New CEO for Foster Farms


Dan Huber


Foster Farms’ board of directors has appointed Dan Huber, 53, to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the privately-owned company.
Huber has held several leadership positions at Foster Farms since joining the company in 1996, most recently serving as Chief Operations Officer. He replaces Laura Flanagan, who resigned to pursue other opportunities.
“Dan is uniquely qualified to lead Foster Farms,” said Terry Martin, Chairman of the Board, “He brings over 23 years of agribusiness, supply chain, food production, food safety, and branded sales management experience to this position. His depth of expertise and familiarity with Foster Farms’ business and community are strengths that will drive the company into the future. We thank Laura for her many contributions to Foster Farms and wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
Prior to joining Foster Farms, Huber held sales and management positions within the Oscar Mayer and Kraft Foods organizations. He has participated on several industry boards including the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation. He graduated from University of Colorado-Colorado Springs with a bachelor’s degree in finance. Huber has resided in the Central Valley for nearly 20 years with his family and is committed to the local community.

New president selected for Modesto Junior College


Dr. James Houpis

James Houpis has accepted an offer to serve as the new president of Modesto Junior College effective March 1. Yosemite Community College District Chancellor Henry Yong shared the news in an announcement to the campus. The action will be considered for ratification by the YCCD Board of Trustees at their March 13 meeting. Houpis will replace Interim MJC President Steve Collins, whose term ends Feb. 28.
“I am excited about joining such an outstanding College and developing relationships and working with committed colleagues, faculty, staff, students, and community members toward common goals,” said Houpis.
Houpis is currently the Dean of Academic Support and Learning Technologies at Skyline College. His previous work experience includes serving as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at California State University, East Bay; Dean of Natural Sciences at California State University, Chico; Professor of Applied Ecology, Pollution Ecology and Environmental Sciences at Southern Illinois University; and, Environmental Scientist and Project Leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He holds a Ph.D. in Forest Science from University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Science Degree from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Sciences from University of California, Berkeley.
“Jim comes with a strong background in the California State University system, where many of our students are preparing to transfer. He has also been a strong advocate for sustainability and equity, as well as for increased support and development programs,” said YCCD Chancellor Henry Yong.

Bill Lyons appointed Ag Liaison to governor
William Lyons, 68, of Modesto, has been appointed Agriculture Liaison in the Office of the Governor.
Lyons has been chief executive officer of Lyons Investments Management, LLC since 1976. He previously served as Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture from 1999 to 2004. Lyons was selected as the western regional finalist for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation 2010 Conservationist of the Year Award and received the United States Department of Agriculture National Environmentalist Award. He has an extensive background in agriculture and water policy.

Hospice adds new board member


Virginia Madueno

Virginia Madueno has joined the Community Hospice Board of Directors.
Madueno is the President and CEO of IMAGEN LLC. She is the Vice President of Government Relations for the Sino American Trade Development Association in Beijing China, former council member and Mayor for the City of Riverbank and most recently was a candidate for Congress in the 10th District.
The Community Hospice Board of Directors is comprised of community volunteers who provide strategic oversight and governance to the organization’s mission to provide compassionate care, education and support to terminally ill patients and their families, regardless of ability to pay.
“I am pleased to welcome Virginia to our Community Hospice Board and family,” said C. DeSha McLeod, Community Hospice President/CEO. “Virginia brings to Community Hospice a wealth of experience building advocacy and awareness on key issues affecting the San Joaquin Valley. We look forward to working together to proactively provide compassionate and quality care, education and support to our community.”

Service recognized for 4-H leader

At the 4-H Leaders Dinner held in February, Jolene Thompson received her 15-year Leader Pin as well as being presented with the Roberta Fay Ellis Memorial Award for outstanding service and contributions to the Stanislaus County Youth Development Program.
Thompson has been active in multiple 4-H programs in the county: Orange Blossom 4-H Leader, Stanislaus County Hi 4-H Advisor, Hi 4-H Exchange Advisor, Camp Committee, and has helped with activities like waterfront at camp, Fashion Revue at the county and state level, Presentation Day at the county and regional level, has led many projects including Home Furnishings, Leadership, Sewing, Outdoor Adventure, and Food Preservation, and has been involved in many aspects of the county and state fair (Farmyard Experience, Milk Bar), State Field Day, and more.

Group honors Sutter oncology

A team of local real estate specialists honored more than 40 nurses, certified nursing assistants, and unit clerks that call that floor home for their tireless dedication in providing the best experience possible to patients facing fear and uncertainty – naming them the Homes for Heroes “Heroes of the Month” in a special luncheon ceremony at the hospital.
“Cancer is a relevant topic with almost everyone knowing someone who is fighting the disease,” said Compass Real Estate’s Frank Orr – a real estate specialist and affiliate for the nationwide Homes for Heroes program. “It was important for The Homes for Heroes Team to recognize those who help our local community fight this disease on a daily basis – to recognize their efforts of setting personal matters aside to care for someone they don’t even know.
“Although out of the norm to recognize more than one hero, the team wanted to start the year thinking outside the box, acknowledging many heroes and honoring what these heroes do.”
The group of nurses and support staff of Sutter Memorial’s fifth floor were nominated by Kimberlee Kauffroath, who was honored by the organization late last year for her work as a nurse navigator.

Award given to Emanuel Medical Center
Emanuel Medical Center was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary Percutaneous coronary intervention from the American College of Cardiology. The accreditation was awarded after a rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available all hours every day of the year.
“Emanuel Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to providing Turlock and its surrounding communities with excellent heart care,” said Dr. Phillip D. Levy, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Emanuel with Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation.”

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