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Ambulance employees honored at event

Two MetroWest Ambulance crew members were recognized this week at the 17th annual American Ambulance Association Stars of Life event in Washington, D.C.

Greg Sorensen of Hillsboro, a paramedic, and Leanna Knight of Portland, an emergency medical technician, were two of the 103 Stars of Life honored April 12. It’s the highest honor bestowed nationally by the American Ambulance Association.

Sorensen serves as a Field Training Officer on MetroWest’s Advanced Life Support 911 units in Washington County. He dedicates extensive time to helping new medics develop their skills. In addition, Sorensen serves on the MetroWest Ambulance and the Washington County emergency communications center quality improvement committees.

Knight, originally from Prineville, moved to Portland to attend college. She became an EMT and joined Metro West Ambulance where she currently serves as a Field Training Officer in the Wheelchair Transport Department. Knight serves on MetroWest’s Infectious Disease Control Committee and created an infectious control guide book and a specialized quick guide to protect new EMTs. She is completing her medical school prerequisite classes at Portland State University and is planning on taking her MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) this summer.

Bienestar names board president

David Cintron was recently elected Bienestar’s board of directors president for the 2016-17 term.

Cintron has served as a board member vice president of the Hillsboro-based affordable housing nonprofit and also serves with Intel Latino Group, which is responsible for Intel’s involvement in several computer and education-related programs for Bienestar. Cintron is an engineering manager at Intel.

He succeeds John McMeekan, who has served Bienestar for nine years, five of those as board president and several years as treasurer. He will remain in a newly created position of past president for one year. McMeekan is a vice president and Commercial Banking Relationship Manager for Banner Bank.

Meg Guerra, Asset Manager for Hacienda CDC, was elected vice president of Bienestar’s board. Cheryl Hilbert and Jed Womack are the new secretary and treasurer of the board, respectively.

Cintron and Guerra are Bienestar’s first board president and vice president of Latino descent.

Bienestar has been providing affordable housing since 1981 and operates 12 multifamily properties for 508 farmworker and working poor families.

Genentech announces $100,000 grant to OMSI

Hillsboro biotechnology company Genentech announced Thursday, April 7, that it will provide the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry with a $100,000 grant to support its Traveling Programs.

The Traveling Programs — which serve over 120,000 students annually in every county in Oregon and throughout the region — give underserved students access to engaging science education and the opportunities it provides.

The announcement coincides with Genentech’s 40th anniversary, which also marks the birth of the biotech industry. To celebrate the company’s anniversary and look ahead to the next generation of scientists, Genentech is supporting nonprofits working to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to life for students.