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Samaritan names 2 to foundations

Two senior development professionals recently were named to leadership positions for the Samaritan Health Services foundations.

Karen Shaw was named vice president/chief development officer, and Taylor Gilmour was named assistant vice president, central foundation operations.

With more than 20 years in philanthropy, Shaw previously served in leadership roles in higher education and in social services, most recently at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, where she was associate vice president for university advancement. At Samaritan, Shaw leads the system’s philanthropy efforts and works with the charitable foundations at each of Samaritan’s five affiliated hospitals, as well as on regional projects.

Gilmour was promoted to her current position at Samaritan this year, after joining the organization in 2014. She oversees the central foundation operations, including the annual fund and donor relations. She came to Samaritan from the Providence Alaska Foundation — Anchorage, where she was director of operations.

The Samaritan Foundations include the Albany General Hospital Foundation, the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, the Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation, the North Lincoln Hospital Foundation and the Pacific Communities Health District Foundation.

Hospice workers win honor 

Benton Hospice Service Medical Social Worker Nancy Smith and Bereavement Coordinator Melissa Allen were named to Oregon’s 2016 Hospice Dream Team by the Oregon Hospice Association.

Awards were presented last September at the Professional Practices Exchange in Bend.

Each fall, the association celebrates individuals who exemplify the best in hospice care by naming the Hospice Dream Team, which includes a physician, a nurse, a hospice aide, a social worker, a chaplain, a volunteer and a professional staff member.

Allen joined Benton Hospice in Corvallis in 2012 as a medical social worker. In 2014, she was promoted to bereavement coordinator. Allen facilitates grief support groups and provides one-on-one counseling to both community and hospice families.

Benton Hospice Service, a member of the association, is a nonprofit organization providing compassionate care for seriously ill people and their families, as well as community support through community education and support groups. Benton Hospice has served Linn and Benton counties since 1980.

Evans promoted at Old Mill 

Old Mill Center for Children and Families recently promoted Child and Family Therapist Dana Evans to her new role as clinical supervisor of the center’s outpatient program.

Evans has 19 years of therapy experience, and has worked at Old Mill Center, a Corvallis entity, since 2015. She earned a master of social work degree in mental health counseling and family systems therapy from Syracuse University in New York, and her specialized training includes play therapy, grief and loss, and trauma.

Old Mill Center for Children and Families is a full-service provider of preschool, mental health, early intervention and parent support for children from birth to age 18, and their families. Services address the educational, social, emotional and family needs of a diverse population of children. The center has served Benton County since 1977.

Broker earns designation

Broker Jill Schuster of RE/MAX Integrity real estate firm in Corvallis recently earned the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist designation in recognition of her experience, knowledge and expertise in the luxury residential market.

Schuster joins a growing group of real estate professionals trained and experienced in selling and marketing to the affluent.

The designation, owned and registered by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, recognizes residential real estate professionals who have demonstrated experience and proficiency in working with affluent clients. The institute awards the recognition only to professionals who have provided verified and notarized documentation of performance reflecting sales in the top 10 percent of their given market. The institute does not recognize any transactions less than $500,000 as luxury, regardless of market performance or fluctuations.

Schuster received a master’s degree in regional science (geodemographics) in 1981 and started her business career in commercial real estate, then moving into a marketing path, including serving on the Oregon State University President’s Cabinet. She received the Master Level Certified Negotiation Expert designation in 2012.

Nursery hires bee specialist

Shonnard’s Nursery, Florist & Landscape in Corvallis recently announced the hire of a new beekeeping specialist, Fred Selby.

Selby came to the nursery from Chico, California, where he managed his father’s commercial apiary for 15 years. He ran 6,000 hives and helped raise more than 30,000 queen bees.

School district wins recognition

For the 28th consecutive year, the Corvallis School District Finance and Operations Department has been awarded the highest recognition for a comprehensive financial report.

The district’s 2015-16 report received the Certificate of Achievement, the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

The award indicates that the district meets high standards, including demonstrating full disclosure and transparency in financial reporting.

The award is judged by an impartial panel to meet the standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a spirit of full disclosure to communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read it. The district's report is available at

Lebanon eatery wins honor

The Boulder Falls Inn in Lebanon was honored in Wine Spectator’s 2017 Restaurant Awards, which highlights restaurants around the world that offer the best wine selections.

A list of winners, along with full details on the awards, can be found in the magazine’s August issue. The listing also can be found at and in the newly revamped Restaurant Awards app.

Credit union elects board

Benton County Schools Credit Union, the oldest financial institution in Corvallis, held its 64th annual meeting June 24 at the fairgrounds in Corvallis.

Elections to fill the open positions on the credit union’s board of directors, Supervisory Committee and Credit Committee took place.

The following volunteers were elected to the 2017-18 board: Kevin DeCoster, board chair; Dorothy Gallagher, vice chair; Harold Brauner, second vice chair; Margi Dusek, secretary; and Joe R. Tofte, treasurer. Elected to the credit union's 2017-18 Supervisory Committee were Leeanne Trivett, committee chair; Karen Selander; Vickie Taylor; Michael Krasilovsky; and David Low. Elected to the BCSCU 2017-18 Credit Committee were Randy Trivett, committee chair; Christina Gerding; Peter Scott; Sandra Bell; and Robert Finneran.


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