Born and raised in New York, Ginny and her family chose Fountain Hills as their hometown in 1983. She followed her parents who had fallen in love with this desert community in the seventies. Her siblings relocated to Arizona too, creating a foundation that spans multiple generations.
Ginny holds a bachelor of science in mathematics from Tufts University. She’s been a banker, bookkeeper, and part-time teacher locally and in Vermont and New Hampshire. She was an Arizona Senate staffer and an assistant director at the Department of Environmental Quality. After retiring, she worked with the U.S. Attorney’s Office as a neighborhood liaison.
In 2022 Ginny was recognized by the Arizona Historical Society as one of the state’s “48 Most Intriguing Women.” Inducted into the 2010 Lower Verde River Valley Hall of Fame, she has participated in Fountain Hills strategic planning since 1984. She transitioned from a member of the Parent Teacher Association to serving on the Fountain Hills Unified School District (FHUSD) Board for two terms. Ginny was a Charter Member of the Arts Council and served on the Theater Board as treasurer and accountant, earning the 2009 Founders Award. She also performed in several AriZoni winning productions.
In the Valley, she was a member of Business and Professional Women (Woman of the Year) and the Public Policy Chair for the American Association of University Women. Active in several statewide groups, she was an organizer for the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame at the Carnegie Library.
Ginny served as Town Councilwoman for over eight years, co-chairing the Centennial Committee, and sitting on the Maricopa Association of Governments Domestic Violence Council. Elected Mayor in 2018 and re-elected in 2020 and 2022, Ginny is married to former teacher, FHUSD and East Valley Institute of Technology Board Member Jim Dickey, a retired Valley Metro and Arizona Department of Transportation executive. Her family includes three sons, Jim’s daughter and son, all of their spouses, and nine grandchildren.
Grady E. Miller
Superintendent, Fountain Hills Unified School District
Dr. Cain Jagodzinski