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Compiled by Lisa Leinberger


Benjamin Nielsen has been hired as a project manager at Taylor Engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from California Polytechnic State University.

The Spokane Youth Sports Association has hired Philip Helean as executive director. He previously served as a senior director at the YMCA and holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Washington University.

Heidi Acuff has been hired as an agent at Century 21 Beutler & Associates. She has a background in business and sales.

Dr. Elin Angeid-Backman has been hired at Inland Imaging Associates as a diagnostic radiologist. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and completed her internship and residency at the University of Michigan Hospitals. She has also been accepted for membership in the Spokane County Medical Society.

Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital has hired Vanessa Branstetter as a pediatric emergency physician. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada School of Medicine and completed a residency and fellowship at the University of New Mexico.

Harris Dan Insurance has hired Peter Job as a commercial property and casualty licensed agent. He holds an accounting degree from Boise State University and previously worked at Powercom and AT&T.

Inland Vascular Institute has hired Jeanne Ellern as a physician’s assistant. She is a 1998 graduate of the University of Washington and has been accepted for membership in the Spokane County Medical Society.

Dr. Rajesh Bhola has been hired at Kootenai Heart and Vascular Health and specializes in cardiovascular disease. He is a graduate of the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital and completed an internship and residency from Cook County Hospital. Ha has also been accepted for membership in the Spokane County Medical Society.

Powder Basin Associates has hired Brenda Shanley as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is licensed in Idaho and Washington.


Mountain West Bank has promoted Alison Pollard to commercial lender III. She is a vice president and has worked at the bank since 1993. Pollard has over 21 years of experience in banking.

Trish Buzan has been promoted from staff member to associate at Northwest Architectural Company. She holds an associate’s degree from Clark County Community College in drafting technology.

Sterling Savings Bank has promoted Bev Hosek to assistant vice president. She has been with the bank for six years and is the customer service manager of the downtown branch.

Renee Robertson has been promoted at PrimeSource Credit Union to operations manager. She has been with the credit union since 1992 and previously worked as the office manager at the downtown branch.


The U.S. Forest Service has awarded Sustainable Northwest the Rural Community Leadership award for its partnership with rural Pacific Northwest towns to improve economic and environmental health.

The National Mining Association has awarded Revett Silver Company’s Troy Mine with the Sentinels of Safety Award.

Pete Caneer has become a fellow at the Clinical Underwriting Institute. He works at Carrol & Associates in Spokane.

Thomas Tribble has been recognized as a Two Million Mile Safe Driver by Trans-System. They also announced Kenneth Eacret, Francis Pate, Albert Rupert, Boyd Anderson, Virginia Kennedy, Michael Reisert, Royal Becker and Gary Olive as One Million Mile Safe Drivers.

Homescapes has earned the Premier Dealer designation from Beam Industries.

World Wide Packets has been named a Top Company to Watch in 2005 by Broadband Properties.

Patrick Gaither, the general manager of the Spokane Valley T.G.I. Friday’s, recently received the Risk Taking Leadership award from the company for risks taken to improve the restaurants overall business.

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