People on the move, 9/8/15

Gennie Clawson joins WCC Foundation as director

The Whatcom Community College Foundation hired Gennie Clawson as its new director.

Together with Anne Bowen, executive director of College Advancement, she will focus on increasing resources to the college for innovation and excellence in academic programs and to support student access to education, according to a press release from the college.

Clawson has 25 years of experience in fundraising leadership, the press release said, and a passion for public education and providing resources to students and staff by engaging with the community and articulating the opportunities made possible with community support.


First Federal hires consultant for investment division

First Federal announced that Halina D’Urso has joined the bank’s growing retail investment services group as a financial consultant.

D’Urso will work with bank clients in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Whatcom counties.

Launched in 2008, First Federal’s investment services division administers a range of products and services, including mutual funds, fixed and variable annuities, retirement planning, as well as all types of life insurance and long-term care, according to a press release from the bank.

“It’s exciting to be part of a rapidly growing program,” D’Urso said in the news release. “The investment division’s relative newness enables us to be more nimble and innovative than older, more top-heavy organizations.”



Waddell & Reed advisor earns CFP certification

Cassandra Spitzer, a financial advisor with Waddell & Reed, earned Certified Financial Planner designation from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

The certification is awarded to individuals who meet the ethical requirements of the CFP Board, have successfully completed financial planning coursework and have passed a certification examination covering the following areas: the financial planning process, risk management, investments, tax planning and management, retirement and employee benefits, and estate planning.

Certified Financial Planners also agree to meet ongoing continuing education requirements and to uphold CFP Board’s code of ethics, and other standards.

Spitzer has worked in financial services for three years and counsels clients throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County, according to a press release from Waddell & Reed. She joined Waddell & Reed in 2014.

“This accomplishment is significant for me as well as for each of my clients,” Spitzer said in the press release.


Six local hair stylists graduate from training program

Six Whatcom County hair stylists recently graduated from L’Oreal’s Expert Network, a six-month training program, according to a press release.

The program graduates are:

Amy Electra Squires, a salon owner and 24-year cosmetologist who specializes in custom cuts and multidimensional color. She opened Studio 910 Salon in 1999 and is active in the Historic Fairhaven Association.

Lindsey Rice, a graduate from Gene Juarez in Seattle, who has been working with hair for nearly six years. She works at Salon d’ Artiste in Bellingham.

Marcella Hill of Essence Salon & Spa in Blaine. Hill has more than 20 years of experience with international training from L’Oreal Professional of Canada, and seminars from New York City to Long Beach, California.

Kelsey Mozes, a graduate from the Northwest Hair Academy in Mount Vernon who began her career in 2009. She is the wedding and special occasion style specialist at Essence Salon & Spa.

Miranda Thompson, the lead stylist at Essence Salon & Spa. Thompson grew up in her mother’s salon and started working behind the chair in 1996.

Britt Allbaugh Hooser began her career as a hairdresser in Seattle in 2001. In the past 14 years, she has traveled to London, Los Angeles, and New York for advanced training. She has worked at Plum Hair Studio in Bellingham since 2008.

Front row from left: Britt Allbaugh Hooser, Lindsay Rice Back row from left: Miranda Thompson, Amy Electra Squires, Marcella Hill and Kelsey Mozes. [Photo courtesy of Taimi Dunn Gorman, Gorman Publicity]
Front row from left: Britt Allbaugh Hooser, Lindsay Rice
Back row from left: Miranda Thompson, Amy Electra Squires, Marcella Hill and Kelsey Mozes. [Photo courtesy of Taimi Dunn Gorman, Gorman Publicity]

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