Richland’s RC Engineering and Construction Management
hired Kristin Mensinger as a project manager. Mensinger is a business
marketing graduate who has been working in the federal contracting industry
since 2009. Mensinger will be responsible for developing new business
relationships, promoting services and overseeing internal projects to ensure
overall client satisfaction. Founded in 2007, RC is a small, woman-owned firm
that provides engineering and construction management, cost engineering, and
support services to the federal, public works, and environmental industries
Tri-Cities Cancer Center hired Sonia Aranda as a health information
specialist. She will assist in the processing of electronic medical records, diagnosis
coding, obtaining insurance authorizations, front desk coverage and coverage
for other areas in the cancer center. She has more than 17 years of health care
and customer service experience. Most recently she worked as front office
assistant at Kadlec General Surgery in Richland. Prior to Kadlec, she was a
financial counselor and clerical coordinator with Trios Oncology.
Academy of Children’s Theatre hired Lisa Howell as production manager.
She will oversee all day to day aspects of staging ACT’s six annual mainstage
productions, assisting with box office sales and helping with community
outreach programs. Howell brings a wealth of experience to her new role, having
produced nine ACT shows, coordinated property management on 13 productions and
assistant directed two shows.
Health Care has hired Daniel Lipparelli as the director of development.
He manages all aspects of fundraising, development and philanthropic support,
as well as developing strategic and annual plans for the development
department. Before joining Chaplaincy Health Care, Daniel spent three years as
the executive director of the Edith Bishel Center for the Blind in Kennewick.
He serves on the board of directors for ReAct Kenya and as a volunteer advisor
for Rehema for Kids, a Washington-based nonprofit meeting the needs of children
Sorensen will be the new principal of
Lewis & Clark Elementary School in Richland. He is currently an assistant
principal at Enterprise Middle School. He has worked in Richland schools for 16
years, starting as a school psychologist. He began moving into administrative
roles in 2014 and became an assistant principal at Enterprise in 2015. He has a
bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Washington, a master’s
in education from Central Washington University and administrator certification
from Gonzaga University. Sorensen will replace Principal Liz Crider at Lewis
Sean Langdon will be the new principal of Tapteal Elementary Schools.
He currently is an assistant principal at Orchard Elementary. Langdon joined
the district at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. He spent the bulk of
his 17-year career in education in the Wahluke School District, starting as a
paraeducator and substitute teacher before becoming a dean of students,
assistant principal and principal at several schools there. He earned a
bachelor’s in elementary education from Central Washington University, a
master’s in education from Heritage University and his administrative certificate
from Heritage. Langdon replaces Principal Rhonda Pratt at Tapteal as she
becomes principal at Chief Joseph Middle School.
Mary Grace Hipolito has joined Trios
Health. She is the provider of outpatient primary care at Trios Care Center at
Chavallo at 7211 W. Deschutes Ave., Suite B. in Kennewick. Hipolito practiced
at Kadlec Medical Center, Providence Medical Group, Kennewick General Hospital
and Miramar Health Center. She also has volunteered at the Grace Clinic in
Kennewick. She studied at the University of the Philippines in Manila and
completed her residency at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, Illinois. She
is board certified in family medicine.
Randy Jansons has joined STCU credit union, which has offices in
Kennewick and Richland, as a commercial banking officer serving businesses
throughout the Tri-Cities. He has nearly 25 years of experience in commercial
banking, most recently as vice president and business banking officer at Bank
of the West in Kennewick.
construction group JUB Engineers Inc. has hired Ben Hoppe as Kennewick’s
aviation and construction group leader. Hoppe has been with JUB since 2011 and
has professional licenses in Washington and Oregon. He came to JUB from the
Washington State Department of Transportation and has been working with the
Kennewick Transportation Group since 2011. Lee Unterwegner, project
engineer for Port of Benton and Tri-Cities Airport projects, will transition to
the role of Kennewick construction manager. He has been with JUB since 2014.
HONORS & AWARDS
Tri-Cities Cancer Center has been
selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the 2019 Best Places to Work in
Healthcare. Modern Healthcare will publish a special supplement featuring
ranked lists of all the winners along in its Sept. 30 issue. The Tri-Cities
Cancer Center will be honored at the 2019 Best Places to Work in Healthcare
awards gala Sept. 26 in Dallas, Texas.
Anneliese M. Johnson has qualified for the 2019 Waddell & Reed
Circle of Champions conference, which recognizes the top financial advisors
affiliated with the company. Selection is based on an analysis of investment,
insurance and financial planning sales generated. More than 500 of Waddell
& Reed’s national network of financial advisors qualified for this year’s
event. This is the eighth time that Johnson has qualified. Johnson has worked
in the financial services industry for 12 years, individuals and families
throughout the Tri-City community with their personal, long-term investment
services firm Edward Jones, which has several offices in the Tri-Cities,
ranked No. 7 on the 2019 Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. This
year marks the company’s 20th year on the list.
