Our Officers

Cindy Hill
Cindy HillPresident
Cindy grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from the Indiana University of PA where she met and married her college sweetheart Jim, now a 34- year police officer, and received her master’s degree in Education and Counseling from the University of Maryland.

She spent 15 years working in universities.

She has served on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club, the Paiute Center, the Exchange Club of Scottsdale, and the Scottsdale Kachina Lion’s Club. She has received the Martin Luther King Jr. and Francis Young Awards by the City of Scottsdale.

Cindy is the co-founder and President of the nonprofit Arizona Leos (AZ Law Enforcement Outreach and Support). Volunteering with her husband, they have helped over 10,000 children in need, partnering with police and military agencies all over AZ recently celebrating their 20th anniversary of coordinating the Shop with a Cop event.

Graduating from the Scottsdale Leadership Class of 25 led her to consider jumping into the political arena when she ran for Scottsdale City Council in 2014.

As the 3rd Vice President of Community Outreach, she created programs to help the homeless, the Veterans, the hungry, the unborn, and the club just received the award at AZFRW for a Mega size club for our Back the Blue program. In addition, she has served on the education committee, the by-laws committee, the website development committee, keeps Facebook updated, and attends local events that affect our community.

Cindy also sings our National Anthem and patriotic songs at sporting events, Veteran’s events, police events, and Republican events.
Kristie Kennedy
Kristie Kennedy1st Vice President
Kristie Kennedy is a native of Kansas. She and her husband moved to Las Vegas in 1995 where they started a small construction sales business. In 2019 they made the move to Arizona.

Kristie knew she wanted to get more involved in her community and local politics so after moving to Arizona she joined the Reagan’s Circle Club with the AZGOP. Later that year, she was introduced to the Palo Verde Republican Women’s Club where she became a member. Since then, Kristie has become a club supporter for the Arizona Free Enterprise Club, a PC for LD15, and a Board Member for The Arizona Coalition of School Board Members.

In her downtime, Kristie enjoys hiking, yoga, dinners with friends, and hanging out with her husband and their fur baby.
Cheryl Pelletier
Cheryl Pelletier2nd Vice President
Cheryl Pelletier spent 25+ years working within the corporate arena, her last 15 years here in Arizona, as corporate communications, marketing, and training specialist for such diverse companies as Scottsdale Insurance, JDA Software, and DHL IT Services.

Since retiring in 2008, Cheryl has been active politically working on numerous campaigns as a volunteer (JD Hayworth, David Schweikert, Doug Ducey, to name just a few).

In 2012, Cheryl joined Palo Verde Republican Women (PVRW). Always wanting to help when needs arise, Cheryl was immediately placed in charge of Jewelry sales. Shortly thereafter, the club’s monthly Patriot newsletter editor resigned, and Cheryl agreed to take over. She remained in that position until the end of 2020. Cheryl also has been the club’s webmaster, Constant Contact lead, secretary on the executive board, and most recently President (2018-2019 term).

At the state level, for the Arizona Federation of Republican Women, of which PVRW is a member, Cheryl was Historian (January 2016 through December 2017) and the Arizona Federation’s Bulletin quarterly newsletter editor (2014 through 2017). In her current role for the Federation, Cheryl is the Arrangements Chair, responsible for securing locations for the three state meetings a year plus managing attendee reservations and registration.

Cheryl holds a Communication Arts degree from California Polytechnic University in Pomona and an Organization Management master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. Cheryl has been married to her college sweetheart, Leonard, since 1984 and has one son, Max, a daughter-in-law, Emma, and a Boston Terrier puppy named Jefferson.
Dee Lee
Dee Lee3rd Vice President
Diane “Dee” Lee is a resident of Arizona since Oct 2009. She and Kit, (Engineer, Husband) moved from Pasadena, CA, and have a black and tan Cocker Spaniel, Zona (Arizona). They live in Anthem. Dee is a self-employed Broker of “Health & Medicare Solutions” and contracted with 48 insurance companies in Arizona, Florida, and Nevada. The companies she represents cover Medicare, Supplements, prescription drug, dental, vision, and most Life and Health plans. She is also a REALTOR in California managing several properties.

