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Ceci (short for Cecilia) is an Arizona native, born and raised in Phoenix. Ceci’s background experience includes employment as a paralegal for accomplished Phoenix attorneys in the field of Domestic Relations, Criminal, Bankruptcy and Election Law. She is currently employed at the Law Office of Martín J. Quezada, PLLC. She also worked for the State of Arizona in the area of social services for ten years.

Currently I work at the Juniper Branch of the Phoenix Public Library. I have worked in academic and public libraries, taught school, had my own consulting business, and ran for the Arizona Legislature in 2008. I hold a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada in Political Science and a Masters degree from the University of Utah in History. The emphasis of my studies was the American West.
My husband, Byron, and I raised three boys. The oldest has finished school and works as an actuary in Portland.  The younger two are in Flagstaff.

Valerie J. Walker is a native Arizonan who recently returned to Phoenix after living in six cities on three continents. While working for a major airline, she represented 26,000 workers, and managed improvements in the areas of health, safety and security.

Thea Walsh has lived in Phoenix, AZ since she was 9 years old. She attended ASU and graduated with her BS in Psychology in 2011 and her MS in Psychology in 2013. Thea has over three years of experience working for nonprofit organizations. She worked at Sojourner Center with victims of domestic violence and with foster care youth at JFCS. Thea has been actively involved in promoting LGBTQ rights, volunteering with ASU's Human Rights Campaign and with the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN).Thea currently works as a Grants Writer for Jewish Family & Children's Service (JFCS).

Beth Weisser is running for LD 3 State Senate in 2010. Currently she is the Technology Teacher at White Cliffs Middle School in Kingman, Arizona. She is active in the Arizona Education Association and Vice-President of the Kingman Education Association. Beth is also an Arizona licensed real estate agent.
In 1984 Beth moved to Phoenix, Arizona with a BS degree in Business Administration from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. She worked in real estate sales, property management, and accounting.

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, the third of six children. I attended N.C. State, majored in Political Science, and was active in campus politics. While there, I had an internship with Congressman Wyche Fowler (GA) on Capitol Hill.
Shortly after graduating, I worked for Coca-Cola USA and was transferred to Chicago in 1984.  While there, I worked on numerous political campaigns including Harold Washington for Mayor, Carol Moseley-Braun for U.S. Senate, and was an elected 1992 Delegate. I attended the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Democratic Conventions.

Keo’vonne Wilson graduated from Arizona Summit Law School in May of 2013. As a law student, Keo’vonne was the President of the Black Law Students Association, the ABA Law Student Division, Liaison to the Commission on Sexual Orientation and Identity and Negotiations Chair for the Phoenix School of Law Competitions Team. It was during law school that Ms. Wilson began working for an estate-planning firm in the valley with the goal of starting her own estate planning practice. 
Keo’vonne is currently an estate planning attorney and mediator at Keo’vonne Wilson Legal, PLLC.

Prior to relocating to Arizona, Dr. Kathleen Wishnick served as Associate Vice President of Instruction for Workforce Education and Economic Development at American River College. As Associate Vice President, she managed the Carl Perkins Grant and oversaw the workforce and vocational education programs, wrote grants to increase retention of 18 to 25 year old students and co-authored a Title III grant to Increase the Success and Persistence Rates of First-time Freshmen.

Rasheda Worthy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree. In 2005, Rasheda founded The Worthy Institute, an organization that promotes her vision of educating and improving the overall health and value of individuals, families and communities.

For the last seven years Carla Wright has owned and operated Wright Wedding and Events, a full-service event management and planning company. In addition to overseeing countless nuptials, her client base includes State Farm Insurance, Back to School Clothing Drive, and The Bill Dickey Scholarship Association by planning and executing fundraisers, special events, and motivational seminars.  Before branching out on her own, Ms.

Daniella has been involved in advocacy work since 1999. In that time, she has advocated on behalf of the Arizona Justice Institute, the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness, and AARP Arizona. While at AARP, she worked on numerous campaigns including No on Proposition 200, against the payday lending industry. Daniella was responsible for creating a great deal of the messaging for the successful campaign including the writing of press releases, distribution materials, fact sheets, and action alerts.

Trina Zelle is Director of Interfaith Worker Justice of Arizona, a labor/religion alliance that exists to improve the wages and benefits of the working poor in Arizona. Ordained in 1980 by the Presbyterian Church (USA), she has served congregations in Connecticut, Minnesota, Hawaii, Texas, and Arizona. Her previous involvement in social justice work includes self-empowerment projects with immigrant women and the establishment of Cristo Rey Outreach, a nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance to grassroots groups along the Texas/New Mexico/Mexico border.  .  

As a scientist and a college teacher I am able to attain my lifelong dream…to wear jeans and sneakers to work. After years as a research Neuroscientist, I ultimately choose to teach in the community college system because I feel strongly about the availability of low cost, high quality, education, and wanted to live a more relaxed lifestyle. A native New Yorker, I am happy to now reside in a (finally!) evolving downtown area of Phoenix where I can eat great Mexican food, see a musical at Symphony Hall, jump on the light rail, and be in bed 20 minutes after curtain call.

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