Fresno Pacific University lists 16 faculty members who have either recently been hired or received a promotion: assistant professor of philosophy Nathan Carson; assistant professor of criminology and restorative justice Jason Ekk; assistant professor of peacemaking and conflict studies Peter Smith; assistant professors of psychology Annie Fujikawa and James Van Slyke; professor of criminology Arthur Wint; assistant professors of education Bendta Friesen, Krista Venecia (Merced center) and Dianne Young (Visalia); assistant professor of education and director of the master of arts in teaching program Sharon Merritt; assistant professors of marriage and family therapy Adam Ghali and Cynthia McGrady; assistant professor of nursing Stephanie Blundell; assistant professor of kinesiology Amy Brogan; professor of social work Jane Middleton; and associate professor of chemistry Ken Cheung.
Eleventh Hour Rehabilitation Programs celebrated 25 years of service.
The Central Valley Chapter named its 2013 honorees for the Association of Fundraising Professionals National Philanthropy Day: outstanding philanthropists Emmett and Desiree Castro; outstanding volunteer fundraiser Marvin Smith; outstanding fundraising professional Dana Zupanovich Lucka; distinguished achievement special award for excellence in fundraising Gary Pigg; and outstanding philanthropic organization Price, Paige & Company and Pacific Gas & Electric; spirit of philanthropy awards Ralph Goldbeck, Garrett Wimer, Paul Ogden and the Guilds of Children's Hospital.
HealthCare California was named a cardiovascular pioneer by the Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign, which is an initiative of the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Sheriff Margaret Mims, Dr. John Scholefield and Sandra Yovino have been appointed to the Fresno Council on Child Abuse Prevention board. Mims provides leadership to child abuse investigations; Scholefield is the associate clinical professor at University of California at San Francisco/Fresno Pediatrics and Yovino is a nursing director at Community Regional Medical Center.
Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, Visalia Convention and Visitors Bureau and Fresno Yosemite International Airport received the Best Idea award from the Western Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus for their creative marketing efforts on the Majestic Mountain Loop.
The Rotary Club of Fresno donated $3,075 to Deaf & Hard of Hearing Service Center, Inc., for upgrading the lighting system in the community room and $2,000 to Roosevelt High School Bass Fishing Club for the Student Angler Federation Central California Open tournament.
Dr. Veronica Ramirez joined Community Medical Providers at the pediatrics office in Fresno.
Peggy MacLean joined the sales team at Coldwell Banker Premier Real Estate.
Darlyne Swenson joined California's Valued Trust as the director of business development and account management.
The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens has hired Nancy Hackett as director of nursing and Rod Anaforian as director of sales. Hackett has more than 25 years of nursing experience and Anaforian more than 15 years of sales experience.