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Western names Nord director of Center for International Studies

Western Washington University named Douglas C. Nord director of the Center for International Studies after a nationwide search for the position at the new center. He also will be a professor of political science at the university. The director will administer all aspects of the Center for International Studies and serve as the university’s chief spokesperson for international education.


DeVisscher named executive officer of county Realtors

Tanna DeVisscher has been named executive officer of the Whatcom County Association of Realtors. DeVisscher has more than 30 years of experience in Whatcom County’s real estate industry as a mortgage banker, underwriter, escrow closing officer and customer-service supervisor. She also has led workshops for first-time home buyers and has been a certified state teacher of continuing-education classes for real estate agents. A member of the WCAR and Building Industry Association of Whatcom County since 1973, DeVisscher has received the Washington State Realtor Affiliate of the Year Award.


Pauley to manage First Horizon Home Loans

Dave Pauley, who has more than 30 years of experience in home financing, has been promoted to manage the Bellingham office of First Horizon Home Loans. Pauley has been at First Horizon the last two years, and previously managed mortgage departments at three banks in Whatcom County.


RE/MAX adds two Everson real estate agents

Two Everson real estate agents, Lou Kheriaty and Kay Waldo, recently joined RE/MAX Whatcom County, Inc. Kheriaty, a 20-year county resident, has specialized during his career in using e-commerce techniques to increase sales. Waldo has 12 years of experience in banking and 20 years in retail in the area, as well as participation in Everson-Nooksack Chamber of Commerce activities. Both Waldo and Kheriaty will be based in RE/MAX’s Lynden office.


Beatty new Waddell & Reed district supervisor

Waddell & Reed promoted Jodie Beatty to district supervisor with supervisory responsibilities in the Bellingham area. Beatty has been a professional in the financial services industry for eight years and joined the firm as a financial advisor in 2005. As a district supervisor, Beatty will mentor and oversee other advisors in the area, monitor performance and assist in growing the firm.


Internet marketing workshop to feature Beaulaurier

PRWeb’s Interactive Marketing Manager Joe Beaulaurier will present at the Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism Internet marketing workshop from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at the Best Western Heritage Inn. The workshop will help attendees boost marketing efforts with new web marketing tools such as RSS feeds, podcasts, video streaming, blogs and Web 2.0. The workshop is free to Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism bureau members and $15 for non-members. RSVP by Sept. 20 by calling 671-3990 or through e-mail at


Calderhead earns e-PRO certification

Gloria Calderhead of Fairhaven Realty completed the National Association of Realtors e-PRO course in August. The course provides real estate professionals with technology tools to assist in the real estate business. More than 70 percent of those looking into buying or selling research begin their research on the Internet, according to the National Association of Realtors. Calderhead completed the course entirely online.


DeWaard & Bode names Grady store manager

DeWaard & Bode named Curt Grady store manager at its downtown Bellingham location.

Grady graduated from Ferndale High School and Western Washington University and was a general sales manager of an automobile dealership in Lynden for 11 years. Grady now oversees sales of major appliances at the DeWaard & Bode store at 1815 Cornwall Ave.


Christian Health Care Center appoints Adams as admissions coordinator

The Christian Health Care Center in Lynden appointed Ron Adams admissions coordinator in August.

Adams serves as a liaison between Christian Health Care Center and hospitals, assisted-living facilities, group homes and families. Adams has 10 years of experience in social services and providing direct care for those in need. He earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology from Drury University in Springfield, Mo.


Shell earns Doctor of Audiology degree

Libbie L. Shell, Au.D, earned her doctorate degree in audiology March from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Shell, an audiologist with the Hearing Health Clinic at 2950 Squalicum Parkway, earned her doctorate while maintaining a full time job and riding horses competitively. As an audiologist, Shell offers her patients a comprehensive hearing evaluation, counseling, fitting and dispensing of hearing aids, assistive listening and alerting devices, as well as specializing in preventative care, pediatric amplification and customized hearing protection to keep harmful levels of noise from damaging those who do not suffer from hearing loss.


Baker appointed to L and I advisory committee

The Department of Labor and Industries appointed Robert Baker, DC, of Bellingham to the Industrial Insurance Chiropractic Advisory Committee. The Washington State Chiropractic Association nominated Baker along with eight other chiropractic professionals to fill the committee. All nine members were renominated by the committee.


