Keeping Up With People


Two locals to share assistant director position at extension campus

Lynell Friesen and Debra Hanenburg have joined B.C.-based Trinity Western University (TWU) as the new assistant directors for TWU’s accelerated adult degree program in Bellingham.

Friesen’s primary duties will include community relations and admissions for the satellite operation of this nonprofit Christian liberal arts and sciences university. With previous experience in marketing, sales and church ministry, Friesen has held human services positions at the Department of Labor and the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. He graduated from LeTourneau College, Longview, Texas, and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Fla.

Hanenburg will serve as the program’s career specialist as well as coordinate special enrichment events and assist with various parts of the university’s academic program in Bellingham. Hanenburg received a master’s degree in counseling from Trinity Western Seminary and University before becoming a licensed mental health counselor.


Serbousek wins prestigious award

Dale Serbousek, a Whatcom County Realtor, won the Certified Residential Specialist Designation award from the Council of Residential Specialists, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. Before joining the less than 4 percent of Realtors that have earned this credential, Serbousek had to complete advanced courses and demonstrate professional expertise in residential real estate. Serbousek is the Lead Realtor for Inc., the real estate team at Bellingham’s Keller Williams Western Realty.


Boyle nominated to national board of directors

Local business owner Elizabeth Boyle has been nominated for a position on the Craft & Hobby Association’s (CHA) board of directors. Boyle will be officially elected February 2008 during a CHA Winter Convention & Trade Show in Anaheim, Calif., that attracts industry professionals from all over the world.

Boyle and other board members will oversee the association’s nonprofit organization of 5,500 companies engaged in the manufacture, distribution and retail for a $30 billion industry.

Boyle has owned Treasury of Memories for the last five years. Her paper crafts and supplies store is located on Guide Meridian.

“As a CHA member and a local business owner, I am thrilled that Elizabeth has been nominated to the board of directors. It is pretty special to have someone from Bellingham helping to set national initiatives and standards for the industry. I’ve long admired Elizabeth’s enthusiasm for enhancing creativity in our community. She will be an asset for CHA,” said Anne-Marie Faiola, CEO of Bramble Berry, a national soap making supply company located in Bellingham.


Madsen reappointed to WWU Board of Trustees

Dennis Madsen, the former president and CEO of Recreational Equipment Inc., has been reappointed to the Western Washington University board of trustees by Gov. Chris Gregoire. First appointed to the board by Gov. Gary Locke in 2004, Madsen’s new term will begin Oct. 1 and end Sept. 30, 2013. Madsen has served on the boards of Island Wood, the Bicycle Alliance of Washington and the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition. He also founded the Youth Outdoors Legacy Fund, which involves urban youth in outdoor activities and stewardship. He is also the past president of the WWU Foundation board of directors.


Ignac joins Small Business Development Center

Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics Small Business Development Center (SBDC) appointed Aaron Ignac as a research manager to expand its research services beyond Whatcom County. Ignac joined the SBDC in August. Ignac has served as director of operations for Applied Research Northwest in addition to data and business requirements analyses for PeaceHealth. He earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from WWU.


Rush becomes local agent for Child Shield U.S.A.

Evan Rush has become a registered agent for Child Shield U.S.A., a national organization dedicated to the safety of America’s children. Rush shares Child Shield’s goal of helping to prevent and recover lost, missing, abducted, and runaway children throughout America.


Kiwanis Club of Bellingham names new officers

The Kiwanis Club of Bellingham, which formed in 1922 as part of Kiwanis International, a community service organization for men and women, has appointed new officers. In its efforts to support programs helping children 18 years old and younger, Kiwanis has sponsored more than 20 projects, including baby food drives, scholarships and a women’s shelter. Officers for the 2007-2008 Kiwanis year are:

• President, Dick Zagelow, of Washington Asset Management

• President-Elect, Richard Emerson, from the SuKadem Foundation

• Vice President, Jim Carney, from Gateway Center

• Secretary, Emily Citron, retired M.D.

• Treasurer, Vaughn Hagen, of Vaughn Hagen CPA

• Past President, John Wilson, of Wilson Furniture.


Turner achieves food safety certification

Evelyn Turner, owner of The Easy Entrée, has earned the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification. The ServSafe Food Safety Program was developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and is accredited by the American National Standards Institute Conference for Food Protection.

To earn the certification, Turner had to participate in a class and pass an extensive test. She plans to offer her own sessions in home food safety at The Easy Entrée in the future.


