EMC names new Chief Nursing Officer

Sharon Perry

Emanuel Medical Center has appointed Sharon Perry as its new Chief Nursing Officer.
Effective June 24, Perry will assume responsibility for all nursing and designated patient care functions within Emanuel. She will oversee and coordinate the nursing units and their daily operations. Perry joins Emanuel Medical Center from sister hospital, Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, where she serves as Director of Women and Children’s Services.
“Sharon will be a wonderful addition to our executive team,” said Lani Dickinson, CEO of Emanuel Medical Center. “She has proven her ability to develop strong teams that provide high-quality patient care and service excellence. Her leadership will help us further strengthen our community built on care.”
Prior to her role in Modesto, Perry served as the Director of Maternity Services at Seton Healthcare Family in Austin, Texas, and Director of Women and Children’s Services at HCA Orange Park Medical Center in Orange Park, Florida.
Perry also served in leadership roles at Advocate Health Care – Trinity Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, both in Chicago, Illinois.
Perry earned her B.S. in Biology from Augustana College, RN Diploma from South Chicago Community Hospital, Master’s in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management and Master’s of Science in Nursing from Walden University. She is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.

Interim Chancellor of UC Merced appointed

Nathan Brostrom

The University of California Board of Regents voted to approve President Janet Napolitano’s appointment of systemwide Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Nathan Brostrom as interim chancellor of UC Merced.
Brostrom will succeed Chancellor Dorothy Leland, who earlier this week announced her intention to step down effective Aug. 15. He will serve until a nationwide search for a permanent successor is completed.
“As the UC Office of the President co-sponsor with me for the Merced 2020 Project — the innovative $1.3 billion approach to doubling the size of the Merced campus — Nathan has the history and skills to bring the project to successful completion, while providing the campus with financial acumen honed through a career in public finance and at the University of California as systemwide CFO since 2014,” Leland said. “I cannot think of anyone stronger to serve as interim chancellor.”
Before becoming systemwide CFO, Brostrom served as executive vice president for Business Operations after three years as vice chancellor for Administration at UC Berkeley. Brostrom holds degrees from Stanford University and Princeton University, and currently teaches at UC Berkeley. He also serves on the boards for the Keck Telescope and the Thirty Meter Telescope, and has led two systemwide reviews of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He serves as a board member of Fiat Lux and Futures Without Violence, a national and global group that works to reduce domestic abuse and violence against women and children.
“I am excited about this opportunity to help lead UC Merced during this critical moment in its history,” Brostrom said. “UC Merced holds a special place in UC history, and I have been gratified to have been a part of that history as co-sponsor of the Merced 2020 Project. I look forward to working in the coming months with the UC Merced faculty, staff and students, as well as with Chancellor Leland as she steps into what I hope will be a very active emeritus role on campus.”

Modesto Area Express Transit manager awarded for transit improvements
Modesto Area Express (MAX) Transit Manager Adam Barth was awarded the Rising Star Award by the California Association for Coordinated Transportation.
CalACT is the largest state transit association in the United States, with over 300 members dedicated to promoting professional excellence, stimulating ideas, and advocating for effective community transportation. The Rising Star Award honors an emerging leader in public transportation who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in operations, management, development of new or innovative programs, or leadership in their region or transit agency.
“This award shows that MAX is on the right track to improving public transit in Modesto,” said Barth. “I’m honored to have received the award. MAX has an awesome staff that strives to make the City’s bus system great.”
Barth has served as MAX’s Transit Manager since April 2016. In his short tenure, he has been the architect of significant improvements and enhancements in system operations, management, technology, and public outreach. “The improvements we’ve made to the service help show that MAX is a viable alternative to driving a personal vehicle,” said Barth.

Ironstone Vineyards wins awards
Ironstone Vineyards recently took home four gold medals in the Sierra Foothills Wine Competition. The Vineyard’s 2017 Obsession Symphony white wine won best of show; the 2016 Obsession red blend, the 2017 sauvignon blanc, and Kramer Ranch cabernet sauvignon all won gold medals.
Ironstone also won awards at the 2019 Amador County Fair Wine Competition, including the Sierra Foothills Winery of the Year.

