Kevin Borges

Local professional joins BAC Community Bank as new Commercial Banking Officer
Kevin M. Borges has joined family owned and locally managed BAC Community Bank as a Vice President and Commercial Banking Officer. Borges is a banking professional with over 13 years of experience in positions of increasing responsibilities.
Most recently, Borges worked in the Lodi area and currently serves on the Finance and Budget Committee for the Lodi Chamber of Commerce, he is also a Lodi Chamber Ambassador, a member of Young Professionals of Lodi, an active member of Lodi Sunrise Rotary as Director of Youth Services, and a participant of Leadership Lodi 2019.
“Kevin’s strong skillset and record of community service align nicely with BAC’s values and relationship approach to banking,” said BAC’s Chief Executive Officer Dana Bockstahler.
At BAC Community Bank, Borges will work directly with the Bank’s executive management and relationship managers to both assess and fulfill the needs of commercial banking customers throughout the Bank’s Central Valley region.
Bockstahler noted, “Kevin will also represent the Bank in various civic and community functions along with Paul Haley, our Chief Lending Officer.”
Borges can be reached at (209) 944-1813 or

Daniel Garcia

University of the Pacific graduate joins BAC Community Bank
BAC Community Bank welcomes Daniel Garcia as a Commercial Banking Officer. Garcia’s focus will be driving for new commercial business and supporting the bank’s relationship managers in all the markets BAC Community Bank serves.
He joins the bank from NEx Systems Environmental in Stockton, where he oversaw new sales and business development for one of their California regions.
A Stockton native and graduate of St. Mary’s High School and University of the Pacific, Garcia has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. While attending college, he was also an active member of the University of the Pacific Men’s Golf Team. He later worked with the PGA Tour Northern Trust Open where he managed several philanthropic groups and implemented key youth programs.
“We are happy to have Daniel on board,” said Paul Haley, Chief Lending Officer at BAC Community Bank. “He is an outstanding addition to our team with deep roots in our local community.”
Garcia can be reached at (209) 944-1520 or

Orthopedic surgery residents at Doctors Medical Center prepare for next steps after graduation
The Valley Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Doctors Medical Center is proud to announce the next steps for its upcoming graduating class of 2020.
Doctors Medical Center currently has 16 orthopedic surgery residents this academic year; three of them will be graduating from the five-year program in June 2020.
“We are proud of our orthopedic surgery program in Modesto and we want our community to know we are training the future of orthopedic surgery right here in their backyard,” said Marc Trzeciak, D.O., founding director of the orthopedic surgery residency. “We are continuing to see our residents match into competitive fellowships and receive excellent job offers.”
Justin Deans, D.O., matched into the adult reconstruction/joint replacement fellowship at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, New York.
Jeff Jett, D.O., matched into the hand and microsurgery fellowship at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.
Jason Ummel, D.O., has decided to begin practicing and has accepted a position as a general orthopedist in his home state at Logansport Memorial Hospital in Logansport, Indiana.
“These resident physicians worked hard to get these spots and they deserve it,” Dr. Trzeciak said. “Our residents are given the framework of knowledge and technical skills to compete with anyone in the country. They receive rigorous training, necessary for a successful orthopedic surgery career.”
In addition, two former graduates of the Valley Orthopedic Surgery Residency will soon be returning to the area to join the residency faculty.
Eric Huish, D.O., who graduated in December 2017, completed a shoulder and elbow fellowship in France and then continued his fellowship training at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland.
Jesua Law, D.O., who graduated in December 2018, completed training in adult reconstruction/joint replacement at the Hofmann Arthritis Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is currently completing a fellowship at Joint Implant Surgeons in New Albany, Ohio.

Awards for service
Deacon Tom Ciccarelli, parish life coordinator of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ripon, and his wife Sherrill will be among those being honored at the 18th annual Bishop’s Awards to be held Oct. 5.
The Ciccarellis will be recognized for their Lifetime of Service as a Deacon and Deacon’s Wife.
The rest of the slate of recipients for the 2019 Bishop’s Awards and their respective service fields are:
Msgr. Liam Moore, former pastor of St. Bernadette’s Parish in Tracy — Lifetime of Service as a Pastor.
Luis and Irene Maldonado — Lifetime of Lay Ministerial Service
Engr. and Dr. Arlaine Gutierrez, Families for Vocation and Healing Ministry — Catholic Service Organization
Gary and Jennifer Giannini — Lifetime of Teaching Service in the Catholic Schools.

Educators honored
The Ripon Unified school board recognized two employees with a collective 31 years of service.
Honored with the golden school bell award were Special Education teacher Karin Gay and Loret Betoshana, who has worked in the afterschool program at Ripona Elementary School, at the Aug. 5 meeting.
Both will soon be retiring from the district.
Betoshana had been with RUSD for 18 years, coming aboard on Aug. 2001, according to Chief Operations Officer Frank Jerome.
Gay is a certified teacher with the district for 10 of her 13 years. Prior to that, she was an instructional aide and substitute teacher.

Emanuel recognized for its heart care
Emanuel Medical Center has been recognized as a High Performing Hospital for 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report.
The annual Procedures & Conditions ratings, now in their fifth year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for common conditions and elective procedures. These ratings extend the U.S. News mission of providing consumers with patient decision support beyond the Best Hospitals rankings, which are geared toward complex specialty care.
Emanuel Medical Center earned a “High Performing” rating for Heart Failure, in recognition of care that was significantly better than the national average, as measured by factors such as patient outcomes. “High Performing” is the highest rating U.S. News awards for that type of care.
For the 2019-20 ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in nine procedures and conditions. Less than a third of all hospitals received any high-performing rating, and only 57 earned this rating in all nine Procedures & Conditions. The state and metro area rankings recognize hospitals that received high performing ratings across multiple areas of care.

Matt Swanson

Turlock businessman appointed to state water post
Local businessman Matt Swanson will take his agricultural expertise to the state level after recently being appointed to the California Water Commission.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in August that Swanson, 51, has been appointed to a four-year term on the CWC — a position which requires Senate confirmation. Members are generally chosen for their expertise related to the control, storage and beneficial use of water or for their knowledge of the environment. Swanson has served as president and chief executive officer at Associated Feed in Turlock since 1998.
Associated Feed serves the animal feed market, offering product for the dairy, poultry, swine, beef, equine, sheep, ratite and rabbit industries. The company considers itself leaders in sustainable, ethical operation, replacing trucks with new, energy-efficient models, running rail cars using emission-lowering technology and upgrading equipment company-wide to state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies that help production run more efficiently in all aspects.
“It is an honor to be appointed by Governor Newsom to the California Water Commission,” Swanson told the Journal. “I look forward to working on behalf of the Governor and the citizens of California to advance sound water infrastructure and environmental stewardship.”
On the CWC, Swanson will help to provide a public forum for discussing water issues, advise the Department of Water Resources, approve rules and regulations and monitor and report on the construction and operation of the State Water Project. The SWP is the nation’s largest state-built, multi-purpose, user-financed water project which supplies more than 27 million people with water.
The CWC is also responsible for presenting its views to the Congressional appropriations committees on funding for flood control or reclamation projects being planned or constructed in the state, and works closely with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the State Water Resources Control Board and the Department of Water Resources to regulate water storage projects.