CARLOS A. HERNÁNDEZ, CEO and president of JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICES OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA, received a 2017 Influential Health and Medical Leader Award in the category of Mental Health & Psychiatric Services from Tucson Local Media. The awards event was held Sept. 27 at Casino del Sol Resort. Hernández holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and is a licensed psychotherapist, Certified Professional for Healthcare Quality, and adjunct faculty member at ASU School of Social Work and Pima Community College social services department. Previously he served as director of Family and Community Partnerships; guided the implementation of disabilities services, mental health services, and parent engagement services for Head Start at Tucson-based Child-Parent Centers; and was in charge of compliance, quality management, and performance improvement for Pantano Behavioral Health Services in Tucson.
ARIANNE RAMIREZ was hired as executive director of FOOTHILLS PLACE, an Enlivant senior community at River and Swan roads. She has 12 years of experience as director of assisted living and memory care and certified assisted living nurse. Previously, she was director of health services at the Country Club of La Cholla and director of assisted living and memory care at La Posada Continuing Care Retirement Community in Green Valley.
TUCSON HEBREW ACADEMY has hired ANDRES PORTELA III as marketing and community outreach coordinator. Portela, a Sierra Vista native, graduated from the University of Arizona in 2016 and was a public relations manager at McFadden/ Gavender Advertising prior to joining THA. He has worked for Apple Inc., the Sierra Vista NAACP, and interned for U.S. Rep. Ron Barber.