Connections Spotlight — CCC&Y’s Virginia Watahomigie; Coconino County Superintendent of Schools Cheryl Mango-Paget named 2022 Women Achievers of Arizona by Arizona Capitol Times

Sep 27, 2022 | CCC&Y Info & Events

By the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth

Virginia Watahomigie, executive director of CCC&Y, and Coconino County Superintendent of Schools Cheryl Mango-Paget have been selected as 2022 Women Achievers of Arizona by Arizona Capitol Times.

They join 20 other individuals who will be honored at the 2022 Women Achievers of Arizona luncheon to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix

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The 2022 Women Achievers of Arizona celebrates the accomplishments of top women in numerous fields, the publication reported.Amidst a challenging year, these leaders persevered and excelled. Their collective work helps Arizonans today and prepares the state for a flourishing future. The Achievers will also be profiled in a special edition of the Arizona Capitol Times. 

The honorees and categories include:

Healthcare Services

  • Amanda Aguirre, President and CEO, Regional Center For Border Health
  • Dr. Shar Najafi-Piper, CEO, Copa Health
  • Debbie Shumway, Executive Director, Hospice of the Valley

Legal Profession

  • Rachel Frazier Johnson, Attorney, Rachel Frazier Johnson Law
  • Debora Verdier, Partner, The Cavanagh Law Firm
  • Lori Higuera, Assistant General Counsel, Freeport-McMoRan

Private and Public Companies

  • Julie Rees, Principal, TRIADVOCATES
  • Laura Worzella, EVP Chief Operating Officer, OneAZ Credit Union
  • Rachel Aja, Director, Government Relations, Cox Communications

Public Service Profession

  • Cheryl Mango-Paget, Coconino County Superintendent of Schools
  • Jan Lesher, Pima County Administrator, Pima County
  • Roxanna Pitones, Senior Legislative Associate, League of Arizona Cities and Towns
  • Crystal Thompson, Communications Manager, Central Arizona Project
  • Suzanne Kinney, President and CEO, NAIOP


  • May Mgbolu, Director of Economic Policy, Arizona Center for Economic Progress at Children’s Action Alliance
  • Jackie Halleen, President, Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona
  • Jennifer Mellor, Chief Innovation Officer, Greater Phoenix Chamber
  • Virginia Watahomigie, Executive Director, Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth
  • Lisa Glow, CEO, Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS)

Unsung Heroes

  • Gina Roberts, Voter Education Director, Citizens Clean Elections Commission
  • Catrina Jenkins, Emergency Manager, Navajo County Public Health & Emergency Management

Woman of the Year

  • Kelly Barr, Associate General Manager, Chief Strategy, Corporate Services and Sustainability Executive, Salt River Project (SRP)