Terry Martin-Denning named to NAI Global board 

Terry Martin-Denning, President and CEO of NAI Horizon, was named to the NAI Global 2019 Leadership Board at the commercial real estate firm’s annual convention in Austin, Texas. 

“We are very pleased to have Terry in this role,” said Jay Olshonsky, President of NAI Global. “The success of NAI Horizon is a testament to her leadership skill. Our offices are very fortunate and will benefit from her experience.”

The NAI Leadership Board provides proactive leadership to increase the profitability, professionalism, technical capability, integrity and standards of practice that reinforce and breed mutual trust and respect throughout the organization. It fosters and promotes activities and productivity of offices, agents and the organization at-large.

Take The Lead appoints Arizona director

Take The Lead, a leading nonprofit dedicated to achieving gender parity by 2025, today announced that it has hired Amanda Garcia as its Arizona Director. Created by Gloria Feldt, Take The Lead provides critical leadership training programs, peer mentoring, role modeling and more to individuals, corporations and groups throughout the country. “It’s gratifying that Amanda is a stellar participant in Take The Lead’s groundbreaking 50 Women Can Change the World in Nonprofits program,” commented Feldt. “This is exactly what I aim to do – elevate women’s leadership skills and intentions. Amanda is well prepared to develop Take The Lead Arizona’s fundraising and volunteer Leadership Council so we can meet the enthusiastic response from this community for our mission of gender parity in leadership.”

Garcia, a Phoenix resident, graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Liberal Arts. She has a decade of nonprofit fundraising, event and volunteer management experience. Since 2014, Garcia has focused on leadership roles that create networks and engage donors in support of Arizona’s Jewish community.

“This new position is a dream come true as it allows me to capitalize on my passion for showcasing and contributing to female leadership and increasing gender parity,” said Garcia.

Phoenix resident named CFO of Food for the Hungry 

Food for the Hungry, a global development organization graduating communities of extreme poverty through sustainable solutions, has hired Keith Cowan, CPA as the nonprofit’s new Chief Financial Officer.

Cowan has a wealth of finance experience spanning over 30 years, working with PwC, Honeywell International, AAA Arizona, and most recently the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. During his more than 11 years at AAA Arizona, Cowan was instrumental in helping the organization achieve significant long-term growth in membership, revenue and productivity. He holds MBA and BBA degrees from the University of Michigan with concentrations in Finance & International Business and Accounting.

CEO Mike Meyers noted he couldn’t be more thrilled with Cowan’s appointment. “After a long search, we are thankful and excited to hire a great team member like Keith with a strong professional background and heart for serving the most vulnerable. Keith is a seasoned financial executive and will play a key role in continuing to move the organization forwards in providing excellent leadership to our finance team around the world.”

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli partner elected into American Board of Trial Advocates

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC announced that Stephen Bullington has been elected into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He is the tenth JSH attorney to earn this distinction, and joins colleagues James Curran, James Evans, William Holm, John Masterson, Donald Myles, Russell Skelton, Phillip Stanfield, Georgia Staton and Mark Zukowski.

Throughout his 29-year career, Steve has tried more than 20 cases before a jury. He dedicates his practice to representing medical service providers in matters involving allegations of medical malpractice and various other areas of health care law. Steve is also a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) and has earned an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Polsinelli attorney appointed to serve on Ethics Advisory Committee

Maria Fernanda Hubbard of Polsinelli’s Phoenix office has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the Arizona Supreme Court Attorney Ethics Committee.  Chief Justice Scott Bales issued an Administrative Order establishing the committee, which will issue formal opinions on issues of ethics, professionalism, and the unauthorized practice of law.  Judge Paul McMurdie of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, will serve as the committee’s chair. 

As a member of the newly formed 15-member committee, Hubbard will receive questions from the State Bar, any State Bar member, non-attorneys, and the Supreme Court.  The committee will issue formal opinions, which the Supreme Court can then approve, modify, or decline to review.  The opinions will have binding court authority.  The committee’s authority also includes filing petitions to amend the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct and to recommend appropriate subjects for continuing education to the State Bar.  

Support My Club welcomes new CEO

Support My Club, the student-focused online platform that allows school clubs and teams to request their needs and have them fulfilled by the community, today announces it is starting the new year with a new CEO. On the heels of a high-achieving year, founder and former CEO, Amy Armstrong, will be remaining heavily involved with the organization, while passing the baton of CEO to Karen Thomas to further Support My Club’s growth. Thomas’ experience spans more than 20 years, including deep expertise in developing the potential of organizations through fundraising, as well as increasing efficiency through organizational and board management. Her experience uniquely qualifies her to lead Support My Club through this next phase. Thomas’ role officially begins on January 14. 

“I am proud to be joining and leading Support My Club, an organization I’ve seen powerfully promote the intellectual, emotional and creative development of Arizona high school students,” says Karen Thomas, CEO of Support My Club. “In particular, I’m looking forward to furthering our funding initiatives, maximizing our resources and making sure we’re giving as much as possible to make extracurricular activities a reality for all the students who wish to participate. This is a stellar team with an extraordinary mission, and I can’t wait to dive in.”