By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Nelson named financial officer for WVMC

Meredith Nelson, a certified public accountant, has been named chief financial officer at the Willamette Valley Medical Center, according to CEO Dan Ordyna. Ordyna said she started Monday.

Nelson had served previously as CFO at the Valley View Medical Center in Fort Mohave, Ariz., since February 2011. Previously, she served as an operations controller for LifePoint Hospitals, and participated in the company’s CFO development program in Andalusia, Ala. She has also worked for the Hospital Corporation of America.

“We’re excited to welcome Meredith to Willamette Valley Medical Center and to the McMinnville community,” Ordyna said. “She’s going to be a great additiion to our staff. Her outstanding financial experience will assist us in navigating the challenges of this era of health care reform, during which we must continue to improve quality even as we lower the costs of care.”

Nelson holds a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in New Orleans and a master’s in business from from Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business in Nashville.

She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. She plans to make her home in the McMinnville area with her husband, John, a software engineer.



A showcase of McMinnville AVA wines will highlight a benefit for Juliette’s House Child Abuse Intervention Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 29. The event is being staged at Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn, 10660 S.W. Youngberg Hill Road.

A $40 ticket covers wine, appetizers from Nick’s Italian Café and a lecture series. A ticket running $25 in advance or $35 at the door covers wine and appetizers without the lecture series.

Participating are Brittan Vineyards, Coeur de Terre Vineyard, Coleman Vineyard, Hyland Estates, J. Wrigley Vineyards, Maysara Winery, Noble Pig, Seufert Winery, Yamhill Valley Vineyards and Youngberg Hill Vineyards. To purchase tickets or get more information, visit



Schnitzer Steel Industries, parent company of McMinnville’s Cascade Steel Rolling Mills, was named Scrap Company of the Year at the American Metal Market’s 2013 Awards for Steel Excellence event, held in New York City.

“Our employees work hard every day to contribute to the success, safety and sustainability of our company and we are pleased to earn this recognition, particularly during one of the most challenging years in a decade for the metals recycling industry,” said CEO Tamara Lundgren.



Albertsons,  a grocery store chain acquired by AB Acquisition LLC earlier this year, announced this week that it is eliminating the chain’s reward card system. All customers will qualify for discount prices in the future, the company said.

The McMinnville store opened in May 2004 on Linfield College property at 615 S.W. Keck Drive.



The McMinnville Economic Development Partnership has welcomed JD Kerekanich, an Oregon State University senior in finance and economics, as a marketing intern.

He had a successful internship at Climax Portable Machining and Welding Systems in Newberg in 2012 and was recommended to MEDP for a two-month internship.

The internship is part of the expansion of the Climax Community Expansion program. For more information, contact Kerekanich at



Young Professionals of the Yamhill Valley will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at the Tap Room. It is operated by the Chehalem Valley Brewing Company, located at 2515 B. Portland Road in Newberg. The group will learn about the nonprofit, Love INC.

The group is designed for business leaders in the 21 to 40 age range. For more information, contact



A Ladies Night Out fundraiser for the See Ya Later Foundation’s Biggest Turkey candidate will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Golden Valley Restaurant & Brewery, 980 N.E. Fourth St.

A number of vendors have been invited. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served at no cost.

Raffle tickets will be sold at $3 each or four for $10. For more information, contact Leslie Banke at 971-237-3995 or



According to information from Gorilla Capital, 39 foreclosures were filed thorugh the courts and four through public notices last month in McMinnville. That represents an increase of 30 percent.

Gorilla, based in Eugene, purchases distressed real estate for renovation and resale. It operates in 20 Oregon counties, including Yamhill.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters and ribbon-cutting slated to run 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at the Yogurt Shop, 470 N.E. Highway 99W.

Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Goodwill, 2210 Portland Road.


Molly Walker, the News-Register’s business editor, can be reached at or 503-687-1272.

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