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Physical therapist Bohn joins Core Therapeutics

Physical therapist Juliana Bohn has joined Core Therapeutics in Fairhaven. A cum laude graduate of Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Science, Bohn is currently completing her advanced certification in manual therapy through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. 

With more than 25 years of clinical experience as a physical therapist and educator, Bohn has an extensive background in sports, pelvic ring and orthopedic manual physical therapy.  Other specialties include foot orthotics, vestibular, geriatric mobility issues and dance and movement analysis.

Bohn enjoys yoga, trail running, and Argentine tango dancing.


Beck joins Countrywide Home Loans

 Jeremey Beck recently accepted a position as a home-loan consultant for Countrywide Home Loans in Bellingham. Beck, a Western Washington University graduate, has six years of experience in residential real estate lending. He is a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club and WWU Alumni Steering Committee. Beck also participates in fundraisers for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Lance Armstrong Foundation. 


Guenter-Schlesinger appointed to affirmative
action committee 

Sue Guenter-Schlesinger, executive director of Western Washington University’s Equal Opportunity Office, has been appointed to Gov. Chris Gregoire’s Affirmative Action Policy Committee, and will serve through 2011. Guenter-Schlesinger has been at Western since 2005.  She earned her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from UCLA in 1979. The role of this committee is to advise the governor on affirmative action policies.


National journal publishes Matteson’s lifesaving advice

Bellingham massage therapist Marie Matteson’s article on massage and melanoma awareness was recently published in the American Bodyworkers and Massage Professionals Journal. The background for the article came when Matteson had noticed something odd on the bottom of her husband’s foot, the site of a 4 year-old fire ant bite.  A dermatologist confirmed that the spot had changed and become a melanoma. The doctor noted that Matteson’s sharp eyes had probably saved her husbands life.

Matteson hopes the national article will save more lives as massage therapists become aware of what to look for.  

Matteson has been a Nationally Licensed Massage Practitioner since 1997 and is a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician and Registered Counselor.


Governor appoints Roehl to growth management board

Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed Whatcom County attorney Will Roehl to the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board, which he will serve on until 2014.

Growth Management Hearings Boards determine if local policy choices or actions comply with the goals and requirements of the Growth Management Act. 

The Bellingham native graduated from Whitman College with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and received his law degree from the University of Puget Sound.  Roehl has been practicing law since 1975, with a focus on civil issues.


NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center announces new staff, board chair

Valerie Turner has joined the NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center team as the new director of community relations.  Turner, who has a background with nonprofit organizations, is currently attending Whatcom Community College and plans to complete her major in Communication and Elementary Education at Western Washington University.

Annette Booth is the new chair of the board of directors for the riding center. Booth owns Allstate – Booth Insurance Agency in Ferndale.


Apollo Geophysics certified utility-locating provider

Apollo Geophysics’ Vice President Matthew Ringstad and project geophysicist Lynelle Brode successfully completed the Staking University Utility Locator Certification Seminar in Las Vegas, Nev. in May.

The seminar’s classroom and hands-on training provided Ringstad and Brode with a knowledge of locating equipment, troubleshooting techniques and skills to provide utility locating information.

Apollo Geophysics now provides rental and sales of geophysical and non-destructive testing instrumentation as well as technical support and training.


RE/MAX hires new staff, realtor Wilson joins
real estate network

Mallina Wilson of RE/MAX Whatcom County, Inc. was awarded Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation and joins a worldwide referral network of global real estate practitioners.

Addtionally, RE/MAX employee Jason Britain recently moved to the Ferndale office of RE/MAX Whatcom County and John Irion recently joined the Lynden Office.


Church joins First American Title and Escrow

Dee Ryan Church has joined First American Title and Escrow as a senior escrow officer. Dee has more than 28 years’ experience serving the needs of title and escrow clients in Whatcom County. Dee has been a limited practice officer for 17 years.


OASIS owner Anderson completes pilates certification

OASIS Physical Therapy and Pilates owner Sidney Anderson completed her STOTT Pilates certification. Anderson began her STOTT Pilates training to enhance her client’s rehabilitation experience by incorporating pilates principles and exercises in all of her work. Anderson has been operating OASIS Physical Therapy for 12 years.


YWCA elects new board member and officers

Annette Bagley, Varya Grace Fish, Carla Gelwicks and Joan Ullin were elected as board members of the Bellingham YWCA. Continuing board members are Jo Collinge, Sharon Coss, Jay Johnson, Kristie Lundstrom, Kathy Newport, Sherry Partlow and Michelle Zimberoff.

At its May meeting, the board selected its 2008 officers: Collinge as president, Johnson as vice president, Bagley as secretary and Partlow as treasurer.


Haggen’s Ardt graduates from USC program

Kevin Ardt, general accounting manager for Haggen, Inc., in Bellingham, graduated April 30 from a 14-week management program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Ardt was named Student of the Year while completing the Food Industry Management Program at USC’s Marshall School of Business. Ardt joined Haggen as a courtesy clerk at the Sehome store’s grand opening in 1992.


Young hired as assistant manager of tennis club

Scott Young was recently hired as the assistant manager at the Bellingham Tennis Club and Fairhaven Fitness. Scott started in the fall as a cycling instructor before stepping up to take on his new role in April.

Young moved to the area from Los Angeles with his wife, Mia, and youngest daughter, Austyn. His two older children – daughter Scotney and son Kyland – are attending college in California. Young enjoys rock climbing and mountain biking.


Saturna Capital announces Bonner as institutional
sales director

Saturna Capital announced Brett Bonner as its institutional sales director. Bonner will be responsible for marketing Saturna’s mutual funds and investment services to third-party advisors and consultants nationwide, as well as developing Saturna’s relationships with industry entities.

