In brief - People in business

Dr. Jeffrey Wise, Dr. Brandon Dever, Marilyn Clark, Kemby DeLellis, Dr. John Hernried, Stephanie Watson, Peter Raffetto, Kent R. Suemnicht
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Dr. Jeffrey Wise and Dr. Brandon Dever

After 38 years practicing dentistry, Dr. Jeffrey Wise has retired from his Auburn practice. His successor is Dr. Brandon Dever, who began seeing patients on Dec. 10, according to a press release.

Dever is a graduate of Case School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio and  has been practicing dentistry for more than eight years. He served for three years as a dentist in the U.S. Army, including a tour in Iraq, before returning home to the Sacramento area.

Dever and his wife, Crystal, have three children and another on the way. They enjoy the outdoors, doing things as a family and are  active in their church.

The dentist office is at 2350 Grass Valley Highway, phone (530) 823-2423. 

Attorney Marilyn Clark

Marilyn Clark was honored with the Placer County Bar Association Pro-Bono Volunteer Attorney of the Year award during the bar association’s annual dinner. Placer County Superior Court Judge Mark Curry presented. Clark with the prestigious award.

For the past two and one half years, Clark has volunteered her time to the court every Thursday and Friday to help petitioners, such as grandparents, obtain guardianship of minor children whose parents had their rights terminated.

Clark resides in Lincoln and is an associate of Adams & Hayes Law in downtown Lincoln where she focuses on conservatorships and estate planning. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in social welfare. she has a master’s in public administration from Golden Gate University and earned her juris doctor from Monterey College of Law.

Peter Raffetto at Community 1st Bank

Community 1st Bank has announced the addition of longtime banking executive Peter Raffetto to the board of directors.

Raffetto grew up in Auburn, graduated from Placer High School, and earned a degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance at University of California, Berkeley. His banking career in the Sacramento region spanned more than 35 years.

“We are honored to welcome someone of Peter Raffetto’s stature to Community 1st Bank. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise regarding the banking industry to our board,” said Robert Haydon, president and chief executive officer.

“This is an exciting time to join the Board at Community 1st Bank, a challenging time for the banking industry and the market I served through my entire banking career,” Raffetto said. “It’s wonderful to join a team that is not only fulfilling the banking needs of local businesses and individuals, but is also a community-based organization that provides a major commitment to civic involvement.”

Raffetto was a stock broker for several years before beginning his banking career in 1975 when he was named president and director of River City Bank. During his 18 years at River City, the bank grew from $20 million in assets to approximately $400 million and was considered a premier performing bank, according to a press release.

In 1995, Raffetto served as the regional president for Truckee River Bank, which had branches in Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Reno and Sacramento. Truckee River eventually became Sierra West Bank and later merged with Bank of the West.

In 2001, Raffetto successfully initiated the startup of Calnet Business Bank, where he worked with Community 1st Bank’s Chief Financial Officer James Kim, and Senior Vice President of Business Development Gretchen Eischen. He later helped complete the $40 million sale of Calnet to Commercial Capital Bank. Raffetto remained with Commercial Capital until retiring in 2006.

Raffetto has served as director of both California Independent Bankers and California Bankers Association. While a member of the board of trustees for the UC Berkeley Foundation, he received the “Trustee Award” for outstanding service.

Among Raffetto’s many civic-oriented leadership roles was serving as chairman of the board of trustees at Jesuit High School and residing on the advisory board for the Haas Business School at UC Berkeley. Raffetto is currently a director with California Waterfowl Association and previously was a director and treasurer for WEAVE.

Raffetto lives in Sacramento with his wife, Sue. The couple has three grown children.

Community 1st Bank, the only locally based bank in Placer County, has offices in Auburn, at 649 Lincoln Way, and at 2250 Douglas Blvd. in Roseville.

Stephanie Watson at Oakwood Village Assisted Living and Memory Care

Oakwood Village Assisted Living and Memory Care in Auburn has named Stephanie Watson as the new community relations director. Watson will continue to promote Oakwood Village’s visibility and recognition in the community through community outreach as well as implementing free educational workshops on senior care topics.

