Doctors Hospital of Manteca nurse retiring after nearly 35 years of service

Deborah Raddatz

A longtime registered nurse at Doctors Hospital of Manteca is retiring after nearly 35 years at the hospital.
Deborah Raddatz started working at Doctors Hospital of Manteca in September 1987 and will retire at the end of February. Deborah has been a Labor & Delivery nurse for more than 20 years, but she has worn many hats at the hospital including working in supervision and education roles.
Raddatz says when she and her husband moved to the area, they had only planned to stay for a couple years. But they fell in love with the community and decided to stay long-term.
“When my children were growing up, I wanted them to appreciate all cultures, and this was the perfect place to do that,” Raddatz said.
Raddatz, who has delivered hundreds of babies, says she will miss the “sisterhood” of the women she works with the most. “Because this is a community hospital, this is like my second family,” Deborah said.
In retirement, Raddatz is looking forward to tackling her to-do list, spending time with friends and family, relaxing and no alarm clocks.
“I have been so blessed to have had the opportunity to work my entire 23 years at Doctors Hospital of Manteca with Deborah Raddatz,” said Kerry Washington, Shift Manager, Perinatal Services. “She has been a preceptor, mentor and friend who is more like family to me. The rapport and relationships that she develops on a daily basis is incomparable to any. She provides the most nurturing care to her patients that I have ever seen. I will forever miss her making sure that our department is always beautifully decorated according to the season or holiday. What will stand out in my heart the most about Deborah is her passion and commitment for teaching and assisting new mothers about breastfeeding in her role as a Lactation Consultant. I will never forget the time that Deb cried tears of joy when she was able to change the mind of a desperate and discouraged new mom that was ready to quit breastfeeding her baby because she was struggling so much. We will miss Deborah so much but are so happy to celebrate this new chapter of her life.”

Emanuel Medical Center names Preston Clark Chief Strategy Officer

Preston Clark

Emanuel Medical Center has appointed Preston Clark as its new Chief Strategy Officer, effective Feb. 1.
As Chief Strategy Officer, Preston will focus on the growth and development of Emanuel Medical Center’s network of services to ensure the hospital is meeting the needs of the community and providing convenient access to high-quality care close to home.
“Preston will be a wonderful addition to our executive team here at Emanuel. He brings with him excellent experience in healthcare strategy,” said Murali N. Naidu, M.D., CEO of Emanuel Medical Center. “Preston is dedicated to enhancing and expanding the services we provide for the residents of Turlock and surrounding communities.”
Preston joins Emanuel from our sister hospital in Manteca, Doctors Hospital of Manteca, where he has served as Chief Strategy Officer since 2019. He was instrumental in identifying gaps in care for South San Joaquin County and developing service lines in collaboration with physician, nursing and administrative leaders.
Preston has been with Tenet Healthcare since 2015. Prior to his role in Manteca, he served as the Director of Strategy at The Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus in El Paso, Texas. Before his strategy role, he served as Director of Regional Outreach and Administrative Resident for The Hospitals of Providence.
Preston earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership with a Minor in Business Management from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He earned his Master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Preston is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Merced County Fair hires Livestock Superintendent

