Phoenix Art Museum appoints new Sybil Harrington director and CEO

Phoenix Art Museum (PhxArt) announced today that it has appointed Timothy R. Rodgers, PhD, to serve as the Museum’s Sybil Harrington Director and CEO. Rodgers, who is currently Director of The Wolfsonian–Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, will assume his role at PhxArt, the leading and largest art museum in the southwestern United States, after July 1, 2020. Rodgers has deep roots in Arizona; prior to taking the helm of The Wolfsonian–FIU, Rodgers served for six years as Director of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Vice President of the Scottsdale Cultural Council. He was selected following a national search led by a committee appointed by the Museum’s Board of Trustees and which included current and past Trustees and community leaders.

Rodgers brings nearly 20 years of museum-leadership experience to Phoenix, including 11 years as a Museum Director. Since joining The Wolfsonian in 2015, Rodgers oversaw the creation and implementation of a new strategic plan and expansion for The Wolfsonian’s future, while raising more than $51 million toward the project’s $57 million capital campaign. In addition to securing an additional $4.5 million in grants to advance the institution’s strategic vision, during his tenure Rodgers also established The Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab, an MA and PhD academic program in Public Humanities, of which he serves as co-director. Rodgers also grew The Wolfsonian’s collection by more than 15,000 works, while overseeing a rigorous program of highly acclaimed exhibitions and installations using objects and design as a lens through which to explore the greater cultural world.

“Tim is a seasoned director and scholar whose leadership experience and ability to bring communities together made him the ideal candidate for Phoenix Art Museum. His proven track record maintaining an institution’s financial and operational health, combined with his knowledge of Greater Phoenix and the Southwest region, will be crucial in helping the Museum weather this unprecedented global health crisis and ensuring the Museum’s long-term sustainability,” said Mark Feldman, co-chair of the Board of Trustees at Phoenix Art Museum. “We are grateful to have his leadership at this challenging time, excited to welcome him back to Arizona, and look forward to the Museum’s ability to endure this environment and grow under his stewardship.”

Esperança add 2 new educators

Esperança, a Phoenix-based nonprofit whose mission is to improve health and restore hope both locally and globally, announces Valeria Lopez as a Community Health Educator for the organization.                           

As a Community Health Educator, Lopez will be providing health education and resources to the low-income Latino community around Maricopa County, developing education programs that are culturally appropriate, and building strong relationships with local health leaders, senior centers, and community groups.

Lopez is passionate about serving the community through the promotion of awareness and education. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Universidad Autonoma de Baja California.

Lopez’s position with Esperança comes after prior experience working and serving the community at Sunset Community Health Center in San Luis, Arizona. She has worked one-on-one and in group sessions with children, adults and seniors as part of an emotional wellness program called “Loving Yourself.” Lopez also has experience coordinating and promoting free medical services to test blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels and more.

“The continued growth of the domestic program relies on a great team of individuals dedicated to improving the lives of those in our community,” says Jeri Royce, President and CEO of Esperança. “Valeria brings a history of passion for educating her community, making her a perfect fit for the position.”

MacQueen & Gottlieb adds Jean Campanale

MacQueen & Gottlieb (M&G), Arizona’s top-ranked real estate law firm, has hired new team member Jean Campanale as its’ new bookkeeper. Campanale replaces Pam Molnar, who recently was promoted to Director of Administration.

Campanale comes to M&G from Aiken Schenk Ricciardi P.C., where she garnered 16 years’ experience in law firm bookkeeping. She specialized in working with software designed to work with accounts payable and general ledger accounts. In addition to performing the bookkeeping functions necessary to run the firm, she developed specialized skills including handling all firm banking functions; month-end closing and reconciliation; processing benefit payments; working with the firm’s docketing clerk to implement a firm docketing/master calendar system; processing payroll; assisting with human resources duties; and coordinating with the firm’s outside accountants.

Founding partner Patrick MacQueen said the firm is thrilled to have her on staff. “People like Jean make all our lives easier,” he said. “By being great at their jobs, they allow us to focus on what we do best – creating a fun environment in which to practice law. Jean’s skill set will make the firm run efficiently and that takes a load off my mind and allows me to find unique, effective solutions for our clients and evolving M&G because I don’t have to worry about the day-to-day functions of running the office   Some people live their lives in the fast lane….in true M&G way, Jean’s new internal motto is “live your life in the math lane.

Artisan Colour names new director of digital printing

Artisan Colour, founded by a trio of print professionals in 1998, is positioning itself for expansion with the recent addition of Director of Digital Printing Alan Ludington.

To complement Ludington’s hiring, Artisan Colour is also investing in key areas to provide specialty print solutions for mid-size companies to Fortune 500 organizations. The decision to add to the leadership team was, in part, due to the demand of the expanding business.

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Ludington has held leadership positions in professional printing operations throughout the West and Pacific Northwest. Most recently he led Premier Press in Portland, Oregon, as the Wide Format Manager. He brings more than 35 years of print industry experience to Artisan, specifically across large format, small format, and offset printing. Ludington possesses a legacy of print history; his father was also a printer.

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