Local business kudos, 10/4/2013

Chikeola Karimou, an entrepreneur and executive coach based in Bellingham, recently published a book titled, “Networking to Increase Your Net Worth.” Karimou is the founder of The Stellar CEO.

Leslie Lekos of Yoga Northwest has been awarded an Iyengar Yoga Teaching Certificate. The certification among the most challenging in the field, and it shows in-depth skill, understanding and dedication to yoga teaching and practice. Lekos has studied yoga since 2000, and has taught prenatal yoga since 2007. She is also an herbalist and the owner of Wildroot Botanicals.

Kimberly Lynn, an associate professor of liberal studies at Western Washington University, has published a new book: “Between Court and Confessional: The Politics of Spanish Inquisitors.” Lynn’s book examines the careers and writings of five 16th and 17th Century inquisitors to determine how individual judges shaped the Spanish Inquisition, and sheds new light on some of the most infamous historical figures.

Joseph E. Trimble, a psychology professional and distinguished university professor at WWU, has received the 2013 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, which is given to professors who have inspired their former students to make a difference in the community. Trimble has taught at WWU since 1979, specializing in cross-cultural psychology, and is a research associate in WWU’s Center for Cross-Cultural Research.

Financial Plan Inc. in Bellingham has won a national “best practices” award from Investment News. The award recognized Financial Plan Inc. as an industry innovator for its overall use of technology.

Highland Care Center in Bellingham has attained a five-stars status on the Nursing Home Compare site administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Nursing Home Compare has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country.

The Best Western Plus Lakeway Inn and Conference Center in Bellingham is participating in the Global Soap Project, an initiative that recycles partially used and discarded bars of soap to create new bars for distribution to vulnerable populations. The goal is to prevent illness caused by poor hygiene and to support global health. The Lakeway Inn is one of 1,100 hotels in North America participating in the program.

The Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery and RAM Construction and Mike Hammes in Bellingham were among the six outstanding philanthropists named by the Washington Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Honorees will be recognized during a Nov. 14 “National Philanthropy Day” luncheon in downtown Seattle.

A National Science Foundation Grant for $197,530 to WWU has allowed for the purchase of a transcranial magnetic stimulator, a complex piece of equipment that will further the university’s study of how the brain functions and advance undergraduate training in behavioral neuroscience.

WWU’s Institute for Energy Studies is receiving a $150,000 gift of support from Alaska Airlines and $100,000 in various gifts from the Ingersoll Rand Foundation and Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand. The Institute program, the first of its kind in the country, combines science, technology, economics, business and policy and is designed to prepare students to become the leaders, managers and entrepreneurs of the new energy economy.

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