People 9/27/13

Bonestroo joins YA board

Bonestroo, JustinAttorney Justin Bonestroo of Oak Park Heights has joined the Youth Advantage board of directors, according to Suzanne Block, the group’s executive director.

Bonestroo is a Stillwater Area High School graduate, has coached youth football and junior high school traveling basketball teams and served on various local non-profit boards and organizations. His law practice focuses on estate planning and real estate/transactional law.

Block said Bonestroo’s will advise YA on organizational structure, strategic planning and legal issues.

“Every child deserves the chance to experience the prolific personal growth catalyzed by pursuing an interest or passion, whether pursued as a team, group or individually,” Bonestroo said. “By joining Youth Advantage, I am hopeful that I can help assist in providing that opportunity and to my part to continue the St. Croix Valley’s great tradition of community participation.”

Brabeck new YSB specialist

HollyBrabeckHolly Brabeck, M.A., has joined Youth Service Bureau as chemical health specialist in the agency’s Stillwater office, YSB officials announced Thursday.

Brabeck has a M.A. in addication counseling from teh Hazelden Graduate School of Addication Studies. She will provide services at Stillwater Area High School, Oak-Land and Stillwater junior high schools and the Alternative Learning Center in Stillwater.

“This opportunity allows me to tie my love for counseling with my belief that alcohol and drug prevention is key for creating success is future generations,” she said.
“Holly comes to us with an exciting mix of training and experience,” said Michael Huntley, YSB program director and youth and family therapist. “Holly plans to expand our chemical health services in the Stillwater Area Public Schools by offering more classroom presentations and support groups for the students.”

Group honors Peterson

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. — Photographer Nate Peterson, owners of NP Design & Photography Studio, was recently named a bronze medalist at the Professional Photographers of America’s 2013 photographic competition and will be honored at the PPA annual convention in January in Phoenix.
Peterson was named a bronze medalist by earning a merit — a mark of quality and honor — for each of the four images included in his entry in the competition. Contest images are judged based on standard of artistic excellence, not against each other, and Peterson was one of 55 bronze medalist from across the nation.
Peterson’s merit images include three local high school seniors (now graduated) and one local aspiring model.
“I’m proud that each of the images are actual client work.” Peterson said, noting that it is common for photographers to stage images strictly for competition. “One of my mentors earned his Masters Degree using only client work, and it’s my goal to hold to that same rare standard.”