Thursday, December 15, 2011

Erin McCallum of Enterprise Washington op-ed in Seattle Times

Erin McCallum, President of Enterprise Washington, wrote an op-ed published in The Seattle Times today concering The Washington State Redistricting Commission needing to set aside political partisanship and meet the January 1 deadline. The State of Washington has not been redistricted since 2001, and since these lines were drawn, the state's population has grown by 1 million, meaning not all men, women and children are being fairly represented in the current political process. The Washington State Redistricting Commission is negotiating in Olympia, and must reach a decision by January 1, 2012. As each day passes, concern is increasing that the commission will not meet the deadline because of political manueuvering.

To read more about what a delay in redistricting means for the state of Washington and to read the article in its entirety, visit The Seattle Times.

Erin McCallum, President of Enterprise Washington

Monday, December 12, 2011

Museum of Flight Names New Space Gallery in Honor of Charles Simonyi

On Thursday, Dec. 8, the Museum of Flight announced its new state-of-the-art, 15,500-square-foot space gallery will be named the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery in honor of Charles Simonyi, two-time space traveler, architect of Microsoft Word and founder of Intentional Software in Bellevue. Simonyi, who gifted $3 million to the $12 million building, also announced on Thursday that he is giving MOF - on a long-term loan - the Soyuz TMA-13 rocket module that carred him back from space in 2009, on his second trip to the International Space Station. Along with the Soyuz, Simonyi will be donating a space toilet and other artifacts that were part of his well documented and much followed trips to space.

Charles Simonyi and his wife, Lisa Persdotter Simonyi, after the
unveiling of the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery sign

"This imposing new Charles Simonyi Space Gallery could not have become a reality without Dr. Simonyi's continued support for The Museum of Flight and his vision about what our future can hold," said Doug King, President and CEO of The Museum of Flight. "While we are grateful for his monetary contribution, we truly named the space gallery in honor of Charles to recognize his commitment to aerospace education and his tireless enthusiasm for inspiring the next generation of space explorers."

The Charles Simonyi Space Gallery will be the home of the Full-Fuselage Space Shuttle Trainer (FFT), which will be delivered in NASA's Guppy airplane in various stages, beginning in June. The FFT is only one of its kind in the world and is the simulator in which every space shuttle astronaut trained for space flight. In addition to the Shuttle Trainer and the Soyuz module, there will be other rare space artifacts, both permanent and on tour - all part of this premier Space Gallery, to engage the next generation of scientists and engineers through hands-on learning.

Charles Simonyi in one of the many artifacts he loans
 to The Museum of Flight, his spacesuit
"The naming of the space gallery is a great honor for me and for my family," said Simonyi. "I have the highest regard for The Museum of Flight and now that we are at the threshold of a great expansion of civilian spaceflight, I fully support the Museum's efforts to engage the public on the issue of space exploration with a focus on civilian space: past, present and future."

"We are so honored by Charles' generosity," said MOF Chairman of the Board, Michael Hallman, himself a major donor. "His level of monetary and intellectual commitment will help to propel this Museum into an exciting future of continued leadership in educating and inspiring legions of young people to pursue and live their dreams."

The Charles Simonyi Space Gallery dedication was the beginning of a three-day experience at The Museum of Flight, followed by the 2011 Future Forum hosted by NASA on Friday, which featured panel discussions covering everything from innovation and discovery to commercial partnerships, education in space flight, and more. In addition, the space gallery was open to the public on Saturday to provide a sneak peek of what the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery will feature when it officially opens in June 2012, after the delivery of the Full Fuselage Space Shuttle Trainer. The doors of the space gallery will continue to be open to the public to view the future site of space artifacts. For more information on the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery hours of operation, please visit The Museum of Flight's website.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Overlake Continues Expanding Clinic Network

Overlake Hospital Medical Center is continuing to grow its network of primary care medical clinics on the Eastside with the acquisition of Issaquah Medical group, now named Overlake Medical Clinics Gilman. As part of the acquisition, Overlake has added two primary physicians and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) to its staff. The new clinic is located at 450 NW Gilman Blvd., Suite 201 in Issaquah.

