Most Influential Women: Lisa Rulney, University of Arizona

MIW 2022 | 13 Aug |

Az Business and AZRE magazines announced the publications’ lists of the Most Influential Women in Arizona of 2022 including, Lisa Rulney, senior vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer, University of Arizona. In celebration of the 11th anniversary of the Most Influential Women program, azbigmedia.com 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 [email protected] For information about the event honoring the Most Influential Women, email [email protected] or click here. To buy tickets, click here.

Lisa Rulney, senior vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer, University of Arizona

BACKGROUND: Passionate about unlocking and developing the potential in those around her, Lisa Rulney serves as the University of Arizona’s (UA) senior business and financial officer. Her strategic leadership of the finance and administrative functions — traditionally male-dominated — ensures her teams have the flexibility to create innovative and effective business processes that advance the university and its mission.

SOURCE OF PRIDE: “In the immediate weeks of the pandemic, I established the Financial Sustainability Emergency Response Taskforce made up of faculty, staff, and students in seven working groups that focused on mitigation strategies, new opportunities to generate revenue and novel approaches to the way we did business in order to maintain UA’s long-term institutional health. In just 15 months, we implemented over 80 recommendations from the task force.”  

SURPRISING FACT: I can pitch a tent, light a fire, operate a portable camp stove and lead guided groups off-trail through forests using only a topo map and compass without getting lost!”

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION: My earliest memories of leadership were formed by Thelma Gentry, my paternal grandmother. Thelma was an inspiring, gracious and humble leader. She taught the importance of volunteerism by including me on rounds for Meals on Wheels, modeled lifelong learning via daily reading, shared her love of the environment by teaching me how to maintain her gardens, and instilled my fidelity to accuracy and acumen through her role in my grandfather’s construction company.

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

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