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Kari Hertzog, teacher at Wenatchee High School, was awarded the WHS Panther P.R.I.D.E fourth quarter award. The Panther P.R.I.D.E program recognizes teachers and school staff that create a positive and safe learning environment for students, staff and the community.

Kristin Joy Wilks of Peshastin was named a finalist in the published articles and unpublished children’s book categories of the Cascade Awards. The annual writing contest is part of the Oregon Christian Writers Program, winners will be announced during its summer writing conference in Portland on Aug. 17.

David Heiling recently joined Total Travel as a travel consultant and marketing coordinator. Heiling was with The Wenatchee World for three years working as a sports reporter and editor.

The Wenatchee Valley YMCA recently hired:

  • Tessa Makximenko, youth program director
  • Janessa Russ, aquatic director

Michelle Morgan recently joined The Enterpreneur’s Source as an alternative career coach. Morgan also completed the organization’s phase 1 training program in Southbury, Connecticut.

Brian Vertrees was recently named the director of business development-west by Naturipe Farms. Vertrees, of Wenatchee, has been working for Naturipe Farms remotely since 2011.

Wynne Stewart, nationally certified hypnotherapist, participated in the statewide “Serve Those who Served us” convention at the Wenatchee Convention Center. The convention, provided by Washington State Veterans Affairs, included information about traumatic brain injury, post traumatic stress vs. moral injury and suicide prevention.

Leanne Wylet, The Kettlebell Lady, recently completed a marketing consultant certification through Lurn, Inc. Copy Writing Academy. Wylet is one of the organization’s founding members.

Rep. Dan Newhouse was honored with the Spirit of Enterprise Award at the Tri-City Regional Chamber’s August Membership Luncheon in Pasco on Aug. 23.

Pasado’s Safe Haven recognized two local representatives for exceptional work in animal cruelty investigations during the annual Bucky Award Ceremony Aug. 25 at Pybus Public Market:

  • Sergeant Sandra Larsen, Wenatchee Valley Humane Society
  • Deputy Prosecutor Andrew Van Winkle, of the Chelan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

Teresa Summers was recently elected as a member of Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center’s board. Summers has 33 years of experience in the financial industry.

The Community Foundation of North Central Washington has hired two new staff members:

  • Erika Orsulak, director of education programs. Orsulak recently worked for the National Scholarship Providers Association and Washington Women in Need.
  • Claire Oatey, director of community grants. Oatey has several years of experience in the nonprofit sector.

Guild Mortgage recently hired:

  • Bill Berman, licensed mortgage loan originator. Berman has an background in business management and customer service.
  • Mekila Jones, mortgage transaction coordinator. Jones has four years of experience in the mortgage industry and a background in marketing and loan coordination.
  • Karla Mullins, licensed mortgage loan originator. Mullins has two years of experience in lending and processing.

Emily’s Classic Nails opened Aug. 21 at 25 N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee. The business is owned and operated by Emily Olson.

Cashmere artist Dan McConnell and his son Aaron McConnell of Portland, Oregon, took the first-place award ($500) in the Homer C. Davenport International Cartoon Contest held last month in Silverton, Oregon. Dan McConnell also captured a fifth-place honor for a political cartoon in the contest’s People’s Choice catergory.

Leanne Wylet, The Kettlebell Lady, was recognized as the featured fitness trainer for the third week of August by the National Osteoporosis Foundation and the Medical Fitness Directory. 

Jerald Sargent, owner of Slabjack Geotechnical in East Wenatchee, recently presented a training class on concrete slab raising, void filling, foundation stabilization and other applications for geotechnical foam in Chicago, Ill.

Mark Swanson, regional retail banking manager at People’s Bank, has expanded his territory to include Chelan and Douglas counties.

Gaylen Willet, of Gaylen Willett Insurance in Chelan, was selected by United Healthcare to serve on the AARP Services Inc. Agent Advisory Council. Willett is one of only 12 health insurance agents nationwide selected.

Lora Zamudio, bilingual receptionist at Cascade Medical Center, was nominated as employee of the quarter for the second quarter of 2017.

Cascade Medical Center has recently hired:

  • Kelly Boeing, physician assistant. Boeing is one of eight family practice providers at the clinic.
  • Katie Faw, DPT, physical therapist. Faw joins the rehab services department.
  • Katelin Toevs, RD, Dietitian. Toevs joins the family practice clinic. Her medical interests include gastro-intestinal diseases, pediatrics and diabetes.

Leslie McNamara has been named the fifth member of the Three Rivers Hospital Board. McNamara has a background in finance, real estate, law and education.

Collete Jones of GiddyUp Salon and Spa in Okanogan had a photo selected as photo of the week for Sept. 6 by Bangstyle.com. The website selects six inspiring hair images weekly to share with a worldwide audience. Jones also recently participated in London Fashion Week as a hairstylist for the models.

Jeri Stephens of Advanced Home Care Northwest of Wenatchee, will continue her role as administrator after an acquisition with Healthy Options Home Care. She has been a home care administrator for 11 years.

Email your business news to francis@wenatcheeworld.com.