"One of our main goals at Overlake is to provide our patients with the most convenient and cost effective medical care possible," said Craig Hendrickson, Overlake's CEO. "The addition of Overlake Medical Clinics Gilman to our network means that we now have seven medical clinics throughout the Eastside, with two more opening in Redmond in 2012, offering the community unparalleled access to state-of-the-art healthcare."

The primary focus of the network of Overlake Medical Clinics is to promote health and wellness. Over the past two years, Overlake has focused on adding new primary care clinics and expanding its physician network to better serve patients in convenient locations close to where they live and work. The staff at each location works with patients to design care plans tailored to unique needs that are based on the latest, proven medical practices. Each clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and is designed to provide patients with a comfortable, healing environment with short wait times and same day appointments.

Joining the Overlake staff in Issaquah will be Elizabeth Lehmann-Taylor, MD, John Henn, DO, and Keya Chisholm, ARNP.

Dr. Elizabeth Lehmann-Taylor

Dr. John Henn

Keya Chisholm, ARNP

Overlake operates six other primary care clinics throughout the Eastside, including one on the hospital campus. Two more openings are planned for Redmond in January of 2012, including an adult family medicine clinic at Redmond Town Center and an Urgent Care Clinic on Redmond Way. Those will take the Overlake Medical Clinics network to nine altogether.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Turner Construction names new leaders in expansion efforts

Today, Turner Construction announced that Dan Gemme has been promoted to vice president and general manager of Turner’s Seattle office. Incumbent, Jack Beaudoin, has been appointed as vice president and general manager to lead expansion efforts in the Vancouver, Canada region.

Gemme has nearly 25 years of experience in the construction industry including field work, business development and office management. He has served as vice president and operations manager of Turner’s Seattle office since 2010. Gemme has worked on a wide array of projects in the healthcare, higher education and commercial interiors markets. “It is an exciting time for this company as Turner continues to expand and search for new growth opportunities in the Pacific Northwest region,” said Gemme.

As part of the company’s ongoing strategy to target growth opportunities, Turner is expanding its presence in Vancouver, Canada with Jack Beaudoin leading the company’s efforts in that region as vice president and general manager. Beaudoin began his career 30 years ago in Houston as a field engineer on Texas Commerce Tower. He was named manager of the Seattle Special Projects Division in 1987 and promoted to vice president in 2000. Beaudoin’s most recent assignment was general manager of the Seattle office in 2005.

Gus Sestrap has also been named the new operations manager for Turner’s Seattle office, replacing Gemme. Sestrap has led numerous large projects since joining Turner in 1981, including the Microsoft Data Center in Quincy, Wash., Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene, Ore., and CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle, Wash.

Turner Construction was recently awarded projects with the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Husky Stadium and Sound Transit. “These relationships show our commitment to this community and that we intend to be here for a very long time,” said Gemme.

Dan Gemme, Vice President & General Manager of Turner's Seattle office

Jack Beaudoin, Vice President & General Manager in Vancouver, Canada region

Gus Sestrap, Operations Manager for Turner's Seattle office

Enterprise Washington teams up with The 2012 Project

Enterprise Washington announced yesterday, Nov. 9, it is partnering with The 2012 Project to inspire women with experience in the private sector to run for the Washington State Legislature.   

“We are extremely excited to partner with The 2012 Project to help professional women who are interested in running for public office succeed,” said Erin McCallum, president of Enterprise Washington.

 The 2012 Project is a national, nonpartisan campaign sponsored by the Center for American Women and Politics to identify and engage accomplished women aged 45 and up from industries that are currently underrepresented in state legislatures and in Congress. Enterprise Washington is actively recruiting candidates in over 25 legislative districts in Washington state, connecting professional women who are interested in taking the next steps toward a potential candidacy with training and leadership programs, fundraising networks and political support organizations that can help them succeed.

