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* Kert Shuster, directing pharmacist of Rainbow Pharmacy in Kihei, was selected by the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy as its “Rookie Preceptor of the Year.”

The Labbe Family Rookie Preceptor of the Year Award honors Shuster as an outstanding preceptor who has demonstrated commitment to experiential training.

It is awarded to people who have been a preceptor for the UA College of Pharmacy for five years or less, a release said.

Preceptors are practicing pharmacists in a variety of clinical settings who mentor pharmacists in acquiring skills in a real-world workplace.

Names & Faces

* Dr. Jonathan Thomas is joining Dr. Howard Shimokawa’s dental team at Azeka Place Shopping Plaza in Kihei. Thomas practiced on the Big Island for four years. He received his doctorate degree in dentistry from the University of Maryland and completed his general practice residency in Central California.

Before his dental training, Thomas completed a degree in visual art.

Thomas and his wife, Krista, have two young daughters, who were born on the Big Island.

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* Samuel Millington is Pacific Biodiesel Technologies’ chief executive officer. Millington, a longtime Hawaii resident, joins the company with years of experience in the for-profit, nonprofit and public service sectors. Millington will focus on management strategies.

PBT President Robert King founded Pacific Biodiesel in 1996 in Kahului in response to the amounts of waste oils being dumped at the Central Maui Landfill, a news release said.

With Millington on board, King will have more time to use his technology and mechanical skills to develop new opportunities and assist biodiesel customers.

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* John A. Hau’oli Tomoso is the new executive director of the Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development Council Inc., following the recent retirement of Executive Director Stuart Funke-d’Egnuff, who has served the organization for nine years. Funke-d’Egnuff’s leadership under the guidance and governance of the board of directors has successfully poised the council to enhance the quality of life in Maui County through protection of its natural resources and through community, cultural and economic development, according to a news release.