UA's Erstad to head pharmacy practice

Brian Erstad, professor and interim head in the department of pharmacy practice and science at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, has been promoted to head of the department.

A member of the department since 1988, Erstad has served as interim head since February 2012. He was assistant department head from 1997 through 2011.

He also is a clinical pharmacist in critical care at the University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus and the program director of the college's postgraduate year two critical care pharmacy residency there.

Erstad is a member of the FDA's Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee and a steering committee member of the United States Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group, the UA said in a news release.

Cope, Nye are named Mesch, Clark partners

Thom Cope and Kasey Nye have joined Mesch, Clark & Rothschild P.C. as partners in the law firm.

• Cope, who is part of the firm's employment section, has more than 40 years' experience in employment and labor law, with an emphasis on litigation and representing clients before administrative agencies such entities as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and National Labor Relations Board.

Cope teaches classes at the University of Phoenix and was an adjunct professor in labor law at Pima Community College. He is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and authored "The Executive Guide to Employment Practices," third edition, the law firm said in a news release. He has been a judge in the area of public employment law.

Cope received a bachelor of arts degree in political science/history with honors from Syracuse University and his juris doctorate from the Nebraska College of Law.

• Nye has been practicing bankruptcy and restructuring law for more than a decade, representing large and small business and nonprofit entities as debtors and creditors in Arizona and throughout the U.S. He joins the bankruptcy section of the firm.

Nye chairs the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Policy Committee on Budget, Finance and Legal Issues, and previously served on the chamber's Government Affairs and Candidate Evaluation Committees. He was recently named Volunteer of the Month for March by the Volunteer Lawyers Program, which he has served since 2002.

In 2006, Nye was recognized by the University of Arizona Alumni Association as Outstanding Young Alumni Volunteer.

He received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and Spanish from the University of Buffalo and his juris doctorate from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona.

Humphrey leads sales at Hundred Palms

The Parsons Group has named James A. Humphrey as director of sales and marketing of Hundred Palms Tucson, an assisted- living and memory-care community.

He was formerly with the Journal Broadcast Group and has extensive experience in marketing strategies and broadcast and print media.

Humphrey attended Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, where he received a bachelor of science in business administration.

He has held executive board positions with the YMCA and served on two Chamber of Commerce committees.

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