Keeping up with People, June 2009


Riordan fills two positions in Academic Affairs at Western

Catherine Riordan, who has extensive experience in higher education administration, teaching and research, has been appointed as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Western Washington University.

Riordan, now the vice provost for academic affairs at Central Michigan University, will begin her new duties in August. She was selected after a nationwide search.

Riordan has a doctorate in social psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. She has been vice provost at Central Michigan University since 2001.

Mouat set to bring Edward Jones office back to downtown Lynden

The Edward Jones office in Lynden, displaced by the Delft Square fire, is returning to downtown Lynden.

The new office is located in a building most recently occupied by Lynden’s Cup of Tea and now being renovated into several smaller spaces.

Will Mouat’s Edward Jones office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Mouat will be joined by Jerrylyn Barney, branch office administrator.


Trans-Ocean Products appoints two to manage new shrimp business

Trans-Ocean Products, Inc., producers of the No. 1 brand of surimi seafood in the United States, announces it has appointed two area residents to manage its new shrimp business. Industry veteran, Norio Yanagisawa of Kirkland, Wash. and Bryan Hampton of Lynnwood, Wash., will serve as Trans-Ocean’s procurement and product manager and national foodservice sales manager, respectively.

In his new position, Yanagisawa will be responsible for procurement of shrimp from a global network of farms and processing companies that meet the specifications of Trans-Ocean’s U.S. customers. Hampton will lead the company’s efforts to establish the shrimp business in the foodservice market.


Bank rewards 26 employees with 2008 Banner’s Best Award

Banner Bank has announced the 2008 Banner’s Best award recipients. This year, 26 employees from across the Pacific Northwest were recognized for their exceptional performance, exceeding personal and bank-wide goals, and delivering superior customer service.

Bellingham area recipients include senior vice president/commercial lending center manager Mike Yeend from the Bellingham Branch and real estate loan officer Kim Erchinger from the Bellingham Real Estate Loan Center. Yeend, a 12-year Banner veteran, led his team to have the best year for loan growth the Bellingham commercial lending center has ever had. Erchinger has continually maintained excellent loan quality and has been deemed one of the top loan officers in her division.


Visser earns CPA designation

Amy Visser, at Logos Bible Software, has earned her CPA designation effective January 2009.

Amy Visser, the company accountant, earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and operations management from Western Washington University in June 2008. She graduated magna cum laude and is a member of the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma.


St. Francis staffer scores scholarship

Ka Man Lee, a nursing assistant at St. Francis of Bellingham, has won a full-ride scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Lee, who has worked at St. Francis since last December, received her NAC training at Bellingham Technical College.

There were 20,500 applications for the Gates Foundation scholarships from throughout the country and only 1,000 were awarded. In addition, Lee has won a $10,000 scholarship from the Thomas and Martina Horn Foundation of Bellingham.

Lee plans to do her pre-med studies at Western Washington University on the way to becoming an obstetrician/gynecologist.


Rabatin named vice chair for BIAWC Home Show

Tally Rabatin, co-owner of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen in Bellingham, accepted the vice chairperson position for the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County for the 2009-2010 show years. Rabatin has served on the committee for two years, as well as sponsor the 2009 Home and Garden Show.


RE/MAX agents earn designation

Fourteen RE/MAX Whatcom County agents have earned certification to help homeowners in danger of foreclosure.

Rachael Wilson, Keith Cook, Bill Apt, Blake Boatman, Lilia Orlova, Matt McBeath, Ryan Bergsma, Bob Stull, Linda Stull, Chris Weitzel, Eric Badgley, Michelle Clark, Patrick Starr and Jim Sands have earned the certified distressed property expert (CDPE) designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance and short sales. This is invaluable expertise to offer at a time when the area is ravaged by “distressed” homes in the foreclosure process.


Cascade Joinery attends the Timber Framers Guild 2009 conference

Cascade Joinery’s crew, including founder Jeff Arvin, CEO John Miller, and job leads Jackson DuBois, Dave Kaplan and Loren Huggins, attended the Timber Framers Guild 2009 Western Conference in Sun River, Ore., from March 26-29. These annual Timber Framers Guild conferences emphasize sustainable business practices, green building techniques and a high level of craftsmanship.

