Charline Speck on Monday will become the first executive director in the 13-year history of Visually Impaired Persons Support, a nonprofit organization in downtown Modesto.
“Charline brings a wealth of experience in grant and contract administration as well as community collaboration,” said Jim Syvertson, VIPS co-founder. “Her skills will allow us to grow to the next level and serve a greater number of people who are blind and visually impaired.”
Speck earned her degree in social work from New Mexico State University, and has lived and worked in Modesto the past 33 years. She spent 16 years at the Stanislaus Economic Development Corp., the last four as its president before the agency merged with the Workforce Investment Board to create the Stanislaus County Economic and Workforce Alliance in 2002.
At VIPS, she will implement a Title VII grant that will enable the agency to expand its services to people 55 and older with severe vision issues or who are blind and homebound.
Sons of Italy installs officers
The Order Sons of Italy, Modesto Lodge 2021, installed David Cipponeri as its president at a recent event. Other officers are Donna Ferreira, immediate past president and recording secretary; Marie Fontana, vice president; Terri Cipponeri, orator; Joe Ritorto, financial secretary; Nives Guthrie, treasurer; Joe Perazetti, master of ceremony; Chris Verdone, mistress of ceremony; and trustees John Certini, Gayle Certini, Matt Ferreira, Joe Miceli, and Mary Miceli. State President Carolyn Lawrence-Murphy of St. Helena and Past State President Vera Girolami of Oakdale presided over the installation ceremonies.
Central student attends future medical leaders conference
Central Catholic High Senior Jarod Laroco attended the honors-only Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C., in November. The event is intended to honor, inspire and motivate students who plan to become physicians or medical scientists. Dr. Connie Mariano, medical director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, nominated Laroco to represent California at the event.
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