Mary Zatezalo 
Training Director

Mary Zatezalo holds both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Communication Studies from Arizona State University, with an emphasis in gender studies and advocacy.  In addition to working with Distinguished Communications, she is a Professor of Communication within the Maricopa Community College system.  She has publications through the National Communication Association and continues to produce scholarly research.  


She believes that effective communication is the secret ingredient to achieving success both professionally and personally.  Her dedication to the communication discipline, professional experience, and passion for empowering others has led her to continue sharing her teachings within Distinguished Communications.    


Stephanie Nowack 
  Trainer and Leadership Coach

Speak Clearly, Confidently, and with Compassion. This has been Stephanie’s mantra as a communications and marketing professional for more than 30 years. She has held leadership positions in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, namely Motorola, Bank of America and United Way. Most recently, she served as the President and CEO for the Tempe, Arizona Tourism Office. Additionally, she has served as faculty at Arizona State University where she has taught Special Events and Sports Tourism.

Stephanie has experience as a media spokesperson and has led numerous workshops and seminars for corporate and nonprofit boards of directors. Some of her most interesting and challenging assignments involved teaching crisis communication skills to a group of senior Motorola engineers and working on an international satellite program. She earned her undergraduate business degree from Colorado State University and her MBA from Arizona State University.