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Movers & Shakers (Sept. 1)

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Officers & Directors

An installation ceremony for incoming officers of the Mid-Valley Lions Club took place July 20.

Twenty-year club member Skip Volkmann was elected president for 2014-15. Jim Abbott was elected club secretary. The club’s vice-president is Cory Ann Imhoff.


The Rotary Club of Philomath has elected its board officers for the 2014-15 year.

They are Tony Wilson, president; Heidi Henry, president-elect; John Feldman, secretary; with co-treasurers Jackie Reiman and Katherine DeYoung. Board members for the year include past president Don Forbess, Helen Bennett, Josh Kvidt, Fred Shaub, Bruce DeYoung and Tom Phelps.

People on the Move

John Navarro has joined The Corvallis Clinic Orthopedics Department. He can be reached at 541-754-1276.

Navarro brings eight years of experience as a physician assistant. He was a cardiovascular and thoracic surgery physician assistant at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis from 2008 to 2014; from 2006 to 2008, he was internal medicine physician assistant at Ranadive Internal Medicine in Petaluma, California.

He earned a Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies and a Master of Public Health from Touro University in Vallejo, California, in 2006. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biological sciences at University of California at Davis in 1992.

Navarro is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.


Eastgate Veterinary Clinic in Corvallis has announced that Kelly Hazzard, who has a doctorate in veterinary medicine, has joined its team.

Hazzard is a 2011 graduate of Oregon State University’s veterinary degree program, with a master’s degree in animal science reproductive physiology and endocrinology. She can be reached at 541-752-3786 or through the website,


Frank M. Diaz was named music director of the Corvallis Youth Symphony on July 1, upon the retirement of CYSA Founder Charles Creighton.

Diaz is only the second music director in Corvallis Youth Symphony Association history. He joined the CYSA as only the second CYS conductor in the 32-year history of the orchestra, in June 2013.

He is on the faculty at the University of Oregon, where he teaches courses on music education, psychology of music and music research.

Take a Bow

The Old Mill Center for Children and Families has been invited by the Corvallis Environmental Center to be a partner in a new Farm to Preschool program.

The Edible Corvallis Initiative, a program of the CEC, received one of 13 mini-grants from Ecotrust of Portland to pilot a Farm to Preschool program in Corvallis. The Relief Nursery and ITS preschool classrooms at Old Mill Center will both participate in and help shape the program.

Each week children from Old Mill Center will visit the Starker Arts Garden for Education for a garden-based activity. Children will help harvest food that they will use to prepare snacks and also take home to their families. The goal is to develop a model that can be used for other preschools in the Corvallis area.

The Corvallis Farm to Preschool program will prepare preschool children to enter elementary school and participate in the Farm to School activities offered at all elementary schools in the Corvallis School District.


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