February 2, 2014 in Business

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CliftonLarsonAllen has promoted Steve Roark and Brian Shull to principals in its Spokane office. Roark will oversee CLA’s Federal Tax Consulting Group. He has more than 30 years of experience in accounting. Shull will work with CLA’s audit services overseeing the public sector practice.


Sarah Carlson Rieger recently attended the Barron’s Top Women Advisor’s Summit hosted by Barron’s Magazine. Rieger is a wealth adviser with Fulcrum Financial Group. She was one of approximately 500 financial advisers nationwide selected to attend the conference.

Health care

David Corwin has been named as the medical director for PAML, LLC and PAML Ventures. Corwin also serves as president of CellNetix. He is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology and hematology. He has more than 30 years of experience in his field and previously served as the medical director for laboratories for Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.

Stanley Leung has joined Incyte Diagnostics as a pathologist. Leung is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology. He also has subspecialty training in gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary pathology from the Mayo Clinic.


The Quality Inn Oakwood has promoted Tyler Peck to sales manager. Previously, Peck was a group sales manager. He has been with Quality Inn Oakwood for more than two years.


14Four has hired Megan McNeal and Mike Kelsey as interactive producers and Ben Britz as a junior front-end developer. Previously, McNeal was the events director at Greater Spokane Incorporated for four years. Kelsey worked in the financial aid and alumni relations departments at Gonzaga University. Britz was previously a designer at Plese Printing & Marketing.


• The YMCA of the Inland Northwest has named John Ehrbar as the vice president of operations and Bethany Kennedy as the association membership director. Previously, Ehrbar served as the chief operating officer/vice president of operations at the Lake County YMCA in Ohio. Kennedy was the operations director for the Downtown YMCA in Phoenix.

• The Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre Façade Restoration Project has received more than $35,000 in grant support from the Community Strategies Grant Program at the Inland Northwest Community Foundation and from the Idaho Heritage Trust.

• Executive Women International of Spokane has announced its 2013-14 board of directors as follows: president, Dave Vahala of Travel Leaders; vice president/incoming president, Mary Nellenbach of Washington Trust Bank; past president, Jill Gaffney of Greenleaf Landscaping; secretary, Keva Sonderen Humbert of Sonderen Packaging; treasurer, Landie Chappell of Prime Lending; assistant treasurer, Jillian Robison of McDirmid Mikkelsen & Secrest P.S.; sergeant-at-arms, Amanda Edens of Visit Spokane; communications director, Shelly Bayne of Kershaw’s; program director, Carol McQuaid of Spokane Club; membership director, Mikayla Puckett of Chipman Moving & Storage; fundraising director, May Ward of Larry H. Miller Hyundai; and B/C/DP director, Nancy Harris of Sterling Bank.

• The 2014 Board of Directors for the Greater Spokane Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has been announced as follows: president, Chris Bieker of the USDA Farm Service Agency; past president and APR chair, Lisa Cargill of Desautel Hege Communications; president-elect and student relations, Alli Benjamin of Washington State University College of Nursing; secretary, Melanie Rose of Central Valley School District; treasurer, Tim Robinson of Visit Spokane; student relations and communications, Dawn Shrum of Itron; communications, Jillian Henze of AMI Advertising Agency; programming, Hayley Graham of Desautel Hege Communications; awards and sponsorships, Cara Coon of Sterling Bank; and ethics officer, Susan Nielsen of Strategic Niche LLC.

Real estate

Mary Anderson has joined Keller Williams Realty Spokane. She worked previously for Wells Fargo in Billings.


Visit Spokane has appointed Charlotte Finnegan to leisure sales manager. Previously, Finnegan served as the director of national accounts for six years for Visit Spokane.

Sonja Brekke has been named as the national sales manager at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Previously, Brekke served as the small group sales manager for the Resort.


Imprezzio Inc. has hired Richard Kearnes as a senior project manager. Kearnes has worked for several local companies in software development and project management. The company has promoted Ray FitzGerald and Holly Engh. FitzGerald was promoted from the application support group to build engineer. Engh was promoted from accounting associate to project coordinator. Imprezzio was also awarded a patent for its LeadFlowPro technology.

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