VALLEYLIFE’s Director of Fund Development, Margaret Stephens-Reed, was recognized as the 2017 Woman of the Year by East Valley Women on Tuesday, February 20th. A breakfast was held by East Valley Women, at the Embassy Suites in Tempe, to recognize Mrs. Stephens-Reed’s hard work and dedication. VALLEYLIFE Board Members Heather Winters Bull, Vice Chair and Peter Connolly, Treasurer attended the celebration. Also present from VALLEYLIFE: Cletus Thiebeau, Board Member, President and CEO; Nicole Macko-Ranallo, Training Manager; Stephan DiGiacomo, IT Manager; Leslie Smith, Communications and Marketing Manager; and Ann Polunsky, Grant Writer.
“Margaret Stephens-Reed has been a tremendous asset to VALLEYLIFE since joining our team in February of 2009. It is an honor to have Margaret on our Senior Management Team. She continuously raises awareness for individuals with disabilities through fundraising campaigns and personal outreach. Margaret has a real passion for creating a better life for our Members and making a difference in our community.” Cletus Thiebeau, President & CEO of VALLEYLIFE.
February marked Mrs. Stephens-Reed’s ninth year at VALLEYLIFE. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Washington University of Cheney, Washington, and is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; Central Phoenix Women, East Valley Women and Women of Scottsdale. Mrs. Stephens-Reed serves on the Arizona State Oversight Board for Defensive Driving Schools and is a Board Member of the Planned Giving Roundtable of Arizona and The New Foundation. She was recently honored as a Strathmore’s Who’s Who and as the Phoenix Suns and National Bank of Arizona’s Banking on the Future Mentor in January 2016. She is married to retired educator Phillip Reed and the parent of a very spoiled cat named Boola.
VALLEYLIFE is committed to helping people with disabilities by enriching their lives with rewarding experiences and valuable opportunities, and enabling them to live a life with choices, independence and dignity. VALLEYLIFE’s services are delivered through caring and dedicated staff, specialized programs and advocacy. VALLEYLIFE provides Residential Services, Day Services, Home and Community Based Services, and Vocational Services to people with disabilities. VALLEYLIFE also operates a commercial printing company, Williams Express Document & Print Services, as well as an on-site production center, janitorial, retail and restaurant services. Founded in 1947, VALLEYLIFE has been serving the greater Phoenix area for over 70 years.