The U.S. Small Business Administration named Banner
Bank Washington, which has offices in the Tri-Cities, regional lender of
the year for the Seattle/Spokane District of Washington. The SBA said Banner
Bank originated the most loans last year among all banks serving Washington
state, approving 174 loans totaling more than $40 million. The district
includes all of Washington except for a small area that includes Vancouver,
which is included in the Portland District.
Water Treatment Facility received a
Washington State Department of Health award for performing above and beyond
federal water quality requirements four years in a row. Exceeding these
standards means Richland is detecting contaminates beyond the Safe Drinking
Water Act standards or limits. The Washington State treatment optimization
program recognizes surface water treatment facilities which go above and beyond
federal requirements for turbidity. Turbidity is the clarity of water.
The Bogert Group, which is an umbrella for businesses that make military
equipment, hydraulic pumps, accessories for recreational boating and small
aircraft and a line of jacks for safely lifting heavy equipment, earned a gold
award for being an innovator in manufacturing. The Bogert Group operates as
Bogert Aviation Inc., Bogert Manufacturing Inc., dba Safe Jack & Uncle
Norm’s Marine Products, and Bogert International Inc. The company received the
award in April from Seattle Business Magazine as the 2019 Innovator of the
Year. Pasco Processing LLC, which is part of the Oregon Potato Co.
family of vegetable and fruit processors, received a silver award for Food and
Beverage Processor of the Year.
Baker Boyer advisors have achieved national certification: Rob Blethen, vice president family advisor manager, received the certified
financial planner, or CFP, designation by the CFP Board, a nonprofit that
fosters professional standards in personal financial planning. Blethen has more
than two decades of experience in business and nonprofit leadership, journalism
and running a division of his family business. He manages family advisor team
members who are the coordinators of Baker Boyer services and planning for
businesses and high net worth clients. Olivia Loomis earned the
qualified 401(k) administrator, or QKA, credential from The American Society of
Pension Professionals and Actuaries. Loomis has been part of the Baker Boyer
trust and investment team for nearly four years, specializing in employee
Regional Medical Center in Richland has
earned the highest grade possible for quality and safety from the Leapfrog
Group, which recently announced spring 2019 scores. The biannual grading
assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the
U.S. Kadlec is one of 13 hospitals out of nearly 100 in the state of Washington
to earn an A grade.
Health recently announced that Christy Kuhn has been recognized as the
hospital’s 2019 Mercy Award winner. The award recognizes one employee from each
of LifePoint Health’s hospitals who profoundly touches the lives of others and
best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded. Kuhn is
the director of diabetes and nutrition education, nutrition services and
environmental services at Trios Health. She received nominations for the Mercy
Award from current and former co-workers, as well as a community member. In
2012, Kuhn and the Diabetes Education team spearheaded the effort to provide a
camp for children diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Camp Trios is a one-of-a-kind
day camp that has grown from about 20 campers to 50 since its inception. Kuhn
helps to organize diabetes education into activities that are fun and engaging
for the campers, help them to create lasting friendships and teach them to
manage their diabetes. In addition to her work with Camp Trios, Kuhn’s
nominators also wrote of her willingness to volunteer, her cheerful attitude
and her dedication to providing the highest quality care and excellent services
to patients, visitors and staff, writing that she “is a tireless patient and
staff advocate.” She has worked at Trios Health for 22 years.
hospital winner will be considered for LifePoint’s 2019 companywide Mercy
Award, which will be announced this summer during a ceremony in Nashville.
Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Washington, received the Spirit of Enterprise Award
from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for his support of pro-jobs legislation. The
award was presented at Pasco Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon May 13.
Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, was given Washington Public Ports
Association’s Compass Award for 2019. In its second year, the award was
designed to recognize both a Republican and Democrat legislator who have shown
special support of port districts. The recipients received an engraved compass
– a symbol of heading in the right direction. The Democrat recipient was Rep.
Joe Fitzgibbon, D-Burien. Chandler, a senior member of the House
Appropriations Committee, was instrumental in the success of the Port of
Sunnyside Ostrom’s Mushroom project, which will bring more than 200 year-round
jobs to the Yakima Valley.
Lee, Lewis & Clark and White
Bluffs elementary schools in Richland are being recognized by state
education officials for student performance on the state’s smarter balanced
assessments, or SBAs, for math and language arts from the 2017-18 school year.
The schools were recognized at a June 6 ceremony in Spokane.
Clare of TMC Law in Richland was
recognized as among the 10 best personal injury attorneys for client
satisfaction in the state by the American Institute of Personal Injury
year’s recipients of the John Goldsbury Award are Detective Jesse Romero of
Pasco and Officer Jeremy Taylor of Kennewick. They received a stipend
and $500 donated in their names to the charity of their choice. The late
Goldsbury, a Pasco-Kennewick Rotarian and Tri-Citian of the Year, was active in
numerous charities throughout the Tri-Cities but his favorite two were feeding
the hungry and supporting law enforcement. Upon his death, the Pasco-Kennewick
Rotary wanted to keep his legacy alive by recognizing police officers from
Kennewick and Pasco each year. Nominations are made by the respective
departments and based upon outstanding career accomplishments.
