Performance Training Team of Richland has hired two
new trainers, Seth Gulley and Dan Gilliam. Gulley works with Mission
Support Alliance providing instructional design support for its respiratory
training program. He has experience in operational excellence, leadership and
training program development, process safety management, human performance
improvement, apparent cause, organizational effectiveness and emergency
management. Gilliam also works with MSA as a fire system maintenance field
worker mentor. He has several years of supervisory experience at multiple U.S.
Department of Energy sites and a management background in weapons component
production, deactivation and demolition of Category 2 nuclear facilities,
packaging and shipping of nuclear waste for final storage, soil remediation
activities and conduct of operations mentoring.
Incyte Pathologists of Richland has hired two new pathologists. They are: Dr.
Nerissa A. Ladd, board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology. She
graduated from the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. She
completed her residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a
surgical pathology fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr.
David D. Fink, board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology. He
graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and completed
his residency at Texas A&M- Baylor Scott and White Medical Center. Fink
then completed a surgical pathology fellowship at University of Arkansas for
Priscely Gutierrez has been hired at Tippett Co. in Pasco. Gutierrez joins
the commercial real estate team, which specializes in landlord-tenant representation,
commercial real estate sales and acquisitions, and investment analysis. A
lifelong Tri-City resident, she brings eight years of real estate experience
and is bilingual.
Haselrig has joined Baker Boyer Bank as an investment advisor
representative for the Tri-City team, and Becky Kettner joined the Walla
Walla team as investment advisor representative. Haselrig brings more than 20
years of experience in the financial services industry to his role. Kettner
joined Baker Boyer in 2017 as a trust advisor, bringing with her nearly two
decades of business management and marketing experience.
HONORS & AWARDS
IHOP franchisee Susan Mendenhall has been named the IHOP Global 2018 Franchisee of the Year. After being selected as the IHOP Northwest Franchisee of the Year earlier this year by her peers and IHOP support staff, she was in the running with six other franchisees from different regions.She was recognized for her outstanding servant style leadership, role in implementing new restaurant technology and initiatives, member of Franchisee Leadership Committee, chairperson of Technology Advisory Committee, always exceeding restaurant cleanliness and operations guidelines during the IHOP Global Franchisee Conference in Las Vegas in October. Her “constant smile and always helpful nature” also contributed to her selection. Mendenhall is the second woman franchisee to be acknowledged with this award and the first to win this award from the Northwest region. She has been the Franchisee of Record for the Pasco and Kennewick IHOPs for 10 years. She has been operating these restaurants since 2001 and became the owner in 2010. Susan, her husband Russ and their three children have lived in Kennewick since 1994.
The 2019 Chefs on Parade winners were Andrew Chilton and Tanner Guy of Doggie Style Gourmet. Second place went to Chris Nokes of Hot Mess Burgers & Fries. There was a tie for third place between Paulina and Guadalupe Perez of Hot Tamales and Ron Swanby of Swampy’s BBQ Sauce & Eatery. The People’s Favorite Chefs on Parade award went to were Megan and Jason Savely of Frost Me Sweet Bakery & Bistro.
The winners of the 2019 Parade of Homes were Gale-Rew Construction in category 1; Don Pratt Construction in category 2; Pahlisch Homes in category 3; and Gretl Crawford Homes in category 4. The Parade of Homes and Chefs on Parade event is organized by the Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities.
The Kennewick School
District’s Community Partner of the Year is Hispanic Academic Achievers
Program. The nonprofit HAAP provides
scholarships to Hispanic students throughout the Tri-Cities. HAAP has helped
150 students from the Kennewick School District with higher education costs
through scholarships since it started in 1989. Those scholarships have totaled
more than $300,000. The group also has given thousands more in scholarships to
students in other Tri-City area districts.
