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Samaritan worker wins breastfeeding honor

On Jan. 3, the Linn Benton Lincoln County Breastfeeding Coalition honored Rocio Badger, maternity care coordinator of Samaritan Health Services, with the coalition’s third annual Breastfeeding Advocate of the Year award.

Badger connects prenatal Spanish-speaking clients with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children and other resources so they can connect with programs they need and get support and education about breastfeeding. She calls WIC when babies are born to translate and report the births of the babies and to get mothers connected with support. She helps the families she works with fill out paperwork for the Oregon Health Plan and Social Security.

The coalition is a regional collaborative that empowers and educates the community to support families in reaching their breastfeeding goals. Member agencies work toward increasing access to lactation resources, improving knowledge of best practices, and enhancing a supportive work and social environment.

Bank names new branch manager

Citizens Bank recently announced the hiring of Anthony Thompson as vice president and branch manager for the Circle Branch in Corvallis.

Thompson succeeds Peggy Obrist, who retired on March 22.

He grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated from Francis Marion University in South Carolina. He worked for  three U.S. senators in Washington, DC. He then managed the public affairs company of a retired senator who also was serving as a U.S. ambassador at large.

Thompson lived in London for five years as head of marketing and public relations for a British-American management consulting group. He returned to the United States to manage a private real estate and equity portfolio belonging to a member of the Ford family in Palm Beach, Florida, before moving to the Bay Area in 2001.

Thompson began his banking career in 2001 as a private banker for Summit Bank in Oakland, California.  He found his calling as a community bank commercial banking officer for the Bank of Alameda. Last year, he had the opportunity to relocate to Corvallis.

Real estate broker earns designation

RE/MAX Integrity recently announced that Tamara Rousso, licensed real estate broker, has been awarded the Senior Real Estate Specialist designation from the Senior Real Estate Specialist Council of the National Association of Realtors.

Rousso joins more than 15,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the Senior Real Estate Specialist designation. To earn the designation, agents are required to complete a comprehensive course in understanding the needs, considerations and goals of real estate buyers and sellers age 50 and up.

The Senior Real Estate Specialist Council, founded in 2007, is the world's largest association of real estate professionals focusing specifically on representing senior clients in real estate transactions. The organization has more than 15,000 active members worldwide.

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