Trios Health Southridge Hospital
operating room has earned the 2018 OR of the Year Award from LifeNet Health
Pacific Northwest. The award was given in recognition of Trios’ work with
LifeNet to help with tissue recovery and donations and for the cooperation,
willingness, timeliness and flexibility to make accommodations for those
recoveries to occur. In 2018, Trios operating rooms were used 19 times by
LifeNet Health to recover tissue for donors. Each donor can enhance or save the
lives of up to 150 people, and recoveries through Trios last year have already
impacted more than 850 people in the Northwest and will continue to be used to
enhance and save lives.
Mid-Columbia Libraries’ “Inspiring Latinos/Latinos Inspiradores”
videos, a project of the Tri-Cities Latino Community Network, received a bronze
award in the social video series’ culture and lifestyle category of the 40th
annual Telly Awards, which honors excellence in video and TV across all screens
and is judged by leaders from video platforms, TV, streaming networks and
production companies. The Latino network is a partnership of Mid-Columbia
Libraries and the Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce which has a mission
is to leverage the expertise of its members and local leaders to activate
positive influence in the community. The video series, produced by Mid-Columbia
Libraries’ communications department together with videographer Ryan Scott of
Firefly Solutions, showcases the leadership, talents, generosity and resilience
of four inspirational Latinos who are making the Tri-Cities community a better
Charlie Pearce, who joined Trios Health in January as interim chief
financial officer, has been appointed as permanent chief financial officer.
Prior to his arrival at Trios, Pearce worked in Kalispell, Montana, as a chief
financial information officer at Kalispell Regional Healthcare. He has worked
in hospitals in Florida, Arkansas, Texas and Montana. He began his career as an
accountant at a hospital in Homestead, Florida, after attending Asbury College
in Kentucky, where he earned his bachelor’s in management and accounting. He
later completed a master’s in business administration at the University of
Arkansas at Little Rock.
Washington State Reps. Matt Boehnke and Skyler
Rude have been appointed to serve on the national conference of the state
Legislature’s nuclear legislative working group. The group, which meets twice a
year, provides state lawmakers from across the nation an opportunity to discuss
nuclear energy and waste management policy, as well as meet with federal
officials from the Department of Energy. Both legislators noted ongoing cleanup
at the Hanford nuclear reservation site will be of particular interest as they
meet with the working group.
Stamp Out Hunger, an annual nationwide food drive held by
the National Association of Letter Carriers, collected 31,908 pounds of
nonperishable food locally, 2,752 more pounds than the previous year. The food
will be distributed to people in need through Second Harvest partner food
pantries in Benton and Franklin counties. The food will provide 26,590 meals
for local kids, families and seniors who otherwise won’t have enough to eat.
Tri-City letter carriers collected the food along their postal routes May 11.
The Kadlec Auxiliary has designated a $274,000
end-of-year gift to Kadlec Foundation to be used for the Kadlec Auxiliary
Mammogram Assistance Program, mammography equipment, Healthy Ages After Age 50
program, Kadlec Academy, suicide prevention and community health. Auxiliary
members help in a variety of areas throughout the Richland hospital, including
assisting with sales in the Kadlec gift shops and sewing items for Kadlec
patients. Members allocate money they earn through gift shop proceeds to
programs, services and capital equipment for the hospital for the benefit of
patients and families at Kadlec.
Communities in Schools of Benton Franklin received $20,000 from Numerica Credit
Union to provide integrated student supports for students experiencing
homelessness and other barriers preventing them from learning in school and achieving
in life. The multi-county, independent nonprofit works with school
districts to surround students with a community of support, empowering
them to stay in school.
The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust recently awarded $250,000
to the Columbia Basin College Foundation to support relocation and
expansion of its new dental hygiene clinic in Richland. The clinic will be able
to more than double the number of patients seen each year as well as increase
enrollment by 30 percent over the next four years. CBC’s dental hygiene program
offers students a bachelor of applied science degree and operates a low-cost
clinic where students provide oral health care to an average of 2,100
low-income children, teens and adults each year. Construction of CBC’s new
dental hygiene location is in process and will be complete in fall 2019.
Generating Station stakeholders, representing 92 utilities in six states,
elected member utilities and individual officers to the nuclear power plant’s
participants review board during a May public meeting in Sacramento,
California. The meeting was held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the
Northwest Public Power Association. The three utility participants elected for
a three-year term to the nine-member board are: Inland Power & Light’s Garry
Rosman, Kittitas County PUD’s Paul Rogers and Mason PUD 1’s Ron
Gold. The PRB also elected Rogers as chairman; Susan Thraen,
Missoula Electric Cooperative, as vice chairwoman; and Stu Nelson of
Franklin PUD as secretary. Officers serve a one-year term.
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