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Jenette Franks

October 31, 2014 — 

Jenette Franks has joined Northern Nevada Medical Center as interim executive assistant to the chief executive officer and the chief operating officer.

Franks has more than 25 years experience in accounting, auditing and payroll. She also had a stint in another administrative assistant position.

Kelly Rush

October 30, 2014 — 

Kelly Rush has been named general manager of America Matters Media.

Rush replaces Chip Evans, who will continue to produce and host his multiple talk shows.

Rush is host of the Gastro Gab foodie talk show. She has nearly 30 years experience in multi-media communications, small business ownership and management, technology, marketing and public relations, and consulting.

Katie Stout, Melissa Achurra

October 30, 2014 — 

Katie Stout has been named executive director of Center for Hope of the Sierras, a specialty eating disorder treatment facility.

Stout has worked at the center since 2004, serving in roles such as resident assistant, lead resident assistant and outpatient program director.

She earned a masters of business administration degree.

Melissa Achurra, was promoted to national marketing director of CRC Health Group’s eating disorders and weight management division after serving as director of marketing at the Center for Hope of the Sierras

Achurra also served as public relations and advertising manager at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. She has more than 10 years experience communications.

Ron Penrose

October 29, 2014 — 

Ron Penrose, a professional engineer who works as a project manager at Truckee Meadows Water Authority, presented a paper on the Public Process of the Glendale Water Improvement Project to the American Water Works Association California-Nevada Section.

Kathleen M. Brady

October 28, 2014 — 

Kathleen M. Brady has joined the Reno law office of Gordon Silver, practicing in the firm’s commercial litigation and appellate groups.

Brady previously served as a judicial clerk to Justice Michael Cherry at the Nevada Supreme Court from 2009 to 2014.

Brady earned her juris doctorate from University of Denver, Sturm College of Law and her bachelor’s of arts degrees in business economics and black studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Christine Syverson

October 28, 2014 — 

Christine Syverson was appointed as Administrative Services Director for the City of Sparks.

Syverson previously was employee and customer relations manager for the city. She began her tenure with the city in 2003 as human resources manager. She has also served in human resource capacities with Intuit Ventures, Inc., Porsche Enterprises, Inc., and Washoe Medical Center.

Syverson earned a degree in managerial science from the University Nevada, Reno.

SNAR officers, directors

October 27, 2014 — 

Dan La Porte, residential and commercial Realtor for Chase International in Minden was named president of the Sierra Nevada Association of REALTORS.

Avis Cherry, a Realtor with Charles Kitchen Realty in Carson City was named president-elect.

David Shriver from Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate in Carson City was re-elected treasurer; Steve Bohler from Pinion Pines Realty in Wellington was named secretary; and Chick James from Realty Executives Nevada’s Choice in Carson City was re-elected MLS trustee director.

Chosen as directors to represent counties were:

Carson City: Mike Veatch, Valley Realty and Management; Leslie Cain, RE/MAX Realty Affiliates; Debbie Logan, Realty Executives Nevada’s Choice; and Tracy McLeod, Northern Nevada Title Company.

Zephyr Cove: Marge Hauge, Chase International.

Incline Village: Anje DeKnijf, Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty.

Fallon: Bob Getto, Ferguson & Getto Realty.

Wellington: Toni Crabtree, Smith Valley Realty.

Jeff Hamilton

October 27, 2014 — 

Jeff Hamilton has been appointed vice president of North Tahoe operations for Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty.

Hamilton previously owned a real estate business in Lake Tahoe and opened Hamilton Sports.

He also is an Olympic bronze medalist and four-time speed skiing world champion.

Hamilton graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 1988.

Robert Kennedy

October 24, 2014 — 

Robert Kennedy and Gary Wood have joined the northern Nevada offices of Chase International as agents.

Kennedy will work out of Chase’s Zephyr Cove office. He has experience as a real estate broker in Nevada and California.

Wood will work out of Chase’s Minden office. He also has experience as a real estate broker.

Lynda Hascheff

October 24, 2014 — 

Lynda Hascheff has been appointed executive director for Moms on the Run, a nonprofit that raises funds to assist women while in treat for breast cancer and gynecological cancers.

