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• Market Vision has hired Jason Beetham as a front end Web developer/SEO specialist. He has more than 10 years of relative experience and studied software development at Spokane Community College. The company also hired Kelly Graves as media coordinator and billing administrator. Graves previously served as digital media sales coordinator at The Spokesman-Review and holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Idaho.


Corey Zachow has earned his Washington State Architectural License. Zachow is an intern architect with Madsen Mitchell Evenson and Conrad and has been with the firm since 2004.


• The Republic Ranger District of Republic, Wash., has named Robert Sanchez district ranger. He has been a U.S. Forest Service employee for 10 years and previously worked as a forest hydrologist for the Mendocino National Forest in Willows, Calif.

Gayne Sears has been named district ranger for the Newport and Sullivan Ranger Districts in Newport, Wash. She been with the U.S. Forest Service for 25 years and is enrolled in the master’s of natural resources program at Utah State University.

Kevin Twohig received the Charles A. McElvray Award from the International Association of Venue Managers. Twohig is CEO of the Spokane Public Facilities District.

Health care

• Longevity Health Center has hired Connie Christie as a practitioner. She is a Certified Rolfer and board-certified acupuncturist, fully licensed to practice in Washington, California and Montana. She studied Chinese medicine at Yo San University, completed an externship in integrative pain management at the Venice Family Clinic in Venice, Calif., and is pursuing a doctorate in women’s health at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She previously worked for an integrated pain management clinic in Montana.


Rebecca Steffensrud has been hired as the public relations contact for FairBridge Hotels International based in Spokane. She has more than 20 years of related experience and is a food safety instructor certified by the National Restaurant Association. She has previously worked for Costco Wholesale in Issaquah, Wash., PRIDE Industries in Roseville, Calif., and the Washington Restaurant Association.


• Washington Super Lawyers magazine named Nicholas Kovarik, Jason Piskel and Michael Tucker “2011 Washington Rising Stars.” All three are attorneys with Dunn and Black, P.S.

Nancy Isserlis has been elected the 2011-’12 treasurer for the Washington Bar Association. She is the WSBA Fifth District Governor.


• Banner Marketing has hired Bart Hillman as an account executive. He previously worked in the retail division of Sunrise Mattress and has nine years of sales and marketing experience.

Patty Allen has graduated from the UCLA/Johnson and Johnson Head Start Management Fellows Program conducted by the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles. Allen is the Head Start director for Spokane County Head Start/ECEAP/Earl Head Start.

Family Promise of North Idaho received a $1,500 grant from the Avista Foundation for its Moving Out of Homeless program.

Real estate

• Kestell Co. Realtors has hired Darryl Gardner, Heather Wilhelm and Dick McConnell as real estate brokers.


Jeff Pastras has been recognized by Con-way Freight for driving 1 million accident-free miles. Pastras has worked as a freight driver for the company since 1997 and has been a professional truck driver for 19 years.

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