The Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, or DARS, will honor Suddenlink Communications with the “Business of the Year” award Wednesday for hiring and retaining employees who are blind or visually impaired in East Texas. DARS also will recognize Suddenlink's contribution to promote workplace diversity and accessibility.
The awards ceremony is set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Suddenlink Communications Call Center and Regional Headquarters, 1820 SSW Loop 323. Jennifer Beery, Suddenlink director of human resources; Juanita Barker, DARS director for programs management; and Donna Williams, DARS field director for Tyler Field Headquarters, will be a part of the ceremony.
DARS is a state agency whose mission is to ensure Texas is a state where adults and children with disabilities enjoy the same opportunities as other Texans to live independent and productive lives.
Once a year, the association holds the event to thank elected officials for support of the home building industry and community. More than 120 members and guests are expected to attend the meeting. Bancorp South is title sponsor of the event, while meeting sponsors include Austin Bank, Campbell Custom Homes, Citizens 1st Bank, StrucSure Home Warranty and Transit Mix Concrete & Materials Co.
He had his first shoe drive several years ago when he was practicing in Plano and Frisco. Since moving to Tyler, he wanted to continue helping those in need and figured that since he is a podiatrist, shoes just made sense, he said. He is collecting shows at his office, 1318 Clinic Drive. For more information, call 903-595-2858 or visit www.tylerfootcare.com.
Shoes for Orphan Souls began as Shoes for Russian Souls in 1995 by KCBI radio in Dallas. Buckner International assumed leadership in 1999 and changed the name to reflect its global reach, according to www.shoesfororphansouls.org. Shoes for Orphan Souls, the largest humanitarian aid project of Buckner International, provides new shoes and socks to orphans and vulnerable children in the United States and throughout the world. From conducting shoe drives to humanitarian aid trips, Shoes for Orphan Souls offers hands-on opportunities to individuals, groups and organizations wanting to transform lives. Since 1999, more than 2.3 million pairs of new shoes and socks have been distributed to children in 74 countries.
Vonna Crowley was named senior vice president, compliance officer, for Southside Bancshares. She is a certified regulatory compliance manager with the Institute of Certified Bank-ers, has more than 15 years experience as a compliance professional and has served as compliance officer for Southside Bancshares for eight years. Mrs. Crowley assists federal auditing regulators in their examination of the bank's procedures and policies and is responsible for maintaining compliance with all applicable laws and regulations issued by state and federal regulatory agencies. She also coordinates and leads the East Texas Compliance Group, a network of 150 members representing more than 50 banks across East Texas.
LaDee Donaldson was promoted to human resources director and senior vice president of Southside Bank. She joined the bank as human resources assistant director and vice president in 2010. Ms. Donaldson earned her professional in human resources certification in 2000. With more than 15 years experience managing the human resources departments of large Dallas law firms, she also has more than 15 years of financial services background. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management, as well as the East Texas Human Resources Association.
An otolaryngologist, he joins the team of physicians and clinicians at Trinity Clinic Ear, Nose and Throat, at 417. S. Saunders. Glass earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, and completed his residency in otolaryngology at Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans.
With specialized training in otolaryngology and access to advanced technology, Glass and his colleagues provide clinical care for the diagnosis and treatment of adult and pediatric conditions of the ear, nose and throat. To learn more about its services, call 903-533-1491 or visit tmfhs.org/ent.
Ms. Pate also has become involved with the Texas Association of Defense Counsel. In July, she was invited to participate in a panel on the topic, “What Young Lawyers are Thinking but not Saying,” at the TADC Summer Conference. Ms. Pate also was asked by the TADC to serve as a member of the nominating committee to nominate the officers who will serve with incoming President Dan Worthington. Ms. Pate was also selected to serve as an associate judge for the Awards and Subgrants Committee for the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, to judge Law Day Contest submissions and oversee the public and member service subgrants program.
Gomez has more than 30 years experience in human resources, with 16 of those at public higher education institutions. Before joining the center, he served as director of human resources at The University of Texas at Brownsville and has held human resource management positions at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Angelo State University and the city of San Antonio.
