Jewish Family & Children’s Service adds 2 to board

Karen Owens
Pam Meyer

The Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) Governance Board announced that Pam Meyer and Karen Owens have each been elected to serve a three-year term. The role of the Governance Board is to carry out JFCS’ mission to strengthen the community by providing quality behavioral health and social services to people of all ages in accordance with a Jewish value system that cares for all humanity.                                

“We are thrilled to have both Pam and Karen join our organization in this important volunteer leadership role here at Jewish Family & Children’s Service,” said Lorrie Henderson, PhD, MBA, president and CEO of JFCS.

Meyer is a Scottsdale resident and a long-time community volunteer.  Working with a variety of organizations, the JFCS mission aligns with her commitment to helping children, families, the elderly and the disabled.

“I learned at a very young age to help those in need and I am honored to join the Board for JFCS.  I look forward to working with such a worthwhile organization,” said Meyer.

Owens, an attorney with Coppersmith Brockelman in Phoenix, represents a variety of organizations in the health care industry including hospitals, clinics and other providers. 

“As an attorney whose practice focuses on health care, I know first-hand the importance of social services organizations like JFCS and the role they play in our communities.  I am honored to join the Governance Board, lending my knowledge and expertise as needed,” said Owens.

Rusing Lopez & Lizardi names 2 new partners

Sivan Korn
Jonathan Saffer

Rusing Lopez & Lizardi announced that Sivan Korn and Jonathan Saffer have been named partners at the firm.

Korn has worked in an Of Counsel role at RL&L for the past two years. She previously practiced as a commercial litigator in Israel, New York and Tucson providing representation on governance issues, trade secret protection, unfair competition, contract disputes, employment and discipline, and real property litigation. She holds law degrees from Israel and from Fordham Law School in the United States, graduating first in her class at both schools.

Korn frequently organizes and participates in panels in her areas of expertise. She has published extensively and serves as a judge pro tempore on the civil bench of the Pima County Superior Court.

Saffer’s practice for the last 16 years has concentrated in all aspects of commercial litigation, finance and business law. He has been repeatedly recognized by The Best Lawyers in America©. He has extensive trial experience in state, federal and bankruptcy courts and in arbitration proceedings; advises banks and other lending institutions in all phases of commercial finance matters; and represents several businesses in matters ranging from intellectual property to franchise.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Arizona and earned his law degree at the UA after a period of time playing professional baseball in the Montreal Expos’ organization.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have the opportunity to add Sivan and Jonathan as partners at our firm,” said Senior Partner Oscar Lizardi. “These are quality attorneys and more importantly quality people who make our firm stronger.”

Nexus Embassy appoints seasoned medical executives

The Nexus Embassy, the steward of Nexus, an innovative open-source blockchain technology and digital currency, is pleased to announce the appointment of two key members to its leadership team, Dr. Ajay Ahuja as Chief Executive and Scott Bischoff as Director of Marketing.

Dr. Ajay Ahuja

As the organization fostering the development of Nexus, an open-source blockchain technology that focuses on solving the current challenges of speed and scalability while also providing world-class quantum resistance, The Nexus Embassy is now evolving its leadership team to match the caliber of this advanced technology.  Nexus’ peer-to-peer platform will enable people to take control of their personal and financial freedoms and empower humanity through decentralization.

Colin Cantrell, inventor of the Nexus protocol and the founder and chief architect of The Nexus Embassy expressed, “My favorite part of Ajay and Scott joining the team is that they are coming from corporate careers to now pursue the vision of our nonprofit to empower people.”

The Nexus protocol utilizes and expands upon current blockchain technologies for decentralized peer-to-peer networking, focusing on solutions to many of the current limitations of the Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains.  Inherent in this technology is the use of the Nexus digital currency (NXS), which has been generated organically since the launch of Nexus in 2014 without any Initial Coin Offering.  Given the nascence of the blockchain industry, it has been beneficial to seek leaders who have significant management experience engaging with both regulatory oversight as well as technological complexity.

Dr. Ajay Ahuja has joined the team as Chief Executive, with the goal of providing strategic direction and business acumen to drive the rapid expansion of Nexus’

Scott Bischoff

transformational technology. Dr. Ahuja most recently served as Global Head of the Medical Affairs department, in research and development at Allergan plc, a global pharmaceutical company.  He has also held leadership positions of increasing responsibility across marketing, commercial operations and business development functions at innovative startups as well as top global companies, including Pfizer, Takeda and Novartis. Dr. Ahuja earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University, a Doctor of Medicine from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

“I believe that blockchain technology will fundamentally change the world, in much the same way as did the internet when it came to the forefront 20 years ago,” said Dr. Ahuja. “Those applications that utilize peer-to-peer connectivity, that have the ability to move away from centralized third parties, and that enable verification of immutable data, will have the ability to empower individuals all over the world. I am thrilled to be a part of this movement.” 

Scott Bischoff has joined the team as Director of Marketing in order to further the network’s marketing and commercialization strategy in this critical time of organizational growth. Bischoff who brings over two decades of cross-functional leadership experience in multiple Fortune 500 companies including Bristol-Myers Squibb and Teva Pharmaceuticals, will be tasked with leveraging his diverse background to expand the use of the Nexus technology to develop additional use cases utilizing this advanced blockchain. Bischoff earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Southern Illinois University and has additional education and leadership experience in music business, technology, finance, real estate, tax and legal strategies.

“I am delighted that Scott is bringing his experience, wisdom, and professional attributes to The Nexus Embassy,” said Dr. Ahuja.  “Nexus is being designed as world-class technology, and it is scaling up to make a real difference in the world.  Scott, along with the rest of the management team, is poised to help make this a reality.”