• Jennifer Willis was appointed market practice leader for small and large group commercial accounts for Humana on Sept. 22.
In this role, Willis will be responsible for oversight of the company’s commercial health insurance products offered to employers in Arizona and Nevada.
A Humana associate for 14 years, Willis has worked in a variety of progressively responsible account management and service roles for Humana. Since 2004, she has served as the company’s market practice leader for both large group and small group sales in Arizona.
• Karyn Parker has joined child development center Phoenix Day as executive director.
Parker previously served as the organization’s executive director from 1996-2001. Most recently, she has served as director of Success by Six with Valley of the Sun United Way. Among her many credits are establishing the state’s first licensed and accredited child care center on a domestic violence shelter campus and facilitating the establishment of regional school readiness partnerships in Maricopa County.
• Jack Camper, president and chief executive officer of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, announced Sept. 20 that he is retiring effective March 31, 2011.
Camper, who has served as president and CEO since Feb. 15, 1978, will focus on expanding his new business, the Chamber Consulting Group, which works with other chambers and organizations across the country.
• Greg McPhillips, a Mohave County prosecutor, was named Arizona’s Felony Prosecutor of the Year on Aug. 5 by the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council.
McPhillips, lead prosecutor for Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team (MAGNET), handled the successful prosecution of the locally labeled “Picture Perfect” case consisting of 18 defendants.
In nominating McPhillips for the honor, Mohave County Attorney Matt Smith wrote concerning the “Picture Perfect” case, “He (McPhillips) indicted 18 defendants and obtained felony convictions against each one…. As the top prosecutor at MAGNET, Greg naturally took on the local wiretap case, working closely with officers and attorneys general to successfully navigate the case from indictment to trial.”
• John Alan Doran, a shareholder with law firm Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix Labor and Employment practice, has been appointed to serve as an ex-officio member of the board of directors for the Arizona Manufacturers Council.
Doran focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment, appellate matters, and litigation. He also serves on the editorial board for the “Arizona Employment Law Handbook.” He is a nationally recognized lecturer and author on topics related to the labor and employment field. Doran earned a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University.
• Michael C. Mason, an attorney with law firm Greenberg Traurig, has been elected as secretary of the board of directors for the Federal Bar Association’s Phoenix Chapter. This position automatically accedes to president of the board in three years. Mason has served on the Federal Bar Association’s Board of Directors since 2007.
Mason also serves on the city of Tempe Judicial Review Board and was appointed by the State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors as a delegate to the American Bar Association. He also serves on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley.
Mason focuses his practice on labor and employment issues and general litigation matters. He represents employers facing claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of contract, and wage and hour violations.
• The NestAZ, a full-service public relations consultancy firm run by Michael and Jolinda Pullen, launched August 18. The firm specializes in Arizona-grown businesses. The organization will offer local businesses and organizations a place to foster impressions with support on existing and new marketing campaigns.
Jolinda manages day-to-day operations and client relations. Previously she worked with other Valley agencies, including: HMA Public Relations, R&R Partners and Barclay Communications. Michael manages the financial operations and digital content. His experience includes working in communications and investor relations for ASML, as well as account executive with Christensen IR and director of marketing at Saffer Investments.
• Tony Reyna, Taos Pueblo, was chosen as the recipient of the 7th Annual Spirit of the Heard Award. He will be recognized during a ceremony Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. in the Steele Auditorium at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. During the ceremony, Reyna, 94, will be presented with traditional gifts and a cash award, and his photograph will be installed with other recipients of the award at the west entrance to the auditorium.
Each year, the Heard Museum’s Board of Trustees honors an individual who has demonstrated personal excellence either individually or as a community leader. The Spirit of the Heard Award reinforces the mission of the museum, which is to educate the public about the heritage and living arts and cultures of Native peoples.