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Ray Dotson

August 3, 2015 — 

Ray Dotson has been named Nevada state conservationist by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Dotson replaces Bruce Petersen, who began serving as Hawaii state conservationist in March.

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Dr. Katie Foster, Dr. Whitney Garol

August 3, 2015 — 

Dr. Katie Foster and Dr. Whitney Garol have joined the staff at The Smile Shop Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Foster graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in biology from California Lutheran University and her dental degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Kim Coulter Davis

August 3, 2015 — 

Kim Coulter Davis has been hired as director of business development for Dinter Engineering Company.

Coulter Davis has previous experience in business development and marketing from the commercial construction industry as well as government, public works and private sectors.

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Megan Annis, Susan Rowland

August 3, 2015 — 

Megan Annis and Susan Rowland have been promoted by The Applied Companies.

Annis was promoted to professional employer organization manager in the human resources/benefits division.

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Joy Guinn

August 3, 2015 — 

Joy Guinn, director of marketing at the engineering firm of NCE a civil and environmental engineering firm, was named a fellow of the Society for Marketing Professional Services.

SMPS is a community of over 7,000 marketing and business development professionals working to secure profitable business relationships in the architecture, engineering and construction industries.

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Shari Chase, Jennie Fairchild

August 3, 2015 — 

Shari Chase and Jennie Fairchild, agents in the Lake Tahoe office of Chase International were recently ranked among The Thousand, a list of the nation’s top agents and sales teams.

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Eric Flick

August 3, 2015 — 

Eric Flick, a Mill City-based FedEx Freight driver, captured the Tank Truck title at the Nevada State Truck Driving Championship.

He is now headed to the National Truck Driving Championships in St. Louis held on August 12-16.

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CARE Chest board

August 3, 2015 — 

Elected to the CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada to serve two-year terms on the board of directors were: Mark Crosby (Switch), Kate Nannini (NV Energy), Cyndy Flagg (Orion Technologies) and Steve Boucher (D&L Tile).

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Emma Sepúlveda Pulvirenti, Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez

July 29, 2015 — 

Emma Sepúlveda Pulvirenti, foundation professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, and founding director of the Latino Research Center, and Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez, an alumna of the Honors Program of the University of Nevada, Reno, co-authored the book, “The Country I Call Home: Stories of Growing Up a Citizen in Every Way but One.”

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Brady Raggio

July 28, 2015 — 

Brady Raggio has joined Western Title as a business development specialist.

Raggio previously worked as the director of corporate partnerships for the Reno Aces baseball club and started Battle Born Preps, a magazine and Web site highlighting northern Nevada high school sports. He also played major league baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Arizona Diamondbacks, and in the Japanese professional league. He retired from baseball in 2005.

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Robert Towne, Gene Seidlitz

July 28, 2015 — 

Robert Towne will serve as the acting Winnemucca district manager in the Nevada state office of the Bureau of Land Management.

Gene Seidlitz, Winnemucca district manager, will begin a 120-day assignment as acting deputy state director for minerals for the state BLM office.

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Brandon Stewart

July 28, 2015 — 

Brandon Stewart has joined Noble Studios as project manager.

Stewart previously worked at the University of Nevada, Reno, helping to implement a content management system at the university.

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Leandra Cartwright

July 27, 2015 — 

Leandra Cartwright has been hired by JK Belz & Associates, Inc. as government relations manager.

Cartwright earned a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in public administration and public policy from the University of Nevada Reno.

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Ted Williams

July 27, 2015 — 

Ted Williams has joined Walton’s Funerals & Cremations as the manager of the O’Brien, Rogers & Crosby location in Reno, while also serving as arranger and event planner.

Williams graduated from Cypress College of Mortuary Science and earned a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University.

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Pieter Droog

July 27, 2015 — 

Pieter Droog has been named assistant executive director of the SPCA of Northern Nevada.

Droog, who has a background in operations and logistics, served nearly 20 years in the United States Army.

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Jan Leggett, Margaret Cavin

July 24, 2015 — 

Jan Leggett has been elected chairman and Margaret Cavin was re-elected treasurer of the Nevada State Contractors Board.

Leggett, manager and qualified employee with Moana Nursery in Reno, was first appointed to the Board by Governor Brian Sandoval in November 2012. He is past president of the Northern Nevada Landscape and Irrigation Council and chairperson of the Government Affairs Committee of the Northern Nevada Associated General Contractors.

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Alex Bybee

July 24, 2015 — 

Alex Bybee, CFO and shareholder of High Rock Accounting, was a recipient of a new scholarship from the Nevada Society of CPAs Foundation for Education & Research

Bybee will also participate in the American Institute of CPA’s Annual Leadership Academy, a four-day program, set for October 4-8 at the Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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Erik Olson

July 24, 2015 — 

Erik Olson has been named vice president and CEO of Renown Regional Medical Center.

Olson, who has 15 years experience in healthcare, previously served as regional vice president of operations at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. He also served in the Army National Guard for eight years.

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John Ahdunko

July 24, 2015 — 

John Ahdunko has joined Greater Nevada Credit Union as sales manager.

Ahdunko has more than 14 years experience in the financial services industry, including banks and credit unions, with a focus on service and performance.

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Anjali D. Webster

July 23, 2015 — 

Anjali D. Webster, an attorney in the Reno law office of Dickinson Wright PLLC, received the State Bar of Nevada’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year Award at the State Bar’s Annual Meeting in Seattle.

