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SamCare Express welcomes practitioner

Jennifer Wilson, family nurse practitioner, recently joined Samaritan Health Services, providing care to patients of SamCare Express – Albany.

Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree from Linfield University and a master’s degree from Oregon Health & Sciences University.

Originally from the Willamette Valley, Wilson’s clinical interests include illness prevention, antibiotic stewardship, nutrition education and exercise promotion.

At SamCare Express, Wilson provides same-day care to patients with minor injuries and illnesses.

Broker joins realty firm

RE/MAX Integrity recently announced that Jen Conners, licensed broker, has joined the firm’s Albany office at 2910 Santiam Highway SE.

Conners joins RE/MAX Integrity as a buyer specialist for the Porch and Pasture Realty Group. She is working alongside her husband, Brad Conners, serving Albany and the surrounding areas. She originally is from Northern California.

Prior to entering real estate, Conners worked for more than 10 years in the emergency department of Kaiser Permanente, and later worked in various administrative roles at the Santa Rosa, California, Fire Department and the Sonoma Country Day School, all allowing her to be involved in the community.

Conners can be reached at 541-566-6994 or

Democrats elect officers, delegates

The Benton County Democrats Central Committee elected a new slate of officers and delegates and alternates for the 4th and 5th Congressional District and State Central Committee at its Jan. 17 meeting.

They are:

• Officers: Amanda Larson, chair; Tony Lapiz, first vice chair; Taryn Bazurto, second vice chair; Bob Heald, treasurer; and Ann Gaidos-Morgan, secretary.

• State Central Committee: delegates, Charles Maughan, Ron Gibbons, Heather Bishop and Jenn Wig; alternates, Linda Ramsey, Trish Weber, John Booker and Dan de Carbonel.

• 4th Congressional District: delegates, Gennifer Godstein, Harrison Schreiber and Jim Lucas; alternates, John Booker and Ann Gaidos-Morgan.

• 5th Congressional District: delegates, Sam Sappington and Catherine Stearns; alternate, Terry Virnig.

Credit union names education director

Oregon State Credit Union has named Ashley McDonough its community education director.

Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Rhonda Heile-Brown made the announcement in January.

McDonough comes to the credit union with her most recent experience as a lead instructor for English language acquisition classes at both Oregon State University and Linn-Benton Community College. She also worked as a teacher of English Language Learner curriculum at Central High School in Independence and as a substitute in the Corvallis and Albany school districts.

Her educational background includes an undergraduate degree in international studies and modern languages from Pacific University, masters and teachers certifications from the University of Oregon, and studies abroad in Chad, France and Argentina. She is multilingual and conducted English as a Second Language coursework in Spanish and French.

Oregon State Credit Union has won several national awards for its financial education efforts over the last 15 years, reaching an average of 8,000 to 10,000 youth and adults with more than 550 presentations annually.

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