-- Joany Gardin-Gonzalez has joined the staff of the Life Care Center of Kennewick as an executive director.
Gardin-Gonzalez has almost 15 years of experience in long-term care as a certified nursing assistant. She has served in the field as a social worker, social services director and director of admissions and marketing. She holds a bachelor's degree in social services and a master's degree in health care administration, and recently completed Life Care's administrator-in-training program. She grew up in Olympia.
-- Erik Johnson is the new executive chef for The Marc Restaurant and the adjacent Vineyard Lounge at Walla Walla's Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center. Johnson joined the team in 2009 as a sous chef and was promoted to executive sous chef in 2011.
-- Nancy Uziemblo was recently promoted to Nuclear Waste Program Specialist at the Washington Department of Ecology's Richland office. Uziemblo will represent Ecology on the Hanford Natural Resources Trustee Council, working to restore, replace or acquire resources harmed by contamination at the Hanford site. She has been with Ecology for 22 years.
-- Kate McAteer is now assistant vice chancellor of academic affairs at Washington State University Tri-Cities, a release said. She's been at the Richland campus since 2002. McAteer has been serving as undergraduate studies coordinator since January. She'll also teach a new required freshman seminar course this fall covering Hanford and its impact on local history and culture and the broader world.
-- Richard Bogert of Pasco's the Bogert Group recently was appointed to the state Community Economic Revitalization Board to represent the region east of the Cascades and west of the Columbia River. Bogert started Bogert Aviation in 1983 as a service-based business and shifted the company's focus in 1986 to manufacturing aircraft parts. The Bogert Group also manufactures marine products, commercial hydraulics, commercial jacks and special items for the U.S Department of Defense.
-- The Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities has been recognized for its outstanding website with an Award of Excellence from the Executive Officers Council of the National Association of Home Builders. The winning entries have been added to a searchable directory of Award of Excellence winning entries, so that other executives and associations across the country can access and learn from them to provide better service to their own members and community. "Our redesigned website was created to feel like it is two different websites -- one for consumers and another for our members, so that both groups can find the information they need more efficiently," said HBA Executive Director Jeff Losey.