Hascheff previously served as secretary for the organization. She also was program manager for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and served as vice president of the board of directors of RAVE, an organization that provides respite care to special needs children and their families.

Evelyn Chiang

October 24, 2014 — 

Evelyn Chiang has joined Haws Corp. as general manager of Haws Integrated.

Chiang previously served as executive director of strategy operations and brand licensing at IGT. She also served in executive roles for SAP and Tesla Motors. She has more than 25 years of experience to Haws in global operations, program management, supply chain operations, information systems, and team leadership and development.

Chiang earned a bachelor’s of science degree in aeronautics and astronautics engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Renee Hinojosa

October 23, 2014 — 

Renee Hinojosa, director of medical aesthetics at the Age Management Institute in Reno, has received adult health clinical nurse specialist certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Ron Clayton

October 23, 2014 — 

Ron Clayton, president and chief operating officer of Tahoe Resource Inc., was honored with the 2014 Silver Baron Award by the Cambridge House International for service in the mining industry.

Meagan Noin

October 22, 2014 — 

Meagan Noin has launched MN|G, a public relations, advertising, social media and graphic design agency, in Reno.

Noin previously worked as vice president of The Impetus Agency.

She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, with dual degrees in journalism and political science. She taught media production as a member of the faculty at the Reynolds School of Journalism.

Hal Plummer

October 22, 2014 — 

Hal Plummer has been awarded an honorary membership to the Reno/Sparks Association of REALTORS.

Plummer started his real estate career in 1971 in Santa Clara, Calif. and then moved to Reno in 1980 where he joined RSAR and opened up his own real estate firm, All State Realty.

Honorary membership is presented to an individual or organization not currently engaged in the real estate profession who has performed notable service for the real estate profession, RSAR or the public.

Benefit Resource staff

October 22, 2014 — 

Felix Oroz, Randy Gabler and Deanna DeHart of Benefit Resource Group in Reno have earned certification through The National Association of Health Underwriters’ new professional development course on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Dr. Aaron Dickens

October 21, 2014 — 

Dr. Aaron Dickens has joined the staff of physicians at Great Basin Orthopaedics.

Dr. Dickens earned his bachelor’s degree in radiation health physics from Oregon State University and attended the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency training at the University of New Mexico and fellowship training in orthopaedic traumatology at the University of California, San Diego.

Noah Elsfelder

October 21, 2014 — 

Noah Elsfelder has joined Greater Nevada Credit Union as business services specialist.

Elsfelder has more than 12 years experience in the banking industry.

Gary Aldax

October 21, 2014 — 

Gary Aldax has been named coordinator of operations and services at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Sanford Center for Aging.

Aldax has more than 20 years experience in community relations, marketing and program management, primarily in the health care industry.

He is a past president of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and recipient of its Gold Spike Award for community service.

Aldax graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Lauren Barrera, Damien Kerwin

October 21, 2014 — 

Lauren Barrera and Damien Kerwin have joined the staff at Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency.

Barrera was hired as regional planner.

Barrera, a native of Portola, Calif., earned her bachelor’s of science degree in city and regional planning from the California Polytechnic State University.

Kerwin was hired as a geographic information system/planning analyst.

He graduated from McQueen High School and earned his bachelor’s of science degree in geography from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Elizabeth High

October 20, 2014 — 

Elizabeth High has joined the Reno law office of Cecilia Lee, Ltd. As a primary attorney.

High previously served in the Reno office of Lionel Sawyer & Collins. She also served as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Valerie P. Cooke in the United States District Court, District of Nevada and then at Arnold & Porter law firm in Washington, D.C.

High completed her law degree summa cum laude at the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, in 2002.

APWA officers

October 20, 2014 — 

Garth Oksol of Washoe County was elected 2015 president of the Northern Nevada Chapter of the American Public Works Association.

Other APWA elected officials were: Joy Guinn, NCE of Reno, vice president; Don Pawlowski, Atkins of Reno, secretary; Kim Belt, Carson City Finance, director II; and Mike Brown, NCE of Reno, director I.

Darren Schulz, Carson City Public Works; was appointed as chapter alternate delegate.

