The Ombudsman and Staff

Dennis Wells – Ombudsman-Citizens’ Aide

Dennis Wells became Ombudsman Citizens Aide on July 2, 2012 following confirmation by the Legislature and Governor in early 2012. Dennis holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor of Science in Geology. Dennis has specialized experience in public management, intergovernmental relations, strategic and public planning and dispute resolution. Read More

Joanne MacDonnell – Deputy Ombudsman

Joanne joined the office as Deputy Ombudsman after serving nearly eight years as the Arizona Corporation Commission Director of Corporations. Joanne has Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration and Real Estate from the University of Arizona. Read More

Carmen Salas – Assistant Ombudsman

Carmen joined the Ombudsman’s office in 2005. She previously worked at the Arizona Corporation Commission for nine years as a management analyst and supervisor, and she is fluent in Spanish. Read More

Frank Rutledge – Investigator/Writer Ombudsman

Frank Rutledge joined the Ombudsman team in June 2016 after working almost nine years with the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES). During his time at DES... Read More

Keith Meyer – Senior Investigator/Writer Ombudsman

Keith worked at the County Attorney’s Office coordinating restitution issues with citizen victims of crime. Other public service includes volunteering on several homeowner association boards. Keith has 20 years of public experience in Arizona State and County governments. Read More

Jennifer Olonan – Assistant Ombudsman

Jennifer has medical experience, and a degree in Health Science. She has completed training with the Child Welfare Training Institution and Department of Economic Security to obtain clearance for the Children’s Information Library & Data Source (CHILDS). Jennifer is proficient in American Sign Language. Read More

Danee Garone – Staff Attorney

Danee Garone is a staff attorney for the Ombudsman’s office and specializes in open meeting and public records law matters. He joined the Ombudsman’s office in 2014. Read More

Philip Gough-Stone – Assistant Ombudsman

Philip Gough-Stone joined the office as an intern in June of 2016 while studying Business Management, and Pre-Law at Grand Canyon University; he plans on attending law school after receiving his bachelor’s degree. Read More

Aimee Kearns – Assistant Ombudsman

Aimee joined the Ombudsman office in 2014. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2000 from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado... Read More

Yvonne Rothblum – Assistant Intake Ombudsman

Yvonne Rothblum joined the Ombudsman team in November 2016. Yvonne has worked both in the public and private sector. She worked in the Arizona Commerce Authority (previously known as the Arizona Department of Commerce) and the Arizona Department of Revenue. Read More