2019 Trendsetters

IVY CIOLLI

A native Arizonan, Ivy was born with the innate desire to help animals and children. She has always admired those who work directly with victims of abuse and found fundraising to be her way to help support their tireless work. While working full-time to put herself through college at ASU, an internship heading up the philanthropic division of a local company provided her the first opportunity to pursue her passion to fundraise.

 

Over the years, Ivy has raised money through her Grimaldi’s Pizza restaurants to save the horse cruelty division of AZSPCA as well as for Arizona Weimaraner Rescue, Healing Hearts, Lucky Dog Rescue, and PACC911 and has served on a multitude of committees for no-kill rescues such as Arizona Animal Welfare League and other shelters in the Valley.

 

After the birth of her son, Cole, in 2009 and her daughter, Brooklyn, in 2012, Ivy decided to step away from the retail world and focus on her children and volunteering in their school as well as her philanthropic work in the valley.

She has been involved since 2012 with Childhelp’s efforts to help abused and neglected children throughout the world and is devoted to being on their board and chairing their Drive the Dream Gala for the second time in 2020.

 

In Ivy’s words, “My philanthropic life would never be possible without the continuous love, encouragement and support of my handsome husband, Joseph Ciolli! Our belief is that our business is a means to give to those without a voice and those without a choice!”

AMANDA GARMANY

As an Arizona native, Amanda feels driven to make her wonderful state even better and has involved herself in organizations throughout the valley where she can fulfill her passion for enriching the lives of others. Community service has always been a huge part of Amanda’s life. Her parents instilled in her at a young age to give back whenever and wherever possible, and she has spent time volunteering at soup kitchens and resource centers for those in need throughout her life. She has always had a soft spot for children and education and currently volunteers at a Title 1 Elementary School in a kindergarten ELL (English Language Learning) classroom. She has Co-Chaired the Fresh Start Gala and has also been involved with Homeward Bound, Old Bags Luncheon and the Arizona Costume Institute.  She has served on the Phoenix Heart Ball Committee for the last 5 years and currently sits on the Executive Committee as a Vice-Chair.

 

Amanda graduated from Arizona State with a degree in Political Science and worked in the legal field after graduation. She is married to her best friend, Dana, and feels blessed with his constant support and encouragement. They live in Paradise Valley with their 3 pups and enjoy traveling around the world, fine wines and great food. Amanda is extremely honored to be named a Trendsetter!

ABBY LEADON

Abby, an Arizona native with a degree in Marketing from The University of Arizona, has worked in the fashion, beauty and skincare industries for over 15 years.  She has recently launched a company called The Emerald, a platform created for women entrepreneurs and moms looking to connect, grow and learn from one another.

A lifelong philanthropist, Abby has worked for years with many charities whose missions align with her love for animals, children and health. Some of these organizations include Childhelp, PANDA, Heart Ball, Phoenix Theater, and #lovepup.  Her passion for giving back to the local community and feeling like she is making a difference to those in need was one of the values she learned from her family growing up. She continues to be involved and give back to various charitable organizations with her husband, family and friends.

Married in 2017, Abby lives in Arcadia with her husband Kory and their 2 dogs (Richard Sherman and Bella). She had her first child earlier this year, a beautiful daughter named Olivia Rose. In her free time, she loves to travel, entertain and spend time with loved ones and her new baby (who she considers her greatest accomplishment!)

TESS LOO

Her daughter, life, laughter, travel, art and her big black lab are the loves in Tess’s life. She is a dreamer who loves to create, design and help make the world a better place. As the middle sister of My Sister’s Closet with the title of Chief Fashion Officer, Tess has been lucky enough to be able to use her ideas and designs in her career and to give back to causes close to her heart.

