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Chang & Boos attorney offers solutions at Immigration Law Conference

Delivering his paper “The Dillingham Inadmissibility Exception” to the 2008 Northwest Regional Immigration Law Conference, attorney W. Scott Railton offered possible solutions for individuals and businesses affected by new immigration laws.

Immigration experts from around the country as well as senior officials from the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection attended the conference in Seattle.

Railton’s paper examines a post-9/11 ruling on an immigration law by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which granted admission to a non-citizen who was previously denied entry into the United States. Railton explained the ruling was significant for businesses that may rely on the special expertise of guest workers.

Railton is an attorney in the Bellingham office of Chang & Boos, an immigration law firm, and he teaches immigration law and policy at Western Washington University.


The Markets announces new management appointments

The Markets LLC, formerly Brown & Cole Stores, announces several appointments to its management team.

Art Allbery has been named director of produce. With almost 30 years of experience in the grocery industry, Allbery most recently worked as a store director for Haggen. He spent the last 24 years with that company, working as a produce manager and produce field specialist.

Paul Schmidt has been named food service director. Schmidt most recently worked as director of merchandising for PCC Natural Markets, and has more than 30 years of experience in the food business.

Kurt Malizio has been named store manager of Burlington Cost Cutter. Beginning as a variety manager, Malizio has progressed through the company, most recently serving as store manager for Haggen in Stanwood.

Jennifer Mudd has been named human resources manager. She most recently worked as the manager of human resources for the district of Squamish. She also served as the human resources director for Tourism Whistler.


Skelton named supervisor of ICU’s new branch

Industrial Credit Union has named Vickie Skelton as supervisor of its Barkley Village branch, which opened Sept. 9.

Skelton has 10 years of experience in financial services, including five years with ICU. She most recently worked as supervisor of ICU’s Fred Meyer branch in Bellingham.

Skelton now oversees the Barkley Village branch’s home, auto and consumer loans, as well as personal and business banking services. She also supervises four employees at the branch, located at 2955 Newmarket St., Suite 107.


Assoc. of Fundraising Professionals to honor philanthropists

Village Books, students Anders Crabo and Colin Flynn are among seven outstanding philanthropists that will be honored at the 20th anniversary National Philanthropy Day Luncheon Nov. 20 hosted by the Washington chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

The luncheon, “Celebrating 20 Years of Giving,” will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in downtown Seattle. Last year’s event drew 1,200 attendees as the largest National Philanthropy Day celebration in the nation.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (206) 367-8704.


Giles relocates to Bellingham, publishes first book

Linda Giles, creator of the company Life Inspired, has recently relocated to Bellingham from Hawaii. After reaching personal and professional success, Giles aims to inspire the lives of others with her company, which offers classes on coaching and speaking.

She has inspired companies such as Smith Barney and Bank of Hawaii and has been keynote speaker at conventions including the Washington State HIMA Convention and the Hawaii PTSA State Convention

Giles has just published her first book, “The Big Hunger: Five Foundations for a Healthier You.”


Sportsplex appoints new skating and hockey directors

The Bellingham Sportsplex Ice & Indoor Soccer Arena has appointed Katrina Stewart as skating director and Alana BreMiller as hockey director.

Stewart has moved to Whatcom County from Minnesota, where she was affiliated with the Duluth Figure Skating Club. In addition to coaching figure skating, she has worked as the recreation director/snow sports school director for a ski area. Stewart has 10 years of experience in the area of recreational management and has been involved with figure skating for more than 20 years.

BreMiller is a competitive hockey player and has played hockey for 21 years. She continues to play in the Western Women’s Hockey League for the British Columbia Breakers. BreMiller has coached at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., and at numerous camps, and holds a level 3 USA Hockey coaching certification. She is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.


Whatcom County Habitat for Humanity appoints executive director

The board of directors of Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County announces the appointment of John. P. C. Moon as executive director of the Christian based housing ministry.

Moon has previously served as executive director of the Hanover, Va., Habitat affiliate for five years and the Edgar Allen Poe Museum in Richmond, Va. He has also served as president of Oxbow Enterprises, a hospitality group operating restaurants in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Born in London, England, Moon immigrated to and lived in British Columbia for six years before relocating to the Boston area to attend school and raise a family.


Sterling Real Estate Group welcomes new agents

Nancy Nelson has joined the Sterling Real Estate Group waterfront team. Nelson comes to Sterling with a background in education, marketing and customer service. She brings skills and experience in buying and selling homes, extensive remodels and investment property.

Sterling also welcomes new agent Valerie Hauter to their team at the waterfront. Hauter is an active member of the Fairhaven community, where she and her husband own Fairhaven Bike and Ski.

