Networking — February 2016

NCC receives accreditation

The Northwest Cancer Clinic in Kennewick was awarded national accreditation from the American College of Radiation Oncology for its clinical practice standards and care given to patients undergoing radiation treatment in 2013. The radiation oncology program at the Northwest Cancer Clinic is the only cancer treatment facility in Benton and Franklin counties to hold the ACRO accreditation. Northwest Cancer Clinic is affiliated with 21st Century Oncology, a national provider of integrated cancer care services.

Chamber announces awards

The West Richland Chamber of Commerce had its annual awards ceremony in early February at the Sandberg event center. More than 100 people attended the event.

The award winners were: Best Creative Marketing, Tracy Hill, 4 Paws DogWorks; Customer Focused Business of the Year, Scott Whistman, Washington Trust Bank; Female Business Leader of the Year, Holley Sowards, Sunset Gardens; Nonprofit of the Year, Michael Novakovich, Tri-City Cancer Center; Outstanding Business, Preston House, Papa John’s; Outstanding Chamber Member, AJ Hill, Benton County Fires District No. 4 Commissioners; Outstanding Volunteer, Bob Marshall, West Richland Rentals & Benton County Fire District No. 4; Solopreneur of the Year, Sonja Yearsly, Sonja Photography; Outstanding Senior Volunteers, Dee Rohrman and Judy Calking; Herb Ganz Community Spirit Award, City of West Richland Maintenance Department; A.D.D. Award, presented to member most likely to be distracted by looks & something shiny, Matt Peery, Benton REA PowerNet and Chamber president; Duct Tape Award, presented to the member who is able to fix just about anything, Troy Berglund, Benton REA PowerNet and Chamber past president; Running with the Bulls Award, presented to the biggest risk taker, Dorothy Hunter, chamber board member; Social Butterfly Award, for member who spends the most time on social media, Joe Peterson, Joe Peterson Insurance.

WSU-TC director earns award

Danielle Kleist, director of student life at Washington State University Tri-Cities, has earned a national award for promoting student learning and personal development.

Kleist was presented with the 2016 Doris Michiko Ching Award for Excellence as a student affairs professional from NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in High Education was renamed to honor NASPA’s first minority female board of director’s chairwoman.

NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession. It has 15,000 members in 50 states, 25 countries and eight U.S. territories.

PNNL appoints scientists

Allison Campbell and Louis Terminello have been selected as the inaugural associate laboratory directors of two recently created science directorates at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Campbell, a chemist, will head the Earth and Biological Sciences Directorate and Terminello, also a chemist, will head the Physical and Computational Sciences Directorate. Both have been serving in acting roles leading their respective organizations since Oct. 1, when the laboratory created a new structure to increase the impact of its science mission.

Together, Campbell and Terminello are responsible for programs of the Department of Energy’s Office of Sciences — the largest single supporter of research staff at PNNL — working to deliver scientific innovation and impact to address some of the most challenging problems in science today.

The pair has extensive experience working closely with organizations that fund PNNL and its researchers — recognizing scientific problems of national importance early on, forming collarboations within PNNL and beyond to tackle those challenges, and recruiting the best scientific talent to make discoveries in the laboratory.

Petersen Hastings becomes NAPFA meeting

Petersen Hasting is now a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, or NAPFA. Five of the company’s advisors, Jeffrey Petersen CFP®, Scott Sarber CFP®, Blaine Carr CFP®, Josh Chittenden CFP® and Kevin Floyd CFP® are listed as Advisors, and Matt Neff CRPC®, Matthew Petersen and Donna Yakawich CPA® are listed by Associates.

The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors is the country’s leading professional association of fee-only financial advisors—highly trained professionals who are committed to working in the best interests of those they serve.

Petersen Hastings is a registered investment advisor in Kennewick.

Students nominated

Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-WA, has nominated a number of Tri-Cities’ students for consideration to attend U.S. military academies including West Point, the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy.

