TURLOCK — Engineer Shaun Walker is Turlock's Firefighter of the Year, Chief Tim Lohman announced this week. Walker joined the department in November 2006 after working as a reserve with the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.
He has earned numerous commendations, including for customer service and a Meritorious Service Award from MedicAlert. He's also been involved in training and other departmental activities in Turlock.
Kain Packwood earned the department's Customer Service Award. He began as an EMT with American Medical Response in 1996, joining the Turlock Rural Fire Department that same year. He became a paramedic in 1998 and a Turlock city firefighter in 2002. Packwood serves on the technical rescue, critical incident stress management and arson teams, and is the department's designated infection control officer.
Area residents Ashley Bush and Toni Ann Fischer are in the 2013 class of the Leadership Farm Bureau, sponsored by the California Farm Bureau Federation.
Bush is a territory manager for Mycogen Seeds and leads the Stanislaus County Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee.
Fischer, a cattle rancher, is the accounting assistant with the Calaveras County Office of Education and president of the Calaveras County Farm Bureau.
They are among 10 early and midcareer people who will spend more than 250 hours this year learning about agricultural issues and developing leadership skills. The program includes an advocacy trip to Washington, D.C., and a visit to North Carolina to learn about another region's issues.
About 150 Kaiser Permanente employees and their families from the Central Valley volunteered their time with Habitat for Humanity as part of its eighth annual day of volunteerism. The Kaiser team worked on Habitat's River Vista subdivision next to the SOS Club in Modesto. Kaiser employees and their families have contributed more than 5,000 hours over the past eight years.
Larry Poaster of Modesto will continue to serve on the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. Poaster, 69, joined the panel in 2007. Poaster has been a behavioral health consultant since 2003. He served in multiple positions for Stanislaus County from 1970 to 2003, including director of behavioral health and recovery services and clinical director. The reappointment does not require Senate confirmation and is unpaid. Poaster is a Democrat.
Janice Curtin, Vintage Faire Mall's senior marketing manager, received parent company Macerich's individual recognition award, which provides a $500 grant to The Salvation Army. It's the second straight year she has earned the honor through her volunteer activities.
Omega Nu, a women's service organization, named its officers for the 2012-13 year. Lisa Martin is president with Kate Mello as vice president. Denyse Halvorson is the recording secretary; Shauna Verschelden, guard; Stacey Filippi general treasurer; Kristine Potter, events treasurer; Mary Ann Sutter, corresponding secretary-public relations; Christine Huber and Bergen Filgas, charity; Gretta Bruno and Andrea Pezoldt, sisterhood; Cathy West, member at large; Jan Hill, member at large for life members; Kalina Cover, social; Sunday Carroll, senior active representative; and Jeanne Abbott, parliamentarian.
Last year, the organization donated nearly $60,000 in the form of grants to nonprofit groups.
Janice Roberts of Modesto has been appointed to the California Employment Training Panel, where she has served since 2006. Roberts, 61, has worked in multiple positions at Frito-Lay Inc. since 1996, including economic development training manager and California manufacturing department manager.
She is a member of the Network of Executive Women. The position does not require Senate confirmation, and she'll receive $100 per diem. Roberts is a Republican.
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