-- Heather Kriss has joined the staff of Senior Life Resources Northwest as the new development associate. She will be implementing and managing a comprehensive development program, and building and maintaining relationships that will engage the community and donors in the mission of Senior Life Resources. Kriss has a master's degree in arts and nonprofit management.
-- Paul Hirschman has been named the director of the Department of Energy's engineering division for the Hanford vitrification plant. He will lead the team responsible for the vit plant's project design. He joined DOE's Hanford Office of River Protection in 2006 and previously was a nuclear operator for the Navy and worked for private industry.
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-- Clark L. Pernann and Erik R. Pielstick, both investment adviser representatives of Financial Management, have been named Best Financial Planners by the Consumers' Research Council of America every year since 2005. They are independently registered investment advisers in the Tri-Cities and Yakima.
-- Steve Norton of Richland, a member of the Project Management Institute, has been named a global PMI Chapter Volunteer of the Year. Norton worked on the chapter's Board of Education for four years. He helped create a long-term, lasting relationship between the chapter and Columbia Basin College, and implemented a significant non-dues revenue generation model within the chapter to create a greater income stream. His actions enabled the chapter to provide member and community benefits, such as the funding of a perpetual college scholarship established through the PMI Educational Foundation.
-- Sean Eiholzer, a chemical engineer living in Richland was honored by District 9 as the District Toastmaster of the Year in recognition of exceptional leadership and devoted service at the District 9 Fall Conference in Wenatchee. Eiholzer's achievements include Toastmasters' District 9 governor, Area Governor of the Year and Division Governor of the Year. Eiholzer is a Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest achievement awarded by Toastmasters International and it recognizes communication and leadership skills. Eilholzer is involved in six Tri-City-area Toastmaster clubs.
-- Ilke Arslan of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory was picked to attend the 25th U.S. Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium. This invite-only National Academy event is designed to foster discussions among about 100 high-profile young scientists across a range of disciplines. Arslan uses her physics expertise in chemical imaging and to developing catalysts for clean energy. She won research fellowships from the Royal Society USA and the National Science Foundation, and received a U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
-- The owners of the Kennewick, Richland and Yakima Travel Leaders agencies were among 24 Travel Leaders nationwide to receive this year's Agency of Excellence. Sondra Wilson, president, Julie Harrington, chief operating officer, and Teresa Arendt, chief financial officer, were recognized for their leadership and business success.
-- Carrie Green, executive director of Three Rivers Community Foundation, has been appointed to the Washington's Charities Advisory Council. The council is tasked with identifying emerging issues and trends affecting Washington's charitable organizations. Under state law, the Charitable Advisory Council advises the Secretary of State on training and educational needs of charitable organizations and model policies related to governance and administration of these organizations.
-- Joe Perez, owner of Valley Pipe of Prosser, recently won a 2000 "Millennium Edition" Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce in a drawing held by the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center in Prosser. The bike was donated by Clore Center board member Greg Royer. Ticket sales for the drawing raised more than $15,000 for the center.
-- Southeast Washington Dutch Bros. Coffee shops raised $7,544 for the Wounded Warrior Project on Veterans Day. Dutch Bros. in the Wenatchee Valley, Yakima, Sunnyside, Pasco, Kennewick, Moses Lake and Walla Walla donated $1 from each drink sold to the cause. All of those locations are locally owned and operated.
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