New Way Academy Part of Social Venture Partners Arizona’s Fast Pitch Competition

AZTC member New Way Academy‘s Abbey Ross is among eight nonprofit leaders who will pitch their passion to an audience of over 400 at the Social Venture Partners Arizona Fast Pitch competition on the evening of Wednesday, March 4 at the Tempe Center of the Arts. These nonprofits and their organizations are competing for a chance to win over $50,000 in prize money to go to their very impactful programs and services.  This event is being presented by Captivation Sponsors Arizona Community Foundation, Mac 6 and the Kiita Foundation. Additional support from Collaboration Sponsors APS, ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, Copper Point Mutual, Go Daddy, High Frequency Entertainment, Osborn Maledon, and SRP make this event possible.

The Eight Finalists Are:
Angels on Patrol - Jacqui MacConnell
Be a Leader Foundation - Gary Trujillo
Neighbors Who Care - Eric Ehst
New Way Academy - Abbey Ross
One Step Beyond, Inc. – Madison Rogers
Phoenix Community Toolbank - Jana Smith
Playworks Arizona - Valencia Winfrey
SOUNDS Academy - Kirk Johnson

For more information on the event and to learn about the ventures pitching, please visit

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Young Latinas get Glimpse of Options

The Maricopa Community Colleges (MCC) and Intel employee are working together to invite middle and high school Latinas to community college campuses to learn more about possible education and career paths in STEM, and listen to other Latinas who have succeeded at these careers.

Members of Intel’s Latina Outreach Working Group noticed that Hispanic pre–college girls were not fully aware of the opportunities available beyond traditional roles. It is through the MCC’s annual Hermanas events they see a way to spread the word.

Hermanas is one of nearly 60 events that MCC campuses are hosting for this year’s statewide SciTech Festival, Arizona’s largest celebration of science and technology. For a list of MCC events open to the public, visit

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New Director of STEM Network

Science Foundation Arizona has named public policy expert Ken Quartermain to be director of its Arizona STEM Network, a collaboration among businesses, educators, government and philanthropy with the common agenda to graduate more Arizona students prepared for the global STEM economy.

For the past six years, Quartermain was government affairs lobbyist for Public Policy Partners, which represents the Arizona Technology Council and its member companies. In his work with the Council, he was responsible for creating and expanding tax policy, capital formation and economic development initiatives.

In addition, Quartermain has represented a number of Arizona school districts, which prompted his passion to put technology and STEM curriculum into every K-12 classroom in the state.

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Study Aid Targets Nursing Students

Picmonic for Nursing beta has been launched as research-proven study aid that uses pictorial mnemonics to help students excel in their nursing studies and improve performance on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX exam). Picmonic is headquartered in Tempe.

Based on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s Exam Statistics & Publications, almost 90,000 (30 percent) of all nursing student exam takers did not pass the NCLEX® exam in 2014 —an increase of 3 percent from 2013.

Research shows that by transforming traditional text-based information into vivid, interactive Picmonics, students can increase their long-term memory retention by more than 300 percent and improve exam performance by 50 percent. More than 28,000 nursing students have already been using the Picmonic for Nursing beta with success.

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IP is Expertise of New Associate

Timothy Fontes has joined the national law firm Polsinelli in its Phoenix office as an associate. He draws upon his combined background of business and technology to provide a broad spectrum of guidance in the areas of trademark, copyright, patent and other forms of intellectual property law.

Fontes will help the firm’s intellectual property clients on technical issues related to medical devices, semiconductors, analog and digital circuits, audiology devices, software, networking and Internet technology, media technology, and other computer electrical and mechanical devices. He earlier was admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Microsoft Vet Joins GoDaddy

Lauren Antonoff, an 18-year veteran leader at Microsoft, has been named senior vice president of digital identity for GoDaddy of Scottsdale. In this new role, Antonoff will lead the effort to focus on enabling small businesses to create and manage all aspects of their digital identity.

At Microsoft, Antonoff had leadership positions across SharePoint, Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, and Outlook Express for Mac. She also founded the company’s Step-Up program to increase the number of women in senior management roles by helping participants become stronger candidates.

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CPA named COO for Law Firm

John T. Skewes, a certified public accountant in Arizona and California, has joined Phoenix-based Jennings, Strouss & Salmon as its new chief operating officer. Skewes has been a member of numerous business and civic organizations in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Previously, he served as director of pricing and office manager for the Phoenix office of Clark Hill, a Detroit-based law firm. Skewes’ experience includes economic development of the practice groups and coordination of alternative fee arrangements for clients of multiple practice groups.

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Agreement for New Flight Systems

Piedmont Airlines has chosen Tucson-based Universal Avionics to provide GPS-based flight management systems (FMS) for retrofit of the carrier’s Dash 8 series 100 fleet. The pact is in addition to a previous award to provide multi-function displays for the same fleet.

Piedmont has been a long-term operator of Universal Avionics FMS in its Q300 fleet. The new FMS will permit flying the most complex procedures, such as a heading to altitude, precision arc, procedure turn and holding pattern—all maneuvers necessary to accurately fly standard instrument departures, standard terminal arrival routes and approaches.

In turn, pilots will gain the quickest, most efficient means of creating flight plans, and the most pilot-friendly method of altering the flight plan elements as desired or as required by air traffic control. Modifications will be completed this year.

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