Providence Service Corp. taps Hicks as senior VP

Tucson-based Providence Service Corp. announced the appointment of Michael-Bryant Hicks as senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer.

Hicks succeeds Fred D. Furman, who is retiring after 10 years as general counsel.

Hicks was most recently an assistant general counsel in the law department of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. in Denver, Colo. “After leading the $4.4 billion acquisition of HealthCare Partners to a successful close in November 2012, Hicks served as interim general counsel of the division,” Providence said in a news release.

Prior to his work at DaVita, Hicks was associate general counsel for Beckman Coulter. He began his career working as a corporate lawyer for Vinson and Elkins and Mayer Brown, Rowe & Maw.

Hicks received his law degree from Yale Law School and his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, he worked on small business incubation projects as a Fulbright Scholar in Quito, Ecuador.

McDonald is new CEO of Community Food Bank

The board of directors of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona has named Michael McDonald president and CEO after a nationwide search.

McDonald had been executive director of Habitat for Humanity in Tucson since 2004. He has nearly three decades of experience in nonprofit, for profit and public sector organizations, including Burr-Brown Corp., The Nature Conservancy, Native Seed/SEARCH and the University of Arizona.

He earned a bachelor of arts in English education from the UA and a master’s in international business management from Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management.

He serves on boards of numerous community nonprofit organizations.

Richardson named Solon general manager

Tucson’s Solon Corp. has promoted William Richardson to general manager.

Richardson will direct and lead all Solon activities in the United States.

He has been with Solon more than five years, most recently as senior director of technical services.

Before that, Richardson was responsible for the North American technical services and research and development departments for Solon.

In 2009, Richardson implemented Solon’s N.A. Outdoor Testing Facility, where next-generation module, tracking and systems integration testing is conducted.

He previously worked for Tucson Electric Power.

Richardson holds degrees in renewable natural resources and electrical engineering.

Burns joins Tucson office of Fennemore Craig

Fennemore Craig has expanded its Tucson office with the addition of attorney Brendan Burns.

Burns, who is also an Oro Valley town councilman, practices in the areas of commercial litigation, plaintiffs’ personal injury, professional liability, medical negligence defense and land use planning and zoning.

He began his legal career as an officer in the U .S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. During his time with the Army, he served as chief legal counsel for General Leonard Wood Community Hospital. He also served as the chief of claims responsible for defending the Army against tort actions filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act, Fennemore Craig said in a news release.

Burns earned his J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Zack joins DeConcini law firm in Tucson

Attorney Ronald Zack has joined the Tucson office of the law firm of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C.

He has admissions to the Arizona, California, Tohono O’Odham and Pascua Yaqui tribal courts, as well as the U.S. District Court.

Zack has been in private practice since 2008, focusing on estate planning, elder law and criminal defense, including DUI and juvenile law. He previously was an assistant attorney general, where he worked in the area of child welfare.

Along with his juris doctorate degree, Zack has earned a master of arts degree in linguistics and a master of science degree in nursing education.

He is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, WealthCounsel, ElderCounsel and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. He serves as vice president of the Arizona Gerontological Nurses Association and as secretary of the Pima County Bar Association.

Zack volunteers on several boards including Pima Council on Aging, Wingspan, Funeral Consumers Alliance and the Southern Arizona Twilight Foundation.

He is the host of “Law Review Radio,” a weekly local call-in show airing Sundays on KVOI-AM 1030.

Former journalist moving to Brian Clymer firm

Laura Clymer is a new associate at Brian Clymer, Attorney at Law. The firm represents people in Arizona workers’ compensation and Social Security disability cases.

Laura Clymer graduated from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in 2013. She was one of 11 in her graduating class of 210 students to receive a Dean’s Award for outstanding contributions and performance at the law school. She passed the Arizona bar exam and was admitted to the practice of law in December.

While in law school, she was co-editor-in-chief of the Law Journal for Social Justice; served on the executive board of OUTLaw, the gay-straight student alliance; and worked as a research assistant in the ASU Work-Life Policy Unit of the Civil Justice Clinic. She also completed externships for U.S. Magistrate Judge David Duncan, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the civil division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

She was the 2012 recipient of the R. Kelly Hocker Employment and Labor Law scholarship and a co-recipient of the Jonathan Paul Schubert Memorial scholarship in 2013.

Prior to law school, Clymer was a journalist for 18 years. She was city editor and online content editor for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff from 2001 to 2010.

She received her bachelor’s degree in history and communication, cum laude, from DePauw University.

Pinedo is new adviser at insurance group

The Southern Arizona District Office of Farmers Insurance Group has appointed Geraldo Pinedo as its newest adviser in Tucson.

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

Pinedo has a background in the insurance industry and customer service, the company said in a news release.

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