Nationally, The 2012 Project aims to take advantage of new and open seats that will be created as a result of redistricting. Women now only comprise 17 percent of Congress and 23 percent of state legislatures. This underrepresentation of women in public office does not accurately represent a nation whose population is more than half female.

 With this new partnership, Enterprise Washington will continue to help companies and employees better understand how elected officials establish public policy, and how to become more involved in the political process.

 “There is so much talent out there in our state,” said Cathy Allen, one of Washington state’s top political strategists. “If business leaders encourage their female colleagues to run, they have a great chance of winning.”

Check out this video for more information about The 2012 Project.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Medic One Foundation funds Dispatch Academy to teach 9-1-1 dispatchers how to improve cardiac arrest survival rates

Today, Seattle Medic One and King County EMS conducted the Dispatch Academy, a program funded by the Medic One Foundation that is designed to teach 9-1-1 dispatchers how to improve cardiac arrest survival rates in their communities. The program gives antendees an in-depth, comprehensive look at the King County Dispatcher-Assisted CPR program and provides mentoring for the development of a dispatcher training program. Effective Dispatcher-Assisted CPR programs can effectively double the rate of community bystander CPR. The Dispatch-Assisted CPR programs in Seattle and King County play a critical role in our region achieving a cardiac arrest survival rate that is almost twice the national average.

The academy is being held at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center in Burien from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Prevention Summit & DEA Drug Take-Back Day held in Yakima

The 2011 Washington State Prevention Summit was held at the Yakima Convention Center on Oct. 28 and 29. The goal of the Prevention Summit was to inspire both kids and adults in our community to help put an end to drug and substance abuse in Washington state.

KNDO-TV in Yakima stopped by on Friday afternoon to see kids and adults rallying outside the convention center to help spread the word about the importance of drug and alcohol abuse prevention. Jim Cooper, president of the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention, and Margaret Shield from the Take Back Your Meds coalition both spoke at the event.

In addition to the Prevention Summit, on Oct. 29 law enforcement agencies throughout Yakima County participated in the nationwide DEA Drug Take-Back Day. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. there were various prescription and over-the-counter drug take-back locations setup throughout the county. Hundreds and hundreds of pills were collected for safe and proper disposal.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Gene Juarez partners with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to offer in-salon mammograms during October

Last week KOMO-TV visited the downtown Seattle Gene Juarez Salon and Spa to meet some of the women receiving in-salon mammograms. Participanting women not only received a mammogram screening, but they also enjoyed a complimentary relaxing mini hand treatment or foot soak, a soothing cup of tea and a special gift.

The screenings are continuing today at the Redmond Town Center Gene Juarez, and on Thursday, Oct. 27 at the South Hill Mall and University Village Gene Juarez locations.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Microsoft and Kemper Development partner to support Tateuchi Center

MicrosoftCorp. and Kemper Development Company today announced a joint commitment to contribute $2 million to the Tateuchi Center Campaign, to build a state-of-the-art performing arts center in Bellevue, Washington. The two companies have pledged $1 million apiece to the center, which will feature a 2,000-seat Concert Hall and 250-seat Cabaret, and bring nationally and internationally acclaimed music, theatre, and dance to the Eastside.

"I want to thank Microsoft and Kemper Development, not only for this important gift, but also for their recognition of Tateuchi Center as a game-changing initiative that will help secure a brighter future for the performing arts throughout the Pacific Northwest,” said John Haynes, Executive Director and CEO of the Tateuchi Center. “Today’s contributions build on the $25 million gift made last year by the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation and on other more recent commitments made by people across the community. Their ongoing support of the Tateuchi Center Campaign, especially in the midst of these challenging economic times, signals a recognition of the importance of nonprofit organizations in community-building, job creation, and our quality-of-life that I hope will echo throughout the region and inspire others to follow their example. This is what leadership looks like!"

Recently, Microsoft Corporation and Kemper Development Company have committed financial support to opposing sides of Initiative 1125, the tolling initiative which will appear on November’s ballot. Today’s announcement reflects both companies’ intention to commit financial support toward a priority they both share for the Eastside community.

