Mid-Columbia briefcase for Dec. 11, 2011

Here is a list of recent Mid-Columbia business certifications, classes, awards:

Marinez Shields of Shields Accounting Services is a certified QuickBooks Pro adviser and Sleeter Group business consultant.

She recently completed a Sleeter Group Accounting Solutions seminar emphasizing Cloud Technology's effects on accounting. Shields can be contacted for accounting services at 430-9446.

Angela Smith, a public affairs specialist with Energy Northwest, has been selected for the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Leadership Program's Class 34. The 18-month program is conducted through the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation. Participants study and analyze issues affecting Washington's natural resource industries in 14 seminars.

Barbara Culver, enrolled agent of Tax Center Plus, has completed the Schuldiner/Smollan Memorial Leadership Academy, administered by the National Association of Enrolled Agents. Enrolled agents are federally authorized tax practitioners who advise and represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service as well as preparing tax returns. For more information, go to or call 735-2400.

Jim Carey, an area Cruise Holidays franchise owner, has won the "Golden Anchor" award.

The award celebrates one of the franchise owners who contributes great ideas, participates in Cruise Holidays programs and is willing to help other franchise owners reach their goals. Carey also was named Outstanding Sales Achiever and was inducted into the company's 2011 President's Circle. For more information on his business, call 628-9555 or go to

Joel D. Arana is Dade Moeller's newest certified health physicist based at its Richland headquarters. Arana, a full-time Dade Moeller employee since 2003, successfully passed Parts I and II of the certification exam administered by the American Board of Health Physics in June. Arana manages the company's Radiation Projects Division and is a manager on the dose reconstruction project supporting the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

New positions

* Eastern Oregonian native Jared N. Hawkins has joined Kristian E. Hedine and his Walla Walla law firm Virtual In-House Counsel. Hawkins earned his bachelor's at Brigham Young University and completed his juris doctorate at J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU, graduating with honors in 2004. He was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 2004 and joined the Air Force as a judge advocate in March 2005. Jared was raised speaking English, but has spoken conversational Spanish since 1996. His areas of practice include employment law, business law, landlord-tenant matters and general civil litigation.

Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels has a new volunteer coordinator. Linda Sealock will be responsible for recruiting, running volunteer orientation, and recognizing volunteers who serve and deliver meals in Benton and Franklin Counties. Sealock has a background in restaurant management and marketing and has been a meal delivery volunteer for the past three years. For more information about Meals on Wheels, call 735-1911.

Eileen Griffin has been named the vice president of wealth management and human resources at Gesa Credit Union. Griffin will focus on the company's investment program and ensure that employees are committed to the company's goals and member service philosophy.


Hanford High School math teacher Greg Kelly has received recognition from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Each year MIT asks news students to share the name of an influential teacher. Hanford High graduate Cameron Wagar named Kelly as someone who was especially influential in his development.

"We thank Mr. Kelly and other teachers like him for their time, expertise and patience in positively impacting the lives of students," Stuart Schmill, MIT dean of admissions, wrote in a news release.

Service expansion

Abadan of Richland has expanded its service area to offer Konica Minolta office equipment to Yakima as well as the Tri-Cities area.

Abadan plans to contact Yakima area businesses and to donate $10 per business to the Yakima County Veterans Program via Yakima Neighborhood Health Services. The goal is to donate $5,000, according to a news release.


* Esprit Graphic Communications Inc. has been honored with gold and silver awards at the annual International Gallery of Superb Printing Competition.

The worldwide competition honors excellence in graphic expression. Esprit has offices in downtown Kennewick and Enterprise, Ore.

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