Thomsen joins Towner Press

Towner Press has hired experienced sales representative Lelani Thomsen to its sales team. Thomsen is a graphic arts veteran with more than 20 years experience. After earning a visual communications degree from Western Washington University, she worked as a graphic designer and creative director. She also worked as a print sales representative for Metropolitan Fine Printers before joining the Towner Press team. A Seattle native, Thomsen has been in Bellingham since 1983. In her new role with Towner Press, she will serve clients throughout the Puget Sound region.


Future realtor association president represents Bellingham in Chicago

Bellingham Realtor Mark Brown of Windermere Real Estate Whatcom attended the National Association of Realtors 2007 Leadership Summit in Chicago in August. Brown is the incoming 2008 president of the Whatcom County Association of Realtors.

At the summit, Brown attended workshops geared toward identifying leadership roles and responsibilities, communication and technology trends, and a session which encouraged diversity in the association’s membership.

“I was especially interested in the diversity program,” Brown said. “Realtor associations are working hard to be inclusive to minorities in leadership positions. I was honored to be a representative of our local group at this dynamic conference.”


New personnel in BWEDC positions

The Bellingham Whatcom Economic Development Council has announced the promotion of Derek Attwaters to the position of administrative director and the addition of John Michener as the new programs manager. These members are a welcomed addition in BWEDC’s effort to reorganize and implement new strategies for the next biennium.


Attwaters will be responsible for administrative oversight.

Michener spent the last 10 years working in Alaska before joining the Bellingham team. Michener will work to enhance existing programs available to the community and clients while expanding partnerships throughout the Bellingham and Whatcom County area.


Local agents honored by Farmers Insurance

The following local Farmers Insurance representatives have been inducted into the Farmers’ “Topper Club” of Farmers’ top sales producers for outstanding sales achievements during 2006:

• Sears Taylor, Farmers Insurance Agent located in Bellingham at 101 S. Samish Way.

• Rollo Van Slyke, Farmers Insurance Agent located in Bellingham at 518 E. Magnolia St.

• Erik Dyrland, Farmers Insurance Agent located in Bellingham at 2105 Park St.


Larson Gross expands professional team

Manager Luke Tavis and staff accountants Kay Vollans and Carol White join Larson Gross PLLC, a full service accounting firm specializing in cross border services, estate planning and other local industry specific services.

Tavis brings more than eight years of public and corporate accounting experience to Larson Gross. Before joining the firm, Tavis was a senior manager in Microsoft’s corporate accounting group.

White earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Washington State University and brings more than 10 years of bookkeeping experience to the firm.

Vollans graduated in December from Abilene Christian College with a master’s degree in accounting.


Sales duo at Coldwell Bankers Miller Arnason earn luxury title

Sherry Miller and Jody Pelo received the Coldwell Banker Previews International Property Specialist Designation in May. Miller and Pelo are now certified to work with luxury properties — a distinction less than 5 percent of the 117,000 Coldwell Banker sales associates have earned. Before Miller and Pelo could be eligible to receive this certificate designed to market luxury residential properties to affluent buyers, they had to take a Preview Property Specialist course, then successfully sell a luxury home.


Bay Properties welcomes Glenn

Larry Glenn has joined the Century 21 Bay Properties firm as a sales associate. Glenn just completed his licensing and is engaged in his new agent orientation with Bay Properties. He will specialize in residential property sales in the Whatcom County area.


Cole obtains Certificate of Director Education

Craig Cole, president and CEO of Brown & Cole Stores, received the Certificate of Director Education from the Corporate Directors Institute of the National Association of Corporate Directors. The Institute offers a nationally recognized education curriculum and certificate program for corporate board members committed to practicing engaged, effective and ethical corporate governance. Cole joins 1,000 other corporate board members holding this designation.


Duncan graduates from UW’s banking school

Kirby Duncan, vice president and branch manager of Business Bank’s Bellingham Branch, recently graduated from Pacific Coast Bank

ing School at the University of Washington.  Since 1938, PCBS has helped more than 10,000 bankers rise above the rest — more than 500 of its graduates currently serve as financial CEOs.


Strelau inducted into kung fu hall of fame

The International Martial Arts Council inducted Bellingham kung fu master Chris Strelau into the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame in June. The council honored Strelau as a Martial Arts Hero of the Year and gave him a Special Masters Inspirational Award in recognition of his kung fu mastery despite his struggles with epilepsy. Strelau has studied the Cantonese style of Shaolin Tiger & Crane in America and China since 1976. He opened the Chinese Martial Academy on State Street in 2006.


