Jerry Foss has joined Windermere Professional Partners’ office in University Place. He has been a Realtor since 1988 and specializes in residential real estate. Foss has been a member of the City Council in Fircrest and is presently serving on the Fircrest Planning Commission.

Pierce County Council has confirmed the appointments of four new commissioners to the Pierce County Arts Commission. The appointees are: artist Kimatha Kesner of Graham (District 3); professional musician and music instructor Debra Christnacht of Lakewood (District 6); photographer and arts educator Katy Stone of Tacoma (at-large member); and college administrator and museum studies graduate Debra Sidor Tanner of Gig Harbor (District 7). At-large member Kerri O’Farrell, an Emmy Award winner and owner of Two Dogs Barking Productions, was elected president of the commission and Tanner was elected vice president.

Sarah Holdener has been named director of community relations and event management for Saint Martin’s University. She previously worked in the university’s Office of International Programs and Development, where she oversaw the coordination of the summer cultural exchange programs. Holdener also has been a key planner of the Saint Martin’s University Dragon Boat Festival, an annual event in late April that draws more than 6,000 spectators and 32 racing teams. She has a bachelor’s degree in foreign language and international affairs from the University of Puget Sound.

Tanya Carroccio R.N., MSN, has been named chief nursing officer for Capital Medical Center. She most recently was vice president and chief nursing officer at Valley Health Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal, Va. Carroccio has a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University, a master’s degrees in nursing and a master’s degree in business administration. She is an active member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Patti Banks has been named the 2012 Washington State Superintendent of the Year by the Washington Association of School Administrators. She  has been superintendent of the 5,500-student University Place School District since 1999. She also has taught at University of Washington Tacoma as a part-time lecturer since 2003 in the Educational Administrator and Teacher Certification programs.

Chris Miller as has joined University Place Care Center as administrator. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Washington University and has been a licensed administrator since 2004. Miller previously served as administrator at Nisqually Valley Care Center in McKenna.

Patrick Forza has joined the board of directors of Downtown On the Go. He is a project manager for transportation projects at CH2M Hill’s Tacoma office and has worked for the company for for five years. Forza has more than 20 years of experience in the transportation industry.

Anthony J. LeMessurier has joined Kidder Mathews’ Tacoma valuation advisory division as an appraiser and consultant. He previously was the principal appraiser at Aravis LLC in Gig Harbor.

Felix Peguero has been elected president of Lacey Chamber of Commerce. He is a financial adviser with Edward Jones.

Michael Radzienda M.D., SFHM has joined Sound Physicians as chief medical officer for the Midwest region. He also will serve Sound Physicians’ Northeast region practices. Radzienda most recently served as vice president for hospital medicine and clinical effectiveness at Vanguard Health Systems, a 25-facility, for-profit hospital management corporation with more than 20,000 employees. He is a Senior Fellow in the Society of Hospital Medicine and serves on the organization’s Practice Management committee. Radzienda also has held faculty appointments at three medical schools. He graduated from Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine.

Jean Logan has received The Evergreen State College 2011 Teacher Excellence Award. She is a computer information systems professor at South Puget Sound Community College.

Jeff Kraft has joined Kidder Mathews’ Tacoma brokerage division as a vice president. He will specialize in retail leasing, development and acquisitions. Kraft previously worked for Neil Walter Co.

Frederick Mendoza has been appointed to the Highline Community College Board of Trustees. After 30 years of public and private law practice, Mendoza founded Mendoza Law Center PLLC in 2007. Prior to entering the private law sector, Mendoza served as King County deputy prosecuting attorney in the criminal and fraud divisions. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law.

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