2017 Dale Butler Award recipients
Each year the Stanislaus County Equal Rights Commission recognizes one or more Stanislaus County employees for their outstanding commitment or achievement in furthering the County’s Equal Rights Program. This will be the 29th year of recognition.
The Commission met on August 16, 2017 to consider nominees for the 2017 Dale Butler Equal Rights Award and voted to accept the nominations of Kathryn Harwell, Director of the Community Services Agency, and Merry Mayhew, Assistant Director of the Department of Environmental Resources and Parks & Recreation
The Stanislaus County Equal Rights Commission will recognize Harwell and Mayhew for their outstanding achievements in promoting equal rights for the residents of Stanislaus County.
The County’s Equal Rights Commission is a community-based body that is appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The commission serves as a resource to the Board of Supervisors and County staff for equal rights improvements in County service. The Commission holds public meetings the third Wednesday of every other month at 3:30 p.m.

New chief investigator for Merced DA office
Bill OsonBill Olson has been promoted to the Chief Investigator position with the Merced County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations, announced District Attorney Larry D. Morse II. Olson replaces Pat Lunney, who recently retired after serving as chief investigator for nearly 10 years.
Olson, 52, a native of Merced County, joined the Merced District Attorney’s office in 2016 as an investigator, and has been responsible for the implementation and oversight of our new VIPER (Violence Interruption Prevention Emergency Response) program since the beginning of this year. This program is one of the first county intelligence units in California.
“Under Bill’s leadership VIPER has been instrumental in providing information analysis to local law enforcement, including important work on Operation Scrapbook, and key intelligence data that has helped clear several high-profile cases in Merced County,” Morse said.
Olson began his career in law enforcement in 1987 with the Merced Police Department. He was hired by then Police Chief Pat Lunney, and spent seven years with the MPD, until he joined the Department of Justice as a special agent for the Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement in 1994. In 2001 he was promoted to Task Force Commander for the Yuba/Sutter Counties Narcotic Enforcement Team. In 2008 he was promoted to Commander of the Yolo County Narcotic Enforcement Team and in 2010 he was promoted to Task Force Commander-Placer County Special Investigations Unit, where he served until he retired from the DOJ in 2016.
He has also served as a Narcotics Instructor for the California Narcotics Officer Association and the Department of Justice, and was a Firearms/Tactical Instructor for the Department of Justice.
“I grew up here, attended elementary schools and graduated from Atwater High School, and although much has remained the same we live in a very different era of time. I look forward to working with all law enforcement agencies and representing the District Attorney’s Office, to make this community as safe as I remember it growing up,” Olson said.

Merced student awarded scholarship for rising stars in the grocery industry
Chad VillanuevaThe National Grocers Association, the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, awarded Chad Villanueva with the Thomas K. Zaucha Asparagus Club ($2,500 for up to four semesters) and Mondelez International Scholarship ($2,000 annual) through the NGA Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3.
The Thomas K. Zaucha Asparagus Club Scholarship is given each year to an outstanding applicant who is pursuing a career in the grocery industry with a focus on the independent retailer and wholesaler sector. The Mondelez International Scholarship is awarded to a student with a history of leadership, a track record of academic excellence, and an interest in the supermarket industry.
“The supermarket industry is challenging for even the best operators, which is why we’re investing in the best and brightest today for the challenges of tomorrow,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “It’s clear that Chad will bring as much dedication to the grocery business as he does his schoolwork.”
“One of the most important missions we have is preparing today’s students for the challenges of tomorrow,” said Elizabeth Crocker, vice president and executive director of the NGA Foundation. “There’s no doubt that each of these students will bring as much talent, drive, and passion to the industry as they do to their schoolwork.”
“Winning this scholarship is one of the biggest blessings that my family and I have ever received. Obtaining a college education is something so precious, yet the high cost can be a financial burden,” said Villanueva. “Thanks to the [NGA] I will be fortunate enough to graduate with minimal student debt. I will forever be grateful for this opportunity that has been bestowed upon me, and support the independent supermarket industry.”
Villanueva has worked at The Save Mart Companies (FoodMaxx #487) for nearly 10 years and currently serves as the supermarket’s meat manager. He is pursuing a degree in business management at Fresno Pacific University.

