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People Watching - May 2008
AEROSPACE & AVIATION
Greg Huebner has joined the operations department at the Snohomish County Airport. He is a 2006 graduate of Western Michigan University, with a bachelor’s degree in aviation science and administration. He just completed a one-year internship with Grand Junction Regional Airport of Colorado. Born and raised in Yakima, Huebner spent five years in the Marines as a crew chief on the AV-8B Harrier aircraft.
Gunter Blobel has joined the scientific advisory board of MDRNA, Nastech Pharmaceutical Co.’s wholly-owned subsidiary for the development of RNAi technology and therapeutics.
Gowri Shankar has earned the Distinguished Teaching Award at University of Washington, Bothell. An associate professor, Shankar teaches finance, accounting and economics classes at the college. He was honored for his classroom work and his attention to students who need additional help.
ENGINEERING & ENVIRONMENTAL
Sparling recently named Chris Haas, Lee Swanson and Gayla Murillo as associates of the firm. Haas joined Sparling two years ago as an electrical project manager. He specializes in commercial, corporate campus and research facility projects. Swanson joined the firm in 2000 as a project designer, earned his PE and became a project manager in electrical engineering. He specializes in health-care projects. Murillo joined Sparling in 2002. As controller and accounting manager, Murillo leads a staff of five accounting specialists and oversees the firm’s accounting practices and controls.
Thomas Lindberg has been named a shareholder and associate of Murray, Smith & Associates Inc., an engineering consulting firm. Lindberg, previously president of Flowater Engineering, is a recognized water-system engineering specialist and has served municipal clients throughout Washington for the past 19 years. His new role as shareholder and associate will continue the growth and success of MSA’s Everett office.
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Seattle District Office has named Carlos Veliz, president, chief executive officer and owner of PCSI Design Inc. in Bothell, as the 2008 Washington State SBA Minority Small Business Champion of the Year. PCSI Design is a product design and engineering services company that can prototype, model and build parts or tools for planes, trains, automobiles and more. Its customers come from aerospace, automotive, medical, electronics, consumer, recreational, fitness and retail industries.
Dawne Herrick, a mechanical and fire protection engineer with CDi Engineers of Lynnwood, recently received an ASHRAE Technology Award in the New Commercial Buildings Category from the ASHRAE Puget Sound Chapter for her work on the U.S. Coast Guard Shore Operations Building in Seattle.
Judith Underwood, vice president and commercial loan officer for Banner Bank’s Lynnwood office, was named one of the 2007 Banner’s Best award recipients. She is among 37 employees from across the Pacific Northwest who were recognized for their exceptional performance in exceeding personal and bankwide goals and delivering superior customer service. The award includes a personal gift, recognition for Underwood’s branch or department and a trip for two provided by the bank.
Joe Brancucci has been promoted to executive vice president at BECU. As EVP, Brancucci will oversee all member experience-related functions including member services, product/delivery channel management, marketing, lending and human resources. He has more than 37 years of experience in the financial services industry and most recently was vice president of delivery and product management and chief lending officer of BECU and president and chief executive officer of Prime Alliance Solutions Inc.
Anna Soper has joined Coastal Community Bank as a commercial loan officer and assistant vice president. Soper has seven years of banking and commercial real estate experience with KeyBank-EverTrust and most recently with Business Bank of Skagit County. Soper will be working in the bank’s Everett main office.
Lynette Sagvold has been appointed managing director at EverTrust Asset Management, part of KeyBank’s Wealth Management Group. Sagvold will consult with clients on investment strategies to meet their financial goals. She previously worked for Safeco Insurance Co., First Interstate Bank and KeyBank.
Rick Martini recently joined the Marysville branch of HomeStreet Bank as a loan officer.
Country Insurance & Financial Services agent Kael Wagner of Everett is now qualified to offer clients expanded financial planning and investment management services. To obtain the Investment Solutions Representative qualification, Wagner completed a certification program combining classroom sessions and personal study. As a result of the training, he can provide clients with access to Country financial services, including retirement planning, investment management and trust services. Wagner serves clients from the Country office in Arlington.
Betsy Maddy has joined North County Bank as the assistant branch manager of the Arlington/Smokey Point branch. She has more than seven years of banking experience. Also, Debbie Sawatzky, operations officer, has been promoted to senior vice president of North County Bank. Sawatzky has been with North County Bank since it opened in 1999. Her extensive background in the banking industry comes from more than 20 years of working in the Everett/Marysville area.
Joel Mariano is a new vice president and service center manager for Cascade Financial Corp. He has 28 years of experience.
Jim Palm has been hired as real estate loan manager for Peoples Bank in King and Snohomish counties. Palm has more than 30 years of banking and mortgage lending experience in the Puget Sound area, 25 of which have been spent managing retail loan officers.
Kathryn Brachter, clerk for the Snohomish County Council, received the President’s Award of Distinction from the Washington Municipal Clerk’s Association during its annual conference in Wenatchee.
