2018 Veteran of the Year honors awarded to Modesto woman

Assemblyman Heath Flora (R-Ripon) recently honored Becky Crow from Modesto as the 12th Assembly District’s 2018 Veteran of the Year.

“Ms. Crow is CEO of the Veterans Foundation of Stanislaus County where she serves the needs of the county’s veterans and their families,” said Assemblyman Flora. “I was proud to recognize her as our Veteran of the Year, and to show her around our state’s Capitol.”

Crow is a veteran of the U. S. Air Force, having served honorably from 1969 to 1978 as both a computer operator and the first female officer in Security Police. She is a disabled veteran from the Vietnam War era. She has used the services of the Veterans Administration and understands the requirements of the system and what veterans go through to access their benefits.

As CEO of the Veterans Foundation of Stanislaus County, she brings over 50 years of leadership experience, making her particularly well-suited to manage the event and conference center of a one-of-a-kind one-stop service center for veterans and their families.

“Our mission statement at the Veterans Foundation of Stanislaus County is to bring people, organizations, and resources together to effectively improve the well-being of all the veterans of Stanislaus County and their families,” said Ms. Crow. “It is an honor to receive this award from Assemblyman Flora, and it is an honor to continue serving the veteran community.”

Crow has a passion for helping veterans and improving the quality of their lives by updating and enhancing services and facilities on their behalf. She is a lifetime member of the American Legion Modesto Post 74. She was previously selected as the Stanislaus County Veteran of the Year for 2015.

Assemblyman Flora represents the 12th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Denair, Empire, Escalon, Farmington, Hickman, Hughson, Keyes, Lathrop, Linden, Lockeford, Manteca, Modesto, Oakdale, Ripon, Riverbank, Salida, Turlock, Victor, and Waterford.

Barnwood Arms is Small Business of the Year

The Barnwood Arms gun shop and shooting range in downtown Ripon was honored by Assemblyman Heath Flora as a Small Business of the Year.

The Barnwood Arms is a family owned and operated business now in its second generation of ownership. It was started in 1981 by brothers Joseph and John Mangelos while Joseph was a member of the Ripon Police Department and John ran the longtime Barnwood restaurant and Deli.

“As a locally owned company, we strive to be an active part of our community, supporting numerous area fundraisers and youth activities,” according to Paul Mangelos. “We pride ourselves in being a full-service gun store and shooting range, supplying the needs of sportsmen, law enforcement, collectors and anyone with self-protection needs.”

Small businesses contribute to 75 percent of California’s gross state product and over half of the state’s private sector jobs from hardware stores to manufacturers, Flora said. Small businesses have re-energized California’s communities and economy, he added.

“California small businesses are the economic engine of our state,” according to Betty Jo Toccoli, president of the California Small Business Association. The Barnwood Arms Gun Store was celebrated for its successful small business and its contribution to its community.”

UC Merced professor earns Pew award

Anna Beaudin

UC Merced Biology Professor Anna Beaudin was named a member of the 2018 class of Pew Biomedical Scholars today, one of 22 early-career researchers nationwide to receive this year’s prestigious award.

“I am thrilled and humbled to be joining such an accomplished and talented group of scientists as a 2018 Pew Biomedical Scholar,” Beaudin said. “Receiving this award will give my lab the opportunity to dig deeper into how early life events shape immunity across the lifespan and contribute to autoimmune disease susceptibility.”

The award provides Beaudin with four years of funding at $75,000 per year. Beaudin will use the funds to study how stimulating the immune system during pregnancy — for example, immune system activity resulting from an infection acquired by an expectant mother — influences the risk for autoimmune disorders in offspring later in life.

Beaudin is the second UC Merced faculty member to receive the award. She joins biology Professor Clarissa Nobile, who became UC Merced’s first Pew Biomedical Scholar in 2015.

The Pew is awarded annually to promising early-career biomedical researchers who have held the rank of assistant professor for three years or less. Beaudin — who joined the UC Merced faculty in 2016 after completing postdoctoral work at UCLA and UC Santa Cruz — was selected from a competitive pool of 184 candidates nominated by leading research institutions around the country.

