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Congrats

Washington dairy farmer Austin Allred was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability Award by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy in recognition for his commitment to dairy farm sustainability.

The Building Industry Association of Washington has received the 2018 City Champion award in the Partners for Progress Award category from the Association of Washington Cities. The award was given for helping to pass Hirst and Foster “fix” legislation and for their efforts to ensure the consideration of city challenges during the process.

Travel consultant Chelsea Baird of Total Travel attended the official christening of Norwegian Bliss, the largest ship ever christened in Seattle, on May 30.

Journey Travel and Tours, Inc. was given three awards from the Western Association of Travel Agencies () including No. 1 cruise agency, No. 1 tour agency, and agency with the most growth through the year. This is the first time in 40 years all three awards have been given to the same agency.

Agents representing Journey Travel and Tours are Norma Jean Diaz, Sanja Torrence, Diana Emry, Diane Caldwell and Kayla Cedergreen.

 

Manson Middle and High School music teacher Matt Brown has been selected as the 2019 regional Teacher of the Year by the North Central Educational Service District. He will compete against eight other nominees for Teacher of the Year, which will be announced in September. Brown has been in education for 13 years and has a master’s degree in music from Sam Houston State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington. His teaching roles have included choir grades 7-12, band grades 5-12, jazz band, drumline and a guitar/piano course.

Manson High School Principal Don Vanderholm has accepted an offer to serve as Lind-Ritzville School District’s new superintendent. He has worked for the Manson School District for 11 years.

 

NCESD Superintendent Michelle Price was recently selected as the 2018 National Educational Administrator of the Year. She will be honored at the annual National Association of Education Office Professionals Awards Banquet during the NAEOP Annual Conference and Institute Awards Banquet in Bloomington, Minnesota, on July 18. Price has served as superintendent of the NCESD, based in Wenatchee, for the past year.

 

New faces, new jobs

Kyle Endelman has joined the Chelan County PUD as the new superintendent in the Parks Department. Endelman will oversee PUD parks in Chelan and on the Columbia River, including Rock Reach, Beebe Bridge, Chelan Falls, Powerhouse Park and Riverwalk Park.

Tracie Stubbs has joined the team at MJ Neal Associates, Architects PLLC as receptionist and administrative assistant. Stubbs is a graduate of Eastmont High School and has over 17 years of experience in customer service and relations, with the last 8 years being office management and reception. 

The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has announced the appointment of five additional advocacy committee members: Joe Holeman, JDSA Law; Melanie Wilhoite, Wenatchee PowerSports; Robert Sandidge, RLS Talent; Jess Monnette, Monnette & Cawley, P.S.; and Chris Goehner, Swire Coca-Cola.

Chad Duvall, LMT, has joined the Therapy Works team in East Wenatchee. Duvall, originally from Othello, has owned and operated the massage practice I.T. Massage in Western Washington for 20 years.

Kelly Thompson of Premier One Properties is now a managing broker at the firm, having recently passed the state Managing Broker Exam.

Alanna Peterson recently joined Biosports Physical Therapy as a physical therapy assistant. Peterson grew up in the Pacific Northwest and was led to the practice of physical therapy when her career as a yoga instructor inspired her to work in a holistic branch of health care. She earned her degree as a physical therapist assistant at Pima Medical Institute in Seattle in 2017.

Financial Alternatives, a PlanMember Financial Center, has welcomed Chris Avey as the newest financial adviser to the office.

 

Steve Lutz has joined the Produce Marketing Association as regional vice president-U.S and Canada West. Lutz will assist PMA members in his region to grow their business and educate them on resources available through the PMA and the association’s Center for Growing Talent. He will begin in June and will work from Wenatchee.

Jane Schuyleman has joined the North Central Educational Service District staff as receptionist/secretary. Schuyleman provides support for a variety of ESD programs, including Migrant Education and Migrant Health.

The Pateros School District has announced the hiring of Greg Goodnight as its new superintendent, replacing Lois Davies, beginning July 1. Goodnight graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and later received his master’s degree in administration from Gonzaga University and superintendent certificate from WSU. For the past three years, he has been principal of Selkirk Middle and High School in Ione.

The Manson School District has announced Dr. Heather Ireland as the new principal of Manson Middle School. Ireland has been with the district for 10 years, most recently serving as director of learning and special education director.

 

Staying on Top

CPAs Beth Bebe, Cindy Shales, Thea Roundy, Breeanna Strong and Tricia McCullough of Augustedge attended a payroll law seminar in Wenatchee on May 15. Topics included understanding the Fair Labor Standards Act, worker classification and non-exempt employees and compliance.

 

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