Sacks Tierney adds 2 attorneys

Attorneys Candace D. French (Indian Law) and Laura Morrison Trujillo (Estate Planning) have joined the Scottsdale law firm Sacks Tierney P.A.

Ms. French is a former staff attorney with the Navajo Nation Office of Legislative Counsel. She has more than ten years of experience working in Native American communities and is an enrolled member of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes. 

Ms. Trujillo is a Certified Estate & Trust Law Specialist (Arizona Board of Legal Specialization). Her practice encompasses estate planning, private foundations, tax planning, probate, guardianship and business law. She is an accredited attorney with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

JHC partner Karen Gaylord elected to ACOEL

Jennings Haug Cunningham announced that Karen S. Gaylord, a partner with the firm’s environmental practice, has been elected as Fellow with the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL).  

The American College of Environmental Lawyers elected twenty-five new Fellows and one Honorary Fellow to membership in the College for 2019. Each individual was selected for their distinguished experience, high standards of practice and substantial contributions to the field of environmental law. 

“The twenty-five lawyers elected as Fellows to the College this year include the top environmental lawyers in government service, public interest, academia, and private practice drawn from across the country,” said Allan Gates, ACOEL President and lawyer with Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C,. “These individuals, chosen by their peers, have earned this recognition based on achievements over a minimum 15-year period, during which they have led the field in diverse areas of environmental law and policy.”

Reseco Group and OnPoint Business Solutions join forces

Reseco Group,, announced that DeeAnn Palin, previously of OnPoint Business Solutions, has joined their group of companies as the President of Accelerate LLC, a business advisory firm. This strategic move will allow the Reseco Group of companies to broaden the services and capabilities offered to their clientele significantly.

For more information about the services Accelerate offers, visit the website at

Steve Tusa, Principal at Reseco Group commented, “Accelerate will specialize in CEO and Board level coaching, strategy development, operations management, human resources, recruiting, culture enhancement, and engagement. This move demonstrates that we continue to listen to our clients and anticipate their needs in this rapidly changing world.”

Rick St. John named Glendale’s interim deputy city manager

Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps has selected Rick St. John to be the interim deputy city manager over public safety. In his new role, St. John will
provide support for the Glendale Police Department, Glendale Fire Department, Emergency Management Services as well as the Glendale Regional Public Safety Training Center (GRPSTC). Working closely with the chief of police and the fire chief, St. John will lead the city’s efforts to develop sustainable budgets for public safety, implement strategic planning initiatives and develop policies that protect lives and enhance the safety of the community.

“The most critical services in our city are focused around public safety and Rick St. John will be able to hit the ground running as a strong leader in this key position,” said Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps. “I am confident in Rick’s ability to bring sustainable, innovative ideas and solutions that will improve the community as he oversees Glendale’s comprehensive public safety efforts.”

Jaime Vidales named preconstruction manager

W.E. O’Neil announced the addition of Jaime Vidales to our team of construction professionals. Jaime will serve in the role of Preconstruction Manager in the Phoenix office.

An Arizona native, Jaime began his construction career during his time at Arizona State University. He has served in the roles of Estimator, Project Engineer, Assistant Project Manager, Project Manager, and his current role as Preconstruction Manager. Jaime’s background in operations has prepared him well as he tackles challenging projects, which he enjoys. Over his 18 year profession, Jaime has established a high degree of credibility and built many strong relationships within the markets the company serves.