Ronald Messenger has been named president at New Tacoma Cemeteries & Funeral Home, taking over for Henry “Jack” Harding, who is retiring after 53 years with the company. Messenger graduated from the funeral services program at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore., and comes from Mountain View Funeral Home, where he served most recently as general manager.
Davies Pearson of Tacoma has announced Trevor Osborne has become an associate of the firm, practicing in labor and employment law, general business and business litigation. He graduated from Seattle University School of Law, magna cum laude, in 2009 and received his bachelor’s degree from Whitworth University. Prior to joining the firm, Osborne worked as an assistant attorney general at the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.
Deirdre Evans has been named executive director for Tacoma Goodwill Industries. She will oversee fundraising efforts, board development, capital campaigns and manage the foundation staff, developing and implementing strategic plans. Evans has 15 years of progressive fundraising experience. She received her bachelor’s degree from University of Washington Tacoma and has an MBA in finance from the University of Redlands. Previously, Evans served as director of development for the Boy Scout Council in Orange County, Calif., southwest regional development specialist/major gifts officer at Catholic Relief Services in California and southwest regional director for Heifer International.
Life Care Centers of America has recently recognized Dieu Dinh and Jim Spinelli, both from Tacoma.
Dinh, region rehab director, received the President’s Award recognizing his commitment to continuing education. He has earned a specialty certification in exercise for geriatric adults through the American Physical Therapy Association and worked with the association to bring the training to the other therapists in his division. Under his guidance, therapy departments throughout the region have passed their 2011 and 2012 state surveys with no citations.
Spinelli, northwest division director of reimbursement, received the Division Support Award, recognizing his knowledge and understanding of Medicare reimbursement, his active participation in the Washington Health Care Association and his willingness to fight for residents to receive full reimbursement for needed services.
Rebuilding Together South Sound, of Tacoma a nonprofit that works to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners, recently announced new board members and officers for 2012-2013. Officers are: Haley Iselin, Metal Roof Specialties, president; Kim Taylor, MBA of Pierce County, first vice president; Linda Troeh, Targa Sound Terminal, second vice president and events chair; Nilmah Mills, Gray Lumber, treasurer and finance chair; Tom Berquist, BECU, past president. Members are: Mark Egner, Frank & Sons Construction; Carol Ellis, Pam Hendrickson, Debby Kroll, Old Time Electric Inc.; Alicia Lawver, Puget Sound Partnership; Chris Lucero, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Jim Rogers, Absher Construction Co.; Susan Schmitz, Boeing; George Barnes, Hilger Construction; Debra Fayne and Lianna Collinge, Associate Management Inc.Compiled by Mary Anderson, Staff writer The News Tribune publishes hires and promotions at the professional and management levels. It recognizes honors at the state or national level awarded by independent professional or trade associations and appointments to corporate or civic boards. To submit information go to www.thenewstribune.com/business, go to People In Business and select “Add an announcement.” All submissions become the property of The News Tribune.