Chamber development director attends professional development program

The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry Development Director Drew Graham recently attended the Western Association of Chamber Executives’ professional development program, Academy. The three-day interactive training program on chamber management essentials is in its first year, and included three-hour classes on chamber trends and issues, membership development and retention, budgeting, legal issues, volunteer development, marketing and communications.


Oldham joins Cascadia Weekly sales staff

Bernique Oldham has joined the Cascadia Weekly advertising sales staff and will work on the Skagit and Island county markets for the newspaper. Oldham has several years experience with advertising sales, most recently with the Northwest Business Monthly.


Riggins appointed dean of College of Fine and Performing Arts

Western Washington University has appointed Ron Riggins as the dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts for a two-year limited term. Riggins has served as interim and acting dean of Fairhaven College, acting chair of Modern and Classical Languages, as well as acting dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts in the mid-1990s.


Hannah hired as manager of Horizon Bank’s Barkley office

Horizon Bank has hired David Hannah as the assistant vice president and retail office manager of the Barkley office. Hannah has 35 years of banking experience, including retail, corporate and relationship management. He recently worked with ABN AMRO Bank N.V. in Chicago.


Miller joins DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen

Charles Aaron Miller, who has more than 17 years of construction experience, joined the team at DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen as lead project manager in August. Miller’s experience includes owning his own cabinet company in San Diego.


Murphy appointed to limited term as Western’s provost

Western Washington University has appointed Dennis R. Murphy as its new provost and vice president for Academic Affairs for a limited term. Murphy retired earlier in the summer from his position as dean of Western’s College of Business and Economics. Murphy replaces Andrew Bodman, who resigned from the position in July. The limited term gives Murphy full decision-making authority, which an interim designation would not have. The university did not give details on what the limits of the term are.


Trinity Western University names director for Bellingham program

Trinity Western University, a Canadian non-denominational Christian institution, has named Dr. Dan Sanford to direct its new Bellingham human services program. Sanford, a former director of the School of Global Commerce at Whitworth University and professor of international management, will continue some teaching duties at Trinity’s main campus in Langley, British Columbia. He is also co-owner of Launching Success Learning Store, a Bellingham educational retail business.


Attorney General appoints new assistant for Bellingham division

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna appointed Brendan Dunn as an assistant attorney general for the regional services division in Bellingham. Dunn is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law and has served as a judicial clerk for the Oregon Court of Appeals. He has also worked for a private firm as a city prosecutor and with the Oregon Department of Justice’s Appellate Division.


Mumfords join Keller Williams

Jack and Kizzy Mumford joined Keller Williams Western Realty in August. Jack, who previously worked at Bellingham Auto Licensing, is a Whatcom County native. Kizzy, a teacher in the Nooksack School District, moved from Baraboo, Wis. to Bellingham in 2001 to attend Western Washington University. The couple has been married for about a year.


Rockwood passes real estate broker’s exam

Jon Rockwood passed the real estate broker’s exam in August and is a new associate broker at The Muljat Group Realtors in Ferndale. Rockwood has been in real estate for more than seven years, and owned a construction business for 12 years.


Mayor appoints new Whatcom Museum director

Bellingham Mayor Tim Douglas appointed Patricia Leach as the executive director of the Whatcom Museum of History & Art. Leach has more than 25 years of museum administration, including CEO and president of Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson in Nashville, Tenn. Leach has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of California at Davis and a master’s degree in public administration from Notre Dame de Namur University.


Oosterhoudt moves to RETEC Group’s Bellingham office

James Oosterhoudt, P.E., relocated from RETEC Group’s Savannah, Ga. office to the firm’s Bellingham office. Oossterhoudt is a program director with 15 years of environmental consulting experience in environmental services, including managing major projects for large clients in energy, transportation and manufacturing industries. His expertise includes environmental site assessments and all phases of remediation management. He is an author of several publications of remediation, capital permitting and environmental project management. He has a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor’s in biology from Emory University.


Curnow promoted, prompts company name change

Curnow & Company, P.S., promoted Jack W. Curnow, CPA, to the position of managing partner. The promotion prompted a name change for the company to Curnow & Curnow, PLLC. Curnow has nine years of accounting and finance experience and is also a certified forensic accountant. Curnow partners with Jack L. Curnow, who founded the firm and holds multiple certifications, including CPA, certified valuation analyst and certified fraud examiner.


