People on the move, 2/17/14

New hires, promotions and professional achievements in Whatcom County

Peter Cutbill has been named Whidbey Island Bank’s new senior vice president and commercial team leader for Whatcom County. He has been with the bank for 13 years, serving as its senior credit administrator for the past two.

Cutbill holds an MBA, with specialties in finance and human resources management, from University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, as well as a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Toronto. He is currently co-chair of the Whatcom County/Bellingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Nancy Ivarinen, who has been coordinator and instructor for Whatcom Community College’s paralegal studies program since 2003, was recently awarded the Joseph T. Pemberton Award for her longstanding commitment to civil legal aid in the community.

Ivarinen has been an attorney in both private practice and for legal aid programs since 1988. During her time at WCC, Ivarinen developed the volunteer-based Street Law program, which provides free, confidential legal advice to students and their families.

The Leopold Retirement Residence in Bellingham, and its Crystal Ballroom, recently hired a new marketing team.

Leslie Elvebak joins as the new director of sales and marketing. Lara Beth Carter was hired at the new marketing coordinator.

Sustainable Connections has made several staff promotions.

Sara Southerland has been promoted to food and farming program manager. Southerland will lead efforts on continued development of several intitiaves, including the Food and Farming program, Eat Local First campaign, Food to Bank On program and the Whatcom County Farm Tour.

Alex Ramel has advanced to energy and policy director. Ramel will be responsible for leading research and policy, as well as providing leadership in local energy use and generation; he will also continue to lead the Community Energy Challenge team.

Amanda Sipher is now the nonprofit’s development manager. Sipher will continue coordinating grants, funding and contracts, as well as assisting with budgeting and financial management.

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