Neuenschwander has been an associate professor of biochemistry at UTHSCT for 11 years. He has taught courses in the biotechnology graduate program for 10 years; and served as associate director of the joint program between UTHSCT and Stephen F. Austin State University. He joined UTHSCT in 2001 as a biomedical researcher focusing on blood coagulation. Neuenschwander's research was funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and from the American Heart Association. Neuenschwander has a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
His experience includes tax planning and preparation for individuals and bus-inesses with complex business structures, including corporations, S-corporations, and partnerships. His industry concentrations include oil and gas, mining and real estate. He also was a tax manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Fort Worth.
Gollob Morgan Peddy has provided personal and business tax planning and preparation, audit, business valuations and appraisals for more than 30 years.
She joined Henry & Peters in 1998, and provides tax planning, reporting and compliance services for individuals, partnerships and corporations, trusts, gifts, and estates. Her concentrations include personal service providers, wholesale and retail sales, service industries, financial institutions and health care organizations. She also provides assurance and advisory services to a broad range of clientele with an emphasis in governmental entities, nonprofit organizations, wholesale and retail sales, and manufacturing companies. She serves several community organizations.
With more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, he will head the practice group as senior knowledge leader. While focusing on East Texas energy related businesses, he will take charge of expanding Greater Yield's petroleum and renewable energy portfolio, which will target oil and gas equipment, materials and service companies in its supply chain. Rosenblum's background include working in the oil field/mining, supply chain optimization, continuous improvement design and implementation, general management, sales and marketing and management consulting.
SBDC business trainer Robert Lewis said the six-week seminar offers valuable skills in legal matters, business planning, accounting and taxes, banking, advertising and strategic thinking for small businesses. Instructors for each of these classes are business professionals, and participants will have the opportunity to question the instructors about the business topics covered. This seminar has been designed for individuals who own a small business or who are considering starting their own small business. A notebook containing material presented by each instructor will be made available to participants. To register, call TJC's School of Continuing Studies at 903-510-2900. For more information, call Lewis at 903-510-2975.
Help combat hunger by eating out at one of the participating restaurants who partner with Longview Community Ministries by making a donation to its Food Box, the largest food pantry in Longview. All money raised is used to buy food for its food pantry, which serves more than 1,000 families per month in Longview. Participating restaurants include: Café Barron's, Bodacious Bar-B-Q on Sixth Street, Cotton Patch Café, Dudley's Cajun Café, Johnny Cace's Seafood & Steakhouse, McAlister's Deli, McDonald's locations on Highway 80, Loop 281 and Gilmer Road, and NW Loop 281, Papacita's Mexican Restaurant, Pizza King, Shogun, Cowboy Chicken, T. Blanco's, Newk's and Pietro's Pizza.
Programs sponsored by Longview Community Ministries are: The Food Box; Brown Bag, a monthly grocery delivery to homebound and elderly citizens; Meals On Wheels, hot meals delivered to persons daily by volunteers; Coats for Kids, giving the city's underprivileged children the opportunity to shop for a new coat; and Family Crisis Service Center and Learning Lab, trained volunteer caseworkers offer compassion to families in crisis. For more information, contact Lisa Simmons, program manager, at 903-753-3561, ext. 207.
She was born in Rostov-na-Donu, USSR, and attended Perm State University, where she earned a law degree. In 2010, Blake Bailey delivered a series of lectures to law students at Perm University concerning American Law. Several of the Perm students visited Texas the following year. Ms. Olkhovaya applied for and was approved by the U.S. Department of State to intern International Business and Law in the U.S. and is working in the Tyler law firms. Bailey is now serving as “of counsel” for the Martin Walker Law Firm.
The event will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Tyler Junior College, West Campus, 1530 SSW Loop 323, Room 104. Completion of the sessions provides continuing professional education credits to registered tax return preparers and enrolled agents. Other tax professionals may qualify for the credits depending on the requirements of their organizations. Registration is $50 and includes lunch. Your Preparer Tax Identification Number is required to get continuing education credit. For more information, call 903-510-2900.