Best Workplace award for Turlock firm
Turlock marketing firm, Ali Cox & Company Marketing, has been named one of Inc. magazine’s Best Workplaces for 2019. To win the national award, Ali Cox & Company Marketing was singled out as one of the top 346 finalists out of 2,000 applicants for creating exceptional workplaces through vibrant cultures, deep employee engagement, and stellar benefits.
Ali Cox & Company marketing will be featured in the June 2019 Inc. magazine issue.
“When making decisions about how we develop our company culture, it’s really quite simple. I’m looking to facilitate an atmosphere where people are encouraged to be themselves and challenge their skills in an inspired setting, with cool people and where any idea is welcome,” mentions CEO Ali Cox. “Oh, and benefits, generous holiday PTO, flex time, office yoga, off-site team-building adventures, etc. are part of the equation too.”

Double awardees for OJHS
Oakdale Junior High School awarded the Joyce Reed Living Memorial Sunshine Citizen of the Year Award to Anne Whitman and Mary Ann Fisher.
Anne Whitman has been a math teacher with OJHS for many years. She began her career with the Oakdale District in 1996. She grew up in the Modesto area, attended Davis High School and Stanislaus State University. Whitman has worked in the Oasis Program and assisted with the lunch programs.
Mary Ann Fisher, OJHS Attendance Clerk of 22 years, is the second recipient. During her tenure she has kept accurate accounts of students’ attendance, and reports to County and State offices. Fisher has worked with the Oakdale District since 1997. She grew up in the Oakdale area and is a graduate of Oakdale High School.

MUSD picks Tyson as senior director for elementary ed

Jenni Tyson

Jenni Tyson is the new Senior Director of Elementary Education for Manteca Unified School District. Tyson has served as teacher, reading specialist, program manager, GATE & BTSA coordinator, vice principal, principal, and director over the span of 25 years.
Most recently Tyson served as the Director of Elementary Education with oversight of nine TK-5 school sites.
Tyson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from National University.

Oak Valley Community Bank announces commercial loan officer and bank manager hiring

Lynette Fletcher

Lynette Fletcher joined the bank as Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer. She will be based out of the bank’s headquarters in Oakdale and calling on prospective clients in Stanislaus and San Joaquin County.
Lynette has over 25 years of commercial and agribusiness lending experience. She will be focusing on building customer relationships and new commercial loan development. Fletcher holds a Bachelor of Science and Commerce degree from Santa Clara University. She is excited to re-engage with the community and organizations in the Central Valley.

Nick Nelson

Nick Nelson has joined the bank as Vice President, Branch Manager of the Modesto 12th & I Branch where he will focus on managing branch operations and business development opportunities in the Modesto area. Nelson brings nearly 15 years of banking and financial management experience to Oak Valley.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Management from Upper Iowa University and is currently a member of Modesto Youth Soccer Association and the Ceres Lions Club.

Hospice of San Joaquin Awarded palliative care certification from the Joint commission
Hospice of San Joaquin today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Palliative Care Certification. The certification demonstrates Hospice of San Joaquin’s focus on achieving optimum care for patients with serious illnesses. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
Hospice of San Joaquin underwent a rigorous onsite review on Friday, March 8th, 2019. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national palliative care standards built on the National Consensus Project’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care and the National Quality Forum’s National Framework and Preferred Practices for Palliative and Hospice Quality Care.
The Joint Commission’s Palliative Care Certification is awarded for a two-year period and recognizes organizations that demonstrate exceptional patient and family-centered care in order to optimize the quality of life for patients with serious illnesses.
“Hospice of San Joaquin saw a need in the community and went to work to help those in need by developing the Pacific Palliative Care program. We are providing the best quality Palliative Care, and the Joint Commission Certification process validates this,” added Rebecca Burnett, Chief Executive Officer of Hospice of San Joaquin. “Hospice of San Joaquin is very proud of its Pacific Palliative Care program there is not another one like it in the county. Our program provides specialty symptom management at home for individuals that are either not appropriate for Hospice or not ready.”