News from the world of business in North Central Washington
Barbara Walters, executive director for North Central Regional Library, has been appointed to the Library Council of Washington. She will represent rural libraries that serve more than 100,000 patrons, as well as serving as a catalyst for developing and implementing new programs and services and advising state officials on the use of federal funds for libraries.
Political cartoonist Dan McConnell was accepted into publication for MAD magazine with two cartoons published on Jan. 2 and 4.
Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan recently donated $25,000 to the Chelan Valley Housing Trust, originally the Affordable Housing Initiative in Chelan.
Golf Course Superintendent of Leavenworth Golf Club Ivan Gibbs recently attended the annual conference of the Northwest Turfgrass Association (NTA) in Walla Walla where he was elected by members to serve on the Board of the NTA. This is a 3-year term and he will be serving on the Education Committee.
Executive Director of the YWCA NCW, Jenny Pratt, recently attended the National Association of YWCA Executive Directors (NAYE) conference and was nominated to the NAYE Board of Directors.
Eight Wenatchee School District teachers have achieved National Board certification and 10 received recertification:
New National Board certified teachers: Emily Wilgus, Lewis and Clark Elementary; Caitilyn Velasquez, Lewis and Clark Elementary; Graham Stansbery, WestSide High School; Diane Owen, Wenatchee High School; Amy Kerker, Washington Elementary; Kari Hertzog, Foothill Middle School; Theresa Brandt, Lewis and Clark Elementary; Beth Anne Sykes, Transition House
Recertified teachers: Kathy Anderson, GLAD Trainer; Moira Armen, Columbia Elementary; Scott Benner, Wenatchee High School; Adele Caemmerer, Orchard Middle School; Justin Carvitto, Instructor of the Deaf; Susan Cox, Pioneer Middle School; Patrice Dahlin, Orchard Middle School; Jana Sutton, Washington Elementary; Brian Vickery, Pioneer Middle School; Dianna Williams, Lincoln Elementary
Senior planner Charity Duffy of SCJ Alliance’s Wenatchee office was honored with the Entrepreneurial Award.
Carolina Torres, horticulturist and Washington State University alumna, has been named the university’s first Endowed Chair in Tree Fruit Postharvest Systems. Torres will help tree fruit growers and packers bring produce to consumers more profitably and sustainably.
Wenatchee School District first quarter Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Award winners were recognized in front of their peers during meetings and celebrations in November and December:
Grades K-5: Shawna Hawkins, Shayne Rennie, Jennifer Christensen
Grades 6-8: Elissa Johnston, Tracey Sleeper, Ray Birks
Grades 9-12: Jill Svilar, Mitzi Southard
Operational: Adam Richmond, Deveri Hall
Classified: Heather Bertomeu, Josette Tran, Brenda Webley
Administration: Jim Beeson
New jobs, new faces
Linda Bondo has joined Augustedge Real Estate as managing broker. She brings more than 30 years experience to Augustedge.
Clay Schoengarth has been announced as the managing sales manager and a senior loan consultant at Caliber Home Loans in Wenatchee. He has more than 20 years experience in the residential mortgage industry.
Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council has announced Cassie Rios of Washington Trust Bank joined the nonprofit’s board of directors in December.
Homchick, Smith & Associates, P.L.L.C., has announced the addition of Allison Arkle, CPA, and Kassidy Metcalfe, accountant, to the firm.
James Mitchell, Douglas County civil deputy prosecuting attorney, was recently appointed by the Chelan County Commission to the North Central Regional Library board of directors for a seven-year term, replacing Dana Schmidt who is retiring.
The Lake Chelan Community Hospital and Clinics board unanimously named interim CEO Steve Patonai as the organization’s permanent CEO at their regular board meeting on Dec. 20.
YWCA NCW has recently announced the hiring of three new staff members:
Alyssa Martinez-Garcia is the new deputy director. Her duties will include program development, supervisory duties, and acting in the absence of Executive Director Jenny Pratt.
Dusty Mahoney has been announced as the new landlord liaison and will be working with the city of Wenatchee to offer Rent Smart, a monthly workshop offered to local tenants in which they learn landlord-tenant law, how to be a good tenant, and rights as a renters, in addition to creating relationships and partnerships between local landlords and property management companies.
Kathy Blauman is the new housing specialist with experience in homeless housing programs from Haven of Hope and a degree from Central Washington University.
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