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Rep. Steve Gallardo

Rep. Steve Gallardo
Phoenix Democrat and House whip, was honored by the nonprofit organization Valle del Sol for his public service, advocacy and leadership.
The organization, which lists its mission as “inspiring positive change,” recognized Mr. Gallardo with its Hispanic Leadership Institute-West Public Service Award for his numerous efforts on behalf of citizens in the West Valley. He was presented with the award at the Estrella Mountain Community College Center for Teaching and Learning.
• Dr. Leonard J. Kirschner was appointed the next president of AARP’s Arizona chapter. He was chosen from a list of five candidates for the volunteer leadership position, with his duties beginning on Jan. 1, 2007.
Dr. Kirschner is a member of the association’s executive council, a capacity he has served in since 2001, and will continue to do so during his tenure as president. He has served on a litany of councils, boards and committees, including a six-year stint as director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), from 1987-1993.
In 2001, he retired as a principal with global consulting firm William M. Mercer Inc. During his tenure with the company, he provided consulting services to Medicaid programs like TennCare, MediCal and AHCCCS.
Dr. Kirschner is a graduate of Williams College, Albany Medical College and the Harvard University School of Public Health. He is board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and the Aerospace Medical Association.
• Jessica Pacheco was hired by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry as its new senior vice president for public affairs. She will be responsible for working with chamber members in implementing the organization’s legislative agenda.
Prior to joining the chamber, Ms. Pacheco held positions at Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiary Arizona Public Service, where she had myriad responsibilities. She has worked extensively in economic and community development areas throughout Arizona, the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico.
She earned her B.A. from the University of Arizona and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. She will assume her duties on Jan. 1, 2007.

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