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New jobs, new faces

The Numerica Performing Arts Center has added two part-time employees to its staff:

Althea Castro is the new graphic designer for the marketing department. She has done graphic design and worked with the local theater community for six years. She is the owner of Fabled Graphics.

Anna Colin is the new bookkeeper. She graduated from Central Washington University in 2013 with a degree in accounting. she has also been the controller for East Wenatchee Water District since 2015.

The North Central Educational Service District recently hired two new team members:

Kim Colwell will serve as an early intervention teacher in Grant County. She will be part of a multidisciplinary team to help parents understand the unique needs of their children while providing research-based strategies to promote positive outcomes.

Leticia Mendoza is a speech language pathology assistant. She will provide therapy to children with communication disorders, including intervention with speaking, articulation, listening and language.

The Grant County Commission has announced the hiring of Jim McKiernan as the new director of the Grant County Fairgrounds in Moses Lake. McKiernan has served as the interim director since June.

The Wenatchee Reclamation District hired two new staffers: district secretary Alice Meyer and district manager Waylon Marshall. They are replacing Rick Smith, who will retire at the end of September.

Cal Woolett has joined Numerica Credit Union as a financial adviser, CUSO Financial Services, L.P., for the Wenatchee Valley market. Woolett has 12 years of experience in wealth management and financial planning. He previously worked for VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc.

Homchick, Smith & Associates, P.L.L.C., has announced the addition of accountants Ryan Paauw, Karter Lindquist and Tristin Tingey to the firm.

Buckle, Inc. recently announced the hiring of Ivan Ayon as manager of the Wenatchee Valley Mall Buckle store. Ayon was a management trainee at the Kennewick store before being tabbed to lead to the Wenatchee location. He is a graduate of Columbia Basin College with a degree in criminal justice.

The North Central Educational Service District has added four employees to its team:

Kristi DeLozier and Angie Knudtson, secretaries with the professional services team

Greg King, network engineer II

Rudy Anaya, custodian/maintenance technician

Kevin Tomalty has joined CliftonLarsonAllen’s Wenatchee office as an associate. Tomalty previously worked in the Minneapolis office as a construction and real estate tax accounting intern.

Congratulations

Longtime fruit industry leader Dalton Thomas was presented the inaugural Impact Award at a ceremony held during the Asiafruit Congress in Hong Kong earlier this month. The award honors a person, company or institution who has made a significant impact in developing Asia’s fresh fruit business. Thomas was recognized for his pioneering contribution in developing Washington/U.S. fresh fruit exports to Asia, as well as sharing market insights with the industry and his career-long commitment to industry export programs. Thomas retired as president of Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers in 2017 after 52 years in the fruit business.

Foreman wireman Ray Phelps was awarded a 25-year service award by Douglas County PUD Commissioners Ronald Skagen, Molly Simpson and Aaron Viebrock.

Science teacher Veronique Paquette of Kenroy Elementary in East Wenatchee is one of five state-level finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Paquette is a national board-certified teacher.

Garden Terrace Senior Apartments has earned the 2018 Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by Guidestar, an information service specializing in reporting on nonprofit companies.

The Washington Wine Industry Foundation presented a check for $15,000 to the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP). Accepting the check was NWIRP Executive Director Jorge L. Barón.

Washington Apple Education Foundation hosted its sixth annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast and honored volunteers for exceptional service to the foundation and for impacting the lives of local students through educational opportunities. Volunteers honored were:

Alumni Volunteer of the Year: Xochitl Velazquez of Wenatchee

Individual Volunteer of the Year: Steve Clive of Wenatchee

Volunteer Company/Group of the Year: Washington Fruit & Produce of Yakima

 

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