accomplishments

Director Named: Kathleen Lawrence, of Pleasanton, has been elected to the Hope Hospice board of directors. She joins a board of 15 members, each of whom is elected to a two-year term. Most recently, she served as the vice president of global human resources with Magnum Semiconductor in Milpitas.

Eagle Scout Awarded: Austin Cohen, son of Peggy and Lew Cohen of Alamo, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, which was presented in June at an Eagle Court of Honor at Hillside Community Church in Walnut Creek. Austin is a member of Troop 216 under the leadership of Scoutmasters Fred Hofstetter, Dan Lucht, Tom Absher and Thor Grossen. For his Eagle project, Austin completed a renovation of seven teak benches at Oak Park in Danville. Austin is a graduate of Monte Vista High School. He is pursuing a career with a startup software company while attending Diablo Valley College.

Fair Board Directors: Three new directors have been selected to serve on the board of the Alameda County Agricultural Fair Association. They are George Pacheco Jr., of Castro Valley, Craig Smith, of Pleasanton and Timothy Weaver, of Livermore.

New Minister: Unity of Tri-Valley, located in Castro Valley and Dublin, recently welcomed the Rev. Karen Epps as their new minister. Rev. Karen, as she likes to be called, was ordained in June 2005 by Unity Worldwide Ministries. She has served at Unity on the Bay in Miami, Unity of Dallas in Texas and most recently at Unity of Beaverton in Oregon. She is also the founder of an online transdenominational ministry called Unity Global Heart. She has a bachelor's degree in business management, a master's degree in integral theory and is a certified spiritual intelligence coach.

Valley Stars is written by Louise Hartman. Contact her at 925-847-2111, by email at vtletters@bayareanewsgroup.com or send a fax to 925-847-2189.