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Comings & Goings

Colby and Katie Jager have opened Beyond Fitness Northwest, a gym at 582 S.W. Adams Ave., the former location of Oregon Camera.

The gym is designed to create an intimate community of health-minded individuals who encourage and motivate one another to new levels of health and well-being. Beyond Fitness Northwest is affiliated with the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center employee wellness program.

Colby Jager is a Crossfit Level 1 certified trainer, and both the Jagers are certified by the American Council on Exercise. The couple provide specialized classes in mobility and strength building. The classes change every day to use a full-body functional training system. The Jagers also offer private personal training.

The business offers a complimentary guest pass for one class visit. Further information is available at 541-760-4790 or


Attorney Joan Demarest of Corvallis has launched a private law practice, focusing on family matters as well as criminal law.

Demarest, a Benton County deputy district attorney from 1998 to 2006, is also a legal advisor to students at Oregon State University.

A Corvallis resident since age 9, Demarest earned a Bachelor of Arts in government and psychology from Smith College, and a law degree from the University of Oregon Law School.

She has was on the Corvallis School Board from 2001 to 2005, and has been on the boards of the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence, the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis, Calyx Publishing and Plain Talk. She is a member of Corvallis Zonta, the Greater Corvallis Rotary Club and the Leadership Corvallis class of 2011. In 2001, Demarest was named Junior First Citizen of Corvallis for her volunteer efforts.

Through the Oregon State Bar’s Modest Means Program, a portion of her criminal law practice is dedicated to representing low-income individuals who do not qualify as “indigent” for court-appointed attorneys.

Demarest’s law office can be reached at 541-745-2526.

News & Notes

Special Occasions, a Corvallis party shop, recently unveiled a new website at


Two Benton County companies have received Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center commercialization grants.

Recipients are Corvallis Tool Company in Philomath and Trillium FiberFuels Inc. in Corvallis. The companies will use the funding to work closely with Oregon BEST researchers at Oregon State University to test and develop technologies.

The grant will enable Corvallis Tool Company to employ two new engineers immediately.

Trillium FiberFuels is developing process technology and equipment for converting cellulosic feedstocks into ethanol, with emphasis on regional agricultural residue from grass seed and wheat production. Collaborating with OSU researcher Christine Kelly, the company will work to develop a special enzyme for use in its novel cellulosic ethanol fermentation process.

The funding is aimed at fast-tracking development of some of the state’s most promising renewable energy and sustainable built environment products and technologies so that companies can move them to market more rapidly, creating new clean-tech jobs while making available solutions to global energy and natural resource issues.

People on the Move

Citizens Bank has promoted Patrick “Pat” Joerger to vice president and commercial loan officer of the East Albany branch. Joerger was previously the branch’s commercial loan officer.


Jerilyn Opoien has joined McCully Realty as a licensed real estate broker.

Opoien is working in Corvallis/Albany and throughout the Willamette Valley. She can be reached at 541-974-2813 or

Take a Bow

Paul Daskalos, a physician at Samaritan Albany General Hospital, recently received the 2010 Preceptor of the Year Award from the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon for his commitment to the medical students he has mentored since joining Samaritan in 1997.

Daskalos, who has more than 15 years of experience in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, has served as a preceptor to residents and medical students for more than four years.

Officers & Directors

The Corvallis Indoor Winter Market Volunteer Board has elected Diane Wilt of Sunset Valley Organic-Wilt Farms as its new president.

Other board members are Tony Gaetz of Bare Mountain Farms, Katie McNeil of Pacific Sourdough, Bertie Stringer of Honeystone Candles, Elizabeth Kerle of Denison Farms, Jan Bullock of Oregon Hand-Crafted Pine Needle Baskets, Kathy Powers of Specially Made, and Michelle Palmquist of The Custom Soap Shop.

The Corvallis Indoor Winter Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through April 9 at the Benton County Fairgrounds. For further information see


Kay Schaffer has been elected to chair the Benton Hospice Service Board of Directors for 2011. Schaffer, dean emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University, has been a member of the board since 2007.

Other officers include Sheila Goodwin, vice-chair; Tamina Toray, secretary; and Scott Meeker, treasurer. New board members are Dina Lindquist, Hewlett-Packard Co.; Christine Smith, retired attorney; and Barbara Swain, Keller Williams Realty. They join continuing board members John Bacon, Courtney Campbell, Gary Delander, Gabriele Ford, Simon Justice, Lia McCabe, Jason Phillips, Deb Rose, Jeanne Smith and Bruce Thomson.

Benton Hospice Service is an independent, nonprofit hospice providing end-of-life care in Linn and Benton counties since 1980. For information about services, volunteer opportunities, or bereavement groups, call 541-757-9616 or see

Training & Development

Elizabeth Stevens of Barker-Uerlings Insurance in Corvallis has achieved the Certified Insurance Counselor designation. Stevens has completed an insurance education program sponsored by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors.

Stevens, account manager of Barker-Uerlings, joined it in 2004. She has 35 years of experience with insurance companies and agencies, and works in the commercial lines department.


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