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Sun., Aug. 31, 2014

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Lynn Carpenter-Boggs has been named a recipient of the Washington State University Alumni Association Alumni Achievement Award. The award was given in recognition of her contributions as a researcher, professor and scientist in the fields of soil microbiology, sustainable agriculture, and crop and soil sciences. Carpenter-Boggs earned a doctoral degree in soil science from WSU in 1997. She has been with the university since 2000 and currently serves as an associate professor of crop and soil sciences.


Bill Moon has joined Hart Capital Management as a securities analyst. Moon is a candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst program and a graduate of Gonzaga University.

Bankcda has promoted Tammy VanBrunt to mortgage loan officer. VanBrunt has been with the bank since May 2013 and has seven years of experience in the financial services industry. The bank also announced that Suzanne Sutton-Metzger has joined its board of directors. Sutton-Metzger is a partner in RR Chatters & Co., PLLC.

Maren Jorgensen has joined Idaho Trust Bank as a private commercial banker. Previously, Jorgensen worked as an SBA underwriter and commercial assistant relationship manager. She has nine years of commercial and small business lending experience.

Global Credit Union has promoted Mellie Price to brand manager and Christine Kolashinski to accounting supervisor. Price has been with the credit union for eight years and Kolashinski has been with the credit union for 13 years. In addition, Colleen Warner was hired as an internal audit manager.


Ben Thiel has been named the director of the United States Department of Agriculture, Risk Management Agency’s Spokane regional office. Thiel has worked for the USDA for more than 12 years and was previously a risk management specialist in the policy administration branch of the Risk Management Agency’s product management office.


Gritman Medical Center has named Rula Awwad-Rafferty and Kraig White to three-year terms on its board of directors. Awwad-Rafferty is a professor of architecture and design at the University of Idaho and White is a physician at Moscow Family Medicine.

Raymond Paz and Deborah Collins have joined Moscow Medical as board certified family physicians. Paz earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He served as chief resident at Idaho State University’s Family Medicine Residency Program. Collins graduated from the Duke University School of Medicine and taught at Georgetown University School of Medicine and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Human Resources

Renee Huling has joined Kootenai Electric Cooperative as the human resources administrator. Previously, Huling was an adjudicator with the Idaho Department of Labor.


Robert Dunn, John Black and Kevin Roberts, lawyers with Dunn Black & Roberts, P.S., have been recognized as 2014 Washington Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers magazine. In addition, they were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America annual publication. Their respective practice areas are as follows: Dunn was selected for commercial litigation, construction litigation, and labor and employee litigation; Black was selected for construction law; and Roberts was selected for employment law-individuals. Susan Nelson, also with Dunn Black & Roberts, was recognized as a 2014 Rising Star in Washington by Super Lawyers magazine. Super Lawyers lists the top five percent of attorneys by state or region based on a high degree of peer recognition and professional accomplishment.

Real Estate

Elizabeth Cunningham has joined the Five Star Spokane Group at Keller Williams Realty.


Etailz has hired Kirsten Querna as a web developer, Morgana Walker as a product compliance specialist and Emily Spokas as a purchase order associate.

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