Joanna Richardson-Jones was named executive director at Alzheimer's Family Services Center in Huntington Beach. (Alzheimer's Family Services Center / February 5, 2011)

Joanna Richardson-Jones has been selected to lead the Alzheimer's Family Services Center in Huntington Beach as executive director.

Richardson-Jones has held executive leadership roles with Adventist Health, Diversified Clinical Services and CRC Health Group. She has experience with direct patient care as well as administration in a variety of patient settings. She also has eight years of experience consulting for California Adult Day Programs.

"Joanna has a shared passion for the center as well as a collaborative leadership style," Jim Remick, AFSC board chair, said in a news release. "We are confident that the center's exemplary standard of caring and high-quality services will be maintained and flourish under her guidance."

Alzheimer's Family Services Center (AFSC) is an independent nonprofit agency in Orange County that is affiliated with the Hoag Neurosciences Institute.

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Off to study the classics in Athens

Colin Whiting, a 2003 graduate of Huntington Beach High School, has been accepted as a member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) for the 2013-14 term.

Whiting earned his bachelor's summa cum laude at UC Santa Barbara in 2007 with majors in history and geography and a minor in classics.

He is working on his doctorate in ancient history at UC Riverside. In addition to being accepted as a member, ASCSA awarded Whiting the Lucy Shoe Merritt Fellowship, which will provide funding for the year abroad in Greece.

The ASCSA's goal is to promote archaeological fieldwork, provide resources for scholarly work, and disseminate research.

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Trained Leader

Army Cadet Daniel J. Tierney graduated from the Army ROTC Leader's Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky.

Tierney graduated from Fountain Valley High School in 2009 and is a student at UCLA. He is the son of Michael and Mary Tierney of Huntington Beach.

The four-week course is a leadership internship for cadets that can lead to becoming an Army officer. College students in the program are eligible to receive two-year college scholarships and attend the Advanced ROTC Course at their college.

Cadets are observed and evaluated during classroom and field training exercises to determine their officer potential in leadership abilities and skills. The cadets receive training in fundamental military skills, Army values, ethics, warrior ethos, basic rifle marksmanship, small arms tactics, weapons training, drill and ceremony, communications, combat water survival training, rappelling, land navigation, and squad-level operations field training.

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