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Randy Bischoff has joined the law firm of Paine, Hamblen, Coffin, Brooke & Miller LLP as principal administrator. Bischoff, a CPA, most recently worked in the Spokane County Treasurer’s Office as accounting manager. He previously was vice president and corporate controller for Graebel Cos. in Denver, Colo.

Kimmer Callahan has joined the Prohaska Law Firm in Coeur d’Alene as an associate attorney. Callahan will practice in the areas of income and estate tax planing, IRS controversies and business law. He received his law degree from Gonzaga University and a master of law’s from the University of Denver.

Mary Beth McLeod is the newest associate attorney at Chase, Hayes & Kalamon. McLeod will practice in the area of insurance defense and general litigation.

RE/MAX of Spokane has added two new agents to its staff:

Mary Hess will be the site project manager for Monogram Homes in the Meadows at the Meadowood. Hess has previously worked for RE/MAX in San Diego where she also operated several businesses.

John Downes has owned an advertising agency, property management company, written two books and three screenplays, and writes a monthly column for a national chess magazine.

Big Brothers & Sisters of Spokane County has hired Jerry Uppinghouse as its first development director. Uppinghouse, an Eastern Washington University graduate, has 15 years of local agency and consulting experience in non-profit administration, development and planned giving. He was previously development director for Children’s Home Society of Eastern Washington.

Shawna Chittick Heuer has joined Magnuson, McHugh & Co. P.A. as a staff accountant. She received a degree in business administration from Oregon State University in 1992 and completed an accounting curriculum at Eastern Washington University in December.

Margaret Zimmerman has joined the law firm of Evans, Cravens & Lackie as an associate.

U.S. Bank has hired Douglas Beaudoin and Chuck Guinn as vice presidents and lending officers in its Spokane Commercial Real Estate Department. Beaudoin is a 22-year real estate and consumer lending veteran and most recently served as vice president and branch manager for Security Bank in Missoula. Guinn joins U.S. Bank from Union Bank where he served as vice president and real estate loan officer.


Patrick Risken has become a principal in the law firm of Evans, Cravens & Lackie. Risken will continue to emphasize land use, zoning, insurance defense and errors and omissions defense.

Mark Virden has been promoted to manager of U.S. Bank’s Spokane Commercial Real Estate Department. Virden, who joined U.S. Bank in 1984, was promoted to vice president in 1988. He has 23 years of corporate and commercial lending experience.

Coeur d’Alene-based Magnuson, McHugh & Co. P.A. has promoted the following employees:

Toni Hackwith was elevated to senior accountant from staff accountant. Hackwith, a CPA, joined the firm in 1994 and is an Eastern Washington University graduate.

Tanya Fueller was promoted to staff accountant from accountant. Fueller expects to receive her CPA license in early 1997.

Washington Trust Bank has promoted Beverly Gleason to assistant vice president and investment officer in the bank’s Investment Services Department. Gleason, who has been with the bank since 1988, will continue her responsibilities as an investment officer.


VNA Home Health Care Services, also known as the Spokane Visiting Nurse Association, completed its annual Medicare Certification Survey with no deficiencies cited. It’s seldom that no areas for improvement are cited on the survey, which evaluates compliance with state and federal regulations, as well as appropriateness and quality of care provided by the staff.

Shaklee U.S. has honored Cathy Matresse of Spokane as a sales leader. Matresse was among those saluted at a four-day convention last month in San Francisco.

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting was awarded to Washington Governmental Entity Pool by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, for its comprehensive annual financial report. The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The two people primarily responsible for preparing the financial report received an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement. They are Dan Carney, administrator/risk manager, and Brenda Arthur, chief financial officer.

Val Kiefer, president of Coyote Engineering Inc. of Dayton, Wash., an export management company, was given the 1996 Chairman’s Award of Appreciation by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). The annual award is given to companies that are exceptionally successful at promoting exports to Japan. Coyote functions as an export agent for foreign customers buying American goods as an export agent for U.S. manufacturers.


1997-98 officers of the Washington State Psychological Association, Chapter One, include: Mary Dietzen, president; Amy Johnson-Colwell, president-elect; and R.J. Smith, secretary/treasurer.

The Inland Empire Chapter of the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals (WALP) has elected the following officers: Tim Sweet, Summit Landscape Construction, president; Greg Brett, Gibson’s Nursery Hardscapes Division, vice president; Stacy Hickman, Clearwater Landscape Inc., secretary; and Tena Wheat, Harris Dean Insurance, treasurer. The WALP state board of directors named Kelly Enders, CXT Inc., as its associate member representative at the state level.


The Land Surveyor’s Association of Washington presented a certificate or seal to the following Spokane survey technicians for successfully passing their exams of the survey career development program: Todd Albert, Hahn Engineering; William Bronsch, James F. Benthin & Associates; and Erich Shrack, Glahe and Associates, all passed the Level I exam for surveyor’s aids. Larry Ayers, David Evans and Associates, and Dwight Greenfield, Century West Engineering, both passed the Level II for instrument technicians.

The following individuals passed the professional land surveyor’s exam: Eric Calkins, Inland Pacific Engineers; Robert Hull; David Evans and Associates; Rudy Kitzan, Hahn Engineering; and Ramon Welborn, City of Spokane.

Spalding Auto Parts Inc. was one of 17 auto recycling facilities to be recertified and inducted into the Automotive Recyclers Association’s (ARA) Certified Automotive Recycler (CAR) Program. The CAR program was created in 1993 to enhance the professionalism of the auto recycling industry and to assist its members in staying on the leading edge of developments in the areas of environmental compliance, operational safety and general business practices.


Wednesday - Bruce Cergl will speak on “Improving the Process, Where Do We Start?” at a meeting of APICS at 5:15 p.m. at the Spokane Valley Red Lion Inn. Cost: $15; call Debbie Benson at 459-5202 for reservations or information. Deadline for reservations is noon Monday.

Wednesday - Shaun O’L. Higgins, director of marketing and sales for The Spokesman-Review, will present an outlook for 1997 during the Spokane Advertising Federation’s 14th Annual “Economic Facts and Forecast” at 11:45 a.m. at the Washington State International Ag Trade Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Cost: $18.50, or $140 for a corporate table for eight; for information, call 448-5255.

Wednesday - The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) will conduct a workshop on the Basics of Recordkeeping from 8 a.m. to noon at the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce, 1020 W. Riverside. Call 353-2820 for information or to register.

Thursday - Merrill Lynch presents a free luncheon seminar on “What Every Woman Should Know about Money” from noon-1 p.m. at Patsy Clark’s Mansion. For more information or to register, call Margot Hamstra at 458-4219.

Thursday - The Inland Northwest Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners will meet at 6 p.m. at the Shilo Inn at 923 E. Third. Cathy Doerr of ShoWorks will lead a discussion on “Stretching Yourself”. Cost: $15 for members, $25 for non-members; call Cathy Doerr at 838-8755 for information.

Saturday - The YWCA presents a free seminar on “Financial Strategies for Divorced and Widowed Women” from 10-11:30 a.m. in the YWCA Comstock Room, 829 W. Broadway. John Schram, an investment advisor representative, will present the seminar. Call 326-1190, ext. 111, for information or reservations.

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