SciEnTek-12 tabs Baker
as director of its fair

The board of directors of the Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair, SciEnTeK-12, has named Elizabeth Baker the fair’s director.

Recently the STEM specialist with the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, Baker graduated from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland with a master’s degree in evolutionary and comparative psychology and received a bachelor’s degree in comparative psychology and ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona.

A three-time winner of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Baker represented the United States as a science delegate to China. Before being named as fair director, she participated in the science fair as a judge and as a SciEnTeK-12 board member.

Koppen joins CyraCom Int’l as general counsel

Margaret Koppen has been named general counsel of CyraCom International Inc., a Tucson-based company that provides language interpretation and document-translation services.

Koppen was formerly with the local office of Standard Microsystems Corp., a semiconductor company.

She received her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law, holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Arizona State University, and teaches contract drafting part time at the University of Arizona School of Law as an adjunct professor.

Rusing Lopez & Lizardi brings Waterkotte aboard

Attorney Patricia Victory Waterkotte has joined the Tucson law firm Rusing Lopez & Lizardi PLLC.

Waterkotte, a native Tucsonan, specializes in complex commercial litigation, product liability, real-estate litigation and financial services. She practiced business litigation at Klinedinst PC and McGuireWoods LLP in Los Angeles for eight years before joining Rusing Lopez & Lizardi.

Waterkotte, who served as a congressional intern and caseworker for Sen. John McCain and in the Pima County Attorney’s Office, received a bachelor’s degree in management information systems, magna cum laude, from the University of Arizona in 2002. She received her law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2005.

Pima Council on Aging names Clark new CEO

The Pima Council on Aging has named W. Mark Clark its president and CEO.

Clark succeeds Jim Murphy, who served as president and CEO since 2008, capping 15 years at the nonprofit human services agency in Tucson. Murphy announced his plan to leave the nonprofit agency last September.

Clark, who had been president and CEO of CODAC Behavioral Health Services for 12 years, more recently served as associate general minister of the United Church of Christ, headquartered in Cleveland, for the last two years before returning to Arizona.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University and an master’s in social work from Arizona State University.

He was a 2002 fellow at the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

In 2007, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness, and in 2009 he was named Social Worker of the Year by the Arizona Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

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