Moving up in Tucson

2013-12-08T00:00:00Z Moving up in TucsonArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Rivera to host ‘Arizona Week’

Television journalist Lorraine Rivera was named producer and host of PBS 6’s “Arizona Week,” Arizona Public Media’s weekly news and public affairs program.

Rivera will start as producer and host of the news and public affairs program this Friday.

Rivera has worked in the Yuma and Tucson television markets for the last decade.

She is a graduate of the University of Arizona School of Journalism, with minors in English and Mexican-American studies.

Realtors tab Sanchez

The Tucson Association of Realtors promoted Christine Sanchez to marketing and events coordinator.

Sanchez will be responsible for planning and executing TAR events, including the housing market forecast, Expo trade shows and the Installation & Awards ceremony, among others.

She began with TAR in 2007 as a part-time customer-service representative and ascended to housing-opportunities coordinator in 2008.

Psomas names Lasham head
of construction management

Psomas named Heidi Lasham as construction-management leader for the Tucson area.

Lasham’s background includes a mix of transportation planning, roadway design and construction field experience.

She is the past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers Arizona Section, a member of Women’s Transportation Seminar and of Tucson Utility Contractors Association, and an engineering mentor to the Sonoran Science Academy for the Future Cities Competition.

In 2012, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Southern Arizona branch recognized Lasham with the Young Engineer Award for members under age 35.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in civil engineering, with a focus on construction and structures.

TPD names assistant chief

The Tucson Police Department promoted Mark Timpf from captain to the rank of assistant chief.

He has worked 23 years for the department, and was most recently commander of the Property Crimes Division within the Investigative Services Bureau.

Timpf, a captain since 2008, has also previously commanded the Academy and Operations Division South Patrol.

From March 2012 to May 2013, he was on a special assignment for the city manager to serve as interim director of the Tucson Convention Center.

Timpf holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Texas, and has attended the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police at Harvard University, as well as the FBI National Academy.

As assistant chief, he will take command of the Field Services Bureau next Sunday.

Bacco to lead Valor HospiceCare

Tucson-based Valor HospiceCare named Jean Z. Bacco as executive director and administrator.

Bacco brings more than 20 years of health-care experience to Valor. Previously, she was executive director for another hospice in Tucson, served as administrator for a Tucson-based home health agency, and previously held leadership roles for health-care agencies in New Jersey.

Bacco holds a master’s degree from Seton Hall University and a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University.

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