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Movers & Shakers (Nov. 3)

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Officers & Directors

The Kiwanis Club of Corvallis recently installed officers for the 2014-15 year.

Installed as president was Barbara Malloy, director of the Presbyterian Preschool and Child Care Center. Other officers are president-elect Michael Lee of Home Life; vice president Jennifer Roberts, executive director of Regent Court; secretary Megan Cadwell, operations officer of Citizens Bank; treasurer Gerard Groesz, manager of FirstAmerican Title; and past president Brad Teel of Teel Travel Planners.

Board members elected are Dave Anderson, retired from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; Jack Peters of Oregon State University; Brian Robertson, owner of Willamette Investment Advisors; Andrew Myrtue, owner of Bullfrog Landscape; Peggy Obrist, vice president and branch manager of Citizens Bank; Irma Sargent, retired from the Oregon State University Extension Service; Ryan Hanson, financial advisor for Edward Jones; and Sandra Thiesen of Benton Habitat for Humanity.


The Marys River Watershed Council recently welcomed new director Joseph Kemper, representing the OSU Hydrophiles.

Members re-elected directors Jennifer Beathe, May Dasch, Mark Taratoot and Thom Whittier. Drew Bennett and Dave Schmedding stepped down this year. Incoming officers are Meleah Ashford, chair; David Zielinski, chair-elect; Mark Taratoot, treasurer; and Jennifer Beathe, secretary. The council’s mission is to inspire and support voluntary watershed stewardship, supporting fish and wildlife habitat and water quality.

People on the Move

Keller Williams Realty Mid-Willamette has announced the addition of Mason Hendrickson to its team.

Hendrickson was born and raised in Corvallis, and has a background in maintenance and landscaping. He is working out of the Corvallis office, but will serve the entire Willamette Valley. He can be reached at 541-231-0437 or


Central Willamette Community Credit Union recently announced that Nikki Warner has been hired as chief administrative officer.

Warner has background in banking and finance, and most recently was a client development manager for one of the largest providers of insurance, lending and marketing products for financial institutions in the country. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Linfield College.


Bill Smelser, a 1980 Corvallis High School graduate, has been promoted to assistant general manager of the Courtyard Atlanta Gwinnett Mall, effective Nov. 12.

Smelser recently celebrated his 17th anniversary with Marriott, in a career which included stops in San Diego, Detroit, Cleveland and Orlando. He has spent seven years in Atlanta, the last three as operations manager of the Courtyard Atlanta Perimeter Center. He also is a U.S. Navy (Gulf War 1) veteran and a 2001 graduate of Kent State University.


The five hospitals affiliated with Samaritan Health Services recently awarded a total of $208,605 in social accountability grants to 33 service organizations, to be distributed over the next 12 months.

Social accountability grants are awarded within Benton, Linn and Lincoln counties. Funding decisions are made by committees consisting of employees and board members at each affiliated hospital. Funded programs address unmet needs of underserved populations and are designed to improve overall community health.

The following Benton County agencies received social accountability grants: the Benton County Oral Health Coalition, the Benton County Health Department, the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis, Love INC of Benton County, Strengthening Rural Families, the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence, the Corvallis Drop-In Center, the Corvallis Environmental Center, Friends of Benton County Drug Court, the Parent Enhancement Program, the Old Mill Center for Children and Families, RSVP of Benton County and Vina Moses Center.

Take a Bow

James Coakley, a professor of atmospheric sciences at Oregon State University who conducts research at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, recently received a Distinguished Public Service Medal from NASA.

The medal is NASA’s highest form of recognition, awarded to nongovernment individuals whose distinguished service, ability or vision has contributed to NASA’s advancement of the United States’ interests.

Coakley earned his medal for visionary service in atmospheric sciences research. He is recognized worldwide for his research, which has advanced the understanding of the role of aerosols, clouds and radiation in Earth’s climate system.

Medal recipients were honored in a ceremony on Aug. 14 at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.


The Oregon Business Education Association named Linn-Benton Community College business faculty member Nancy Noe as Postsecondary Teacher of the Year on Oct. 10 at its annual conference.

Noe, of Albany, began her teaching career at LBCC in 2000, teaching office management and computer classes, and serving as chair of the Business Technology Department, as lead advisor for the Legal Administrative Assistant program and Administrative Office Professional program, and as Business Technology representative for LBCC’s high school College Now program.

Noe also is lead chair of the Administrative Office Professional Statewide Consortium. Previously, she served as advisor for the Future Business Leaders of America at Harrisburg High School and Sweet Home High School, and was an adjunct professor at Capella University.

Noe earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration, finance and law at Portland State University, and a master’s degree in business education from Oregon State University.

Training & Development

Interior designer Mary Turney of Henderer Design Build in Corvallis has completed Certified Aging In Place Specialist training.

A Certified Aging in Place Specialist is someone who understands the aging-in-place home remodeling market, and the technology, tools and resources available for seniors to age in place. Individuals with the CAPS designation are trained in the needs of the aging population, common remodeling projects, and expenditures and product ideas and resources.


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