Clearwater hires three
   Clearwater Communications hired Erin Campbell, Trish Navarre and Susan Tive. Campbell earned her master’s degree in business administration from Western Washington University. She specializes in small business development and startup. Navarre has more than 20 of years work experience in development and public relations. Tive previously worked as a copywriter, market researcher, human resource and mediator. Clearwater Communications specializes in organizational development, economic development and issue management. For more information contact Jim Boyle at 715-1229.

Clawson appointed to university and hospital boards of directors
   Bruce Clawson, Banner Bank Vice President and North Sound Division Manager, was recently named to Western Washington University’s and St. Joseph Hospital Foundation’s boards of directors. Western Washington University’s board of directors is responsible for generating and maximizing private support for the university. St. Joseph Hospital Foundation’s board of directors is responsible for acquiring charitable gifts to assist the hospital. Clawson is a UCLA graduate and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. For more information contact Tamara Krache at 206-262-0395.

West appointed assistant vice president of bank
   Larry West was appointed assistant vice president and branch manager of Whidbey Island Bank in Bellingham. West is a Western Washington University graduate and has 22 years of experience in banking. He is a member of the Bellingham Kiwanis as well as the chamber of commerce. For more information contact Scott Boyer at 240-5155.

Windermere hires sales associate
   Windermere Real Estate hired sales associate Sharon Engels to serve at its Bellingham-Bakerview branch. Engels was born and raised in Whatcom County and previously worked in real estate investing, development and construction. For more information contact Marilou Ubungen at 206-527-3801.

Photographer completes contract with Tacoma Narrows Constructors
   Photographer Tore Ofteness completed a one-year contract with Tacoma Narrows Constructors. Ofteness photographed the construction of the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which is the largest suspension bridge built in the United States since 1965.

Greenhouse hires two assistants
   Greenhouse hired Christina Perez and Merielle Hume. Perez is the new bookkeeping assistant and has six years of experience in retail. Hume is the new marketing assistant and has seven years of field marketing experience. For more information contact Hume at 676-1167.

Christensen speaks at land conference and expo
   David Christensen, from Christensen Design Management, gave the speech “The Right Stuff; A Guide to Charette Design and Planning for Private Development” at the Land Development Conference and Expo. Christensen Design Management has provided architectural and masterplan services for more than 18 years. For more information contact Christensen at 676-4800.

Ludwig promoted to vice president of Waycross
   Egan Ludwig was named vice president of Waycross Investment Management Company. Ludwig is a Western Washington University graduate and earned degrees in accounting and management information systems. Waycross Investment Management Company manages stock and bond portfolios for individuals, corporations and nonprofit clients. For more information contact Michael Ryan at 671-0148.

Booth appointed vice president of Lynden Financial Center
   Greg Booth was named vice president and senior commercial loan officer of the Lynden Financial Center. Booth has 28 years of banking experience and is a University of Santa Clara and University of Pacific California graduate. Booth will be responsible for originating, analyzing and closing commercial loans in Whatcom County. For more information contact Doug Dostal at 354-7278.

Rasco appointed general manager of Sound Recycling Services
   Peter Rasco was named general manager of Sound Recycling Services Inc. Rasco has more than 16 years’ experience in managing and developing environmental firms. Sound Recycling Services provides confidential document shredding and recycling for Skagit and Whatcom Counties. For more information call Rich Boyer 733-7932.

Moss Adams hires new employees
   Moss Adams hired Chad DeHaan, Jamey Hill, Elisa Pedersen and Winnie Savitch. DeHaan is a 2006 Whitworth College graduate and earned a degree in business management and accounting. He is a staff accountant in the audit department. Hill is a 2002 University of Nevada graduate and a senior in the audit department. Pedersen is a Grove City College graduate and earned a degree in accounting and Spanish. She is a staff accountant in the audit department. Savitch is a Western Washington University graduate and earned a degree in accounting. Moss Adams provides accounting and consulting services to public, private and nonprofit entities.

Ruiz joins Neighborhood Mortgages
   Neighborhood Mortgages hired Kathleen Ruiz as a mortgage consultant. Ruiz has 10 years’ experience in the mortgage industry as well as extensive experience in sales and marketing management. For more information contact Ruiz at 671-8044.

