Patricia (Leya) Tingstad had an active academic and athletic career at Sahuaro, playing Softball for the Cougars and learning four years of production printing from Mr. Jim Daunheimer.
After graduating from Sahuaro, Patty went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology before establishing Tingstad Graphics (now known as Eagle Graphics), a successful local print design and production facility.
As an esteemed local businesswoman, Patty was a member of numerous business groups including the Awards & Recognition Association (for which she served on several committees) and Catalina Rotary, where she spent three of her ten years on the board.
But her involvement with education did not stop after graduation. While raising two daughters with her husband Jim, Patty volunteered often. Actually, “often” is an understatement! She served several years on the PTA for Agua Caliente Elementary and Emily Gray Junior High. Later she would serve on the board of the Educational Enrichment Foundation and would even be named ‘Volunteer of the Year’ in 2010 for Sabino High School (but we won’t hold that against her). Her advocacy for education and the youth of Southern Arizona make her an excellent addition to the Hall of Fame.