Stanislaus Community Foundation awards 2022 scholarships

Stanislaus Community Foundation is pleased to share that $305,850 has been awarded to 178 local students for the 2022-2023 school year. Since its inception in 2002, SCF has distributed more than $2 million on behalf of local individuals, families, companies, and schools. Each year, SCF gathers a committee of volunteers to review applications and assist in determining which students will receive awards.
“Stanislaus Community Foundation is proud to support the academic goals of our local students,” said Marian Kaanon, CEO of Stanislaus Community Foundation. “They are the future of this county, and an investment in them is an investment in Stanislaus.”
Multiple scholarship funds hosted at Stanislaus Community Foundation were created by local donors with the intent to support college-bound high school seniors and current college students in their pursuit of higher education. Based on donor goals, some funds require that a student be part of a specific field of study such as nursing, agriculture, mathematics, or music or that a student must demonstrate financial need.
This year, 94 percent of first-time awardees were low income – signaling a great need for scholarships for students in our community. Stanislaus Community Foundation’s scholarship program is made possible through the generous donor support of 27 charitable funds.
Anyone interested in opening a scholarship fund to support Stanislaus County students, contact Melissa Van Diepen, Chief Philanthropy Officer at or by calling 209.576.1608 x104. In the coming months, we will be highlighting our scholarship recipients on our social media channels. Make sure to follow along on Facebook (@StanislausFoundation), Instagram (@stanislauscf), and LinkedIn (Stanislaus Community Foundation).

Provost & Pritchard announces full-service caves & tunnels team

Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group is pleased to introduce their Caves & Tunnels team.
The Caves & Tunnels team is new to Provost & Pritchard and brings an expansive portfolio of more than 350 cave and tunneling projects over the past 30 years. These include wine caves and winery buildings primarily in Napa, Sonoma, and San Luis Obispo counties, as well as water supply, hydroelectric and tunnel projects in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and foothills.
“This is an exciting new area of services for Provost & Pritchard,” said Ronald J. Samuelian, President. “Scott and the team are passionate about serving their clients well and have decades of experience delivering successful cave and tunnel projects.”
The Caves & Tunnels team includes geotechnical engineers, engineering geologists, geostructural engineers, hydrogeologists and support staff.
Scott Lewis, PG, CEG, is the Principal Tunneling Consultant. Scott is the premier wine cave designer and consultant with more than 35 years of project work specifically related to wine caves and tunnels. His work includes, geologic evaluations and investigations, tunnel and cave evaluation and design, construction support, existing tunnel rehabilitation, slope stabilization and other consultation services.
“Our team is very pleased to be a part of the P&P group, which provides a wide range of engineering, environmental and business resources that greatly enhance our ability serve our clients’ needs,” says Scott.
Andrew Kositsky, PE, GE, is our lead design engineer for tunnel, wine cave, dam, retaining wall and shoring projects. He is responsible for preparing geostructural design submittals and geotechnical engineering studies and has more than 30 years of experience in geotechnical investigations, foundations, slope stabilizations, tunnel and shotcrete wall designs, and related work.
Kate (Lewis) Gabriel, GIT, is our Associate Geologist that supports the team with surface and subsurface geologic investigations, coordinating field activities and subcontractors, tunnel excavation and support installation monitoring and documentation, working with clients and other team members during design and construction to resolve constructions issues.
Kim Tarantino serves the team as a senior project administrator and is responsible for assisting with client and project management, coordination of all aspects of our cave and tunnel projects from submittals to design and field services, preparing documents for construction contracts, monitoring and tracking deadlines, and all aspects of administrative support from feasibility to construction management.
Vintners throughout California, Oregon, Washington and Texas are among clients who have turned to this team to literally dig in and make their visions come to life.
For more information, as well as information on career opportunities with the firm, visit or email

