Our Staff

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 Ms. VanderWey has worked for Title 1 schools with high rates of poverty and minority students.

Ms. VanderWey received a Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, a Masters in Educational Leadership, a Superintendent Certificate, and has completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University.

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Risha VanderWey, Superintendent of Schools

Risha VanderWey, Superintendent of Schools

Tina Wells, Chief Deputy, Fiscal & Accounting Lead

Tina Wells, Chief Deputy

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 2019, Tina monitored and verified budget and cash capacity in the amount of $103,140,867 for 8 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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Gloria White, Account Technician II

Gloria White_Account Technician III

Stefanie Mathewson, Account Tech III

Stefanie Mathewson is responsible for processing and depositing the payroll deposits and payroll tax deposits for Coconino County's eight school districts.  Stefanie also reconciles the bank account for the payroll and payroll tax deposits.  The position is responsible for reconciling the school district's monthly cash report to the Treasure's monthly reports.  This includes the monthly reconciliation of all the warrants redeemed and outstanding warrants for each of the eight districts.  She joined the team in July of 2018.


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Annie Terhaar, Administrative Specialist III

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