On the move at ACDL, Fennemore Craig, Tower Capital, Duet

Business News | 15 Oct |

Arizona Center for Disability Law announces new staff hires

The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) announces the hiring of new staff:

Tera Johnson joins ACDL as anew Staff Advocate/Investigator.

Ms. Johnson has extensive experience in community-based services. She has a background in case management and assessment.  Prior to working in the Health and Human Services field, worked for eight years as a Legal Assistant.  New to Phoenix, Ms. Johnson and her family are exploring the city and all that Arizona has to offer.

Stella Riskin joins ACDL as a new Staff Advocate/Investigator.

A Flagstaff native, Ms. Riskin returns to her roots in Protection & Advocacy work. She previously was with Disability Rights California as an Investigator. Her extensive work experience of investigating  abuse, neglect, and exploitation of people with disabilities will be an asset to the clients at ACDL.  She is glad to be back home to Arizona, where she can spend time with her family.

Sey In joins ACDL as a Law Clerk.

Mr. In is a recent graduate of the Maurice A. Dean School of Law at Hofstra University.  While at Hofstra, he was a Gitenstein Institute for Health Law Fellow, an LGBT Rights Fellow, and the Senior Research Editor for the American College for Trust and Estate Counsel Law Journal.  Prior to law school, he was a litigation technology analyst for over ten years, where he built databases, assisted attorneys with document review, and worked extensively with eDiscovery.  

Amanda Glass joins ACDL as the Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow.

With support from her sponsor, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Ms. Glass will be working at ACDL on a project that aims to improve access to special education and mental health services for children in Arizona’s foster care system through direct client services, community trainings, systemic advocacy, and collaboration with other Arizona organizations. 

Equal Justice Works is an organization that provides recent law school graduates with the funding, training, and guidance to pursue work in the public interest field. 

A graduate of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, Ms. Glass earned her master’s degree in special education and spent two years with Teach for America in Los Angeles.  While in the classroom, Amanda came to appreciate the many challenges faced by students with disabilities. The injustices she witnessed motivated her to leave the classroom and pursue a law degree.

All of the new staff will be based in ACDL’s Phoenix office.

Fennemore Craig expands litigation practice

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West business law firm, announced  Wade Beavers and Brett Gilmore have joined Fennemore Craig’s litigation practice. Beavers will practice in the Reno office and Gilmore will practice in the Phoenix office. 

“Our litigation team is both strong and growing,” said James Goodnow, president and chair of Fennemore Craig’s Management Committee. “The Fennemore Craig litigation practice has a deep bench. Wade and Brett bring experience to further enhance our ability to help our clients navigate any disputes that may arise in a business setting.” 

Prior to joining the firm, Beavers was Deputy Attorney General for the office of the Nevada Attorney General where he represented consumers in antitrust, utility, and deceptive trade matters. Beavers earned his J.D. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and his B.A. from the University of Arizona.

Gilmore previously served as a Judicial Law Clerk to Justice John Pelander of the Arizona Supreme Court. He brings experience from various sectors, including healthcare, commercial aviation, and nonprofit organizations. Gilmore earned his J.D. from the University of Arizona and his B.S. from the University of Utah.

Vin Basa joins Tower Capital

Tower Capital, a commercial real estate structured finance firm, announced that Vin Basa has joined the firm’s Phoenix office as Vice President. In his new position, Mr. Basa will be working with commercial real estate owners, operators, and investors to secure the best source of financing for their properties, including multifamily, hospitality, office, retail, land, and specialty use.

Mr. Basa has been directly involved in the placement of over $100 million in senior loans and analyzed over $500 million in construction, bridge, and permanent structured finance primarily focused in the Phoenix, Arizona market. Before Vin’s Real Estate and Home Security career, Vin was racing cars.  He started with Formula 2000 in Canada, and ended up in Formula Renault in Asia with numerous Track Records, Wins and Pole Positions.

Duet welcomes two new board members

This fall, Duet welcomed Andrea Garcia and Janice M. Brandt to its Board of Directors.

“We are so thrilled to have these two talented community and business leaders on our Board of Directors to help provide strategic leadership for Duet as we move into 2019 and beyond,” says Elizabeth Banta, executive director.

Andrea Garcia of Mesa, a real estate advisor and family transition specialist of S4 Real Estate Group, found out about Duet through her former role as Director of Client Services at Cypress HomeCare Solutions.

“Upon learning about Duet and what they do for the community, I knew immediately it was an organization I needed to get involved in,” Andrea says. “The staff has a genuine interest in the cause and mission. They are a small, yet forceful army tackling difficult problems; making a difference in the lives of others. My hope is to be one who makes an impact in the community Duet serves.”

Janice M. Brandt of Glendale, a renewable customer generation program consultant with Arizona Public Service Company (APS), found out about Duet through work. Her colleague Maria Maskell is also a Duet volunteer. She shares that she decided to volunteer for the Board because of her own experiences.

“I am currently a family caregiver for my 90-year-old mom and 80-year-old mother-in-law,” Janice says. “I heard of Duet’s mission and I knew instantly this is a worthwhile organization that I would love to be a part of.”

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