“Political debate and discourse is a normal and healthy part of our political system, however, we must not lose track of our shared priorities in the process,” said Kemper Freeman of Kemper Development. “Today we have chosen to make a commitment to the Tateuchi Center in Bellevue instead of making additional investments on opposing sides of an expensive political campaign.”

“While our two companies are obviously on opposite sides of Initiative 1125 and both sides will continue to make our arguments, we’re pleased to have this opportunity to partner with Kemper Development and invest in this important community project that will make the Eastside an even better place to live and work,” said Microsoft general counsel and executive vice president Brad Smith.

Today’s announcement represents Microsoft’s third contribution to the Tateuchi Center to date, after providing funding of $1 million in 2006 and $100,000 in 2008. Microsoft has a longstanding commitment to community investment in Washington intended to enhance the academic, cultural, economic, community health, and social vitality of the state. This includes Brad Smith’s tenure as co-chair of the United Way of King County’s fundraising campaign last year, which saw King County raise $120 million in donations, more than any other United Way in the country. It also includes providing cash grants for capital improvements to local nonprofits such as Plymouth Housing; YWCA Family Village in Issaquah; YMCA, Village Theatre; Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center; the Museum of History and Industry; Seattle Aquarium; Seattle Art Museum; Solid Ground at Magnuson Park; and the Technology Access Foundation.

With this donation, Kemper Freeman, Jr., a dedicated community leader, continues his family legacy of community service and his decades of support for the arts, human service and education in Bellevue and the Eastside. As chairman and CEO of Kemper Development Company, he has supported the creation of a performing arts center on the Eastside for the past 26 years. In 2002, he announced his intentions to donate land valued at over $8 million for Performing Arts Center Eastside (PACE, now known as the Tateuchi Center) and has been a strong supporter of the Tateuchi Center, undertaking many leadership roles. Currently, he is co-chair of their capital campaign.

Additional philanthropic endeavors include co-chairing the $25 million capital campaign to build the Bellevue Arts Museum and millions of dollars in cash donations and in-kind support to valued organizations such as Bellevue LifeSpring (formerly Overlake Service League) that is located in Bellevue Square, Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Youth Eastside Services, Seniors Making Art, Eastside Heritage Center, and most recently through Fashion Week raised thousands of dollars for The Moyer Foundation.

Kemper Development Company and Microsoft Corporation to make major announcement

Kemper Development Company and Microsoft Corporation will make a major announcement today at 2:30 p.m. at The Bellevue Place. Details to come as soon as the announcement is made...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Gene Juarez partners with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to offer mammograms in salons during October

Gene Juarez Salons and Spas has partnered with the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to provide mammograms in salons throughout the Puget Sound region during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Women who schedule a mammogram in a Gene Juarez Salon and Spa will also enjoy a relaxing mini hand treatment or foot soak, a soothing cup of tea, and a special gift.

Women must bring their photo ID, insurance card, and their normal co-pay to the scheduled appointment. Those that are uninsured are available for a free screening if they are over 40 years old and are income eligible, but if they are not eligible it is $150.

The schedule is listed below, with three days still remaining.

Mammogram Schedule:
IN-SALON from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • October 14 – Northgate Mall
  • October 19 – Bellevue Galleria
  • October 20 – Downtown Seattle
  • October 20 – Tacoma Mall
  • October 25 – Redmond Town Center
  • October 27 – South Hill Mall
  • October 27 – University Village

MOBILE COACH from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. To schedule your appointment call 425.899.2831 ext. 4 or visit
  • October 19 – Alderwood Mall

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    770-KTTH AM is hosting the "Medic One Foundation Day" today, October 19

    770-KTTH AM is hosting the "Medic One Foundation Day" today, October 19, from 6am to 7pm to raise $400,000 to train 18 new paramedic students enrolled in the Medic One Paramedic Training Program. Encourage friends, family and co-workers to tune in or head to and click the link to donate!

