Keeping Up With People, February 2009


Sustainable Connections announces 2009
board of directors

Three new members have been appointed to Sustainable Connections’ 2009 board of directors: Andrea Leebron-Clay of Pioneer Ford, Shawn Kemp of ONE/Northwest and ex-officio member Michael Karp.

Leebron-Clay and her husband, Jim, own Pioneer Ford in Lynden. As part of their philanthropic efforts they operate The Clay Foundation, dedicated to building sustainable communities around the world.

Kemp works with ONE/Northwest, a local nonprofit that delivers innovative tools and strategies to the environmental movement in order to engage people in preserving the quality of life in the Northwest.

Karp is the founder, president and CEO of A World Institute for a Sustainable Humanity and president of Michael Karp & Associates, Inc.

Members of the 2009 board of directors for Sustainable Connections are Ken Bothman, Andrea Leebron-Clay, John D’Onofrio, Shawn Kemp, Charlie Maliszewski, Janet Ott, Elie Samuel, Alexandrea Spaulding, Christopher J. Webb, Michael Karp and Terry Bornemann.


Zervas Group architectcompletes training

Andrew Krzysiek, an associate at Zervas Group Architects, has completed the necessary training to become a licensed architect and received his Washington State Architects registration.

Krzysiek graduated from Andrews University in 1999 with a bachelor’s of architecture degree and has spent the last nine years working with Zervas Group Architects. His projects include the Whatcom Educational Credit Union branches at Sunset and in Ferndale, as well as the WECU Loan Center in downtown Bellingham, which was the first LEED Gold certified building in Whatcom County. Krzysiek is the project architect for Lynden City Hall, which is under construction and due for completion in 2009.


Port Commission elects 2009 officers

The Port of Bellingham’s board of commissioners elected officers for 2009 at its first meeting of the year on Jan. 6.

The commissioners elected Scott Walker for president, Jim Jorgensen for vice president and Doug Smith for secretary.

The commissioners also chose Walker to continue serving on the Whatcom Council of Governments and Smith to continue serving on the Bellingham Whatcom Economic Development Council. Jorgensen was chosen to continue serving on the Whatcom County Economic Development Investment Program Committee.


Kirschman named mortgage advisor of 2008

Leena Kirschman of Neighborhood Mortgage was presented with the company’s most sought after award: Licensed Mortgage Advisor of the Year. The award is given to the mortgage advisor who exemplifies and demonstrates involvement in their local community, provides the highest level of service possible and upholds the highest standards in the mortgage industry.

Kirschman has been in the lending industry since August 1988 and has more than 20 years experience.


Tatango adds two employees

Tatango Inc., the Bellingham-based short message service firm, brought on two new full-time employees to their growing staff. Amiel Martin was hired as vice president of engineering and Alex Mittelstaedt joined as the community manager. Both have studied at Western Washington University. Mittelstaedt has graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance and Martin is currently attending part time.

As vice president of engineering, Martin will be responsible for back-end development and overall site maintenance. Mittelstaedt will be focusing primarily on internal communications and user relations.


Bellingham attorney listed among international immigration lawyers

Nominated as one of the world’s leading practitioners in the field of U.S. immigration law, Bellingham attorney Greg Boos has been listed in the recently released “International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2008.”

Boos is a partner at the Bellingham office of Chang & Boos, an immigration law firm with offices in Bellingham and Toronto. Specializing in U.S. immigration law with an emphasis on business immigration, Boos is recognized nationally and internationally for his ongoing advocacy efforts regarding border security and immigration issues including spearheading the repeal of Section 110—the provision in the 1996 anti-immigrant reform bill that would have closed U.S. borders to international trade and commerce.

With his listing in the “International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2008,” Boos joins an exclusive group of lawyers from 25 countries, including Australia, England, France, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, and the U.S. who are identified as the world’s leading experts in the international transfer of business personnel.


Skagit State Bank announces promotions

The board of directors of Skagit State Bank announced the promotions of five employees.

Jenny Barnhart, manager at the Sunset office in Bellingham, has been given the new designation of vice president. New to Skagit State Bank in 2005, Barnhart brings more than 20 years experience in the banking industry.

