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People: Week of July 28, 2014

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    Accounting

    Glenn Bunting

    Moss Adams, LLP, hired Glenn Bunting, a 20-plus-year veteran in the health care finance industry, as director in the health care consulting practice. Mr. Bunting specializes in appeal services and has helped clients navigate financially significant Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues. He will help oversee the firm’s third-party reimbursement practice, including charge capture services, cost reporting, optimization and compliance, Medicare wage index and occupational mix reporting, reimbursement department outsourcing, Medicare and Medicaid cost report appeals and medical education programs. He previously served as vice president of appeal services at Toyon Associates Inc., providing expertise in Medicare and Medicaid appeals and cost report reviews. He has worked with the Provider Reimbursement Review Board and Medicare Administrative Contractors to resolve cases before they reached the hearing stage. Prior to joining Toyon Associates, he worked as an auditor in both the Medicare Administration and the California Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development. Additionally, he is an active member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, where he has coauthored articles and presented on cost report appeals at the association’s annual conference. He is a graduate of Sacramento State University, where he earned his degree in accounting and business management.

    Business Development

    John DeGaetano

    Napa/Sonoma Small Business Development Center adviser John DeGaetano was nationally recognized with the State Star designation. Mr. DeGaetano was given the State Star award for outstanding performance in helping clients achieve the highest level of economic success within the region for 2013. He currently works as a business adviser with three SBDC centers within the Northern California region, located in Napa, Sonoma, Marin and San Francisco counties. The NorCal SBDC region provides no-cost business counseling and low cost workshops to small businesses to 13 counties along the coast from the Oregon border to Santa Cruz. Mr. DeGaetano will be recognized as a State Star in September at the national America’s SBDC professional development conference at an award ceremony in Dallas.

    Government

    Russell Thompson

    The city of Novato hired a permanent public works director, Russell Thompson. He was most recently public works director for Atascadero and has 28 years of public and private experience, including owning and operating a civil engineering firm, engineering California Polytechnic University’s Baggett Stadium and the Colony at Apple Valley subdivision, and managing the $32 million reconstruction of the historic Atascadero City Hall, which was recently named Project of the Year by the Central Coast Chapter of the American Public Works Association. Mr. Thompson will be managing a department of 54 employees, including engineering, maintenance and custodial staff, and overseeing a $14 million capital improvement program and a $6 million operations budget.

    Green

    Ralph Benson

    Longtime Sonoma Land Trust Executive Director Ralph Benson plans to retire after 11 years in that role. The land trust board of directors has initiated a national search for his successor. He started at the land trust in 2003 with the launch of a successful $20 million campaign to acquire 2,237-acre Sears Point Ranch along San Pablo Bay for wetland restoration. Since he started, the amount of natural, scenic and agricultural lands protected by the land trust grew from 15,000 acres to nearly 48,000. That includes the 5,630-acre Jenner Headlands, 6,000 acres in the Baylands, the top of Sonoma Mountain and, most recently, Pole Mountain.

    Health Care

    David Chan

    Ukiah Valley Medical Center, part of Adventist Health, hired David Chan, D.O., in Ukiah Valley Rural Health Center’s internal medicine office. A former resident of the area, he became a doctor of osteopathy at Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona. He completed a residency training program in internal medicine at the University of Chicago Northshore Hospital in Evanston, Ill. He is returning to Ukiah valley to continue the legacy of his father, family practitioner Theron Chan, M.D., who has been providing medical care for 36 years in the area.

    Hospitality

    Charlene Lennon, director of sales for the Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau, was awarded Silicon Valley Business Travel Association’s Member of the Quarter for her contributions to the Education Committee, helping to orchestrate the best and most profitable Education Day in the association’s history. The bureau was a major sponsor of the event, promoting and educating attendees about Santa Rosa as a destination.

    Insurance

    Andrea Levin

    EPIC (Edgewood Partners Insurance Center), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance broker/consultant, hired Andrea Levin as a vice president in the Petaluma office. She has 24 years of experience in the development and management of property-and-casualty insurance and risk-management programs, working with a wide range of business and industry and specializing in financial institutions. Prior to joining EPIC, Ms. Levin spent more than nine years as an underwriting director with CNA Insurance, handling directors and officers liability, professional liability, employment practices liability, fiduciary liability, cyber liability and other key coverages for banks, specialty lenders, asset managers, insurance companies and commercial publicly-held companies. Before CNA, she was a vice president in the FINPRO division of Marsh for seven years. She is a graduate of Arizona State University where she obtained a bachelor of science degree in finance. Additionally, she holds chartered property casualty underwriter and associate in reinsurance designations. She will report to North Bay property-and-casualty practice principal Mike Ryan.

    Marketing

    Maureen Middlebrook

    Maureen Middlebrook is now serving clients through Middlebrook Communications, assisting businesses with media and employee communications and community outreach. Formerly with Redwood Regional Medical Group, she was communications and marketing manager for six years. She has more than 25 years of communications experience helping many Sonoma County businesses and organizations develop and implement plans to communicate externally with customers and the community and internally with their employees.

    Technology

    Canara Inc., maker of predictive monitoring and analytics for backup power systems, hired Steve Manos as chief business officer, reporting to newly appointed CEO Tom Mertz. Mr. Manos will be responsible for all sales and marketing initiatives as well as developing comprehensive services to support clients’ needs. Mr. Manos joins Canara from Norland Managed Services, where he was a general manager for North America for the global provider of data-center management services. Previously, he was at Lee Technologies/Schneider Electric, where he was responsible for operations in the central region of the U.S. He is a regular speaker at data-center industry conferences, and he has been a data-center and information technology infrastructure consultant for more than a decade through Manos Internetworking Group, his consultancy. Mr. Manos was educated at Drake University and is a member of numerous industry associations and organizations that focus on best practices for IT infrastructure management.

     Wine

    Wines by Ray Signorello hired James Peterson in the newly created Western Regional Manager position. In addition, Michael Updegraff was promoted to director of strategic sales. In his new position, Mr. Peterson will be responsible for the sales management and brand building for the wine portfolio in the Western U.S. Most recently, he was with Napa Valley’s Miner Family Winery as a sales and brand ambassador. Previously, he served as wine and beverage director and sommelier at Splendido Restaurant at the Chateau in Beaver Creek. He is a level 2 certified sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers. Mr. Updegraff’s promotion will have him focusing on brand development and new sales opportunities, as well as growing the brands’ points of distribution, trade awareness and depletion velocity.

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