 

Tess has created balls, galas and fundraisers, designed numerous invitations, decorated ballrooms and bathrooms, photographed courageous women and held hundreds of puppies - and that’s never enough for her. She can always hold one more puppy and do more to give back and do it better.  In Arizona, she has chaired The Party Warhol for The Phoenix Art Museum, The Gala for Fresh Start Women’s Organization, and The Humane Society’s Compassion with Fashion twice. She has produced the fashion show for CWF for 6 years, served on several décor committees, and helped her sister Ann with her Dinner For Wolves event, which they started together 6 years ago. She’s had billboards up around town featuring her artwork for an event and billboards manifesting The Best Gala ever for Fresh Start. She feels blessed to have chaired these events with her sister and firmly believes in Oprah Winfrey’s quote “In order to move forward we must give back.”

CARRIE MARTZ

Carrie Martz founded the Martz Agency in 1980 and built it into one of the most respected agencies in the southwest.  After selling the agency in 2013 and stepping down as CEO in 2015, she founded Clean Light Laboratories where she developed patented sanitizing systems for women, children and beauty. In keeping with Carrie’s core values of giving back, CLL will be supporting global health issues by providing solutions to quickly kill germs that cause infections in women and children.

 

Throughout her career, Carrie has been recognized with a variety of business, leadership and philanthropic awards.  Some of the highlights include the Athena Award, Women Who Care from Phoenix Theatre and the YWCA business leader of the year. She spent 20 years on the Suns Charities board, as well as serving with Childhelp USA, Citizenship Counts, and Sojourner Center. Carrie is most proud of her own Home of Miracles, which raised over $8.5 million for Children’s Hospital.  She was recently the honorary chair for Az Assistance in Healthcare’s Project Pink and Super Ball Gala and is also a board member at Cancer Treatment Centers of America – Western Region. 

 

Carrie enjoys spending time with her family – two adult children and two granddaughters.  Carrie is honored to be recognized as a Trendsetter and will continue to work on making a difference for the undeserved in our country.

TIFFANY QUAYLE

Tiffany Quayle has always been passionate about giving back and was first introduced to philanthropy through various leadership roles in the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority at ASU.  Soon after graduating, she joined PANDA, The Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center.  While her husband Benjamin was in Congress, Tiffany got tapped to help the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation which provides academic scholarships to children of United States Marines and Navy Corpsmen.  As her own father was a Marine who never had the chance to graduate from college, this organization’s mission was close to her heart.  During this time she was also introduced to Childhelp, an organization her in-laws, Dan & Marilyn Quayle had supported for years.  Tiffany twice chaired the Annual Childhelp Wings Luncheon which raised funds to support Childhelp programs in Arizona.  Her mother was battling cancer in 2016 and passed away shortly after that event.  “Part of why I wanted to be involved in Childhelp was to honor my mother, to pay it forward for my mom.”  Recently Tiffany, who has been professionally involved in the technology sector throughout her career, has scaled back her work schedule to be able to “be there” for her girls and provide the unconditional love and support for them that her mother always provided for her.

 

In addition to the above organizations, Tiffany is a Committee Member for Team Taylor which supports SIDS researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and also supports Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Cribs for Kids campaign.  As a Board Member of the Great Hearts Maryvale Preparatory School, Tiffany believes that every child deserves a quality, free education, and she has also helped the homeless as a Co-Chair of the Homeward Bound Thunderbird Holiday Party fundraiser for two years.

 

Tiffany is married to Ben Quayle, and they live in Paradise Valley with their three daughters, Everett Marie (Evie), 7, Wilhelmina (Willa), 5 and Victoria (Tori), 9 months.

JOAN RASKIN

Joan Raskin is known for her tireless work ethic, energetic presentation, and hands-on approach to making the world a better place.  She believes that giving of one’s talents is not only important but a way of life.  By growing up as a community service volunteer, working in non-profit leadership, and working in corporate public relations she learned very early that by enabling one’s peers with the proper skills, success will always be the final outcome.  One of Joan’s most fulfilling roles is being part of the Leadership Development Team for NCL, Inc. where she trains chapter leaders across the country and feels honored to mentor these incredible women.  Additionally, her true love in the community belongs to the Desert Foundation Auxiliary where she has served on the Board of Directors as Desert Ball Chair, VP Membership, President and currently Past President.  She has also served with Junior League of Phoenix, Kiwanis, Cortney’s Place, NCL Sonoran Centennial Chapter, Dining for Women Scottsdale and has started a new adventure with her recently formed nonprofit Global Arts Philanthropy which fills in the GAP with art installations across the globe. She will be installing her latest project in Haiti this year benefitting Global Family Philanthropy. 

