Business briefs 7.17.20

Arizona native Chanel Bragg has been named associate artistic director at Arizona Theatre Company. A graduate of Northern Arizona University and Cortez High School, Bragg is a producer, director, teaching artist, and performer, and a passionate advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Bragg holds a Master of Arts degree with an emphasis in innovative leadership from Western International University in Tempe. She has worked with a range of Arizona fine arts institutions and is a three-time AriZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence recipient.

Tucson Hebrew Academy has created a head of school search committee to seek a successor to Interim Head of School Laurence Kutler, Ph.D., who will continue to lead THA for the 2020-21 school year. For more information, visit

Arizona Hearing Specialists is holding a hearing aid drive for St. Andrew’s Children’s Clinic, a nonprofit, non-denominational clinic in Nogales, Arizona. AHS is asking the community to donate used and new hearing aids through Sept. 30. All hearing aid donations are tax-deductible. Hearing aids can be dropped off at any of the three AHS locations: 7574 N. La Cholla Blvd. and 6969 E. Sunrise Dr., #200 in Tucson, and 512 E. Whitehouse Canyon Rd., #196 in Green Valley. For more information, visit

Allison Wexler has been named executive director of the Free Loan at the Jewish Federation. Wexler earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Syracuse University in 1991, and her M.Ed. from University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998. As a program associate for Tucson’s Jewish Community Center, she developed and managed programs related to diversity and inclusion; safety, respect, and equity; mental health; and women’s empowerment. Wexler joined the Handmaker board of directors in 2011, and currently serves as second vice chair.

Invisible Theatre was included in a front page New York Times article July 5 on novel ways theaters across the country are finding to put on shows in a pandemic (

The Tucson Museum of Art is scheduled to reopen July 30. The reopening includes the debut of the new Kasser Family Wing of Latin American Art. For more information, visit

Lori Riegel, Ph.D., has been named assistant principal at Mountain Rose Academy. She was previously development director for Arizona’s Children Association. Riegel recently earned her doctorate in Jewish education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a certificate in Jewish education from Hebrew College.

On May 6, the boards of the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona and the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona held a joint meeting that served as the Foundation’s annual meeting. Along with Anne Hameroff as board chair, the following Foundation officers and board members were ratified: Steve Rodgveller, vice chair/treasurer; Aaron Rottenstein, vice chair/secretary; Jane Ash, vice chair; Rob Glaser, vice chair; Neil Markowitz, vice chair; and Madeline Friedman, member-at-large. Jeff Katz is immediate past chair. Trustees include Morgan Abraham, Jennifer Cassius, Randy Davidson, Elizabeth Friman, Danny Gash, Leah Geistfeld, Melissa Goldfinger, Rachel Green, Josh Hurand, Brenna Lacey, and Jim Shiner.