Verna Sciscoe joins the Sterling team with experience of the opening and development of restaurants as well as office/medical buildings. She also has experience in condo land development, warehouse and business sales, homes for occupancy and income production.

New agent Colleen MacGilchrist joins the team with skills in designing, building and selling homes and multi-family properties. MacGilchrist founded a design and general contracting company in 1975.


Toyer earns mutual fund designation

Robert F. Toyer, a member of the Whatcom Young Professionals and financial adviser at Toyer Financial Corp., has earned the Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor designation. To obtain the designation, the adviser must complete a self-study program and final examination on different mutual fund topics.

Conferred by the College for Financial Planning, the designation is claimed to be the only recognized mutual fund designation.


Saturna Capital hires investment manager to focus on Islamic community

Bellingham-based Saturna Capital Corporation, investment adviser to the no-load Amana Funds designed for American Muslims and the Sextant Mutual Funds, has appointed Owaiz M. Dadabhoy as investment manager. Dadabhoy will be responsible for the marketing and sales of the Amana Funds in California, Oregon and Nevada.

Based in Orange County, Calif., he will focus primarily on California’s growing Islamic community and continue Saturna’s outreach activities aimed at educating Muslims about saving and investing while adhering to Islamic Law guidelines.

Before joining Saturna, Dadabhoy spent more than 15 years at Wells Fargo, most recently as district manager of the company’s retail banking group in Long Beach, Calif. He is also co-founder and president of the UPLIFT Charitable Corporation, a nonprofit agency that offers social services to the needy and underprivileged of the Southern California Muslim community.


Waddell & Reed announces new appointment

Matt Howell has joined the Waddell & Reed firm as a financial adviser in Bellingham. Howell previously worked as the repair department manager at Fairhaven Bike for seven years.

As a personal financial adviser Howell will help develop customized financial plans, recommend investment strategies and counsel clients throughout the area.


WWU professor chairs sessions in Italy

Bertil van Boer, Western Washington University College of Fine and Performing Arts professor, chaired paper sessions Sept. 20-21 at an international conference in Alessandria, Italy on 18th century composer Antonio Broschi and his influence on the development of the modern symphony. He is the only North American scholar to present a paper at “Convegno Internazionale Antonio Brioschi” and one of three scholars to preside over paper sessions.

Boer was invited by the University of Milan to join researchers from Holland, Israel, Germany and Italy at the conference. His paper is titled “A Radical Change: The Influence of Antonio Brioschi on the Development of Swedish Symphonies of Johan Helmich Roman.”


WWU appoints Blank as Ross Distinguished Professor

The College of Business and Economics at Western Washington University appointed Stephen Blank as its Ross Distinguished Professor of Canada-United States Business and Economic Relations. As Ross chair, Blank will engage in teaching, community outreach and scholarly activity related to business and economic relations between Canada and the United States.

Blank is co-chair of the North American Transportation Competitiveness Research Council and serves as senior fellow at the North American Center for Transborder Studies at Arizona State University, at Columbia University’s Center for Energy, Marine Transport and Public Policy, and at the Center for International Governance Innovation.

During the 2008 fall quarter, Blank will teach MBA 539, Topics in International Business, offered by Western’s College of Business and Economics.


Horizon Bank names Pohlman as vice president

Horizon Bank has named Andy Pohlman as their vice president and investment sales manager. Pohlman brings his experience in banking and investments, and was previously with U.S. Bank and Elliott Cove Capital Management. He will be providing clients with personalized, professional investment guidance with the aid of LPL Financials’ investment research department.


Kiwanis Club of Bellingham announces 2008-2009 officers

The Kiwanis Club of Bellingham held their 86th Annual Installation Banquet on Sept. 26. Richard Emerson of United Way is president and Jim Carney of Gateway Center Executive Suites has been named president-elect. Barbara Audley of Western Washington University has been named vice president, Dr. Emily Citron has been named secretary and Vaughn Hagen of Vaughn Hagen CPA has been named treasurer.

Board members are Mike Onorato, Lyla Tjoelker, Mike Yeend, John Wilson, Ralph Gardner, John Howe, Anita Jackson and Dr. Bruce Jorgensen.


Wallin honored by Society of Certified Insurance Counselors

Bob Wallin, of Bob Wallin Insurance, has received a certificate from the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors honoring his 30 years of participation in advanced education. Wallin earned the designation through a series of examinations and has maintained his designation by annual attendance at a continuing education program approved by the Certified Insurance Counselors.

Wallin is among the first group of counselors to reach a 30-year milestone.