Doctors Medical Center’s Asia Cortez inducted into Tenet Heroes’ Hall of Fame

Doctors Medical Center is proud to announce that Asia Cortez, registered nurse in the Neuro Critical Care Unit, has been honored by Tenet Healthcare as part of its annual recognition program. Cortez has been named a Tenet Hero, with the additional honor of being inducted into the Tenet Heroes’ Hall of Fame.
The Tenet Heroes program celebrates those individuals who make a meaningful impact within their communities that goes above and beyond their daily responsibilities. Nominated by leadership and/or fellow colleagues, Tenet Heroes exemplify the company’s core values and commitment to its mission.
Each year, a select few are inducted into the Tenet Heroes’ Hall of Fame, the Company’s most prestigious honor for employees. This year, 23 individuals or teams were named to the Hall of Fame, including Cortez.
Cortez was recognized as a Tenet Hero and Hall of Fame winner after showing incredible empathy and genuine kindness while caring for a family that tragically lost two of their loved ones at the same time. The way she made the patient’s family feel comfortable, safe and warm on the worst day of their lives is admirable. Cortez showed grace and compassion, making sure to answer the family’s questions and address their concerns during an unimaginable situation.
“Asia is a true inspiration and her actions make a positive and meaningful impact in our community each day,” said Warren Kirk, CEO of Doctors Medical Center. “We are proud to serve alongside Asia, and deeply appreciate her dedication, selfless nature and continued commitment to providing quality, compassionate care to our patients.”

Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra awarded “Community Possible” grant from U.S. Bank Foundation

The Modesto Symphony Orchestra was recently awarded a $10,000 Community Possible “Play” grant from the U.S. Bank Foundation to support the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra and its students. U.S. Bank makes “Play” possible by investing in community programs that supports ways for children and adults to play and create.
“We are honored to receive the U.S. Bank Community Possible ‘Play’ grant,” says Caroline Nickel, President and CEO of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. “The Modesto Symphony Orchestra and Youth Orchestra pride ourselves on music education and enriching our community through music. With support from the U.S. Bank Foundation, we look forward to strengthening the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra and continuing to challenge and inspire our students.”
Through the U.S. Bank Community Possible “Play” grant, the MSYO will boost its recruitment efforts to reach more students and fully represent our community’s diversity. The “Play” grant will help the MSYO offer more students an equitable playing field by providing more scholarships, specialized coachings, develop students’ musicianship and their teamwork, discipline, and problem-solving skills.
“We believe communities are stronger when they are connected through the arts and cultural opportunities,” said Brian Hogan, U.S. Bank North and Central California market leader. “We’re proud to support the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra’s efforts to provide youth musicians of all backgrounds the opportunity to share their talents and enrich the community through music.”

Golden Valley Health Centers Announces New Appointments

Golden Valley Health Centers proudly names Dr. Eduardo Villarama to the position of VP & Chief Medical Officer.
Dr. Villarama joined GVHC in July, 2007 as a family physician in Merced. Five years later, he was named Associate Medical Director where he served as the Merced area Hospitalist/Medical Director from 2013 to 2015. He later transitioned into the role of Regional Medical Director. In the Spring of 2022, he was appointed as the Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Golden Valley Health Centers.
His passion for our patients and unwavering commitment to GVHC’s mission are commendable. As the organization focuses on serving as the provider of choice for the Central Valley region, Dr. Villarama will lead the charge in ensuring a quality patient experience for all.
Amy Collier Carroll was recently appointed VP & Chief Communications Officer of Golden Valley Health Centers. After working in public information and legislative affairs in the public sector, serving at the City of Modesto and Stanislaus County since 2015, Carroll looks forward to using her public relations expertise to enhance communications and outreach for GVHC, working to increase awareness, advocacy, and community support for the nonprofit community health center. Golden Valley Health Centers’ mission is to improve the health of patients by providing quality primary healthcare services to people in the community regardless of language, financial or cultural barriers.
GVHC is a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center with 45 clinics across Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.