Val Closson, manager at the Anacortes office, has been given the new designation of vice president. With an impressive tenure at Skagit State Bank, Closson has worked her way through nearly every position at the bank since joining in 1987.

Jerimy Pennock has been given the designation of assistant vice president, staff accountant at the corporate office. Most recently, Pennock was assistant controller and has been with Skagit State Bank since 2005.

Becky Taft was named as the new manager at the Ferry Street office in Sedro-Woolley with a designation of assistant vice president. Taft has been with Skagit State Bank since 1994 when she began as a teller and new accounts personal banker.

Carla Tucker has a career in banking spanning 22 years. At Skagit State Bank, Tucker began as an assistant cashier, responsible for financial report filing. She has excelled in each position she has held while moving up to chief financial officer. Tucker has been given the designation of executive vice president at the corporate office.


Windermere associate earns CRS designation

Local Realtor Ken Gustafson has been awarded the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.

Realtors who receive the CRS designation have completed advanced courses and have demonstrated professional expertise in the field of residential real estate. Fewer than 38,000 Realtors nationwide have earned the credential. CRS designees subscribe to the strict Realtor code of ethics, have access to the latest technology and are specialists in helping clients maximize profits and minimize costs when buying or selling a home.

Gustafson is a Realtor with Windermere Real Estate in Bellingham. He is a member of the Whatcom County Association of Realtors and is a lifetime resident of Whatcom County.


Whatcom Women in Business elects new officers

Whatcom Women In Business, a local organization that offers networking opportunities for women business owners and women in leadership positions, announced its new officers for 2009.

Newly elected officers are President Anny Havland, Secretary Barbara Sanford, Treasurer Sandy Keathley, Vice President of Program Annette Booth, Vice President of Publicity Julie Guay, Vice President of Membership Becky Raney, At Large Jeanette Coffey, Webmaster Patrice Valentine, and Past President Evelyn Turner.

Whatcom Women in Business raises funds annually for scholarships for women pursuing a college education. The organization meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at The Big Fat Fish Company.


Bohlke joins Mount Baker Theatre board

The Mount Baker Theatre recently added Wendy Bohlke to its board of directors.

Bohlke is a senior counsel member in the office of the attorney general and represents Western Washington University. She earned a juris doctor degree from Willamette University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington.

Bohlke serves on the Committee of Public Defense of the Washington Bar Association, is a past president of the Whatcom County Bar Association and a member of Washington Women Lawyers. She was president of the board of directors of Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood from 2006-08 and is a past president of the Whatcom 4-H Council.


Western professor wins psychology award

Western Washington University’s Joseph Trimble has won the Henry Tomes Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Psychology. This award was given by the Council of National Psychological Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests and the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues.

Trimble is a psychology professor, a professor in the Woodring College of Education, a research associate at Western’s Center for Cross-Cultural Research, and the university’s director of assessment and testing. He was honored for his life’s work promoting psychological and sociocultural research with indigenous populations. For the past 20 years he has been working on substance abuse and mental health prevention research models for American Indian and Alaska Native youth.

The award was given at the council’s awards ceremony on Jan. 14 in New Orleans.


Sterling adds three to executive team

Sterling Life Insurance Company has added three vice presidents to their team. All three will be based out of Bellingham.

Gary Boyd was hired as vice president of information technology. Boyd will provide strategic leadership and work closely with information technology leadership in Princeton and Munich.

Sterling also hired Bill Ramsden as senior vice president of sales and marketing. Ramsden has more than 30 years of career field experience. He is strong in overall sales, sales leadership and sales force management. He is particularly strong in performance management that is tightly managed through metrics. Ramsden has begun his work at Sterling by touring a number of sales offices across the country to get a feel for the organization.

Patrick Collins, formerly vice president with Munich Re America HealthCare and senior project manager of the Sterling/Munich Re integration, has joined Sterling as its vice president of strategy and execution. In this position, he will be responsible for facilitating the development and documentation of strategy, for the alignment of the project management with the execution of strategic initiatives, for corporate communication and for ensuring the company’s brand is protected in all endeavors.


