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Debbie Nez-Manuel’s professional accomplishments have profound impacts on communities. Debbie has extensive experience as a Family Therapist, Case Manager, Youth Advocate, Domestic Violence Program Specialist, and Community Health Educator for Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, as well as Executive Director for Morning Star Leaders, Inc. She currently serves as a Consultant to promote equity and social engagement among Native American communities and peoples.Notably, Ms. Nez-Manuel also continues to have a long-term instrumental leadership role that led to the recent signing by Governor Ducey of HB2570. This bill created a Study Committee charged with developing a state-wide plan to examine and reduce the murder and missing of Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG). Given her expertise and leadership, she currently serves as the Co-Chair of the MMIWG Data Sharing Committee.
Melody Hernandez was born and raised in the southeast valley of Arizona to a first generation Mexican-American family. Stunned by violence plaguing our country on the news and in her community, Hernandez was called to help those in need. She has been working in emergency medical services for five years, where she currently is a paramedic. Activism for Hernandez started at a young age, having grown up attending demonstrations with her family supporting immigration reform and protesting police brutality. She is a proud union member.
Suzanne Hug is a local business owner, proud parent, and cub scout leader. She has held a position of trust as a Notary Public for over 5 years. In 2013 she moved with her husband to Mesa for its strong school system and friendly community. As a small business owner, Suzanne learned to deal with government regulation and licensing, in addition to marketing and communication skills. She is also involved with local public schools, giving back to local charitable organizations, and is a graduate of Emerge Arizona. She is an elected Precinct Commiteewoman and has volunteered on several local campaigns.
Kathleen Mary Honne is a lifelong Arizonan, she grew up in Southern Arizona and married her high school sweetheart. As an educator having served for more than 20 years in either the classroom or administration she has counseled children, colleagues, and supervisors; balanced multi-million-dollar budgets; and navigated bureaucratic red-tape. As your elected representative she will use all her skills to magnify and increase our strengths and compassionately confront our struggles for our common good, our community, and our state.
Dr. Kristin Dybvig-Pawelko is the director of the undergraduate internship program for the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. As director of the internship program, Kristin strives to connect students with opportunities for learning beyond the classroom. She is passionate about helping students transition between their academic lives and their professional lives. Mother of three, she was inspired to run after RedforEd. Her key issues are protection of groundwater, fighting corruption and strong education.