Ballard Spahr names David Armstrong Phoenix office managing partner

David J. Armstrong—a partner with Ballard Spahr’s Environment and Natural Resource Group—has been named Managing Partner of the firm’s Phoenix office.

David J. Armstrong

Mr. Armstrong, a member of the firm’s Expanded Board, advises clients nationally on environmental issues involved in corporate and real estate transactions and on regulatory compliance matters. He also litigates environmental matters for industrial, manufacturing, and commercial clients across the country. He is a leader both personally and professionally, having earned leading lawyer status in environmental law from Chambers USA and Best Lawyers. He also is a member and past Board Chairman of the Arizona Food Bank Network.

“Our office is a pivotal part of the greater Phoenix and Arizona business communities,” Mr. Armstrong said. “I look forward to building from a position of strength, adding to our extraordinary bench of talent, expanding our service offerings, and continuing to help clients navigate the complex challenges they face.”

Mr. Armstrong succeeds Stephen M. Savage as Managing Partner. Mr. Savage is one of the founding partners of Ballard Spahr’s Phoenix office and will continue to serve as Senior Counsel with the firm.

AIA elevates 2 Arizona architects to the College of Fellows

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is elevating 88 member-architects to its College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the architecture profession. Among the 88 being honored are Arizona architects Jason Boyer of Boyer Vertical and Mark Ryan of TreanorHL.

Jason Boyer
Mark Ryan

“To be included in this prestigious group is truly an honor,” says Boyer. “And to join the 2022 AIA Class of Fellows with my friend Mark makes this recognition even more special.”

Boyer and Ryan served on the Arizona Institute of Architects Phoenix Metro board together for four years. The two will be celebrated in the 2022 AIA College of Fellows Investiture Ceremony on June 24 in Chicago.

The fellowship program was developed to elevate architects who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Prospective candidates must have demonstrated influence in at least one of the following areas:

• Elevated the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession;

• Promoted the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training or practice;

• Coordinated the building industry and the profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA or other related professional organizations; or

• Advanced the living standards of people through an improved environment.

Fellows are selected by a seven-member Jury of Fellows. This year’s jury included Chair Steven Spurlock, FAIA, Quinn Evans Architects; Rainy Hamilton Jr., FAIA, Hamilton Anderson Associates; Lisa Lamkin, FAIA, Brown Reynolds Watford Architects, Inc.; Rebecca Lewis, FAIA, DSGW Architects; RK Stewart, FAIA, RK Stewart Consultants; Allison Williams, FAIA, AGWms_studio and Anna Wu, FAIA, University of North Carolina.

Perkins Coie adds former judge to litigation practice

Perkins Coie announced that Diane Johnsen has joined the firm’s national Litigation and Appellate practice. Diane joins the firm after fourteen years of service as a judge on the Arizona State Court of Appeals.

Diane Johnsen

Diane will become a member of Perkins Coie’s Appeals, Issues, and Strategies group, where she will serve clients across offices. She is also the newest addition to the firm’s Phoenix office, which manages a range of commercial litigation, including patent and other intellectual property disputes, public law and constitutional issues, business torts, contracts, antitrust litigation, product liability, corporate governance, securities, professional liability, and environmental litigation, as well as bankruptcy, environmental and natural resources, energy, water law, and white-collar criminal defense matters.

Diane was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals in 2006 and served as the court’s chief judge during 2014-15. In 2020, she received both the Arizona Judicial Branch’s “Judge of the Year Award” and the Arizona State Bar Association’s James A. Walsh Outstanding Jurist Award. “Diane’s vast judicial experience, and her insights into the judicial process will be enormously valuable to our clients,” said Jessica Everett-Garcia, the national chair of Perkins Coie’s Litigation practice. “We’re thrilled to welcome Diane to our litigation and appellate practice amid strong demand for our counsel and as we continue to manage many complex cases for clients in and beyond Phoenix.”

“Diane’s experience on the court of appeals bench will be an asset to our Phoenix office, and it allows us to further expand upon the range of legal counsel and services we are able to provide our clients,” said Todd Kerr, the managing partner of Perkins Coie’s Phoenix office. “I’m excited to welcome Diane to the firm and to continue our growth in Phoenix.”

Arrowhead hospital names new COO

Matt Sartorius has joined the Abrazo Arrowhead Campus administrative team as chief operating officer. An experienced hospital and ambulatory operations executive, he most recently served as Vice President of Operations at Stone Springs Hospital Center in Dulles, Va.

Matt Sartorius

Sartorius led all operational activities and executed strategic priorities at Stone Springs Hospital Center, resulting in growth in key services, employee and physician engagement, and quality. He served as Facility Ethics and Compliance Officer and Assistant Chief Staffing Officer, with administrative responsibility for numerous hospital departments, emergency preparedness, EMS relations, capital projects and development.

Sartorius also previously held administrative positions at other hospitals in Virginia and Florida, where he was responsible for oversight of operational departments, process improvement initiatives, outpatient services and facility construction. He is a graduate of the University of North Florida, where he earned Bachelor in Health Administration, Master of Health Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees.

Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, 18702 N. 67th Ave. in Glendale, is a 217-bed acute care hospital known for its surgical and cardiovascular programs, women’s and infants services including a Level IIE Neonatal Intensive care Unit, emergency and additional services. It is home of the Abrazo Graduate Medical Education program and Internal Medicine and General Surgery residencies.

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Nourish Phoenix appoints new program director

Katherine “Kat” Eglezos

Phoenix-based nonprofit Nourish Phoenix recently welcomed Katherine “Kat” Eglezos to its management team, where she will serve as the program director. Eglezos has a long history of volunteerism and considerable experience in the nonprofit sector.

NourishPHX is a trusted community hub serving vulnerable individuals and families by offering resources to satisfy immediate needs and to provide pathways to self-sufficiency. The organization has been serving Phoenix since 1983.

Eglezos will work directly with Beth Fiorenza, executive director of NourishPHX, to meet the goals of the organization, establish strategic partnerships and keep key stakeholders informed on company development. Eglezos will be responsible for creating classroom programing, overseeing SNAP to Work programs and working with volunteer coordinators to organize donation drives.

“Kat is a great addition to the Nourish Phoenix team, and she has already hit the ground running,” said Fiorenza. “Her background and passion for service has helped her integrate seamlessly into our model, and the benefits for our community will be innumerable.”


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