TMA’s Marianna Pegno receives national award

Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block Curator of Community Engagement Marianna Pegno received the 2018 Elliot Eisner Doctoral Research Award in Art Education from the National Art Education Association. The award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes the value of doctoral research to the profession of art education and its related disciplines.

“This award is being given to recognize excellence in professional accomplishment and service by a dedicated art educator,” said NAEA President Kim Huyler Defibaugh. “Marianna Pegno exemplifies the highly qualified art educators active in education today: leaders, teachers, students, scholars and advocates who give their best to their students and the profession.”

Pegno has been with the TMA since 2010, holding various positions related to art education, creating programs and curating exhibits to increase interaction between the community and the museum. She holds a Ph.D. in art and visual culture education from the University of Arizona, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in art history from the University of Arizona and New York University, respectively.


W.E. O’Neil Construction Company of Arizona appoints president 

W.E. O’Neil Construction Co. of Arizona announced Bryan Dunn as president of the Arizona office, effective immediately. He will be responsible for managing both the Phoenix and Tucson offices.

Dunn brings broad experience in the construction industry both in the sizes and types of projects he has overseen as well as in the positions he has previously served in. Additionally, he is an active participant in improving the building industry, including serving as a teacher and mentor in the Arizona Builder’s Alliance Leadership Development Forum.

Dunn has been recognized as an ENR-Southwest Top 20 Under 40, People to Know’s Top Industry Leader in Construction and Commercial Executive Magazine Industry Leaders.



Tucson Industrial Development Authority adds three board members

The Tucson Industrial Development Authority, which issues revenue bonds and provides financing for qualified projects and helps single-family homebuyers obtain down payment assistance and mortgage tax credits, has added three new members to its seven-member volunteer board of directors.

Meredith Aronson is manager of Integrated Advising Analytics at the University of Arizona. She obtained a doctorate in materials science and engineering from the UA. She was president of SpireWirk, a Tucson-based consultancy specializing in data-driven strategies and place-based analysis of regional talent and economic systems, and has also worked for the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Pennsylvania State University.

Patricia Schwabe has over 20 years of experience in real estate and as a small business owner in Tucson. Her businesses include Penca Restaurante and Owls Club. She and her husband, Ron, are partners in Peach Properties, a local development, sales and leasing real estate company focusing on Tucson’s downtown and warehouse districts. She is a trustee of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and a former board member of The Loft Cinema.

Neal Eckel is an attorney with Durazzo, Eckel & Hawkins, PLLC, who has practiced primarily in the areas of construction law and general business matters since 1988. A UA law school graduate, he has conducted numerous business and construction-related seminars for the State Bar of Arizona, Pima County Bar Association and business associations, and has served on the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona board of directors for more than 20 years.


Tanner joins Arizona’s second-oldest municipal bond fund

Aquila Investment Management LLC, adviser/administrator to the Aquila Group of Funds, announced the hiring of Anthony (Tony) A. Tanner as a portfolio manager. As of March 7, he joined portfolio managers Todd Curtis, JT Thompson and Royden Durham as a member of the portfolio management teams of Aquila Tax-Free Trust of Arizona, Aquila Tax-Free Fund For Utah and Aquila Churchill Tax-Free Fund of Kentucky.  

Tanner is a 30-year veteran of financial services with over 20 years of buy-side industry experience managing fixed income and multi-asset class portfolios for mutual funds, institutions, and ultra-high net worth clients.

He is joining the team as Aquila’s long-time portfolio manager Todd Curtis plans to retire on April 30. To facilitate continuity of management, Mr. Curtis is transitioning his portfolio manager responsibilities to Mr. Tanner with a particular focus on Aquila Tax-Free Trust of Arizona, where Mr. Tanner will serve as lead manager. Aquila Tax-Free Trust of Arizona is designed specifically for residents of Arizona. The investment objective and principal investment strategy of the Fund will remain unchanged. After retiring, Mr. Curtis will continue in a consultant role with Aquila.