State Rep. John McCoy has been elected to head up a legislative committee charged with finding strategies to stretch Washington’s energy dollar. McCoy, D-Tulalip, will chair the Joint Committee on Energy Supply and Energy Conservation. The panel was created several years ago “to put the lessons of wise energy-usage to work at all levels of government.” He was elected chair by his fellow lawmakers from both the House of Representatives and the Senate who serve on the committee.
State Rep. Kirk Pearson, R-Monroe, has been appointed to the state Sentencing Guidelines Commission by the Washington state Speaker of the House. The 20-member Sentencing Guidelines Commission meets year-round. The group’s statutory requirements are to evaluate and monitor adult and juvenile sentencing policies and practices and recommend modifications to the governor and the Legislature. The group also serves as a clearinghouse and information center on adult and juvenile sentencing.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Catalina Gorman has joined The Everett Clinic as director of retail services and will be responsible for the retail pharmacy program as well as the clinic’s optical centers and hearing-aid center. Gorman is a registered pharmacist with a broad project management background.
Claire Glover is the new manager of clinical education at The Everett Clinic. Glover holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and is a certified critical-care nurse. Also, The Everett Clinic has added six new doctors to its physician team. They are: Dr. Catherine Bakewell, hospitalist; Dr. Tanya Hathaway, dermatology; Dr. Oana Marcu, family medicine; Dr. Robert Rookstool, walk-in clinic; Dr. Stephen Rulyak, gastroenterology; and Dr. Leah Smith, hospitalist.
Dr. Todd Havener of Everett Bone & Joint, Proliance Surgeons, recently was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The academy is the largest medical association for musculoskeletal specialists. Its Fellows have completed medical school plus at least five years of specialty study in orthopedics and an accredited residency program, passed a comprehensive oral and written exam, and been certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.
Betty Jo “B.J.” Hoogerwerf, a registered nurse with The Everett Clinic since 1997, is the recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Clinical Nursing Practice Award from the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses. Hoogerwerf developed the first hospital-based Registered Nurse First Assistant program west of the Mississippi in 1990.
Melanie Evans, a licensed massage therapist, has joined Evergreen Physical Therapy Center and Pilates Studio. She offers a variety of massage types and also works with people seeking therapy for auto accidents or work-related injuries.
Rick Laird has been hired by Pacific Earth Works, a Monroe-based landscape architectural company, as a project manager and estimator. Laird has a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Washington State University.
Everett attorney Barry Meyers has been re-certified for five years as an Elder Law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. NELF is the only agency accredited by the American Bar Association to certify lawyers in the specialty area of elder law. Meyers received his initial certification in May 2003. In order to be certified, an attorney must demonstrate substantial involvement and experience in 13 defined areas of elder law, pass a one-day written examination, attend continuing legal education of at least 45 hours in elder law in the preceding three years and receive recommendations from at least five attorneys.
Michele O’Loane has opened her law office in the Bank of America Building, 1604 Hewitt Ave., Suite 301, Everett. O’Loane’s practice includes domestic relations, family law and collaborative law. She accepts family law referrals.
The YMCA of Snohomish County has named Scott Washburn as its new president and chief executive officer effective June 1. Washburn is a 28-year veteran of the YMCA movement and succeeds outgoing President/CEO Jerry Beavers, who joined the YMCA of Snohomish County in 1987 and is retiring after a distinguished 37-year YMCA career. Washburn has served the YMCA movement for 28 years as a branch executive director, chief executive officer of the South Sound YMCA in Olympia, consultant for YMCA of the USA and most recently as senior vice president/chief operating officer of the YMCA of Greater Seattle.
Ann Anderst has joined the staff of the Snohomish County Chapter of the American Red Cross as annual fund manager. She has more than 15 years of fund-raising experience with nonprofit organizations, most recently with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the YMCA of Snohomish County. Anderst is a member of the Everett-Port Gardner Rotary Club, graduate of Leadership Snohomish County and has served as a board member of Northwest Development Officers for the past six years.
Dave Ruddell has been promoted to the rank of captain with Snohomish County Fire District 1. Ruddell has been a firefighter for 12 years with fire districts in Chelan, Monroe and Snohomish. He is a paramedic and a member of the technical rescue team.
Brian Deller recently was hired by Colliers International for Snohomish County and Eastside in its Bellevue office. Deller is a recent Washington State University graduate. Colliers is a real estate services firm.
Dan Mattson has joined The Roberts Group as a licensed real estate agent at the company’s office in Everett. He has a combined 30-plus years of business, investment and real estate experience. He will be specializing in Snohomish County residential real estate.
Lisa Dusapin has joined Windermere Real Estate’s Edmonds office. Dusapin formerly was a sales associate with John L. Scott in Edmonds.
Ray Short has been named vice president and store manager/Alderwood at Macy’s. Short started his career at Macy’s in 1991 and most recently was store manager at the company’s Northgate location.
Anne Spangler is the new general counsel for Snohomish County PUD. Spangler previously served as a chief counsel for Tacoma Public Utilities, and she has extensive experience in issues of land use, construction, real estate, transportation and environmental matters.