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Alumni Leadership Council
DeAnn Davies, Chair of Alumni Leadership Council
DeAnn Davies came to Arizona on June 26, 1990! She moved here from Oregon where air conditioning in vehicles is optional. Her car did not have that option! DeAnn graduated from ASU in 1995 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts (major Psychology and minor in Spanish). Her studies focused on child development and neuropsychology. She pursued a Master's in Child and Adolescent Counseling Psychology and completed a post-graduate fellowship in infant-parent and young child mental health. In 2001, Ms. Davies became the first Arizona HealthySteps Specialist at Phoenix Children's Hospital. She worked to expand the HealthySteps model into pediatric well-child care throughout Arizona and trained over 30 new HealthySteps sites. Today, Ms. Davies serves as the Director of Early Childhood Outreach and Pediatric Psychology for Summit Healthcare in Show Low, Arizona. DeAnn has served under four Arizona Governors as an appointed member and chair of Governor's boards. She is a founding member of the Arizona Chapter for Postpartum Support International and a past chair for a First Things First Regional Council.
Kathy DeBoer, Senior Vice President, Chief Quality Officer
With over of 30 years of experience in Marketing Research, Kathy DeBoer has indirectly touched the lives of many Arizona residents. Kathy is well known for her expertise in public policy and has helped guide countless decisions affecting the quality of life in Arizona. Kathy also works with many private-sector clients, including advertising agencies, public relations firms, and WestGroup’s global clients.
Neil Farber, MD, PhD, FAAP
Dr. Farber is a Volunteer Faculty and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Pediatrics, and Pharmacology & Toxicology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and an adjunct Professor of Psychology at ASU. He's published over 175 abstracts, articles, book chapters and educational videos as well as four books on positive psychology. He has also published 38 articles for Psychology Today as an expert in their Happiness section.
Christina Hedlund attended both Occidental College and Arizona State, graduating in 1976 with a B.A. in psychology. She was active in the Child Study Lab at ASU and after graduating, became certified to teach students with special needs. In her subsequent teaching career, Ms. Hedlund worked with a variety of special needs students, including those with learning disabilities, emotional issues, and autism spectrum disorders. She later became a coach for special educators in her school district and a consultant on challenging cases. She lives in Phoenix and happily spends summers in northern Arizona.
Stephanie Heidler graduated from ASU in 1988 with a B.S. degree (minor in Psychology and a major in Business). Her first job after ASU was in Human Resources at America West Airlines starting in 1989. Married in 1991, she moved to Florida and worked at Mayo Clinic for two years in Appointments until she relocated to San Diego in 1995 where Ms. Heidler worked in Commercial Real Estate until 1997 when she moved back to Arizona. After working as a kindergarten teacher’s aide at her daughters' school for 2 years, Ms Heidler decided to return to the medical field. Her original intent was to return to the Mayo Clinic in 2006 but they required a 2-year formal medical transcription training program. Undaunted, Ms Heidler received a 2-year medical transcription certificate in 2008 from Gateway Community College where she graduated with high honors and went on to transcribe for a small medical transcription company based out of Nebraska. She has been in Transcription/Correspondence at Mayo since October 2011 and loves every minute of it. Her ultimate plan is to move into Cancer Clinical Research focusing on Stem Cell Transplant.
Jennifer Matz Kilian, Partner, Hit the Mark Consulting
Jennifer Kilian is an independent consultant, specializing in Organizational Change Management (OCM) and training for large business process changes and system implementations. She graduated from ASU in 1995 with a BA in Psychology and currently lives in South Phoenix with her husband and four children.
Judy Smith Marshall, PhD
Dr. Judith M. Smith (Judy) was born and raised in Holbrook, AZ, Navajo County. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from ASU in 1969. After graduating as an experimental psychologist, Dr. Smith began her career in academia and was associate professor of psychology at Manhattan College, NYC when she decided to pursue a career in industry. The majority of her career was spent working at the international headquarters of Warner-Lambert Company where she became Director of Sensory and International Market Research.