Bonner hosted a talk radio program on KGMI. He brings 28 years of experience in broadcasting and journalism to Saturna, including three consecutive Edward R. Murrow awards for best newscast and five consecutive Associated Press awards for best newscast.


Reddy appointed store manager of Ferndale Haggen

Frank Reddy has been appointed store manager of the Ferndale Haggen Food & Pharmacy. Reddy has earned multiple awards and promotions since joining Haggen, Inc. in 1993 as a night stocker. He most recently served as store manager of the Meridian Haggen in Bellingham. Reddy now manages the Ferndale Haggen’s employees, operations and support of community activities.


Cook promoted to store manager of Meridian Haggen

Tyler Cook has been promoted to store manager of the Meridian Haggen Food & Pharmacy in Bellingham. Cook has earned multiple awards and promotions since joining Haggen, Inc. in 1999 as a night stocker. He returns to the Meridian store after also serving in various management positions at Haggen’s Barkley Village, Sehome Village and Ferndale stores. Cook now manages the Meridian store’s employees, operations and support of community activities.




Multop Financial selected as one of most dependable wealth managers

Multop Financial has been selected by Goldline Research as one of the 10 Most Dependable Wealth Managers of the Northwest & Hawaii, as published in the March 24 issue of Forbes magazine. In order to be selected to a Most Dependable list, firms must meet all of Goldline Research’s industry criteria, have no consumer complaints, lawsuits or disciplinary actions and provide client references that are checked and scored based on a proprietary scoring system.

Multop Financial was founded in 1976 by Phillip Multop. For the past decade the firm has been building its investment planning department while continuing to provide tax preparation services in the area.


Broadway Chiropractic celebrates seven-year anniversary

Broadway Chiropractic, practice of Dr. Theresa Murry, is celebrating its seven-year anniversary in June. The office has also added four massage therapists, specializing in wellness care and injury care.

Broadway Chiropractic will host three days of patient appreciation on June 11, 12 and 13 during regular business hours. They will be offering free chair massage and catered food, as well as new patient discounts on exams and X-rays.


Perry designated “Premier Advisor” by
Wachovia Securities

Wachovia Securities has designated Mike Perry as a member of the firm’s “Premier Advisors Program,” a distinction that reflects Mike’s achievement of professional success through a consistent commitment to client service.

To qualify for the “Premier Advisors Program” at Wachovia Securities, financial advisors must demonstrate a high level of production and a commitment to professional service.

Perry is a lifetime member of the Western Washington University Alumni Association, and spent six years on their board of directors, serving as the secretary-treasurer and chairman of the finance committee.


Bellingham physician Geist receives Bridges to Excellence award

Bellingham physician Dr. Michael Geist has been honored with a Bridges to Excellence award in recognition for his work with diabetic patients.

Dr. Geist, who has practiced with Madrona Medical Group since 1998, has received similar awards and citations in the past for his work on behalf of his patients and with diabetics in particular. A graduate of University of Washington School of Medicine, Geist has been a leading local voice in the efforts to improve quality and access to health care.


WCAR honors Hoving, Alycia and Travis HoGlin

The Whatcom County Association of Realtors recently honored Lorraine Hoving of Windermere Real Estate and Alycia and Travis HoGlin of Countrywide Home Loans.

Hoving was named WCAR’s Realtor of the First Quarter. She has four years of real estate experience and has earned the Accredited Buyer Representative designation.

WCAR selected Alycia and Travis HoGlin as its Affiliates of the First Quarter. Alycia HoGlin is the sales manager at Countrywide’s new location in Sunnyland Square and Travis HoGlin is a home-loan consultant at the office. Both have been active participants in many different areas of WCAR and spearheaded promotions and advertising for the awards banquet.


Public Works Director McKinley receives leader honor

Richard E. McKinley, public works director for the city of Bellingham was named a 2008 Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA).

As Public Works director, McKinley leads a staff of 240 with an annual budget of approximately $100 million. His duties include responsibility for administration, development services, engineering, environmental resources, facilities/property management, parking services and solid-waste utility.

Bellingham Marine with Ferndale Ready Mix and Gravel receives Excellence in Concrete award

Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association (WACA) awarded Bellingham Marine’s NW division in partnership with its local concrete supplier, Ferndale Ready Mix and Gravel, the WACA’s Excellence in Concrete award in the area of technical merit. Bellingham Marine produces Unifloat saltwater systems, Unideck freshwater systems and Unistack dry storage systems for marinas worldwide. Ferndale Ready Mix and Gravel provides a wide variety of concrete mix designs along with a wide array of sand and gravel products.


Best named to Waddell & Reed’s Circle of Champions

Randal W. Best has qualified for Waddell & Reed’s annual Circle of Champions conference, which this year will be held in Tucson, Ariz.

The conference is held each spring by the asset management and financial planning firm, with invitees selected based on an analysis of investments, insurance and financial planning sales generated by the advisor. Best has been a professional in the financial services industry for 12 years. He joined Waddell & Reed in 2006.


Local tourism leaders honored at awards luncheon

Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism honored the following businesses and individuals within the tourism industry:

The Lakeway Inn received the 2008 Tourism Business of the Year Award for serving as a continuous ambassador for Bellingham and Whatcom County.

Marcus Yearout, owner of Visitor Guide Publications, received the 2008 Priscilla Sabin Award for his continuous service to the tourism industry throughout Whatcom County and Washington state.

Carolyn Casey of the Port of Bellingham was the recipient of the President’s Award for her inexhaustible efforts as chair of the search committee for the president and CEO of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism.

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