People on the Move, 7/20/15

WECU hires two to growing business department

Whatcom Educational Credit Union added Wade Stringfield and Mike Yeend to its growing business services department. Stringfield will manage the credit union’s Small Business Administration program and Yeend will lead the Member Business Loans team.

Stringfield, a former business advisor for Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center, has nine years of banking experience and previously worked for U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo and Coastal Community Bank, according to a press release from WECU.

Yeend joins the credit union with more than 25 years of commercial lending experience. He previously worked as a relationship manager at Banner Bank and a commercial lending team leader for U.S. Bank.

Mike Yeend
Mike Yeend


County Auditor named state Auditor of the Year

Whatcom County auditor Debbie Adelstein received the Auditor of the Year award from Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman at a conference in June.

Wyman recognized Adelstein’s work on the Elections Division’s Voter Intent Committee and her willingness to help neighboring counties by sharing procedures, templates and documents, according to a blog post on the secretary of state’s website.

Wyman said Adelstein is “always ready to share her insights. We rely on her county perspective to help us make informed decisions.”


Lisa Keeler joins Carmichael Clark as an associate

Lisa Keeler Joined Bellingham law firm Carmichael Clark as an associate, the firm announced in a press release. Keeler practices in the areas of insurance defense and general litigation at the trial and appellate level.

Keeler earned her doctorate from Gonzaga University School of Law. She brings seven years of experience to the firm as assistant attorney general for Washington state.

Lisa Keeler
Lisa Keeler


Litzia hires team member, adds certification

Natalie Thomson joined Litzia, a Bellingham information technology company, as a marketing intern. She will be helping the company with administrative support, marketing and technical writing, according to a press release from the company.

Thomson is currently double-majoring in management information systems and marketing at Western Washington University and plans to graduate in spring 2016.

Also, two Litzia staff members recently earned new certifications for Microsoft products. Jeff Long, software engineer, acquired the Microsoft Certified Professional Designation. Matt Henderson, Litzia president, earned a certification for Microsoft’s Enabling Office 365 Services.

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Mount Baker Theatre adds five new board members

Cristin Brown, Martha Lopez, Frank McIntire, Phyllis McKee and Tom Phillips joined the Mount Baker Theatre board of directors to serve three-year terms that started July 1, 2015.

Here’s an updated list of the full board of directors:

Edwin Williams – President
Steve Kimberley – Vice-President
Wendy Wixson – Treasurer
Mary Patterson – Secretary
John Pedlow – Past-President
Cristin Brown
Mike Carr
Dennis Catrell
Peg Larson
Martha (Martie) L. Lopez
Richard (Rick) A. Luke
Frank (Sandy) McIntire
Phyllis McKee
Tom Phillips
Megan Thorpe Stanfield
Teresa Thornberg
Evelyn Turner – Ex-Officio (Mount Baker Theatre STARS)
Pinky Vargas- Ex-Officio (Bellingham City Council)

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