Lakewood YMCA seeks marketing, development director

“The [Lakewood] Branch Marketing and Development Director works as part of the association marketing and communications team and branch leadership team. This position is responsible for leading member marketing, community relations, and volunteer and donor development. Expected outcomes are to support the leadership team in attracting and retaining members, engaging stakeholders, and positioning the YMCA as a cause-driven organization.” Read more at the Lakewood YMCA website.

First-generation college student aims high

Leah1Sometimes being a first generation college student means figuring out the importance of a higher education on your own terms. For 17- year-old Leah Dao, being an accomplished first generation college student came with the goal to live out her parents dreams.

“My parents didn’t get the opportunity to go to college, so I want to fulfill what they could have done,” Dao said. “I’m achieving what their dreams are.” [Read more…]

TNT: Former Tacoma, Steilacoom police chief Richard Amundsen dies

“Richard Amundsen’s first job in law enforcement was walking a two-block beat in downtown Tacoma.

“By the time he retired more than four decades later he’d served as chief of the Tacoma and Steilacoom police departments and head of security at what is now called the Washington State Fair in Puyallup.” Read the rest of Adam Lynn’s story at The News Tribune website.

JBLM Col. Chuck Hodges wins Defense Communities award

WASHINGTON D.C. – Joint Base Lewis-McChord Commander Col. Chuck Hodges got national recognition Wednesday for his work and partnerships with surrounding communities, particularly the base’s host community of Lakewood.

Hodges won the Military Leadership Award at the Association of Defense Communities Summit.  [Read more…]

Local Massage Therapist Honored as ‘Stroke Hero’

Stroke Hero Steven Hanna (right) receives his award from Steven Fried of Medtronic Neurovascular. As a massage therapist, Steven helps stroke survivors in their recovery. He is also an advocate for stroke prevention in Pierce County.

TACOMA – Steven Hanna owner and operator of Executive Massage-Tacoma Mall was one of four recipients honored with the “Stroke Hero” Award by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On Wednesday, June 10 at the Cardiac and Stroke Conference held at the Double Tree Suites at Hilton in Seattle, Hanna received the award in recognition of exemplary service for supporting stroke survivors. [Read more…]