Dawn Stornetta

The Merced County Fair has hired Dawn Stornetta as the new Livestock Superintendent.
Stornetta has a longstanding history in agriculture growing up on a fifth generation farm in Sebastopol, where her family raised sheep and cattle. She showed 4-H and FFA and went on to compete nationally on a livestock judging team. She began her career as a high school ag teacher and now manages livestock shows throughout the Western United States.
“We are so excited to welcome Dawn Stornetta to our Merced County Fair Livestock team,” said Teresa Burrola, CEO of the Merced County Fair. “Her passion for agriculture is evident in every aspect of her life, and we know she will bring that passion, coupled with her experience to our fair, making our show and sales run even smoother, and helping our livestock kids succeed.”
Growing up in Sebastopol on her family’s farm, agriculture was always at the center of her life. She grew up showing sheep and cattle in 4-H and FFA at the Sonoma County Fair, then went on to join the Santa Rosa Jr. College livestock judging team who competed nationally under the direction of Jim Porter, then later transferred to California State University, Fresno where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education and continued with her livestock judging under John Cordeiro.
It was at Fresno State that Stornetta began to get involved in management of livestock shows and she has continued ever since; even as she taught at El Molino High School, Chowchilla High School and Santa Rosa High School. Stornetta will always call California home, but in 2017 the devastating California wildfires destroyed her property in Santa Rosa and her family made the decision to relocate to Leitchfield, Kentucky. That’s when she retired from teaching and began to focus one hundred percent of her time on managing livestock shows. Some of the shows she currently oversees are Kern County Fair, Napa Valley Expo, Pacific Coast Livestock Shows, Holiday Classic Livestock Show and now, the Merced County Fair.
“I am thrilled to be working with the Merced County Fair and I am eager to work with all the wonderful exhibitors, leaders and advisors in the area,” said Stornetta. “While at Fresno State, I completed my student teaching at LeGrand High School and was able to see first hand the incredible agriculture programs in the area and I can’t wait to work with each of them once again. Showing livestock truly teaches these kids lifelong skills that will mold them forever – and I am honored to be a small part of this experience, making the livestock show and sales run as smoothly as possible, creating a great experience for all.”
When Stornetta is not on the road traveling for work, she is at home in Kentucky attending shows and raising sheep with her daughter. Her daughter earned Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb at the 2020 Kentucky State Fair her first year showing. Her love for agriculture not only spills into work but into time spent with family.

Valley Link Executive Director Michael Tree ready to pass the baton

Michael Tree

Michael Tree, Executive Director of the Tri-Valley – San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority, has announced that he will be passing the agency’s leadership baton to Deputy Executive Director/Program Manager Kevin Sheridan at the end of February 2022.
His leadership on the Valley Link project spans nearly five years, three at the helm as the agency’s first Executive Director when it was established in January of 2019 and two years prior to that on initiatives which led to the agency’s formation.
“Michael recognizes the very urgent need for this project and has been its tireless advocate since even before day one,” said Authority Board Chair Veronica Vargas. “He has been instrumental in establishing the Authority and bringing it to a point where it is now equipped to meet its mission to deliver the Valley Link rail project. I also give him credit for identifying a successor who can move the project into its next phase and get construction underway,” she continued.
As Executive Director of the Rail Authority, Tree’s efforts included overseeing the completion of the legislatively mandated Project Feasibility Report, which identified project features including alignment, stations and the system’s operating characteristics. During his tenure, the project also cleared critical milestones with completion of the project Environmental Impact Report and preliminary engineering. He also worked doggedly to assemble more than half of funding needed to advance an initial segment of the project.
Said Authority Vice-Chair Melissa Hernandez, “I am so grateful for Michael’s leadership on our project and amazed that he was able to accomplish so much, while also holding a dual role of Executive Director for the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority. He has been highly successful in both roles. Handling either alone in itself would be no small feat. We certainly owe him a great debt of gratitude.”
“It’s been quite a ride,” said Tree as he addressed the Board following discussions regarding his announcement. “I have a passion for this project and will continue to be its biggest advocate as it moves forward. I am very proud of all that we have accomplished so far.”

Community Hospice Foundation announces appointments to Board of Directors

Steven Pinedo

Community Hospice Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness to support the patients and families of Community Hospice, announces the appointment of two community leaders to its Board of Directors.
Joining the Community Hospice Foundation Board for an initial three-year term is Steven Pinedo of Pinedo Financial Services and Mitchell Kudler of Audi Modesto.
Steven Pinedo has been helping people improve their financial needs for twenty-one years. He specializes in growing budgetary foundations for investors looking to build financial security. His passion is to share his resources with people who want to transform their money problems into money matters. Steven is originally from Turlock and has his professional office in Modesto.
Mitchell Kudler has a passion for helping those in the community. With a comprehensive background of more than 35 years in the automotive industry, Kudler serves as the General Manager for Audi Modesto. Kudler has spent the past three years in Modesto learning and collaborating with the community building partnerships with many businesses and assisting charities like Community Hospice with Golf Tournaments and special events.

Mitchell Kudler

“We are thrilled to have Steven and Mitchell join our Community Hospice Foundation and our outstanding board of volunteer leaders to lend their expertise in moving us forward,” said Francine Foley, Community Hospice Foundation Executive Director. “We are thankful they have chosen Community Hospice Foundation as their non-profit to share their time and talents.”