Haney elected to maritime museum board of directors

Faith Haney has been promoted from Bellingham International Maritime Museum staff cultural resources coordinator to full board member by election.

Haney joined the museum team in January and has since worked on a wide range of museum activities and projects. She has written, produced and starred in six episodes on the Archaeology Channel as well as several other video productions. She is preparing a museum handbook for marine archaeological administrative procedures and permits and is working on a branding, advertising and marketing plan and program for the museum.


Gregoire appoints Washington Technology Center directors

Governor Chris Gregoire has appointed Robin Halliday and Arlan Norman as Washington Technology Center directors.

Robin Halliday of DIS Corporation has been named chair of the board of directors.

Arlan Norman joins the board of directors from Western Washington University and is dean of the College of Sciences and Technology.


Meyers participates as panelist at elder law conference

Barry M. Meyers, a certified elder law attorney, participated as a panelist at the Annual Fall Elder Law Conference on Sept. 12 in Seattle. At the conference, “Protecting Our Parents: Prevention and Resolution of Elder Law Issues,” the topic of the panel was preventive measures to protect parents from financial exploitation.

Meyers discussed the importance of third persons such as family members, relatives, friends and professionals in maintaining some level of oversight in the affairs of our parents.

Meyers has practiced law since 1983. He is the past-president of the Washington Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and a board member of nonprofit groups such as the Bellingham Technical College Foundation and Elder Service Providers.




Bellingham Allstate agent honored for volunteerism

Scott Richardson of Bellingham has received an Agency Hands in the Community Award from the Allstate Foundation for his commitment to volunteering in the local community. The foundation has also donated a $500 grant to Lydia Place, the non-profit organization at which Richardson volunteers.

Lydia Place provides a multifaceted program that supports women and their children in transition from homelessness to independence.

With the Allstate Agency Hands in the Community program, agents and financial specialists are recognized for their commitment to community service with a $500 donation to the charitable organization where they volunteer.


Ofteness places second in Professional Aerial Photographers competition

Each quarter the Professional Aerial Photographers Association International has a competition among its 300 members for the cover image on its newsletter. Tore Ofteness won the competition last year, and this quarter he placed second with a photo of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Project.

Ofteness has received the runner-up spot three times and third place once.


U.S. Bank honors Nunn with five star volunteer award

U.S. Bank has presented employee Carey Ann Nunn with the Five Star Volunteer Award for exceptional volunteer service and donated $500 to Blue Skies for Children in recognition of her efforts.

The award honors 136 U.S. Bank employees for their exceptional volunteer service in the community during the year. To recognize the volunteers, U.S. Bank makes a donation to the nonprofit organizations where they volunteer in their honor.

Nunn is an administrative assistant at U.S. Bank in Bellingham. Through her volunteer work with Blue Skies for Children, she serves as a director on the organization’s governing board and volunteers at events and fundraisers.


St. Francis scores second major quality award

St. Francis of Bellingham has won the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living Step II Quality Award.

The facility is one of only 23 skilled nursing facilities in the nation to win the award and achieved Step I last year in the award process modeled after criteria from the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

St. Francis of Bellingham will be honored for its achievement and presented with the award during the 59th Annual Convention and Exposition Oct. 5-8 in Nashville, Tenn.

St. Francis is part of the Avamere family of companies offering a spectrum of health care solutions and living options for seniors in approximately 40 communities throughout Oregon and Washington.


Brooks Manufacturing receives Good Neighbor Award from local Red Cross

The Mt. Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross has awarded Brooks Manufacturing with the 2008 Good Neighbor Award. The Good Neighbor Award recognizes an individual or organization outside the American Red Cross that has made a significant contribution to the local, national or international community in support of the Red Cross. Brooks management and employees have made monthly donations to the Mt. Baker Chapter since 2001, all of which have been matched by the company.

Brooks Manufacturing has been producing distribution crossarms, braces and transmission structure framing components in Bellingham since the 1930s.


HBHansen Construction wins Whatcom County BIA award

HBHansen Construction Inc. has been presented with their first Whatcom County BIA Remodelers in Excellence Award for “Best Whole-House Remodel Over $500K.”

Their winning entry was a whole-house remodel and addition to an Edgemoor neighborhood home. Some of the features added include a gourmet kitchen, a 2,000-bottle wine cellar, a third floor loft and exterior decks facing water views.

HBHansen Superintendent Tom Sheridan worked alongside the homeowners and Jed Clark of Arbour North Architects to preserve and reuse existing mahogany and oak woodwork throughout the home. HBHansen has been managing construction projects throughout Washington state since 1992.

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