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2018 Award Winners

Counselor of the Year
Terry Haggerty, Bioscience High School

Terry Haggerty has served in many different capacities over the course of her 29-year career in Phoenix Union: reading teacher, Title I facilitator, reading department chair, counseling instructional leader (all within 24 years at Central HS). She is now in her fifth year as the sole counselor at Bioscience High School, where she has a full caseload of 340 amazing students.

Alumni of the Year
Chris Wooley, Managing Producer, VAS Communications

Chris Wooley
Chris Wooley is an award-winning television producer, director, and writer specializing in healthcare-related documentary and educational programs. Wooley’s broadcast credits include three PBS productions: the Emmy-winning series “The Latest Procedure,” “In the Heart of China” narrated by Korva Coleman, and “A Woman’s Heart” narrated by Joanne Woodward. Wooley’s production “Medical Innovations” narrated by Cliff Robertson aired on the Discovery Channel and won a gold medal at the New York Film Festival, and his clay-animated short films, which featured NBA great Charles Barkley, won a medal at the Chicago Film Festival.

In recent years Wooley has been much sought after as a producer and director of live medical procedure broadcasts. He has directed satellite broadcasts in China, Italy, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Austria, Brazil, Spain, and England, as well as nearly every state in the continental United States. His clients include Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and other leading medical institutions and healthcare companies.

Wooley is an Arizona native. He began his production career in west Phoenix, where he was fortunate to attend two schools with innovative educational television programs, Isaac Junior High School and Maryvale High School. He continued his communications studies at Northern Arizona University and joined VAS Communications as an intern. The Phoenix-based biomedical production company produced the first nationally broadcast open-heart surgery, which was shown on PBS and in Europe on the BBC. Wooley was the first VAS intern, and to date he has mentored more than 30 NAU interns, many of whom are now leaders in the broadcast field.

Wooley is a protégé of VAS’ founders, renowned heart surgeon and educator Dr. Ted Diethrich and famed surgical filmmaker Richard Williams. Wooley became a partner at VAS in 2003 and has been sole owner since Diethrich’s and Williams’ retirements.

Wooley worked in the public relations department of America West Airlines in the late 1980s during the company’s early years. He has produced and written numerous biographies for the Arizona Historical League on legends including Governor Rose Mofford, Jerry Colangelo, and Eddie Basha. In 1997 Wooley produced and wrote “West Side Story,” a documentary featuring activists in the Maryvale community where he was born and raised.

Wooley currently resides in Ahwatukee Foothills with his wife, Nancy. His son, Brett Wooley, attends Arizona State University.