Cannabis retailer Perfect Union donates $9,000 to animal welfare groups in support of World Animal Day

Perfect Union, one of California’s announced on Oct. 4 that they are making $1,000 donations to nine animal welfare organizations in communities they operate in as part of World Animal Day.

Within the 209 region that includes Riverbank and Turlock. The cannabis retailer donated $1,000 to the Astro Foundation in Riverbank and $1,000 to Turlock Animal Services.

The donations honor World Animal Day, which aims to create a world where animals are recognized as sentient beings and full regard is paid to their welfare.

“From day one, we’ve made it part of our mission to invest in like-minded community partners that reflect the company’s culture and mission,” said Perfect Union CEO David Spradlin. “We support animal welfare groups that work tirelessly to end animal cruelty and exploitation, so we’re proud to support the staff and volunteers who make magic happen for these animals in the face of increased demand and limited resources.”

New general manager named for Stockton Ports

Kieran McMahon

The Stockton Ports announced the hiring of Kieran McMahon as the team’s new general manager.

“I am delighted to welcome Kieran to the City of Stockton, and the Stockton Ports baseball team,” Ports President Pat Filippone said. ”I have had the pleasure of working with Kieran for the last three years and have been impressed by his passion for our industry and our company. I look forward to having our fan base interacting with and meeting Kieran and am confident it will be a positive and productive relationship.”

McMahon began working in sports the summer after graduating high school when he received an offer to be a play-by-play radio broadcaster in his hometown of Burlington, Washington.

In October 2020, McMahon was promoted to corporate partnerships manager with the AquaSox’s. Now, in 2021 McMahon will begin a new journey, in a new state, as the general manager of the Stockton Ports.

“I’m excited to try out a new state. I’ve never lived in California, I’ve been there a few times but never lived there, so that is exciting,” McMahon said. “The tradition of baseball in Stockton you can’t find in a lot of places these days, unless you go back East. It is a deep-rooted organization and experience, so I’m excited to be a part of the next step of Ports baseball.”

Community Hospice announces resignation of President/CEO C. DeSha McLeod

DeSha McLeod

The Community Hospice, Inc. Board of Directors announced the resignation of Ms. C. DeSha McLeod as President/CEO effective Friday, Sept. 24.

McLeod has made the difficult decision to pursue a new opportunity out of state which allows her to be closer to her family. She shared, “It has been an honor to serve as the leader of

Community Hospice and its affiliates these past years. I am truly grateful for my time and the opportunity to work with the amazing staff, volunteers and Boards in service to our community. I am most proud of Community Hospice being awarded one of the Best Places to Work in the Central Valley for four consecutive years.”

She joined Community Hospice in 2013 and during her eight-year tenure McLeod guided her staff to successfully develop, expand and implement several programs.

“On behalf of the members of the Community Hospice Board, we share our gratitude for DeSha’s invaluable contribution and dedication to the mission of the organization,” said Susan Donker, Community Hospice Board Chair. “We support her decision and wish her the very best in all of her future endeavors.”

John Renner, Director of Operations has been named Interim President/CEO effective immediately. Renner has been employed with Community Hospice for more than 18 years and serves as a member of the Senior Leadership team.

“The Board has complete confidence in John as the Interim President/CEO,” added Donker. “Along with John’s dedication and years of service at Community Hospice he has proven sound judgement, outstanding performance and compassion for the mission.”

The Board has appointed a selection committee to spearhead the recruitment of a new President/CEO.

Central Valley hospitals earn maternity honor roll award

Doctors Medical Center, Doctors Hospital of Manteca and Emanuel Medical Center announced that all three hospitals have received the 2021 Honor Roll Award for Maternity Care from the California Health and Human Services Agency, Hospital Quality Institute and Cal Hospital Compare.

124 hospitals have been recognized on the 2021 Maternity Honor Roll. These hospitals met or surpassed the statewide target aimed at reducing births via cesarean section (C-section) in first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies.

In 2015, the California Health and Human Services Agency began recognizing hospitals that meet the 23.9% statewide target of C-sections for low-risk births through its Maternity Honor Roll. This year’s award reflects calendar year 2020 hospital discharge and birth certificate data from California hospitals that offer maternity services and participate in the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative’s Maternal Data Center l.

Every year, approximately 500,000 babies are born in California and childbirth is the No. 1 reason for hospitalization in the U.S. and California. C-sections can result in higher rates of complications like hemorrhage, transfusions, infection and blood clots. The surgery can also bring risks for babies, including higher rates of infection, respiratory complications, neonatal intensive care unit stays and lower breastfeeding rates. 

Delta college president picked for Aspen Fellowship

Dr. Omid Pourzanjani

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has announced that Dr. Omid Pourzanjani, superintendent/president at Delta College, is one of 25 leaders selected for the 2021-22 class of the Aspen New Presidents Fellowship. This program supports community college presidents in the early years of their tenure as they aim to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success. The Fellowship’s philanthropic partner is JPMorgan Chase.

The 25 Aspen Fellows, who lead colleges that collectively serve more than 280,000 students, were selected through a highly competitive process. Starting later this year, the Fellows will engage over nine months in residential sessions and virtual learning to develop strategies to meet their goals for student success and equity with data to assess challenges and progress.

“We continue to learn how the best community colleges improve outcomes for students and close persistent race- and income-based equity gaps,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the College Excellence Program. “This year’s fellows have demonstrated their commitment to achieving excellent and equitable student outcomes, and we are eager to work with them as they join Aspen’s network of more than 100 fellows who serve as community college presidents.”

“It is an absolute honor to be selected for the prestigious New Presidents Fellowship,” Dr. Pourzanjani said. “I want to thank the Aspen Institute, and all of my colleagues at Delta College, for this opportunity. It’s my hope that this fellowship will lead to new and innovative ideas to serve our students even better, which of course is the focus of everything that we do at Delta.”

Oak Valley hires new bank manager

Shaun Smith

Oak  Valley  Community  Bank announced Shaun Smith has joined the bank as Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager. He will be based out of the bank’s 12th & I Branch in Modesto. Before joining Oak Valley, Smith served his previous employer as a banking center manager overseeing branch operations and business development. 

“We are pleased to welcome Shaun tothe Oak Valley team. He brings with him a solid banking background and energetic dedication  toserving  clients  and  the  community,”  stated  Julie DeHart, Executive Vice President, Retail Banking Group.

Prior  to  getting  into  banking, Smith attended  the  University  of Central  Missouri  and  later  earned a bachelor’s  degree  in police science  from  Blue  River  Public  Safety  Institute. He  served  as  a police officer and Chief of Police for the city of Cleveland, Missouri for a  combined eight years – at  one  time  being  recognized  with  the  Life  Saving  Award  for Heroism  in  the  Line  of  Duty. 

Family  ties  are  what  ultimately  brought  Smith  to  the  Central Valley. He resides in Tracy with his wife Brittany and their son. During his free time, Smith enjoys golfing, traveling, sports, and spending time with the family.