Students nominated to West Point: Charles Landefield, a Southridge High School senior and son of John and Jodi Landefield of Kennewick; and Clayton Porcaro, a Hanford High School senior and son of Paul and Melissa Porcano of Richland.

Students nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy were: Nicolas Fraga, a Hanford High School senior and son of Carlos and Trish Fraga; Alexandria Fredrickson, a Hanford High School senior and daughter of John and Suzetta Frederickson of Richland; Seth King, a senior at Hanford High School and son of Dale and Mary King of Pasco; and Robert Leam, a Richland High School graduate who is currently serving in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Leam is the son of Julian and Elaine Leam of Richland.

The U.S. Air Force Academy nominees are: Carson Bergstrom, a Pasco High School senior, and the son of Daniel and Christina Bergstrom of Pasco; Austin Dreyer, a Hanford High School senior and the son of Christopher and Pam Dreyer of West Richland; Lakota Wills, a Richland High School senior and the son of Jerrell and Jamie Wills of Richland; and Fraga and Fredrickson, who were also nominated for the U.S. Naval Academy.

Logan joins City of Richland

Hollie Logan has joined the City of Richland as its new communications and marketing manager. Logan previously worked for MacKay Sposito headquartered in Vancouver, with offices in the Tri-Cities. Logan volunteers for Junior Achievement, is the past chairwoman of the Mid-Columbia Make a Difference Day Committee. She currently serves as a delegate for the Tri-Cities Legislative Council.

Logan will lead the Communications Division, which includes cable communications and green living.

SCORE adds self

Trista Self, founder and CEO of Logic & Ledgers, has joined Mid-Columbia Tri-Cities SCORE as a certified business mentor.

Currently the local SCORE chapter ranks near the top in several categories nationwide and is the leading chapter in all performing services in the state.

Sayre earns award

Farmers National Company, a leading farm and ranch management and brokerage company, recently recognized Flo Sayre with membership in the Farmers National Company President’s Circle.

Sayre, real estate managing broker with Farmers National Company, received the company’s top award for real estate sales in 2015.

Trios adds hospitalist

Jaime Dominguez M.D. has joined Trios Health’s hospitalist team to provide care to admitted patients at Trios Southridge Hospital.

Since 2011, Dr. Dominguez has been a physician at Quincy Valley Medical Center in Quincy. Before that, he worked for Wenatchee Valley Medical Center’s Moses Lake Clinic and for Samaritan Hospital, both in Moses Lake.

Dominguez completed a residency in internal medicine at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in Bronx, N.Y. He completed medical studies at Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Dominguez is board certified in internal medicine.

Professor ranked 30th

A study published in the Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism ranked Robert Harrington, professor of hospitality and wine business management at Washington State University Tri-Cities, 30th in the world for productivity based on research impact in his field.

The study, ‘Assessing Faculty Productivity by Research Impact: Introducing Dp2 Index,’ ranked hospitality scholars on four criteria: quality, quantity, consistency and longevity.

Harrington ranked 30th on total number of citations, number of citations per publication and number of citations per publication per year.

LaVoy appointed as CEO

IsoRay Inc. (NYSE MKT:ISR), a medical technology company and innovator in seed brachytherapy and medical radioisotope applications for the treatment of prostate, rain, lung, head and neck and gynecological cancers, has appointed Thomas LaVoy as CEO. LaVoy was previously appointed chairman of the board when the former chairman retired on Jan. 7.

LaVoy has served on the board of directors since 2005. He has more than 35 years of experience leading and building successful, publicly-traded businesses.

Board elects 2016 officers

In January, Port of Kennewick Commissioner Don Barnes took his oath of office. Barnes retained his position on the board in the past election.

Barnes will serve a six-year term as port Commissioner representing District 1, joining Commissioner Tom Moak, District 2 and Commissioner Skip Novakovich, District 3.

The Commission elected board officers to serve in the upcoming year. Novakovich will serve as president; Moak, vice president; and Barnes, secretary.

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