People on the Move, 5/1/15 to 5/6/15

Ragfinery hires Shan Sparling as manager

Shan Sparling joined Ragfinery to fill a newly created manager position.

Sparling will be responsible for daily operations of the nonprofit’s job-training business. That includes supervising staff and volunteers, managing community relations and partnerships, and overseeing workshops, events and products, according to a news release from Ragfinery.

Sparling worked for more than 20 years as a program manager and contract administrator in the aerospace industry. She also worked for more than 20 years as a massage therapist in Bellingham and Seattle.

“I see this job as a combination of everything I’ve done in the past,” Sparling said in the news release. It’s exciting to get to use my background in business management while working in a creative atmosphere that benefits community in so many ways – the environment, social causes, and the local economy.”

Ragfinery celebrated its one year anniversary in April. The organization is a project of ReUse Works, a nonprofit that provides job training and jobs through reuse of discarded materials.

The Whatcom County Library System hired Michael Cox as deputy director. [Photo courtesy of Whatcom County Library System]
The Whatcom County Library System hired Michael Cox as deputy director. [Photo courtesy of Whatcom County Library System]

County library system hires new deputy director

The Whatcom County Library System hired Michael Cox as its new deputy director.

Cox moved to Bellingham from Pueblo, Colorado, where he was the director of public services for the Pueblo City-County Library District.

As deputy director, Cox will be responsible for staffing and services at the library system’s ten community libraries, as well as enhancing library patron experience, developing and monitoring the public services budget, strategic planning for library service needs and filling in for the executive director, according to a news release from the library.

Cox is getting started by visiting libraries and meeting staff, Friends of the Library, library trustees, the Whatcom County Library Foundation and the public.

Sustainable Connections hires new development manager and energy program manager

Sustainable Connections announced a couple recent staff changes. The nonprofit hired Sam Gearhart as its new development manager.

Gearhart will be responsible for developing the organization’s grants, funding and contracts, according to a press release from the nonprofit. Gearhart grew up in Bellingham and left to attend Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Before joining Sustainable Connections he worked for a nonprofit in Washington, D.C.

Jeff Aslan, former business energy project manager for Sustainable Connections, is transitioning to the role of energy program manager. In his new role, he will lead the Community Energy Challenge team’s effort to make businesses and institutions more energy efficient, increase the amount of renewable energy produced locally, and help businesses use renewable energy sources, according to the news release.

Aslan has worked for Sustainable Connections for about two years.

See the full press release online at Sustainable Connections’ website

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