CBRE Tucson’s sales manager moves to brokerage

CBRE announced that Alex Hardie, sales manager for CBRE’s Tucson office, has transitioned into a brokerage position with CBRE Advisory & Transaction Services. In her new role, Hardie will work closely with Buzz Isaacson, a local market expert with more than 35 years experience in the leasing and sale of office and medical properties.

“We are thrilled that Alex has taken an interest in brokerage and has joined Buzz serving the Tucson office market,” said Ike Isaacson, managing director for CBRE Advisory & Transaction Services in Arizona. “Her local market expertise, coupled with her background in finance and operations will undoubtedly lend to great outcomes for our clients. Additionally, Alex coming aboard Tucson’s Advisory & Transaction Services underscores CBRE’s commitment in continuing to diversify its team of leading real estate professionals.”

Manon L. O’Connor joins UA College of Medicine–Tucson

Manon L. O’Connor has been appointed senior director of development at the University of Arizona College of Medicine–Tucson, where she will lead development efforts to advance philanthropic priorities for the college. O’Connor comes to the UA with more than 15 years of development experience and expertise and is noted for establishing and cultivating strong, valuable relationships with donors, alumni and faculty. 

She previously was at the University of Vermont, where she served in several key development roles, most recently as senior director of development for the UVM Cancer Center. Prior to that, she served as the senior director for major gifts at the UVM College of Medicine and is credited with securing transformational gifts that launched several key programs, including the UVM Center on Aging, the Clinical Simulation Laboratory and numerous endowed faculty positions. O’Connor also served as interim director of development for Fletcher Allen Health Care, now the University of Vermont Medical Center. 

“The UA is focused on recruiting the best talent in the field for development efforts, and Manon is an excellent example of the caliber of team member we need in the University Development Program. I’m confident her expertise will make an immediate impact for the UA College of Medicine – Tucson,” says JP Roczniak, president and CEO of the UA Foundation


Drexel Heights promotes battalion chief

The Drexel Heights Fire District announced that Thomas Doubrava was promoted from captain to battalion chief on Dec. 10. Battalion Chief Doubrava started in the fire service 18 years ago, and has been with Drexel Heights Fire District for the past 14 years.

After a thorough testing process, the District found Battalion Chief Doubrava’s background and experience to be that of a strong leader and a great representation of the District’s mission. 

He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Health from Northern Arizona University. He has been a certified paramedic for 14 years. Battalion Chief Doubrava is a member of the Southern Arizona Emergency Medical Services Protocol Development and Review Committee and a member of Pima County Sub-Regional Emergency Medical Services Council.


UA’s Roger Angel Named as Fellow of National Academy of Inventors

Roger Angel, Regents’ Professor of Astronomy and Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, has been named as a fellow of the prestigious National Academy of Inventors. 

“The University of Arizona is the only university capable of manufacturing mirrors for the largest telescope in the world, and that is because of the process developed here by Roger Angel several decades ago,” said UA President Robert C. Robbins. “He is one of the greatest minds in space exploration and optical sciences, and his inventions have had an international impact. I am so proud to see his accomplishments honored in this way.”

Angel began his professional career as an astrophysicist at Columbia University, studying collapsed stars and black holes. Shortly after joining the faculty of the UA, he developed an interest in large telescopes, inspired by the high-quality images produced by the Multiple Mirror Telescope on Mount Hopkins with its unique honeycomb mirrors. Angel began with professor Nick Woolf to explore innovations in large telescope construction. 

He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the Royal Society, a MacArthur Fellow (1996-2001), an honorary fellow of St. Peter’s College, Oxford University (1993) and a recipient of the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics (2010). Academy of Inventors.


Jennifer Barton named director of UA’s BIO5 Institute

Biomedical engineer Jennifer Kehlet Barton has been named director of the BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona. The BIO5 Institute brings together researchers from across the five main bioscience disciplines: Agriculture, bioengineering, biomedicine, pharmacy and basic science, to develop creative, bold solutions to humanity’s most pressing health and environmental challenges.

Barton, a professor of biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, optical sciences and agricultural and biosystems engineering, has been on the UA faculty since 1998. She served as BIO5 assistant director from 2009 to 2012 and became interim director in 2015. Her research expertise is in translational biomedical optics, as well as the prevention and early detection of cancer. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles.

“Through my own research, I know the absolute necessity of an interdisciplinary approach in solving important health challenges,” Barton said. “BIO5 is renowned for this, and I’m looking forward to continuing this tradition of excellence while always looking for new ways to expand support for our members, students and community.”

Barton is currently the principal investigator on a number of active awards, including one from the National Cancer Institute for the identification of the earliest image markers of ovarian cancer, and one from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to develop a small endoscope that can image the fallopian tubes and ovary.