Marian Evenson, a principal in the firm MMEC Architecture & Interiors, which
has offices in the Tri-Cities and Spokane, was recognized by the International Interior
Design Association Northern Pacific Chapter for her contributions to
professional interior design. She is the 2019 IN Awards professional honoree.
For the 10th time,
financial services firm Edward Jones, which has several offices in the
Tri-Cities, was ranked highest in employee advisor satisfaction among financial
investment firms by J.D. Power.
The nonprofit Project
Timothy was recently selected as a winner of the 2019 Bayer Grain for Good
Sweepstakes. The organization was nominated by farmer Gene Warren of
Dayton. Warren was one of 10 entrants chosen to direct a donation to the
organization of his choice. Project Timothy will receive $5,000. The
organization, established in 1990, serves the communities of Dayton, Starbuck
and Waitsburg by offering financial assistance for emergency housing, food,
rent assistance, utilities, transportation and prescriptions for families in
Shawn Flinders was the grand prize winner of the 2019 Rotary Mid-Columbia Duck
Race. He won a 2020 Toyota Corolla XLE donated by Toyota of Tri-Cities.
This is the 15th year Toyota of Tri-Cities has donated a new Toyota vehicle to
the duck race. More than 33,000 tickets were sold for the duck races this year.
Proceeds from the event fund nonprofits, student scholarships and humanitarian
Franklin County PUD’s Debbie
Bone-Harris received the Lacy Peoples Award for her lifetime commitment to
the public power industry, communication and public involvement. The Northwest
Public Power Association’s 2019 Northwest Communications & Energy
Innovations Conference Planning Committee selected Bone-Harris, a public
affairs manager, based on
her accomplishments of at least 10 years of marketing and communication
experience; at least 20 years of service to the industry; and promotion of
public power through efforts such as community service. Bone-Harris, who retires from the PUD at the end of November, has
more than 35 years in the utility industry.
U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is the
recipient of two R&D 100 awards and one gold medal. The innovations awards
program honors achievements in research and development for the past 56 years,
honoring pioneers in science and technology from industry, the federal
government and academia. This year’s awards bring PNNL’s total to 111 since the
awards’ inception. This is the first year that medalists have been included in
the cohort of winners. Medalists are those technologies that demonstrated
exceptional impact in one of four special recognition categories: Corporate
Social Responsibility; Green Tech; Market Disruptor—Services; and Market
was honored for its work with Xenon International, a fully-automated radioxenon
monitoring system developed with Teledyne Brown Engineering, that drastically
improves existing national and international radioxenon monitoring capabilities
by doubling the sensitivity of today’s systems; and MLSTONES, which stands for
Machine Learning String Tools for Operational and Network Security, a malware
detection tool identifying never-before-seen malware. The gold medal for market disruptor (services) was awarded to PNNL
for its work with VaporID, a vapor-sampling device developed by PNNL that
enables the detection of narcotics and explosives down to the
parts-per-quadrillion level in ambient air.
American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has recognized Washington’s family
law attorney Katherine Sierra-Kelly as 2019’s “10 best family law
attorneys for client satisfaction.” Sierra-Kelley works at Gravis Law
of Hermiston received the Urban Renewal Project of the Year award for its
recruitment and development of the Holiday Inn Express and support of
additional downtown business expansion. The award, announced Oct. 28 by the
Oregon Economic Development Association, highlights the first major project
undertaken by the Hermiston Urban Renewal Agency. The 96-room Holiday Inn
Express opened in January 2017 and has been a catalyst for downtown development
since, encouraging local businesses to open and expand in the immediate area.
The state Employment Security Department recognized a Hanford contractor with a Hire-A-Vet award for its efforts to employ military veterans in 2019. Washington River Protection Solutions, a hazardous waste management company, employs 2,100 employees in the state, of which 303 are veterans. Whenever the company has a job opening, WRPS contacts WorkSource to check for potential veteran candidates. The company also regularly participates in veteran résumé workshops, mock interview panels and veteran internship recruitment events. Employment Security created the award to call attention to the state’s unemployed veterans and to recognize companies with a good track record of hiring, retaining and celebrating veterans in their workforce. One business winner was selected from each of the 12 workforce development areas in the state. WorkSource places about 10,000 veterans into jobs each year. There are 514,000 veterans living in the state.
