AZCEA is proud to recognize outstanding Community Education programs, staff, and leadership. The list below highlights the nominees and winners from our annual awards recognitions.

AZCEA 2021 Award Nominations

*Denotes award winners

Program of the Year (District-wide)

Name                                                District

*Kyrene Community Education Preschools        Kyrene

Higley Kids Club                                        Higley

Program of the Year (Site Specific)

Name                                        District

*Lomas Kids Club                                Kyrene

MTA Preschool at Park                                Madison        

Early Childhood Program MTA                        Madison        

Kids Club - Chaparral Elementary                Higley

Madison Meadows MAC program                Madison

Kids Express - CTA-Independence                Chandler

The Outdoor Classroom Copper Creek                Deer Valley

Program Leader of the Year (1-5 staff)

Name                                                District

*Ray Rascon                                        Kyrene

Cory Wahl                                        Higley

Miriam Pissas                                        Cave Creek

Nick Steele                                        Kyrene

Jacob Sampson                                        Higley

Priscilla Wilson                                        Kyrene

Program Leader of the Year (6-10 staff)

Name                                District

*Brittney Burns                        Chandler

Zach Cage                        Madison

Natalie Alvarez                        Kyrene

Pam Kline                        Catalina Foothills

Program Leader of the Year (11+ staff)

Name                                District

*April Long                        Madison

Aisley Lewis                        Chandler

Elaine Vallari                        Cave Creek

Lisa Minton                        Paradise Valley

Ariel Delgado                        Chandler

Program Line Staff/Rookie of the Year

Name                                District

Kerry Lopez                        Madison

*Parker Hicks                        Higley

Liban Sanchez                        Higley

Jake Holston                        Higley

*Desirae Smith                        Kyrene

Hayden Lawler                        Higley

*Calie Johnston                        Vail

Rodolfo Rodriguez                Madison

*Cristina Randazzo                 Chandler

Ryan Culer                        Kyrene

Steven "Alex" Motley                Chandler

Office Staff of the Year

Name                                District

Jennifer Guzman                Higley

*Kristen Butler                        Madison

*Sarah Northern                Kyrene

Kurtis Querubin                        Higley

*Sherri Wirth                        Catalina Foothills

Patrick McFadden                Madison

Administrator/Regional Leader of the Year

Name                                District

No qualified applicants

Community Educator of the Year

Name                                District

*Travis Kolter                                Catalina Foothills

AZCEA 2020 Award Nominations

*Denotes award winners

Program of the Year (District-wide)-Sponsored by Stratum Laser Tag

Name                                                District

*Community Schools Outdoor Adventure        Catalina Foothills

Program of the Year (Site Specific)-Sponsored by Stratum Laser Tag

Name                                                District

*CTA Independence-Kids Express                Chandler

Lomas Kids Club                                Kyrene

Program Leader of the Year (1-5 staff)

Name                                District

*Becky Brown                        Deer Valley

Michelle Napierkowski                Higley

Marlene Navarro                Catalina Foothills

Jacob Oliver                        Kyrene

Nick Steele                        Kyrene

Mona Yahyaei                        Kyrene

Program Leader of the Year (6-10 staff)

Name                                District

Jessica McGlothlin Harris        Catalina Foothills

*Mandy West                        Madison

Program Leader of the Year (11+ staff)

