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New Executive Manager Announcement

Thursday, March 5, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shana Schwarz
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The AZ Water Association is pleased to announce the selection of Suzanne Durkin-Bighorn as our new Executive Manager. Suzanne will succeed Debbie Muse, who is retiring May 31, after 22 years of dedicated service to AZ Water. Suzanne will serve as Assistant Executive Manager beginning on March 1, and will take the Executive Manager role effective June 1.
A selection of panel of AZ Water Board members including Amy Baker, Patrick Goodfellow, Secretary Jeanne Jensen, Vice President Brandy Kelso, Treasurer John Masche, AWWA representative Asia Philbin, and President Tim Thomure, along with Debbie Muse, and led by President-Elect Doug Kobrick reviewed over a dozen candidates’ resumes, interviewed half a dozen candidates, and unanimously recommended Suzanne to take on this important role for the Association.
Suzanne brings over 15 years of experience in the management of non-profit and public organizations. She served for eight years at the Tempe Center for the Arts and more recently was the Chief Operating Officer for Social Venture Partners Arizona. She has also supported a number of other community-based organizations. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, both from Arizona State University.
As Executive Manager, Suzanne will be responsible for supporting the AZ Water Board, staff, committees, and members in carrying the day to day work of the Association. She will be responsible for executing contracts, serving as editor of the Kachina News magazine, assisting with arrangements for the Annual Conference and other AZ Water events, maintaining our policies and procedures, coordinating our calendar, and many other tasks that are all necessary to maintain the smooth and efficient functioning of AZ Water.
We are excited to have Suzanne joining us. Please join the Board in welcoming Suzanne to AZ Water. You may reach Suzanne at

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