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Associations
• Jeff Spellman has been elected president for 2008 of the Arizona Parks & Recreation Association. Spellman, a park manager for Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, oversees the operation of Camp Colley, an outdoor adventure camp located 150 miles north of Phoenix. He has been a member of the organization for
more than 20 years.
• Lori Bye, recreation manager of the newly opened Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center, has been elected vice president for 2008 and president for 2009 of the Arizona Parks & Recreation Association. She has more than 20 years in the parks and recreation field, including the last 14 working for the city of Glendale Parks & Recreation Department.
The professional membership association represents individuals who support and work in the many areas of parks and recreation throughout Arizona. The organization provides opportunities for educational development, legislative leadership, and professional networking to more than 1,200 members statewide
New Hires
• Andrew Wilson was hired as
investment analyst for First Industrial Realty Trust’s Phoenix region, a
position that will include assisting in the pre-acquisition of properties. Wilson’s experience includes working in various financial and research roles. Wilson has a BA in business administration with a concentration in law and a MBA with a concentration in finance from Gonzaga University.
First Industrial owns, manages, and develops more than 1 million square feet of industrial space in the Phoenix area.
Awards
• RBF Consulting was awarded the 2007 Professional Development Award by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona. The award recognized RBF Consulting for the educational,
professional-growth and training programs that the company offers its more than 1,000 employees.
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona is an affiliate of a national business association with more than 200 member companies in the state.
• Kimberly Hare, assistant U.S. attorney, received the Department of Justice’s Superior Performance Award for her tribal methamphetamine
initiative in Arizona. The initiative resulted in the arrest and prosecution of numerous methamphetamine dealers in the Navajo Nation, the largest reservation in the United States.
The Department of Justice recognized 132 award recipients for excellence in law enforcement at its 24th annual awards ceremony.
Grants
• Flavio F. Marsiglia, Ph.D., director for the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, secured a five-year, $7.1 million research grant from The National Institute
of Health. The renewable funding, establishing the operation as a “center of excellence,” aims at researching how economic, social and gender factors influence health disparities in the U.S.-Mexico border area.
The Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, which was established in 2002, conducts research among health disparity populations, specifically in the areas of HIV/AIDS, mental health and
substance abuse.
Legal
• David Allen, has joined Jaburg & Wilk as a partner. Before joining the firm, Allen practiced in California for more than 20 years and then became in-house counsel for a major Phoenix developer and real estate broker in 2000. Allen is also a licensed real estate broker, a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, and a board member of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts.
The following eights attorneys joined Fennemore Craig’s Phoenix office.
• James Lee is as an of-counsel attorney in real estate planning. He is certified by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in estate and trust law, who previously worked as a partner at Heywood and Lee in Mesa.
• Karen Curosh, a certified tax
specialist, is a part-time of-counsel attorney in the estate-planning area.
• Bradley Shwer is an associate in the commercial litigation practice group. He has experience in litigation and insurance defense and is a 2003
graduate of ASU.
• Kevin Green is an associate in the commercial litigation practice group. He earned his law degree in 2007 from the UCLA School of Law.
• Joshua Greer is an associate in the commercial litigation practice group. He served as a legal extern for the
Arizona Court of Appeals and as a law clerk in the juvenile division of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. He graduated from the William & Mary School of Law in 2007.
• Suzanne Diaz, is as an associate attorney in the business tort litigation area. She is a graduate of the
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.
• Christian Olson is an associate in real estate law. He worked as an extern for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and as a research analyst for ASU’s University Initiatives Office. Olson is a graduate of ASU’s College of Law.
• Debra Siggard, is an associate in environmental and utilities law. She is a 2007 graduate of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.

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