JULIE ZORN, Jewish living and learning specialist at the TUCSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER, has completed LEAP (Leadership Enrichment and Advancement Program), a continental leadership program from the Jewish Community Center Association’s talent management pilot program. Zorn is one of only 22 people selected from nine JCCs across North America. The yearlong program includes both in-person summits and web-based distance learning.
Psychotherapist SHARI GOOTTER, M.A., L.P.C., C.R.C., has opened her own practice, GOOTTER COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY PLLC. Gootter has extensive experience in counseling groups and individuals working through trauma, mood and substance abuse issues in rehabilitation centers, school and trauma recovery programs. She uses various modalities and mindfulness practices, including yoga. The office is located at 2450 E. Speedway Blvd., and Gootter may be reached at 603-2700.
THE TUCSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER has promoted AMY DOWE to director of fitness. She most recently served as health and wellness coordinator and has volunteered as a trainer for youth fitness programs including Girls on the Run. Dowe began working at the Tucson J in 2009 as a group fitness instructor. MATT MEYER, a sixth-generation Tucsonan, joins the staff as director of sports and recreation. He received a basketball scholarship to Kansas Wesleyan University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in health, physical education and recreation. He has worked in the athletics and recreation field for 16 years. BRANDON RANNEBARGER has been hired as aquatic director and head swim coach. For the last 10 years he was head swim coach in Kalispel, Mont., and has worked with college All-Americans, professional triathletes and nationally ranked swimmers of all levels. TANYA RICH joins the J as arts and culture coordinator. A printmaker, she graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in art history and a minor in fine arts. She is also the youth program director and exhibitions curator at The Drawing Studio, an independent art curator for several local businesses and directed The Tucson Sculpture Festival for three years. MARTHA MILLAN has been named rentals and events coordinator. She is a graduate of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and holds degrees in business tourism and Spanish and a certificate in convention sales and meeting planning. She has worked to plan and execute events from 10 to 1,000 people.
THE WESTIN LA PALOMA RESORT & SPA has appointed TOBY SCOTT-LONG as director of operations. Prior to joining The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, Scott-Long served as the director of rooms at The Westin Calgary in Canada. He was the recipient of The Westin Harbour Castle Toronto’s Leader of the Year award and Leader of the Quarter at Le Royal Meridien King Edward Hotel Toronto. Also joining the Westin La Paloma are BOB DUCY as director of engineering, with 35 years of hotel experience, and TIM WRIGHT as director of security, with 25 years of experience at the Port of San Diego’s Harbor Police Department where he worked as a police officer, firefighter, diver rescue specialist and training manager.