Zoro joins Wells Fargo’s Wealth Management Group

Peggy Zoro has joined Wells Fargo’s Wealth Management Group as the North Puget Sound regional manager. Zoro will oversee investment, trust and private banking professionals serving Wells Fargo customers in Anacortes, Bellingham, Everett and Mount Vernon. She has 37 years of financial services experience, including senior management positions at Rainier Bank, Key Bank and Whidbey Island Bank. She has a master’s degree in guidance and psychology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and science from Grove City College, and is a graduate of the Northwest Intermediate Banking School.


CENTURY 21’s Mason receives broker’s license

Steve Mason received his real estate broker’s license for Washington state in August. Mason, who specializes in residential and commercial property sales, will also be the managing broker for the CENTURY 21 Bay Properties office in Bellingham.


Rose joins Mount Baker Theatre board of directors

Matt Rose, chief operating officer of Northwest Radiologist/Mt. Baker Imaging, has joined the Mount Baker Theatre board of directors. Rose, a Bellingham native, also performs administrative consulting for Massachusetts General Hospital’s Trauma and Disaster Institute and Project Hope’s China operations. He is a member of Bellingham Bay Rotary and serves on the boards of Bellingham Technical College and the Mt. Baker chapter of the American Red Cross. He has a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s from Harvard.


Taylor completes CISR insuring personal residence course

Suzanne Taylor of Bob Wallin Insurance Agency of Bellingham completed the Certified Insurance Service Representatives (CISR) insuring personal residence course in July. The course, held in Seattle, is one of five the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research of Washington offers. Taylor, a Bellingham native who earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at Washington State University, is working on completing all five courses, which will give her the CISR designation.


DeYoung made partner of Oltman Insurance Agency

Oltman Insurance Agency made producer Darin DeYoung a firm partner in August. DeYoung, a graduate of Lynden Christian High School and Calvin College, has been with Oltman Insurance since 2003.


Moorlag promoted at Lynden Manor Assisted Living Residence

Lynden Manor Assisted Living Residence promoted Joy Moorlag to director of food services to replace the retiring Carol Gillaspy. Moorlag has been with Lynden Manor since 1997 and will be responsible for providing three meals a day for more than 100 residents. She will manage two kitchens and 20 staff members, as well as meet monthly with Lynden Manor residents for suggestions on menus and recipes.


Woolcock returns to manage Belle Flora & Home Interiors

Lois Woolcock has returned as manager of Belle Flora & Home Interiors Inc. Woolcock closed her Fairhaven store In Home in March. In July, Woolcock and Marilew Calapp went to the Atlanta Gift Mart to preview and order new home décor and gift accessories for the fall and winter holidays for Belle Flora.


Sandow joins Whidbey Island Bank

Matt Standow has joined the Whidbey Island Bank Bakerview office as a real estate loan officer. Standow, an active member of the Whatcom County Association of Realtors, is a certified residential appraiser and has managed projects in Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties. At Whidbey Island Bank, Standow will work to provide financing for real estate projects for local real estate agents, brokers, builders and bank customers.


WaMu’s Home Loans Center adds two loan consultants

Jennifer Hine and Dan Innes joined Washington Mutual’s Bellingham Home Loans Center as loan consultants in August. Innes, a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and certified K-12 teacher, has five years of retail and wholesale mortgage experience. He is also a certified a member of the Bellingham Chamber of Commerce and Whatcom Young Professionals.

Hine recently relocated to Bellingham from Bothell and has been with Washington Mutual for seven years as a loan consultant in retail and consumer lending. She is a two-time winner of Washington Mutual’s Production Club.


Boyle Haggen’s new vice president of corporate brands

Haggen, Inc. appointed John Boyle as its new vice president of corporate brands in August. Boyle will work with the grocery company’s merchandising and marketing teams to build Haggen’s corporate brand program. He has more than 25 years of retail experience, including being the corporate director of grocery and vice president of merchandising and marketing for a national supermarket company.


Awards and Anniversaries


Whatcom County Realtors honor Ferrier, Livingston

The Whatcom County Association of Realtors (WCAR) honored Cheryl Ferrier of John L. Scott Real Estate and Jefferson Livingston of Pillar to Post Home Inspection. Ferrier, a real estate agent for more than 20 years and a former president of WCAR, was named Realtor of the Second Quarter. She served this year on the selection committee charged with finding a new executive officer and is a member of WCAR’s board of directors. Ferrier also is a state director and a former president of the Washington Association of Realtors.

