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Sun., Nov. 18, 2012

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Mike Elam has been hired as systems engineer for Eastern Washington to Datec Inc. He previously served as systems administrator for West Valley School District.

• Kootenai Electric Cooperative has hired Phil Evander as an electrical engineer. He had served four years in the United States Navy.


Janelle Kraft has been hired by Spokane Teachers Credit Union as director of marketing and communications. She previously served as director of marketing for Pearson Packaging Systems.

• Spokane Teachers Credit Union promoted Stephanie Luby from assistant manager of the Spokane Valley Branch to Liberty Lake Branch manager. She has been with the company for 12 years. STCU also promoted Nicole Butler from assistant manager of the Indian Trail Branch to manager of Northtown Square Branch. She joined the credit union in 2005.

Christina Balkenbush has been hired as director of business development and portfolio manager by Hart Capital Management. She previously worked for RBC Wealth Management as a financial adviser. The company also hired Geneva Granatstein as director of marketing. She previously worked for a local advertising agency.

• Edward Jones promoted Julie Bailey to senior branch administrator of the firm’s downtown Coeur d’Alene branch office. She has been with the company for five and a half years.


• Attorney Paul Fitzpatrick has been named in the Best Lawyers in America publication in the practice of trusts and estates. Fitzpatrick is a lawyer with K&L Gates.


• FTD presented Monty Lewis with a Master Florist designation. Lewis is a florist with Appleway Florist and Greenhouse.

Dan Dugan has been hired as general manager for Kootenai County Fairgrounds. Dugan has extensive nonprofit, fundraising and event production experience.


Ed McCarron received a 2012 Humanitarian Award from Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital during its 20th annual Sister Peter Claver Humanitarian Award program. McCarron is director of the House of Charity.

• The following individuals have been appointed to the Inland Northwest Community Foundation’s Grants Committee: attorney Hollis Anderson; Terrie Ashby-Scott of Eastern Washington University; Margaret Bruya, Professor Emeritus, Washington State University; Susan Deitz of Public Hospital District No. 1 of Pend Oreille County; and Barb Richardson of Washington State University.

Paul Rose has been hired as membership director of the Spokane Home Builders Association. He has more than 20 years of building industry experience.

• Downtown Rotary Club 21 has named Todd Eklof and Robert Folkenberg as members. Eklof is a minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church and Folkenberg is CEO of Upper Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Real Estate

Greg Rowley was one of five Real Estate agents nationwide to win’s Agent Makeover Sweepstakes. Rowley is an agent in Coeur d’Alene with Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty.

• Keller Williams Realty Spokane hired Lori Thomas and Kristi Evenson as agents. Thomas previously served as a nurse and Evenson previously worked for Real Estate Marketplace.

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