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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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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 as an extern. Her hobbies include CrossFit, trying new restaurants, reading true crime novels, and spending time with friends and family—especially her sweet cat, Dexter.

 

 

 
   

Luke Coyne
Fellow

(602) 542-7202
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Luke Coyne is a recently admitted member of the Arizona State Bar, and joined APAAC as a Fellow in 2015. Luke began his legal career receiving a Legal Studies Bachelor of Science with Honors from Northern Illinois University. Luke served as a firefighter in the Chicago area before attending Arizona Summit Law School.  In addition to graduating as a Castro Scholar, the International Academy of Law and Mental Health selected Luke’s J. D. research paper on Therapeutic Jurisprudence for presentation at their Biennial Congress in Amsterdam. When Luke’s head isn’t in front of a computer he enjoys spending time with his family, (trying to) make his daughter laugh, and volunteering with local community emergency response efforts.

 

 

 
   

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.