Mocse Credit Union appointments new President/CEO
After 41 years of credit union service, Tracey Kerr, President/CEO of Mocse credit Union, announced her retirement effective Sept. 1.

“Tracey expertly served as President/CEO since 1999 and her accomplishments are too numerous to name. Her dedication to serving our members and communities has been unflagging. We offer our deepest gratitude for her service and wish Tracey and her family the very best in retirement,” stated Mocse Chairman Joy Mastache.

The Board of Directors is pleased to share that after an intensive search process, they selected Shane Saunders as Mocse’s next President/CEO.

“In selecting a successor to our long-term and beloved President/CEO, the Board of Directors was anxious to identify a candidate that would provide a strong vision forward while furthering our unique member-oriented culture,” stated Mastache.

Saunders comes to Mocse with a 25 year history in the financial services industry and recently as the Chief Experience Officer for the past six years at Maps Credit Union in Salem, Oregon.

Mocse currently serves 26,413 members, holds over $343 million in assets, and serves the counties of Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Mariposa and Merced.

“We are confident that we made an excellent choice for Mocse, its’ members and our communities,” said Mastache. “Shane will bring vision, creativity and a respect for the culture we have developed here at Mocse. Shane is a hobby farmer and avid rock climber. We look forward to welcoming him and his wife Margarita into our Mocse family.”

MHD Group wins awards for Dust Bowl Brewery website, logo
MHD Group of Modesto was honored recently with design awards for a Turlock brewery’s website and a logo for a Modesto wine entrepreneur.

Dust Bowl Brewing Co. received the 2020 Gold Award for “Best Website” from the Craft Beer Marketing Awards. Known as the “Crushies,” the awards recognize not only websites, but also the designs of bottles and cans of various sizes, packaging, logos, tap handles, tap rooms, videos and other marketing materials.

Dust Bowl’s website features photos and video from the company’s Turlock brewery and tap room as well as its brewpub in Monterey. Website visitors can learn about Dust Bowl’s many different beers and food offerings, its history and upcoming events. They also can place orders online.

“Congratulations to our web team for a crisp, refreshing take on brewery web design,” said Marcia Herrmann, owner and creative director for MHD Group.

The second award paid tribute to MHD Group’s logo for, an online company still in the start-up phase run by Paul Tremayne, a local wine connoisseur and owner of Concetta’s Restaurant in downtown Modesto. Tremayne is known for riding his bicycle from home to work, and the logo features a man on a bike with a large wine bottle on his back and more bottles stacked in a basket behind the bicycle seat.

The logo will be featured in LogoLounge 12, a collection of creative designs from around the world. Only 3,000 logos were chosen to appear out of more than 40,000 entries. It is the largest logo competition in the world.
“We are proud that our work was recognized and we are thrilled to be included with some of the top design companies internationally,” Herrmann said.

MHD Group is a full-service agency that has served clients locally, nationally and internationally for more than three decades. Based in downtown Modesto, it offers graphic and web design services; marketing, branding and advertising; social media and video; and public relations.

Tracy organizations benefit from United Way
United Way of San Joaquin County has announced six Tracy organizations have received a total of $145,000 of the nearly $1 Million in funding they received from an anonymous donor. The funds are part of the $6.6 million earmarked for United Way chapters in the Central Valley in support of COVID-19 relief and recovery programs.

McHenry House, Tracy Interfaith Ministries, Tracy Community Connections, the Tracy Boys & Girls Club, Sow A Seed Community Foundation, and Tracy Unified School District will all benefit from the COVID-19 donation. Each organization is facing unprecedented challenges – and this funding is being utilized to provide food and basic household supplies, educational tools and projects for students, placing high risk COVID individuals in motels, as well as payroll and general operating expenses.

“Our involvement in Tracy, especially through our strong United Way Tracy Community Council, has helped us identify and fund these organizations who are being impacted by COVID-19,” said Kristen Birtwhistle, President and CEO of United Way of San Joaquin County. “We realize that across our County, non-profit organizations and educational programs are struggling with the added expenses due to COVID-19, as well as the need for financial support – since the opportunity to hold fundraising events has been cut short.”

As each organization has different concerns, it has been apparent that basic needs being covered by United Way have had the greatest impact. Food, hygiene products, gloves, masks and disinfecting items are high priority. All grateful for the assistance from United Way, the recipients shared how these funds have helped serve their communities.

“Boys and Girls Clubs of Tracy is grateful for the United Way’s donation for COVID-19 relief,” states Kelly Wilson, CEO. “The funds enabled us to continue our “Virtual” programming and provided food, books, school supplies and facemasks to hundreds of Club members and their families. The funds have also allowed us to keep our staff intact, staying connected to the kids & families through fun & educational daily zoom sessions and phone calls – to identify needs and connect them to resources.”

Carrie Grover, ED for Tracy Interfaith Ministries shared, “This money has allowed us to continue our mission to feed the hungry in Tracy. More specifically, we have used the funds to purchase blankets, peanut butter, milk, eggs, meat, beans, fresh produce, and hygiene products. We were also able to support our Families at Risk program, as well as provide 600 children with a new pair of shoes as they return to school. We are so thankful.”

“Tracy Unified School District is extremely thankful for the generous donation to our Food Service Department,” said Superintendent Brian Stephens. “It will used to improve our ability to provide meals to students during the pandemic. Students in Tracy are directly benefitting from the generosity of the United Way.”

“We are grateful to receive the donation from United Way. Right now,” said Rhodesia Ransom, Executive Director of Sow a Seed Community Foundation, “our youth need to know that they have people to turn to as they navigate the isolation and confusion while sheltered in place. This will help us expand our virtual wellness platform so more kids can reach our trained and caring staff.

“The gift from United Way has been a tremendous help in our mission to assist the homeless. We have been able to provide emergency housing to seventeen homeless individuals or families who were at a greater risk for Covid-19, and we also provided assistance for rents and PG&E bills due to a loss of income. The support from United Way is vital to being able to continue our mission,” states Jim Osborne, Executive Director, Tracy Community Connections Center.

“Monetary donations have been very low during this pandemic,” said Armenia Pereira, Director McHenry House Tracy, “This donation has helped with the general operation of the shelter, such as utilities, food, disinfecting items, gloves, masks, and disposable food serving. We are grateful for such a generous donation!
For further information contact: United Way of San Joaquin County 642-0725.

Dr. Tania Pacheco-Werner

New Valley Air District board member appointed
The Valley Air District has welcomed its newest Governing Board member, Dr. Tania Pacheco-Werner, co-Assistant Director at Fresno State’s Central Valley Health Policy Institute. Pacheco-Werner was appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to fill the Board’s vacant science position. The Sanger native has a PhD in sociology from the University of California, San Francisco.

The District’s Governing Board provides leadership and direction of air pollution control measures and is comprised of 15 members: eight county supervisors (one from each of the Valley’s eight counties), five city council members selected by the cities within the District, and two public members appointed by the Governor. The board ensures that implementation of state and federal air pollution mandates in the Valley is tailored to local conditions and responsive to local needs.