Arizona Transportation Builders Association names B.J. Cordova as executive director

Arizona Transportation Builders Association recently announced B.J. Cordova as executive director. In addition to administering the organization’s operations and policies, he will focus on member education and outreach as well as collaboration with many other organizations. In conjunction with the Board of Directors, he will represent the organization when interacting with elected officials and jurisdiction staff at the local, state and national level.

Cordova recently departed the staff of Tucson Clean & Beautiful after nearly 16 years, where he most recently served as membership and communications director. He fills the ATB position previously held by Ramon Gaanderse for the past seven years. Gaanderse departed ATB at the end of March for a position in the private sector.


Miramonte Homes Promotes VP of Tucson sales and marketing

Miramonte Homes announced the promotion of long-time employee Stephanie  to vice president of sales and marketing for the Tucson Division. Quesada has been with Miramonte Homes since 2012, and was promoted last year to director of sales and marketing. The company said her latest promotion was in recognition of excellent performance. 

“Stephanie‘s outstanding work ethic, sales and marketing management skills and depth of homebuilding business knowledge made her the natural choice for the vice president of sales and marketing position,” said Miramonte President Julie Mastriani. “As Miramonte continues to expand its operations, we remain dedicated to promoting talent from within the company to key leadership positions.”

When asked about her promotion, Quesada said “Miramonte has given me a wonderful opportunity for which I am grateful. I am also excited to continue to contribute meaningfully to Miramonte’s ongoing success.

In her expanded leadership role, Quesada will continue to represent Miramonte in the Tucson builder community.


New Universal Avionics Corporate Team CFO

Universal Avionics recently announced the appointment of Curtis Thelen to the position of chief financial officer for the company. Thelen transitions into this new role as predecessor, Michael Delgado, retires after 20 years with the company.

Thelen joined Universal Avionics in 2007 when he assumed the position of controller. He has a business degree in finance and accounting, and a master’s degree in business.

“We’re pleased to have Curtis Thelen move up to CFO,” said Paul DeHerrera, Universal Avionics chief executive officer. “His strong financial background and experience with the Universal Avionics culture will be extremely valuable as the company continues on its solid growth path.”


Lackey joins F&M 

Farhang & Medcoff recently announced the addition of Cary Lackey as the firm’s of counsel criminal defense attorney. In more than two decades as an attorney, Lackey’s practice has focused on criminal defense in both public and private practice. He began his legal career as a Maricopa County public defender and later was an associate attorney in the white-collar crime unit of the Phoenix branch office of Quarles & Brady. He was deputy county attorney in Maricopa County’s civil division and he worked as a staff attorney with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco.


United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona adds to board and staff

Two new board members have joined United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, along with a new senior staff member. Steven Dasch and Calline Sanchez are joining as the newest members of the local governing board, and Della Hodson takes on the responsibilities of senior director for workplace campaigns in the Resource Development Team. Hodson comes to Tucson from United Way of Kern County in Bakersfield, California, having served as its CEO for the past 10 years.

Steven Dash is currently the head of Citi Branded and Costco Credit Card Collections as well as site president in Tucson. A graduate of Towson University in Baltimore, he has worked in various financial roles in Kentucky and Maryland.

Calline Sanchez is vice president at IBM Enterprise Storage Systems, and began her career with IBM in 1999.  She has a B.S.B.A. in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona, as well as a B.A. in Communications and an MBA with an emphasis in Finance, also from the University of Arizona.


Allegra staff receives international awards

Three members of Allegra Print, Mail, Signs at Park and 22nd Street were recently recognized as top international sales performers by the Alliance Franchise Brands network. 

Recognized for his success is Paul McQueen, account manager, who was among the Top Ten Sales Performers in North America for the fifth consecutive year. He also received his fifth Gold Silver Milestone Sales Achievement Award. Account manager Carmen Ronquillo and account manager Patrick Edwards also earned Gold Milestone Awards for helping local businesses leverage their marketing and outreach efforts. This is the second consecutive year Ronquillo received this award.


UA appoints senior VP for health sciences

Dr. Michael D. Dake, an internationally recognized physician-scientist, health educator and innovative medical researcher, has been appointed senior vice president for health sciences at the University of Arizona. Dake, who also will hold an appointment as a professor of radiology, will assume his new duties on June 4.

Dake currently serves as Stanford University’s Thelma and Henry Doelger Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He made medical history in 1992 with the implantation of the world’s first thoracic stent-graft at Stanford, the first aortic stent-graft done in the U.S. 


Five UA Faculty Members Named Regents’ Professors

Five University of Arizona faculty members: David Breshears, Dr. Allan Hamilton, Barbara Mills, Steven Schwartz and Robert A. Williams, Jr., have been named Regents’ Professors by the Arizona Board of Regents. All five will receive formal recognition at a campus ceremony next January.

Breshears is a professor of natural resources in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and one of the world’s foremost authorities on understanding the root cause of tree deaths, which are occurring on a massive scale.

Dr. Hamilton, a decorated U.S. Army officer and surgeon, is a professor of surgery in the College of Medicine–Tucson who joined the UA in 1990 to head the new brain tumor division. Hamilton led a team that devised and built the first extracranial stereotactic radiation delivery system, treated the first 13 patients in history with extracranial stereotactic radiosurgery and launched a breakthrough in the treatment of extracranial cancer.

Mills is a professor of anthropology in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and a specialist in Native American ceramics. Mills, the first woman professor of Southwestern archaeology and the first woman to head the School of Anthropology at the UA, has embraced modern technological ideas to solve centuries-old questions and problems.

Schwartz is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry and of applied mathematics in the College of Science, as well as a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society.

Williams Jr. is the E. Thomas Sullivan Professor of Law at the James E. Rogers College of Law and faculty co-chair of the college’s Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program. In creating the program, Williams established an academic meeting ground for Native peoples in Arizona, the U.S. and across the world to pursue legal training, come together for workshops and conferences and make change happen in their communities back home.


Cindy Stewart affiliates with Coldwell Banker 

Cindy Stewart has associated with the Foothills office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as an affiliate agent. 

Prior to affiliating with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Stewart worked in customer service and team support with Cyanotech and Nutrex in Kona, Hawaii. She previously worked as a secretary, paralegal and office manager for a legal office and ran a vacation rental home in Kona. In addition, she planted and managed a Kona 2.5-acre Coffee Farm along with her bed and breakfast vacation rental property, Heavenly Splendor.