Profiles of Success 2019


This award is given to an individual or organization that has excelled in advocating for Latinos in Arizona and contributed a number of years toward Hispanic issues, giving their personal time, and making a significant difference to the communities they serve.

Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux

Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux was appointed as the first bi-lingual, Latina Superintendent of the award-winning, Pendergast Elementary School District in May 2014. The District serves 9,500 students in grades Preschool – 8th grade, on twelve campuses in the cities of Avondale, Glendale and Phoenix, Arizona with outstanding educational opportunities. Dr. DeBlieux brings a strong sense of what students, families and communities need. Her goals are to focus on high achievement for students, a well-trained staff, and an engaged community. She has created an organization that is innovative, unique, solution-oriented and spirited. She is beloved by the students, staff, families and communities she serves with her warmth, trust and understanding of the diverse district she serves.

DeBlieux is active in many community organizations including Leadership West, where she serves as a board member, the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, where she serves as board chair, the City of Phoenix Youth and Education Commission, and others. Lily is sought after as a motivational speaker, and in 2015, she founded the organization Si No Yo, Quien? to provide training to empower people to reach new heights in their personal and professional lives.

Seeing a need to reduce the startling statistics of preventable deaths of children in Arizona, DeBlieux, along with Gina Godbehere from Leadership West Class XXII, co-founded the Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life Conference first held in January 2017. This conference, the first of its kind in the state, was attended by over 5,000 people in January 2019 at Grand Canyon University.  The conference has now become a movement that has now helped over 380,000 youth reduce bullying and teen suicide throughout Arizona. Conferences are held yearly in January.

Lily has been honored as the Non-profit Leader of the Year, West Valley Woman of the Year, AZ Association of Latino and the Arizona Administrators and Superintendents, Superintendent of the Year. Additionally, she has been chosen as the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents National Latina Superintendent of the Year and the Phoenix Business Journal’s Most Admired Leader Award, among other accolades.

She is proud of her Hispanic heritage and works to improve educational opportunities for the students, staff, families and communities in the Pendergast District and throughout the state and the nation.