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From the Desk of Salem Keizer School Board Director, Satya Chandragiri MD

Written by Satya Chandragiri MD on Feb. 27th, 2024

It would be naïve on our part to think that everything will fall in place after the perfect storm that we all endured- COVID- 19 pandemic, social and economic disruption, social unrest, political polarization, and worldwide turmoil. While the world seemed to fall apart, I also witnessed acts of courage, love, and compassion from our teachers, school staf

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From The Desk Of Marion County Commissioner Colm Willis

Written by Colm Willis on Feb. 8th, 2024

The other day, I saw a headline in the Willamette Week titled, “The State’s Leading Psychiatrist Says Oregon’s Approach to Mental Health is Wrong.” In the article, the newspaper interviewed the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Intrigued, I continued reading and discovered that this academic’s big id

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Salem Rising Star: Adriana Barrera’s Transformative Journey in Mental Health and Therapy

Written by Wyatt Jones on Feb. 8th, 2024

Adriana Barrera, the visionary behind Porque No Terapia (Why Not Therapy), stands as a testament to the transformative power of dedication and resilience in the face of adversity. Her journey from an uncertain career beginning to becoming a linchpin in Salem's mental health and addiction community speaks volumes of her commitment to fostering well-being a

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Salem Business Legacy: Deanna Gwyn- A Beacon of Community Commitment and Excellence

Written by Wyatt Jones on Feb. 8th, 2024

Here in Salem, where we take pride in our dynamic history and the vigor of our community, Deanna Gwyn stands as a testament to innovative leadership and steadfast dedication. Her career, spanning more than thirty years as a Principal Broker in the real estate industry, coupled with her esteemed role on the Salem City Council, delineates a narrative of ded

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Salem Rising Star: Salvador Herrera’s Journey to Sales Triumph

Written by Christian F. Hanson on Jan. 9th, 2024

"Every challenge is an opportunity to excel," states Salvador Herrera, Salem's Rising Star. Recognized as the top Sales Surgical Workflows Representative for Getinge in the United States in 2023, Herrera's journey is a compelling tale of ambition, resilience, and a profound impact on Salem's business environment.

Herrera, an Eastern Oregon University grad…

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Salem Business Legacy: CTEC Principal Rhonda Rhodes and Kroc Center Executive Director Tony Frazier receive the 2024 Groundwork Leader of the Year Award

Written by Naomi Yanike on Jan. 9th, 2024

Salem Keizer Public Schools (SPKS) Career Technical Education Center (CTEC) Principal Rhonda Rhodes and The Salvation Army Kroc Center Salem Executive Director Tony Frazier emerged as this year’s Groundwork Leadership Institute top award winners, graciously receiving the “Captain” award, which is voted on by the 90 alumni who have participated in on

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Salem Rising Star: Katie Costic – Charting a Path of Innovation and Community Leadership

Written by Christian F. Hanson on Dec. 12th, 2023

SALEM, Ore. - Katie Costic, a name now synonymous with dynamic leadership in Salem, has swiftly risen through the ranks of professional success, leveraging her local roots and innovative spirit. Her journey, marked by a blend of passion for the community and a strategic approach to career development, offers a unique perspective on success in today's fa

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Salem Business Legacy: Withnell’s Way – The Path to Community Triumph

Written by Wyatt Jones on Dec. 11th, 2023

SALEM, Oregon - From a self-described "underdog" to a respected pillar in the Salem business and community sphere, Dick Withnell's story is one of resilience, community service, and the power of positive leadership. In an exclusive interview with the Salem Business Journal, Withnell, the founder of Withnell Motor Company and now retired, reflects on his

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Hispanic Real Estate Organization Makes Its Way to Western Oregon

Written by Luis Ramirez on Nov. 12th, 2023

The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals officially made its debut in Oregon this month after jumping through some hoops to become a full-fledged chapter.

The organization is a national one, but several Real Estate members in the community wanted to spearhead a chapter in Oregon to focus on real issues and information that goes on in…

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Salem Business Legacy: Brian Moore’s Journey of Values-Driven Leadership in Business and Community

Written by Ángela Andrada on Nov. 8th, 2023

Brian Gregory Moore, CEO and owner of Neighborly Ventures, Inc., combines legal acumen with a community-first ethos in his role as a pillar of the Salem community. His professional trajectory has seen him evolve from a real estate and land use attorney to a director of real estate development, culminating in his current position as CEO.

Moore's commitment…

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