Rivers Community Foundation
distributed $391,000 in social determinants of health grants to six local
nonprofits from funds provided by the Greater Columbia Accountable Community of
Health: Catholic Charities, Communities in Schools, Community Action
Connections, Grace Clinic, The Chaplaincy and Tri-Cities Residential Services.
Lott Homes of the
Tri-Cities donated the proceeds from the sale of its Parade of Homes Charity
House to two local nonprofits. Elijah Family Homes and KCHelps each received
STCU recently awarded a $3,000 grant to the Academy
of Children’s Theatre in support of its education programs. The money will
support ACT’s after-school, weekend and summer session classes. In recognition
of the funding, STCU will be named as the 2020 education sponsor at ACT.
Kiwanis Club recently held its annual installation of officers for the
2019-20 year. Officers are Rick McKinnon, president; Vickie Bergum,
president elect; Micki McKinnon, vice president; Maureen Bell,
secretary; Penny Gardner, treasurer; and Cory Manley, past
directors are Gerry Berges, Amy Coffman, Stan Case, Dave
Eakin, Patti Gunn, Pat Johnstone-Jones, Art King and Benita
Rick Peenstra, a retired community banker with 40 years’ experience
in helping small businesses, will serve as a the local SCORE chapter
chairman for the next two years. Peenstra replaced Paul Casey, who led the
chapter for two years. SCORE is a resource partner of the Small Business
Administration, providing free business counseling.
Spurlock, formerly a
physician liaison for Northwest Cancer Clinic, a 21st Century Oncology
affiliate with offices in Kennewick and Hermiston, has been promoted to market
success manager. Spurlock will manage additional markets in Central California.
She will oversee four radiation treatment centers: Northwest Cancer Clinic in
Washington and Oregon; 21st Century Oncology clinics in Modesto and Lodi,
California; and St. Theresa’s Comprehensive Cancer Care in Stockton,
executive director for the Port of Benton, recently earned a professional port
management certification from the American Association of Port Authorities.
Maria Alleman has become a certified meeting professional through the
Events Industry Council’s certified meeting professional program, which
launched in 1985. She is Visit Tri-Cities’ convention sales manager. The
qualifications for certification are based on professional experience,
education and exam.
Terry Walsh, who has been with the city of Kennewick for more than 28
years and has served in her current role as executive director of employee and
community services for the last 10 years, will retire on Dec. 31. As a member
of the senior leadership team, she leads the efforts of human resources, parks and
recreation and economic development. Walsh has been engaged in many areas of
the community, including serving on the Historic Downtown Kennewick
Association, leading the Kennewick’s Art Commission, and serving as the city’s
executive ambassador for Junior Achievement. Earlier this year, Walsh received
the Athena leadership award from the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce in
recognition of her professional excellence, community service and for actively
assisting women in their attainment of leadership skills.
The city will not fill the executive director position after
Walsh’s retirement and instead will be realigning several areas of
responsibility to include moving economic development to the Community Planning
Downtown Pasco Development Authority has
appointed Gustavo Gutierrez Gomez as its new executive director.
Gutierrez Gomez bested a field of nearly 20 candidates, following a national
recruitment process. He brings a diverse background in community engagement and
economic development, including with the city of Woodburn, Oregon, and
volunteer work as a member of the Woodburn School District Board of Directors,
and host of a Spanish language radio show, “Charla Informativa” on Radio Poder
98.3. Gutierrez Gomez studied business and marketing at Tecnologico de Colima
(Colima Technical Institute); and graduated from Oregon State University, with
a bachelor of science in business administration.
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