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About the Department

Introducing Our Staff


Lee Combs

Lee previously served as General Counsel of Metropolitan State College of Denver a position he held from March 1997 – November 2009.  Prior to taking on that role, he was a private practitioner for two years. Earlier in his career, he served as Associate General Counsel to the Colorado State  University System from 1987-1995; First Assistant Attorney General for Education, in the office of Colorado’s Attorney General from 1984-87; and Deputy District Attorney in the Felony Prosecutions Unit of the District Attorney’s Office.

Lee received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Denver and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Illinois State University. He is a Fellow of the Institute for Educational Leadership. In addition, he served as President, Treasurer and Legislative Liaison for the Adams County School District Board of Education.

Direct Line: 480.731.8878

Margaret E. McConnell

Maggie McConnell, who joined the MCCCD Legal Services Department in September 1997, specializes in construction and contract law. She is responsible for reviewing and signing all contracts, intergovernmental agreements, and clinical agreements for the Maricopa Community Colleges.

After working as a partner at the Phoenix law firm of Lewis and Roca, she left to become State Procurement Administrator for the State of Arizona. More recently, Maggie consulted with public entities, public and private lawyers, and vendors on policy and legal issues relating to state and local government procurement.

She is an active member of the Public Contract Law Section of the American Bar Association and in 1996 received its Distinguished Service Award.

A native of Tucson, Maggie received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Arizona.

Direct Line: 480.731.8888


Diana Davidson

Diana Davidson has been with the Legal Services Department since 1989, serving as Assistant to the General Counsel and the Risk Manager.

Her responsibilities include a broad range of legal assisting to the General Counsel, maintenance of budget and office management systems, scheduling, and document drafting.

An Ohio native, Diana attended North Harris College in Texas and Scottsdale Community College in Arizona.

Direct Line: 480.731.8877

Danay Bell

Danay joined the Legal Services Department in 2013, having worked with the Maricopa Community Colleges for 6 years.  Her primary responsibility is to provide administrative support to the area of Public Stewardship, which includes Maricopa Governance, Ombuds Services, and Public Records review and release. She also monitors the use of tuition waivers and conducts web maintenance, research, publication layout and design, and trend monitoring

Direct Line: 480.731.8882


Gloria Schoonover

Gloria Schoonover is the Administrative Assistant to the Assistant General Counsel, Margaret E. McConnell, in the Legal Services Department of Maricopa County Community College District.  She has worked for MCCCD since Fall of 1998 and has worked in her current position since July of 2011. In her previous position as an Administrative Assistant for the Community College National Center for Community Engagement at Mesa Community College, she assisted in the administration of grants and assisted in writing grant proposals which have netted over $12M in private and public monies within the last ten years. The focus of these grants has been on increasing academic achievement, critical and reflective thinking, civic responsibility, community involvement and faculty development.  In addition to her legal and service learning experience, she has over fifteen years of managerial and supervisory experience.

Gloria has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Brigham Young University.

Direct Line: 480.731.8881


Teresa Toney

As Manager of the Office of Public Stewardship, Teresa oversees the areas of Maricopa Governance, Public Records Disclosures, Ombuds Services for citizens and employees, and the 24/7 concern hotline. She also plans, evaluates, and administers the overall evaluation of Maricopa’s Governance system. This includes analyzing and transferring former Governing Board policies into administrative regulations, as well as coordinating annual monitoring reports of the Governing Board’s Outcomes.

In the area of Ombuds Services, Teresa serves as a liaison for members of the internal and external communities who wish to present concerns regarding the Maricopa County Community College District. She also conducts training in the area of public records release and retention.

Teresa joined the Legal Services Department in 1990 and previously served as EEO/AA Manager. She received a Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing and Master of Public Administration degree from Arizona State University.

Direct Line: 480.731.8880


Questions or comments?
Contact Lee Combs @ 480.731.8878

Maricopa Community Colleges
Office of General Counsel
2411 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281-6942
480.731.8877 / 480.731.8890 fax

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