Health-Medicine

Dr. Katrina Rue is now a fellow at the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences Master Preceptor Fellowship. Rue will develop her leadership and precepting skills while pursuing a community health care transformation project aimed at benefiting the Yakima Valley. She serves as associate program director for osteopathic recognition and medical student director at Central Washington Family Medicine Residency in Yakima.

Dr. Catherine Koozer is a new pediatric hospitalist at Virginia Mason Memorial hospital. She received a degree in osteopathic medicine from Des Moines University in Iowa in 2016 and completed her residency at the University of Minnesota: Masonic Children’s Hospital, Hennepin County Medical Center and Children’s Minnesota Hospital from 2016-19.

Mark Chambers has joined Virginia Mason Memorial hospital as a certified nurse anesthetist. He received a master of science degree in nursing—nurse anesthesia from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2019. He also holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

Dr. Stephanie Raghubeer is a new pediatric hospitalist at Virginia Mason Memorial hospital. She graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2016 and completed a residency at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

Dr. Karen Wakeman has joined the staff in the Emergency Department at Virginia Mason Memorial hospital. She graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2016 and served a residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.

Education

Josh Hibbard has been named interim vice president of enrollment management at Central Washington University. Hibbard currently serves as CWU’s associate vice president for admissions and enrollment. In his interim role, Hibbard will implement the university’s recently adopted strategic enrollment plan.

Payton Swinford has a one-year appointment as a student member of the Washington Student Achievement Council. Swinford is a senior at Central Washington University. The council works to increase educational opportunities and attainment in Washington.

Retail-Sales

Rankin Equipment of Union Gap has named Jason Bright as sales manager. Bright has been with Rankin for 15 years and has 25 years of experience in the agricultural, construction and equestrian equipment industry.

General

Brookside Funeral Home & Crematory recently announced two changes. Donna Mowery, formerly of Valley Hills Funeral Home, has accepted a position as a licensed funeral director at Brookside’s Moxee and Ellensburg branches. She also serves at the downtown Yakima location of Shaw & Sons Funeral Home. Jeff Gruenberg has completed the licensing process with the state to become an intern funeral director and intern embalmer. He also works out of all three Brookside locations.

Nonprofit

The Yakima Family YMCA recently promoted three staff members. Shernell Wilkens is now member services director; Roxann Johnson is health and wellness director; and Jolie Rohwer is administrative assistant. Joining the Y staff are Jose Armenta as downtown operations manager and John Warren as director of facilities and property.

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In Basket publicizes new hires, significant promotions and appointments, and recipients of noteworthy honors in the Yakima Valley business community. Mail a brief announcement to Business Desk, Yakima Herald-Republic, P.O. Box 9668, Yakima, WA 98909, or email to business@yakimaherald.com. Items also can be dropped off at our office at 114 N. Fourth St. in Yakima. Moderate-resolution photos are welcome but must be emailed. The deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday for publication the following Sunday.