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MID hires Modesto native

The Modesto Irrigation District hired Melissa Williams as a public affairs specialist.

Before joining the MID, Williams spent seven years as an account manager with Runyon Saltzman & Einhorn Inc., a public relations and advertising agency in Sacramento. Her experience includes working with such clients as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, the Golden State Warriors, The Sacramento Bee and SureWest Communications.

Williams, a Modesto native, is a graduate of Downey High School and Mo-desto Junior College, and received a bachelor's degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations from California State University, Chico, in May 2000.

Melissa Muncrief of All Ways Mortgage in Modesto completed a commercial lending seminar sponsored by Silver Hill Financial LLC.

The seminar, designed for residential mortgage brokers and loan officers, provides information about the small- balance commercial market for loans from $100,000 to $1.5 million. Through Silver Hill's program, brokers are able to offer streamlined commercial mortgages and provide other opportunities for commercial investors.

A member of the California Association of Mortgage Brokers, Muncrief has been involved in mortgage lending in the Modesto area for more than 15 years.

Announcements of promotions, awards and other business achievements can be faxed to David W. Hill, business editor, 578-2207; mailed to Biz Lines, The Modesto Bee, P.O. Box 5256, Modesto 95352; or e-mailed to Photographs are encouraged but cannot be returned.