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Dean's Advisory Council

Cathy Chess

Cathy Chess
Founder & President
Apollo Coaching, LLC

Cathy Chess is an experienced corporate leader with more than twenty-five years of experience focused in human resource management, leadership development, and organizational change.  Most recently, Cathy served for more than twelve years as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation until the sale of Medicis to Valeant Pharmaceutical in December 2012.   Prior to Medicis, she gained diverse experience in a variety of human resources leadership roles with companies including Whirlpool and Rubbermaid.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Purdue University, where she also completed her undergraduate study. She has embarked on a new educational journey at the Hudson Institute of Coaching in Santa Barbara, California, where she is pursuing her professional coaching certification.

Cathy is a former board member and immediate past president of the Arizona Human Resources Executive Forum (AzHREF), an affiliate of the global association Human Resources People & Strategy (HRPS).  She also serves as a board member for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Arizona.