Broker earns prestigious designation

Gloria Calderhead, managing broker for Fairhaven Realty, a branch of Lakeway Realty, Inc., earned the prestigious Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) designation presented by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers. The CRB is recognized industry-wide as the measure of success for real estate brokers and managers. Realtors earning the designation have completed a comprehensive program combining experience with management education.

The council is a not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors with almost 7,000 members in North America.

Calderhead is a member of the Whatcom County Board of Realtors, the Washington Association of Realtors and a past director of the state and local Association of Realtors.


Realtor earns EcoBroker designation

Mike Bredeson, a real estate agent with The Johnson Team in Fairhaven, has earned the Certified EcoBroker designation. Having completed a training program on energy and environmental issues that affect real estate transactions, Bredeson now joins a handful of professionals nationwide committed to energy-efficient and sustainable homes.

Bredeson has been a Realtor with The Johnson Team since 1996.


Old Fairhaven Association elects new board president

The Old Fairhaven Association has elected Stephanie Johnson, associate broker with Fairhaven Realty, as board president for 2009. Johnson has served on the board of directors since 2005. She has been actively involved in the historic Fairhaven District organizing the Veteran’s Memorial Flag installation, the Dirty Dan Days and the Ski to Sea event, It All Ends in Fairhaven Festival. She also volunteers for and promotes the outdoor summer cinema in Fairhaven.

The Old Fairhaven Association’s purpose as a nonprofit organization is to promote Fairhaven as a community while preserving its historical character.

Johnson is also Whatcom County Association of Realtors’ and Washington Realtors’ State Director and is active both locally and on a statewide level.


Loannetter adds mortgage planner

Sharon Cadwell has joined the Loannetter team as a mortgage planner. Cadwell will continue to serve as a trusted adviser for buyers and owners of residential and commercial real estate. She is known for her excellent customer relations and in-depth analysis skills.

Cadwell and Susan Templeton, owner of Loannetter, will offer a series of borrower awareness seminars to assist homebuyers in 2009.


Barkley Village Haggen names interim store manager

George Feldman has been named interim store manager of Haggen Food & Pharmacy in Bellingham’s Barkley Village.

Feldman joined Haggen in 1996 and has been manager of its Mount Vernon store since its opening in 1999. He will oversee the Barkley Village Haggen through April while store manager Paul Cooley attends classes of the Food Industry Management Program at the University of Southern California. Feldman previously served on another temporary assignment as the Barkley Village Haggen store manager in 2003.


Whatcom Association of Realtors names Kinney
Realtor of the Year

The Whatcom County Association of Realtors recently named Ben Kinney its Realtor of the Year and honored seven other individuals for their contributions to the organization and the community in 2008.

After starting in real estate full time in 2004, Kinney now leads a team of 10 agents and three administrators at the Bellingham office of Keller Williams. As a result of his success and innovative use of technology, he was featured in June as one of the “30 under 30” agents by Realtor magazine. Kinney also serves on the WCAR’s board of directors and teaches technology courses for its members.

Jon Soine of Windermere Real Estate in Bellingham, a Realtor since 1983, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Soine has been active in local and state real-estate organizations, serving as WCAR’s president in 2007. He recently was elected vice president of governmental affairs for the Washington Association of Realtors.

Jack DeCook, a home mortgage consultant for Wells Fargo Home Loans in Bellingham, was named the 2008 Affiliate of the Year for his contributions to the community and local real estate industry.

Marcy Mjelde of The Muljat Group’s Barkley office was named Rookie of the Year. Although she just became licensed in April, Mjelde successfully closed nine transactions and earned the designations of Certified Negotiation Expert and Accredited Buyer Representative. She’s also a member of the Women’s Council of Realtors.

Ferndale Mayor Gary Jensen was honored as Citizen of the Year for his contributions as a public official and a business owner.

Mike Kent of Windermere Real Estate in Blaine is WCAR’s Partner of the Year. Kent is host of “Radio Real Estate,” a weekly show that provides information and discusses local topics related to real estate.

Dan and Anne Cantrell of Coldwell Banker Miller Arnason in Bellingham received the Community Service awards for their numerous contributions to local organizations and causes.


Grady elected president of Lynden Chamber’s
board of directors

Curt Grady, a store manager for DeWaard & Bode, has been elected 2009 president of the Lynden Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors.

