AppointmentsTed Baseler>, Ste. Michelle’s president and CEO and Washington State University alumnus, has been reappointed to his second term on the WSU Board of Regents. Gov. Jay Inslee recently announced the appointment, which runs through Sept. 30, 2020.
Walla Walla Prospect Point Elementary Principal Chris Gardea was chosen as the Distinguished Elementary Principal for the Lake Wallula Region for this year. Gardea, who has been the school’s principal since 2008, is eligible for the National Distinguished Principal award, which is decided next fall.
Sondra Wilson and Julie Harrington of Columbia Basin Travel received the Travel Leaders Agency of Excellence Award for 2013. The winners were announced during the 2014 Travel Leaders National Meeting held in Glendale, Ariz. The agency also received the Travel Leaders Western Region “Above and Beyond — Technology” Award for its creative use of social media in promoting destinations and group travel. Columbia Basin Travel has been in business in the Tri-Cities since 1983 and has locations in Richland and Kennewick.