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Sun., Nov. 3, 2013

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 The University of Washington School of Medicine has named Darryl Potyk as the assistant regional dean for the WWAMI (Washington Wyoming Alaska Montana Idaho) medical education program at WSU Spokane. He also works as assistant director at Providence Internal Medicine Residency Spokane.

Washington State University has been named an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. WSU was one of 16 public institutions in the nation to receive this designation that recognizes strong commitment to economic development and engagement.


 The director of Molten Metal Processing at Novelis’ Solatens Technology Center in Spokane, Robert Wagstaff, has been inducted into the fellowship program at Novelis. This fellowship is awarded to skilled technical experts who have made a significant contribution to business.


 Mark Carpenter and Amanda Cohen have joined Fidelity Associates Insurance and Financial Services. Carpenter is a personal lines account manager, and Cohen is an administrative assistant. Carpenter has worked as an insurance agent with Serenity Insurance Group, and Cohen was in administration and sales with L&L Nursery Supply in Fife, Wash.

 Sharon Haug, Eric Strozyk and Ryan Fisher have joined Ten Capital Investment Advisors, LLC. Haug is the CFO and financial advisor. She has been in the financial industry since 1988 and began her career in the investment industry in 1998 with Hart Capital Management. Strozyk is the chief operations officer and has extensive experience in operations and finances in the hospitality industry. Previously, he was a director in the operations field of DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center. Fisher is a financial advisor and holds a degree in economics from the University of Washington.

Health care

 Kristina Strong, a Washington state licensed mental health counselor, has opened a private practice, Lifewise Solutions LLC at 4407 N. Division St., Suite 602. She offers counseling and mental health services to help individuals manage depression, anxiety, grief, trauma and everyday stress.

 Sandra Johnson has joined Touchmark on South Hill as the community education coordinator for home health. Johnson had been marketing director for South Hill Senior Living and the outreach coordinator for Family Home Care and Hospice.

 The Washington State Assembly of the Association of Surgical Technologists noted Steve Caine as the 2013 Preceptor of the Year from the graduating class of surgical technologists from Spokane Community College. Caine is a graduate of Alpine College’s surgical technologist program and is currently with Deaconess Medical Center as an orthopedic surgery coordinator.

 The information technology department at Kootenai Health has received the IT Innovator award from Healthcare’s Most Wired and was also featured the magazine “Hospitals and Health Networks.” The award recognizes the department’s work in improving patient care, safety and health through technology.


Whiteman Lumber in Cataldo, Idaho has been recognized as the Idaho Small Business of the Month for September by U.S. Sen. Jim Risch. Whiteman Lumber has been in operation since 1928.

• Dave Matheson , chief executive of the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort, has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Indian Gaming Association and its chairman, Ernie Stevens. Matheson is a former tribal councilman and chairman and served four years with the Department of Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

• Eternal Paws LLC , a pet cremation service, has opened at 8824 N. Rodenbough Lane.


  • The Spokane County United Way board of directors announced three new members: Brent Fetsch, vice president of Northwest Farm Credit Services; Marcelo Morales, CEO of Jubilant HollisterStier; and Jeff Bryant, CEO of the Inland Northwest Blood Center.

  • The Women Helping Women Fund has announced its board members for 2013-14 as follows: April Anderson, Workland Witherspoon; Joanne Benham, Benham & Associates LLC; Stacy Covey, community volunteer; Stacy Destito, Itron; Tammy Erickson, Moss Adams LLP; Pat Gorton, Avista; Jennifer Lehn, secretary, Numerica Credit Union; Nancy Mahoney, president-elect, Dew Drop Sprinklers & Landscaping; Kris Mason, president, Lawton Printing Services; Melissa Murphy, Prime Real Estate Group; Jamie Tobias Neely, Eastern Washington University and The Spokesman-Review; Julie Olds, community volunteer; Barb O’Neill, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South; Diane Paxton, Ellingsen, Paxton, Johnson Orthodontics; Dori Sonntag, Gonzaga University; Kimberly Thielman, Asuris Northwest Health; Diane Thoren, treasurer, community volunteer; Carol Wilson, past president, community volunteer; and Megan Woodard, Witherspoon Kelley

Real estate

 Chris Lucas and Karie Lucas have joined Windermere North Spokane LLC as brokers. Previously, they were with Windermere in Mukilteo, Wash., since 1997.

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