South Mountain Community College in Phoenix hired Dr. Osaro Ighodaro, ‘90 BS, ’93 MA, &’05 Ph.D, as their new Vice President of Development. Most recently, Dr. Ighodaro served as Dean of Student Affairs at Glendale Community College.

Derek Arnson, ’91 BS, ’02 MED, is the new police chief for the border town, Nogales, Ariz.  Derek, who was sworn into the position Nov. 5, has served as the police chief for the Gila River Indian Community and worked for the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He has two degrees from NAU and is working toward another master’s degree in security studies.

Alumnus Jeffrey Beck, BS ’91, an attorney with Smell & Wilmer, is one of the 114 lawyers from his practice named in The Best Lawyers in America 2013. Beck has been recognized for his work in corporate law. Along with Jeff, Jeffrey Willis ’72 BA, was also added to this list of top lawyers. The firm has more than 400 attorneys in the western United States and in Mexico and serves a wide range of clients.

After a nationwide search, the City of Flagstaff selected Heidi Hansen, ’91 BS, for the position of Convention and Visitors Bureau Director.  Heidi will be responsible for the overall operation of the CVB, its $1.6 million budget, and various programs including Sales, Marketing, Public Relations, and Visitor Services. She says this job allows her to continue to use her skills for the community and region she loves. “I am excited for this opportunity to join the City of Flagstaff as their CVB Director.  I realize having lived in Flagstaff for many years and working in the sales and marketing industry how vital tourism is to our community.  I look forward to the opportunity to further enhance and strengthen the city’s programs while helping our community continue to move forward”, Heidi added.  Heidi has implemented a number of programs to draw visitors to Flagstaff such as supplemental visitor guides and the popular “99 Things To Do” magazine. These sections offer residents and visitors alike ideas and destinations to visit in Flagstaff.   She is also active in the Flagstaff community through her family, the Flagstaff Leadership Program, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, Coconino Community College Scholarship Committee, as well as the College America PAC program.

The Phoenix Biz Journal recently mentioned Tina Rose, ’91 BS, who has taken over as President for the Arizona Association of Mortgage Professionals.   Elected by the membership body, Tina served in a previous capacity as treasurer and vice president.  She currently works as a compliance officer for VIP Mortgage Inc. in Scottsdale. Previously, Tina held several positions — originating branch manager, compliance auditor, and Arizona state manager — at Allied Home Mortgage Corp.

Cheryl Casone, '92 BSCheryl Casone,’92 BS, (photo on left) was featured in the spring edition of Pi Beta Phi’s The Arrow. An anchor for Fox Business Network and host on Fox News Channel, Cheryl provides analysis and commentary on financial news stories. She currently hosts "Cashin' In," a weekend half-hour program that offers an informative look the stock market and investments.Ms. Casone currently resides in Manhattan.

David McFerren, ’93 BS, now teaches at Williams High School. David has 18 years of experience teaching social studies and physical education, as well as coaching basketball, baseball and football.

David Damron, ’94 BS, has joined the Ernst & Young LLP firm as partner. He has been assigned to the firm’s Business Tax Service Practice, located in Phoenix, and will support middle-market public and private companies.  With experience in multinational and multistate corporate income tax, as well as partnership tax, tax accounting, and compliance, David has also worked for Grant Thornton LLP.    


Kimberly Miller '96 BSKimberly Miller, ’96 BS, (photo on left) works in Phoenix as a fitness and fashion model, writer and stylist. She recently placed as the third runner-up and best in the swimsuit competition for Mrs. Capitol City in the Mrs. Arizona America Pageant.

Willow Bend Environmental Education Center is pleased to announce that Russell Tweed, ’96 MS, has accepted the position of executive director for The Willow Bend Environmental Education Center.  Russell has a strong background in natural resources and more than 15 years of experience in development, educational programming and nonprofit management.  He moved to Flagstaff in 1994 to complete a master's degree in geology from NAU. Since then, his connection to the nonprofit community here has grown. He was the development manager at Lowell Observatory for many years and has served as president of the Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music. He was also part of the organizing committee for the Pickin' in the Pines Music Festival.  "My interest in natural history and the outdoors began with walks through the woods with my dad as a child, but developed significantly during the unique field studies programs at Earlham College," he said.  "The mission of Willow Bend is perfectly aligned with my interests," Russell continued. "I am eager to help build experiences for others that lead to a greater appreciation of the natural world, perhaps leading to future careers in resource management or science."  He said he is thrilled to be part of Willow Bend and looks forward to becoming familiar with all of the dedicated people that have led the organization.

John DeLalla, '99 BS & '04 MED, recently presented at the University and Professional Continuing Education Association conference in Park City, Utah on organizational modeling within university continuing education departments. John is the Director of Continuing Education for the University of Arizona. The mountains of Utah reminded John of Flagstaff, a campus experience he tells us he misses.