Robert T. Howell is the new executive director of the Covenant Village retirement community in Turlock.
He oversees all operations at Covenant Village, which serves 300 residents in 217 apartments and patio homes, a 52-room assisted-living residence and a 50-bed Medicare-certified skilled nursing center. He directs a staff of 150 and reports to Covenant Retirement Communities Chief Operating Officer Terri Cunliffe.
A 17-year veteran of the senior housing industry, Howell came to Covenant Village from CRISTA Ministries, where he was vice president of senior living. He was responsible for operations at two continuing-care retirement communities that provide independent living, assisted living and long-term nursing care to 725 residents. He ensured regulatory compliance, capital improvements and values-centered care, while serving on the executive team responsible for a $32 million budget and staff of 425.
John Reynolds, acting postmaster at Yosemite National Park for 16 months, had the "acting" tag removed during his official swearing-in ceremony Thursday on the park's post office steps. Reynolds served as El Portal's postmaster until taking over when Bill Carroll retired in January 2012 after a 42-year career with the postal service.
Modesto's Texas Roadhouse raised $6,245 for the Haven Women's Center during two pre-opening events in March, also using the events to train cooks, meat cutters and other kitchen team members, with guests at the local Salvation Army, Children's Crisis Center and participants in the Teen Challenge program sampling the fare.
The Woodland West Community Neighborhood has received a $1,000 grant from Allstate Insurance. The money will go toward graffiti cleanup, assisting community members and other uses.
Soroptimist International has elected its officers for 2013-14, to be installed July 1. They are Sarah Birmingham, president; Debra Campbell, president-elect; Catherine Millerman, recording secretary; Charlie Rodgers, treasurer; Trudy Faulkner, assistant treasurer; Sher Grotts and JoAnn Found, directors for 2013-15; Mona Martinez, director for 2013-14; Yolanda River, delegate for 2013-15; Norrine Coyle, alternate delegate for 2013-15; and Mary Bavaro, alternate delegate for 2013-14.
Young's Commercial Transfer, a trucking company that operates seasonally out of Oakdale during the late summer and fall harvest, received a California Trucking Association fleet safety award for the third straight year. Based in Porterville, the company has 100 full-time and 250 seasonal employees who cover 15 million miles a year hauling tomatoes, citrus, bell peppers, pistachios, grapes and other products.
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