Contest Judges

DeannaLocalFirstDeanna Chevas
LFA Tucson Manager, Local First Arizona

Deanna refers to herself as ‘Locally Grown.’ Her parents brought her to Tucson, Arizona before her first birthday and she’s been there ever since. She has a BFA in Fine Art from the University of Arizona. Her professional life has included retail management, graphic design, watch repair and now community development. She’s always worked for ‘mom and pop’ businesses. In March 2012 she became the first full-time Membership Manager in Tucson for Local First Arizona, a state wide nonprofit coalition of locally owned businesses. Local First Arizona has grown to a membership of over 2,300 since its founding in 2003.

Twitter: @LFATucson


Stacey ChampionStacey Champion, Strategies 360
Arizona Communications Director

Stacey brings 20 years and a variety of experience in writing, public speaking, event coordination, grassroots organizing and connecting key people to serve Strategies 360’s Arizona clients.

Prior to joining S360, Stacey owned and operated an environmental consulting business and a public relations/business consulting firm. Her areas of expertise and interest are sustainability and green building, the environment and community-driven initiatives. Stacey has garnered local and national media attention for her clients, and leveraged her deep connections to introduce new companies to the Arizona market.

Once dubbed a “Diva Visionary,” Stacey has served on boards and committees for many organizations including: the Indoor Air Quality Association, Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters, Livable Communities Coalition and Sustainable Arizona. She is a past co-chair of the Sustainability Advisory Committee to Phoenix’s Mayor and is a current board member of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona.

Born in Minneapolis, Stacey lived in Chicago, Los Angeles and Maui prior to making Arizona her home in 1998.

In her free time, Stacey spends time with her two kids, Zoe and Zane, and enjoys writing, welding functional sculpture, camping, treasure hunting and occasional rabble rousing for women’s rights and social justice issues. Her favorite color is green.

Stacey can be contacted at or 602-788-0033.


WP_SheilaKresslerSheila Kressler-Crowley
Director of Marketing and Community Relations, Bookmans Exchange

Sheila Kressler-Crowley is a native Tucsonan and graduate of the University of Arizona.
Being married and a mother of two, she has also managed a full-time marketing career for the past eight years as the Director of Marketing and Community Relations for Bookmans Exchange, a statewide business with multiple outlets in Tucson, as well as stores in Phoenix and Flagstaff, Arizona.

She also worked as a professional radio show producer and an on-air talent for the past 13 years. Her Sheila K. radio show can be heard each weekend on 94.9 FM in Southern Arizona.



Margaree Bigler photoMargaree Bigler
Local First Arizona

Margaree Bigler is the Local Foods Representative, Devour Phoenix Coordinator and Fuerza Local Representative for Local First Arizona. Her main role is to connect local food producers to new markets and to increase awareness of the importance of local foods in our communities. In her spare time she creates events aimed at engaging the public in unique, food-oriented experiences and is constantly looking for innovative ways to connect people to their local food economies. She is a bicycle commuter, pod-cast listener and is a strong advocate for all forms of continuous education and creative, collaborative problem solving.