The Board Room for June 12

Bob Shiralian
Bob Shiralian


▪ Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula, D-Fresno, recognized Casa de Tamales and Liz Sanchez, president and owner, as Small Business of the Year. Since its founding, Casa de Tamales has expanded to three locations throughout Fresno and, with plans to expand even further, has become a community staple.

▪ Fresno Rotary welcomed new members Brad J. Hardie, Scott Miller, Rick Wolf, Maj. Daniel Abella and Bob Shiralian.


▪ The City of Mendota announced that city manager Vince DiMaggio was awarded the International City Management Association’s 2017 Strategic Leadership and Governance Award. The award recognizes innovative and successful local government programs that have had a significant and positive effect on local government’s culture or strategic direction.

▪ Saint Agnes Medical Center announced Lauren Cornaggia and Wendy Walter are 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.

▪ Saint Agnes Medical Center announced Justin Hart and Sawinder Gill are the most recent winners of the Going the Extra Mile (GEM) award. The award honors colleagues who provide outstanding customer service, deliver exceptional patient care and demonstrate the Saint Agnes mission and core values.


▪ California’s table grape growers awarded scholarships to nine students in grape-growing regions of the state. All recipients will be attending California universities or colleges. Three of the scholarships went to students in Fresno and Tulare counties. Juan Frausto, graduate of Dinuba High School, was awarded a $3,500 two-year field worker scholarship and will attend Reedley College. Sandra Gaylord, graduate of Golden West High School in Visalia, and Jewlia Winter, graduate of Selma High School, were awarded $20,000 four-year agricultural scholarships. Both will attend Fresno State.

▪ Olive Garden, at 389 E. Shaw Ave., recently completed the remodel of its facility built in 1991. The restaurant donated its former furnishings to the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore outlet. Since 2010, Olive Garden restaurants nationwide have donated more than $445,000 in furnishings to local Habitat for Humanity ReStore outlets, which rely on funds to build Habitat homes in local communities.

New Faces

▪ Gita Goudarzi joined Principal Financial Group’s Fresno business center as a financial representative.

▪ Carol Davies is the new executive director for HandsOn Central California. She has a master’s in public administration and was recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals for her work in supporting the sustainability of organizations. She has over 35 years of executive planning, administration, development, training and communications in the nonprofit and post-secondary sector.

▪ Dr. Chris Lopez has joined Hibbard Dental Care in Clovis. He earned his dental degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston.

▪ Nallathamby Thayapran, interventional cardiologist, is now seeing patients at Visalia Medical Clinic and at Tulare Cardiology Center. He has been in practice since 1990 and is board certified in internal medicine, vascular medicine, endovascular medicine, cardiovascular diseases and nuclear cardiology.


▪ David Winters was promoted to the rank of lieutenant with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. He began his career with the sheriff’s office in 1989, and his new assignment will be at the Men’s Correctional Facility.


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