Diana Ezrré Robles joins Showard Law Firm

Diana Ezrré Robles attended the University of Arizona, and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Merchandising, with a minor in Marketing in 1992. She went on to attend the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, graduating with her Juris Doctorate in 1997. During law school, she served as a Judicial Law Clerk for The Honorable Gilbert Velez. She also participated in the Domestic Violence Law Clinic, where she helped women and children obtain legal relief from abusive relationships.  She continued to volunteer in this capacity until 2001.

Prior to joining the Showard Law Firm, Robles practiced in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice and workers compensation for most of her legal career. Always as an advocate to protect the rights of individuals who have been injured. She now focuses her practice in Mass Tort Litigation. Robles is a current Member of the State Bar of Arizona, the American Association for Justice and the Arizona Association for Justice.  

She recently served as Co-Chairperson of the State Bar of Arizona’s Workers Compensation Section Continuing Legal Education Committee, and organized statewide continuing legal training for Arizona practitioners. 


UA Scientist Named Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair

Joellen Russell, a University of Arizona faculty member who is part of an international team studying the Southern Ocean’s role in Earth’s life-support system, has been named the Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair in Integrative Science.

An associate professor of biogeochemical dynamics in the UA Department of Geosciences, Russell is in charge of the modeling component of the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling Project, which involves using climate models, supercomputers and robot floats to monitor the biogeochemistry of the ocean.

“The foundation trustees are pleased to support Joellen’s research, teaching and leadership within the scientific community,” said Sarah Smallhouse, president of the Thomas R. Brown Foundations. “Her enthusiasm and scientific rigor create an excellent opportunity to advance these priorities and help us build a brighter future.” 

Russell also is an assistant professor with the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in the UA Department of Planetary Sciences. 


Local bus technician receives national award

Kenneth Allen, an ASE Certified master school bus technician from Tucson, was recently honored with a national achievement award as the Navistar/ASE Master School Bus Technician of the Year. Forty-seven automotive professionals were recognized earlier this month at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) held at the Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego, California. 

The ASE annual awards spotlight top scorers on the ASE Certification Tests from among the ranks of the more than a quarter million ASE certified professionals nationwide. Allen is a technician at RWC Group in Tucson. He has been a technician for 43 years. 

“ASE has been honoring outstanding automotive professionals in our industry for more than 40 years, and we are proud to once again recognize forty-seven outstanding individuals from across the nation,” said Zilke. “This is all made possible by the support of our many award sponsors, whose ranks include some of the best-known names in the industry. We are proud to partner with Navistar to recognize Ken’s commitment to providing the very best in vehicle repair services to his extended community. This dedication is reflected in the talented professionals we recognize each year and Ken represents the best of the best.”


AZPM names new COO 

Arizona Public Media announced that industry veteran John Hess was named Chief Operating Officer. As such, Hess will guide AZPM’s day-to-day operations and play a key role in advancing the organization’s strategic priorities, which include audience development, visibility and community engagement, sustainability and accountability.

“I look forward to the expertise and perspective that John will bring to this position,” said Jack Gibson, AZPM Director and General Manager. “He will play a key role as we continue to serve our community, build upon our recent successes, and move our organization forward.”

Hess will also supervise AZPM’s operational divisions: Content Production, Engineering, IT Services, Marketing and Communications, News, Radio Programming, TV Production, and TV Programming. Hess’ official start date is December 4.