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GPEC announces Board of Directors for FY 2014

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) today announced the appointment of its Board of Directors for the 2014 fiscal year, as approved by the Executive Committee.

Alliance Bank of Arizona CEO James Lundy will continue to lead the Board of Directors as chairman.

“As the economy continues to improve, GPEC’s team of results-driven board directors will work to ensure the region not only maintains its trajectory but also pushes toward a more diversified and sustainable economy that is less dependent on growth industries like real estate and construction,” Lundy said. “I’m honored to work with this talented group of professionals and look forward to a productive year.”

Rounding out the Board’s leadership is SCF Arizona President and CEO Don Smith and Empire Southwest Executive Vice President Chris Zaharis as vice chairs, APS Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Tammy McLeod as secretary and Bryan Cave, LLP Partner R. Neil Irwin as treasurer.

New Board Directors include: Steve Banta, CEO of Valley Metro; the Honorable Denny Barney, District 1 Supervisor for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors; Scott Bradley, Area Vice President for Waste Management; Mark Clatt, Area President for Republic Services; the Honorable Vincent Francia, Mayor of the Town of Cave Creek; Dr. Ann Weaver Hart, President of the University of Arizona; Bill Jabjiniak, Economic Development Director for the City of Mesa; the Honorable Michael LeVault, Mayor of the Town of Youngtown; Rich Marchant, Executive Vice President, Global Operations for Crescent Crown Distributing; Ryan Nouis, Co-Founder and President of Job Brokers; and Eric Orsborn, Councilmember for the Town of Buckeye.

“GPEC’s success is largely driven by its strong Board of Directors, all of whom reflect the region and state’s most accomplished professionals,” GPEC President and CEO Barry Broome said. “Every single one of them truly cares about our market’s success and serves as a community thought leader when it comes to competitiveness.”

Mayors from GPEC’s member communities and the organization’s Nominating Committee are responsible for nominating and appointing Board Directors. The one-year terms are approved during GPEC’s Annual Board meeting.

GPEC FY 2014 Board of Directors:

James Lundy – Chairman
Alliance Bank of Arizona

Don Smith – Vice Chair
President and CEO
SCF Arizona

Chris Zaharis – Vice Chair
Executive Vice President
Empire Southwest

Tammy McLeod – Secretary
Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
Arizona Public Service Company

R. Neil Irwin – Treasurer
Bryan Cave, LLP

William Pepicello, Ph.D. – Immediate Past Chair
University of Phoenix

Barry Broome
President and CEO
Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Richard C. Adkerson
President and CEO
Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold

Jason Bagley
Government Affairs Manager

Ron Butler
Managing Partner
Ernst & Young LLP

Brian Campbell
Campbell & Mahoney, Chartered

Michael Crow, Ph.D.
Arizona State University

Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Midwestern University

Derrick Hall
President and CEO
Arizona Diamondbacks

Sharon Harper
President and CEO
The Plaza Companies

Ann Weaver Hart, Ph.D.
University of Arizona

Don Kile
President, Master Planned Communities
The Ellman Companies

Paul Luna
President and CEO
Helios Education Foundation

Rich Marchant
Executive Vice President, Global Operations
Crescent Crown Distributing

David Rousseau
Salt River Project

Joseph Stewart
Chairman and CEO
JPMorgan Chase Arizona

Hyman Sukiennik
Vice President
Cox Business

Karrin Kunasek Taylor
Executive Vice President and
Chief Entitlements Officer
DMB Associates, Inc.

Gerrit van Huisstede
Regional President Desert Mountain Region
Wells Fargo

Andy Warren
Maracay Homes

Richard B. West, III
Carefree Partners

John Zidich
Publisher & President
The Arizona Republic

Chuck Allen
Managing Director, Gov’t & Community Relations
US Airways

Steve Banta
Valley Metro

Denny Barney
County Supervisor-District 1
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

Jason Barney
Principal and Partner
Landmark Investments

The Honorable Robert Barrett
City of Peoria

Timothy Bidwill
Vice President
Vermilion IDG

Scott Bradley
Area Vice President, Four Corners Area
Waste Management

Norman Butler
Market Executive
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Mark Clatt
Area President
Republic Services

Jeff Crockett
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Wyatt Decker, M.D.
Mayo Clinic Arizona

George Forristall
Director of Project Development
Mortenson Construction

The Honorable Vincent Francia
Town of Cave Creek

Rufus Glasper, Ph.D.
Maricopa Community Colleges

Barry Halpern
Snell and Wilmer

G. Todd Hardy
Vice President of Assets
ASU Foundation

Lynne Herndon
Phoenix City President
BBVA Compass

Linda Hunt
Senior VP of Operations and President/CEO
Dignity Health Arizona

William Jabiiniak
Economic Development Director
City of Mesa

The Honorable Robert Jackson
City of Casa Grande

The Honorable Linda Kavanagh
Town of Fountain Hills

The Honorable Andy Kunasek
County Supervisor, District 3
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