    Thursday, October 6, 2011

    Overlake Hospital Auxiliary and Henredon & Schoener Pair Up for Perfect Settings

    Overlake Hospital Auxiliary is teaming up with Henredon & Schoener for the Perfect Settings fundraiser, to help raise money for the Cancer Center at Overlake Hospital. The event runs from November 3 to 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. each day at the Henredon & Schoener furniture store at Lincoln Square in Bellevue, Wash.

    Decorated dining tables will be on display and the public is invited to stop by, look at the exhibits and buy a raffle ticket to be entered to win all of the decor items from the table of their choice. The tabletop designs may include china, silver, crystal, serving platters, floral arrangements and other accessories.

    Raffle tickets will be available for purchase during store hours and are priced at $20 each. Overlake Hospital Auxiliary members will handle all ticket sales in the store. In addition, there is an exclusive cocktail pary on Saturday, November 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Henredon & Schoener. Tickets for the cocktail party are available to the general public and are $100 each.

    For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, please contact Muffie Signalness at 425-688-5529 or

    Friday, September 30, 2011

    Gene Juarez to give away prizes on Q13 FOX on Monday, Oct. 3

    To celebrate 40 years of bringing beauty, fashion and trend to the Pacific Northwest, Gene Juarez Salons and Spas is giving away ten $250 gift cards during the Monday morning newscast on Q13 FOX. The gift cards are redeemable at any of Gene Juarez’s ten salon and spa locations throughout the Puget Sound area and can be used toward any product or service offered by Gene Juarez including hair services, facials, manicures, pedicures and massages that leave you looking and feeling amazing! 

    The giveaway will be advertised Friday Sept. 30 through Sunday Oct. 2. For a chance to win, viewers are encouraged to watch the Q13 FOX morning news from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 3 and follow the instructions from morning anchors Bill Wixey and Lily Jang.

    Also this October, in order to recognize breast cancer awareness month, Gene Juarez is offering women a unique way to get an annual mammogram in a convenient and comfortable environment. In-salon mammograms will be available at various Gene Juarez locations on select days throughout the month of October and will include a relaxing mini hand treatment or foot soak, a soothing cup of tea, and a special gift. To schedule an in-salon mammogram appointment, please call 1-888-233-6121.

    Below there are some pictures of several Gene Juarez Salons and Spas locations throughout the Puget Sound.
    Guests at the University Village Salon

    Artists at work in one of Gene Juarez's 10 Puget Sound locations

    A guest getting her hair styled with one product from the new identity1 collection

    Thursday, September 15, 2011

    Lily throws a strike!

    Last night, 9-year-old Lily James threw out the first pitch at the Mariners game alongside Phil Pierson, the Medic One paramedic who saved her life three years ago.

    In July 2009, Lily nearly drowned and her feet were almost severed when an inflatable on her family's boat flew off and she was caught in the tow rope. For Lily's complete story, please see the previous blog post.

    Before the pitch, Paramedic Phil Pierson was presented with the Medic One Foundation's "Spirit of Team Play Award," for exemplifying integrity, teamwork and compassion while on the job.

    Check out these photos of Lily and Phil taken last night at Safeco Field:

    Mom, Dad and Lily meet the Mariner Moose!

    The Pierson Family meets the Mariner Moose!

    Phil receives the Medic One Foundation "Spirit of Team Play Award."

    Lily waits to throw out the first pitch with her father, Greg James.

    Phil hands Lily the baseball for the first pitch.

    It's a strike!

    Lily gets an autograph from Mariners Outfielder Michael Saunders.

    Got the autograph!

    Lily, Mom and the signed baseball.

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011

    9-year-old Lily James to throw out first pitch at M's game tonight with the paramedic who saved her life

    Tonight, 9-year-old Lily James will throw out the first pitch at the Mariners game alongside Phil Pierson, the Medic One paramedic who saved her life.

    In July 2009, Lily nearly drowned and her feet were almost severed when an inflatable on her family’s boat flew off and she was caught in the tow rope. A series of surgeries have once again given Lily full-use of her feet, but paramedics including Pierson treating her on the dock of the Mercer Island Beach Club the day of the accident kept her alive.

