▪ Central Valley Truck Center, owned by the Howard and Pollack families since 1980, is now owned solely by The Pollack Family. This change separates the Freightliner brand from the Mack/Volvo brands. To reflect this change the dealership has been renamed Affinity Truck Center.
▪ Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Jody Ketcheside of Fresno to the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council.
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▪ Chapin Paullin, vice president of sales for Capstan, Carson, California, accepted an Award of Distinction in the Industrial Motors/Controls & Hydraulics Category of the 2017 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards Competition. The award was given for a copper-steel clutch piston.
▪ The Visalia Rotary Community Foundation this year will donate $97,500 to six local organizations: The Open Arms House, $30,000; Visalia Emergency Aid Council, $25,000; Family Services of Tulare County, $20,000; Friends of the Fox Theater, $10,000; Urban Tree Foundation, $7,500; and Visalia Education Foundation, $5,000.
▪ Fresno Rotary awarded $3,510 to the Sequoia Council, Boy Scouts of America; a container of 440 wheelchairs for Zimbabwe in cooperation with Free Wheelchair Mission; and $448.09 to ESA/LOVE Inc.
▪ Ricardo Flippen joined Family HealthCare Network’s Cutler-Orosi Health Center as a physician assistant. He completed his Physician Assistant Program at Stanford University and received his Bachelor of Science in molecular, cellular and developmental biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
▪ William B. Sharp joined Family HealthCare Network’s Visalia School Health Center as a physician assistant. He completed his Physician Assistant Program at Bethel University in Paris, Tennessee and received his Bachelor of Science in biological sciences with a concentration in anatomy and physiology at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
▪ Reza Rafie joined Visalia Medical Clinic as a cardiologist and is now seeing patients at the Tulare Cardiology Center. He completed medical school and his residency at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences, followed by research at the Institute of Genetic Medicine at USC and his residency at the Department of Internal Medicine at USC.
▪ Realty Concepts added Parvis Laghaifar, Alyson Jansen, Kathryn Gould and Paul Mantey in the Fresno office.
▪ Nora Kassajikian has been hired as a new principal for Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School. She will work closely with retiring Principal Zar Der Mugrdechian as she prepares to lead the school.
▪ Kings County added new executives John Devlin and Edward Hill. Devlin will manage the county’s centralized technology systems and services, telecommunications, centralized printing and mail services, centralized records management and purchasing functions. Hill will oversee and direct the various divisions and organizational units of the health department, within state and federal legal requirements and regulations and county ordinances, policies and procedural guidelines.
▪ Bank of the Sierra opened a full-service branch at 7391 N. Palm Ave. The bank anticipates the new branch will open for business in late 2017.
▪ Christopher Staub has been selected to lead the Central California Blood Center as president and chief executive officer, effective Aug. 1. He has more than 30 years of progressive leadership in hospitals and blood centers, with diverse scientific, business and management experience in blood banking and health care. He came to the Central California Blood Center in January 2016 as chief operations officer.
▪ Timothy Powell has been appointed new president of California Christian College. He has served the college in various capacities since 2011, including registrar, vice president for academics and faculty member. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Bethany University and both the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.
▪ Todd Lile has been named superintendent of Madera Unified School District. He earned a bachelor’s in history from California State University, Fresno and a master’s in educational leadership from the College of New Jersey in 2010.
▪ Bernard Jimenez was named the assistant director of planning and resources for the Fresno County Public Works and Planning Department. He was previously deputy director of planning. He has worked for the county for 20 years.
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