• Kennewick-based landscaping companySenske Services
has been named one of the largest in North America by an industry publication. The company came in at 64 on the Top 100 Lawn & Landscape List from Lawn & Landscape Magazine. The lawn, tree and pest control provider has operations throughout eastern Washington, Idaho and Utah as well as in Las Vegas.
• Stephanie Schleif is the new facilities transition project manager for the Washington State Department of Ecology, replacing longtime employee Rick Bond after he retired. She will oversee facilities that include the Plutonium Finishing Plant, the 324 Building and the Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility at Hanford and offsite facilities such as PermaFix Northwest and Areva NP. She has worked for the state for 1 1/2 years and before that she was a nuclear engineer at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
• A family nurse practitioner and nurse scholar with experience in health care policy for children is taking over leadership of Washington State University Tri-Cities College of Nursing.Debbie Nogueras
was recently hired to lead the program and its expansion into generating more higher-level graduates, a release said. Nogueras earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing and a doctorate from Barry University, a private Catholic university outside of Miami. She most recently worked as an associate professor at Northern Arizona University, where she was the coordinator for the Doctor of Nursing Practice and Family Nurse Practitioner programs. She also worked in the Center for Medicare Services demonstration project at NAU, which was one of five sites nationwide to have the program. Nogueras has served on boards and developed programs aimed at improving health care policy regarding children and adolescents. She’s also focused on educating nurse practitioners in rural areas.
has been named chief of staff of the Department of Energy’s Richland Operations Office at Hanford. He most recently served temporarily as the acting chief of staff for the DOE Office of Environmental Management in Washington, D.C., and was the chief of staff for the DOE Hanford Office of River Protection. He has worked for DOE for 23 years, 17 of those at Hanford. A new chief of staff for the Office of River Protection has yet to be selected.