notMYkid announces new CEO

Arizona-based notMYkid, a nationally focused non-profit organization focused on empowering and educating youth, families, and communities with the knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior, announced Kristen L. Polin as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  Polin has over 22 years of experience in nonprofit management and returns to notMYkid following a one year hiatus serving as Chief Operating Officer for True Mobile Health, a tech startup for addiction recovery. 

“My return to notMYkid to serve as the new CEO is truly an honor. This is an amazing opportunity to lead this dynamic prevention organization into its twentieth year of service and deliver a comprehensive prevention continuum that educates and empowers youth and their families to overcome challenges and find their path,” said Kristen Polin, CEO of notMYkid. “We are entering new territory with an alarming increase in youth suicide, epidemic levels of youth vaping, and an opioid crisis that increases our resolve to do more and respond in even greater innovative ways. My passion for these issues will drive greater focus on increasing our capacity and resources to help more families and schools. We are excited to expand our peer-led educational programs and early intervention services that prevent youth from falling through the cracks on the progression to substance use disorders and mental health problems.”

James T. Giel and Timothy A. Stratton named co-chairs

Gust Rosenfeld, P.L.C.  announced that James T. Giel and Timothy A. Stratton have been named Co-Chairs of the Municipal Bond Department of the firm’s 20 member Public Law Section. The firm’s bond department was ranked #1 in Arizona by par amount for 2018 in the year-end bond counsel rankings recently issued by The Bond Buyer. 

“Jim and Tim provide the leadership and guidance to maintain the strength and reputation that Gust Rosenfeld has built within the public finance community,” said Tom Chauncey, a member of the Executive Committee of the firm. “The firm has been representing Arizona municipalities, counties, school districts, community facilities districts, and other entities in public financing for nearly 100 years. With Jim and Tim’s combined leadership and experience, we look to continue that tradition of helping Arizona communities well into the future.”

James T. Giel (“Jim”) has a broad range of experience in public finance. Over the past 26 years, he has represented school districts, community facilities districts, fire districts, and other special districts as bond counsel, issuer’s counsel, special district counsel, borrower’s counsel, and underwriter’s counsel. He has been counsel on numerous transactions involving general obligation bonds, assessment bonds, revenue bonds, lease financings, and formation and consolidation elections. 

Timothy A. Stratton (“Tim”) focuses his practice on public finance and Section 103 tax law. With 20 years of public finance experience, he represents colleges and universities, special districts, cities, towns and other units of local government in Arizona and Illinois in all matters related to the issuance of municipal securities. Tim has particular experience in Utility Revenue Financings as well as Excise Tax Obligations for cities, counties and other entities. He also maintains an active practice as underwriter, disclosure, and bank counsel on publicly and privately offered debt issues.

Myndshft names Carole McCluskey to board

Myndshft Technologies, developer of CB.Claims™, the first blockchain and AI platform purpose built for connecting payers and providers on a single platform for healthcare business transactions, announced the addition of Carole McCluskey to its board of directors. An experienced information-technology and strategic leader, McCluskey is currently chief information technology officer for TrueBlue Inc., a leader in specialized staffing, recruitment and other workforce solutions. 

“We’re honored to have Carole join the Myndshft board. She’s joining at a really exciting time as we are experiencing exponential growth,” said Ron Wince, CEO, Myndshft. “Carole is one of the greatest talents in technology and her valuable perspective and strategic insight will help us navigate the rapid change in healthcare and the increasing role technology is playing in driving transformation.”

NAI Horizon’s Tucson office hires right of way specialist

NAI Horizon announced that Cheryl Eamick, SR/WA, has joined the Tucson office as a Right of Way Specialist.

Eamick possesses extensive experience in the right of way and land development industries, working in both the private and public sectors since 1992. She specializes in offering unique strategies to obtain necessary land rights and regulatory approvals that balance both the natural and man-made environments.

Eamick offers her clients a more cost effective and sustainable approach to land development and right of way projects.  Her expertise is in land entitlements, right of way program management, land acquisition, as well as federal, state, tribal and local right of way approvals.

Vantage West adds Oliver Santini

Vantage West Credit Union, southern Arizona’s largest credit union, announced the addition of Oliver Santini as its Business Development Representative for the Phoenix market. This aligns with the credit union’s direction to strengthen its Business Development and foster collaborative relationships with the local business community.

As Business Development Representative, Oliver serves as a liaison to industry and civic groups and an ambassador to sponsored groups and associations. He is responsible for offering our Vantage West @ Work Program and Financial Literacy to employees of businesses within the competitive market.  Oliver promotes Vantage West within the local community through networking events and activities.