Zervas architects pass LEED test
   Zervas Group Architect employees Terry Brown, Sharon Robinson and Jesse Lawrence passed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design test. Brown, Robinson and Lawrence work with Zervas Group Architects, which is Bellingham’s largest architectural design firm. Zervas is dedicated to green projects, which use renewable and earth-friendly materials. Five of Zervas’s 11 architects are now LEED professionals. For more information visit Zervas’s Web site at

Law firms hires two
   Adelstein, Sharpe and Serka hired new assistant attorneys Steve Kirkelie and Marie Gallagher. Kirkelie was the senior assistant city attorney and lead prosecutor for the City of Bellingham. He is a Willamette University College of Law and Western Washington University graduate. His practice will focus on construction, commercial and employment litigation. Gallagher was a judicial clerk in the Snohomish County Superior Court, a judicial extern at Equal Opportunity Council in Seattle and a law clerk for Starbucks law and corporate affairs department. She is a cum laude graduate of Washington University. Her practice will focus on employment law and litigation.

Graham appointed development director
   Drew Graham was hired as the development director of the Bellingham and Whatcom County Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Graham will be responsible for increasing membership, retaining membership, fundraising and hosting educational events for members. For more information contact Ken Oplinger at 734-1330.

DePaul earns Biofeedback certification
   Julie DePaul was certified as a Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback from the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America. DePaul is certified to treat elimination disorders and pelvic pain syndromes. She opened Healthy Focus Physical Therapy in 2004, which specializes in orthopedic and women’s health physical therapy. She has been practicing physical therapy in Bellingham for more than 30 years and participates in the National Vulvodynia Association and the National Association for Continence.

All-Weather Mini Storage promotes employees
   All-Weather Mini Storage promoted Patti Rowlson and Russ Rudesill. Rowlson has worked at All-Weather Mini Storage for two years and is the administrator. Her responsibilities include overseeing customer service and financial matters. Rudesill’s responsibilities are coordinating deliveries of storage containers and maintaining the company’s containers, buildings and vehicles. For more information contact 354-2987.

Culligan hires Hansen
   Culligan Northwest hired Kay Hansen. Hansen will be responsible for customer service, data entry, accounts payable and preparing company correspondence. Hansen previously worked for Western Washington University’s residence department as well as the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office. For more information contact Hansen at 647-9464.

Miklavic joins physical therapy group
   Carolyn Miklavic joined Healthy Focus Physical Therapy and will work as a manual therapist and personal trainer. Miklavic has experience in orthopedics and is a certified Pilates instructor at the Synergy Fitness Studio in Bellingham.

Alexander appointed care coordinator
   Eden Alexander was appointed the elder care coordinator at the Elder Law Offices of Barry M. Meyers. Alexander will be responsible for assisting the elderly and their families with long-term care arrangements. Alexander previously worked at St. Joseph Hospital for 18 years.

Awards & Anniversaries

Eastwood receives award
   The American Society of Safety Engineers awarded Jim Eastwood for 25 years of dedication to the safety industry. Eastwood is the vice president of Puget Safety Equipment Co., which produces safety signs, LED traffic wands, emergency lighting, gas detection and respiratory and hearing protection products.

Armstrong receives award
   The Washington State Association of Realtors named Jan Armstrong, Peoples Bank vice president and Cornwall Avenue branch manager, the 2006 Affiliate of the Year. The Washington State Association of Realtors honors employees who are involved in volunteer services and their communities. Armstrong participates in the Whatcom County Association as well as the Whatcom County Association of Realtors. For more information contact Charlie Guildner at 424-2056.

Baron & Company and North Coast Credit Union win Web site award
   The Web site created by Baron & Company for North Coast Credit Union won first place at the Washington State Credit Union League’s 2006 Spectrum Awards Ceremony. The Spectrum Award honors excellence in credit union communication and marketing in Washington State. Baron & Company and North Coast Credit Union began working together in early 2006 to update the credit union’s brand and Web site. For more information contact Jason Lee at 671-8708 ext. 209.

Babynut celebrates third year in business
   Web-based business Babynut will celebrate its third birthday Nov. 6 by redesigning its product Nutpod Baby Sleeping Bags. The new Nutpod bags are made from hand-woven Guatemalan cotton and organic cotton. The sleeping bags are made for newborn infants to 6-month-old infants. Babynut provides natural, organic and alternative products for babies and toddlers. For more information contact 866-671-3679.

Hilton receives real estate award
   Windermere real estate agent Sue Hilton was one of two Whatcom County real estate agents to receive the Five Star Real Estate Agent: Best in Customer Satisfaction award from Seattle magazine. Hilton has practiced real estate in Whatcom County for 14 years and is a second year winner of the magazines award. For more information contact Hilton at 739-7808.

Kurt the horse receives award
   The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association named 14-year-old Norwegian Fjord Kurt the Region 9 Horse of the Year. Kurt has worked at the NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center in Bellingham for 11 years. He is used for lessons, special events and trail rides. For more information contact Julia Bozzo at 966-2124.



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