Richard H. Silverman, general manager of Salt River Project, announced his plan to retire in August. Silverman, 70, has been at SRP for 45 years. "The reservoirs are full and our work force is well prepared for the challenges ahead," Silverman said in a press release. "With a slow but sure economic recovery expected, I believe it's an appropriate time to start transitioning to a new management team." He joined SRP as an attorney in 1966, serving in a number of legal and senior management positions, and was named general manager in 1994. Silverman is a past chair of the Arizona Community Foundation, Greater Phoenix Leadership, The Barrow Foundation, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center Board and the Heard Museum. He is a board member of the Translational Genomics Research Institute and the University of Arizona Foundation, among other organizations. Silverman's successor is expected to be named later this year.
Ellen Sacks has joined the board of Jewish Free Loan. Sacks was director of grants and communications at the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix until 2010. Before that, she served as a grants officer for Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger. "I hope that my experience working with the Jewish community and the nonprofit world will be of benefit to JFL," Sacks said in a press release. "I also hope that my communication and marketing skills can be of assistance."
Arizona Jewish Historical Society has named Serene Rock as events and programming coordinator. Rock will be responsible for marketing and coordinating rental events held at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, as well as managing educational programming at the center. "I think she is a great fit for our organization," Executive Director Larry Bell said in a press release. "She has a strong educational background in business administration, coupled with working experience in libraries and archives, which covers a lot of what we do."
Steven N. Berger, co-founding shareholder of Engelman Berger P.C., has been appointed as a lawyer representative from the District of Arizona to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. Berger will serve a three-year term in the position, which involves bringing together feedback to and from the federal circuit, district court and bankruptcy judges as well as to and from lawyers practicing in federal courts in Arizona. He has practiced primarily in federal bankruptcy law matters for more than 25 years in Arizona and has been an active participant in State Bar of Arizona committees, continuing legal education efforts, and other civic and community improvement efforts.