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Our Senior Experienced Associate, Deborah Baker, was recently elected as the Director for District 33 for Toastmasters. As the District 33 Director, Deborah will oversee 65 directors and 3,500 members in the regions of the Central Valley, Southern California, and Southern Nevada. Deborah says, "This new position feels like a gift from my Toastmaster community and I feel privileged to be able to share the gift of public speaking with others." Deborah is the first District Leader from Modesto since 2001. Congratulations Deborah!
Our Principal, Marty Fox, recently served as lead facilitator for the annual Modesto Pregnancy Center strategic planning meeting for the second year in row. As facilitator, Marty leads a group of twenty Modesto Pregnancy Center staff members and together they determine annual financial goals. The Modesto Pregnancy Center
The Modesto Pregnancy Strategic Planning Staff Members
is a licensed medical clinic that provides women with safe and confidential pregnancy tests, ultra sounds, educational classes and support. Executive Director of the Modesto Pregnancy Center, Chrissy Aguiar, says, "Marty has helped our Center define a guiding policy on what the organization intends to accomplish, and the key initiatives for achieving that guiding policy and his expertise is amazing." Marty has already been asked to facilitate for the January 2016 annual meeting.
We are thrilled to announce the promotion of four staff members and two new hires. Chad Van Houten, CPA, has been promoted to Senior Manager. Chad's entrepreneurial spark, client skills, business development and community leadership have helped earn the promotion to Senior Manager. Deborah Baker, CPA; Linda Bossard, EA, USTCP; and Adriane Reams, CPA have been promoted to Manager thanks to their continued development as client managers and people developers. Kiran Kaur has been hired as a New Staff Accountant, joining the Grimbleby Coleman team after two years with a Bay Area CPA firm specializing in international taxation and planning. A graduate of the University of the Pacific, she is currently working towards becoming a Certified Public Accountant. In her free time she tutors students in elementary-to-college level math and English. Carmen Gusman was recently hired in March as a Bookkeeper. Prior to Grimbleby Coleman, Carmen worked as a bookkeeper for a hospitality firm and has construction industry experience. Carmen received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Management from Humphrey's College. She has been a licensed CTEC Tax preparer since 2007.
President Clive Grimbleby, Principal Sue Hudgens, Senior Associate Renee Salcedo, and Marketing Coordinator Kadie Helton, dressed in their finest "Kentucky Derby" attire to support and attend Community Hospice Foundation's Annual Gala. Community Hospice provides care for over 230 patients every day and the annual gala raises funds so that they may continue assisting individuals in our region. Kadie remarks, "this organization is truly unique because they will touch every member of our community at some point, and we strongly believe in their mission of providing care and support to anyone who needs it, regardless of their ability to pay."
Principals Jeff Bowman and Lisa Mazza, and Experienced Associate Doug DeBoer, attended Duarte Nursery Friends Day in Hughson on May 1st. The day included nursery tours, wine tastings, presentations on the best tree and vine practices, nursery discussions and trade show. Hot topics around the event were water usage and farming succession. Jeff mentions, "We appreciate the opportunity to support innovative agriculture like this in our region and we always learn something new about our ag clients by attending events like Friends Day."