Name                                District

Sharon Cumberbatch                Chandler

*Jenny Stahl                        Cave Creek

Lena Mautz                        Madison

Christine Newman                Madison

Melinda Towne                        Chandler

Sandra Warren                        Madison

Tina White                        Deer Valley

Program Line Staff of the Year

Name                                District

*Lisette Adrian                        Madison

Chaniece “Daisy” Anderson        Vail

Jannett Flores                        Madison

Sylvie George                        Higley

Alicia Martinez                        Madison

Lauren Sedgwick                        Madison

*Kelli Siegel                        Cave Creek

*Aria Tanweer                        Kyrene

Andrea Quijano                        Kyrene

Program Line Staff Rookie of the Year

Name                                District

Abby Brislan                        Kyrene

Mia Cernetic                        Kyrene

Gabriella Corte                        Deer Valley

*Janella Flores Rodriguez        Chandler

Tiffany Fraizer                        Kyrene

Nick Steele                        Kyrene

Office Staff of the Year

Name                                District

Kristen Butler                        Madison

*Jennifer Noyce                        Catalina Foothills

Kurtis Querubin                        Higley

*Carrie Rath                                Cave Creek

*Deborah Ross                        Catalina Foothills

Administrator/Regional Leader of the Year

Name                                District

*Jennifer Kelly                        Paradise Valley

*Liz Mangan                        Kyrene

*Gavin Martin                        Kyrene

Community Educator of the Year

Name                                District

*Steve Hewitt                                Chandler

Lena Mautz                                Madison

AZCEA 2019 Award Nominations

*Denotes award winners

Program of the Year (District-wide)-Sponsored by Stratum Laser Tag

Name                                                District

*Community Schools Outdoor Adventure        Catalina Foothills

Program of the Year (Site Specific)-Sponsored by Stratum Laser Tag

Name                                                District

*CTA Independence-Kids Express                Chandler

Lomas Kids Club                                Kyrene

Program Leader of the Year (1-5 staff)

Name                                District

*Becky Brown                        Deer Valley

Michelle Napierkowski                Higley

Marlene Navarro                Catalina Foothills

Jacob Oliver                        Kyrene

Nick Steele                        Kyrene

Mona Yahyaei                        Kyrene

Program Leader of the Year (6-10 staff)

Name                                District

Jessica McGlothlin Harris        Catalina Foothills

*Mandy West                        Madison

Program Leader of the Year (11+ staff)

Name                                District

Sharon Cumberbatch                Chandler

*Jenny Stahl                        Cave Creek

Lena Mautz                        Madison

Christine Newman                Madison

Melinda Towne                        Chandler

Sandra Warren                        Madison

Tina White                        Deer Valley

Program Line Staff of the Year

Name                                District

*Lisette Adrian                        Madison

Chaniece “Daisy” Anderson        Vail

Jannett Flores                        Madison

Sylvie George                        Higley

Alicia Martinez                        Madison

Lauren Sedgwick                        Madison

*Kelli Siegel                        Cave Creek

*Aria Tanweer                        Kyrene

Andrea Quijano                        Kyrene

Program Line Staff Rookie of the Year

Name                                District

Abby Brislan                        Kyrene

Mia Cernetic                        Kyrene

Gabriella Corte                        Deer Valley

*Janella Flores Rodriguez        Chandler

Tiffany Fraizer                        Kyrene

Nick Steele                        Kyrene

Office Staff of the Year

Name                                District

Kristen Butler                        Madison

*Jennifer Noyce                        Catalina Foothills

Kurtis Querubin                        Higley

*Carrie Rath                                Cave Creek

*Deborah Ross                        Catalina Foothills

Administrator/Regional Leader of the Year

Name                                District

*Jennifer Kelly                        Paradise Valley

*Liz Mangan                        Kyrene

*Gavin Martin                        Kyrene

Community Educator of the Year

Name                                District

*Steve Hewitt                                Chandler

Lena Mautz                                Madison

AZCEA 2018 Award Nominations

*Denotes award winners

Program of the Year (District-wide)-Sponsored by Digital Sign Up

Name                                District

Higley Youth Sports League        Higley

*Kid’s Club                        Cave Creek

Kids Express                        Chandler

Madison                         Summer Camp        Madison

STEMtramurals                        Kyrene

Program of the Year (Site Specific)-Sponsored by Digital Sign Up

Name                                District

*Madison Simis Preschool        Madison

Milenio Kids Club                Kyrene

Pomeroy Xplore                        Mesa

Program Leader of the Year (1-5 staff)

Name                                District

Ahktar Arjmand                        Chandler

Carolina Garay                        Queen Creek

Emily Angier                                Kyrene

Jennine Wolfe                        Paradise Valley

Kurtis Querubin                        Higley

Lexly Rojas-Mena                Mesa

*Linda Pepe                                Deer Valley

Patty Laflam                                Chandler

Stephen Slavick                        Deer Valley

Program Leader of the Year (6-10 staff)

Name                                District

Amanda Lawrence                Kyrene

David Jacques                        Mesa

Nick Steele                                Kyrene

*Teresa Lipson                        Deer Valley

Program Leader of the Year (11+ staff)

