Deanna Lewis is a Renaissance woman. At the age of 21 Lewis made history as the first woman firefighter in the history of the Tucson Fire Department (TFD). Public service and access to her community as an emergency responder taught her the value of teamwork and cultivating relationships. A graduate of Stanford’s Primary Care Associate Program Deanna has been a physician assistant for thirteen years. Her emphasis in health care has always been medically under-served patient populations, and in 2003 she founded Dequenesh Community Health, promoting access to quality health care as a basic human right. Through Dequenesh she has partnered with the Primavera Foundation, Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse and Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF). Deanna served as SAAF’s lab director for point of care HIV testing for 5 years.
She completed her MBA at the U of A Eller School of Management, and also completed two years as a U of A/NASA Space Grant Fellow for Photovoltaic Outreach & Education. She is a seventh-year doctoral candidate at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health conducting research on social connections and leisure time physical activity at Sentinel Peak and Tumamoc Hill. She is an avid hiker and trail runner, incredible soap maker, loves working with students, teaching and is passionate about social justice issues. She also serves on the committee for diversity and inclusion at the college of public health to ensure all voices are heard. Lewis identifies as a queer woman of color and uses she, her, hers.