• Mark Brnovich, assistant U.S. attorney, has been added to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix to focus on the prosecution of gaming related crimes throughout Arizona.
The joint program, with the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) and various Arizona tribal leaders representing the 19 members of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association, is the first of its kind. The ADG will fund the position for five years.
Brnovich served as an assistant attorney general for the state of Arizona representing the Department of Gaming for five years and while in that position was involved in negotiating the current gaming compacts. He also served as a Maricopa County deputy attorney and as a senior director for nationwide private prison provider Corrections Corporation of America.
• Ray Osuna is set to become the next human resources director for Mohave County. Mohave County Manager Ron Walker recommended hiring Osuna on Nov. 28, and a vote by the Mohave County Board of Supervisors will decide if Osuna is hired.
Osuna has extensive experience in human resource administration, serving as an human resources director in Phoenix’s Roosevelt Elementary School District, Sweetwater Union High School District in Chula Vista, Calif., and the cities of Phoenix and Glendale, Ariz.
He has a B.S. in political science from ASU and an A.A. in photojournalism from Glendale Community College. He also has taken coursework toward a Master of Public Administration degree at ASU. Pending confirmation, he will begin Dec. 10.
• Steven Latoski, Mohave County Public Works engineer manager, design, recently received certification as a professional traffic operations engineer (PTOE). Introduced in 1999, PTOE certification is considered “a powerful demonstration of requisite knowledge, skill and ability in the specialized application of traffic operations engineering.”
Besides holding a professional engineer’s license, certification also requires four years of experience specific to transportation engineering. Latoski has 12. He has been with Mohave County for more than two years.
• Nancy Tierney has been appointed associate dean for planning and facilities at The University of Arizona College of Medicine — Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University.
Tierney, who serves as the president of the Society for College and University Planning, spent the last 12 years in the office of Facilities Planning and Management in the School of Medicine at Stanford University, including the last six as director.
She will oversee the planned expansion of the medical school on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.
• The Arizona Department of Corrections’ entry in Phoenix’s 11th Annual Veteran’s Day Parade took home the event’s top honor, Ben Jefferson Pride Award, and also placed second in the non-profit float category.
In receiving the award, the float, “ADC Staff Serving Our Country and State with Distinction,” was recognized as “the entry that most exemplifies the spirit of patriotism, spirit of cooperation in the parade itself, and the spirit of honoring veterans.”
Department of Corrections staff and inmates at ASPC-Lewis, many of them veterans, designed and built the float.
• Beth Scarano has been hired as director of business development for the Phoenix Operating Group of Chandler-based Mortenson Construction. Scarano will head up the firm’s efforts in strategic business development and market analysis, marketing and public relations, and contract proposal development.
Scarano, who began her career as a marketing and management consultant with a local structural engineering firm, has spent 22 years in the industry.
• Harry W. Lakin has been named chief sales officer for Hidden Valley Moving where his responsibilities will include sales management, corporate sales and marketing.
Previously Lakin, an ASU grad, served as director of sales and marketing for Tucson-based Horizon Moving Systems.
Hidden Valley Moving, a company specializing in corporate, residential and military household goods moving, is a local agent for Mayflower Transit.
• Dr. Jillynn Stevens has joined the staff of the Children’s Action Alliance as director of Early Childhood Policy. Stevens, an advocate for children and families for many years in New York City and Utah, will focus her efforts on improving access to affordable, quality childcare for Arizona’s working families through public policy, community partnerships and adequate resources.
Stevens earned a Bachelors degree in psychology and a Bachelor of University Studies degree with an emphasis in health and behavioral management. She went on to earn a Masters and a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Utah. Her doctoral dissertation was titled “A Way out of Poverty: Blending Welfare and College.”
• Steven C. Barclay, a member (partner) with the Jennings, Strouss & Salmon PLC’s Phoenix office, has been appointed to the Arizona Tourism Alliance Board of Directors.
He is a member of the Management Committee and serves as chair of the firm’s Government Relations and Public Affairs Department. He concentrates his practice in the areas of state and local advocacy and government relations, as well as transactional legal work in the fields of health care, insurance, administrative and regulatory law.
Barclay received his law degree from University of Notre Dame in 1980 and his B.A. from Oral Roberts University 1977.
• Nancy Strick Hawkins has joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s, Phoenix office as of counsel in the firm’s antitrust group. Hawkins focuses her practice on antitrust and trade regulation counseling and litigation before the Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, state attorneys general and federal courts.
She most recently served in Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite’s Phoenix office and before that practiced in Greenberg Traurig’s Washington D.C. office from 1999-2004.
Hawkins earned a B.A. from Indiana University and a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in Arizona, District of Columbia and Illinois.
• Cathy Reece, an attorney with Fennemore Craig, was recently elected the 2008 vice president of conferences for corporate renewal organization International Turnaround Management Association.
Reece, who served as the group’s vice president of membership for two years, will also serve on the organization’s executive committee and board of directors. Reece practices law in the areas of bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, workouts, restructures, and banking and lending at Fennemore Craig.
• José A. Cárdenas, partner and chair of Lewis and Roca, has been selected by Gov. Janet Napolitano to serve as one of three incorporating directors for the Arizona Economic Resource Organization (AERO).
Cárdenas, a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice group, is a member of numerous groups within the community. He also serves as chairman of the Board for the International Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and Greater Phoenix Leadership.
He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1977 and his B.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1974.