While at the conference, they attended a wide range of seminars by leading thinkers and practitioners in these fields, including noted author and teacher, the master craftsman, Toshio Odate. Odate gave a series of seminars on Japanese tools and the value of craft. The Cascade Joinery was a sponsor of Odate’s appearance at the conference.


James Pyles earns CFP designation

James Pyles, financial adviser with Wachovia Securities, LLC in Barkley Village, has earned the right to use the certified financial planner designation by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.

Pyles provides a wide array of investment services. These include assistance with IRA rollovers, business retirement plans, lending and insurance products, and retirement income generation.


McClary earns Certified Graduate Remodelor designation

DyLon McClary, construction manager at Rose Construction Inc., has earned the designation of certified graduate remodelor (CGR) from the National Association of Home Builders Remodelors Council.

McClary is one of only 2,000 professional remodelors nationwide who have attained the CGR certification. CGR recognizes those remodelors who demonstrate exceptional business integrity, technical competence and a solid track record of customer satisfaction. Adherence to a strict code of ethics is required in order to earn the CGR.


Stecher earns short sale, distressed property certifications

Susan Stecher of RE/MAX Whatcom County recently earned the designations of certified short-sale professional (CSP) and certified distressed property expert (CDPE).

Both certifications required Stecher to complete coursework and pass a test.

Stecher has more than 25 years of experience in real estate, marketing, investing and financial planning. She also has completed continuing-education classes to earn designations in numerous areas of real estate, including marketing luxury homes, staging homes and negotiations.


Bellingham engineer to take additional leadership role

J. Gordon, PE, managing principal of GeoEngineers’ Bellingham office and Pacific Northwest regional manager, has added GeoEngineers’ Portland office to his region. Gordon now manages operations in Bellingham, Everett, Seattle, Redmond, Tacoma, Port Orchard and Portland. This region includes the largest number of staff of the company’s three regions and incorporates GeoEngineers’ corporate headquarters in Seattle.


SPIE leaders share concerns with Congress

SPIE President-elect Ralph James and SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs joined other scientific society leaders in talking with members of Congress and other policy drivers about science-related economic and policy concerns on May 6. The sessions were part of the semi-annual meeting of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) held May 2-5 in Washington, D.C.

Among the Nobel Laureates whom James and Arthurs met during the week was Nobel Laureate William Phillips of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Phillips, who shared the 1997 prize in physics for his work on laser cooling technology, is currently working on research that could contribute to development of a quantum computer.

James and Arthurs also spoke with Michelle McMurry, director of the Health, Biomedical Science, and Society Policy Program and the Aspen Health Forum at the Aspen Institute, about the intersection of biomedical research funding policies, health care disparities and global health inequities.


St. Francis licensed practical nurse wins scholarship

Diane Anderson, a licensed practical nurse (LPN) at St. Francis of Bellingham, has won a $1,000 scholarship from the Washington Foundation for Long Term Care. Anderson has worked at St. Francis for 10 years and will use the funds to finish her studies for the registered nurse (RN) designation.

Anderson will study at Bellingham Technical College and may take some additional courses at Whatcom Community College. She currently teaches clinicals for certified nursing assistant students at WCC in addition to working full-time at St. Francis.


Zazen Salon Spa hires new esthetician

Zazen Salon Spa has hired esthetician Jessica Coppinger, who was previously employed at Aveda Concepts Salon and Spa.


Chance awarded 2009 Liberty Bell Award by Whatcom Bar Association

Page Chance was awarded the 2009 Liberty Bell Award by the Whatcom Bar Association. The award is given each May on Law Day by bar associations to acknowledge exceptional community service by non-lawyers for their commitment to education, civil liberties and civic responsibility under the law. Page is an advocate for disabled homeless community members and works with LAW Advocates, a nonprofit legal aid office, to coordinate its Homeless Disability Program. Page is a Western Washington University graduate and has worked as a paralegal since 1984.


Wells Fargo VP qualifies for Fundamental Choice Portfolio Manager

Tom Donaghy, associate vice president of investments at the 12 Bellwether Way office of Wells Fargo Advisors, has successfully completed the requirements necessary to attain the title of fundamental choice portfolio manager.

