By The Bakersfield Californian
JANE PARKER has been named owner and qualified manager of Parker & Associates Professional Investigations and its subsidiary division, Pre-Employment Profiles. Parker, a private investigator, succeeds her husband, Riley Parker, who founded the business in 1993 and continues to serve as the company's chief investigator.
TERENCE J. WERDEL has joined the law offices of LeBeau-Thelen LLP, where he is to serve "of counsel," concentrating on transactional law matters. Werdel was a founding partner at Bakersfield law firm Werdel & Chapel, specializing in business planning, mergers and sales, estate planning, real estate, agriculture, construction and other transactional law. He graduated from Loyola University in Los Angeles, and earned his law degree at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law. He continues to handle legal matters for his brothers, Thomas H. Werdel Jr. and Charles C. Werdel, who have retired from the practice of Werdel & Werdel.
LINDA T. FRENCH, attorney and mediator, is opening a family law and mediation practice. The focus of her practice will be providing as-needed legal services for people undergoing divorce, with a goal of avoiding litigation and divorce court. Her office will be located at 1309 L St. in Bakersfield.
SCOTT FARLEY has joined Riverlakes Mortgage. He specializes in FHA, VA and conventional mortgages, as well as explaining the loan process to first-time homebuyers.
TISHA BORDA has accepted a position as branch manager for Riverlakes Mortgage. She has more than 11 years of experience in the mortgage industry.
JARRAL T. NEEPER has been elected president of Calcot Ltd., the Bakersfield cotton marketing cooperative. Previously the group's vice president of marketing, Neeper has worked at Calcot for 15 years, and has more than 20 years of experience in the cotton industry. He replaces Robert W. Norris, who retired after six years as the group's chief executive. Neeper also serves as vice president of Amcot, a joint association of four cotton marketing cooperatives. He earned a master's degree in agricultural economics at Texas Tech University, and a bachelor's degree at the University of Arizona.
CAROLINE WILSON has been appointed executive director of the Kern County Bar Association. Wilson was formerly the regional administrator of migrant programs at Community Action Partnership of Kern. She also worked with the California Department of Education to develop and run a statewide emergency response childcare program during the Hurricane Katrina crisis. She earned a master's degree in business administration at Richmond University and bachelor's degrees at Cal State Bakersfield and the University of LaVerne.
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