 

Joan owns and runs a Real Estate Company in Scottsdale with her husband Randy, and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her three adult children Remington, Madison, and Jonathan as well as hiking, golfing, yoga and walking her pups Junior and Honey.

CHRISSY SAYARE

Chrissy Sayare moved to Paradise Valley from Boston in 2011 with her husband Mitch. It was here that she started To Be Continued…(TBC) a women’s luxury resale business.  Drawing upon the well-heeled women of the community, TBC has grown to include 4 stores in three states.

Chrissy has been involved in several philanthropic activities in our community:  serving on committees at Phoenix Theater and on Phoenix Heart Ball, as corporate sponsor for the ACI Women’s Holiday Luncheon since 2017  , and as Co-Chair for the Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala in 2018. 

Two other causes that are more internationally focused but are near and dear to her heart are serving on the Global Advisory board of Babson College, her alma mater for Business School where she earned an MBA, and serving as a Chair of the Boston Chapter for the French Heritage Society since 2008.

 

When Chrissy is not in one of her stores or on an airplane traveling for business or various boards, she loves to practice yoga, take a spin class, hang out with her husband and two golden retrievers, and catch up with friends. 

AIMEE SMITH

Aimee has lived in Scottsdale for over 30 years and along with her husband Oliver, is the owner of Oliver Smith Jeweler.  Aimee’s first community involvement was with the Junior League of Phoenix where she was a member for over 11 years, won Sustainer of the Year in 2011, and served on the Foundation Board.  The first fundraiser she chaired was the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Emily Anderson Lunch and Fashion Show and then went on to chair Our Lady of Perpetual Help School Auction and Dinner, Notre Dame Preparatory High School Auction and Notre Dame Preparatory High School Senior Fashion Show Luncheon.  She is a graduate of Scottsdale Leadership Class XVIII.  She was a member of the Scottsdale Chapter of National Charity League, serving on the Board twice.  She also served on the Notre Dame Preparatory High School Advisory Board for five years.  Most recently, Aimee is a member of the Desert Foundation Auxiliary and served as President in 2015-2016. 

 

Through their jewelry store, Aimee and Oliver have generously assisted countless charities with donations for their various fundraisers.  She is most proud of her three children, Elizabeth (28), Corinne (25) and Tripp (21) and the remarkable adults they have become.

DEE DEE VECCHIONE

Giving back to the community, doing good work, and surrounding herself with like-minded people has always been important to DeeDee. Originally from New York City, DeeDee has lived in the Valley for 8 years and has been involved with several philanthropic organizations. She has held several positions within The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix:  as a board member of Women’s Philanthropy, Co-Chair of The Ignition Luncheon and The Lion of Judah Luncheon, Vice Chair of Outreach, and currently the 2019 Campaign Chair for The Jewish Federation.  She recently chaired The Savor the Symphony Luncheon which raises funds to support the wellness and education programs the Symphony provides and is also very passionate about the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Leadership Circle where she serves as a director.  Serving on the Heart Ball committee and being able to contribute to improving heart health means a great deal to DeeDee as she has lost many relatives to heart disease and stroke.  DeeDee feels honored and thrilled to be a Trendsetter and looks up to the women who came before her.

 

DeeDee has been married to her husband Ken, CEO of Western Alliance Bankcorporation, for 25 years, but her most important accomplishment has been raising her two children. Her son Alexander is 23 years old and is a financial analyst for Bank of America back East. Her daughter Darcy is 15 years old, attends Xavier College Preparatory School, and just got her driver’s permit!

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