Young ProfessionalsFeaturing young professionals under 40.
Unlike most Prescott High School graduates that dream of moving to the big city, Katie Romo’s heart has always been in Prescott. She loves everything about Prescott, from the beautiful scenery to her friendly neighbors. Katie was born in San Diego, CA, and raised here in Prescott. She thanks her parents daily for choosing such a charming little town.
Janae Ottis has a passion for helping and caring for people in whatever they are going through. Born and raised in Turlock, California where cows moo and almond trees blossom, she graduated from the University of California, Merced, with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Freshly out of college, Janae worked as a Youth Advisor for the Summer Youth Employment Program, and this experience further instilled a desire to help counsel youth in their education and career goals.
Hailey Bettendorf is enjoying her fresh start in Prescott—even during this crazy, unpredictable year. After moving here from Spokane, Washington, in early December 2019, she took a job as a Sales and Marketing Support Specialist at The Daily Courier and joined Prescott Area Young Professionals, and she’s excited to see what the future brings.
Originally born in Mexico, Leslie Contreras migrated to The United States at a very young age with the determination to reach success. From a young age, her parents instilled in her the power of education and focused on making sure she had access to it.
Liberty Casarez, Community and Public Relations Director, Findlay Automotive Group Prescott Toyota and Buick/GMC
Liberty Casarez’s giving heart has served her well in her position as the Community and Public Relations Director for Findlay Automotive Group Prescott’s Toyota and Buick/GMC Dealerships. Her passion, determination, and commitment to making a difference in her community have been evidenced since she arrived in Prescott nearly a year ago.
Over the past fifteen years, the Wagners have been a part of the construction industry in Prescott and have watched firsthand the growth of this town. For the past five years, Courtney worked as the business manager for Wagner Flooring LLC, which she owned with her husband. In December 2018, she decided to change careers and became a Loan Originator and is now a Business Development Manager for the Riggs Team at Guild Mortgage, focusing on helping families purchase the homes she and her husband had been a part of the building throughout the years.
After growing up in an artistic family here in Prescott, Arizona, and a short go at working for her brother in the Los Angeles movie industry, Sadie moved to Durango, Colorado to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle and attend Fort Lewis College. While working toward her bachelor’s degree in Fine Art, Sadie also excelled in business and marketing classes, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. The timing of her education coincided with the global transformation to doing business online, which would tie Sadie directly into her future career at Sadie Sarti Design Co.
Stevie Vawter’s deep-rooted passion, not only for her work in the construction industry but also for the impact she may have on the future success of our community, is only rivaled by her creativity, dedication, and pride. All of this combines to propel her into future leadership roles not only at Fann Contracting, Inc., but also in the community as she strives to become a strong role model, for upcoming young females through mentoring and like-minded partnerships.
Ashley Hust, Fund Development Officer, Yavapai College Foundation Ashley Hust recently celebrated her one-year anniversary working as Fund Development Officer for the Yavapai College Foundation, but that doesn’t mean she’s new to the Prescott community. She’s lived...
Carrie Brumbaugh Director of Marketing & Publicity, Miss Yavapai County Scholarship Organization With a firsthand understanding of the decisions some people must make between working and attending college, Carrie Brumbaugh’s passion is in helping others reach...
Trisha Shaffer Event Photographer, Prescott Area Young Professionals Owner, Aris Affairs Photography Trisha Shaffer, owner of Aris Affairs Photography in Prescott Arizona, has always loved using a camera to capture moments. She’s a fourth-generation Arizonan with deep...
Prescott Area Young Professionals Development Officer, Boys & Girls Club of Central Arizona Molly Fernow is a fourth-generation Prescottonian—and although her education and career have taken her around the country and the world, she has always considered Prescott...