Snell & Wilmer recognized as a Best Place To Work for LGBTQ Equality

Snell & Wilmer announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2022 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the sixth year in a row. Administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the CEI is the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.

“Once again, Snell & Wilmer is honored to receive a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation,” said Matthew P. Feeney, chair of Snell & Wilmer. “At its core, diversity is all about people – the similarities that bind us and the differences that enrich us, individually and collectively. By itself, however, diversity cannot achieve any measure of meaningful and lasting success within any organization. Diversity needs equity and inclusion, which commits to driving fair outcomes and to ensuring members of our firm understand they belong and are respected, valued, and appreciated for who they are as individuals. Our firm is dedicated to fostering an enjoyable working environment, based on open communication and mutual respect. As part of this commitment, our extended team is focused on enhancing the ways we recognize the voices and importance of our LGBTQ+ colleagues, community, and collaborative efforts in achieving this important HRC recognition.”

The 2022 CEI report evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. Companies were evaluated on their four main categories, which includes workforce protections, equitable benefits, workplace culture and inclusiveness, and corporate social responsibility. Snell & Wilmer’s efforts in satisfying all the CEI’s criteria resulted in the 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

“We are proud to be recognized by the HRC for the sixth year in a row, reflecting the firm’s continued commitment and effort to community outreach, as well as creating and sustaining an equitable and inclusive culture that celebrates our LGBTQ+ individuals and communities,” said Joann Thach, senior director of diversity, equity and inclusion for Snell & Wilmer.

Dignity Health welcomes new chief physician executive

Brian Tiffany, MD, PhD, has been named the new chief physician executive for the Dignity Health Southwest Division. Dr. Tiffany has assumed the role previously held by Keith Frey, MD, who recently retired. 

As Dignity Health’s Southwest Division chief physician executive, Dr. Tiffany will advance clinical excellence, performance, and alignment throughout Dignity Health’s Arizona and Nevada markets; build strong physician relationships and engagement; enhance care delivery throughout the division; and contribute to growth and strategy efforts. 

“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Tiffany as our chief executive physician,” says Linda Hunt, president and CEO of Dignity Health’s Southwest Division. “Dr. Tiffany has been a valuable member of the Dignity Health team for many years and is respected for his strong and forward-thinking leadership and the tremendous expertise and humankindness he provides his patients and team.” 

Dr. Tiffany has been a member of the Dignity Health team for nearly 20 years. He has served as chief medical officer for Dignity Health’s Arizona General Hospital (AGH) Phoenix since December 2018, helping to lead the clinical operations of AGH–Laveen, AGH–Mesa, and 12 hospital satellite emergency departments. He has seen AGH through tremendous growth, led several service and quality initiatives, and helped to build a strong clinical team.

Dr. Tiffany has also played a key role in the organization’s COVID-19 response efforts, serving as part of the Southwest Division’s Incident Command and leading a research study on the pandemic’s impact on healthcare workers.

Kaelah Stark-Granger joins JRS Wealth Management/Wilde Wealth Management Group

Wilde Wealth Management Group, an award-winning independent financial firm with offices in Scottsdale, Tempe, Glendale, Payson, Tucson and Indiana, is pleased to announce Kaelah Stark-Granger, MPA, has joined JRS Wealth Management Group as a Registered Administrative Representative. In her role, Stark-Granger works with clients in the areas of relationship management. She will work both virtually as well as from the firm’s Tucson office, which is located 1610 E. River Road.  This office is unique in that it is a joint location between Wilde Wealth and its two Tucson partners, JRS Wealth Management and Hallmark Financial. Given the close relationship between the team, Stark-Granger will work closely on behalf of JRS in partnership with founder Jim Stark, her father, as well as with Wilde Wealth.

A Tucson native and Desert Christian High School alum, Stark-Granger earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in finance, both from the University of Arizona. Upon earning her master’s degree, Stark-Granger worked in nonprofit fund development for more than a decade, first at Tu Nidito Children & Family Services in Tucson and then as a nonprofit professional for the University of Rochester after relocating to New York with her husband in 2013.

“When COVID-19 hit, my husband and I found our routine – as so many of us did – changed dramatically, giving us both time to assess our careers based on our evolving goals,” says Stark-Granger, who is also a mother of five children ages 3 to 15. “I’d worked in finance as it related to the nonprofit world for many years, but when I began talking to my father about family financial planning as it related to my own family over the past year-plus, something just clicked. I found I not only had an interest but immediate passion in helping parents and families like my own planning for their futures.”

Stark-Granger holds Series 7 and 66 registrations and is in the process of studying for additional designations. She looks forward to mentoring under her father, a Tucson financial planning leader for more than 30 years and helping families across Pima County and beyond.

OneAZ Credit Union promotes Laura Worzella

OneAZ Credit Union announced Laura Worzella has been promoted to EVP Chief Operations Officer.

Laura has been with OneAZ for 3 years, previously serving as EVP Retail Sales and Chief Retail Officer. As EVP Chief Operations Officer, Laura will plan, organize, and direct OneAZ’s retail delivery system, digital direct/mortgage lending, consumer lending services, Wealth Management group, card and deposit operations, and collections.

“Laura’s leadership has already contributed to so much growth and innovation at OneAZ,” said Kim Reedy, President and CEO. “Her vision is going to play a major role in OneAZ’s growth this year and beyond.”

“OneAZ is in the business of making dreams come true,” said Laura. “We are committed to improving lives, whether that’s by providing a local nonprofit with a grant or financing a family’s first home. I’m looking forward to helping OneAZ grow so that we can be a force for good in the lives of more Arizonans.”

Laura has over 20 years of financial industry experience. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Western Carolina University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Winthrop University.


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