Reno Bighorns staff

October 20, 2014 — 

David Arseneault Jr. has been named head coach of the Reno Bighorns basketball club.

Arseneault Jr. previously spent four seasons as an associate head coach for Grinnell College.

He attended Grinnell where he was a three-time Bob Cousy Award finalist and was NCAA Division III leader in assist average at 9.4.

Ben McDonald has also joined the Bighorns as an assistant coach.

McDonald previously was an assistant for the Erie Bayhawks. He played professionally in the NBA and overseas. He also had assistant coaching stints at University of California, Dominguez and Indiana University.

Scott Schroeder was promoted to director of basketball operations.

He previously served as assistant coach/video coordinator. He also served two seasons in similar capacities with the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

Jervae Odom will also return for his fourth season as the Bighorns’ lead trainer and equipment manager.

RSAR awards

October 17, 2014 — 

Members of the Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors who have received the Realtor Emeritus Award presented by the National Association of Realtors were: Marti Allison, Chase International; Robert “Rocky” Eisan, Dickson Realty; Tom Fountain, Fountain Realty; Marylen Staaleson, RE/MAX Complete Real Estate; and Nick Colonna, Mountain West Realty.

Recipients were honored for their 40 years of service to state, local or National Association of Realtors organizations.

Lonnie Johnson

October 16, 2014 — 

Lonnie Johnson has been promoted to director of engineering at CFA Inc. in Reno.

Johnson, a professional engineer, joined CFA in 2006 and became a principal in 2013. He has 13 years of civil engineering experience.

He earned a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering at Utah State University.

Girl Scout honorees

October 16, 2014 — 

Dee Frewert, Lynell Garfield-Qualls, Estela Gutierrez, Season Lopiccolo and Heather Reimer will be recognized by the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada at its Triumphant: Celebrating Women In Leadership Awards event on Nov. 20.

Frewert, managing principal of Gryphon Education & Associates LLC, will be honored for her work in developing education in science, technology, engineering and math.

Garfield-Qualls, a hydrologist with the City of Reno and author of the children’s book “The Secret Life of Streams, will be recognized for environmental leadership and responsibility.

Gutierrez, a trustee for the Washoe County School District and dean of student services at Truckee Meadows Community College, will be recognized for community service.

Lopiccolo, chief operating officer of Noble Studios, will be recognized for her support of financial literacy.

Reimer, founder of Each One. Tell One and sales manager for Hometown Health, will be recognized for healthy living.

Bill Cottrill, Lorraine Turner, John Steinbach

October 15, 2014 — 

Bill Cottrill, Lorraine Turner and John Steinbach have been promoted by Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel.

Cottrill was named the resort’s new chief managing officer.

He previously was the resort’s director of sales and marketing.

Turner was named chief administrative officer.

She previously was director of human resources.

Steinbach was named vice president.

He previously worked as the resort’s general manager.

Britton Griffith-Douglass

October 15, 2014 — 

Britton Griffith-Douglass has been promoted to vice-president of operations for Reno Engineering Corp.

Griffith-Douglass joined Reno Engineering in 2012 working in the accounting department. She has also worked in marketing, leasing property sales and negotiations. She also worked as an agent for FOX 11 Television and as a lead instructor at Kidscape Productions.

Griffith-Douglass earned a degree in international business from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Kathryn Bryant

October 15, 2014 — 

Kathryn Bryant has joined Northern Nevada Medical Group’s Ion Drive location in Spanish Springs as a family advanced nurse practitioner.

Bryant has been a nurse since 2003 and was previously served as an ICU nurse at NNMC.

She earned associate of science degree in nursing from Truckee Meadows Community College and her bachelor’s of science and master’s of science degrees in nursing from the University of Nevada, Reno’s Orvis School of Nursing.

Chase International hires

October 15, 2014 — 

Kelly McVay, Dave Huffner, Kit Harrington and Paul Windt recently joined Chase

International as Realtors.

McVay is a third-generation real estate agent.

Huffner previously worked as a Realtor’s associate.

McVay and Huffner will be based in Chase’s Reno office.

Harrington previously worked in the dental industry.

Windt previously worked at Clear Creek Tahoe Golf Course.

Harrington and Windt will based in Chase’s Zephyr Cove office.

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