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Local achievements, milestones

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Dr. Mara Merritt, DO, has joined the Family Practice Clinic at Cascade Medical in Leavenworth. Her interests include women’s health, holistic medicine and international health. She is completing her work with Doctors Without Borders in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and will start seeing patients at Cascade Medical this summer.

Rica Insley, Realtor with Laura Mounter Real Estate & Co., attended the Wenatchee School District’s Seventh Annual Fifth Grade Career Fair at Columbia School May 22. Insley represented the North Central Washington Association of Realtors at the fair, and taught students about the many aspects of a career as a Realtor.

Pamela Cooke, Cheryl Duncan and Norma Jessup, Realtors with Laura Mounter Real Estate & Co., recently completed the CRS-204 ‘Income Properties,’ an advanced Real Estate training course, in Bellevue.

Justin Harris, DPT of Associates in Physical Therapy attended a one-day course on Apr. 27 in Spokane, titled ‘The Pain Puzzle: Empowering your patients to put the pieces together.’ The course was sponsored by the Physical Therapy Association of Washington, and emphasized cutting-edge strategies for helping people who are suffering from chronic pain.

Mary Signorelli has joined RE/MAX Advantage-Lake Chelan as a broker. She also owns Aston’s Again, a consignment furniture store in Chelan. She had previously owned and operated Wood and Things Furniture in downtown Wenatchee for 25 years.

SET Coaching owner Jason Jablonski has added Michael Gordon to his coaching staff. Gordon has been a professional racer since 2006. He competes in mountain bike and road racing, road triathlon, Xterra triathlon, cyclocross racing and running events. Gordon will work with a variety of athletes and a range of experience and abilities with a primary focus on triathlon coaching.

Columbia Valley Community Health has filled three key positions and added two new employees to its team. Marc Porter is the new Director of Information Technology (IT). He was formerly Network Support Specialist for the Eastmont School District. Marta Johnson is the new Patient Access Manager, responsible for front office operations including scheduling, patient access and assistance programs. She was formerly with Grant County Integrated Services and the University of Washington Medical Center. Andrew Stewart, formerly Patient Access Manager at CVCH, is the new Director of Planning and Development, responsible for project management, grant writing and marketing.

Andrea Uchytil competed as a candidate in the Young Careerist program during a state-wide Business and Professional Women’s conference May 18 in Mukilteo. The Young Careerist program highlights the achievements of young professionals ages 21-35. She graduated from Washington State University with a degree in hospitality business management and is the events/marketing coordinator for the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club. She also has her own marketing company, L’Marketeur.

Chelan’s historic Market Building received the Excellence on Main Award at Washington Main Street’s Excellence on Main Awards ceremony May 16 in Vancouver. The ceremony was held in conjunction with RevitalizeWA, Washington State’s Preservation and Main Street Conference. The award was presented to Barb and Jon Wadkins and Larry Hibbard and Mary Murphy, owners of the Market Building.

Doug and Joyce Morgan, director consultants of BNI Central and SE Washington, were presented awards at the national BNI (Business Network International) conference for members of chapters in their region closing the most business with $14.5 million for intermediate-sized regions. The conference was held in Tampa, Fla.

Leanne Wylet, Personal Trainer, BA, FMS-C, ACE, Kettlebell instructor, doing business as The Kettlebell Lady, recently completed Continuing Education Credits (CEs) for Pilates Mat Training.

Ten North Central Washington residents earned sommelier pins and certification after graduating from a 65-hour course by Master Sommelier Angelo Taverenaro. The classes were held in April and May at Chateau Faire Le Pont Winery in Wenatchee. Those graduating were Carol Backstrom and Shalee Johnson of Chateau Faire Le Pont, Becky Driscoll of Stemilt Creek Winery, Dennis Dobbs of Horan Estates Winery, Steven Bechard of Reasonable Racks wine racks, Paul McNeill of The Wine Thief, Alisa Strutzel of Tastebuds Tasting Bar, Rudy Vargas of Hard Row to Hoe Winery, Steve Anderson of Bella Terrazza Winery and Ken Trimpe of Cascade Valley Wine Country.

Two Elements Salon & Spa team members received advanced training in May. Esthetician Tacia Medrano attended the Great Skin With Face Mapping training on May 13. She also attended the Dermaloigca Skin Treatment workshop on May 14, where she was joined by Elements Salon & Spa Cosmetologist Shelby Williamson. Both workshops were held in Renton.

Heidi Jacobsen-Myers has joined the commercial banking team at Washington Trust Bank in Wenatchee as Vice President and Relationship Manager. Jacobsen-Myers has a combined 15 years of commercial banking and accounting experience. She most recently was commercial lending manager and team leader with NCW Community Bank/Banner Bank in Wenatchee.

Four members of the National Association of Professional Mortgage Women (NAPMW) Wenatchee Valley attended the 49th Annual NAPMW Education Conference and Meeting in Houston, Texas, in May. Local members in attendance were Lisa Staples of First American Title, Traci Dry of Mortgage Advisory Group, Karie Rolen of John L. Scott Wenatchee and Denise Gallucci of Numerica Credit Union.

Becky Pottorff, LMP, owner of Quintessential Message, PLLC, in Wenatchee, certified in Structural Relief Therapy, completed a 16-hour refresher course on the hip, leg and knee May 20-21 in Wenatchee.

Charlie Naismith and Karen Madison, both financial advisors with Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc., have been promoted at the firm’s Wenatchee office. Naismith has been promoted to associate vice president/investments. Madison has been promoted to vice president/investments.

Braden Draggoo, CLTC, an agent for New York Life Insurance Co. in Wenatchee, has earned membership in the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) for 2013.

Johanna Malena and Kenneth Johannessen have joined the staff of Wenatchee Valley Community Television. Malena is the news, weather and community service director for KWCC-TV. Johannessen will host a weekday interview and talk show on KWCC-TV beginning July 8. He was formerly a talk show host with KPQ radio.