    Paramedic Phil Pierson is also receiving the Medic One Foundation's "Spirit of Team Play Award" for exemplifying integrity, teamwork and compassion while on the job. Coworkers nominated Pierson this year and last for his many years of providing emergency medical skills and CPR training, both for the public and other paramedics.

    Check out coverage of Lily's story in the Seattle Times and on KOMO 4 News:

    Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    Medical Teams International hosts The BIG Run; opens new REAL. LIFE. Exhibit

    Last Saturday morning more than 200 people participated in Medical Teams International's The BIG Run. The 5k run raised more than $17,000 for the victims of the 2010 Haitian earthquake.

    At the conclusion of the run, Medical Teams International opened the doors of its brand new REAL. LIFE. Exhibit for the first time. The exhibit provides visitors with a walk through, multi-sensory experience that enables people to understand what real life is like for those affected by disaster, conflict and poverty. The exhibit also highlights the hope that Medical Teams International provides to those in need by displaying "before" and "after" scenes of people and places that have been influenced by MTI volunteers. Please visit this web page for more information on the REAL. LIFE. Exhibit.

    Here are some photos taken on Saturday of The BIG Run and the exhibit opening:

    Monday, September 12, 2011

    Local Mercer Island girl to throw ceremonial first pitch at Mariners game on Sept.14 alongside Medic One paramedic who saved her life

    Lily James, a 9 year-old Mercer Island girl, was involved in a horrific boating accident back in 2009 that almost severed her legs and ender her life. Medic One paramedic Phil Pierson was one of the first people to arrive at the scene and his effort and world-class paramedic training helped save Lily's life. Lily will join Phil at the Mariners game on Wednesday to throw out the first pitch as he receives the 'Spirit of Team Play' award, an honor bestowed by the Medic One Foundation. The Mariners have created a special offer for the game and $5 from every ticket purchased here, will go towards the Medic One Foundation.

    To learn more about Lily and Phil's incredible story, see this article written by Lynda Mapes over at The Seattle Times.

    Wednesday, September 7, 2011

    Medical Teams International set to open the brand new REAL. LIFE. Exhibit - Sponsored by The Hasselbeck Family directly after The BIG Run 5k

    Medical Teams International is hosting The BIG Run 5k fun run/walk this Saturday Sept. 10, at 9 a.m., to raise money for victims of the 2010 Haitian Earthquake. Directly following the start of The BIG Run is the grand opening of the REAL. LIFE. Exhibit - Sponsored by The Hasselbeck Family, which provides people with a walk through, multi-sensory experience that enables people to understand what real life is like for those affected by disaster, conflict and poverty. Run starts at 9 a.m. doors to the exhibit open at 9:30 a.m.

    The BIG Run was created to honor the memory of Matthew Bouthillier, an emergency-room nurse at Swedish Medical Center in Issaquah, who unexpectedly died in Port-au-Prince, Haiti while volunteering as part of a medical disaster relief team. Matt’s wife Melissa established The BIG Run to honor her husband and his work and to raise money to support the on-going effort of Medical Teams International in Haiti.

    “We are thrilled to host The BIG Run in Matt’s honor, and to also share this brand new exhibit with the community on this exciting, event-filled day,” said Jim Mhoon, Medical Teams International Executive Director. “The REAL. LIFE. Exhibit – Sponsored by The Hasselbeck Family will spark a flame of compassion, empathy, and action in the hearts of people concerned with global health and well-being.”

    The exhibit also highlights the hope that Medical Teams International provides to those in need by displaying “before” and “after” scenes of people and places that have been influenced by volunteers. Visitors can also tour the Medical Teams International Mobile Dental vans used by their volunteer dental professionals to provide free dental care to those most in need throughout the Pacific Northwest.

    The days events will take place at the Medical Teams International Mike and Kathy Holmgren Center in Redmond, Wash. The registration fee for The BIG Run is $35. Register before Sept. 10 and save $5. To find out more information about the run, visit this site, or contact Montero Productions at 425.454.7055. For more information about the REAL. LIFE. Exhibit head here.

