- Christopher Drake recently was elected president of the Exchange Club of Walla Walla.
The club works to improve the local community through service and outreach.
Drake was elected during a ceremony June 24. Tracy Shrouf is president-elect; Kim McDaniels, vice president; Carolyn Keyes, secretary; Scott Adams, treasurer; Brian Dohe, past president; Tera Davis, club member activities; Tina Bradbury, youth activities; Michelle Goodwin, American citizenship; Nelle Cornelison, public and member relations; Denise Mann, child abuse prevention; Bryan Ponti, community activities; Ed George and Debi Allessio, club liaisons; and Rich Eagon, club newsletter.
Scott Adams is Rookie of the Year. James Payen is Exchangite of the Year.
- Dr. Lynette Charity recently was named a semifinalist in the World Championship of Public Speaking.
The competition, to be held Aug. 24 in Cincinnati, Ohio, is the largest speech contest in the world, according to a news release.
Charity is a member of the Atomic City Toastmasters in Richland. She competed in club, area and district competitions to qualify for the World Championship, where she will be competing against 87 other public speakers from around the world.
- Simon Property Group at Columbia Center recently hired Jordan Youngs as the new director of marketing business development.
Youngs will focus on marketing the mall through advertising, media relations, event planning and social media.
He also will be responsible for selling advertising space.
- Southridge High School in Kennewick recently hired Tim Wood as the school's assistant principal and athletic and activities director.
Wood recently served as athletic and activities director at Rogers High School in Spokane, where he also taught special education.