People on the Move – July 26, 2013

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Ent Federal Credit Union hired Ryan McMullen as a corporate lending officer. McMullen has more than 10 years’ experience in the financial services industry, most recently as a commercial banker at Adams Bank & Trust where he managed all aspects of commercial loan portfolios. A Colorado native, McMullen earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from UCCS. He sits on the board of directors of Safe Passage.

Ballard Spahr partner Christopher W. Payne, leader of the firm’s resort and hotel practice group, has been named chairman of the Colorado Bar Association’s Real Estate Section Council. The council monitors and reports on judicial, legislative, and other developments that affect the practice of real estate law in Colorado.

Rocky Mountain Health Plans has named Monique B. Roth to the newly created position of director, sales and service. Working from the nonprofit health plan’s Denver office, Roth will be responsible for statewide commercial sales and service.

Psychotherapist Ann-Marie Manning was elected president of Kidpower of Colorado, a Colorado Springs nonprofit that teaches youths how to reduce the risk of abuse, assault and abduction. She previously worked at Colorado College as director of development and at the Southern Colorado AIDS Project (S-CAP) as executive director. Manning received a bachelor’s degree in human services from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a master’s in social work from Colorado State University. Kidpower’s new vice president, Clif Northam, has worked at the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in a variety of roles since 1994. Northam began his law enforcement career in 1982 as a police officer in Maryland. He earned a bachelor’s degree in behavioral and social science/criminal justice from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Colorado Springs Country Club has hired Michelle Hassler as food and beverage manager. Hassler brings 25 years’ experience in food and beverage and extensive wine knowledge, most recently as general manager of Colorado Mountain Brewery on Interquest Parkway. Previously, Hassler was sommelier at The Club at Flying Horse from 2008-2012. Hassler’s wine career began during her 10 years at The Blue Star, where she earned accolades as director of the wine program.

AT&T announced that Amber Tafoya has been named director of external affairs for Colorado. Tafoya will assist AT&T’s legislative and community affairs activities throughout Colorado and will be involved with new technology deployment and infrastructure investment. Tafoya earned a juris doctorate from University of Colorado School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in Spanish from Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Tom Laskey has recently joined ERA Shields Real Estate, after experiencing many successful years as a Realtor in Nashville, Tenn. Laskey has lived in Colorado Springs twice previously.

The Independence Center hired Nicholas DeSutter as emergency preparedness planner. DeSutter brings a depth of knowledge to the position, which will require engagement with consumers and the community as well as county and city officials around the issues of emergency preparedness for people with disabilities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ball State, numerous FEMA certifications, and is pursuing graduate studies in emergency management and homeland security at the University of Colorado-Denver.