The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona has hired Paul Patterson as a community security consultant. His office is located at the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, but he is available to synagogues and Jewish agencies and organizations throughout the community. Patterson, a 23-year veteran of law enforcement, is currently employed as a court security officer for the United States District Court. He served as a member of the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training subject matter expert committee on defensive tactics/intermediate weapons. His law enforcement assignments have included civic event coordinator/terrorism liaison officer, state regional training center coordinator, mobile field force grenadier, special weapons and tactics team operator, bicycle patrol officer and uniform patrol officer.
The Drawing Studio has selected Em Martin Brott, MBA, as executive director. Most recently, Brott was chief development officer for Our Family Services, and previously worked for more than a decade as a river ecologist, community organizer, and fundraiser at the Sonoran Institute. She holds a master of business administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona; a master of science in environmental studies from Lund University in Sweden, and received her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, where she studied biology. She serves on the boards of directors for the Sky Island Alliance and the Planned Giving Roundtable of Southern Arizona. Brott is a past Tucson 40 Under 40 awardee, and this year, she is a fellow in the Tucson Public Voice Fellowship sponsored by the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona and the University of Arizona.
Arizona Theatre Company has named Sean Daniels as artistic director. Daniels spent the last five years as artistic director at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Massachusetts. Previously, he served as associate artistic director at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kentucky. Daniels’ professional experience also includes positions at the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York, and California Shakespeare Theater in Berkeley, California. From 1995 to 2004, he was co-founder and artistic director of Dad’s Garage Theatre Company in Atlanta. Daniels says seeing ATC productions in his youth, when his family lived in Mesa, inspired his career in theater. He comes from a long line of Arizonans; his great-grandfather, Jesse Udall, was chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court.
The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine will be named for Dr. Andrew Weil, who has committed $15 million to the center, bringing his total giving to the center to $20 million. In addition to renaming the center for the integrative medicine pioneer and best-selling author, his gift establishes the Andrew Weil Endowed Chair in Integrative Medicine, the Andrew Weil Endowed Chair for Research in Integrative Medicine and the Andrew Weil Endowed Program Fund for Integrative Medicine.