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Sun., Aug. 7, 2011, midnight

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Monte Drake has been named Hayden Financial Center manager for AmericanWest Bank in Hayden. Drake previously served as manager of the Lewiston Financial Center. The bank also promoted Pat Braddock from Hayden Financial Center manager to Community Banking regional manager.


• The Washington Department of Ecology presented an “Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant” award to Mayor Tammara Byers on behalf of the City of Grand Coulee’s wastewater treatment plant. This is the 11th time the plant has received this award.

Health care

Mark Strahl, of Spokane, received a “2010 Exceptional Award” from Phillips Lifeline. Strahl and his wife, Tyice, own and operate Specialty Homecare Lifeline.

• Nurse Leaders of Idaho named Jan Moseley “Outstanding Nurse Leader for 2011” for excellence in nursing leadership. Moseley is director of nursing systems, innovations and operations for Kootenai Health.

Ryan Fix has been hired as vice president of business development for Family Home Care and Hospice. He has 13 years of health care and technology industry experience and previously worked for a San Jose, Calif., technology company as leader of sales and business development, and for Philips Healthcare.


• Lee and Haynes hired Tyson Crane as a patent attorney. He previously worked for Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier and Neustadt in Alexandria, Va., as an associate.

• The following individuals have been named 2011-’12 officers for Marketing Associates of Spokane: president, Meg Lindsay of DCI Engineers; vice president, Lisa Burke of L and S Engineering; treasurer, Jennifer Van Vleet of Coffman Engineers; programs co-chairs, Cristi Kanenwischer of Wolfe Architectural Group and Taryn Erickson of Trindera Engineering; membership co-chairs, Terri McRae Garrett of ALSC Architects and April Smith of Geo Engineers; sponsorship chair, Gwen Crane, Knoll Agent; public relations chair, Julie Van Wormer of ALSC Architects; social media chair, Leslie White Hebert of Coffman Engineers; and special events chair, Amy Meulink of Meulink Engineering.


Mark Kinney has been hired as executive director of Mission Community Outreach Center.

• The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture appointed Forrest Rodgers as executive director. He previously served as director of the Central Washington University Foundation in Ellensburg, worked for Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., and was president and CEO of High Desert Museum in Bend, Ore.

Real estate

Randy McCandless has been hired by Keller Williams Realty Spokane as an agent. He previously worked for West Corp. in Spokane. The company also hired Fawna Weets as an agent. She previously worked for Pioneer Human Services.


• Technology and web development professionals Jennifer Ferrero and Kirt Runolfson have opened Switch Up Web in downtown Spokane. The company specializes in website development. Contact: (509) 789-2451 or


Donald Burke and Rick Holley have been elected as members of Avista Corp.’s board of directors. Burke is an independent trustee for Goldman Sachs and Holley is president and CEO of Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc.

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