• Steve Owens, director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, has been elected president of the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS).
“As ECOS president, I will be working closely with the new national leadership to develop a better working relationship between the federal government and the states and make sure that environmental protection stays a top priority and receives adequate funding,” Owens said.
Owens, the longest-serving director in ADEQ’s history, said since 2002 the states have received an additional 280 federal rules to implement without additional federal funding to implement those rules.
Owens looks forward to advocating for the state’s interests at the national level. “I’ve always worked hard to make sure that Arizona’s voice is heard in Washington and nationally,” Owens said.
ECOS, a national association of directors of state environmental protection agencies, works to improve the ability of state environmental agencies to protect public health and the environment and promote greater involvement by the states in environmental decision-making by the federal government.
Owens was selected by Gov. Janet Napolitano to head ADEQ in January 2003.
• Maria Hesse, president and chief executive officer of Chandler-Gilbert Community College, has been appointed vice provost for community college partnerships for ASU. Hesse also serves as chairwoman of the ASU Alumni Association Board of Directors.
“Maria Hesse, because of her years of experience with MCCD and several of its colleges and her knowledge of ASU, is the ideal person to expand and enhance those connections,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow.
Having earned her B.S. and MBA degrees at ASU and having been active with the ASU Alumni Association for 20 years, she said she was happy to be returning to the university where she has so many friends.
• Jim Seemiller has joined the staff of Edge Media, a full service advertising agency located in Phoenix, where he will serve as a marketing consultant for the firm’s local and national clients.
Seemiller most recently served as general sales manager for KKNT 960 AM in Phoenix. Seemiller has also held various leadership positions in marketing including general manager of KOOL radio for seven years, where he earned the Marconi Award for Excellence in Broadcasting in 1992.
• Tom Curzon, a partner at the Phoenix law firm of Osborn Maledon, P.A., has received a Center of Influence Award, honoring the state’s most influential accountants, bankers and lawyers, from Arizona Business magazine.
Curzon’s practice focuses primarily on serving as outside general counsel to emerging, growth-oriented companies and on entrepreneurial transactions.
• Brian Foutz was hired by the Phoenix School of Law as coordinator of student services. A former student, Foutz was a member of the first graduating class in May 2008. He served as president of the Student Bar Association, participated in the establishment of the school’s Meditation Clinic and served as the administrative editor of the first edition of the Phoenix Law Review.
• Jill Hudson was also hired by the Phoenix School of Law as assistant director of bar prep, where she will help students prepare to sit for the bar exam. Most recently, Hudson served as an adjunct professor for Northern Arizona University’s Distance Learning Program for law enforcement officers.
• Joseph Perez was hired by the Phoenix School of Law as assistant director of the Center of Professional Development, where he will help students transition into the legal community. Most recently, Perez practiced corporate and securities law at Vinson & Elkins, LLP in Houston and at Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll in Phoenix.