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• Mountain West Bank has hired Troy Clute as a mortgage loan originator for the company’s Spokane Valley Financial Center. He has 14 years of financial industry experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Washington University. The company has promoted Mike Brown to manager of the SBA Loan Department in Spokane Valley. He has been with the bank two years.

Patsy Gayda has been promoted to vice president of branches for Spokane Teachers Credit Union. She previously served as director of branch operations and has been with the credit union since 1985.


• The Organ Procurement Transplant Network/United Network for Organ Sharing Transplant Administrators Committee has appointed Tim Stevens to serve a two-year term as chairman. Stevens is director of transplant services and mechanical heart program at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Dr. Richard McLandress has been named program director of Kootenai Health’s new family medicine residency program.

• The Kootenai Diabetes and Endocrinology Center has hired Dr. Maria Rodebaugh as medical director. She has worked as an endocrinologist in Cheyenne, Wyo., for the past nine years and completed her residency at the University of Illinois/Michael Reese Hospital.

The STD Medical Coalition, a subgroup of Spokane Regional Health District, received the National Association of County and City Health Officials’ “Model Practice Award” for its work in addressing local concerns in public health.

The Regence Foundation, affiliated with Asuris Northwest Health, awarded a $20,000 grant to Sacred Heart Children’s Foundation. The grant, part of Asuris’ annual employee-nominated grant program, will help create programs for children with chronic medical conditions.


• The Lincoln Center has hired Chef Evan Ellison as executive chef. Chef Ellison previously served as executive chef for Churchill’s Steakhouse and C.I. Shenanigans Restaurant and Brewery. The center also hired Ryan Biesen as director of food and beverage. Biesen is a certified sommelier and previously worked with The Spokane Club.

Dan Hilsendeger has been hired by Red Lion Hotels Corporation as national sales manager of the sports market. He previously worked as an account manager for Mountain West Medical in Denver. The company promoted Sunny Matteson from corporate media manager to director of marketing. • The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals named Barb Gendron “Supplier of the Year.” Gendron is state director of sales in Washington and Oregon for Red Lion Hotels Corporation.


• Washington Super Lawyers magazine named Kevin Roberts a “2011 Washington Super Lawyer” in the eminent domain practice category. Roberts is a litigation attorney with Dunn and Black, P.S.

Robin Haynes has been promoted to a principal in the Spokane law firm of Reed and Giesa P.S.


• Starlight Children’s Foundation-Northwest has hired Sheryl McGrath as regional development officer. She is a former small business owner, has previous nonprofit experience and holds a master’s degree from Eastern Washington University. The organization also hired Stacey Finch as program coordinator. She is a Child Life Specialist and earned her bachelor’s degree at Eastern Washington University.


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