St. Vincent de Paul Phoenix names first woman CEO

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Phoenix Diocesan Council (SVdP) announced Shannon Clancy as its new Chief Executive Officer. A Phoenix native, Shannon is the first female CEO for the Arizona nonprofit in its 76-year history and will assume leadership on Oct. 1.

Shannon steps into the role after nearly 20 years of dedication to SVdP’s mission, which offers hope to those who need services and those who want to serve their community by helping SVdP feed, clothe, house and heal.

Shannon most recently served as associate CEO. Throughout her tenure at SVdP, she has helped lead the nonprofit through tremendous growth with visionary zeal and humble grace. She spearheaded its fundraising and marketing efforts to support expansion of programs and services for the community. Shannon was also instrumental in SVdP’s added community collaboration, particularly through its Virginia G. Piper Medical Clinic partnership with Creighton University.

“One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is that our community is filled with kind, compassionate, loving people who want to make a difference,” Shannon says. “I’m honored to be entrusted with furthering such a special mission. It’s my deep wish to invite more people into our work to build a community for all of us, where we each find hope and opportunity to encounter the best of humanity, love and compassion in one another.”

Shannon assumes leadership from Steve Zabilski, who has served as SVdP’s top executive for more than 25 years. Steve  is excited to stay at SVdP in a community outreach role for approximately six months and then will transition to a role on the board of directors for the nonprofit in 2023.


Gallagher & Kennedy welcomes Randy Brogdon

Gallagher & Kennedy welcomed back Randy E. Brogdon to its environmental department. Randy began his legal career at G&K in 1995 until 2001 when he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and began working at Troutman Pepper.

Randy’s national practice includes representation of electric utilities, chemical companies, manufacturing facilities, major airlines, mining operations, landfills, and other industry sectors in environmental regulation, transactions, audits, and litigation. His specialty is developing comprehensive environmental compliance strategies and implementing best practices to reduce risk. Working with national companies, Randy advises on air and water quality permitting and compliance, environmental mergers and acquisitions, responding to notices of violation, negotiating consent decrees, and resolving compliance issues with states, environmental groups, EPA Regions, and the Department of Justice.

Before returning to G&K, Randy worked at Troutman Pepper for 21 years and served as Practice Group Leader for its environmental and natural resources group – one of the largest in the country – for almost 10 years.

SRP announces Leslie Meyers as chief water executive

Salt River Project (SRP) has announced Leslie Meyers as the company’s new Chief Water Executive and Associate General Manager of Water Resources.

Meyers joins SRP with more than 30 years of water resources management experience in Arizona and the Southwest, most recently with the Bureau of Reclamation. Throughout her career, Meyers has worked on strategic initiative planning and implementation with federal and state-level organizations, tribes, irrigation districts, local governments, non-governmental organizations, and others.

“Water resource management is critical to Arizona, and SRP has been a leader of wise stewardship for more than a century,” said Meyers. “I’m proud to join an organization dedicated to ensuring a sustainable water future for our communities.”

“Leslie Meyers brings a wealth of experience and knowledge at a unique time for our state as Arizonans continue to face this record drought,” said General Manager and CEO Mike Hummel. “As SRP’s water resiliency remains strong in spite of the drought, Leslie will lead our effort to continue to work with our partners to plan for the current drought and solve long-term water needs for the state.”

Greenberg Traurig expands Phoenix corporate practice

Global Law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP  has expanded its Corporate Practice in Phoenix with the addition of Frank M. Placenti, who joins as a shareholder from Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

Placenti, who will also serve as leader of the U.S. Corporate Governance Practice, focuses on corporate governance, often working with corporate boards on securities regulatory compliance, anti-takeover matters, and shareholder relations issues. He guides corporations and board committees through internal investigations, federal agency and stock exchange investigatory matters, and liaises with white-collar criminal attorneys as needed. In addition, his practice includes representing clients in mergers & acquisitions, often working within the healthcare, technology and telecommunications, financial services, transportation, and retail sectors.

“We’re pleased to add a seasoned counselor of Frank’s caliber to our already strong Corporate Practice team in the Phoenix office,” said Nicole Maroulakos Goodwin, managing shareholder of the Phoenix office. “Company directors and management already have a long list of regulatory matters they must navigate. With new requirements such as ESG, which uses environmental, social and governance factors to evaluate a company, our clients will be well served to be able to draw on Frank’s 35 years of corporate compliance experience.”

“Frank has long been a prominent figure in the Phoenix legal community and is regarded as an industry thought leader on corporate compliance matters,” said Alan I. Annex, co-chair of the firm’s Global Corporate Practice. “He has a strong commitment to client service and will expand our ability to meet client demand in this critical area.”


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