    Check out this story in the Redmond Reporter as well as this video about the REAL. LIFE. Exhibit made by Medical Teams International.

    Wednesday, August 24, 2011

    Aviation High School Launches Next Era; Breaks Ground on New Campus at The Museum of Flight

    Yesterday, Aug. 23, 2011, Aviation High School launched into their next era as they celebrated their planned new, $43.5 million campus at The Museum of Flight with a groundbreaking that included four planes piloted by Aviation High School alumni, a student-built robot assisting with the first shovel of dirt and a symbolic, student-designed rocket launch.

    “Today’s groundbreaking represents a giant step forward in securing the future of Aviation High School,” said AHS Principal Reba Gilman. “Since the school’s founding in 2004, we have dreamed of having a permanent home on a campus such as this one at The Museum of Flight. We could not be more thrilled to partner with the Museum, whose mission mirrors our own—to inspire and prepare students to pursue education and career pathways in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to fulfill the critical gaps in our nation’s workforce.”

    Aviation High School has operated out of two temporary locations since its inception in 2004. The new facility is being built on East Marginal Way, across the street from the main Museum of Flight campus and just north of the Museum’s outdoor airpark and brand, new space gallery.

    Aviation High School was the first college preparatory aviation-themed high school in the nation. It is a school where all subjects are taught in the context of aviation, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Although Aviation High School is part of the Highline Public School District, it is open to students all across the region. Last year, approximately 50 percent of the AHS student body came from the local area with the rest from surrounding districts as far away as Olympia, Everett, and Bremerton.

    The Seattle Times' Jack Broom did a story on the groundbreaking that was on the front page of Tuesday's paper. That story can be found here.

    Below are some pictures from the event.

    AHS donors James and Sherry Raisbeck welcome pilot and AHS inaugural class graduate Joey Marco after Marco arrived at the groundbreaking in a plane, which he piloted.

    AHS breaks ground on its new high school campus. From left to right: AHS Principal and CEO Reba Gilman, AHS Donor and Supporter James Raisbeck, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Boeing Vice President for State and Government Operations in the Northwest Region Laura Peterson, Port of Seattle Commissioner Bill Bryant, Museum of Flight President and CEO Doug King and Chairman of the Board of Aviation High School Peter Anderson.

    Aviation High School Principal and CEO Reba Gilman speaks to a large crowd gathered for the groundbreaking of the new Aviation High School on the campus of The Museum of Flight.

    Monday, August 15, 2011

    Seattle Times: Spa business is ideal fit

    Today Janet Denyer, CEO of Gene Juarez Salon & Spas, was featured on the front page of the Seattle Times business section.

    The story overviews what Denyer has accomplished in her first five years as CEO of Gene Juarez. Since taking over as CEO in 2006, Denyer has opened two new Gene Juarez salons, re-branded and relaunched three salons into new locations, doubled the enrollment of the company's two beauty schools, created nearly 150 new jobs and launched a national hair-care collection.

    Click here to read the full article, or pick up a copy of the Aug. 15, 2011 edition of the Seattle Times. Also, check out this piece in the Seattle Times on the company's retired founder Gene Juarez, who open his first salon in Seattle in 1971.

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Gene Juarez gives makeover live on KISS 106.1's Jackie and Bender show

    The Gene Juarez team is on KISS 106.1 with Jackie and Bender this morning giving a makeover to on-air personality Benjamin Schubert. Ben is receiving a haircut and beard trim from Amanda Forquer of the Bellevue Salon and Spa, a manicure from Cassandra Rice of the Redmond Salon and Spa, and a petite facial/wax from Skincare Educator Roberta 'Bobbie' Nolin.

    Gene Juarez gave away an identity1 starter kit and a 5 hour 'Be Beautiful Package' that can be redeemed at any of the 10 Puget Sound locations to one lucky caller.

    The before and after pictures of Ben can be found at KISS 106.1's site:

    The makeover was broadcast live on KISS TV as well, and a screen shot can be seen below.

