▪ John C. Umscheid has been named as a 2016 Ten Best in California for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.
▪ Philanthropy Inspired by the Needs of our Community (PINC), a Fresno nonprofit founded in 2008 to benefit other local nonprofits in the community, announced the beneficiary of its ninth annual fundraising event to be held June 17, 2017. The event will feature Heart of the Horse Therapy Ranch as its beneficiary. Heart of the Horse Therapy Ranch was founded in 2010, and its mission is to help exceptional Central Valley citizens achieve new heights and discover new abilities through supervised therapeutic-assisted equestrian activities.
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▪ Saint Agnes Medical Center announced Manny Vigilia and Paul Timlin as the most recent winners of the DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses. The award is part of a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by bedside nurses.
▪ Tiffany Apodaca was honored with the Spirit of Women award for November by Saint Agnes Medical Center, in partnership with ABC30. This monthly award celebrates women who serve as role models or mentors to others, contribute to the community through involvement in religious or service organizations, inspire others through their personal or professional achievements, and encourage others to overcome life’s challenges, all while demonstrating care and compassion.
▪ Library for London founder and Sierra Pacific High School teacher Rob Isquierdo Jr. was awarded the Ethnic Minority Leadership Award at the California Teachers Association Human Rights Awards ceremony organized by the Tulare-Kings Service Center Council. He was nominated for this award based on his community nonprofit work in the small Tulare County town of London with the creation of its very first library, as well as his work in Stratford as co-founder of Re-establishing Stratford. Both organizations are designed to improve these small, struggling rural unincorporated Valley communities.
▪ Fig Garden Rotary Club donated $100 to the Bullard High speech and debate team and $1,000 to Breaking the Chains.
▪ The Rotary Club of Fresno donated $5,000 to Valley Teen Ranch toward the purchase of a new modular building for the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment Center at the residential facility in Madera Ranchos. The center will serve delinquent teenage boys living in the residential group homes on the ranch.
▪ Mike Wooley joined the new Saint Agnes Medical Foundation as its executive director. He has worked in health care for more than 20 years in senior executive roles. His experience includes operating large multispecialty physician groups, ambulatory care centers and freestanding behavioral health hospitals.
▪ Raj K. Sodhi-Layne is the new vice president and commercial branch manager of the Fresno main branch of California Bank and Trust. She will direct all business development and operational aspects of the branch. She is a certified treasury professional and member of the Association for Financial Professionals.
▪ Dan Brown has been named dean of pharmacy at California Health Sciences University College of Pharmacy effective July 1, 2017. He comes to the university from Palm Beach Atlantic University, where he served as dean of the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy from 2005 to 2010, at which time he returned to full-time teaching with a focus on faculty development. He has over 35 years of academic and professional experience, much of which has been spent working in hospital pharmacy management.
▪ Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group added new staff members in three of the firm’s offices. The new staff members are: Trelawney Bullis, assistant engineer, Clovis office; and Harrison Hughes, assistant engineer, and Richard Baker, senior construction manager, Fresno office.
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