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Valdes achieves IBCLC certification

Laurie Valdes, a clinical assistant with the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program at the Central District Health Department, is now an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). This is the highest level of certification a breastfeeding consultant can achieve.

Valdes is a supervisor in the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program at WIC and is now certified to train additional staff. She joins a growing number of certified lactation consultants on the WIC staff, but is the only bilingual consultant.

Godina completes Career Agents Course

Stephen Godina, Farmers Insurance agent in Meridian, has completed the Career Agents Course at the University of Farmers training facility in Agoura Hills, Calif.

The University of Farmers training facility in Grand Rapids, Mich. was officially dedicated in September 2011, while the training facility in Agoura Hills was dedicated in November 2006. The university is national in scope and offers training to Farmers’ 15,000 agents and their staff, 500 district managers and 10,000 claims staff year-round.

Deb Kristensen given Exemplary Service Award

Givens Pursley partner Deb Kristensen has been selected as a 2011 recipient of the Exemplary Service Award by the Idaho Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. The Exemplary Service Award was established in 2008 to recognize federal practitioners who have consistently demonstrated professionalism, collegiality, service, mentoring and quality legal representation throughout their careers.

Kristensen was honored for serving the District of Idaho and the 9th Circuit. She was recognized with the award at the 2011 U.S. District Conference Nov. 4 in Boise.

Idahoan Brinkmeyer to serve on lumber board

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appointed 19 representatives to serve on the first national Softwood Lumber Board. Members will serve two-, three- or four-year terms of office.

Idahoan Marc Brinkmeyer was chosen to serve for the West Region, along with Steven Zika, George Emmerson, Andrew Miller and Rick Re.

The first Softwood Lumber Board meeting is scheduled for Nov. 29 and Nov. 30 at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport in Illinois. The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service will provide oversight of the Softwood Lumber Board in accordance with the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996 and the Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order. Under the order, domestic manufacturers and importers who ship 15 million board feet or more annually will pay an assessment rate of 35 cents per thousand board feet beginning Jan. 1, 2012.

Board selects Albiston to lead E. Idaho Tech

An eastern Idaho native, graduate of the University of Idaho and a 30-year employee of the institution will be the next president of Eastern Idaho Technical College.

Steven Albiston, Ph.D., the current vice president for Instruction and Student Affairs, will assume the duties of president starting Jan. 1, 2012.

Albiston holds a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate from the University of Idaho. He came to EITC in October of 1981 as an admissions/vocational counselor. He has held a number of positions, including Student Services coordinator, Student Services manager, and dean of students.

Woolf, Musgrave named to leadership posts

Brandon Woolf has been appointed to the position of chief deputy controller for the State Controller’s Office. Woolf, a 14-year veteran of the Controller’s office, formally served as administrator over the office’s Division of Statewide Payroll. In his new role he will oversee the agency’s divisions of Accounting, Payroll, Computer Services and Administration.

In a corresponding move, Audrey Musgrave has been appointed to serve as administrator over the Division of Statewide Payroll. Musgrave, a 31-year veteran of the Controller’s office, previously served as bureau chief over Payroll Processing. In her new role she will manage the operation of Idaho’s statewide payroll system.

Strosnider appointed PIO at Nampa Fire Dept.

Nampa Fire Department Chief Karl Malott has named Deputy Chief Doug Strosnider as the department public information officer. Deputy Chief Strosnider replaces Deputy Chief Richard Davies, who has filled the role since January of 2009 when he was assigned to the position by former Fire Chief James Woydziak.

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