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  • Dr Matt Heinz, Supervisor District 2

    Dr Matt Heinz is honored to represent the constituents of District 2 on the Board of Supervisors. He and his team are here to serve you, please get in touch with any comments or concerns.

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    COVID-19 vaccination pre-registration expands to 65 and up Thursday, February 18
    Pima County, Feb 17, 2021 - The Pima County Health Department announced today that pre-registration for COVID-19 vaccination appointments will expand at County-supported sites to people over 65 beginning at 9 a.m. on Feb. 18. To pre-register, anyone in the eligible phases can follow the steps on the Department’s vaccine registration page. More.

    Guidance on Unemployment Benefits Identity Theft
    Feb 17, 2021 - The Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) advises taxpayers who receive a Form 1099-G from the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) for unemployment benefits they did not receive to contact the Arizona Department of Economic Security(link is external) for a corrected form. Read more.

    Pima County welcomes state to vaccination effort in Pima County
    Pima County, Feb 10, 2021 - Pima County is thrilled to learn the state Department of Emergency and Military Affairs will be expanding a County vaccination site at the University of Arizona, increasing vaccine delivery capacity in the County and in Southern Arizona. Read more.

    People older than 70 in Pima County can start getting vaccinated Feb. 8
    Pima County, Feb 04, 2021 - The Pima County Health Department today announced that it will expand the 1B priority COVID-19 vaccination group to people over 70 years old. They can start today registering for appointments beginning on Feb. 8 on the Department’s vaccine registration page. Read more.

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    About Matt

    A native of Michigan, Matt came to Tucson in 2003 for a residency in internal medicine at the University of Arizona and Tucson Medical Center, where he has worked since as an attending physician.

    At the hospital, Matt treats patients with a range of diagnoses from COVID-19, heart attacks and head trauma, to chronic conditions like diabetes, PTSD, and cancer. Matt continues to work the nightshift at TMC while serving on the Board of Supervisors.

    In June 2013, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as Director of Provider Outreach in the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Matt was tasked with helping Secretary Kathleen Sebelius with the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act and was involved in coordinating the federal response to the Ebola virus. Throughout his service at HHS (through March 2015), Matt would return to Tucson one or two weekends a month to work at the hospital. 

    Previously, Matt served two terms in the Arizona State House and was chosen by his Democratic colleagues as caucus whip. In the House, he focused on seniors, veterans, and healthcare issues, working across the aisle to write and pass key legislation, including a bill to make all medical complaints and patient safety information a public record, and he broke the partisan gridlock in Phoenix to get it passed. Matt stood up for injured veterans to prevent debt collectors from seizing their benefits, and helped secure healthcare for seniors who need it most by ensuring access to hospice care in a time of drastic cuts.

    Matt earned a BA in Chemistry from Albion College and his MD from Wayne State University School of Medicine. In 2000, he was granted a research fellowship in vascular surgery at Harvard Medical School.

    When he’s not at the hospital or working hard for the residents of Pima County, you might spot Matt walking his dog Gwen around downtown Tucson.

    David Higuera PhotoDavid Higuera

    Chief of Staff

    David Higuera serves as chief of staff for Supervisor Matt Heinz. His main professional passions are youth development and education, and promoting public policy that's good for children, families and communities. In fact, a look back on his career shows that David likes to spend about a decade in each realm and go back and forth! :) 
    Before joining Supervisor Heinz's staff, David co-founded and co-directed the IDEA School in Tucson, an independent K-8 school committed to equity and inclusion, and focused on helping students take charge of their learning and therefore their lives, both in and out of school.  Prior to co-founding the school, David worked in public policy with the Children's Action Alliance, the advocate for Arizona's children and families at the Arizona Legislature and in the community, and prior to that, worked in the office of Tucson City Council Member Karin Uhlich, Ward 3.
    David moved to Tucson in 2004 from the Bay Area where he had been a public school teacher and worked for youth development nonprofits for a number of years. He earned his BA in Social Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his teaching credential from Mills College in Oakland. 
    David and his wife, Jesse, are raising their two boys to be caring, thoughtful humans, and live in downtown Tucson. He is always learning. And thanks to his family, always smiling, too.

    Kylie Walzak

    Kylie Walzak

    Transportation Policy Advisor/Constituent Services

    Kylie Walzak is Senior Special Staff Assistant for Matt Heinz, focusing on transportation issues. 🚴

    If you’ve seen a bike lane, path, or park in District 2, chances are Kylie has ridden on or through it; she can tell you how it got there and how you can bring something similar to your neighborhood.

    A long-time bicycle commuter, Kylie rode across the city while teaching middle and high school Spanish for the Vail Unified School District and BASIS. In 2012, she co-founded the Living Streets Alliance, a Tucson transportation advocacy organization, where she has since coordinated Cyclovia Tucson, a bi-annual, open streets event that draws over 40,000 people.

    Kylie earned a master’s degree in secondary education from University of Arizona, where she was a Coverdell Fellow. Before moving to Tucson in 2006, Kylie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea, West Africa 2002-2004.

    Kylie’s favorite District 2 spots are Los Tacos Apson on S. 12th Ave. and the 100-Acre Wood Bike Park at S. Alvernon Way and E. Aviation Parkway, where she rides with her partner and their young son. Kylie lives on Tucson’s West side with her family, six chickens, and a rescued Sulcata tortoise named Mr. Snuffy.

    Shaq McCoy headshotShaq McCoy

    Military Affairs Advisor/Constituent Services & Business Outreach


    Shaq McCoy holds it all together. 

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    Vanessa Barchfield

    Communications/Environmental Policy Advisor

    Vanessa Barchfield runs communications and works on environmental policy for Matt Heinz’s District 2 office. A Tucson native, Vanessa joined Matt’s staff after seven years as a producer and reporter at Arizona Public Media.

    While at AZPM, she worked in both radio and television, covering water, the environment, science, and arts and culture. Her stories earned her two Emmys and three Edward R. Murrow Awards. (What Remains, When Sarah Runs A Canyon Once Again)

    Vanessa graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2004. After college, she spent many years abroad: studying journalism in Mumbai, India; working as a reporter in Sao Paulo, Brazil; then moving to Vienna, Austria, where she lived for seven years. While in Vienna, Vanessa worked as an editor with the Economist Group, in communications with the United Nations and as a speech writer for the Japanese government. She speaks English, German and Portuguese. Vanessa studied audio storytelling at the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole, Massachusetts and learned filmmaking on the job. 
    She and her partner Brian live in downtown Tucson and are regulars at many District 2 restaurants, including El Torero and Café Desta. 

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    She's a good puppy.


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    Pima County, Arizona
    District 2
    33 N. Stone Ave., 11th Floor
    Tucson, AZ 85701

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