Pat Apodaca, Kootenai Medical Center’s blood bank supervisor, has been chosen as the Employee of the Month for June.
Apodaca, who has worked at the center since 1975, was chosen for dedication to excellence and for an outstanding job of running the blood bank.
The American Legion Kootenai Post 14 recently chose seven local boys to attend the 1997 session of the American Legion Gem Boys State.
The program is a thorough exercise in the formation of city, county and state government. They are: Andy Netzer, North Idaho Christian School; Ben Orsua and Nicholas Whitesel, both of Lake City High School; and Ralph Brandvold III, Hayden Melbourn, Justin Palmer and David Wood, all of Coeur d’Alene High School.
Laura Faler Thomas, M. Ed., R.D., L.D., a Wallace native, has been named the Distinguished 1997 Alumna by the University of Idaho Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Thomas, director of Nutrition Education for the Idaho Dairy Council based in Boise, is listed in the 1996 and 1997 editions of Who’s Who in the West. She has previously been honored by the Idaho and American Dietetic Associations, the Idaho Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Society for Nutrition Education.
Thomas has been published in scientific journal publications, has begun innovative nutrition education programs, and has public speaking and media work to her credit.
After graduating from Wallace High School in 1979, Thomas went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in food and nutrition from UI in 1983. She then completed her master’s degree in education through the university’s Boise center in 1995.
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