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Lisa E. Platt


Linda M. Herold


Linda Tingstrom



2017 Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux

2016 Molly Stockley

2015 Rachelle Barrett

2014 Marie Lopez Rogers

2013 Michelle R. Dionisio

2012 Elaine Scruggs

2011 Pat Horton

2010 Candace Hunter Wiest

2009 Karen Wellert, CSA


Janine Schoenike
Sarah Weddle
Marsha Vaughn



Michele King Bruen


Michele Greenberg – 2016, 2017

Laura Adams – 2014, 2015

Laurie Castillo – 2013

Phyllis C. Brown – 2012

Linda Cavanaugh – 2011

Kelly Ettenborough – 2010

Sharon Levinson – 2009

Kate Cox – 2008

Victoria Bushnell – 2007

Karen Wellert – 2006

Sharon E. Ravenscroft – 2005


Linda Tingstrom – 2017
Sarah Weddle  2017
Marsha Vaughn – 2017

Linda Tingstrom – 2016
Sarah Weddle – 2016
Gale Henry – 2016

Linda Tingstrom – 2015
Ann Van Kerkwyk – 2015
Sarah Weddle – 2015

Julie Carpenter – 2014
Linda Tingstrom – 2014

Jennifer Cameron – 2013
Laura Malamud- 2013
Pamela Prine- 2013

Barbara Kendrick – 2012
Pamela Prine- 2012
Laura Malamud- 2012


Patricia Leupp – 2011
Mayra Ciribassi – 2011
Jeannie Drobina – 2011

Norma Richardson – 2010
Beverly Stokes – 2010
Laurie Castillo – 2010

Elizabeth Hartigan – 2009
Patty Thompson – 2009

Paulette Goldman – 2008
Christine Siler – 2008
Sharon Levinson – 2008

Karen Luu – 2007
Kate Cox – 2007
Amy Lindsey – 2007

Lynn Williams, CSA – 2006
Jennifer Burns – 2006

Emily Fourmy Cutrer – 2005
Victoria L. Bushnell – 2005


linda tingstromLinda Tingstrom
Sew What! Creative Interiors
2018 Director, West Valley Women

I am a farm girl from the Midwest and grew up with 4 sisters. I spent 23 years with a major airline and worked at O’Hare International Airport and then Sky Harbor International Airport. I moved to Arizona in 1984 and have one married daughter that lives in Phoenix. I have 23 successful rewarding years with Sew What! Creative Interiors helping people create beauty in their homes. A big part of my life is giving back. I love volunteering with Gabriel’s Angels. We take pet therapy to abused and at risk children. As of Dec. 2017, I now am a therapy team with my poodle, rescue, Mr. Finley. I am an avid hiker, line dancer, world traveler, and love my Zumba classes.

Sarah at WVWSarah Weddle
Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant
2018 Ambassador, West Valley Women

Sarah Weddle began her Mary Kay business in 2010 after being a loyal customer for 15 years!  She is passionate about the purpose behind the Mary Kay product and sharing it with others.

Sarah left a 20 year career in commercial real estate in 2013 to pursue her Mary Kay business full time and assist in the family business.

Sarah is a UCLA graduate with a bachelor’s degree in history. She also holds a teaching credential in elementary education and a culinary arts degree from the famed CIA, or Culinary Institute of America. Sarah is married to Don, the love of her life and has two grown children of whom she is exceptionally proud and will tell anyone who will listen about their amazing accomplishments!  She attends and volunteers her time to Pinnacle Community Church where she is involved in the worship ministry. Traveling to visit her children in California and Georgia drive her to success in her Mary Kay business!

Marsha Vaughn
Owner of Bookkeeping Partners LLC
2018 Ambassador, West Valley Women

I was born in Southern California but raised by mid-western parents and given a strong base of family and community.  My Grandfather was a Shriner, my Grandmother, Mother and Aunts were all Eastern Stars and my older sister and I were Rainbow girls.  All service organizations within the Masonic family.   I moved to Arizona in 1985 so have now lived here longer than in California.  I have a beautiful daughter and gorgeous grandson who both are sources of my pride and joy.

Early work experience is from Corporate America working for international and domestic companies as administrators, budget manager and business managers.  A diverse background leading to my current passion in working with Small Business Owners in the administrative and financial areas to help them stay in and grow their business to meet their vision.  Administration and bookkeeping are the backbone to any company and the GPS to success.   I’m approaching my 21st year of self-employment.

