People on the move, 1/20/14

New hires, promotions and professional achievements in Whatcom County 

Kelly Espinoza has been appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to the board of trustees at Bellingham Technical College. Her term runs through September 2016.

Espinoza currently serves as the vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, where she has oversight for patient care services including nursing, pharmacy, social services, behavioral health, rehabilitation services, therapies, professional practice, emergency services and trauma. She joined PeaceHealth in July 2012, having come from Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, in Reno, Nev.

Espinoza replaces Mark Asmundson on the college’s board of trustees, and joins current members Jim Groves (chair), Debbie Ahl, Jim Cunningham and Lisa Woo.

Dave Grant has been hired by the Bellingham Bells baseball team to serve as the “voice of the Bells” and provide play-by-play commentary for the 2014 season. Grant is a 2010 graduate of Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif.

He began his career in 2008 working for KSBR, the Saddleback radio station. While providing color commentary for college’s the nationally ranked football team and men’s basketball, Grant also served as the voice of the Gauchos baseball team. He currently resides in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and covers athletics for California Polytechnic State University.

William (Bill) Newbold has been selected to serve as interim fire chief of the Bellingham Fire Department, according to an announcement from Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville. The news follows the official retirement of former chief Roger Christensen.

Newbold has extensive background in fire department leadership and operations, and has served as assistant fire chief in the Bellingham department for the past year. Prior to coming to Bellingham in January 2013, Newbold worked for the City of Redmond (Wash.) Fire Department.

Christensen’s retirement plans have been known for some time. A city news release highlighted several of his accomplishments during his 15-month tenure as fire chief:

– Consolidating administrative operations with Whatcom County Fire District 8, including sharing leadership and administrative operations and merging other services to provide better, more efficient services.

– Securing a $750,000 federal grant for a new firefighting and security vessel, in partnership with the Port of Bellingham.

– Leasing and occupying, with Whatcom County and the Port, the Olympic Coordination Center to consolidate emergency management, preparedness and response operations and staff.

– Completing a new a new agreement with Whatcom County on a joint emergency medical services system that maintains existing service levels for City residents and operates within budget until the end of 2016.

Karin Schulhauser, the current manager at the Sumas Library, has been selected by the Whatcom County Library System to manage the new South Whatcom Library, which opens in Sudden Valley in February. Schulhauser grew up in Bainbridge Island, Wash., but her family has a long history in Whatcom County. She earned a bachelor’s degree in hotel management from Washington State University in Pullman.

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