Name                                District

Christine Newman                Madison

Danny Segoviano                Madison

Mandy West                                Madison

Marlene Navarro                Catalina Foothills

*Sabrina Romero                Catalina Foothills

Sandra Warren                        Madison

Program Line Staff of the Year

Name                                District

Abba Leon                        Madison

Abby Knight                        Kyrene

April Long                        Madison

Bridget Becerra                        Madison

Debora Cheatham                        Madison

Diana Miller                        Madison

Diane Lensch                        Madison

Janice Honetschlager                Mesa

*Jodi Thompson                        Madison

Jonathan Fago                        Paradise Valley

Nick Steele                        Kyrene

Patrica " Jasmine" Garcia        Chandler

*Sonia Martinez                        Chandler

*Tammy Luostari                        JO Combs

Taylor Flower                        Madison

Office Staff of the Year

Name                                District

Alma Baduqui                        Chandler

*Beth Harvill                        Deer Valley

Darlene Luna                        Mesa

Jacklyn Callahan                Chandler

Karen Wagner                        Chandler

Kim Baker                                Kyrene

Kristin Butler                        Madison

*Sandy Witte                        Kyrene

Shannon Leon                        Paradise Valley

Sue Burger                                Queen Creek

*Teri Thorley                        Deer Valley

Administrator/Regional Leader of the Year

Name                                District

*Christina Speciale                Chandler

*Eva Harlow                                Deer Valley

Jen Wetzel                                Kyrene

Lisa Minton                                Paradise Valley

Michael Speciale                Mesa

Quisha Ryan                                Madison

*Tot Wallace                        Mesa

Community Educator of the Year-Sponsored by Digital Sign Up

Name                                District

Christina Speciale                Chandler

Debora Cheatham                Madison

*Michael Linn                        Paradise Valley

AZCEA 2017 Award Nominations

*Denotes award winners

Program of the Year-Sponsored by SBSI Software, Inc.

Name        District

*Elementary Intramurals        Kyrene

Kids Express        Chandler

MAC Program        Madison

Program Leader of the Year

Name        District

Angelica Martinez              Chandler

Ashlee Brown              Tanque Verde

*Ashley Glaser              Catalina Foothills

Christine Newman              Madison

Claudette Bailey              Washington

Dana Lee                      Catalina Foothills

David Jacques              Mesa

Jenny Stahl              Cave Creek

*Kelsey Herrmann              Kyrene

Kim Ohanian              Chandler

Marissa Dzubak              Kyrene

Mona Yahyaei              Kyrene

Nancy Basham              Deer Valley

Natalie Roybal              Chandler

Pam Waichulaitis              Chandler

*Patrick McFaddin              Madison

Stephanie Morhous              Chandler

Program Line Staff of the Year

Name        District

Briza Ramos                      Chandler

Cody Watts                      Madison

Daniella Barreras                      Madison

Michelle Korotko                      Catalina Foothills

*Pam Waichulaitis                      Chandler

*Richard DeSimone                      Deer Valley

*Sarah Rae                      Mesa

Facility Rental Staff of the Year

Name        District

*Ben Garcia                     J.O. Combs

*Ben Hickethier                     Chandler

Kyle Snyder                     Kyrene

*Lorraine Udero                     Kyrene

Tina Robinson                     Deer Valley

Office Staff of the Year

Name        District

*Cindy Edwards                      Deer Valley

Darlene Luna                      Mesa

Debbie Ross                      Catalina Foothills

Jen Biddison                      Kyrene

Karen Wagner                      Chandler

Kristen Butler                      Madison

*Mindy Dillingham                      Chandler

*Sarah Northern                      Kyrene

Teresa King                      Cave Creek

Administrator/Regional Leader of the Year

Name        District

Amanda Nosbisch                        Kyrene

*Bobbi Paul                      Deer Valley

Cathy Saldate                      Flowing Wells

*Heather Turner                      Cave Creek

Natalie Roybal                      Chandler

*Quisha Ryan                      Madison

Community Educator of the Year-Sponsored by SBSI Software, Inc.

Name        District

Eva Harlow                      Deer Valley

Karen Strong                      Chandler

*Martha Damron              Flowing Wells

AZCEA 2016 Award Winners

Program of the Year

Name        District        

Monte Vista Kids Club        Kyrene        

Program Leader of the Year

Name        District        

Alex Pierson        Madison        

Ricky Gonzales        Scottsdale        

Tammy Carley        J.O. Combs        

Program Line Staff of the Year

Name        District        

Bianca Lopez        Kyrene        

Dale Totten        Kyrene        

Joanie Seavey        Mesa        

Office Staff of the Year

Name        District                

Beverly Smith        Catalina Foothills        

Margie Brown        Catalina Foothills        

Susan Burger        Queen Creek        

Administrator/Regional Leader of the Year

Name        District                

Diane Selby        Madison                

Jen Wetzel        Kyrene                

Mary Grodman        Catalina Foothills        

Community Educator of the Year

Name        District        

Ceaser Montemayor        Kyrene