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Elizabeth Ortiz
Executive Director
(602) 542-7222
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Elizabeth Ortiz has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, a Master of Arts in Political Science, and a Juris Doctor. After graduating from law school, Ms. Ortiz clerked at the Arizona Court of Appeals. Ms. Ortiz then joined the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted cases for sixteen years. During that time, Ms. Ortiz served as a Bureau Chief in Juvenile, Pretrial, Charging, and Appeals. In 2009, Ms. Ortiz joined the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council (“APAAC”) as the Senior Staff Attorney, and was subsequently named Executive Director. In addition to her APAAC duties, Ms. Ortiz is a sworn special prosecutor for La Paz, Maricopa, and Pinal counties, and serves as the Chair of the Arizona State Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee, as an officer for the National Association of Prosecution Coordinators, and as a board member for the National District Attorneys Association, the National Association of Justice Information Systems, the Arizona Judicial College Advisory Board, and the Arizona Forensic Science Academy. Ms. Ortiz teaches extensively throughout Arizona, the United States, and in Mexico.


 

 

 

   

Kim MacEachern
Staff Attorney

(602) 542-7222
(602) 542-7200 - Direct
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Kim MacEachern joined APAAC in 2010 as a principal lobbyist and liaison for the prosecuting community, where she provides criminal justice policy research and advocacy on behalf of the 800 state, county and municipal prosecutors, in addition to training support. She received both her Bachelor of Science in General Business and her Juris Doctor from Arizona State University. Ms. MacEachern has over 30 years in public policy work in Arizona in various subject areas, including her work as director of the Water Quality Division at the Arizona Dept. of Environmental Quality, Assistant Attorney General (Environmental Enforcement Section), and Pro Tem judge, serving in several municipal courts for the better part of a decade. Ms. MacEachern has enjoyed success in other fields as well, having authored three cookbooks for Northland Press Publishers (Flagstaff, AZ), and served as the President of the Shemer Art Center and Museum Association for two years.

 

 

 

   



Elizabeth Iniguez-Reyna
Meeting & Technology Coordinator
(602) 542-7222
(602) 542-7208 - Direct
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 Elizabeth Iniguez-Reyna has been with APAAC since 2005.  She started as an administrative assistant, and then was promoted to the Meeting & Technology Coordinator.  Elizabeth was born and raised in Arizona, and has worked in both the legal field and the hospitality industry for the past twenty years.  Elizabeth also serves as the Arizona Chapter President for the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP).  When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, children, grandson and her three dogs.

 

 

 
   


Diana Cooney
Office Manager

(602) 542-7222
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Diana Cooney joined the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council in 2011 as an administrative assistant. Ms. Cooney brought with her a variety of executive assistance and accounting skills from a number of years of legal experience and managing real estate development projects. In 2013, she was very happy to get back to her accounting roots when she was promoted to her current position. Born and educated in Phoenix, Arizona, Diana loves the Valley of the Sun, where she enjoys year-round trail and mountain hiking. Her favorite activities are spending time with her extended family and three rescue dogs, and being involved with her daughters in raising awareness and caring for kids in crisis through various foster care programs.

 

 

 

   

Hayley Zimmerman
Administrative Assistant

(602) 542-7222
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Hayley Zimmerman has a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Development and a minor in Education from the University of Arizona. Upon graduating from The University of Arizona in May 2014, Ms. Zimmerman returned to her hometown of Phoenix. Ms. Zimmerman has worked at APAAC since December of 2014. In her spare time, she volunteers at UMOM New Day Centers and the Arizona Humane Society.



 
 
   

Richelle Burch
  Extern

(602) 542-7202
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Richelle Burch was born in Oklahoma, but has spent most of her life in Scottsdale, Arizona. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2009 from the University of Arizona, where she was an active and involved member of Delta Delta Delta. Richelle moved back to Scottsdale after her college graduation and taught for five years before affirming her decision to apply to law school. She will be a 2L at Arizona Summit Law School this fall in hopes of becoming a prosecutor upon graduating. Richelle is a member of Law Review, a nanny, and a Sunday School teacher who works with first graders. Richelle started working with APAAC in April 2015 as an extern, and will continue to work as a volunteer during her 2L year. Her hobbies include CrossFit, trying new restaurants, reading true crime novels, and spending time with friends and family—especially her sweet cat, Dexter.

 

 

 
   

Sohil Sheth
APAAC Extern
(602) 542-7202
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Sohil Sheth was born in India and has spent a majority of his life in Indiana after immigrating to the United States. He received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Southern Indiana in 2012. Upon graduation, Sohil helped with his family business while finding his passion for law. After spending a full summer interning at the County Prosecutor's office in his hometown, his decision to attend law school was affirmed. Sohil is currently a 2L student at Arizona Summit Law School pursuing a career in Criminal Prosecution.

 

 

 
   

Bethany Jeffress
Administrative Assistant
(602) 542-7202
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Bethany Jeffress began working with the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council in the summer of 2013. Ms. Jeffress has studied classical piano and choral music for sixteen years, competing in statewide and national competitions throughout her schooling. Ms. Jeffress is recognized as a National Merit Scholar and a Herberger Institute Scholar. In 2014, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music. An avid language learner, Ms. Jeffress speaks Spanish and Italian, and she currently studies Modern Standard Arabic. This fall, Ms. Jeffress will join the Class of 2018 at ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, where she will study with the goal of becoming a prosecutor.