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Hillsboro Chamber awards highlight civic involvement

The annual Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce Awards and gala last Thursday, May 26, honored outstanding businesses and individuals, youth and nonprofits in the Hillsboro community, including three awards announced at the dinner.

The award winners for 2016 are:

Glencoe Farms, operated by the Coussens family. Agricultural Achievement — Glencoe Farms

Family owned and operated by the Coussens family since 1920, the company now operates on 1,800 acres in Hillsboro, Gaston and Carlton.

The MyBinding.com teamBusiness of the Year — MyBinding.com

Mike Ware and his son Cory Ware started MyBinding in 1998. What started as a father-son-owned business grew into much more shortly after they relocated to Hillsboro. They now serve more than 200,000 customers throughout the United States including every branch of the federal government and most of the Fortune 500. A community-minded company, MyBinding.com employs 79 people and donates part of their warehouse and office space to the non-profit Love, Inc. Mike Ware also serves as the vice president of the Royal Rosarians Foundation Board.

Marlene Vera TrejoDistinguished Youth — Marlene Vera Trejo

Born in Mexico, Marlene Vera Trejo was only 3 years old when her single mother decided to move her young family to Oregon. In June, Marlene is graduating from Hillsboro High School at age 17.

She has excelled in all of her studies with a 3.8 GPA and will attend Portland State University on a five-year Diversity Scholarship to study speech therapy. She volunteers once a week at Rosedale Elementary School’s speech pathology program and also helps with Hillsboro Parks & Recreation summer camps for youth, serves as a mentor to freshman students on the Link Crew, and is an active participant in Adelante Chicas and MECHA clubs at Hilhi.

Tuality Healthcare Salud! Services Program TeamOrganization of the Year — Tuality Healthcare’s ¡Salud! Services Program

¡Salud! was conceived by a group of Oregon winery owners and Tuality Healthcare physicians in 1991 to address the hurdles faced by seasonal workers who cannot meet their basic health care needs. In 2015, more than 3,800 workers and their families were registered in the program and more than 5,000 medical and dental encounters were documented. Because of collaborative relationships with partnering health care organizations, ¡Salud! is able to efficiently stretch funding for medical care and provide approximately $3 in services for every $1 spent.

Ralph and Marilynn Helzerman
Philanthropic Leadership Award — Ralph and Marilynn Helzerman

Ralph and Marilynn Helzerman have lived in Hillsboro for 43 years. Marilynn Helzerman was Hillsboro’s first female Rotary president. She helps with the Oregon International Air Show, Bag&Baggage Theatre, Jackson Bottom Wetlands, and Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council and sits on the Tuality Healthcare Foundation Board. They believe in giving locally and seek to identify and support projects that add value to the community through the arts, education, health and recreation.

Cece ClitheroeProfessional of the Year — Cece Clitheroe

As Director of the Tuality Healthcare Foundation, Clitheroe first forged her path by managing volunteers at several of the foundation’s annual events.

In her 10 years of leadership, she has overseen the completion of a $1.1 million campaign to bring digital mammography and tomosynthesis 3D imaging to Hillsboro and helped fund state-of-the-art medical equipment. She also directs a robust student scholarship program, which has awarded nearly 600 scholarships for health care careers and advancement.

JD Fuiten Public Safety Professional — J.D. Fuiten

Metro West Ambulance Service, Inc. President J.D. Fuiten is a hands-on leader.

Fuiten is responsible for Metro West’s overall operations, growth and development.

He grew up working in the ambulance business founded in 1953 by his father, James B. Fuiten, in Forest Grove, and worked as an Oregon-certified EMT and in all areas of management prior to succeeding his father as president in 1978.

He’s also founded the companies Bay Cities Ambulance in 2006, Medix Ambulance in 2004 and Pacific West Ambulance in 1987. Additionally, he sits on several local and national committees, including the Tuality Healthcare Foundation and the Oregon International Air Show board, and has held various positions with the American Ambulance Association for over 25 years, for which he was recently awarded the Distinguished Service Award.

