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Philip Eaton and Travis Downs have been elected to the Whitworth University board of trustees. Downs graduated with honors from Whitworth in 1985 and is a securities attorney and partner at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP in San Diego. Eaton is president emeritus of Seattle Pacific University. He served as interim president of Whitworth from 1992 to 1993 and was a professor of English and American literature at Whitworth from 1968 to 1985. He was the first recipient of the Whitworth Academic Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching. Downs and Eaton will begin their terms in January.

Lynnette Vehrs, Ryan Townsend and Janessa Graves have joined the Washington State University College of Nursing in Spokane. Vehrs is director of professional development. Previously, she was an instructor at the College of Nursing. Townsend is director for undergraduate programs. Prior to this appointment, he was director of professional development at the college. Graves is an assistant professor. Previously, she was a senior research fellow at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.

Health care

Peter Brewer, CFAAMA, has been named hospital administrator for Shriners Hospitals for Children in Spokane. Brewer has extensive experience in health care leadership, including key leadership roles during 27 years of military service. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 2009 to 2012 as medical commander/chief executive officer at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Pennsylvania State University with an emphasis on health care administration.

Providence Health Care has named Helen Andrus as chief financial officer. She will continue to serve as CFO for Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital and Providence Holy Family Hospital. Andrus first joined Providence in 2001 as manager of financial accounting and reporting for Sacred Heart. She serves on the board of Hospice of Spokane and on the board of directors for Providence Health Care Foundation.


Whitny L. Cunningham has joined the firm of Piskel Yahne Kovarik PLLC as an associate. Cunningham practices complex civil litigation, construction law, employment law and real estate law. She is a graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law.

Barbara Folden has been promoted from mental health evaluator to mental health court manager for Spokane County. Folden is a licensed mental health counselor and a board-certified forensic mental health evaluator.


The Inland Northwest American Red Cross has named Craig Dias as a recipient of the 2013 Spirit of the Red Cross Award. The award recognizes individuals who help those in need in their community. Dias is president and general manager of Haskins Steel Co. Inc.

The Avista Foundation has awarded grants of $93,500 to the following local nonprofits: Inland Northwest Community Foundation, Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation, HUB Sports Center (Spokane Valley HUB), Spokane Public Radio, Loon Lake Food Bank & Resource Center, and Community Cancer Services in Sandpoint.

The Inland Northwest Community Foundation has awarded $301,365 through the Community Strategies Grant Program to the following organizations: Bonner County Communiversity, Idaho College Access Project; Boundary County Youth Crisis and Domestic Violence Hotline, Community Outreach; city of Wallace, Wallace Stairs Project; Daybreak Youth Services, Rapid Response Program Expansion; Eastern Washington University, Northeast Washington Trends; Fresh Start Inc., Fresh Start Homeless Support; Friends of Gladish, Capital Improvements; Holy Names Music Center at Fort Wright, Spokane Youth Music Consortium; Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, Facade Renovation Project; Lake Pend Oreille School District, Buster School Bus Safety Program; Opengate, Re-Entry Resource Center; Partners with Families & Children, Financial Asset Building Program; Reach for the Future; Silver Valley Seniors Inc., Shoshone County Senior Hunger Reduction Initiative; SpokAnimal C.A.R.E., Pawsitive Dog Prison Training Program; town of Fairfield, Community Center Doors; Transitional Programs For Women, Employment Services; Washington Nonprofits, Inland Northwest Initiative; and Women’s and Children’s Free Restaurant, Restaurant and Community Kitchen Support.

Real estate

Tami Montoya has joined Keller Williams Realty Spokane.

Kathy Amistoso, Dani Carpenter, Lana Lenertz, Tommy Mackay, Sheri Tilton, Julie Anne Young and Bette Zerba with RE/MAX of Spokane have completed a luxury home marketing training course offered by The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing through RE/MAX University at RE/MAX of Spokane.


Etailz has hired Annalisa Wells as an inventory clerk and Tracy Stout as retail manager for Wollnick’s General Store.

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