The educational series is designed to promote education and encouragement for seniors, their family members and their caregivers, Watson said.

 Another facet to the position is meeting with seniors and their families to determine if they are a good fit for Oakwood Village and vice-versa.

Watson previously managed a senior housing referral agency, helping seniors and their families with out-of-home care options by matching them and referring to assisted living communities and residential care homes. More recently, she worked in the operation of  a local senior in-home care agency. Her work there enabled many seniors to remain independent in their homes with the assistance of a personal in-home caregiver, according to a press release.

Watson began her career of helping seniors after the personal journey she and her family took when her father was afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease in the 1990s.

“It was a long & difficult road for us. I learned so much along the way and I wish I knew then, what I know now. After my father passed away it seemed like helping other families through their similar journey was the right thing to do,” she said in the press release. “I have referred families to Oakwood Village for many years and now I am so excited to be working as part of the management team in that community!”

Dr. John Hernried, M.D. at Sutter Weight Management Institute

The American Board of Obesity Medicine conducted the first obesity medicine certification examination in Nov. 2012. John Hernried, M.D., medical director for the Sutter Weight Management Institute, is one of 226 physicians across the United States who is now board certified in obesity medicine, officials said in a press release.

“With more than 30 percent of the U.S. adult population obese, no field of medicine is immune from the complications associated with obesity. Physicians certified in Obesity Medicine are able to positively impact all systems of the body by incorporating weight management in their traditional models of medical practice,” said Dana Rasis Brittan, executive director of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

The ABOM goal is to create a highly skilled and diverse workforce of physicians who are competent in providing obesity care. The certification examination will assist physicians in attaining competency in this increasingly important and universally relevant aspect of medical care.

“I think this certification exam is the first step in the medical field in recognizing the importance of obesity as a complex, chronic disease,” Hernried said. “Treating obesity requires competency in the genetic, biologic, environmental, social and behavioral factors that contribute to the disease.”

As the medical director over the Sutter Weight Management Institute program, Dr. Hernried adds the certification exam to his specialty training in weight management and in his work to have a closer partnership with patients and their primary care physicians for the patients’ greater health.

Dr. Kemby DeLellis at Bukovina

Dr. Kemby DeLellis has joined Bukovina Naturopathic Medicine practice in Downtown Auburn.

Kemby was born and raised outside Philadelphia and graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors from Wake Forest University in North Carolina with a double major in Philosophy and German.

After graduating, natural health became a passion in her own life, so she chose to go to naturopathic medical school, and found that the art of healing and coaching individuals was incredibly fulfilling, she said in a press release.

She earned her doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in 2005, and has been practicing medicine for seven years. Kemby’s specialties are women’s health and caring for children with acute and chronic conditions..

Dr. Kemby has spent much of her adult life traveling the globe, and plans to teach her son about other cultures and languages by traveling abroad yearly. Her other interests are gardening, painting, writing, jogging, spending time outdoors, and enjoying nourishing food. Kemby’s office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, phone (530) 885-5908.

Kent R. Suemnicht, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

Kent R. Suemnicht, a financial consultant with The Sierra Foothills Group of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, qualified for the Summit Circle conference by providing financial guidance and solutions to members of the organization in 2012. Nine percent of Thrivent Financial’s nearly 2,300 financial representatives qualified for this honor.

Suemnicht is with Thrivent Financial’s Southwest Regional Financial Office, serving Lutherans and their family members in Northern California and surrounding communities. He has been serving the financial needs of foothills residents since 1984.

He’ll be recognized by his peers from across the country at Thrivent Financial’s annual conference, later this year, in Montreal, Quebec. Suemnciht has been with Thrivent Financial for 10 years and has been recognized for his performance 10 times. He works with his wife, Beverly A. Suemnichtin their Auburn offices, 470 Nevada St., Suite 109, phone (530) 886-8222.