Biz Ins Jan./Feb. 2020

Jewish Federation adds management staff
The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona has appointed two new management team members.

Andrew Pawlicki-Sinclair is the assistant director for leadership development and engagement. He has worked for Arizona Serve and the Arizona Conservation Corps managing AmeriCorps national service grants. Before that, Andrew served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Santa Rita High School as part of the anti-poverty-oriented Tucson Community Schools Initiative. He is a graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, where he concentrated on studying human rights. Born and raised in Tucson, he is an alumnus of Satori School and a graduate of Kino K-12 School, where he currently serves on the board.

Laura Nachtrab is the administrative services manager. A graduate of Knox College in Galesburg, IL, with a bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology, Laura moved to Tucson from Chicago in 2007. Her administrative experience prior to joining the JFSA includes customer support for Total Artificial Heart manufacturer SynCardia Systems, LLC; grants manager at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra; and temple administrator at Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism in Highland Park, IL.

Logan Elia names partner at Rose Law Group

Rose Law Group pc, has named Logan Elia a partner.

Logan has been with Rose Law Group since 2014. He is a national leader in cyber law, including cyber defamation and online intellectual property infringements.

“Logan pioneered Arizona’s most respected cyber defamation practice and has established himself as a national expert in the field. Logan is also a leading attorney when it comes to litigating internet infringements on trademarks and copyrights, litigating on behalf of medical cannabis dispensaries, defending against criminal charges and supporting gun rights, gun ownership and the Second Amendment. Logan exemplifies Rose Law Group’s focus on creative and innovative representation for our clients,” says Rose Law Group Founder and President Jordon Rose.

Logan is a former prosecutor who also previously worked at the Goldwater Institute and for the American Legislative Exchange Council. He received his law degree from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law, studied at Cambridge University and has his undergraduate degree from Pomona College. Logan, an Arizona native, is an active scuba diver and firearms enthusiast.

“I am honored to be named partner at one of the most progressive and trailblazing law firms in the country. My practice touches on a diverse set of legal areas and arenas. There is no better firm on the country for me to bring my skills to bear for our clients than Rose Law Group,” Logan says.

Chabad Center opens in South Phoenix

South Phoenix, an area that previously had no synagogues or any Jewish presence, will now have its own Chabad Center. The center’s rabbi will be Rabbi Mendy and Sarah Rimler and their children, Chayala, Eli and Bluma.

“The first in the area is always a big thing,” said Grant Galas, a local real estate agent who worked closely with the Rimlers on ideas for the center. Without a synagogue nearby, Grant had to drive around half an hour to get to services. He hopes the new center will provide his family with a stronger sense of community in their area.

Prior to this appointment, the Rimlers were working as assistant rabbi and outreach director at Rohr Chabad at ASU with Rabbi Shmuel Teichtel. The plan to establish a center in South Phoenix has been in motion since August. The center “kicked off” with a Chanukah party on Dec. 22.

The Rimlers encourage anyone in South Phoenix to reach out and get involved in the new Chabad Jewish Center, “Chabad is an organization for all Jews. If you’re Jewish, you’re a member,” he says. “Labels divide us; they don’t define us.”

“It’s exciting to have something near where we live,” Grant says.

Tucson Symphony Orchestra hires Steven P. Haines

Tucson Symphony Orchestra has appointed Steven P. Haines as president and CEO. Haines was vice president for POPS of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and president and CEO of Peter Nero and the Philly Pops for nearly eight years prior to that. He began his career as associate director of marketing and then marketing manager of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. Most recently, he was CEO of The Young Americans, a San Francisco-based performing arts college and international touring organization. Prior to that, he served as vice president of strategic growth and marketing for the San Francisco Zoo, and previously was executive director of San Francisco’s Stern Grove Festival. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.

Debbie Yunker Kail appointed to Hillel’s Directors Cabinet

Debbie Yunker Kail, executive director of Hillel at Arizona State University, was recently appointed to Hillel’s Directors Cabinet. The Directors Cabinet represents Hillel professionals throughout North America in shaping strategies and policies that impact the entire Hillel movement.

When Debbie Yunker Kail was named the new executive director of Hillel at ASU in 2013, the organization had not had a new leader since 1972.

Under her leadership, Hillel at ASU has created a new Jewish leadership development class; established an educational model for transitioning teens to college life, partnering with two synagogues and three teen organizations locally; added one Taglit-Birthright Israel trip/year to ASU Hillel offerings, doubling number of students traveling to Israel/year from 20 to 40 and launched a new brand and look for ASU Hillel, including logo and updated facility.

New outreach coordinator for The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies

Jacqueline Schmidt is the new outreach coordinator for The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. She has more than 10 years of experience working and volunteering in the Tucson community, including three years in the local hospitality industry, and eight years at the University of Arizona coordinating events and logistics. She grew up Tucson, graduating from the UA with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and recently earning a master’s in family studies and human development.

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