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  • Women's Commission honors County employees

    Mar 13, 2015 | Read More News
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    India DavisDog holding awardThe Pima County/Tucson Women’s Commission honored 17 women employed by Pima County and the City of Tucson at the March 13 Women in Government luncheon at the Tucson Convention Center.

    Sharon Bronson, chair of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, Richard Elías, District 5 supervisor, and Chuck Huckelberry, Pima County administrator, presented awards to the county recipients. City Councilwoman Regina Romero and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild presented awards to City of Tucson winners. Congresswoman Martha McSally offered remarks, as did Laura Baker, the first woman to hold the post of assistant fire chief, and Judge Leslie Miller, the longest-serving current member of the Pima County Superior Court.

    “We need more women serving in government positions at all levels,” said McSally, a past Women’s Commission member. “We still have a lot of work to do to get there.”

    Sharon Bronson, chair of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, admitted that she didn’t have gender parity in her office. “It’s 100 percent women,” she said to cheers.

    County winners and the categories in which they won were: India Davis, Sheriff’s Department, Leadership Award; Kelly Cheeseman, Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation, and Sharon Zaher, Information Technology, Unsung Heroine Award; Jodi McCloskey, Health Department, Rising Star Award; and the Courthouse dog handlers, Colleen Phelan and Blake, and Kathy Rau and Russell, Synergy Award.

    City winners and the categories in which they won were: Sharon Allen, Tucson Police, Leadership Award; Cynthia Thompson, Procurement, and Karla Victoria, Human Resources, Unsung Heroine Award; Michelle Behan, Public Defender’s Office, Rising Star Award; and the Housing and Community Development Family Self Sufficiency Program staff, Cyndy Nunez, Griselda Acuna, Pat Cutting, Sandy Figueroa, Pauline Nunez and Mani Vertrees, Synergy Award.

    Martha Durkin, the first woman to serve as city manager for the city of Tucson, won a special Award of Distinction for her service.

    County nominees were:
    Leadership: Kendra Davey, Library; India Davis and Marcia Durns, Sheriff’s Department; Marcy Flanagan, Health; Linda McCollum, County Attorney’s Office; Kathleen Quigley, Juvenile Court; F. Ann Rodriguez, County Recorder; Judy Scrivener, Regional Wastewater; and Sally Simmons, Superior Court.

    Unsung heroine: Charity Bender, Consolidated Justice Courts; Mary Dorgan, Constables Office; Maura Kwiatkowski, County Administration; Amy Almquist and Victoria Chavarria, County Attorney’s Office; Soraya Franco, Health Department; Sharon Zaher, Information Technology; Kelly Wilson, Library; Kelly Cheeseman, Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation; Juanita Garcia-Seiger, Public Works Administration; Michelle Hendrix, Regional Wastewater; Cheryl Berry-Schupach, Meredith Bertsch, Ellie Kwader-Murphy and Sonia Larsen, Sheriff’s Department.

    Rising Star: Jodi McCloskey, Health; Jesse Moore, Adult Probation; and Victoria Otto, County Attorney’s Office.

    •    Finance and Human Resources/ADP leaders – Mary Komadina, Ellen Moulton and Wendy Peterson;
    •    County Attorney’s Office Courthouse dog handlers - Colleen Phelan and Blake, and Kathy Rau and Russell;
    •    Library Communications and Systems Office – Sherri Baltes, Lisa Bunker, Jennifer Caldwell, Jenny Gubernick, Kenya Johnson, Margot MacDonald, Jen Maney and Lori Thayer;
    •    Sheriff’s Department AFIS Unit – Erin Ensle and Aimee Jacobson-Mielnicki.

    City nominees were:
    Leadership: Allie Matthews, Finance; Beth Abramovitz, M.J. Dillard and Shellie Ginn, Transportation; Betsy Conroy, Human Resources; Debra Jackson and Peg Weber, Parks and Recreation; Elaine Becherer, City Manager’s Office; Nina Criss, Information Technology; Rebecca Ruopp, Integrated Planning; Sharon Allen, Tucson Police; Sharon McDonough, Tucson Fire; Stacey Neeley, Financial Services; Susan Shetter, City Court.

    Unsung heroine: Adriana Tovar and Sharon Hollingsworth, Tucson Fire; Angie Ruiz, Planning and Development Services; Barbara Stringer, General Services; Blanca Espino, Traffic Engineering, Permits & Codes; Carmen Noriega, Mayor’s Office; Carrie Fairchild, City Attorney’s Office; Cecilia Leon, Fleet Services; Christina Goodacre, Kelly Nanez, MJ Dillard and Rebecca Waid, Transportation; Coni King, Information Technology; Cynthia Thompson, Procurement; Hannah McMurrich, Court Services; Karla Victoria, Human Resources; Kristina Castanon and Theresa Bourne, Tucson Water; Laura Mawhinney, GSD; Mary Fimbres, Ward 2; Melinda Jacobs, Ward 5; Nancy McKay-Hills, Tucson Police; Ronna Belliveau, Finance.

    Rising Star: Camila Bekat, Economic Initiatives; Heileen Evans, Ward 5; Jennifer Stash, City Attorney’s Office; Karla Avalos-Soto, Mayor’s Office; Lani Dzicek, Tucson Fire; Michelle Behan, Public Defender’s Office; Michelle Flanagan, Transportation; Nancy Fatura, Tucson Police

    •    Ward 4 - Renée Sowards, Lannie Patel, Teresa Olson Smith and Martha Cantrell;
    •    Human Resources Records - Jacquelyn Hernandez, Carol Van Gelder and Valerie Bencomo;
    •    Tucson Water Administrator’s Office – Melodee Loyer, Pat Eisenberg, Belinda Oden and Christine Rodriguez;
    •    Housing and Community Development Family Self Sufficiency – Cyndy Nunez, Griselda Acuna, Pat Cutting, Sandy Figueroa, Pauline Nunez and Mani Vertrees;
    •    Transportation – Blanca Espino, Isabel Medina and Lucy Inzunza;
    •    City Court Public Services Customer Service Team – Nancy Fraire, Emely Aguino, Jennifer Maqsood, Constance Swink, Nancy Carter, Herlinda Rios, Anna Moreno, Lisa Tagliavini, Betty Jo Parra, Corrine Vasquez, Ariana Ortiz, Casey Ochoa, Melanie Timmons, Yolanda Lopez, Shabraya Caldwell, Alice Rudolph, Rebecca Mitchell, Meagan Hill, Dorothy Benjamin, Maryann Munoz, Rosemarie Towner, Thedora Fogle, Diane Perez, Robin Marsh, Donna Harris, Cindy Sherlock, Levonne Abrams, Dorothy Brown, Monica Barcenas, Marie Cramer, Ramona Silence, Mayra Tapia, Karisa McMillan and Lucia Nava-Corrales;
    •    Tucson Police NAWLEE team – Christian Noll, Jennifer Pegnato-Hill and Jennifer Turner.

    The Pima County/Tucson Women’s Commission was established in 1976 to assist women to achieve equality of opportunity and to take positive action to expose, eliminate, and prevent the practice of discrimination against women.

    Check the Flickr album of photos of the event.

    Photos (above): India Davis of the Pima County Sheriff's Department accepts her Leadership Award. And one of the dogs working with Courthouse dog handlers Colleen Phelan and Rathy Rau.