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Congratulations

AAA recently recognized two local facilities as AAA Top Shops: First Choice Collision Center and High Tech Automotive. Facilities that earn top honors as a AAA Top Shop have typically received customer satisfaction scores close to 100 percent during the last calendar year. 

Russell J. Speidel has been named in the 2018 edition of Washington Super Lawyers as one of the top attorneys in Washington. This year marks the 12th year Speidel has been selected for the honor. He is the only estate planning and probate lawyer in North Central Washington to receive this honor.

Washington school principals and administrators were honored at the 38th annual Washington Association of School Administrators and Association of Washington School Principals summer conference. Cascade High School Principal Elia Ala’ilima Daley was awarded the Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator award for the medium-size district category. Mike Hull, principal of the Pateros School District’s K-12 school, was awarded the Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator award for the small district category. The WASA Student Achievement Leadership Award went to John Boyd of Quincy. 

Chelan-Douglas Developmental Disabilities (CDD) honored Christopher Lutgen and Kathy Bangsund, community members employing people with disabilities, at its third-annual Partner Appreciation Luncheon on May 23. Lutgen, Wenatchee School District nutrition service director, was honored with the Outstanding Employer of the Year award for his contributions to equal employment opportunities by employing adults with disabilities. Bangsund, principal officer for Leavenworth & Upper Valley Employment Services (LUVES), was honored with the Exceptional Commitment, Innovation and Community Services award. She has made it her mission for the last 38 years to ensure that individuals with a developmental disability thrive in their communities through the power of adult-family homes, meaningful employment and social activities.

Douglas PUD Commissioner Ron Skagen has been appointed to serve on the American Public Power Association executive board. Skagen previously served on the APPA board as one of two representatives to Region 9. He will now serve as one of nine executives on the national board.

Peoples Bank has announced the promotion of Silver Garcia to real estate loan officer at its Wenatchee Financial Center. Born in Guatemala and raised in East Wenatchee, Garcia is a member of the Port of Douglas Leadership Roundtable and a volunteer at his local church.

Several local attorneys have been honored this year by Chelan Douglas County Volunteer Services. The Volunteer Attorney of the Month award recognizes attorneys’ pro bono work for those who otherwise couldn’t afford civil legal assistance. The honorees are:

  • February 2018: Scott Volyn of Volyn Law
  • March 2018: Steve Woods of Woods & Brangwin
  • April 2018: Jamie Mathey of Mathey Law
  • May 2018: Ryan Feeney of Feeney Law
  • June 2018: Mike Vannier of Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward

East Wenatchee’s Town Toyota dealership recently received Toyota Motor North America, Inc.’s President’s Award. It honors exceptional work ethic.

Three florists from Apple Blossom Floral in East Wenatchee were inducted July 2 into the American Institute of Designers in Washington, D.C. The inductees are owner Jeanne Davis and floral designers Cindy Lesmeister and Denise Lancaster.

New jobs, new faces

Debbie Senseney has joined AGENT509 Homes & Real Estate Group as a licensed broker. Senseney brings 20-plus years of advertising experience to the group. 

The Washington State Potato Commission has added Natalie McCullough to its staff as a summer communication intern. She will assist the organization with promotional events, serve as a potato ambassador and more. McCullough recently graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in communication and a minor in political science. 

Wells Fargo has announced Gil Luna as its Brewster branch manager. He has five years of financial experience, having spent time as a teller, customer service representative and insurance financial adviser. He joined Wells Fargo in 2017 as a personal banker in Omak. Luna graduated from Cashmere High School in 2011. He has actively served in the community as a volunteer for The Lighthouse Ministry and Fiestas Mexicanas in Wenatchee. 

Meghan Carranza has been named director of Washington State University’s Upward Bound programs in Okanogan County. Carranza earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Concordia University in Portland with a concentration in child and family development and a minor in business administration. 

The Wenatchee School District has announced Diana Haglund as its director of communications. She has served as the district’s Wenatchee Learns coordinator for the last six years and previously served as director of Central Washington University’s Wenatchee center. Haglund holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Grand Canyon University and a bachelor’s degree in public communication and marketing from the University of Idaho. 

Darrick Meyers joined the crew of Chelan Fire and Rescue last month. He is a state emergency medical technician and also certified as a wildland firefighter.

Staying on top

Kathy Z. Smithson of Smithson Insurance Services in East Wenatchee recently attended the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers Congressional Conference in Washington, D.C. Smithson met with elected officials on legislative issues regarding retirement planning in the U.S. as well as healthcare insurance issues. She is the longest-serving committee person on the Washington State Insurance Commissioner’s Agent/Broker Advisory committee. 

Ephrata detailer Bill “The Buff Man” Quinn is wrapping up his sixth year of detailing the original Air Force One plane. He joined 64 fellow detailing pros from across the nation at Seattle’s Museum of Flight July 15-22 in the annual preservation and cleaning. Other projects undertaken by the group this week included polishing Midnight Express, a Boeing B-52G Stratofortress Bomber, as well as the first Boeing 747 “Jumbo Jet.”

 

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