East Valley Chapter

About Us

East Valley Chapter is a local chapter of CEC focused on serving children, parents and professionals in the east valley area of Phoenix, Arizona. We are charted under AzCEC, our state unit of CEC. Website: www.eastvalleycec.org

State units provide a means for networking, professional development, and information-sharing for members in our state. Their typical activities include sponsoring an annual conference and other professional development events, publishing a newsletter or journal, political advocacy, and supporting the activities and positions of the Council for Exceptional Children.

East Valley Chapter is an official chapter of AzCEC. 


Board of Directors

  • President - Wendi Socha
  • President Elect - Open
  • Secretary - Chris Epper
  • Treasurer - Kathy Smith
  • Membership - Joanne Thomas
  • Past President - Heather Schlemmer 

District Liaisons

  • Kyrene Schools: Susan Forman
  • Tempe Elementary Schools: Wendi Socha
  • Tempe Union High Schools: Elaine Padilla
  • Mesa Unified Schools: Jan Cawthorne
  • Chandler Unified Schools: Jessica Peacock
  • Florence Unified Schools: Adam Leckie
  • Scottsdale Unified Schools: Open
  • Higley Unified Schools: Open
  • Apache Junction Unified Schools: Open
  • Maricopa Schools: Maria Rosetti
  • J. O. Combs Schools: Sherrie Dukes
  • Union Elementary Schools: Carrie Brandon
  • Technology Support: Arnold Nippert
  • Hospitality: Stephanie Lovinger and Wendi Socha
  • Publicity Coordinator: Kathy Knowlton
  • CEC State Liaison: Mary Brownell