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 Nicholas Knapton, P.S. has hired John Dierdorff as a principal and Rachel Payne as a Staff B accountant. Previously, Payne was with the Spokane County Parks Department. Dierdorff is a certified public accountant and was with John F. Dierdorff CPA PLLC.

 Curt Andersen has become a shareholder at McDirmid, Mikkelsen & Secrest, P.S. Andersen has more than 20 years of experience in the public accounting industry. The firm also has promoted Phuong Walters and Jakki Woods from Staff B accountants to Staff A accountants.


 Tom Faulkner, of Industrial Communications, has earned his professional engineers certification. The certification requires experience in the engineering industry and to maintain and improve skills. Faulkner has more than 35 years of professional experience in the engineering industry including experience in system, analog, RF design, and engineering analysis.

 The Association of Washington Business has recognized Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. with a 2014 Better Workplace Award in the innovative benefits/compensation category. The award was given to SEL for their work in providing an excellent employee benefits program and a family-friendly work environment.


 Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency (Spokane Clean Air) has awarded Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital with the 2014 Clean Air Award in recognition of the hospital’s efforts in reducing air emissions.


 Heritage Home Loans has hired several individuals for their mortgage team. Benjamin Sharpe, Julie Becker, Kathleen Allen-Bagley and Joe O’Connor have been hired as loan officers. Linda Dean, Jaymi Sharpe and Holly Brevik have been hired as loan partners.

 The board of directors for the Inland Northwest chapter of the National Association of Credit Management has been announced as follows: chairman, Caron Munsen of Haskins Steel Co; 1st vice chair, Sheryl Rasmusson of Kilgore Tec Products; immediate past chair, Sue Witte of System TWT Transportation; secondvice chair, Sarah Hoyt of Jubilant HollisterStier LLC; director, Pam Wagner of Sysco; director, Mark Balstad of Crop Production Services; director, Allen Husch of Husch & Husch; director, Angie Kieffer of Washington Trust Bank; director, Jeff Caviness of Central Pre-Mix; director, Brenda Snelling of WCP Solutions.

Health care

 Incyte Diagnostics has been selected by the Washington State Hospital Association to be part of the Industry Partner Program. To be named an industry partner, Incyte underwent a rigorous evaluation process to ensure the company met the association’s high standards of quality and service.


 Mt. Spokane Veterinary Hospital has announced that Jocelyn Woodd has become an owner. Woodd has 25 years of experience in veterinary medicine and is the current president of the Washington State Veterinary Association.

 Radha Yoga Center will change its name to Yasodhara Yoga Spokane. Its location will remain the same at 406 S. Coeur d’Alene St., in Browne’s Addition. For more information, call (509) 838-3575 or (509) 280-7610.

Real estate

 Aaron Bell has joined Keller Williams Realty Spokane. Previously, Bell was with Windermere City Group.

 Kara Siemens has joined Windermere Real Estate/City Group as a sales associate in the Spokane office.


 Etailz has hired Taylor Forney as a vendor onboarding specialist and Kelsi Fauske as an inventory clerk.

 Tobler Marina, in Hayden, Idaho, has received the Boating Industry’s Top 100 Dealer Award for the fifth consecutive year. Recipients of the award are selected based on the areas of quality service, sales and customer satisfaction. Tobler Marina’s service manager, Gary Brookshire, and owners, Shellie Christian and Brent Christian, accepted the award at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla.

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