This year, as an acknowledgment of all the fine men and women nominated for Payson's Man and Woman of the Year, the runners-up are featured as the town's most notable citizens.
As well as being a Homeroom Mom for both of her school-age children, Chatfield is active in scouting and serves as co-president of the Julia Randall Parents and Teachers Organization. She has excelled in raising funds which have primarily been used to upgrade and purchase new playground equipment. Additionally, she is caring for the brother of an ill student while their parents travel between Payson and the Valley for their child's treatments. Louise Dougherty nominated Chatfield.
A third-grade teacher at Julia Randall Elementary, Creighton makes learning fun; she also participates in the after-school program, teaching needlepoint. The mother of four, she and her husband, Trevor, have opened their home to foster children and others in need of a safe, loving environment. She is also active in her church. Louise Dougherty nominated Creighton.
Jackson has been the neighborhood director and leader for Girl Scouts for many years, since the early 1990s. It is a volunteer job. She also very supportive and comes to most school functions. She also has taught tennis locally for many years. She is very involved in the community. Jackson was nominated by her daughter, Lisa Jackson (this year's Young Woman of the Year), who said, "I can't think of anyone else who does a better job or is more deserving of this honor. I love her very much."
Ethel Nason, 91, nominated James, a resident of Pine. Nason said no one from Pine ever gets mentioned and James is on call 24 hours a day, gets her medication and takes her to the doctor.
Rogers has devoted herself to Payson's Community Kids. She gets them to church, takes them out to eat and spearheads their efforts to clean up older sections of town. Shellie Manley nominated Rogers.
Sylvester personifies energy, personality and optimism. She was a bright light among all the outstanding volunteers at the Rodeo-Chediski Evacuation Center. She was the first to arrive and the last to leave. Nominated by anonymous evacuees, who said, "Bobette is a shining example of helping people in need."
Winquist is general manager for the Sawmill Theaters, giving many people the opportunity to do something in this small town. She helps many of her employees at the theater as well, and also helps her mother at Planet Video. Winquist was nominated by her employees.
Creighton teaches fifth-grade at Julia Randall Elementary School. He is well respected and well liked by his students, their parents and his co-workers because he is kind and respectful to everyone. He loves to teach and he makes learning fun; he fosters in his students a desire to read and to excel in whatever they do. Creighton also coaches and participates in his church. Louise Dougherty nominated Creighton.
Engleman has been very active in the Payson community, contributing to the success of the Paws In the Park's off-leash park and the Payson Packers Hiking Club. He has done much charity work on the Navajo Reservation as well. He is the Grand Knight of the local Knights of Columbus, and through that organization has made countless other contributions. Frank J. Lancy nominated Engleman.
An English teacher at Payson High School, Garvin practically lives on campus. She lives, breathes and eats "Longhorn soup" every minute of every day. She teaches classes all day, prepares for classes and then coaches the Lady Longhorns basketball team. She is dedicated to both the school and the community. The Buckner family nominated Garvin.
Garvin is known around town as a kind and caring police officer who really believes in his job and what it represents. He is active in all sorts of community functions and always ready to give of himself at a minute's notice when he can. Garvin is also a volunteer coach with the high school's freshman boys basketball team. The Buckner family nominated Garvin.
Parsons is currently in charge of the Arizona Public Service Payson District Office. She was an engineer for APS before her recent promotion and earned the respect of contractors. She also has been very active in the Kids Voting program; the Lioness Organization, chairing its Christmas Basket program; served on the board of the Payson Regional Medical Center; organized the Women's Wellness Program; and is active in her church. Ruth Craig nominated parsons.
As a law enforcement officer, criminals have shaken his hand and thanked him for his fairness. From victims he has received both hugs and thank-yous for not giving up and solving cases. As a father he has given his teenage son a role model to follow. That son has turned out to be a wonderful young man who makes good choices, works every day and goes to school. As a husband, writes his wife, Patrice Havey in her nomination letter, Havey has always worked hard to provide all we needed to see our dreams come true.
Nominating Roggenstein, a member of the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department, Ashlee Koch writes, he is the best fireman ever. He cares so much and even checks up on his patients after they're cared for, plus he volunteers in the community.