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Ed Cheek, formerly of CliftonLarsonAllen, retired April 30. His retirement was celebrated during an open house from June 1 at the firm. Cheek has worked in accounting since 1971.

Loren and Norma Holthaus were named educators of the year by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. They taught more than half of the hunter education classes in Okanogan County for 2016, certifying 108 new hunters.

Ramon Rivera, of Wenatchee High School, was honored as a CMA Music Teacher of Excellence at an awards reception on April 26 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. Rivera is the director of the high school’s Mariachi Huenachi program.

Juan Carlos Diaz has joined Laura Mounter Real Estate & Co. as an agent.

Casey King, of Homchick, Smith and Associates, has been promoted to senior.

First American Title has announced the following transfers and hires:

  • Hilary Jessup-Parker, escrow officer, has transferred to the Chelan branch.
  • Liz Madden joined the Chelan branch as a title assistant.
  • Lori Arkills has joined the Wenatchee branch as an escrow officer.

John M. Brangwin, attorney at Woods & Brangwin, recently completed advanced training on DUI defense during the DUI Defense Lawyers Association’s spring seminar in Austin, Texas.

Joanne Dalinkus, Emilie Fogel, Diana Hernandez, Anita Janis, Steve Kolk and Jody Underwood recently completed a 40-hour basic mediation training course at the Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center.

Steve Wells, Janet Wells, and LaPerria Velazquez, of Spruce and Willow Home, attended a gift buying show at the Las Vegas World Market Center Jan 21-23. Also attending were Bill Wells, Diane Wells and Jose Velazquez.

Leanne Wylet, The Kettlebell Lady, recently attended a continuing education seminar titled “Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior.”

Steven R. Jacobs, Vice President of Finance at Confluence Health, was named the public member of the Washington State Health Care Facilities Authority. Jacobs was formerly the Chief Financial Officer of Central Washington Hospital.

The Chelan Douglas Bar Association announced several award winners during its Law Day Luncheon May 12. The Law Day event raised for $8,000 to benefit the Chelan Douglas Volunteer Attorney Services program.

  • LuAnne Nelson, Chelan County Court Reporter, Career of Excellence Award. Nelson worked for the Chelan County Superior Court for 33 years and retired in June.
  • Diana McLean, CASA Volunteer, Legal Services Volunteer of the Year. McLean has donated over 900 hours and traveled over 30,000 miles for the program in the last four years.
  • Jess Monnette, attorney at Monnette & Cawley, Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. Monnette has donated over 30 pro-bono hours as a Housing Justice Project volunteer in 2016.
  • DeForest Neil Fuller, attorney, Professionalism Award. Fuller was recognized for accomplishing an extraordinary level of professionalism throughout his career.
  • Bart Vandegrift, Chelan County court commissioner, President’s Award. Vandegrift was recognized for his long-standing career as an attorney and his public service as a court commissioner for Chelan County Superior Court.
  • Chelan Douglas Volunteer Attorney Services has announced its Volunteer Attorney of the Month winners:
  • Devon Gray, Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward, March. Gray assisted a low-income couple facing an unexpected debt collection lawsuit.
  • Robert Hunter, Hunter Law Firm, April. Hunter donated over 20 hours of time to help a vulnerable woman return to her home.

Journey Travel and Tours, Inc. recently won the top cruise and tour agency award from Westa, a marketing cooperative that serves travel agencies in the Western U.S. Journey has won the top tour company award for six years and top cruise agency for four years.

Sarah P. Bagdon will join Bagdon’s Custom Cabinets and Doors as owner and partner. Bagdon will join her husband Larry Bagdon working at the family business. She is the former owner of Sarah’s Hang Up and also worked as a sales manager for Saint Laurent Winery and Stemilt Creek Winery.

The Okanogan County PUD honored the following employees for their service:

  • JJ Boettger, information systems technician, 10 years
  • Nick Christoph, construction permit coordinator, 10 years
  • Ryan Lafferty, senior distribution engineer, 10 years
  • Jim Hensarling, senior distribution engineer, 20 years
  • Mark Pritchard, operations manager, 25 years

Central Washington Hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines — Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing appropriate stroke treatment using research-based guidelines.

Marianne Haukli has joined North Central Educational Service District as a receptionist/secretary. Haukli has over 20 years of experience in school district and customer service fields.

Sherry Sloan, business manager for the Okanogan School District, has accepted a new position as the business manager for the Methow Valley School District.

Gaylen Willett, of Gaylen Willett Insurance in Chelan, completed eight credits of continuing education classes at the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors’ Jumbo CE Seminar in Leavenworth April 21. Willett also attended the state NAIFA convention May 24-26 in Chelan. She is the local NAIFA secretary.

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett was installed as president of Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs during WASPC’s annual conference May 22 through 25 in Spokane. Burnett previously served one-year terms as vice president and president elect. His current term will run from May 2017 through May 2018.

Central Washington Hospital received the American Heart Association’s Mission Lifeline Gold Plus Stemi Award. Eligible hospitals must adhere to specific criteria and standards of performance for appropriate treatment of patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction.

Julie Mott has joined SCJ Alliance as a project coordinator. Mott is a native of Washington state and graduated from Gonzaga University.

Beth Beebe staff accountant with Augustedge, attended the QuickBooks online advanced certification exam prep training course May 31-June 1 in Seattle.

David A. Kazemba, of Overcast Law Offices, was a featured speaker for the National Business Institute’s May 23 national teleconference “Estate Planning for Farmers: New Rules and Top Challenges.”

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