Turlock Edward Jones branch gets new owner

Nicholas Mori

Nicholas Mori, 34, of Fresno is the newest owner of the Edward Jones location on 3640 Geer Road in Turlock. Mori is offering financial advice on investing, retirement, stocks and more during his first stint running a branch.
Mori’s arrival to Turlock comes after working at a number of different financial institutions. After receiving a degree in accounting in 2016, Mori began as a teller for a Wells Fargo branch, focusing heavily on agricultural business. After his time at Wells Fargo, he transitioned into the role of a wealth advisor associate at a Morgan Stanley branch.
Working at Edward Jones in Fresno, he was happy to be surrounded by a more human centered approach to wealth management.
“It was totally different, and it was a really good change,” Mori said. “I love to help people have success and I just felt like Edward Jones really focused more on the human aspect of business and investing.”
Now, Mori has the keys to his own space in Turlock.
“I’m responsible for other employees and the office’s day-to-day operations now, so this is a big change,” he said. “I’m looking forward to learning more and about people and connecting with people in this city and expanding my team here in Turlock.”

Doctors Medical Center junior volunteers awarded $8,000 in scholarships

The Service League of Doctors Medical Center has proudly awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to local students who have volunteered their time at the hospital.
At a recent ceremony, the Service League volunteer program awarded eight junior volunteers with scholarships totaling $8,000, which will go towards their college education.
The following recipients received scholarships: Navin Chakravarty (University of California, Davis), Ayesha Chand (Enochs High School), Nithya Medam (Modesto High School), Autumn Pangilinan (Hilmar High School), Christina Pappas (Enochs High School), Deeya Patel (Gregori High School), Dillon Patel (Gregori High School) and Claire Turner (Modesto Junior College).
Scholarship recipients are chosen based on their GPA, school and community activities, awards and honors, quality of their essay depicting their goals for the future and their performance while volunteering at Doctors Medical Center.
Funds for the scholarship program at Doctors Medical Center come from profits earned in the volunteer-run hospital gift shop.

Modesto Symphony appoints Ryan Murray as Principal Pops Conductor

Ryan Murray

The Modesto Symphony Orchestra announced the appointment of Ryan Murray as the Symphony’s next Principal Pops Conductor.
The MSO continues to search for the Symphony’s next Music Director who would be the artistic leader of the organization and the primary conductor of the Classics Series.
Murray will be the primary conductor for the Pops Series and create the programming for those concerts and Picnic at the Pops. 
“Ryan Murray has been the MSO’s Associate Conductor since 2013 and has conducted our Holiday Pops! and film concerts for the past several years,” said Caroline Nickel, President and CEO of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Association. “We’re thrilled to appoint him as our new Principal Pops Conductor! Our Pops Series has grown over the years, and we wanted to find the right person to help us continue to engage our community and welcome new audiences. Ryan is a fantastic conductor and has built a great reputation locally and throughout the U.S. and we’re excited to collaborate with him in his new role.”
In addition to being the MSO’s Associate Conductor, Murray is currently the Artistic Director and Conductor of Music in the Mountains in Grass Valley. He is also the Director of Symphony Orchestra & Opera at California State University, Sacramento. Ryan is an award-winning opera conductor and currently the Music Director of Opera Modesto and effortlessly moves between genres including traditional orchestra and operatic repertoire, pops performances, movies in concert, and a notable emphasis on contemporary American operatic works.
“I’m absolutely thrilled become the Modesto Symphony Orchestra’s next Principal Pops Conductor,” said Murray. “I have had a wonderful time over the past nine years working with our amazing orchestra and connecting with our incredible audience. I can’t wait to share more amazing pops programs with all of you and look forward to our upcoming season including Holiday Pops! and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back!”
Murray will lead the MSO and kick off the 92nd season in September as Picnic at the Pops! returns for the first time since 2019.

Gallo Center appoints Ryan Foy to new leadership role

Ryan Foy

Ryan Foy has been named Director of Produced Theatre and Special Programming at the Gallo Center for the Arts beginning July 18. The newly created role will be part of the Center’s senior leadership team reporting directly to Chief Executive Officer Chad Hilligus. Foy will oversee all in-house produced and special programming projects, including the artistic leadership of the Gallo Center Repertory Company following the retirement of longtime volunteer GCRC artistic director Jim Johnson at the end of the 2022/23 season.
“I am very excited about passing the torch to Ryan,” said Johnson. “He has the right combination of theatre artistic and administrative experience, and I look forward to working with him during my final season. Ryan will ensure that the Gallo Center Rep not only will continue to prosper as a vital part of the region’s theatre community, but in addition will help lead the program in new and exciting creative directions.”
Foy’s new role also will be responsible for expanding the vision and year-round programming initiatives for the Center’s Modesto Rotary Music Garden, which currently offers the free summertime Brown Bag Concert Series showcasing local musicians Fridays at noon for 12 weeks through the summer.
Foy attended the University of Michigan’s musical theatre program and studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, Australia. He has extensive theatrical experience in acting, directing, company management, marketing, design and production. While based in New York, he appeared onstage on national and international tours, and directed numerous musical theater productions nationwide.
A Modesto resident since 2014, Foy most recently partnered in a web design firm specializing in projects for performing arts, non-profit, and other business organizations. He also is a founding board member of the Modesto Children’s Museum, and currently serves as the board vice president and chair of its operations and exhibit design committee.
“This new position is an important part of the Center’s future,” said Hilligus. “We hope to begin offering more regularly scheduled free public arts programs in the Music Garden, such as community yoga and Pilates, drum circles, chalk art festivals, painting classes, storytelling, and much more throughout the year.