People on the move, 5/13/15

New hires, promotions and professional achievements in Whatcom County

United Way hires two new board members

United Way of Whatcom County selected Troy Nutter and Stacey Zierath to be its newest board members.

Nutter is the manager of operational training at Puget Sound Energy. He is based in Bellingham and manages PSE training programs for the entire region.

Zierath is the vice president of operations for PeaceHealth’s Northwest network. Zierath recently moved to Whatcom County from Pierce County. Her areas of interest include substance abuse, behavioral health, homeless support, and efforts to reduce incarceration and recidivism.

Mongolia’s Order of the Polar Star awarded to WWU’s Wayne Richter

Wayne Richter of Western Washington University Libraries was presented the Order of the Polar Star, the highest honor given by the president of Mongolia to a foreigner. The award recognizes foreigners for service to Mongolia.

Richter is a nationally recognized expert in the creation and editing of bibliographic records material written in Mongolian and related languages, and an expert at encoding and the representation of non-Roman alphabet language materials in online library catalogs.

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Six WWU Faculty members named Cottrell scholars

Six faculty members from Western Washington University’s departments of chemistry and physics were named Cottrell Scholars by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement on April 20.

The faculty members are Mark Bussell, John Gilbertson, Jenelle Leger, Greg O’Neil, David Patrick and James Vyvyan.

The award recognizes the faculty members for the quality and innovation of their research programs and academic leadership skills, according to the Research Corporation for Science Advancement’s website.

Currently Western has more Cottrell Scholars than any other masters-granting university in the country, according to a press release from Western.

Bellingham Marine announces promotions

Bellingham Marine appointed Rob Rasmussen as general manager of the company’s Northwest Division. The former project manager for Bellingham Marine will cover day-to-day operations including manufacturing and general contracting activities, according to a news release from Bellingham Marine.

Jim Engen, a 20-year Bellingham Marine employee was promoted to the position of manager of project development. Engen has held several leadership position within the company, including operations manager and senior estimator.

Local RE/MAX agents earn regional awards

Michelle Foggin, Chris Weitzel, Shirley Shirley and Todd Peed were recognized by RE/MAX, a national real estate franchise brand, for being top producers within the brand.

Foggin ranked third in the state for the amount of transactions she closed in 2014. She specializes in Whatcom, Skagit and Island counties. Chris Weitzel was awarded the company’s Chairman’s Club award for number of closed sales, and Shirley Shirley, Todd Peed and Michelle Foggin earned the company’s Platinum Club title.

Local hypnotherapist featured on industry group’s website

Erika Flint, owner and director of Cascade Hypnosis Center in Bellingham was the featured hypnotist on the National Guild of Hypnotsts website in April. Flint will participate in the National Guild of Hypnotists 2015 convention in August at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Lynden Farmers Insurance agent gets company award

Farmers Insurance agent Andrew Jewell of Lynden was named to the company’s President’s Council. The award is given to the top 1 percent of agents and district managers. Those on the President’s Council are selected based on service, business performance, commitment to the company’s goals and ideals, and other criteria, according to a news release from Farmers Insurance.

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