Rick Jones

Rick Jones named CVAR Lifetime Achiever

Rick Jones was recently presented with the  Central Valley Association of Realtors’ Lifetime Achievement Award for 2020. 
“I built my first building in Oakdale in 1978,” Jones said of a commercial building.
A 1969 graduate of Oakdale High School, Jones attended University of California, Berkeley on a football scholarship. He majored in Business Administration and began his career in property development following graduation in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Transitioning from developer to broker, Jones got his broker’s license around 1998 and he and his wife started Touchdown Properties in 1999 and then Most Valuable Player Property Management Company.
“I decided to get a broker’s license because you know when you tell someone you’re in development they start to get a little antsy, they glaze over because they don’t get the environmental impact for the planning and all those kinds of things that it takes,” Jones said. “I just thank God every day; you know we’re just blessed. This community has given me so much over the years and I just try to do a very small part in giving back,”
Jones has also served as President of the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce, helped launch the Oakdale Cowboy Museum with Christie Camarillo, was an OJUSD School Board member, as well as Oakdale Council-President of the local association.

Jared Hungerford

2021 Adult Education Administrator of the Year

Jared Hungerford, the Director of Curriculum and Instruction/Adult Education Coordinator for the Calaveras County Office of Education, has been named  the Adult Education Administrator of the Year for Region 7 by the Association of California School Administrators.
There are over 750 educational leaders from Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties that belong to ACSA Region 7. This umbrella organization supports California’s education leaders to ensure all children have the skills and knowledge the need to excel in public education.

Grimbleby Coleman

Grimbleby Coleman CPA, Inc. names new leader

Certified Public Accountant Ian Grimbleby has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of Grimbleby Coleman CPA, Inc., the company that was founded by his grandfather, Roy Grimbleby.
Grimbleby joined the company in 2010 and served as the lead client contact, with a focus on financial statement audit and review services as well as heading the firm’s construction and real estate sectors. He became a principal partner in 2014. 
He previously worked at Price Waterhouse Coopers and holds a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly in business administration with an emphasis in accounting.

Galt resident appointed to CDCR director position

Jason J. Lowe, 49, of Galt, has been appointed Deputy Director of Operations and Programs at the Division of Juvenile Justice at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where he has served as Acting Deputy Director since 2020. Lowe held several positions at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 2009 to 2020, including Deputy Director of Training, Enhancement and Development for the Division of Juvenile Justice in 2020, Academy Administrator and Academy Commander for the Office of Training and Professional Development from 2015 to 2020, Custody Captain for the California Health Care Facility from 2013 to 2015, Captain and Special Assistant to the Director of Administrative Services in 2013, and Correctional Counselor II and Correctional Lieutenant for the Contract Beds Unit from 2009 to 2013.

Acting warden earns appointment at Sierra center

Patrick G. Eaton, 49, of Sonora, has been appointed Warden at the Sierra Conservation Center, where he has served as Acting Warden since 2019 and Chief Deputy Warden since 2018. Eaton held several positions at the Sierra Conservation Center from 2002 to 2018, including Correctional Administrator and Associate Warden, Correctional Captain, Correctional Lieutenant and Correctional Sergeant. He held several positions at the Central California Women’s Facility from 1999 to 2002, including Correctional Sergeant and Correctional Officer. Eaton was Correctional Officer at Salinas Valley State Prison from 1996 to 1999. 

Jiane Bassi

Covenant Living of Turlock Associate Executive Director receives national honor

Jiane Bassi has been named as a “Rising Star” in the Women of Distinction awards in a joint program by the national senior living trade publications McKnight’s Long-Term Care News and McKnight’s Senior Living. 
Bassi, is the associate executive director at Covenant Living of Turlock and has been with the senior living community for six years, initially as the human resource director for both Covenant Living and then added responsibility of human resources for Brandel Manor, the skilled nursing community owned by the same company. She was recently promoted to associate executive director in October of last year.
“Jiane is an influential leader who is consistently leading and coaching her peers to lead their teams more effectively,” said Ryan Hust, executive director at Covenant Living of Turlock. “She is an advocate for employees at all levels of the organization and has helped encourage career growth among many of those individuals. This is a well-deserved recognition for her on a national level.”
The Women of Distinction program, in its third year, recognizes women who have made significant contributions to the senior living or skilled nursing professions or who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the fields. Rising Stars are women who are younger than 40 or have fewer than 15 years in the industry. Nominations were judged by an external panel of industry experts. All winners will be honored at a virtual awards celebration on May 18. 
Bassi has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. Additionally, she recently completed the LeadingAge California EMERGE leadership development program.

Kathy Van Meter

Emanuel Medical Center announces changes to leadership 

Emanuel Medical Center has appointed Kathy Van Meter as its new Chief Nursing Officer and Dianna Romo as its new Associate Administrator.
Van Meter has assumed responsibility for all nursing and designated patient care functions within Emanuel. She oversees and coordinates the nursing units and their daily operations.
“Kathy is dedicated to the patient experience and advocating for patients to receive the safest care of the highest quality,” said Lani Dickinson, CEO of Emanuel Medical Center. “We are excited to have her step into this role and continue to implement best practices for our patients.”
Van Meter has been a registered nurse for more than 20 years and has served as Associate Administrator at Emanuel since 2019. Prior to her role at Emanuel, she served in various Clinical Informatics roles in California and Arizona. Kathy was also employed at Legacy Health System in Portland for more than eight years, where the majority of her time was spent serving in the emergency department.
Van Meter earned Associate Degrees in Nursing and Liberal Arts from Chaffey Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Information Systems from DeVry University and Master of Science in Health Informatics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a member of the Association of California Nurse Leaders and the California Association for Healthcare Quality.

Dianna Romo

Taking over for Van Meter as Associate Administrator, Romo will develop management objectives for various hospital departments and monitor results. She will coordinate activities within various departments and help resolve issues with department leads. Romo will also support administration with special projects, and with short and long-term strategic planning.
“We are thrilled to have Dianna move into this position,” Dickinson said. “She has already shown a passion for ensuring we deliver excellent service and meet the needs of the patients we serve.”
Romo has been at Emanuel since 2011 and has served in various roles including Human Resources Director, Human Resources Manager and Human Resources Generalist. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration & Management and a Master’s in Business Administration, both from California State University Stanislaus.