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Griset-Smith joins IE Community Foundation

Brie Griset-Smith is the Inland Empire Community Foundation’s new senior vice president of charitable giving. Griset-Smith, who began work Nov. 1, has more than 20 years experience in fundraising, program development, staff management and financial administration, according to a statement on the foundation’s website. Most recently, Griset-Smith was chief development …

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Villarreal hired by Riverside

Lorissa Villarreal has been named Riverside’s homeless solutions officer. Villareal, who has spent eight years working for nonprofits, is scheduled to start work on Dec. 10. “We need a data-driven strategy to reduce the number of people without shelter in our community,” Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson said in a statement. …

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Podolske recognized by League of Women Voters

Diane Podolske has won the Citizen of Achievement Award presented by the League of Women Voters in San Bernardino. Podolske, director of Cal State San Bernardino’s Office of Community Engagement, was recognized by the league for connecting students and faculty with local nonprofits, schools, and government entities. “In fact, Podolske …

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Hernandez named AV’s employee of the quarter

Maribel Hernandez, an administrative analyst with Apple Valley, has been named the town’s top employee for the fourth quarter. An Apple Valley employee since December 2013, Hernandez is the planning commission secretary. She produces the agenda and minutes, and is the point of contact for incoming calls and planning-related requests at …

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Goldware joins Riverside Public Utilities board

Rebeccah Goldware has been named to Riverside’s public utilities board. Currently the Riverside Community College District’s vice chancellor for institutional advancement and economic development, Goldware joined the board last month after being appointed by the city council. Goldware will represent Ward 2, which includes Canyon Crest, the Eastside and the …

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Bristow, Melgar named to foundation board

David T. Bristow and Jesse Melgar have been named to the Inland Empire Community Foundation’s board of directors. Both Inland Empire natives will serve four-year terms, according to a statement released by the foundation. Bristow is general counsel and executive vice president for the Entrepreneurial Corporate Group in Newport Beach, …

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