Nancy PonziRobert Herb Leadership Award — Nancy Ponzi

Founding Ponzi Vineyards in 1970 with her husband Dick Ponzi was just the beginning of Nancy’s many contributions to the Oregon wine industry and the local community.

As the family’s wine business grew and the industry blossomed, Nancy led the charge in establishing early labeling laws and the state’s first wine marketing organizations.

She wrote a weekly column for the Hillsboro Argus, was president of the Washington County Women’s Federation, held various offices in the Oregon Winegrowers Association and was a founding Director on the Washington County Visitors Association Board of Directors.

Lynn SchellerVolunteer of the Year — Lynn Scheller

Washington County native Lynn Scheller was an educator in the Hillsboro School District when she first became involved in Girl Scouts, Key Club, and Crimson Tide’s Annual Dinner with her two daughters.

After retiring in 2007, Scheller has devoted thousands of hours to the Hillsboro community where she volunteers for youth programs, arts, and helping marginalized women worldwide.

She served as the vice-chair and chairwoman of the Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council (HACC) before her six-year term expired, and she spearheaded the burgeoning Arts and Culture Endowment project, which has accrued over $100,000 in contributions in less than three years.

She is also a member of the Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Commission, the city’s Library Foundation and has helped at HomePlate Youth Services.

John Di Falco
Chairman’s Award — John DiFalco

WSC Insurance Vice President John DiFalco has been the agency’s benefits practice leader since June 2000. DiFalco’s expertise extended to his role as chairman for the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, a position he held from 2011 to 2012.

His insight and willingness to lead helped move the Chamber forward in its current direction.

He has also served as chairman for the Tuality Health Alliance Board of Directors.

Mayor Jerry Willey
Special Merit Award — Jerry Willey

In his eight years as Mayor of Hillsboro, Jerry Willey has built a reputation as a leader who collaborates with others to best serve the families and entrepreneurs of the Hillsboro community and the region.

These are a few of the city’s many accomplishments under Willey’s leadership since January 2009:

- The construction of Ron Tonkin Field, and subsequent arrival of the Hillsboro Hops

- Agreement on a 30-year, $100 billion Strategic Investment Partnership agreement with Intel and Washington County, and the D1X and MOD-2 expansion of the Ronler Acres campus

- Development and finalization of a $300 million finance plan for development in South Hillsboro

- Creation of the Downtown Urban Renewal Area and the North Hillsboro Industrial Renewal Area

- Expansion of the Hillsboro Main Library, and renovation of the Shute Park Branch Library

- Expansion of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

Willey also served on the Hillsboro City Council from 1992 to 1997, as the City’s Finance Committee chair, as President of the Hillsboro Library Foundation, and on the Hillsboro Library Board.

The Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce recognized him as Hillsboro Citizen of the Year in 1998, and he was honored with the Oregon Mayors Association’s Award of Merit in 2015.

Dr. Darell LumacoEmma C. McKinney Award — Dr. Darell Lumaco

Dr. Darell Lumaco received his undergraduate degree from Central Washington University and completed his doctoral degree at the University of Washington.

After graduating from medical school, he went to Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, where he completed a rotating internship before working as a family practitioner for one year.

Lumaco then went to Oregon Health & Science University for a residency in Ophthalmology.

In 1984, he moved to Hillsboro to practice at the Hillsboro Eye Clinic.

He was appointed to the Parks & Recreation Commission in 1988, was elected as chairman in 2002, and continued that role until he left the Commission in 2010.

Lumaco’s tenure on the commission coincided with the greatest period of expansion of the park system in the city’s history.

He was then elected as a City Councilor in 2010 and reelected in 2014. He also serves as the city’s Finance Committee chairman.

Additionally, he has served on the Hillsboro Boys’ Baseball Association, the Hillsboro 2020 Vision Task Force, the Hillsboro 2020 Vision Implementation Committee, and many other task forces for projects varying from the extension of the light rail to the creation of the Civic Center Plaza.