Biz Ins – March 2018


Urban Planner Alisse Caton joins Rose Law Group
Rose Law Group is proud to announce Alisse Caton will be joining the Planning and Project Management Department as a planner.
“We are very excited to announce Alisse Caton has joined our firm,” said Founder Jordan Rose. “Alisse brings an immense knowledge of land use planning to our already thriving Planning and Project Management team led by our Director of Project Management Chris Webb.”
Alisse will be eagerly helping the team with projects from beginning to end. She will work for developers, real estate investment groups and homebuilders to navigate and comprehend developmental procedures. She previously worked at LVA Urban Design Studio LLC, a land planning and landscape architecture firm in Tempe. She has a Master of Science in Geospatial Sciences from Northern Arizona University, and a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning from NAU as well. In her spare time, Alisse is a volunteer for the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.
“I am excited to join the Planning and Project Management Department at Rose Law Group,” says Alisse. “Rose Law Group represents top clients in our industry, and I believe with my skill set, experience and education, we will add great value to our client’s property and the community.” roselawgroup.com

milk+honey now open for dinner
The Valley of the Sun JCC is pleased to announce that milk+honey Espresso Bar & Eatery is now open for dinner Monday-Thursday, 5-8:30 pm. The new sit-down dinner service includes a full bar, linens and wait-staff.
“We’ve been open a year with breakfast and lunch and are excited to expand our hours and menu to include dinner in a nice, relaxing atmosphere with friendly staff,” says Dany Marciano, owner of milk+honey. “We pride ourselves in providing exceptional food and service at reasonable prices and invite the community to come in for dinner or to order for takeout or delivery via Door Dash and Postmates.”
The mouth-watering dinner menu includes an array of Italian dishes, from appetizers and salads to entrees, pizzas and handmade desserts. A variety of beer, wines and cocktails are also available. There is also a special kid’s menu.
“Having milk+honey open for dinner is just another great benefit for our members and guests. It gives families and friends another opportunity to enjoy our many programs and stay to share a fabulous meal together,” said Jay Jacobs, CEO of The J.
milk+honey is located inside The J, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road. just south of Sweetwater.
Reservations are recommended due to limited seating. vosjcc.org/café

New hires for JCF of Southern Arizona
Ori Green and Oraia Reid have joined the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. Ori, a legacy officer for the JCF, has lived in Tucson since the 1980s. For the past three years, she served as Tucson’s Jewish community concierge. Oraia, a JCF marketing and legacy officer, moved to Tucson from New York City, where she was the founding executive director of a nonprofit called RightRides for Women’s Safety from 2004-2012. She returned to college in 2012 and graduated from Columbia University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in urban studies. jcftucson.org

Jeffrey Schesnol ordained
Or Adam Congregation for Humanistic Judaism announced the ordination of Jeffrey Schesnol as Madrikh (ceremonial leader). Jeffrey completed the requirements in December 2016, and was honored by the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism at the Birmingham Temple in Michigan on November 10, 2017.
Jeffrey is the past president of the Valley’s SHJ congregation and has been the ceremonial leader for Or Adam for more than four years. He studied for his ordination through the IISHJ, completing the program in four years. He is continuing his studies for the rabbinate at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago, IL and the IISHJ in Birmingham, MI. He expects to achieve his rabbinical ordination in 2022.
A valued member of the community, Jeffrey has been involved with Humanistic Judaism since 1975, and he has served on various congregations’ boards and as a Sunday school teacher for congregations in Chicago, Los Angeles, Raleigh/Durham, and Phoenix/Scottsdale. His own Jewish education started at age 3, shaped by his Orthodox grandfather. He has been married to his wife, Susan, for 53 years and has two daughters, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A resident of Phoenix since 2010, he was formerly involved in the furniture and home accessory business and has studied toward an MBA, after receiving a bachelor’s degree in business and psychology. He currently serves as the associate director of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society. oradam.com

Stephanie A. Walsh joins Sojourner Center
Stephanie A. Walsh, MBA, has been named director of major and planned gifts for Sojourner Center. Stephanie, a fundraising professional with 20 years’ experience, joins Sojourner Center from the Banner Health Foundation where she served as the development manager for the past five years.
Sojourner Center is a domestic violence service organization providing emergency shelter, transitional housing, domestic violence education, safety planning, lay-legal advocacy, case management, a child development center, 24-hour crisis hotline, referral services, community education and healthcare through an on-site clinic. As of mid-2017, Sojourner Center operates as an affiliate subsidiary organization of Jewish Family & Children’s Service.
“We knew it was important to have a dedicated fundraising professional on our team focusing on development efforts for Sojourner Center,” says Gail Baer, associate vice president of philanthropic services at JFCS.  “Stephanie brings not only a wealth of experience in fundraising but a deep understanding of and social services programming as well.”
JFCS, one of the state’s largest providers of behavioral health and social services, had been a longtime partner of Sojourner Center. The two organizations share significant synergies in their missions and programs and an alignment in their organizational cultures.
Stephanie, a Phoenix resident, has a Master of Business Administration from Aurora University in Aurora, IL. and a Bachelor of Arts degree from North Central College in Naperville, IL.
jfcsaz.org

Federation adds smiling faces to its staff
The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix recently added three new members to its professional team. Sheryl Press, director of campaign and Women’s Philanthropy; Jaime Fox, development associate; and Jill Ross, events manager. A participant in the summer 2017 JWRP Momentum Trip to Israel, Sheryl decided it was time to fulfill her desire to make a difference in the Jewish community. She has 20+ years public relations experience, most notably as corporate PR director for Canyon Ranch in Tucson. Though Jaime grew up Jewish she did not connect with her Jewish roots until she lived in Israel during her 20s, where it “felt like coming home.” She feels that same way working with the Federation. Jill recently moved to the Valley. She has 19 years of event planning experience, including seven years with Hyatt. She is glad to use her skills to help Federation. jewishphoenix.org

Sean Lieb is one to watch in commercial real estate
Sean Lieb, 28, an Associate at SRS Real Estate Partners was named “20 in their 20s in commercial real estate” in the AZRE January/February 2018 issue.
Sean specializes in the leasing and selling of retail, multi-tenant, mixed-use properties and land throughout Greater Phoenix. He has worked with many national retailers such as Advanced Auto Parts, Burger King, Edward Jones, Jackson Hewitt, H&R Block, Orange Theory Fitness, Subway, Cheba Hut and more. Prior to joining SRS, he worked at Cushman & Wakefield where he generated over $17 million in lease and sales transaction volume in less than a two-year span. srsre.com

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