Alumnae

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Sandra Leal, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA, CDE is the Director of Clinical Pharmacy/Broadway at El Rio Health Center in Tucson, Arizona. Her current clinical practice includes provision of clinical services in the areas of diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia in a largely Hispanic and American Indian population. Dr. Leal is an adjunct instructor at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine. 
Dr. Leal received her Bachelor’s in Pharmacy and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy.

Candidate for Arizona State House of Representatives, LD-6

This is me on my way to Denver, August, 2008. I had been chosen as a Delegate for Obama and was on my way to the Convention, to cast my vote for Barack Obama – who would be declared our Presidential Candidate the following week. Very exciting!
My name is Angela LeFevre. I was born Angela Lewis on August 19th (same birthday as Bill Clinton) 1948 at the Maternity Hospital in Leeds, England.
I grew up in Leeds, and went to an all-girls Grammar School. My main claim to fame was when I was 17 I won an AFS Scholarship to spend a year in the USA.

Stacey is a native Arizonan, born and raised in Phoenix. She graduated from Paradise Valley High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. For the past 14 years, she’s worked as a paralegal, advocating on behalf of those suffering catastrophic injuries. Since 2010, she's served as President of Sisters by Heart, a national non-profit supporting families facing a new diagnosis of complex congenital heart defects.

Dr. Lopez was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California Berkeley. She obtained her Master and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She was awarded a Dissertation Research Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health as well as a Post-Doctoral National Research Science Award from the National Institute of Health. 
 
Dr. Lopez served as a teaching assistant at the college level and conducted research in middle schools focusing on peer relations.

Elizabeth Lujan is a professional in the hospitality/property management industry.  She is currently a Contact Center Manager for Oakwood Worldwide’s call center in central Phoenix.  Having been in this industry for 15 years she has made a life changing decision to pursue her dream of a political career. 
 
Elizabeth is driven by a desire to “change the world”, with a focus on making lasting reforms of the child welfare and foster care systems.  Part of this dream stems from her childhood as an adoptee and seeing first hand where reforms are most needed.

Tonya has lived in Arizona since arriving as a toddler from South Dakota. Her time in the Valley was  broken only by her time at the University of Arizona, where she graduated in 1991.  
Tonya and her husband, Doug have lived in the same house near Cave Creek for over twenty years.   They love the dirt roads and stillness of the desert.  Doug is a retired phoenix firefighter/paramedic.   they are very proud of their two teens, Hannah and Jacob (a college freshman and a high school sophomore).

Kellie MacDonald-Evoy is currently a student at Arizona State University where she is working towards a Master’s degree in the field of Social Work. During her first year in the graduate program Kellie interned at Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema’s office where she worked with constituents to solve various issues relating to Federal agencies and helped develop a recourse guide for Arizona’s veterans.

Lisa was born and raised in Upstate New York where she graduated from Vassar College with a B. A. in Computer Science and Math. Lisa was an employee of IBM and several other large high tech companies in NY and California. As she worked longer in large companies, she became disillusioned with big business and was compelled to start her own company while pursuing a passion caring for animals. Lisa is a recent transplant to Arizona. She and her partner moved here in 2010 from Northern California.

Kristin is originally from South Dakota, but moved to Phoenix in the fall of 2010. She graduated from law school in the May of 2013. She is currently in the process of joining the Civil Service with the Department of State and pursuing careers that involve international law and relations.

With a background in Women & Gender Studies, and a passion for reproductive rights and grassroots organizing, Milynn has found herself working in the world of politics.

Former Precinct Captain
Candidate for Roosevelt School District Governing Board

Ms. McHenry is a Phoenix native with deep, local roots to the South Mountain community. She is a part of a large family; there are two sets of twins which she is a part of.  She graduated from South Mountain High School in the top ten percent of her class and attended Arizona State University to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. She continued her education by receiving her Master of Arts in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix while employed with ValueOptions as the Prevention, Education & Outreach Coordinator.

I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the city of Brotherly (“and Sisterly”) Love. As the youngest of youngest of five children, I grew up in a relatively conservative or “old-fashioned” African American family. My parents were descended from sharecroppers and my mother was illiterate. It is a fitting tribute to my heritage that I work to help people develop literacy skills. Every summer, my mother sent me to camp and I was a natural camp leader.

Being accepted to Emerge is a dream come true. This opportunity will help me further my goals to one day uphold office and make a difference. I am very proud of my accomplishments through the years both in community service and extra curricular activities. With in the last six years I¢ve participated in nine running elections, both presidential and local. Some of those people are John Kerry, Ed Pastor, Richard Miranda, Micheal Nowakowski, Marie Lopez Rodgers, and Bob Huffman.

Ayensa Millan was born in Mexico and raised in Puerto Peñasco by her grandparents. She moved to Phoenix at 17 to live with her mother.  She graduated at the top of her class at Trevor G. Browne High School and earned dual bachelor's degrees in political science and psychology from Arizona State University in 2006. She spent almost a year as an AmeriCorps member with Public Allies Arizona, and was the Hispanic Outreach Director in Arizona for the Democratic National Committee during the 2008 presiden­tial election.

