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Lucia Spence, an 18-year employee of Verde Vista Care and Rehab in Camp Verde, has been named the Certified Nursing Assistant Professional of the Year by the Arizona Health Care Association, a professional organization whose members provide care for over 15,000 residents of long-term care facilities across Arizona.

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Lucia Spence's field of dreams

Camp Verde CNA named Professional of the Year

Lucia Spence was in third grade the day her mother plucked her from school and sent her into the farm fields of central Mexico to harvest peppers.It would be her last day in a classroom for nearly 20 years. By the time she was 12 she was raising her four younger brothers and sisters, following her mother's journey north to find a decent paying job.