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Laura Hill has been hired as executive director of Human Resources for North Idaho College. Hill previously worked for Rockwood Clinic in Spokane as chief human resource officer. She has more than 20 years of human resource management experience and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana.


• Catalyst Corporate Federal Credit Union has appointed Bill Before as a board member. Before is chief financial officer of Spokane Teachers Credit Union.

Serenity Tremblay and Grant Kuwada have been hired as residential loan originators for First Priority Financial in Spokane. Tremblay has more than 12 years of related experience and previously worked for Northwest Equity Solutions. Kuwada has nine years of lending experience and previously worked for Numerica Credit Union.

• Columbia University presented Ron Glendening with a Certified Portfolio Manager title. Glendening is chief operating officer of Pinkerton Retirement Specialists LLC in Coeur d’Alene.

Keven Martinez has been hired by Heritage Homes of Spokane Valley as a senior loan officer. He previously worked for Sterling Saving Bank Home Loan Division.

Health care

• Reliant LifeWorks has hired Edie Ward as clinical director and pharmacist. She previously served as a compounding and consulting pharmacist for another local pharmacy.


Tony Rugel has been appointed Superior Court Commissioner for Spokane County Superior Court. Rugel previously served as assistant attorney general for the Department of Social and Health Services for the past eight years. He also has served as counsel to the Washington State Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee and as a deputy prosecutor for Okanogan County. He graduated from Eastern Washington University with bachelor’s degrees in political science and government; and earned his law degree from the University of Puget Sound.

• McDirmid, Mikkelsen and Secrest P.S. hired Karen Burkhardt as a manager. She previously served as a partner with Burkhardt, Dierdorff, Shriver and Walther PLLC.


• The following individuals have been named 2012-’13 officers for Marketing Associates of Spokane: president, Taryn Erickson of Trindera Engineering; vice president, Kelli Crain of Meulink Engineering; past president, Meg Lindsay of Spokane STEM Learning Network; treasurer, Brian Burton of Lydig Construction; programs chair, Marty Orchard of NAC Architecture; membership co-chairs, Terri McRae Garrett of ALSC Architects and April Smith of Geo Engineers; sponsorship chair, Steven Dampf of Historical Research Associates; public relations chair, Julie Van Wormer of ALSC Architects; social media chair, Josh Tripp of Land Expressions; and special events co-chairs, Sheila Gates-Ping, Associate AIA, LEED; and Mary O’Hara of Emkayo Engineering.


• New Hope Resource Center elected the following individuals as officers for 2012-’13: president, Harla Jean Biever; vice president, Mark Vogelsang; secretary, Alanna Crouch; and assistant, Peggy McCandless; treasurer, Lois Blanchette; and immediate past president, Glenn Lockwood.

Real estate

Bob Tomlinson of Coldwell Banker Tomlinson and Jim Frank of Greenstone Homes and Neighborhoods were presented with Hall of Fame Awards from the Spokane Home Builders Association during its sixth annual awards ceremony.

• Greenstone Homes has hired Jim Campasino as sales manager at Kendall Yards. Campasino previously served as founder and president of Innovative Capital Partners Inc. The company also hired Jeremy Nichols as a sales manager for River District. He previously worked as a realtor for John L. Scott Real Estate and is a graduate of Washington State University.


Holly Doering has been hired as a technical writer for Imprezzio Inc. She previously taught composition at Spokane Falls Community College and served as an editor for the Better Business Bureau. The company also hired Rick McNeely as marketing director. He previously served as a partner in Smash Media, an advertising agency in Coeur d’Alene.

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