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Local physician assumes new role on state academy board

Lake Oswego resident Lisa Grill Dodson assumed her role as vice president of the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians at the academy’s annual business meeting on April 13 held at Salishan Lodge.

Dodson has been a member of the OAFP since 1992 and on the board of the academy since 2009. Her term as vice president will last one year.

She is an assistant professor at Oregon Health & Science University, the director of the Oregon Area Health Education Center, director of the Oregon Rural Health Program, and director of the Rural Community Health Clerkship.

She received her medical degree from SUNY at Stony Brook, N.Y. and completed her residency at OHSU in family medicine in 1991. She practiced in John Day for seven years before returning to OHSU.

Dodson resides in Lake Oswego with her husband, Peter Dodson, mathematics department chair at Lake Oswego High School. Their two sons, David and Jason, attended Lakeridge High School.

The Oregon Academy of Family Physicians is the largest medical specialty society in Oregon and represents more than 1,400 family physicians, residents and medical students throughout the state.

Insurance companies team up

Bisnett Insurance, an independent insurance agency serving Northwest residents and businesses since 1982, recently teamed with Seattle-based PEMCO Insurance, a 60-year-old company known for its top-rated customer service.

From its Lake Oswego office at 310 State St., Bisnett Insurance provides families and businesses with personal, commercial (including orchard and farm and ranch insurance), life, health and group-benefits coverage. The agency specializes in what it calls “Main Street Service,” customizing packages to fit customers’ unique situations and budgets with service from agents who live and work in the same community.

Bisnett customers have the option to call, shop online or sit down for face-to-face conversations with an agent. Founded by Roger and Linda Bisnett, Bisnett Insurance has grown to more than 30 employees with Oregon offices in Lake Oswego, Hood River, Baker City, Milton-Freewater, John Day, and Pendleton. It also has a Ketchum, Idaho, office and an Arizona branch based in Scottsdale.

Six experienced agents, Sue Muir, Steve Schmitt, Ben Hall, Diane Wood, Audry Delgado, and Angie Gravely, staff the Lake Oswego office. Bisnett’s focus on building relationships extends beyond its front door, and it’s one of the values it shares with locally headquartered PEMCO Insurance. Like PEMCO, the agency frequently partners with community organizations to support youth activities. Bisnett also is active in the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club. Bisnett Insurance is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

PEMCO Insurance, established in 1949, insures more than half a million Washington and Oregon residents with personal lines of auto, home, boat, and umbrella coverage. For more information about PEMCO, go to HYPERLINK "http://www.pemco.com/" pemco.com. To learn more about Bisnett Insurance, call 503-635-4584 or 1-800-303-0419 or visit .bisnett.com.

Snodgrass honored with Lifetime Leadership Award

David Snodgrass, president of Dennis' 7 Dees in Portland, has been presented with a Lifetime Leadership Award by PLANET, the national trade association for landscape industry professionals.

The award is presented annually to a member of the associaiton who has demonstrated leadership, service and commitment to both PLANET and the green industry. Snodgrass is a former president of both the Oregon LAndscape Contractors Association and PLANET. He also served on PLANET's board of directors, chaired PLANET's safety committee and is a PLANET Trailblazer, which allows him the opportunity to mentor young people entering the industry.

Dahlgren named to 40 Under Forty list

Kris Dalgren, president of West Linn-based Dahlgren Footwear, has been named by Sporting Goods Business to its sixth annual "40 Under Forty" Awards. The honor, which is a celebration of young executives from all corners of the sporting goods industry, recognizes 40 people who are making a difference in their field before reaching their 40th birthday.

Dahlgren has been an integral part of Dalgren Footwear for nearly 20 years and spent considerable time learning every facet of the business. She was named president in 2010 and oversees the daily operations of the company.

To learn more about the company visit dahlgrenfootwear.com.

Attend Exporting Clackamas County breakfast meeting

Clackamas County Business and Economic Development committee is hosting a panel discussion on Exporting Clackamas County to discuss the value of exports to the local economy May 15 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Abernethy Center, 606 15 St., in Oregon City.

Seating is limited and reservations can be made by calling Cindy Hag at 503-742-4249.

Bussanich's cookbook to be released Sept. 10

Kyra Bussanich, founder of Crave Bake Shop and the first gluten-free baker to win the Food Network's Cupcake Wars, has announced the release of "Sweet Cravings" on Sept. 10. A special pre-release price of $12.91 is guaranteed through Amazon.com. The book contains what Bussanich claims to be 50 fool-proof recipes that everyone can enjoy.

Marylhurst expands accelerated busines degree options

Marylhurst University is expanding its on-campus undergraduate business program to north Portland. Starting fall term, students seeking a Marylhurst accelerated undergraduate degree in business management will be able to take the courses at the Portland Community College's Cascade Campus on Northeast Killingsworth Street. Applications for the new program are now being accepted.

A similar accelerated program has been offered on the Harmony campus of Clackamas Community College since fall 2010, and Marylhurst also offers an online version of its accelerated undergraduate business degree.

For more information, visit marylhurst.edu/cascade.

Clackamas County attorneys give back

The executive officers of the Clackamas County Bar Association delivered proceeds from its Holiday Silent Auction to the Clackamas Service Center recently. Through the generous efforts of sponsors and members of the bar association they raised $1,895 for CSC, which provides groceries, clothing, health and dental services for families in North Clackamas county.