    Monday, July 11, 2011

    Overlake Hospital Medical Center hand surgeon gives young man and family hope

    Daniel Coffey is a severely disabled quadriplegic who recently had a life changing surgery performed by Overlake Hospital Medical Center hand surgeon Dr. Thomas Trumble. Dan suffers from a condition that causes his hands to be tightly clenched at all times, making the skin on his thumb rub away, putting him at constant risk of infection. Several orthopedic surgeons near his home in North Idaho told him and his family that amputation of the thumb was the only solution. However, Overlakes Dr. Trumble, told Dan's father that he could improve his condition without ampuation. They had the surgery performed, and on June 16 the family was back in town to have the stitches removed and see the surgery results first hand.

    The surgery lengthened the tendons in Dan's hand and depending on how his brain continues to recover he could potentially regain some movement in his hand. This is a testament to the strength of one young man and another example of the life changing work by the specialists at Overlake Hospital Medical Center.

    Check out KOMO News' coverage of the story.

    Thursday, June 16, 2011

    Gene Juarez to appear on Evening Magazine

    Today, Meeghan Black and the Evening Magazine crew took to the University Village Gene Juarez Salon and Spa to shoot Friday nights edition of the show. The show will feature interviews with different members of the Gene Juarez team, demonstrations of both shellac nail servicing and a thermal hair straightening, as well as a showcase of Gene Juarez's new product collection, Identity1.

    Evening Magazine runs on weeknights at 7:00 p.m. on KING 5, with re-runs on both NWCN and KONG.

    Wednesday, June 15, 2011

    Gene Juarez Celebrates 40th Anniversary in Style

    On Sunday, June 12 at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Gene Juarez Salons & Spas celebrated bringing 40 wonderful years of beauty, fashion and trend to the Pacific Northwest. The celebration quickly turned into a party, with a company-wide toast, followed by a fashion show that showcased the past four decades of hair style and gave attendees a look into the future of fashion and beauty.

    The founder, Gene Juarez himself, was on hand to take in the spectacle and reflect on how far his company has come since its founding in 1971. CEO Janet Denyer stole the show with an empowering speech about the bright future of the company and the vision of the new identity1 collection. It will be the first haircare and styling line that Gene Juarez has sold outside of its name and will eventually be available nationwide.

    Q13 FOX was on hand to get some footage of the event which you can check out below!

    Tuesday, May 17, 2011

    Medic One Foundation Helps Fund Resuscitation Academy

    Yesterday marked the beginning of the Resuscitation Academy at Harborview Medical Center, a two-day program funded in part by the Medic One Foundation that provides emergency medical service (EMS) professionals with the correct tools and knowledge in order to raise cardiac arrest survival rates across the country. EMS professionals traveled from far and wide to be at the conference with attendees traveling from 20 different states.

    The event’s first day featured several dignified speakers including Dr. Michael Copass, Dr. Peter Kudenchuk and Dr. Tom Rea as well as a live, high performance CPR demonstration from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    The Academy continues today with additional seminars regarding proper and effective medical techniques that aim to help EMS professionals save lives around the country.

    To learn more about the event head to and to learn more about the Medic One Foundation visit

    Wednesday, May 4, 2011

    DEA Take Back Day sucessfully collects hundreds of pounds in unused medicine

    The Drug Enforcement Agency's National Drug Take Back Day went over very well in Western Washington. At several locations across the area many prescription drugs were collected, preventing potential environmental damage and making our medicine cabinets a little safer.

    While the day was a great success, Take Back Your Meds is still working to get a permanent take-back program instated which will place the financial responsibility on pharmaceutical companies instead of tax payers.

    Sunday, May 1, 2011

    Medic One paramedic students train in simulated high-risk situations

    On Thursday, April 28 at the Everett fire training grounds Medic One students had the chance to train in high-risk situations. They trained using drills in which they practiced rescuing at high altitudes, as well as in confined underground spaces.

    The training session, funded by the Medic One Foundation, integrated the rescue practices of fire-fighters that paramedics aren’t often trained in, giving them a special skill-set that most paramedics across the country do not have.

    Check out this article about the training in the Everett Herald: