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Max Higbee Center hires new executive director

The Max Higbee Center hired Kait Whiteside as its new executive director. Whiteside will take over the position from Hallie Hemmigsen, who took a position with a nonprofit Seattle, on March 12.

Whiteside previously worked as a program manager for the Max Higbee Center. The center offers community-based recreation programs for teens and adults with developmental disabilities.

“Kait was chosen by the board for her passion, dedication, and enthusiasm that she brings to the center and its members every day, said Amanda White, board president, in a news release.

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Local embroider and screen printer joins Reco Branding Solutions


Susi Rachie, who has 12 years of local experience in custom embroidery, screen printing and promotional products, joined Reco Branding Solutions in Lynden. The company does screen printing, embroidery, decals and artwork for businesses.

“Susi comes highly recommended to us by Whatcom County businesses who praised her customer service, attention to detail and demand for high quality,” said company owner Brandon Rutledge in a news release.

She will help local businesses develop their brands through a a variety of products including signs, trade show displays, apparel, headwear, writing instruments and more.

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VSH CPAs hires three

VSH CPAs recently hired Kent Swartzberg, Sooraj Nall and Tracy Niemier.

Swartzberg earned his Bachelor of Science in accounting from Brigham Young University – Idaho in 2011, and has since earned business valuation accreditation from the American Institute of CPAs, and his CPA designation in both California and Washington.

His specialties include business valuations and forensic accounting, according to a company news release.

Sall completed a double major in accounting and finance from Western Washington University in 2013. Sooraj is currently studying to pass his CPA exams.

Niemier, a certified bookkeeper, joins VSH’s bookkeeping team with more than 20 years of experience owning her own bookkeeping business with clients in the U.S. and Canada.

“I like that the clients are not ‘one size fits all’ and that VSH’s approach is to provide a specialized solution to each client’s situation,” Niemer said in a company news release.

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