I’m very family and friend oriented so spending time with these people is essential to my happiness.  I love to travel, laugh, do crafts, decorate, entertain and be entertained.  I’ve been a resident of Peoria for most of the 33 years in Arizona.  After California, living on the west side was living in the country and commuting to the city.

Janine Schoenike

2018 Ambassador, West Valley Women





mkb-nov13Michele King Bruen
President, StraightLine Publishing
Volunteer Photographer, West Valley Women

Michele King Bruen is the President of StraightLine Publishing, a woman-owned editorial services business in Surprise. Michele specializes in proofreading and editing for various documents and webpages, graphic design for logos and marketing materials, and mobile notary services for the West Valley.

Previous positions include Editor and Analyst at SAIC, Climbing Instructor at REI, Piano Instructor, Church Pianist, Executive Administrator, Retail Sales Specialist, and Background Investigator for a Federal Government agency.

Michele is originally from Virginia where she received her B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Strayer University. She moved to Arizona in 2010 and married her best friend and true love, Chuck Bruen, in August 2011. They were married in Vegas on the 21st anniversary of the day they met. Chuck & Michele live in Surprise with their dog and cat. Michele enjoys CrossFit, running, poker, hockey, hiking, shooting, winemaking, gardening, and photography.

Lisa E. Platt

President, West Valley Women

An event management specialist and entrepreneur, Ms. Platt is the founder and CEO of The Platt Company, a business concierge firm that works with small organizations and busy professionals. Under this umbrella, Lisa has successfully worked with networking organizations for over 15 years serving as manager, administrator and now President/Owner of West Valley Women.

Additionally, Lisa serves as the Executive Director for the Arizona Homeopathic & Integrative Medical Association (AHIMA), the state association for Arizona’s Licensed Homeopathic Physicians, MD(H) & DO(H)’s. Her responsibilities include coordinating details for monthly lectures, special workshops and semi-annual dinners, maintaining membership records, sending weekly newsletters and meeting reminders, working closely with our lobbyist and president on legislative projects and serving as the liaison between the Association and Licensing Board.

In 1996, Ms. Platt founded Errands Galore, a personal concierge firm working with busy professionals. Many of her clients were small business owners who needed reliable help with specific business projects on a part-time contract labor basis.

In 2006, Lisa earned her Distinguished Toastmaster Award, She loves animals, enjoys musicals and comedies, relaxing on a quiet beach and is equally comfortable wearing a pair of jeans or cocktail attire. She adores her two nephews and spending time with family and friends.


Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux

Pendergast Elementary School District

Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux was born in New York, N.Y. where she attended elementary school and two years of high school. Her family then moved to Isabela, Puerto Rico where she completed high school and college.

Lily’s educational preparation includes degrees in Elementary Education (BA), Educational Leadership and Supervision (MA and PHD), all from the University of Southern Mississippi and a BA in Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico.  Her experiences are varied and include serving as a  teacher, elementary principal, middle school dean of students, assistant superintendent, adjunct university professor, English as a Second Language Instructor, director of religious education at a military base, business owner, and community volunteer.  Lily owned a technology company for six years before returning to her true love: education.

Dr. DeBlieux was appointed as the first bi-lingual, Latina Superintendent of the Pendergast Elementary School District in May 2014. She feels privileged to work in an environment with dedicated individuals and a Governing Board that supports “empowering excellence and success.”

In her spare time, Lily loves to spend time with family, read, travel, and serve her community.  She is active in many community organizations including The Hispanic Leadership Institute, Glendale West Rotary, Leadership West Class XXII, City of Phoenix Youth and Education Commission, Glendale Chamber of Commerce and others. Lily is sought after as a motivational speaker, and in 2015, she founded the organization Si No Yo, Quien? LLC, to provide training to empower women to reach new heights in their personal and professional lives. Seeing a need to reduce the startling statistics of preventable deaths of children in Arizona, Lily recently co-founded the Care Enough to Get in the Way Conference held in January 2017, the first of its kind in the state, attended by over 1,000 people.

Lily is married to Earl, a retired chaplain who served 30 years in the United States Air Force. She has two children Joel, a Network Engineer and business owner living in Fort Myers, Florida and Dr. Linda, a Pharmacist living in Tucson, AZ. She is also the proud grandmother of Evangeline.




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