PHOENIX, AZ (Dec 21, 2022) – Catholic Education Arizona, the largest Catholic School Tuition Organization in Arizona, was awarded 27th on Phoenix Business Journal’s 2022 Best Places to Work list. Nancy Padberg, President and CEO of Catholic Education Arizona accepted the award at the PBJ event on December 8, 2022.

“There were hundreds of submissions, we are honored and deeply grateful for this acknowledgement by The Phoenix Business Journal. We truly have a dream team focused on our mission and values of collaboration, respect, integrity, stewardship and trust” said Nancy Padberg, MBA President and CEO, Catholic Education Arizona.

Phoenix Business Journal’s Best Places to Work award honors one hundred companies exceeding standards with excellent morale, engagement and retention. All companies nominated are grouped based on company size. Catholic Education Arizona qualified as a micro company with ten employees.

Deb Preach, Chief Operating Officer of Catholic Education Arizona shared, “The healthy culture that we have created at CEA based on trust, value and respect for one another allows each of us to work within their gifts, while appreciating our colleagues’ gifts. The productivity is astounding when you enjoy coming to work each day!”

Individuals and Corporations continue to support Catholic Education Arizona and The Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Schools because of their impressive results:

  • 99.4% graduation rate
  • 97% of graduates matriculate to higher education or military service
  • 1000s of hours of community service are conducted annually

Corporations and LLCs filing as S Corps, C Corps, and insurance companies paying premium tax can direct up to 100% of their state tax liability through participation in the Arizona Low Income and Disabled/Displaced Corporate tax credits through CEA. Join APS, Cigna, Shea Homes, Ewing Irrigation Products, Meritage Homes, Earnhardt Auto Centers, Grand Canyon University, Lumen Technologies, Dignity Memorial and many small businesses making a difference and changing lives.

Catholic Education Arizona is the largest provider of scholarships to families attending Catholic schools. Since 1998, over $313 million has been raised to benefit students and 148,000 scholarships have been awarded. Learn more about how CEA is changing lives one scholarship at a time. Visit or call 602-218-6542.

Contact: Debra Preach, Chief Operating Officer
Catholic Education Arizona
(602) 218-6542