This program is designed for investment professionals who seek to take professional portfolio management to the next level. The eligibility requirements include years of industry experience, no material violations reported on historical records, successful completion of series 65/66 tests and other numerous exams. Only about 2 percent of the advisors at his company have achieved this status.


Neufeld awarded designation by the Council of Residential Specialists

Shannon Neufeld, a Bellingham Realtor, has been awarded the 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 4 percent of Realtors nationwide have earned the credential.


Cutting new manager at The Woods Coffee in Birch Bay

The Woods Coffee announces Peg Cutting as the manager for the new Birch Bay Square location. Cutting joins The Woods Coffee team with more than 15 years of management experience, including eight years at Starbucks. As the manager of Starbucks, Cutting successfully helped plan and execute the opening of the Holly Street location. Her experience in operations, customer service and sales growth in the coffee industry will be highly valued as she assists in the opening and managing of The Woods Coffee’s newest location.


American Family Insurance Agency hires Byrnes

Brittany Byrnes was recently hired as Nancy Leavitt’s American Family Insurance Agency’s new agency specialist.

Licensed in property and casualty insurance, Byrnes assists clients with their home and auto policies, as well as aids in billing and general queries.

Before joining Leavitt’s team, Byrnes attended Western Washington University where she studied English literature and the German language.


Three professionals receive LEED accreditation

Colleen Mitchell from 2020 Engineering, William Morrison, an independent builder/consultant, and Rose Lathrop from Aiki Homes have all recently received their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) AP accreditation.

LEED Accredited Professionals are building industry professionals who have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building and the LEED Green Building Rating System. The LEED AP credential indicates that the professional has the knowledge and skills to facilitate the LEED certification process.


Opportunity Council board elects officers, presents awards

The Opportunity Council’s board of directors announced this year’s Community Partner awards and elected new officers at its annual meeting on April 23.

New board officers include President Judi Edwards, Vice President Stan Snapp, Secretary Ramona Menish, Treasurer Terry Greer, former President Kim Schuster, and Officer-At-Large John Manning.

Community Partner awards were presented to Chester Shaw from Son Rise Property Management Company, and to Lummi Indian Business Council, Nooksack Indian Tribe, Stanwood Camano Resource Center, and Whatcom Educational Credit Union.


Kensok hired to advisory council

The Whatcom Young Professionals, a division of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce, recently added Haley Kensok to their advisory council. Kensok will act as the chamber liaison to the council.


Bellingham Anesthesia & Surgical Consultants elects directors

Bellingham Anesthesia & Surgical Consultants (BASC) has elected Dr. Michael Mallory, MD, as president; Dr. Michael Thorpe, MD, as vice president; Dr. Terri Blackburn, MD, as secretary/treasurer; and Dr. Michael Lawrence, MD, as medical director for 2009.


Soine receives lifetime achievement award from Association of Realtors

Jon Soine of Windermere Real Estate in Bellingham recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington Association of Realtors.

Soine served as president for the Whatcom County Association of Realtors in 2007 and earlier this year was presented its Lifetime Achievement Award. Soine has served on multiple committees for the Washington Association of Realtors and currently is its vice president of governmental affairs.

Soine became a Realtor in 1983 after operating a Bellingham shoe store for many years and also serving as a U.S. Naval Academy information officer in northwest Washington. His professional real estate designations include the prestigious certified residential specialist.


Hart appointed to Washington State Arts Alliance Board

The Washington State Arts Alliance (WSAA) announced the appointment of Kelly Hart to its board of directors. Hart, currently executive director of Allied Arts of Whatcom County, joins the board with an extensive background in arts advocacy and development. As a member of the Washington State Arts Alliance Board of directors, Hart will play a key role in advising the nonprofit organization on strategic operations and decisions. She will represent WSAA’s Region 4 district that includes Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Island and San Juan counties.


Ahl retires as president and CEO of Sterling Life Insurance Company

Sterling Life Insurance Company, Inc. recently announced the retirement of Debbie Ahl as president and CEO of the company, effective July 31.

Ahl joined Sterling in 1989 and held a series of executive positions prior to becoming president and CEO.


