Risha VanderWey, Coconino County Superintendent of Schools, has worked as a teacher, an instructional coach, and site-based principal in Northern Arizona for 14 years. She has worked on the Navajo Reservation and for Tuba City Unified School District as a 5th grade and 1st grade teacher; Flagstaff Unified School District and Page Unified School District. In working with varied and unique districts within Coconino County, Ms. VanderWey is uniquely qualified to represent the County and strive toward excellence in all county schools. Throughout most of her educational career Mrs. VanderWey has worked for Title 1 schools with high rates of poverty and minority students.
Mrs. VanderWey received a Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, a Masters in Educational Leadership, a Superintendent Certificate, and is currently working on her doctorate at Northern Arizona University.
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The Chief Deputy is the senior ranking position to the CCESA and acts on the behalf of the County Superintendent. Tina Wells is the acting Chief Deputy of the CCESA and also oversees the Fiscal and Accounting Division.
Tina Wells joined the Coconino County Superintendent’s Office in 1995. In June of 2010, she was appointed Chief Deputy. In Fiscal Year 2016, Tina monitored and verified budget and cash capacity in the amount of $139,918,415 for all 9 Coconino County School Districts. She also serves as the financial manager to the CCESA.
In addition to her Chief Deputy duties, and as the lead for the Fiscal and Accounting Division, Mrs. Wells provides significant financial assistance to school districts, such as assistance with school district budgets, budget journal entries, and override/bond elections. Mrs. Wells works closely with district business managers in calculating the school district tax rates.
Tina is married and has two children and two grandchildren. Her hobbies include travel, shopping and spending time with her family.
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Gloria White works with the Coconino County School Districts to process accounts payable vouchers. She prepares and processes receipts for all incoming revenues from state and federal grant funds and forwards to the County Treasurer’s office. Revenue journal entries are done and exported to the school districts. Gloria joined the Superintendent Schools office team in August 2015 after many years of Service in the Health Care Industry as a Department Manager and Patient Advocate with the Indian Health Services. Most recently at Banner Health in Phoenix, Arizona. She has worked in administrative positions handling program planning and budget processing. An important aspect of her life is family — her husband, two children (Son and Daughter), two Chihuahua pets, and large extended family. She is Bitterwater clan born for One Who Walks Around clan and is originally from New Mexico. Gloria is very positive and enjoys working with people.
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Erin Tutay moved to Flagstaff four years ago and is originally from Tempe, Arizona. She is married with two children. Currently she attends Northern Arizona University to earn her degree in Business Administration. She loves to bake for parties, make crafts, play the piano, and spend time with her family and dog.
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Elizabeth has lived in Flagstaff for most of her life. She attended NAU, earning both her BA and MA in History with an emphasis on Health, Environment, and Latin America. Her MA thesis, entitled Mind, Body, and Soul: Environmental Determinism in Argentina, 1850-1940, discusses the ways Argentine intellectuals used their understanding of the natural world to interpret poor health in Argentina. In her down time, she enjoys hiking and reading.
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