Business Briefcase for Sept. 22

By the Herald staffSeptember 21, 2013 


- Ruby Leung, a climate science researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been elected as a fellow in the American Geophysical Union. She was recognized for her leadership in the development and use of regional climate models to advance climate change and hydroclimate research. Her accomplishments include developing novel methods for modeling mountain clouds and precipitation in climate models and improving understanding of hydroclimate variability and change.

- Kristen Fox, Kadlec Regional Medical Center’s director of human resources, will receive the National Mentorship Award from the American Society of Healthcare Human Resources on Oct. 1 at the society’s national meeting in Washington, D.C. Fox, a Richland High School graduate, is being recognized for outstanding leadership and counsel to others in the profession.

- Walla Walla Mayor Jim Barrow recently received an advanced certificate of municipal leadership from the Association of Washington Cities. To earn it, Barrow completed more than 60 hours of training credits and demonstrated valuable service to the community.

New positions

- Cora Shellito, a financial representative, has been hired by the Kennewick office of Northwestern Mutual. She also will be working as a recruiting field director to find new financial representatives for the Tri-Cities area. Northwestern Mutual also has hired Nathan D. Price as a financial representative.


- James M. Crosslin, a research plant pathologist with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service in Prosser, will retire Oct. 1. Crosslin is an expert in virus and phytoplasma related disorders in potatoes and has led the potato zebra chip disorder research team.


- Dutch Bros. Coffee Pasco’s customers helped raise $1,009 for the Pasco School District on Sept. 4 to pay for back-to-school supplies. Dutch Bros. Pasco donated $1 of every drink sold for the cause. The 609 Burden Blvd. shop is owned by Brad and Meghan Barnes, who first came to Pasco in 2011. Since Dutch Bros. Pasco first opened in 2011, the couple have given back more than $20,000 to the local community, according to a news release.

Honors, recognitions

- Cascade Natural Gas of Kennewick received the highest ranking in customer satisfaction in its size range in the 2013 J.D. Power Gas Utility Residential Customers Satisfaction Study. Cascade tied with another midsize gas company in the Western region. The national study looks at six survey areas: billing and payment, price, corporate citizenship, communications, field service and customer service.

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