The Power Women of Paradise Valley

The Agent

Robin Orscheln

After going though a divorce and finding herself a young mother to two girls, Robin Orscheln took her future into her own hands. She dove into a real estate career and never looked back. As a principal member of The Team at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Robin is consistently ranked in the top 1 percent.

“I operate from a place of transparency, having integrity in each transaction and discovering the heart of every client,” she says.

When she’s not busy being a mother and top-ranking agent, she enjoys yoga, reading and dancing. 

The Business Woman

Amanda Baldwin

Amanda Baldwin grew up surrounded by furniture, fine rugs, bronzes and original art. She helped her grandmother, Bernadean Fuller, manage the original Stevan’s Furniture and Interior Design store, so you could say her love for this business is in her blood. As the owner of Stevan’s Consignment, Amanda has a talent for taking high-end gently used home furnishings and giving them a new life at a fraction of the original price.

When she’s not collecting furniture or offering interior design services, she enjoys being with her family and building their ministry. 

The Partners

Pati & Kristi Brannon

Before there was cake, there was La Reserve, Pati Brannon’s restaurant in the now-defunct Borgata shopping center.

“I started baking cakes and my son, Scotty, pushed me to sell them,” she says.

When Scotty passed away in 2006, she and her daughter, Kristi, officially opened Pati’s Rum Cakes in his honor. Word spread about the cakes, and now they’re available in eight restaurants and can be shipped nationwide.

“People love our cakes because they’re baked with love and wrapped beautifully,” Pati says. “Robby Krieger of The Doors is a friend and inspired us to make the Rock Star Rum Cake.” 

The Connector

Trisha Anthony

In an exhilarating and exciting industry like public relations, no two days are alike, and no one knows that better than Trisha Anthony. As a publicist with Gordon C. James Public Relations, she has spent the past 15 years putting people together to tell a story. One of her most treasured moments was escorting an 85-year-old volunteer to greet then-President George W. Bush when he arrived in town for an event.

“I hope at 85 I’m still giving back in some way to help make this world a better place,” she says. 

The Planner

Emily Taylor

Emily Taylor is a powerhouse attorney who specializes in elder law and special needs planning. She establishes estate plans that protect her clients’ best interests and provides “comfort and protection to families who are faced with more difficult circumstances than most.”

Emily is on the Arizona National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys board of directors and says one of the best things about her job is getting hugs from clients for helping them solve their unique problems.

“I don’t think most lawyers can say that!” she says.

The Helpers

Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson

For 60 years, Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson have dedicated their lives to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. As co-founders of Childhelp, their advocacy-center model has become a standard of care in the child welfare system.

“It made sense to us to put everyone under one roof for the love of the child,” they say.

Their hard work has led to five nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.

“We’re grateful to God because he’s the one who can save our children, keep Childhelp running well and fill our spirits with the faith to fight another day.”