfordsville. There isn’t anything better than that!”

SURPRISING FACT: “I was a competitive varsity tennis player growing up. I played singles and doubles, and I got the nickname ‘Little McEnroe’ because of my on-court temper. I was also the boys’ team tennis assistant and taught all of them how to serve hard (don’t try and deny it, guys, you know it’s all true!).”

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION: “My women leader inspiration is Gail Pebworth. She was the first female swim coach at Wabash College and a coach through and through. When we became good friends, she was the president of the League of Women Voters and spent her time championing important issues, and not getting involved in partisan politics. You couldn’t say no to Gail, which is how I ended up on the Economic Development Committee, and where my career started.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2022

Dr. Suzanne Bentz, Red Mountain Weight Loss

Stephanie A. Bivens, Bivens & Associates

Rachel M. Bond, MD, Dignity Health

Suzanne Boyles, City of Buckeye

Alaina Chabrier, SRP

Margaret Chamberlain, OneAZ Credit Union

Rachel Davis-Schultz, CopperPoint Insurance Companies 

Jennifer Delgado, Burch & Cracchiolo

Brigitte Finley Green, Engelman Berger

Lin Sue Flood, Hospice of the Valley

Christine Gannon, BrightWorks Consulting

Karen Hoffman Tepper, PhD, Terros Health

Dawn Jones, Intel

Lisa Lovallo, Cox Communications

Lyndel Manson, Arizona Board of Regents

Carli Ann McClure, Grant Thornton

Karla Morales, Arizona Technology Council

Emily Nachlas, Western Alliance Bancorporation

Breanna Naegeli, PhD, Grand Canyon University

Shar Najafi-Piper, PhD, Copa Health

Christina Noyes, Gust Rosenfeld

Grace O’Sullivan, Arizona State University

Reena Rastogi, MD, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Sara Regan, Desert Financial Credit Union

Karen Roch,  Credit Union West

Lisa Rulney, University of Arizona

Melanie Smihula, Edkey Sequoia Schools

Sherry Stotler, Valleywise Health

Lynn Toler, TV judge and host 

Kelli Tonkin, Enterprise Bank & Trust

Telle VanTrojen, Geneva Financial

Ruth Veloria, University of Phoenix

Amy Walters, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Annabel Whiting, PNC

Reine Yazbeck Hamilton, Wells Fargo 

Sandra Zebrowski, MD, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate for 2022

Morgan Betancourt, project director, Okland Construction 

Keri Davies, partner, LevRose Commercial Real Estate

Alicia Hardwick, leasing manager, Prologis

Michelle Heeb, president and CEO, Forward Tilt

Dani Huval, business development director, Chasse Building Team

Bev Jensen, regional operations manager, Colliers

Carrie Kelly, executive director, Arizona Association for Economic Development

Alexandra Loye, executive managing director, Cushman & Wakefield

Stephanie Maderazzo-Hughes, CEO and COO, Canyon State Electric

Nancy McClure, first vice president, CBRE

Kathleen Morgan, managing director, Newmark

Vicki Robinson, senior vice president, JLL

Heather Skinner, vice president of global real estate, JP Morgan Chase

Angela Watson, president and CEO, Shepley Bulfinch