People: Week of Aug. 4, 2014

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Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) student trustee Omar Paz Jr. was recently elected president of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges. As president, Mr. Paz now leads a state-wide organization headquartered in Sacramento that represents the interests of more than 2.1 million students enrolled in 112 community colleges across California. As president of SSCCC, he will be responsible for organizing biannual conferences, finding students to get involved with and run for student senates across California, and serving as the student “voice” of the community college systems. A Sonoma Valley High School graduate and president of his senior class, Mr. Paz began attending SRJC in the fall of 2011. The Kenwood resident is known for his extensive extracurricular activities and activism within the college community. As last year’s SRJC Associated Students (AS) President, Mr. Paz helped negotiate a return of nearly $19,000 to the AS budget. The money went toward college programs and services that help SRJC students such as the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program, Forensics program, Petaluma Puente Project, Theatre Arts, and the Multicultural Events Committee.Finance

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Luther Burbank Savings has announced that Jason Pendergist has been named chief lending officer. Mr. Pendergist’s responsibilities will include the leadership and oversight of all commercial and consumer lending functions within Luther Burbank Savings. He brings a broad range of management experience with more than 12 years of expertise in commercial and multifamily lending. Prior to joining Luther Burbank Savings he served as managing director and head of the Eastern Region for the Commercial Term Lending business at JPMorgan Chase.

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Warren Capital Corporation announced the promotion of Reed Upson to assistant vice president for finance and operations. Mr. Upson joined Warren Capital Corporation in May of 2012 as a finance and operations analyst and was promoted to senior financial and operations analyst in May of 2013.  He provides support on company-side underwriting and analysis in addition to working with North Bay & West Coast companies and the ZipLease Vendor program. Mr. Upson graduated from Dominican University with a BA in Business Administration in May 2012 and an MBA in Global Strategic Management in May 2014.  Prior to joining WCC, he had been a financial analyst at several firms including Ogilvy Public Relations, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and O’Donnell Financial Group.Sports

The Oakland Raiders recently announced their 2014 squad of Raiderettes for the upcoming football season and among those selected is former Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) cheerleader and current student Jessica Walsh. Over 200 candidates, ranging from mothers to marketing consultants, traveled to compete in a two-day audition for a spot on the Raiderettes team, sometimes referred to as “Football’s Fabulous Females.” Ms. Walsh was among forty cheerleaders chosen to comprise 28 team veterans and 12 first-time members. Ms. Walsh, who has had a severe hearing loss, has been dancing since she was three years old and says she dances to the vibrations and counts in her head while cheering. She started classes at SRJC’s fall 2013 semester and plans on keeping her current job as a restaurant worker in Santa Rosa and to continue taking classes this fall semester, but has resigned her place with the SRJC cheer team.

Sonoma Stompers Baseball Club announced the signing of Scott Thompson Garner, who will join the team’s pitching staff just in time for Sonoma’s upcoming series with the San Rafael Pacifics. The 22-year-old Garner was 20-15 in his four years with Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona FL, including a stellar freshman year in 2011 when he went 9-2 with a 2.48 ERA. That year featured the first of three appearances in the NCAA baseball tournament for him during his tenure with the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. The Port Orange, FL native is a ground-ball specialist, featuring a sinker that runs from the high 80’s into the low 90’s.Government

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