My name is Stephanie Miller and I have recently earned my Master’s degree in Social Work from the Arizona State University School of Social Work in Tucson. I am incredibly grateful for this achievement, and furthermore I am thankful for the experiences and opportunities that brought me to this stage of success. With a family background that includes divorce, drug abuse, and domestic violence, it became clear to me that my calling was one of service to my community. During my undergraduate studies, my internship with the Divorce Recovery, Inc.

Dr. Bernadette Mineo is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at A.T. Still University - Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa, Arizona. In this position since 2005, she oversees the entry-level and directs the post-professional occupational therapy programs, mentors and supports faculty and students in their professional development, and promotes partnerships with other organizations to educate practitioners in areas of service and research need. Dr.

Marissa Morabito is a Senior Associate at a political consulting firm in
Scottsdale, Arizona. During the 2006 election cycle, her clients included
congressional, legislative and school district candidates across the state
as well as national political action committees. In 2006, she attained her
first electoral win as a Precinct Committeeperson in legislative district
17. Marissa had an internship at the Arizona House of Representatives
working for the Democratic Caucus. She staffed the Transportation and
Federal Mandates and Property Rights committees.

Elizabeth Morales is the daughter of Cuban immigrants, the first-born American. She grew up in a home that valued service to others, which Elizabeth continues this legacy by serving in various capacities. Elizabeth currently works as the Housing Administrator, with Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation, serving those experiencing homelessness and diagnosed with a mental illness. She has over 12 years of experience in housing and more than six years in social services.

A Senior Business Professional and Human Behavior Specialist with over twenty five years’ experience as an international consultant, presenter, executive, career and life coach providing strategic leadership development, community outreach, sales and delivery to global organizations working in both the private and government sectors. Her diverse professional background has been built from an early base of work as a trained specialist in resource management, wild land fire-fighting and dispatching with the US Forest Service.

I have recently moved to the Phoenix area from New York. I have over 10 years of work experience in customer service, education, legal and corporate settings. My passion has been in education for a long time, even before I realized it. I have volunteered as an SAT tutor for underprivileged students, worked as a teacher's assistant and as Program Administrator for education non-profits in New York. After a year and half in corporate law in New York I decided to re-enter the world of education and issues regarding equity and access to education.

A born auto-didact, I have spent a lifetime fascinated by, and immersing myself in, discussions of public policy. I was seven the summer Richard Nixon resigned, and among my earliest memories is watching the Watergate hearings and peppering my parents and grandparents (Republicans to the core) with questions and then reading all I could about the presidency, presidents, and, ultimately, politics, creating a library that still grows.

Helene has been a nurse, high school coach and fitness instructor for the past 27 years working in Virginia, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Arizona. She was awarded the key to the city of Des Moines, Iowa and Las Cruces, New Mexico for inspiration and community service. Iowa Governor Vilsack recognized her for community service. While employed at the Iowa Department for Public Health she served as Liaison on the Gulf War Illness Project.  She is founder of the Des Moines Marathon and was awarded Runner's World George Sheehan Golden Shoe Award for her accomplishment.

A native Arizonan, Kristie was born and raised in the East Valley and is a graduate of Dobson High. Kristie received her B.A. in International Relations from Trinity College, in Washington, DC, a Certificate in International Studies from The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and her Juris Doctorate from Bond University. Kristie’s interests include international law and women’s issues such as prevention of domestic violence and trafficking in women. She is interested in helping move Arizona forward and bringing a moderate voice to Arizona politics.

Yolanda served as a Senior Educational Consultant for rural school districts throughout the State in implementation of the “No Child Left Behind Block Grants”. Additionally Yolanda was Kenilworth Elementary School’s Principal where she was the recipient of the 2002 Mayor’s Partnership Award in the Community Category. Prior to this Yolanda served Dysart School District as the Director of Academic Support Programs. 
 
Yolanda has written state and federal grants that focus on serving students and families in poverty.

Amy was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She attended the University of Texas at El Paso where she earned a B.A. in Political Science and minored in Legal Reasoning. After graduating in 2005, Amy relocated to Arizona to attend law school at Arizona State University's College of Law. While in law school, Amy was an active member of the Advocacy Program Against Domestic Violence and ASU's Student Bar Association. She graduated from law school with highest pro bono distinction.
While a law student, Amy served as law clerk for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid after her first year in law school.

I was born 1960 in Phoenix, Arizona to Maurice and Margie Sanders. I have two older sisters and one younger brother. My father died in 1962, my widowed mother raised us. My mother once told us that the reason she did not remarry was that she did not want to bring a man in the house that we beat us. I must assume that was because she wanted to save that pleasure for herself. She was an alcoholic and physically and emotional abusive to her children. We grew up very poor. At the age of ten I began working to earn money, I helped a couple of older women in my neighborhood clean their homes.

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