Abbe Goncharsky, an associate with the law firm of Lewis and Roca, has been elected to the board of the Information Technology Association of Southern Arizona, a group created to promote southern Arizona’s information technology businesses.
Goncharsky concentrates her practice on environmental law, technology and commercial litigation. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona law school.
Ronald L. Stearns has been hired by Clifton Gunderson’s Southwest Client Service Center as partner of the Assurance Services Group.
Formerly an audit partner in the assurance group of a big four accounting firm, Stearns has more than 28 years’ experience serving clients in Phoenix and Tucson. Clifton Gunderson is the 12th-largest CPA and consulting firm in the nation.
Nicholas M. Donofrio has been named the 2003 technology executive of the year by UA’s College of Engineering and the Eller College of Business and Public Administration. Donofrio is IBM’s senior vice president for technology and manufacturing.
He was honored at the annual Technology & Management Awards Luncheon on Thursday. Donofrio provides the strategic leadership for developing and commercializing advanced technology across IBM’s global operations.The engineering and business colleges also honored five other executives, all of whom are UA alumni. Those receiving awards were:
• Allen B. Rosenstein – who received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of Engineering – is the founder, chairman and CEO of Pioneer Magnetics and was on UCLA’s engineering faculty for 42 years. His work on automatic control systems, electric and electronic circuits, magnetics and electromagnetic machines has yielded five patents and provided the foundation for several companies to make these devices.
• Jon Underwood – who received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Eller College – is president of Scottsdale-based Desert Mountain Properties, a community that includes about 8,000 acres of homes and world-class golf courses. He and his wife, Tammy, have served on numerous UA boards.
• Tammy Underwood – who received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Eller College – has dedicated her life to community service. She has chaired numerous UA Alumni Association events, served as a Campaign Arizona Presidential Leadership team member and is a past president of the Friends of the Arizona Cancer Center board.
• J. Byron McCormick – who received a Distinguished Service Award from the College of Engineering – is executive director of General Motor’s Fuel Cell Technology and Commercialization activities and directs the company’s efforts to develop an economical and reliable hydrogen fuel cell for stationary power and auto applications.
• Lawrence A. Ponemon – who received a Distinguished Service Award from Eller College – is chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute, which is dedicated to advancing ethical information and privacy management practices in business and government.