Posted: Monday, August 23, 2004

Goldbelt Tours donates bus to Discovery Southeast

Goldbelt Tours donated a 23-passenger, $10,000 bus to Discovery Southeast, fulfilling the organization's long-term transportation needs, Director Larry West said.

Previously, Discovery Southeast had to rent transportation. The nonprofit organization provides hands-on education for Southeast Alaskans.

Sea Level Transport in Auke Bay transported the vehicle from Gustavus, where Goldbelt last used it. Western Auto offered to store the vehicle for free when it's not in use, West said. Discovery Southeast used the bus last week for its Outdoor Explorers Program.

Catholic Community Service names directors

Catholic Community Service has named three new division directors.

Helen Kalk was named program director of Catholic Community Service's child care and family resources division as of July 1.

She had been working for Catholic Community Service since 1997, serving as a family resource trainer and then program manager for the family resource center. She has 26 years of experience in the social services field.

Marianne Mills was named program director for Southeast Senior Services on July 15. In 1989, Mills joined the SESS staff as the Juneau site coordinator, working directly with senior citizens as well as managing Care-A-Van Transportation Services and Mountainview Senior Center. Mills has master's degrees in social work and business administration.

Kim Redifer was named program coordinator of Hospice and Home Care of Juneau in the fall of 2003. HHCJ is a Medicare-certified, home health agency, which became part of Catholic Community Service in 2003. Redifer moved to Juneau last fall.

Kelly, Vilandre serve on United Way campaign

Sharon Kelly will serve as chairwoman of the 2004 United Way of Southeast Alaska campaign. Kathleen Vilandre, manager of Wells Fargo Bank's Juneau branch, will serve as vice-chairwoman of the campaign.

The fund-raising campaign starts Sept. 9. It is geared to increase financial and volunteer resources to support the social service infrastructure in Southeast Alaska.

Kelly is outgoing president and CEO of True North Federal Credit Union. A third generation Alaskan, Kelly has served on a number of community service nonprofit boards. Vilandre was recently appointed to the UWSEAK board of directors.

Coullahan named URS Corp. vice president

URS Corp. has named Patrick Coullahan vice president and manager of its Alaska operations, which includes offices in Juneau, Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Coullahan of Anchorage is a retired Air Force colonel with about four decades of military experience in Alaska.

URS provides engineering and technical services to federal, state and local government agencies and private clients.

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