Livingston received recognition from WCAR as its Affiliate of the Second Quarter. Livingston owns and operates the Pillar to Post home-inspection franchise in Bellingham. Livingston launched the business five years ago and has completed nearly 2,000 inspections. He teaches state-approved classes on various aspects of home inspections, enabling local real estate agents to earn clock hours and meet continuing-education requirements.


Western professor wins American Psychological Assoc. award

The American Psychological Association awarded Western Washington University Professor Joseph Trimble a Presidential Citation from the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues. The award is a recognition of Trimble’s 35-year career that focused on promoting psychological and sociocultural research with indigenous populations, especially American Indians and Alaska natives. During the past 20 years, he has been working on substance abuse and mental health prevention research models for American Indian and Alaska Native youth. Trimble is a professor of psychology and education as well as the director of the Office of Institutional Assessment Research and Testing at Western. He is also a research associate in the Center for Cross-Cultural Research at the university.


Harrison wins Masters Design Award from Pool & Spa News

Susan Harrison, APLD, landscape designer and president of Private Gardens Designs, Inc., has won the Masters Design Award in the Water Features Division from the national trade magazine Pool & Spa News. Harrison competed with seven finalists, and will accept the award in November at the annual International Pool & Spa/Backyard Living Expo in Orland, Florida. Pool & Spa News featured Harrison’s winning project in the July 2007 edition of the magazine.


Edward Jones recognizes Villhauer

Edward Jones gave financial advisor Tim Villhauer the Jack Phelan Award for his outstanding sales and service efforts during the past year. Only 16 of the region’s 10,000 Edward Jones financial advisors receive the annual award, named for the firm’s former national sales manager.


Culligan Northwest receives customer relations award

Culligan International awarded Culligan Northwest the Excellence in Customer Service and Consumer Relations award in August.


DreamMaker receives award

The Building Industry Association of Whatcom County awarded DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen the Remodelers Excellence Award for the category of residential kitchen of more than $60,000. The award was given for a kitchen DreamMaker completed in Deming in 2006.


St. Joseph Hospital gives nine scholarships

The St. Joseph Hospital Foundation awarded nine Whatcom County residents from the Levin Healthcare Scholarship Fund in August. The fund, established in memory of Alfred Levin, who provided leadership to the hospital for more than three decades, is awarded to county residents who plan to pursue health care education. Rajdeep Bahga, Sarah Hofer and Lisa Huynh received $1,000 each to pursue becoming registered nurses. The fund gave $1,000 each to Joyce Engels, Anne Harris and Mary-Ann Kolozsy for four-year nursing degrees. Kelly Sandberg received $579 also for a four-year nursing degree. Adrian Villarreal received $1,000 for an ATA nursing transfer degree, and Angela Wood received $1,000 toward becoming a surgical technologist.


Seven receive Professional Finance Officer Award

The Washington Finance Officers Association recognized seven Whatcom County finance officers with the Professional Finance Officer award for 2007. From the city of Bellingham, the association recognized Accountant II Melanie Aliverti and Accounting Manager Kipp Drummond. Finance Director Meredith Riley from the city of Blaine also received the award, along with Birch Bay Water and Sewer Treasurer Glenn Golay. From the county government, the association recognized Cash Management Administrator Karen Thomas, Whatcom Council of Governments Finance Manager Ron Cubellis and Health Department Assistant Director Terry Hinz.


Dream On Futon celebrates 25 years

Nancy Taylor began Dream On Futon 25 years ago by hand sewing futons in her living room in Bellingham. Now Dream on Futon has grown to more than 6,800 square feet of retail space, selling futons, specialty and organic mattresses, beds and other home furnishings. The quarter-century celebration will culminate with a store-wide sale in September.


Yoga Northwest to celebrate 20 years with auction for new studio

Ingela Abbott, Yoga Northwest founder and director, will celebrate 20 years of Iyengar Yoga Sept. 15 with an anniversary party and silent auction in support of the new dream studio, to open in 2008 in the McKenzie Square building at 1440 10th St. overlooking the Padden Creek green belt. The new studio will have more parking, have a radiant heated floor and an oriental ambiance.

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