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Focus HR, Inc. hires news anchor and community leader Kristi Tedesco 

Veteran journalist and award-winning community advocate, Kristi Tedesco, has signed on as director of marketing & sales for Focus HR, Inc.

Tedesco has enjoyed a 23-year career in broadcast journalism, and is joining Focus HR, Inc. in its ongoing mission to support small and medium-sized businesses in 29 states, plus the District of Columbia.

“Our mission is to deliver a trusted full suite of human resource solutions to Arizona Businesses with excellence and integrity,” said Tracy Cole, founder and president of Focus HR, Inc. “Kristi is an elite marketing leader with superb talent. She will drive value and success for our team and clients.”

Kristi thought long and hard about making the right career move. “I need to spend more time with my sons, 15-year-old Jonny and 12-year-old Connor,” said Kristi. “The T.V. news schedule wasn’t matching their needs anymore and Focus HR, Inc’s commitment to relationships and ‘doing the right thing’ speaks my language.”

Kristi grew up in Tucson and graduated from the University of Arizona in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. She will help refine Focus HR, Inc.’s public message and will work directly with new clients.

Kirsten Linaker joins Davenport & Davenport

Dr. Kirsten Linaker, DMD, recently joined the acclaimed dentists at Davenport & Davenport Dental Practice in Tucson. A Tucson native, Linaker attended Ironwood Ridge High School and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of San Diego. She then moved to Phoenix and completed her Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health.

Dr. Linaker is a member of the American Dental Association, Arizona Dental Association and Southern Arizona Dental Society. During dental school, she worked in community health centers, providing dental care to the underserved. She has a passion for service and will continue to give back to the Tucson community.

Excited to be returning home to her friends and family, Dr. Linaker said, “I feel blessed to have the opportunity to return to Tucson and to be a part of a practice focused on compassionate service to our patients. I strive to carry on the legacy of providing the highest standard of care, while working alongside the Davenports.”


Pima Federal Credit Union appoints new chief operating officer

Pima Federal Credit Union recently announced the appointment of John M. Parillo to the position of CEO. Parillo joins Pima Federal with more than 16 years of experience and knowledge within the financial services industry and will oversee the credit union’s operations and technology departments.

He comes from Hingham Institution for Savings, a $2 billion bank located in the Boston area, where he held the position of vice president. There, he was responsible for operations, retail banking, digital banking, security and the bank’s specialized deposit group.

Parillo holds a bachelor of science in accountancy and an MBA in information systems and technology from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He came to Arizona to take advantage of the outdoors, and enjoys mountain biking, hiking and riding his motorcycle.


Christopher Gordon Joins TMA as chief financial officer

The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block has named Christopher Gordon as chief financial officer to replace Alan Hershowitz, who retired after serving the museum for four years.

Gordon comes from the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, where he has been the vice president of finance since 2008.

He was an integral member of the management team that has strategically driven MOLAA from a “founder’s museum” to a self-sustaining operation. He also served as interim managing director for nine months during a search for a new president and CEO.

“Christopher’s involvement in the strategic direction of MOLAA makes him an excellent fit for TMA and for our vision for the museum in the 21st century,” said TMA CEO Jeremy Mikolajczak. “We have so many initiatives directed toward the financial sustainability and growth of our museum that we need a CFO with his level of experience and drive. He is a great addition.”

Prior to joining MOLAA, Gordon was a vice president at the Robert Gumbiner Foundation in Long Beach, California, which founded MOLAA in 1996. He also held positions at the Ethnic Art Institute of Micronesia on the island of Yap, Micronesia, and was a Union State manager for theatre companies in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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