Association gives prestigious award to Golay

Glenn Golay received the 2007 Professional Finance Officer award from the Washington Finance Officer’s Association. The award recognizes Golay’s educational and professional excellence. Golay is the treasurer for the Birch Bay Water and Sewer Co.


Murray earns several real estate awards

Meredith Murray earned several awards in her market center over the past few months. Murray had the highest number of written contracts for an individual agent in June and July. She also had the highest number of closings and highest closed volume for an individual agent for August. Murray works with Keller Williams Western Realty in Bellingham. She has eight years in the real estate industry.


Rosbach certified to advise those with special needs

Richard Rosbach, from the Bellingham office of Merrill Lynch, recently completed his training and certification to become a Certified Special Needs Advisor. This certificate provides the tools and resources needed to address the financial aspects of special needs planning — a process addressing any legal and personal concerns by coordinating the efforts of financial advisors, special needs attorneys and disability advocates.


Moss Adams names Hansen and Shannon new partners

Moss Adams LLP has added Brandon Hansen and Charlie Shannon to its Bellingham office.

Hansen has been with Moss Adams for the past seven years and specializes in business assurance services to companies in the manufacturing, forest products and food and agriculture industries. Hansen received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Boise State University.

Prior to attending Boise State, Hansen earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics and a master’s degree in agricultural economics-marketing from Washington State University. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Washington State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Shannon has been with Moss Adams for the past six years and specializes in business assurance services to financial institutions. He has experience with both private and publicly traded financial service companies. Shannon received his Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Delta State University, Mississippi. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Washington State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Roberts appointed new director of Academic Technology & User Services at WWU

Frank Roberts joins Western Washington University as the new director of Academic Technology & User Services. Roberts came to Western from the position of Dean of Information Technology and Distance Education at Skagit Valley College. The director is responsible for overseeing the implementation of technology to support teaching and learning, provide strategic direction for academic technologies, provide campus-wide web services, and support WWU’s course management and online learning systems.

His previous experience includes eight years as an associate professor at Western, where he helped launch the university’s master’s degree program in Instructional Design and Multimedia Development, and was also the director of the Center for Interactive Multimedia for Education and Training.

Roberts received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1973 from Salem State College in Massachusetts, and his master’s degree in mathematics education in 1975 from Pennsylvania State University. He received his doctorate in instructional technology from Penn State in 1979.


CCg announces two new hires

Phil Acuncius and Cheriss Boseant have joined CCg Inc., a Bellingham marketing, advertising, design and public relations company.

Acuncius joined the team in August as CCg’s graphic designer. He worked at The Bellingham Herald as a production artist in the advertising department before coming to CCg. Acuncius graduated from Western Washington University in 2006.

Boseant became the media account executive in August. She graduated from Pacific Union College in Napa, Calif. Boseant worked the past four years in the Los Angeles advertising industry on national accounts for Hyundai and TGI Friday’s.


Western hires vice provost for faculty relations

Rhonda Allen has been named vice provost for faculty relations at Western Washington University. Allen was selected following a nationwide search and began her new duties Oct. 1. Allen was assistant dean for faculty development and associate professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey before coming to WWU.

The vice provost position at WWU is a newly established position. Allen will work with the WWU provost to provide vision and leadership with regard to faculty issues, will provide oversight for personnel processes related to faculty, will advise the provost on retention, tenure and the promotion process, and will monitor compliance with collective bargaining with faculty.

Allen received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in public administration from Californian State University Fullerton and a doctorate in public administration and policy from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University of Albany, State University of New York.


Taft promoted to manager

Toni L. Taft has been promoted to branch manager of A.G. Edwards & Sons’ Bellingham office. She worked at Bank of America before joining the A.G. Edwards & Sons team. Taft has 14 years’ experience in the brokerage industry, and she’s been a financial consultant for seven years.

Taft received a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance from Western Washington University. She’s also earned her Certified Financial Planner certification.

Taft lives in Bellingham and is co-president of The Women’s Professional Network and vice president of The Evergreen Aids Foundation.


Countrywide Home Loans welcomes new team members

Josh Zandstra is the new branch manager for the Bellingham’s office for Countrywide Home Loans. The Bellingham High School graduate has surpassed $100 million in residential loans during his career. Zandstra oversees Countrywide’s Bellingham office and assists clients in obtaining residential loans for purchases, refinances, new construction and home equity lines of credit.