Dee’s father was in the USAF and lived all over the world. Japan during the Korean War, Germany during the Berlin Wall crisis, Loring AFB, ME during the Cuban Crisis, and then all over the USA. Born in Connecticut but lived in Florida until they moved to Japan in 1952 and then never in one place longer than 4 years after that.

Dee enjoys many things in her spare time: kayaking, sailing, swimming, traveling, camping, skiing, biking, flying, golfing, hiking, and horseback riding. She is an avid outdoorswoman who is also an Animal and Wildlife Photographer (IFPO) and a Professional Ski Instructor (PSIA) (30 years).

Dee currently volunteers as Eucharistic Minister at St Rose Philippine Duchesne Catholic Church in Anthem. She is a past NFRW Caring for America Committee Region 5 Director over 6 states, (2 times), Maricopa County Precinct for LD3 Biscuit Flat, State Committeeman CD 8, Arizona Game and Fish Instructor, and Instructor for Boating Safety/Paddle Sports for the USCG Auxiliary, a member of Anthem Chamber of Commerce, Neighborhood Block Watch Captain and Phoenix Neighborhood Patrol.

Dee’s past activities in California included Tournament of Roses Committee (8 years), Treasurer for Pasadena Evening Women's Republican Club (3 years), Treasurer for Pasadena Republican Club (5 years)(The oldest Republican Club in the US), member of Hollywood Republican Club, Past President of LA-Orange County Line and West Valley Chapter’s of the Women’s Council of REALTORS, Past District Vice President (2 years), Past State Governor (2 years)for the State of California Women’s Council of REALTORS, Past President for Association for Women in Architecture, Past Secretary for Pasadena Woman’s Civic League, Small Group Leader/Certified Mentor Trainer for Brian Buffini and Company coaching programs (11 years).

Dee has been a life-long Reagan Republican. Currently a National Director for State of Arizona NFRA.
Mary Reitz
Mary ReitzSecretary
I was born in South Dakota, the state of “Great Faces--Great Places”. This was my home until graduating from the University of South Dakota where I met my husband who was in graduate school. We have 2 adult daughters/sons-in-law, 2 grandchildren, 2 Shih Tzus, and a new Morkie rescue. Our daughters and families live in the Valley allowing us to spend considerable time together.

After 40 years as a clinical scientist in various locations, I wasn’t ready to retire thus pursued the training and licensing for a Business Broker. I am thankful for the opportunities afforded me living in a country that values freedom.

When moving to Arizona I had an interest in learning about state history and getting involved in politics. PVRW was a great match for I have gained much knowledge over the past several years as a member. I am currently serving as Secretary and Chaplain of the club.
Carol Shedlock
Carol ShedlockTreasurer
Originally from Maryland, Carol also lived in upstate New York, Japan, metro Boston, Long Island, and Silicon Valley before relocating with her husband to Scottsdale in 2019. She holds degrees in electrical engineering and worked in integrated circuit design for more than two decades until retiring when her children were in elementary school. She was later tagged by her church to step in as parish administrator for nine years. Carol looks forward to keeping the PVRW finances running smoothly.
Kim Palzick
Kim PalzickParliamentarian
Kim is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Arizona’s College of Law. Kim married her law school sweetheart, Dave, and they moved from Tucson to Seattle to practice law. Dave worked as a real estate associate with a Bellevue firm and Kim worked with the in-house counsel team in the real estate department of Nordstrom in Seattle, where she negotiated store and warehouse leases and opened stores in locations around the country including Nordstrom’s Scottsdale and Chandler locations.

Always with the hope of returning to Arizona, when Dave was recruited by a large Arizona firm, Kim and Dave seized the opportunity to come home to raise their family. Kim and Dave have four children: three daughters (in 11th, 9th, and 7th grades) and one son (in 4th grade), who all attend Phoenix Country Day School.

After her father’s passing several years ago, Kim took over the operation of the family farm and cares for her elderly mother, who lives with them. While you won’t find Kim out driving tractors anymore, you might spot her shuttling her kids all over town in her Big Red Ford. Look for her license plate “Arizona MOMFOUR Freedom”!

Kim is honored and excited to serve as the PVRW Parliamentarian.

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