AZ NOW Board

2017–2019 State Coordinators

Our state coordinators are representatives from our different Arizona NOW chapters state-wide. For a description of the duties related to each position, please see the AZ NOW Bylaws (rev 3-14-15).

State Coordinator for Policy/Spokesperson

Sheila Ogea

Sheila Ogea (East Valley chapter) joined NOW in 1989 after attending an abortion rights rally. Married for almost 50 years to the same man, she has two grown daughters. Past experience includes a run for State Representative and newsletter editor for the Arizona Women’s Political Caucus. She has served two terms as a southwest regional representative on the National NOW Board and is now serving her second term as AZ NOW Policy/Spokesperson. Contact Sheila at


State Coordinator for Chapter Development

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State Coordinator for Finance

Ginny–Lee Richardson (Phoenix unaffiliated) is a long-time member of NOW and AZNOW. In addition to serving as Treasurer, she has also served on the NOW PAC committee. Contact Ginny-Lee at


State Coordinator for Leadership Training

Christian Nunes

Christian Nunes (Central Phoenix / Inez Casiano chapter) is a motivational speaker, counselor, and owner of a wellness center in Phoenix. She is our National NOW representative. Christian enjoys reading, cooking, and helping people reach their fullest potential. Contact Christian at




State Coordinator for Legislative Action

Victoria Steele

Victoria Steele (Tucson chapter) is a lifelong feminist, former State Representative from District 9 in Tucson, mental health counselor, personal life coach, and a recent Congressional candidate. She enjoyed a 25-year career in radio and television news, and is an accomplished keynote speaker, teacher, and trainer who is experienced in presenting on Native American culture, empowering women, and a variety of public policy issues. Victoria is also the cofounder and immediate Past President of the Tucson NOW Chapter. Contact Victoria at


State Coordinator for Membership and Newsletters

Cindy Guerra

Cindy Guerra (Inez Casiano/Central Phoenix chapter) has been a NOW member since 1982. She was President of the South Suburban NOW chapter; VP for Chapter Development, VP Action, and President of Illinois NOW. In addition to serving on the National Board and as Great Lakes Region Director to the Board, Cindy served on the Women of Color Committee while on the Board. She has been a feminist since she was 6 years old and will remain a NOW member forever to support women’s rights and civil rights for all. Contact Cindy at

State Coordinator for Political Action

David Ayodele

David Ayodele (Central Phoenix / Inez Casiano chapter) joined NOW in early 2017. He enjoys web development, playing percussion instruments, and harbors deep disdain for WordPress CMS. He has worked on the websites of several campaigns and helps produce legislative action alerts for AZNOW. Contact our PAC chair at

State Coordinator for Publicity

Contact our PAC chair at


State Coordinator for Records and Meetings

Karen Van Hooft

Karen Van Hooft (East Valley chapter) is the Executive Editor for the Hispanic Research Center at Arizona State University. A long-time NOW member and former member of the National Board, Karen continues to contribute her talents and time to AZ NOW. Contact Karen at



Jodie Lawrosky

Jodie Lawrosky (Sun Cities / West Valley chapter) is President of the Sun Cities / West Valley chapter. She is a technical writer, former software developer and avid biker. She enjoys riding her Can-Am, camping and hiking in her free time. Contact Jodie at