Darrin Wisbey of Wells Fargo Bank is vice president and Karen Timmer of Windermere Real Estate serves as past president. Brian Poag of Jake’s Western Grill is joining the Lynden Chamber board, which also includes Aaron Apps, Duane Bode, Jo Leigh Hager, Jesse Weg, Amy Westerhof and Pete Wolkin.


David Evans and Associates announces recently accredited employees

Four Bellingham office employees from David Evans and Associates recently passed their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) exams. The new LEED accredited professionals include assistant project manager Nicholas Vann, project manager Inga Drechsel, project engineer Danielle Johnston and project engineer Rhett Winter.


Alpha Technologies promotes new leaders
in executive team

Alpha Technologies announced new additions to the executive management group in January. Jim Heidenreich was named as vice president of product management and customer fulfillment and John O’Rourke as vice president of finance and administration.

Since 2006, Heidenreich has led both the applications engineering and customer fulfillment departments and has succeeded in creating a group that is highly responsive to Alpha customers’ needs. Heidenreich has more than 21 years of experience in the power conversion industry and has been with Alpha for more than 12 years. In his new role, he will oversee the product management and Communication System Engineering groups in the development of a series of high efficiency powering products.

O’Rourke started at Alpha in 1997 as accounting manager. Serving as the director of operations and administration since 2006, O’Rourke has consistently displayed a strong business and finance sense. This new role will expand his leadership of the accounting, legal and human resources departments, as he will play a larger role in the overall company direction and operations.


Broadway Chiropractic acquires massage
cupping certification

Broadway Chiropractic, owned by Theresa Murry, has added cupping massage to its massage therapy program. Erin Sallee, one of the clinic’s five licensed massage practitioners, recently completed her certification in negative pressure cupping massage at EarthSpa in Kent. Cupping massage is a modality that uses suction and negative pressure to detoxify tissues and promote healing.

Sallee plans to use cupping massage as an adjunct to her treatment for motor vehicle accidents and work-related injuries. Sallee completed her massage professional program from Utah College in August 2004 and has been licensed and practicing in Whatcom County since December 2004.


Huxley dean named to prestigious international conservation group

Western Washington University’s Brad Smith, the dean of Huxley College of the Environment, has been appointed to the Commission on Education and Communication Steering Committee of the prestigious, Switzerland-based International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

IUCN’s mission is to help the world find solutions to its most pressing environmental and development-related challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practices.

Smith will serve a four-year term until the next IUCN World Conservation Congress in 2012.


Peterson appointed president of Master
Remodeler’s Council

Matt Peterson, co-owner of DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen, accepted the president position for the Master Remodeler’s Council for 2009. The council is a division of the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County. Peterson accepts this position after holding the vice president position in 2008 and hopes to continue the group’s mission to educate homeowners on their remodeling options.

DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen is located at 3311 Northwest Ave. in Bellingham.


Lakeway Inn & Conference Center promotes pair, hires one for sales

The Lakeway Inn & Conference Center, Bellingham’s largest hotel, has promoted Christine Jenkins to director of sales. The Lakeway Inn also hired Jill Radel as senior sales manager and promoted Erin Divine to sales manager.

Jenkins had been the Lakeway Inn’s corporate sales and marketing manager since 2005. A Western Washington University graduate, she also headed marketing and public relations for Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism for seven years. In her new position, she will oversee all efforts to attract businesses and organizations to the Lakeway Inn while continuing to personally serve local corporate accounts and Western Washington University.

Radel, most recently membership and convention manager for Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism, has more than 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, including 10 years connected to the hospitality industry and event planning. Also a Western graduate, she will manage convention and meeting needs for associations, group tours and education clients.

Divine, a graduate of Western Michigan University, had been the Lakeway Inn’s catering sales manager for the last two years. She now focuses on convention and meeting needs of U.S. armed forces, government entities, fraternal organizations and sports teams.


Bellingham photographer attends
international convention

Mark Turner of Turner Photographics in Bellingham recently attended Imaging USA, one of the largest conventions and trade shows designed exclusively for photography professionals. More than 7,500 photographers and vendors attended this event Jan. 11-13 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Turner, who is the photographer of two well-received books, “Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest” and “Bellingham Impressions,” is reinventing his business to concentrate on the family and senior portrait markets in Whatcom County.

