ALMA HERNANDEZ is a candidate for the Arizona State House of Representatives in Legislative District 3 for the Democratic primary. A native Tucsonan, Hernandez is a former Jewish Community Relations Council coordinator for the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and sings in the choir at Congregation Chaverim where she and her family are members. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Arizona and has further public health training from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was a Glass Leadership Institute Fellow with the Anti-Defamation League last year. Hernandez and her siblings continue to be involved with AIPAC. She began her involvement with the Democratic Party at age 14 and was most recently campaign manager for Joel Feinman, candidate for Pima County Attorney. She also served as campaign manager for State Sen. Steve Farley and for her brother, State Rep. Daniel Hernandez, and was an intern and dedicated headquarters captain for Mayor Jonathan Rothschild’s campaign. Daniel, is running for reelection in LD2, and her sister Consuelo is running for the Sunnyside school board. More information is available at almaforarizona.org.
LEE H. OLITZKY, CEO of WiT2, a Tucson-based health care and consulting firm, has been appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging. Olitzky is the former president of Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging and for the past 10 years has provided management, consulting and medical billing services to federal and state governments, nonprofits and American Indian tribal governments.
ANTHONY ZINMAN has started a group, TUCSON JEWS FOR JUSTICE, which aims to be a voice for Jewish Progressives. Zinman works as a juvenile public defender for Pima County, is a member of Democrats of Greater Tucson, and vice president of the Brotherhood at Congregation Or Chadash. He and Alma Hernandez, a Democratic primary candidate for the state legislature, co-chair the group.
ESTHER STERNBERG, M.D., founding research director for the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and founding director of the UA Institute on Place and Wellbeing, and Casey Lindberg, Ph.D., M.Arch, postdoctoral research associate with UAIPW, were among six presenters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webinar “Physical Work Environments and Individual Health Outcomes” on Feb. 28.
MARSHA DROZDOFF, a pioneer in the field of psychosocial oncology, retired from Banner University Medical Center Tucson (formerly UMC) on Dec. 31 after 36 and a half years. She created innovative programs, provided counseling, facilitated numerous support groups and integrated Reiki into oncology care. Since January she has been facilitating a monthly mindfulness and meditation group and a Reiki share at the Northwest YMCA. These groups are open to the community at no charge. She continues to offer Reiki sessions and classes through Desert Reiki Connection. She can be contacted at
SAM FOX, CEO and founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts, will receive the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson 2018 Click for Kids Award. The award was created in honor of longtime supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson, Jim Click. The award will be presented at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson 27th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner, which will be held June 8 at Casino Del Sol Resort. Ticket information is available at
BGCTucson.org or 535-3533.