The Honorable Michael LeVault
Town of Youngtown

The Honorable John Lewis
Town of Gilbert

The Honorable Marie Lopez Rogers
City of Avondale

The Honorable Georgia Lord
City of Goodyear

Jeff Lowe
MidFirst Bank

Paul Magallanez
Economic Development Director
City of Tolleson

Kate Maracas
Vice President

The Honorable Mark Mitchell
City of Tempe

Ryan Nouis
Co-Founder & President
Job Brokers

Ed Novak
Managing Partner
Polsinelli Shughart

Eric Osborn
Town of Buckeye

Rui Pereira
General Manager
Rancho de Los Caballeros

The Honorable Christian Price
City of Maricopa

Craig Robb
Managing Director
Zions Energy Link

The Honorable Jeff Serdy
City of Apache Junction

Steven M. Shope, Ph.D.
Sandia Research Corporation

James T. Swanson
President and CEO
Kitchell Corporation

Richard J. Thompson
President and CEO

Jay Tibshraeny
City of Chandler

John Welch
Managing Partner
Squire Sanders

Dan Withers
D.L. Withers Construction

The Honorable Sharon Wolcott
City of Surprise

Bryant Barber
Attorney at Law
Lewis and Roca

Phoenix Children’s Hospital - Pediatric Liver Transplant Program

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Launches New Pediatric Liver Transplant Program

Phoenix Children’s Hospital announced the launch of a new Liver Transplant Program in affiliation with Mayo Clinic-Arizona, the only pediatric liver transplant program of its kind in the region. United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) – the organization that manages the nation’s organ transplant system under a federal government contract –granted certification this week.

Phoenix Children’s will be the first in Arizona to offer a full-spectrum, child-centered liver transplant program that will receive multidisciplinary support within the dedicated pediatric hospital. Each patient’s unique circumstances and needs will be addressed across the entire spectrum of care. This new liver transplant program will complement the hospital’s successful heart, kidney and bone marrow transplant programs.

Leading the program are two transplant specialists who have more than 20 years of combined experience in all aspects of liver disease and hundreds of successful liver transplants. Dr. Tamir Miloh, Hepatology and Liver Transplant Director for Phoenix Children’s, is the only board-certified pediatric hepatologist in the state. He currently treats more than 40 children who are post-transplant and more than 300 who are living with liver disease. He is joined by Dr. Winston Hewitt, a liver transplant surgeon for both Mayo Clinic and Phoenix Children’s. The two form the core medical staff for the Phoenix Children’s Liver Transplant Program and have assembled a dedicated liver transplant team, which also includes program coordinator Joy Anderson, RN. Transplant candidates will be evaluated by a multidisciplinary team including radiology, nutrition, social work, cardiology, palliative care and other specialties as needed.

“Bringing a pediatric liver transplant program to the Phoenix area will meet an unfulfilled need in the Southwest region,” said Dr. Miloh. “Historically, children in this area with complex liver conditions have needed to travel out of the Valley, to Tucson, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nebraska or Texas for consults or transplants.”

Dr. Hewitt hailed the establishment of the new program saying, “All of the pieces are in place here at Phoenix Children’s to provide an integrated system of patient care, where the patient’s circumstances and needs are understood, communicated and addressed across the entire spectrum of care.” Both doctors expect the program to be extremely beneficial for patients and their families by offering a full range of services for those with liver disease, both acute and chronic, some of whom may ultimately require liver transplantation.

The liver is the largest solid organ in the body and performs numerous functions that are essential for life. The liver helps process carbohydrates, fats and proteins and stores vitamins. It produces bile and helps with the absorption and metabolism of nutrients absorbed from food in the intestines. The liver produces many proteins, hormones and other substances that the body requires to survive. It plays an important role in metabolism of most drugs and clearance of toxins and bilirubin. There is no effective artificial liver support, and in the setting of a failing liver, a liver transplant remains the only option for these ill children. There are many indications for liver transplantation in children. Biliary atresia (progressive scarring of the biliary system in newborns) is the most common indication. The biliary system creates, transports, stores, and releases bile into the duodenum to help in digestion. The biliary system includes the gallbladder, bile ducts and certain cells inside the liver, and bile ducts outside the liver.

Liver transplants are unique because the liver is the only organ in the body that can regenerate itself. Thus a liver transplant may involve the whole liver, a reduced liver or a liver segment. Most liver transplants involve the whole organ, but segmental transplants have been performed with increasing frequency in recent years. This may allow two liver recipients to be transplanted from one donor. A reduced-size liver transplant may be required if the donor liver is too large for the recipient. Living donor liver transplantation involves the removal of a part of a healthy donor’s liver for use in a patient with liver disease. This has assisted with the timely transplantation of children with liver disease as the deceased donor organ pool is limited.

One in 10 Americans has been affected by liver disease. According to UNOS, about 17,000 Americans are on waiting lists to receive a liver transplant. Approximately 600 children a year are undergoing liver transplants. The patient survival exceeds 90 percent in the first year and 85 percent after five years.