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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.





Emily Jurmu
Legislative & Communication Liaison
(602) 542-7222
(602) 542-7200 - Direct
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Originally from Upper Michigan, Emily Jurmu graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in International Relations from the James Madison College at Michigan State University. After focusing her undergraduate research on the role of women living in less developed countries and completing an internship with the U.S. Embassy to the Dominican Republic, Emily returned to Michigan to serve as a lay legal advocate at a domestic violence shelter. This experience prompted her to attend the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. During her time at Arizona State, Emily served as a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the Office of Governor Janice K. Brewer, and the City of Phoenix Prosecutor’s Office. Emily also volunteered with Voice for Crime Victims and served as an Associate Editor on the Arizona State Law Journal for Social Justice. Upon graduation, Emily joined the Office of Governor Janice K. Brewer as the Legal Associate and later served as Administrative Counsel for the Arizona State Land Department. Emily currently sits on the Legal Advocacy Fund Committee for the American Association of University Women and is a member of the Horace Rumpole Inn of Court.




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

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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

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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.


Ashley Lambert-Bland
APAAC Fellow


 Ashley Lambert-Bland is an Arizona Summit School of Law student graduate. Ashley is a native of Magnolia, Arkansas and is a graduate of Southern Arkansas University, where she earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice. Ashley also earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Webster University, Little Rock Airforce Base Campus in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Ashley Lambert served as a probation and parole officer for the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections (DCC). After working for DCC, Ashley worked for the Arkansas Department of Insurance and the Arkansas Department of Human Services as a program coordinator and developer before moving to Phoenix, AZ. In her spare time, Ashley loves to spend time with family, try new recipes from Pinterest as well as pinning her own recipes, and paint.