▪ The National Court Reporters Association announced that Lesia Mervin has earned the nationally recognized Certified Realtime Captioner certification, which acknowledges proficiency in language skills and in real-time writing in the broadcast and Communication Access Realtime Translation environments.
▪ California Rural Legal Assistance Inc.’s LGBT Program Director Lisa Cisneros has been appointed to the California Fair Employment and Housing Council. She will continue to lead CRLA’s program, which has served as a model for other legal assistance programs nationwide. She is also being honored by the Pride Law Fund with the Trailblazer Award and has been named one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 – Class of 2017 by the National LGBT Bar Association.
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▪ Mid Valley Disposal, a family-owned recycling and hauling company, announced the grand reopening of its Mid Valley Disposal Elm MRF in Fresno. The recycling system processes 35 tons an hour of residential and commercial material. The original system was installed in 2001 and processed 20 tons an hour. The start-up of the new system was April 26.
▪ The Fresno State Trademark Licensing Program, under the leadership of Clarence Chiong, was recognized as the national collegiate licensing program of the year, earning the 2017 Synergy Award from the International Collegiate Licensing Association. The award is given annually to a university or other collegiate organization that demonstrated extraordinary commitment to collegiate licensing and contributed to the betterment of the industry and the institution or organization.
▪ Superior Court of California, County of Fresno, received a 2017 Tyler Public Sector Excellence Award for its use of Tyler Technologies’ Odyssey solution. The award recognizes organizations that demonstrate excellence in deploying Tyler software in novel and impactful ways that extend best practices.
▪ Stephen Schilling, chief executive officer of Clinica Sierra Vista in Bakersfield, was presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards in Migrant Health by the National Association of Community Health Centers.
▪ Kaiser Permanente Fresno has provided a $30,000 grant for free, recreational swimming opportunities at the city’s five learner pools: Fink-White, Pinedale, Quigley, Einstein and Romain Neighborhood Centers. Kaiser Permanente Fresno also provided a $45,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County for healthy snacks and meals that will be available at the Fink-White and West Fresno clubs.
▪ Lithia Automotive Group announced its contribution of $15,000 to Caring Veterans of America Inc. to fund the construction of a Veterans Memorial Monument in historic Coarsegold Village. Groundbreaking for the new memorial took place on Saturday. The monument will be installed at the junction of Highway 41 and Road 415.
▪ Sabrina Kelley is Wells Fargo’s newest community relations consultant. Based in Fresno, she will help guide Wells Fargo’s philanthropic work in the San Joaquin Valley, as well as Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita and in the coastal area extending from Paso Robles to Malibu. She holds a master’s degree in public health from California State University, Fresno.
▪ Sofia Szkodzinski joined RE/MAX Gold in the Fresno office as a primary agent. She has been in the industry for 23-plus years and has been in the community her whole life. She studied at the University of Phoenix and is bilingual in English and Spanish.
▪ Alicia Mirando has been named airports operations manager for Fresno Yosemite International Airport. She will manage federal and state compliance matters and the operation of airfield and facility infrastructure. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aviation management with a minor in computer science from Metropolitan State College of Denver and is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in aviation from the University of North Dakota. She is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives.
▪ Realty Concepts added Erin Anderson in the Fresno office.
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