Community Hospice appoints two new Associate Medical Directors
Community Hospice, the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice agency serving the Central Valley, announced the appointment of two new Associate Medical Directors, Dr. Ann Marie Truscello and Dr. Richard O. Camacho.
“Community Hospice is pleased that Dr. Ann Marie Truscello and Dr. Richard O. Camacho have accepted the position of Associate Medical Director,” said C. DeSha McLeod, President/CEO of Community Hospice. “Our Board Members, management and staff are thrilled to welcome Dr. Truscello and Dr. Camacho to our organization. Their experience and leadership will be a great asset in helping us provide the best quality care to our patients and their families.”
Dr. Truscello is a Pediatrician at Modesto Pediatrics and will be supporting Community Hospice’s Pediatric Palliative Care Program. Dr. Truscello received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from The University of California, San Diego, CA in 1982. She attended Pennsylvania State University, School of Medicine, graduating with her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1986. She completed an OB/GYN Internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, AZ in 1987 and her Pediatric Residency at the same hospital in 1990. Dr. Truscello is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics.
Dr. Richard O. Camacho is an Internal Medicine hospitalist with AllCare Hospitalist Medical Group. Dr. Camacho received his Bachelor’s Degree from Biola University in La Mirada, CA in 1994. He attended De La Salle University College of Medicine, located in Dasmarinas, Cavite, Philippines, graduating with his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1999. He completed his Internship and his Internal Medicine Residency at Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland in 2004. Dr. Camacho is licensed by the State of California and Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

Seasoned financial expert joins Momentum Co. Realtors
David Van WinkleFor many Americans, buying a home is the single largest investment in their life. David Van Winkle’s goal is to ensure his home buyers and sellers are “elated” at the conclusion of the real estate investment process.
Momentum Co. Realtors is proud to announce the affiliation of David Van Winkle, a seasoned financial advisor, who now specializes in residential real estate. “David brings more than two decades of investment experience to Momentum’s buyers and sellers,” said Bill Holtzclaw, Momentum’s founder and broker. “His impressive investment expertise, trustworthiness and proven reputation for providing extraordinary customer service is a perfect fit for our company.”
“I grew up in Turlock and know the town like the back of my hand,” said Van Winkle. “If someone tells me they are looking for a certain style of house, or certain aged house, I can see it in my head. At the same time, I am constantly analyzing investments. In the process of finding the perfect home, or determining if the time is right to sell, I can offer my clients well-founded answers about interest rates, the economic cycle and housing market trends.”
Van Winkle is licensed by the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Real Estate and is a member of the Central Valley Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors. Before the transition to residential real estate, Van Winkle owned FSC Securities Corporation, a registered investment advisory firm, where he guided clients’ financial matters for over 20 years. He started his investment career with American Express. Van Winkle has been a member of the Turlock Noon Rotary Club for 27 years and is a past board member. He has been actively involved in the community and has served on the boards of the Turlock Little League and the Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers. He is former member of the Arrowhead Club.

Trademark Women of Distinction
Ellen St. Clair has been selected for inclusion in the forthcoming Trademark Women of Distinction Honors Edition for demonstrating dedication, leadership, and professional excellence.
St. Clair is the president of Carpet Man Pro Flooring, Inc. in Turlock.
During the vetting process for the award, St. Clair was found to have an exceptional reputation and positive peer rating. In selecting St. Clair, the Trademark organization stated, “She is the kind of professional admired by colleagues and peers alike. Her kindness and willingness to always help others and find solutions to most questions is both exemplary and honorable.”