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Movers & Shakers (July 22)

Movers & Shakers (July 22)

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People on the Move

Central Willamette Community Credit Union has announced that Matthew Forney has been promoted to the position of sales director.

Forney previously worked as branch manager of the Salem and Waverly offices of Central Willamette. He is a Jefferson High School graduate and resides in Albany with his wife and daughters.


Old Mill Center for Children and Families has announced the appointment of Bettina Schempf as executive director.

Schempf previously worked as executive director of Benton Habitat for Humanity and as general manager of Familyworks in Auckland, New Zealand. Old Mill Center has provided services to local families since 1977. It serves more than 1,600 families annually.

Officers & Directors

United Way of Benton and Lincoln Counties has announced its 2013-14 Board of Directors.

Officers are community volunteer Roger Lizut, president; Anissa Arthenayake of OSU Federal Credit Union, past president; Rod Aust of The Corvallis Clinic, president-elect and resource development chair; and Justin Bazzano of Citizens Bank, treasurer. Newly elected board members include Mohamed Alyajouri of The Corvallis Clinic, Vonda Derksen of Hewlett-Packard Co., Jeff Gardner of Irie-AT, community volunteer Jim Martinez and Chris Norman of Samaritan Health Plans.

Continuing to serve their terms are Douglas Bourdo of The Corvallis Clinic, Erick Edtl of Samaritan Health Services, Janet Gambatese of Samaritan Health Services, community volunteer Dan Hallgrimson, Aaron Manley of the City of Corvallis and Sarah Wayt of 4 Spirits Distillery.


The Rotary Club of Greater Corvallis recently announced its 2013-14 slate of officers and directors.

Jeff Davis is this year’s president and Lee Eckroth is president-elect. Rick Schroff is immediate past president. Other officers and directors are Bernie Sebastien, treasurer; Ken Haines, secretary; Lu Ratzlaff, director of membership; Gerry Kosanovic, director of new generations; Jennifer Costa, director of community service; Ken Robblee, director of vocational service; Ben Danley, director of public relations; Ron Thiesen, director of club administration; and Kathleen Hutchinson, director of international service.

Megan Schneider and Mike Corwin have retired from the board.

Take a Bow

Two technologies advanced by the National Energy Technology Laboratory, in collaboration with strategic partners, have been recognized by R&D Magazine as among the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the commercial marketplace in 2012.

This year’s awards recognize NETL and development partner Allegheny Technologies Inc., ATI Allvac Albany, in developing a method to monitor melting and refining of specialty metals, and NETL’s partner MDS Coating Technologies Corporation, for their work in developing an erosion-resistant nanocoating for gas turbine applications.

Vacuum arc remelting is the primary method for melting and refining specialty metals for aerospace and other advanced applications. Defects in ingots from VARs can cause catastrophic failure in their end use. Flaws often are caused by solidification problems due to operational characteristics, such as constricting of arcs during melting. Previously, these conditions could not be identified during furnace operations, requiring ingot manufacturers to perform extensive testing on all ingots.

NETL’s Arc Position Sensing technology allows operators to digitally monitor arc location during melting, quickly identifying deleterious operating conditions and avoiding known conditions that may lead to defects. The Arc Position Sensing Technology was developed by C. Rigel Woodside and Paul E. King of NETL-Albany with support from Chris Nordlund of the ATI Allvac Albany.

During aircraft operation, gas turbine engines are continuously exposed to erosive media that damage engine components. Nanostructured coatings applied to compressor airfoil surfaces can significantly reduce material loss, leading to improved engine performance and fuel efficiency. The BlackGold Nanocoating Technology was developed by Phil Rodger, Jean-Pierre Huot, Marcio Duffles, Simon Durham and Steve Guetre of MDS Coatings, Renzo Ninomiya of Delta Air Lines, and Cynthia Powell and David Alman of NETL-Albany.


Richard Gretz Goldsmiths of Corvallis has won Oregon Bride Magazine’s Best Indie Jewelry Designer (Willamette Valley) for the second consecutive year.

The magazine’s “Best of 2013” identifies the year’s best resources for planning a wedding. Winners are determined through a two-tier approach. Upon winning the public popular vote, the final vote is determined by wedding industry peers. The 2013 winners were announced at an awards gala held June 27 in Portland. Gretz has been designing jewelry and making custom pieces for more than 30 years in Corvallis.


For the second year in a row, Cardwell Hill Cellars has been awarded a gold medal at the Northwest Wine Summit International Competition.

The 2011 Estate Pinot Noir was a gold medal winner in one of the largest wine competitions in the Pacific Northwest. Also, the Cardwell Hill Cellars 2012 Rosé from Pinot Noir took a silver medal and the 2012 Blanc de Noir won a bronze medal. Wineries in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia competed for awards and industry recognition.

Cardwell Hill Cellars is northwest of Philomath near the intersection of highways 20 and 223. The vineyards and winery are owned by Dan and Nancy Chapel, 24241 Cardwell Hill Drive.

Training & Development

Francis Potts of Corvallis has completed clinical training at the Pastoral Counseling Center and has been confirmed as a Certified Pastoral Counselor in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

Potts, a deacon serving St. Mary’s Catholic Church, is a board-certified chaplain at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

The PCC, with offices in Corvallis, Albany and Lebanon, provides clinical and pastoral counseling to individuals, couples and families based on a need for care rather than an ability to pay.

A nonprofit agency in the Mid-Willamette Valley since 1977, the PCC also offers training opportunities for graduate students, postgraduate interns and ordained ministers interested in the professional integration of psychotherapy and spirituality. Under such programs, Potts completed more than 500 hours of clinical training to earn his certification.

For information on training opportunities at the PCC, call Clinical Director Anthony Terndrup at 541-753-9217.


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