Two artists join FOUND:RE to lead art program

FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel, downtown Phoenix’s hip and art-centric hotel  located at 1100 North Central Avenue, announced the appointment of two new associate curators —Brandi Read and Caroline Hubbell. The new associate curators will provide artistic coordination from developing exhibits from conception to execution and expanding the arts and culture program of the new FOUND:RE Contemporary vision.  They will work closely with the artist continuing the FOUND:RE’s commitment supporting the arts community. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Read and Hubbell and are certain their level of experience, expertise and talent will contribute greatly to the expanded FOUND:RE Contemporary art program,” says Renee Gonzales of the FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel. “We look forward to sharing exciting new exhibits, shows and other art-centric events through FOUND:RE Contemporary with the assistance of our new associate curators.”

Read earned a BFA in painting, magna cum laude at Western Michigan University School of Art in 2006. She has received numerous grants and awards for her work, including a travel grant from Lee Honors College and the KADI artists grant from The Greater Arts Council of Kalamazoo. Read has exhibited her work nationally in numerous group as well as via solo exhibitions. She is currently an MFA candidate for drawing and painting at Arizona State University. 

Hubbell is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, but spent most of her childhood in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

She graduated from Penn State University with a BFA in drawing and painting. She is a figurative painter who works primarily in oil and gouache. Her work focuses on contradictory societal pressures that determine how women choose to aesthetically present themselves. Inspired by “fashion fantasy” proportions in fashion illustration, her figures appear distorted, uncanny, and grotesque. She is currently in her third year of graduate studies at Arizona State University.

GCU hires VP of advancement

Grand Canyon University is continuing to expand its philanthropic efforts with the hiring of Dr. T. Kale Gober as Vice President of Advancement.

“The efforts of our Advancement Office are really starting to have an impact, and the addition of Dr. Gober will take that even further,” said GCU President Brian Mueller. “He understands the Christian mission of our institution, as well as the importance of engaging GCU alumni, donors and friends with the intent of sharing our strategic vision to secure private support for our students and faculty. There are a lot of donors who have seen what has and continues to transpire here and want to back us in a big way.”

Gober joins GCU after spending the past four years rebuilding the Division of Advancement at the University of Central Arkansas. Prior to UCA, he served as Assistant Athletic Director for Development at the University of Arkansas. He started his career at his alma mater, Henderson State University, where he served as the Director of Athletics for three years.

Gober said his priority will be to further expand the culture of philanthropy at GCU through fundraising campaigns that enable the University to continue to invest in state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories and student amenities while also impacting the surrounding community. One of those efforts is a Students Inspiring Students (SIS) pay-it-forward scholarship program that already has awarded 261 full-tuition scholarships in four years to high-achieving high school seniors who seek academic assistance at GCU’s Learning Lounge and otherwise couldn’t afford to go to college.

McCarthy promotes Larissa Tavelli to marketing director

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. announced that Larissa Tavelli was promoted to marketing director for the Southwest region.

Tavelli previously served as senior marketing manager, leading marketing efforts across the Southwest region. As marketing director, she is responsible for overseeing the region’s branding and marketing strategy while supporting the firm’s business development, preconstruction, operations and project teams. Tavelli leads a large multifaceted marketing team that supports regional pursuits, public relations, special events and targeted marketing strategies. 

“Larissa’s outstanding leadership has allowed her team to push the limits on what is possible and expand into strategic marketing functions,” said Antonya Williams, senior vice president of business development for McCarthy’s Southwest region. “She has developed key partnerships with her preconstruction, operations and business development partners that have driven the way we market and pursue work across the region.”

Tavelli serves on the McCarthy Partnership for Women committee, which focuses on developing women leaders within the company and industry. She is also the national administrator for McCarthy’s Client Feedback Tool, which has been instrumental in supporting the company’s exceptional client experience initiative. She serves on national leadership committees for the Business Development Leadership Group and the Marketing Steering Committee, where she has been a key contributor to marketing strategies across the nation.

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli welcomes Annelise Dominguez

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC welcomed Annelise Dominguez to its Auto & General Liability Defense Team, growing the firm to 91 lawyers.

Annelise will focus her practice in civil litigation matters, including insurance defense, premises liability, and automobile liability defense. She joins the firm as a lateral associate with three years of defense litigation experience in the areas of product liability, medical malpractice, construction, breach of contract, wage garnishment, the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Equal Credit Opportunity Act, wrongful death and personal injury, toxic tort, fiduciary duties, negligence, and general commercial litigation in both Arizona state and federal courts. Annelise is also experienced handling appeals, arbitration, Chapter 7 adversary proceedings, and transactional matters, including Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and FINRA. 

While pursuing her law degree at ASU’s College of Law, Annelise worked as a judicial extern to the Hon. John C. Gemmill at the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, as an extern for ASU’s Office of General Counsel, and as a legal intern in the Legal Department of Rural/Metro Corporation. She also completed the Lodestar Mediation Clinic, and served as a mediator in civil cases at the Maricopa County Justice Courts and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Active in her law school community, Annelise served as Senior Article Editor of the Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, the elected 1L Representative to the Student Bar Association, the 3L Representative for the Women Law Students Association, President of the Corporate and Business Law Society, and member of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association and Chicano/Latino Law Students Association.

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