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Michelle Von Tersch

Vice President for Corporate Communications

Community Medical Centers

What we do:

Community Medical Centers is the largest healthcare provider in central California, with three hospitals and several outpatient centers.


Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism; Public Relations

Master’s Degree in Business Administration




Husband Ron Von Tersch, 

Sons James, Matt, Andrew and Jack

Tell us about your new role as Vice President for Corporate Communications.

I oversee operations for Communications — marketing and public relations — and Fund Development.  In my new role, I’ll also have the opportunity to work more closely with our Government Relations and Public Affairs office.

Aaron Blair

aaronblairPresident and CEO,

The Downtown Fresno Partnership

What we do:

We oversee the Property and Business Improvement District in downtown Fresno — everything from events to business retention and marketing to fundraising and economic development. 


Majored in architecture at Ohio State University

Earned bachelor’s degree in urban design and urban planning from the University of Cincinnati 




Wife, Jessica; daughters Sierra (17) and Hannah (15)

Comcast: Central Valley a hotspot for free Internet program

With among the highest poverty rates in the country, the Central Valley has been a boon for Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, offering high-speed Internet at a dramatically reduced price to low-income customers.

Since its launch in 2011, the program has enrolled some 350,000 families, or 1.4 million low-income individuals, across the country, giving them access to broadband service for only $9.95 a month. 

Fresno’s Sequoia Brewing Co. to open in Visalia, Santa Barbara

South Valley residents who have a continuing thirst for local-brewed craft beer will soon get another option as Fresno’s Sequoia Brewing Co. plans to open a restaurant on Main Street in Visalia as soon as the holidays.

Both the brewery’s founder and a local development group that owns the property confirm the news.

The Business Journal introduces Reader’s Choice Awards

Voting begins next month for The Business Journal’s new Best of Central Valley Business Reader’s Choice Awards.

Unlike other “best of” competitions, the Best of Central Valley Business awards have a business-to-business slant, said Gordon Webster, publisher of The Business Journal.

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Wathen Castanos buys McMillin home lots

Fresno-based homebuilder Wathen Castanos purchased the remaining 84 lots owned by McMillin Homes in Visalia this month.

New ‘gastropub’ to fill former Fajita Fiesta in Fresno

Guri’s Grubhouse & Taps, a new Fresno restaurant focusing on locally produced ingredients and craft beers, is opening next month in the former Fajita Fiesta at the corner of Shaw and Cedar avenues.

Pacific Ethanol plant lands sweet new neighbor

It’s better times for California’s ethanol producers, with investment dollars flowing into technology to make production plants more efficient and diverse in the feedstocks they accept.

Leticia Juarez-sisson

profile-juarezEducation: Bachelor’s in Mass Communication from California State University, Fresno: (2003) & Masters in Strategic Communications from National University (2013)

Age: 35

Family: Jimmy Sisson (Husband for seven years) Brien White (Son), Ryan Sisson (Step-son), expecting a baby girl in October.