Webster was honored for her work in support of the passage of the Nevada’s Court of Appeals ballot initiative in 2014. She served as pro bono counsel for Nevadans for a Court of Appeals, a bipartisan political action committee comprised of thirteen Nevada senators and assemblypersons advocating for the creation of a court of appeals in Nevada.

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AMA board

July 23, 2015 — 

Rachel Kingham was named 2015-2016 president of the board of directors for the Reno-Tahoe Chapter of the Amercican Marketing Association.

Sig Wawdo was named vice president-elect.

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Basin and Range Organics leadership

July 21, 2015 — 

Christie McGill has founded named executive director of Basin and Range Organics, a nonprofit that aids organic producers, handlers, and supporters.

The nonprofit also established an advisory council, which includes: Clint Koble, chair; Marcia Litsinger, vice chair; Steve Litsinger, treasurer; Pat Lynch, secretary; Garrett Gatewood, technical advisor; and Rob Holley, livestock advisor.

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Lauren Dick, Katie Coleman

July 29, 2015 — 

Lauren Dick has joined the staff at KPS3 while Katie Coleman has been promoted by the marketing, public relations, and Web development firm.

Dick was hired as an account coordinator.

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Kay Mullin

July 29, 2015 — 

Kay Mullin has joined the Tahoe City office of Chase International as an agent.

Mullin previously worked a decade in the customer service and hospitality industries.

Emma Sepúlveda Pulvirenti, Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez

July 29, 2015 — 

Emma Sepúlveda Pulvirenti, foundation professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, and founding director of the Latino Research Center, and Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez, an alumna of the Honors Program of the University of Nevada, Reno, co-authored the book, “The Country I Call Home: Stories of Growing Up a Citizen in Every Way but One.”

Reka Danko, MD

July 21, 2015 — 

Reka Danko, MD, has been promoted to chief medical officer of Northern Nevada HOPES.

Dr. Danko has been working for HOPES part time since July of 2013 and took on the role of CMO in January of 2014.

She has been named the Physician of the Quarter twice by the Northern Nevada Medical Center for January-March 2015 and July-September 2013.

Dr. Danko earned her medical degree and completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine.

Dennis Bradley

July 21, 2015 — 

Dennis Bradley has joined Dickson Commercial Group as a broker.

Bradley, who has approximately 40 years of experience in real estate, Bradley began his career in real estate working within Colorado’s central mountain markets, just west of Denver. He also worked in Australia, where he did marketing for luxury resort properties.

Bradley returned to the U.S. serving as director for Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services before working for brokerage firms in southern California and southern Nevada.

Bradley also served on the Legislative and Government Affairs Committee of the Greater San Antonio Builder’s Association where he testified for construction and bills concerning real estate at the state capital during the 2009 legislative session.

In 2011, Bradley traveled back out west to the Inland Empire of Southern California to focus on non-performing loans and troubled asset dissolutions.

Amanda Eastwick, Casey Prostinak, Tomi Jo Lynch

July 21, 2015 — 

Amanda Eastwick and Casey Prostinak have joined the staff of Sperry Van Ness/ Gold Dust Commercial Associates, a franchised commercial real estate investment brokerage firm in Reno.

Eastwick and Prostinak will join Tomi Jo Lynch to form the firm’s local Industrial Office team. Eastwick will serve as senior advisor while Prostinak will serve as an associate.

Eastwick started her real estate career working with Silverado Homes in the land development department. She also worked with John Dermody Ventures for almost three years before joining Reno Property Management focusing on commercial sales and leasing.

Prostinak worked with various startup companies while pursuing his college degree.

Prostinak earned a dual bachelor’s of science degree in finance and economics from the University of Nevada, Reno. He also served two consecutive terms as president of the UNR Entrepreneurship Club.

Lynch and Eastwick have both worked exclusively in the industrial market for the past six years.

Chris Romm

July 20, 2015 — 

Chris Romm has been promoted to food and beverage director at Circus Circus Reno.

Romm previously worked at The Steakhouse as Circus chef. He also owned and worked at Continental Lounge and other local clubs, Harrah’s Reno, Peppermill Hotel and Casino, Carson Valley Inn and Bonanza Casino. In addition, he was executive chef at Gene Autry Hotel and Resort in Palm Springs, Calif., and executive chef, country club manager and owner at Lawrence Welk Desert Oasis and Cathedral Canyon Country Club Bar and Grill.

Romm was a culinary apprentice at Walter Annenberg’s Sunnylands Estate in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

KTMB officers, board

July 20, 2015 — 

Steven Fine, CEO of The Conversation, was elected president of the board of trustees for Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful.

Rick Darby, retired City of Sparks Development supervisor, was elected vice president.

Dian VanderWell was elected secretary, and Robert Ulrich will continue as treasurer.

Peter Gower, environmental planner for EMPSi, also was elected to the organization’s board of trustees.

Other elected board members were: Dave Bianchi, financial representative for Northwestern Mutual; Sean French, president of Community Banking for Wells Fargo; Steve Wolstenholme, president and chief operating officer for Grand Sierra Resort; Jeff Brigger, economic development executive for NV Energy; Traci Palmer, vice president, human resources strategy and shared services for IGT; Heidi Rich, marketing and community relations for Whole Foods Market; Laura White, district manager for Starbucks Coffee Company; and Jennifer Fonda, former banking executive and KTMB’s immediate past president.

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