Nathaniel Hess

Nathaniel Hess was named to the President’s Honor Roll for the 2020 spring and fall semesters at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He is majoring in industrial design and has a 3.88 cumulative GPA.

Greg Herrick, CEO of Sky Media and president of the Wyoming Jet Center, was awarded the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilots Award for 50 years of safe flying without incident, accident or violation, one of the FAA’s highest honors. Herrick passed the 50-year milestone in March, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic was not presented the award until September at the Antique Airplane Association in Ottumwa, Iowa.

St. John’s Health was recognized by the Wyoming Nurses Association with two awards this past fall.

The hospital was nominated for the Collaborative Practice Award based on its multidisciplinary preparation and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to St. John’s CEO Paul Beaupre, the key to the hospital’s success was preparedness and quick action, made possible by a well-established discipline of participating in emergency preparedness drills.

Brittany Jones received the Nursing Leadership Award in Advanced Practice Nursing. Jones is a board-certified acute care nurse practitioner who works as a primary and intensive care hospitalist, a care provider who cares exclusively for patients while they are hospitalized. Jones is the first nurse practitioner in the hospitalist group to work with high-acuity patients.

“Brittany is an amazing example of the role an ACNP plays in the care of acute patients,” said Naomi Starcevich, director of case management, who nominated Jones for the award. “She has the skills, training, education and compassion that makes her an asset to our hospital and our patients. She is calm and confident during critical situations, and numerous nurses have told me how grateful they are to have her there during those times.”

Nathaniel Hess was named to the President’s Honor Roll for the 2020 spring and fall semesters at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he is majoring in industrial design.

Hess also holds a degree from the University of Denver in Business Administration with a dual major in finance and real estate.

A former student in the Jackson Youth Skating Program, Hess is a U.S. Figure Skating national competitor and international performer, and is a Level IV-ranked coach in the Professional Skaters Association and a U.S. Figure Skating sectional pairs technical specialist.

In October, Bill Van Gelder assumed the role of board president for the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum, replacing outgoing president Jenn Dawes. Among his priorities as president will be guiding the museum as it continues to explore options for a permanent location.

Van Gelder has practiced real estate for two decades. He moved to Jackson in 2000 with his wife and two children. He joined the museum board in 2019.

The Children’s Museum has been looking for a long-term facility since 2019, when its original location on King Street was redeveloped.

“On behalf of the board of directors and JHCM family, I would like to thank Jenn for her service to the museum,” Van Gelder said. “We are immensely grateful.”

Dawes will continue to be involved in the museum as a full board member.

Fourteen former Teton County students were names to Montana State University’s two undergraduate honor rolls for fall semester 2020.

Students who made the President’s List, which requires a perfect 4.0 GPA for the semester, are Mallory Reisbeck, of Jackson. and Lily Stiles, of Moran.

Students who made the Dean’s List, with a GPA of 3.5 or higher for the semester, are Lia Kluegel, of Alta; Rachel Anderson, Sarah Andrews, Alexander Andrikopoulos, Jeremy Emmer, Mataya Foster, Jenna McFarland, Peter Prestrud and Kelsie Schwartz, of Jackson; and Lillian Hobart, Alex Johnson and Ashley Orsillo, of Wilson. Also on the list: Sage Cowley, of Yellowstone National Park.

The University of Utah this fall welcomed Jackson Hole High School graduate Hannah Haag to its class of 2024, the “largest, most diverse freshman class” in the university’s 170-year history, the school said in a press release.

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