Disch Joins Pacific Surveying & Engineering

Pacific Surveying and Engineering has announced the addition of Jeremy Disch, PLS, to the firm. Disch joins Adam Nelson, Adam Morrow and Peter Brands to become the fourth licensed land surveyor at the firm.

Disch comes to PSE with solid business and surveying experience, strong professional relationships within the community and nearly a decade of surveying experience in Whatcom County. Disch is also an active member of the local Northwest Chapter of Land Surveyors of Washington (LSAW) holding the position of secretary and treasurer since 2005.


Guadalupe & Wallace join Blue Skies for Children board

Cecelia Guadalupe, owner of Woodcrafters NW and Nate Wallace of Matrix Services Inc., have joined the board of directors for Blue Skies for Children. Blue Skies would like to thank the following community organizations for graciously granting the organization with much appreciated funding: Bank of America Foundation, Whatcom Community Foundation, WECU, Wal-Mart and the Bellingham Rotary.


Coffey promoted at Pre-Paid Legal Services

Jeanette Coffey was recently promoted to vice president of group marketing for Washington state for Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. (PPL).

Coffey has been an independent associate of the PPL for nearly five years and specializes in offering group legal services as employee benefits and protecting businesses from data breaches.

In addition to her promotion to VP of group marketing, Coffey was recently honored by PPL with an all-expenses-paid trip to a resort in the Dominican Republic.


Joseph D. Drumheller opens clinical hypnosis practice

Joseph D. Drumheller, a clinical hypnotherapist since 1991, has opened his private practice in Bellingham. Drumheller’s focus is on assisting clients in subconscious healing and related relationships, health and finances.

In addition to his private practice, Joseph is volunteering his services at St. Joseph’s Community Cancer Center through the Holistic Health Care Program to Whatcom County patients receiving cancer care. Drumheller has also founded the Pranayama School of Clinical Hypnosis, teaching the art of subconscious healing and meditation therapy to health care professionals and anyone interested in subconscious healing.


Hartrich of Sustainable Connections earns LEED AP qualification

Nick Hartrich of Sustainable Connections passed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification exam to earn LEED Accredited Professional status. The certification acknowledges Hartrich as an expert in green building principles and practices, and the LEED Rating System.

As Green Building and Smart Growth Program manager for Sustainable Connections, Hartrich works closely with local government, building industry professionals and community members to promote healthy, efficient, and sustainable homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods.


Wixson from Moss Adams featured speaker at two May Seminars

Wendy Wixson, Moss Adams LLP senior manager, was a featured speaker at two seminars in May. Wixson spoke at the “Doing Business in the USA” seminar May 7 in Surrey, B.C., and at the American Society of Women Accountants Northwest Regional Conference in Bellingham on May 16.




Redden Marine Supply unifies store names,
celebrates 50 years

Bellingham-based Redden Marine Supply is entering its 50th year in business and renaming its Alaskan locations to reflect the parent company. All facilities will be known as Redden Marine Supply. Stores affected include facilities in Cordova (formerly Redden of Cordova), Homer (formerly Kachemak Gear Shed) and Anchorage (formerly VIP Distributing).

Although their primary business is still commercial fishing and wholesale marine trade, they provide products and services to the industrial and recreational markets in marine powersports and sports netting, along with offering over 200 premier brands and 40,000 products that cater specifically to the marine industry.


Fisher & Sons wins award for Wilson Motors Project

At the recent Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association awards banquet, Fisher & Sons won an Excellence in Concrete Construction award for the Wilson Motors project in Bellingham.

As the award winner in the pervious concrete division, the project was recognized because of both its size, which was nearly 100,000 square feet of surface, and the valuable environmental role the paving performs in keeping run-off out of the nearby Whatcom Creek.

As general contractor on the project, Fisher & Sons teamed with Ferndale Ready Mix & Gravel, 20/20 Engineering and Civil, and with Sid Nesbit as architect. The Wilson Motors project was completed in the fall of 2008.


Skylark’s wins chowder cook-off

Skylark’s Hidden Cafe in Fairhaven was awarded the “People’s Choice” first place with their “House Chowder” at the annual Chuckanut Chowder Cook-Off during Dirty Dan Days in Fairhaven on April 26. During the Cook-Off, Skylark’s served a record 12 gallons of chowder in two hours.

