-- United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties has hired Nancy Metro as a resource development coordinator.
Metro is responsible for fundraising and community education efforts and will help implement promotional activities and special events. She holds a bachelor's degree from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.
-- The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce has hired Jason Jones as sales manager.
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Jones will share the benefits of chamber membership with the business community. He will meet with potential members and serve as a staff liaison for the chamber's membership committee.
He is a former territory sales manager at Express Employment Professionals and has an extensive background in nonprofit work, healthcare marketing and business to business sales. He is a graduate of Eastern Washington University, with a bachelor's in communications/public relations.
-- Anthony's Restaurants has promoted Steve Valdez, current senior manager at Anthony's Restaurants at Columbia Point, to general manager of its newest restaurant: Budd's Broiler Steakhouse, set to open next year in Richland.
Valdez was born and raised in Othello, and lives in Pasco with his wife and four children. He has been a manager at Anthony's since its opening in 2004.
"I have had the pleasure of having Steve work alongside me for the past 10 years," said Mike Tvedt, Anthony's general manager. "Steve has been very instrumental in the success we have enjoyed here in the Tri-Cities."
-- The Lower Columbia Audubon Society has appointed new officers for 2014-15.
Vice president is Lori Wallerman Nelson; treasurer, Madeleine Brown; and secretary, Debbie Berkowitz.
-- The Health Center in Walla Walla has elected five new board members for the summer.
Melani Mangum, RN (Providence St. Mary Medical Center), Karen Bayne, Linda Brown, Ted Koehler (BMAC), and Sharon Hopwood (Saviah Cellars) will help the organization continue to provide school-based medical and counseling services to at-risk youth at Blue Ridge Elementary and Lincoln High School.
-- Tri-Citian Sean Boeck, a Richland High School graduate, won the Rookie of the Year Award at the recent Spokane Transit "bus roadeo."
Competitors drove 40-foot buses through a series of obstacles and completed numerous exercises, such as sudden stops and backing up blindly. Drivers had seven minutes to complete the course.
-- Washington Law and Politics magazine has named Megan Hale of Tamaki Law to its Rising Stars 2014 list based on peer nominations and evaluations, and combined with third party research.
Hale is an associate at Tamaki Law Offices with locations in Yakima, Tri-Cities and Bellevue. Her practice focuses on personal injury litigation, including auto collision, premises liability and sex abuse cases.
She is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington and Seattle University School of Law.