Doctor adds new role at Bisbee hospital

Dr. Daniel Roe has been named director of medical affairs for Copper Queen Community Hospital in Bisbee.

Roe, a five-year employee of the hospital, is also working on his MBA.

Roe was instrumental in creating the hospital’s tele-medicine programs, which allow patients to receive care that otherwise would not be available in rural Bisbee and surrounding communities.

In addition to his new role, Roe will continue as medical director of the Emergency Department.

Australian university taps Armstrong

Dr. David G. Armstrong, director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance, has been named a 2013 Raine Visiting Professor by the University of Western Australia.

The award is given to top international scholars to participate in collaborative seminars, keynotes, research and workshops. Armstrong is the first podiatric surgeon to receive the award.

HomeVestors adds local franchisees

Tucson business owners Shown M. Polston and Stephanie L. Polston are new franchisees with HomeVestors of America, also referred to as the “We Buy Ugly Houses” company.

UA doctor selected to serve on panel

Dr. Paul Gordon has been selected to serve as co-chair of the Test Materials Development Committee for the United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 2 Clinical Skills Exam.

Gordon is the director of the doctor and patient block and professor of family and community medicine at the UA College of Medicine.

Tech start-up names 3 directors

A local tech start-up,, has hired three new directors:

• Kit Cramer, (University of Arizona BA 1985, Juris Doctorate 1989) becomes director of marketing after a 20-year career in advertising as a copywriter and creative director in Chicago, San Francisco and on Madison Avenue.

He has won numerous creative awards, including a Clio for a radio spot he wrote and co-produced for Coca-Cola. Cramer’s work has been featured in Leurzer’s Archive of Worldwide Ads, Communication Arts Advertising Annual and on the Super Bowl.

• The other new directors, LawLytics’ director of education Brian Tedder and director of attorney strategy Jared Jorde, were in the 2013 graduating class at the UA College of Law.

Tedder worked as a professional photojournalist before law school, and while at the UA clerked for a judge at the Arizona Court of Appeals. Jorde clerked for a U.S. District Court judge in New Mexico and won the Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition in 2011.

UA student wins

Air Force scholarship

Kati Wijdenes, BSN, RN, is one of only six students nationwide to be awarded the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship by the U.S. Air Force to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

Wijdenes is pursuing her doctor of nursing practice degree online through the University of Arizona College of Nursing.

On Aug. 23, Wijdenes was commissioned as an Air Force officer. The scholarship will pay tuition, books and fees, as well as provide a monthly stipend for her living expenses while she pursues her degree. In exchange for the three-year scholarship, Wijdenes will serve as an active-duty member of the Air Force for a minimum of three years upon completion of her degree.

PCC names director

for training center

Pima Community College’s new director of the Center for Training and Development is Amanda Abens.

She will oversee nearly two dozen clock-hour certificate programs offering training in health, culinary and food service, and business professions. She succeeds Brian Stewart, now academic dean at PCC’s Desert Vista Campus, where the Center for Training and Development is based.

Abens has been program manager for PCC’s Pathways to Healthcare Program since March 2012. Previously, she was project director for the Building Partnerships for Youth project at the University of Arizona’s John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Abens is a UA graduate with a master’s degree in counseling from University of Phoenix.

She has also worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters, city of Tucson Housing Department, and New Beginnings for Women and Children.

2 insurance advisors named by Farmers

The Southern Arizona District Office of Farmers Insurance Group has appointed Ruben Mada and Luis Alvarado as advisors in Tucson.

Both hold property/casualty and life/health insurance licenses, have extensive experience in the insurance industry and strong backgrounds in marketing and sales, Farmers said in a news release.