Beaudin joins a community of more than 600 prior Pew winners, many of whom are among the world’s most distinguished scientists, including Nobel Laureates and Lasker Award winners.

“This award is a testament to the quality and vision of Professor Beaudin’s research program,” Dean of Natural Sciences Betsy Dumont said. “She exemplifies the strength of our faculty and their capacity to move whole fields of science forward.”

Modesto CPA elected Society president

Eileen Pastenieks, has been elected president of the California Society of CPAs Education Foundation for 2018–19 by the CalCPA Council at its meeting at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel.

Pastenieks has served on the board since 2012 and most recently held the position of first vice president.

The Foundation, which has 48 state partners, offers more than 1,750 live and webcast continuing professional education (CPE) courses to CPAs and other financial professionals.

In accepting her new position, Pastenieks said that technology has changed the way accountants and finance professionals take their CPE. She noted that the majority of the training is being done on-line and keeps evolving at an accelerated rate.

“The Foundation is tasked with rapidly developing innovative products and services to meet the needs of its customers, which include young and seasoned accounting and financial professionals,” Pastenieks said. “Providing education continues to be an extremely competitive environment.”

She said that the Foundation strives to provide quality CPE. The newest trend in delivering CPE is called “nano” learning, which consists of 10-minute units. The Foundation plans to launch nano-learning modules within the coming year.

Pastenieks is the managing partner of Pastenieks, Bucheli & Falasco LLP, Modesto, California. She is the litigation services chair for CalCPA’s San Joaquin Chapter and is a former state chair of CalCPA’s Management of Accounting Practices Committee.

Pastenieks holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (accounting emphasis) from California State University, Stanislaus.

MJC grown walnuts receive Top Quality Award from Diamond

Walnuts grown by Modesto Junior College were recognized by Diamond as one of their Top Quality Award Winners 2017 Crop. Diamond’s Top Quality Awards are presented annually on a regional basis to producers of each area’s primary varieties. MJC won the award for the Tulare walnut varietal in the Northern San Joaquin Valley region.

Honorees are selected at the account level and are determined by the highest combined total of quality attributes such as percent edible yield, reflected light index (RLI) score (lighter colored walnut meats are more desirable), low off-grade and jumbo size. Winners received a plaque inscribed with their region, account name, and notable variety.

The award-winning MJC walnuts were grown on the college’s Beckwith Ranch property in Modesto. The farm is operated by the college’s Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Division as a learning lab for students.

Turlock woman named to water board

Dorene DAdamo

Turlock resident Dorene D’Adamo was confirmed by the California Senate as a member of the State Water Resources Control Board following her reappointment in February by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. She was first appointed by Gov. Brown in March 2013 and confirmed by the Senate in January 2014. D’Adamo’s term expires in January 2022.

The five-member State Water Board is responsible for protecting all water quality and water supplies in California. The Board is also responsible for the allocation of surface water supplies for agricultural, public trust, and urban purposes throughout the state.

“It is an honor to be reappointed by Governor Brown and reconfirmed by the Senate,” D’Adamo said. “This is a crucial period as our state meets the challenges presented by climate change, including more frequent and longer lasting droughts. This calls for improved water use efficiency, sustainable management of groundwater, and balancing agricultural, urban, and environmental uses of water. Expanded water supply opportunities, targeted environmental flows, and habitat projects are essential components to balanced solutions.

“I am also committed to providing all Californians access to safe drinking water supplies. More than 300,000 Californians are currently being supplied with contaminated drinking water that fails to meet health standards. We must use all of our authorities to meet the basic human right to safe and affordable drinking water.”

D’Adamo fills the position of the board member qualified in water quality issues and also serves as the member with experience in irrigated agriculture. She lives in Turlock and has served in various capacities for members of Congress from the San Joaquin Valley over a 20-year period, working primarily on environmental, water and agricultural legislative policy. Her family farms in Merced County.