With more than 90 programs designed to improve artistic and business success, Professional Photographers of America’s Imaging USA helped attendees increase their knowledge and skills in all photography specialties.


Brumley receives fourth quarter honors

Dustin Brumley of Neighborhood Mortgage was announced as the Fourth Quarter Licensed Mortgage Advisor of 2008. Brumley was recognized for his teamwork, motivation, determination, dedication and many additional qualities that he has demonstrated. Brumley is a recent volunteer for Junior Achievement and believes in giving back to his community.


ProGraphics welcomes new lead graphic artist

ProGraphics, a state-of-the-art sign and graphics print shop in Bellingham, has added Max Vanderwyst to their team. Previously, Vanderwyst worked as graphic artist and marketer for local computer company Northwest Computer and has done freelance design work for many years.

In his new role as graphic artist, Vanderwyst will be responsible for laying out signs, banners and vehicle wraps for local business. He will take on marketing tasks related to expanding ProGraphics presence in the local market. He will also create custom graphics and a new Web site for Pro Team, a division of ProGraphics, that specializes in custom hockey sticks and decal kits for a range of clients, from local teams to professional NHL teams.




HBHansen Construction receives high rating

HBHansen Construction Inc. has earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. The rating represents the bureau’s degree of confidence that HBHansen is operating in a trustworthy manner and making continual efforts to resolve customer concerns.

The Better Business Bureau assigns ratings by evaluating businesses in many categories, including experience within their industry, length of time in operation and whether a business has received and responded to any complaints received by the bureau. Maintaining an A+ rating is very important to owners Bernie and Kristen Hansen.

HBHansen is a local general contractor serving residential, commercial and governmental clients. Projects completed in 2008 included an exterior remodel at Meridian Plaza shopping center, a $1.8 million warehouse renovation in Seattle, updates to three city of Bellingham parks and an award-winning home renovation.


Airporter Shuttle wins highest safety rating

Airporter Shuttle received the highest safety rating possible from U.S. Department of Defense inspectors during a recent inspection of their Ferndale operations. The inspectors, from the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO), thoroughly inspected all aspects of the business, including vehicle compliance, driver procedures and safety management controls.

Airporter Shuttle/Bellair Charters has designated eight vehicles in their fleet for DTMO use and has been an approved carrier for the Department of Defense since 2002.


Aiki Homes awarded Green Builder of the Year

Aiki Homes has received the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County’s award for Green Builder of the Year and has been recognized for its commitment to the Built Green program of Whatcom County. Built Green is a residential green building certification program developed to create safer, healthier and more efficient homes and reduce impact to the community and natural resources.

The BIA presented its annual awards dinner Jan. 15 with more than 90 attendees at their new office on Baker Creek Place.

Aiki Homes has been a leader in sustainable design and construction in Whatcom County since 1992. In addition to all of their homes being Built Green, Aiki is also committed to building all of its homes Energy Star certified.


Grinstad & Wagner Architects receives regional awards

Grinstad & Wagner Architects walked away with the Merit Award, as well as the People’s Choice Award, in December at The Northwest Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ (NWAIA) 2008 Design Awards. The awards were given to the “Deception Pass Home” project.

The design team for the “Deception Pass Home” project was Fred Wagner and Scott Jeffries, and the home was built by Albert Timmer of Impero Construction. Grinstad & Wagner Architects is located in Fairhaven and specializes in mixed-use and commercial projects, as well as multifamily and custom homes.


DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen wins Small Business
of the Year

DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen won the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s 2008 Small Business of the Year award. DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen’s owners, Matt Peterson and Tally Rabatin, accepted the award on behalf of their team at the BWCCI annual awards banquet. Peterson and Rabatin have owned the business since 2006 after purchasing it from Mark and Deb Lambert.


Heating Green celebrates second year

Heating Green recently celebrated its second anniversary in the heating business.

Owner Jeff Caldwell said despite the economy, business continues to grow, particularly in the remodel area and many customers are replacing their heating system with infrared radiant heating panels.

Heating Green is located at 1825 Franklin St. in Bellingham.

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