The chowder has now been honored with three “Judge’s Choice” and two “People’s Choice” awards at this event. This year it was also awarded the third place “Judge’s Choice” at the Chowder Cook-Off. Last year it won both awards. No other restaurant has ever won both awards, and no one has ever won twice.

Skylark’s has also won awards for their Avocado Chicken soup and Potato Cheddar soup.


Bellingham magazine earns Library Journal “Top Ten” honors

Bellingham-based Bible Study magazine was one of ten magazines selected as “Best of 2008” in the May issue of Library Journal.

Logos Bible Software launched Bible Study magazine, which delivers tools and methods for Bible study, as well as insights from respected voices in the church and biblical scholarship, in November 2008.


Ayurvedic Health Center celebrates three years

Ayurvedic Health Center will celebrate its three-year anniversary at their downtown office on June 6 from noon to 5 p.m. Ayurvedic will offer a free yoga class, wellness presentations on the foundations of the center, chair massages and refreshments.

Barron Heating receives National Sales Award from Jacuzzi

Barron Heating and Air Conditioning recently was honored for being the top seller of Jacuzzi hot tubs in the United States in 2008.

The award is based on a retailer’s gross sales per capita in its service area, which for Barron Heating stretches from the Canadian border to north Seattle. Barron Heating also won this award in 2004.


The Art of Photography celebrating 15th anniversary

The Art of Photography, featuring portraits and fine art by award-winning photographer Jeanne McGee, is celebrating its 15th anniversary with an open house June 19-20 at its Bellingham studio, 4493 Aldrich Road.

The public is invited to enjoy refreshments while viewing McGee’s photos from noon-8 p.m. on June 19 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on June 20.

McGee’s portraits of families, high school seniors and children have been selected for multiple awards from the Professional Photographers of Washington, including one as Best of Show.

McGee also was the photographer for the “Northwest Exposure” calendar, which raised over $25,000 for the American Cancer Society and earned her a national award from the Professional Photographers of America.


Local projects recognized for sustainability

The annual Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards program recently recognized two Whatcom County projects for their sustainable business practices.

Wilson Motors was awarded the best new pervious concrete application throughout Washington state. The project team consisted of Sid Nesbit Architecture, 2020 Engineering, Fisher & Sons general contractor, Backstrom Curb & Sidewalk, and Ferndale Ready Mix & Gravel. The project’s positive impact to sustainable development, environmental responsibility, and long term durability were recognized as key factors to the future of pervious concrete’s role in community development into the future.

In the category of Sustainable Merit, The Second Chance Store, operated by Lynden Christian Schools, was awarded the best concrete project throughout Washington state for its sustainability.

The project team consisted of Chesmore Buck, Jones Engineering, Jerry Roosma and Gerald Veltkamp, Moncrieff Construction and Ferndale Ready Mix & Gravel. The project took a 60-year-old concrete school building that could have easily been demolished and transformed it into a viable thrift store.

The Comfort Inn Hotel wins 2008-2009 Platinum Hospitality Award

The Comfort Inn in Bellingham was recently announced as a recipient of a 2008-2009 Platinum Hospitality Award from world lodging leader Choice Hotels International, Inc., franchisor of the Comfort Inn brand.

As one of the top high-performing properties within the more-than-5,800-strong Choice Hotels system, the Comfort Inn Bellingham is among the top 3 percent of properties within the Comfort Inn brand to receive “Platinum Award” status by demonstrating an exceptional focus on guest satisfaction and dedication to providing superior service.


BOSS Construction wins industry award

BOSS Construction of Bellingham was recently honored with an award in the Special Applications: Technical Merit category for their Cushman Dam No. 2 Right Abutment Concrete Buttress Project at Lake Cushman, Washington.

Also recognized was the Ready Mix Supplier from Miles Sand & Gravel Company. The 2009 Awards for Excellence in Concrete Construction, which is hosted by the Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association, was held in Bellevue. There were 13 categories recognized, with up to 3 finalists in each category.

The project work area included over 180 feet of vertical rock face and involved the use of a uniquely modified crane anchored on the dam to assist in the excavation of 2,350 cubic yards of native soil and the placement of 4,882 cubic yards of concrete.

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