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Compiled by Lisa Leinberger The Spokesman-Review


Gregg Jones & Associates has recently hired Steve Ferrette as a Realtor. Ferrette is a lifetime resident of Spokane and is also a lieutenant for the Paramedic Valley Fire Dept.

Svetlana Koran has recently been hired by Gregg Jones & Associates as a Realtor. Koren speaks Russian and has lived in Spokane for seven years. She was previously a stay-at-home mother.

Michelle Nelson has recently been hired by Payne Financial Group’s Spokane office as a commercial lines account manager. Nelson was previously with Farmer’s Insurance in Portland as an insurance and financial services agent. She studied business administration at Portland Community College.

Windermere Real Estate has recently hired Heather Wetzel as a sales associate at its North Wall Street office. Wetzel is new to real estate.

Gary Kitchens has recently been hired as general manager of operations at Sharp Automotive. Kitchens is a certified master technician and has more than 30 years of automotive experience.

Holy Family Multiple Sclerosis Center has recently hired Julie Ponti, PA-C. Ponti has three years of experience in a community-based family practice and trained at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Mark Patton has recently been hired by Merrill Lynch in Coeur d’Alene as a financial advisor. Patton has a bachelor’s degree in English from Long Beach State University and has 11 years of experience in the financial services industry. He was previously a financial consultant with A.G. Edwards & Sons.

Windermere Real Estate’s Manito office has recently hired Ryan Fuller as a sales associate. Fuller was previously in sales with Western States Cat in Spokane and is new to real estate.

American General Life/Valic Financial Advisors Inc. has recently hired Lee Allinger as a financial advisor. Allinger has over 10 years of experience in the industry and will work with company group retirement/pension plan investors. She earned her master’s in business administration from Eastern Washington University.

Gregg Jones & Associates has recently hired Jeff Karger as a Realtor. Karger was previously an outside salesman with 27 years of experience for Columbia Paint and has lived in Spokane for the last 15 years.


Scott Galbreath of Northwest Farm Credit Services, Spokane branch, has recently been promoted to the position of regional credit officer. Galbreath has been with Farm Credit since 2001 and has been working at the Lewiston and Colfax branches. He holds bachelor’s degrees in business management and economics from Whitworth College.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has recently named Norm Proctor as the new regional director for the SBA’s Region X. Proctor will oversee the delivery of SBA’s financial assistance, business development and counseling programs throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. He was previously the regional advocate for Region X.

Gonzaga University has recently promoted Gary Weber to the position of associate academic vice president. Weber was previously assistant dean of the School of Business Administration and has been with G.U. since 1995. Among his new duties, Weber will be responsible for academic policy program development and coordination.

Jolanta Kozyra has recently been promoted to the position of assistant academic vice president at Gonzaga University. Kozyra has been working at G.U.’s admission office since 1988 and became assistant dean for operations in 1991. Among Kozyra’s new responsibilities, she will serve as academic coordinator for enrollment management.

Gonzaga University English professor, Michael Herzog has recently been promoted to serve as senior advisor to Stephen Freedman, the academic vice president of the university. Herzog will assist Freedman in the academic planning and decision-making processes.


Craig Crowley of the Spokane office of DCI Engineers has recently earned his S.E. certification. Crowley is a structural project manager and has more than seven years of engineering experience.

Diamonds in the Ruff, Training for Dogs and their People, has recently announced that dog trainers Carol Byrnes, Dana Byrnes, Cathy Fox, and Lisa Lucas have earned level 1 certification through the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers, the first national certification for that industry.

The Washington Association of Housing and Services for the Aging has recently bestowed Wm. Patrick O’Neill with the Award of Honor. O’Neill is president and CEO of Riverview Retirement Community.

North Idaho College of Journalism instructor and Idaho Spokesman-Review columnist Nils Rosdahl was recently selected to participate in a Poynter Institute seminar on “Diversity Across the Curriculum” from May 23-28 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Rosdahl is one of 16 educators nationwide to participate.

The Idaho Workforce Training Network has recently granted $12,500 to North Idaho College. The college is using the funds to create a brochure and redesign the Workforce Training Network’s Web site to better promote the training capabilities of the network’s six member colleges.

The Stevens Public Utility District has recently received the “Above and Beyond Award” from the Washington State Department of Health, drinking water Deputy Director Rich Hoey. The P.U.D. received this award for helping struggling small water systems in Stevens and northern Spokane Counties.

The Washington Festival & Events Association has recently recognized the Spokane Lilac Festival Association‘s Web site with the 2004 Bronze Summit Award. The site,, was designed by webmaster Patricia McAuley, owner of Electric Sheep.

The Spokane Valley Community Center has recently received a grant of $18,000 from the Community Development Block Grant. The fund will be used to operate the Emergency Assistance Program that helps more than 2000 individuals with emergency utility assistance, rent, prescriptions, medical/dental issues and work-related transportation needs.

The Farmer’s Daughter Country Store and Bakery has recently named Trish Schwartz of Reardon, Wash. as employee of the month. Schwartz designed the store’s best-selling sandwich, the City Girl Special.

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