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Posted: Friday, February 8, 2013 6:00 am

New hires

Simply Bits has announced that Alan Michaels, longtime Tucson radio personality, has been hired as a senior sales representative. Michaels has worked as operations manager for KWFM, hosted a morning show on COOL 1450, and has also worked with Jim Click Automotive.

Rick Kelley has been hired as a senior financial advisor at the investment advisory and tax planning firm of Raskob Kambourian. Kelley is a licensed Certified Financial Planner and a Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor. Kelley was president of the local Financial Planning Association from 2006 to 2009. He is a member of the Financial Planning Assoc. and the Southern AZ Estate Planning Council.

RDO Equipment Co. has hired Bill Hitchcock as a store manager. Hitchcock has nearly 25 years of dealership experience, including 20 years in several management roles at Caterpillar dealers across the Northeast. Most recently, Hitchcock was a sales manager for a New York Caterpillar dealer.

Melissa Lal, CCIM has joined the leasing team at Larsen Baker. Lal joined Larsen Baker LLC in 2008 and most recently held the position of senior property manager. Lal earned her CCIM Designation from the CCIM Institute in 2011.


Brenda Griffin, a licensed aesthetician who owns Faces Plus, expanded recently by opening Faces Plus Skin Care and Acne Clinic. It is Tucson’s only acne clinic, specializing in helping acne sufferers clear their skin. Griffin specializes in treating all kinds of acne. Griffin obtained certification from Face Reality Acne Clinic, based in San Leandro, Calif.


Pima County’s public health director, Francisco A.R. García, has been named one of the Best Doctors in America for 2013. García started with Pima County earlier this month. He, specializes in cervical cancer prevention and practices at the University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus. He attended medical school at the University of Arizona and holds a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. This recognition marks the third time García has earned this honor.

Marana Police Department officer Pam Brume is an honoree for the Sons of the American Revolution Outstanding Law Enforcement Officers of Southern Arizona for 2012. Brume has been with the Marana Police Department for four years. The Sons of the American Revolution is a historical, educational and patriotic non-profit organization that seeks to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, an appreciation for patriotism, a respect for national symbols, the value of citizenship and the creation of one nation and one people from many nations.


The Tucson Utility Contractors Association (TUCA) has announced its officers for the 2013 year. The new officers are Board President, Ryan Mackey, Sunland Asphalt; Board

First Vice President, Chris Rogers, Granite Construction; Board Second Vice President, Todd Adams, Trinity Southwest; Board Treasurer/Secretary, Brian Andrews, The Ashton Company; Associate Chairs, Tim Schutte, Earhart Equipment, Tom Kilargis, Pima County Department of Transportation, Morris Reyna, Town of Marana, Tim Malloy, Ferguson Waterworks, Fred Narcaroti, Ninyo & Moore; and Michael Kurpiewski, Sunbelt Rentals.


The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), in collaboration with The Dow Chemical Company, the Amgen Foundation, Astellas Pharma US, Inc., the American Honda Foundation, the Bayer USA Foundation and Lockheed Martin, announced that Mountain View High School science teacher Tarah Dahl was chosen to participate as a Dow-NSTA Fellow in the 2012 NSTA New Science Teacher Academy. The only teacher selected from Arizona, Dahl will participate with 242 other science teachers from across the country in a year-long professional development program designed to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence and improve teacher content knowledge.


Dr. Francisco A. Moreno has been appointed as deputy dean for diversity and inclusion, a new leadership position, at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Moreno will lead the college’s existing diversity and inclusion efforts for students, residents, faculty and staff, coordinating and evaluating programs in a larger, integrated initiative. In addition to overseeing the UA College of Medicine Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs and Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence, he will work with the offices of admissions, student affairs, student development, graduate medical education and faculty affairs to attract diverse students, residents and faculty; provide opportunities for success; and foster a culture of inclusion and collaboration. Moreno earned a medical degree from the University of Baja California, then completed a psychiatry residency and research fellowship training in neuropsychopharmacology at the UA.

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