Countrywide’s Bellingham office also added two home loan consultants, Tom Mathewson and Tony Lalonde, and production coordinator Amy Ritz.

Mathewson has more than 16 years of experience in serving home buyers and contractors.

Lalonde entered the home-mortgage sector last year after 10 years in sales.

Ritz provides efficient processing and support for customers obtaining home loans.


Krauss named marketing manager for Johnson Team

Meghan Krauss is the new communications and marketing manager for the Johnson Team at the Muljat Group’s south office in Fairhaven. Krauss is responsible for marketing the six-person Johnson Team’s realestate listings. She also coordinates content for its Whatcom Homes Newspaper and responds to inquiries from people interested in the area.

Krauss has a bachelor’s degree and is completing requirements for a Master of Business Administration degree at Western Washington University.




Hospital’s dedication to quality improvement earns recognition

St. Francis received a 2007 Step I Quality Award from the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) for its commitment to healthy, affordable and ethical long-term care. St. Francis is one of only two Washington state hospitals to receive the award this year.

As a Step I recipient, St. Francis demonstrated organization-wide commitment to a person-centered mission, defined its principal customers and their expectations, and indicated how it is striving to meet their needs.

“St. Francis employees put forth extra effort to make life better for residents and residents’ families and friends,” St. Francis administrator Tonja Myers said.

St. Francis Extended Health Care has a 120-bed capacity on the main campus of St. Joseph Hospital. St. Francis offers the largest short-term sub-acute care unit in Whatcom County where the focus is to return patients to their homes.


Awards honor credit union’s media campaign

The coordinated media campaign created by Baron & Company for North Coast Credit Union (NCCU) was recently honored at the Washington Credit Union League’s 2007 Spectrum Awards ceremony. The Spectrum Awards program honors excellence in credit union communications and marketing in Washington State.

A TV ad developed by Baron & Company garnered NCCU a first place distinction in broadcast media. NCCU also took first place in the branding, newsletter and Web site categories. Baron & Company, a Bellingham-based marketing company, has 24 years of experience in the media industry.

NCCU placed second for their coordinated campaign — promoting one theme using two or more forms of media — all of which were in the $50 million to $150 million asset category.

NCCU is a nonprofit organization with branches in Bellingham, Ferndale, Mt. Vernon and Sedro-Woolley. NCCU has won seven Spectrum awards since teaming up with Baron & Company in early 2006 in an effort to refresh their brand.


Sculptural Glass Doors Wins Innovation Award

The Bellingham company Sculptural Glass Doors Inc. received Glass Magazine’s 2007 Crystal Achievement Award in the Most Innovative Commercial Doors – Small/Medium Company category for their Debut Collection of entry doors with glass designs embedded into the wood frame.

Glass Magazine is the official magazine of the National Glass Association, and The Crystal Achievement Award noted Sculptural Glass Doors’ significant innovation and architectural technology in using compartmentalized hollows within their patented glass for insulation. Sculptural Glass Doors can then inject certain gases and clear gels into these hollows for more efficient thermal insulation.

Sculptural Glass Doors Inc. started operations earlier this year in Whatcom County. The company, founded by designer/craftsman Bill McColl, sells doors and entry systems direct to architects, designers, builders, and homeowners. The door line is manufactured in association with NorthStar Woodworks in Ferndale.


DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen honored by BIA

The annual Remodeler’s Excellence Award from the Building and Industry Association of Whatcom County honored DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen for kitchen remodels costing more than $60,000.

The kitchen was completed in July at a Deming home. The remodel included dismantling the original cabinetry and replacing it with specialty cabinets featuring updated glass doors and underlighting. Granite countertops, laminate wood flooring and butter-cream walls completed the look and gave the kitchen a clean, open design.


ReUse Works celebrates its second anniversary

ReUse Works, Whatcom County’s only nonprofit job training business, marked its second anniversary in September. ReUse Works’ mission is to create economic opportunities for low- income citizens by tapping the waste stream of 27,000 appliances recycled every year in Whatcom County. More than 3,000 machines have been donated to the program since 2005.

ReUse Works provides job training for low-income residents. In the first two years, it provided job training for 35 unemployed residents and created four new jobs. Social service agencies and local schools place clients and students at ReUse Works for work experience. During the past two years, Reuse Works has developed partnerships with the Opportunity Council, Northwest Workforce Development Council, Northwest Youth Services, Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham Public Schools, Meridian High School, and the Washington’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

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