Associate Feng joins DeConcini McDonald

DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy announces the addition of associate Shijie Feng to the firm’s Tucson office.

Feng, a native of Shanghai, China, earned her B.A. in ethics, politics and economics from Yale University.

In law school at the University of Arizona, she participated on the National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court team and served as the articles editor for the Arizona Law Review.

Feng is a Judge Thomas Tang Writing Competition winner and also received the Richard Roberts Memorial Scholarship while at UA. Her note, “Madness and Mayhem: Reforming the Mental Health Care System in Arizona,” was published in 2012.

She worked as a judicial clerk for Judge Patricia K. Norris at the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One before joining the DeConcini firm.

UAMC names nurse as VP

for patient experience

Julie Kennedy Oehlert, RN, has joined the University of Arizona Medical Center in the new position of vice president of patient experience, where she will “serve as the patients’ voice.”

She will oversee key hospital departments that impact the patient experience — Food Services, Environmental Services, Security, Transportation, Volunteer Services and Pastoral Care at both UAMC – University Campus and UAMC – South Campus.

Kennedy Oehlert, who comes to Tucson from Wisconsin, has extensive experience in emergency/trauma nursing, forensic nursing and as a nurse leader.

She is seeking a doctorate in nursing practice in health care innovation and leadership from the University of Minnesota. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Carroll Columbia College of Nursing in Milwaukee in 1987.

Before joining UAMC, she was a leadership coach and national speaker with the Studer Group, a health-care consulting organization that works to improve the patient experience. She has written and presented widely on such topics, UAMC said in a news release.

Ressler returns to TMC after 4 years in Sierra Vista

Dave Ressler has returned to Tucson Medical Center, as vice president and chief strategic officer.

Ressler returns after four years as CEO at Sierra Vista Regional Health Center and nine years as CEO of Aspen Valley Hospital in Colorado.

He worked at TMC in 1999 as vice president of business development. He was also a marketing coordinator for TMCare Health Network and an account executive and marketing manager for TMC’s HMO, Partners Health Plan, starting in 1986.

As chief strategic officer, Ressler will use data to support the development of innovative programs or services, and will help identify emerging trends and recommend new initiatives that will help TMC grow, the hospital said in a newsletter.

Larmonier joins faculty

at Steele children’s center

Claire Larmonier is a new faculty member at the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center and Department of Pediatrics. She is an assistant professor in gastroenterology.

Larmonier received her doctorate in immunobiology from the University of Arizona.

She earned an engineer diploma in life science with honors (master’s equivalent), from Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Sorbonne, Paris, France.

As a scientist with the Steele center, Larmonier’s research focuses on new treatments for colitis and inflammatory bowel disease.

Rullo is project manager

at Lang Wyatt Construction

Liz Rullo has joined Lang Wyatt Construction as project manager.

Rullo brings more than 20 years of experience on projects of up to $60 million apiece in construction value, the company said in a news release. These include schools, medical/healthcare facilities and municipal projects. Rullo has a track record of safety and customer service, Lang Wyatt said in the news release.

Rullo was most recently director of project development at Advantech Facilities Design, and she previously worked with Kennedy Partners, Arcadis, Heery International and Swinerton Builders, among others.

McDaniel joins S. AZ office of Farmers Insurance

Lisa McDaniel has joined the Southern Arizona District Office of Farmers Insurance Group in Tucson.

McDaniel holds property/casualty and life/health insurance licenses.

She has worked in the realty industry for many years and has a strong background in marketing and sales, Farmers said in a news release.

Dillon, Smith made partners at Farhang & Medcoff

Farhang & Medcoff announces the promotions of Kacie Dillon and Traci Smith to partners.

Dillon represents Arizona individuals and businesses in tax controversy disputes with the IRS, Arizona Department of Revenue and other local taxing authorities.

Smith focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration.

In addition, Elizabeth Zelinka has joined Farhang & Medcoff in its Tucson office.

Following a career with the Washington, D.C., office of a Wall Street firm, Zelinka relocated to Tucson where she was the corporate counsel for a national talent management firm, Farhang & Medcoff said in a news release.

She is experienced in corporate transactional law, finance, restructurings and workouts, real estate, environmental risk management, licensing and other contractual arrangements.