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Gina Smith has joined SPVV Landscape Architects as a landscape designer. Smith’s current projects include Northwood Middle School for the Mead School District; Corbin Park renovations for the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department; and Franklin Elementary for Spokane Public Schools.


The Spokane Home Builders Association has named George Paras and the late Darrell Condron to the Builder’s Hall of Fame for their contributions to the local construction industry. Paras is the owner of Paras Homes, founded in 1981 as Paras Construction. Condron founded Family Homes in 1958. His family owns Condron Homes.

Health care

The Washington State Pharmacy Association has named Chris Greer as the recipient of the Washington State Health System Pharmacist of the Year award in recognition of his service to the profession of pharmacy. Greer is the pharmacy manager at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute.

Sunshine Health Facilities announced that Sunshine Gardens has been awarded the American Health Care Association’s Bronze Award for commitment to quality. In addition, Todd Kinsel has been promoted from marketing director for Sunshine Health Facilities to administrator for Sunshine Gardens. Sunshine Home Health Care has promoted Gretchen Anderson to administrator and hired Sandy Johnson as an outreach coordinator. Michael Waldrip has been hired as a community outreach and marketing coordinator for Sunshine Health Facilities.

Thomas A. Neal has joined Northwest Family Medicine as a family doctor. Neal practices newborn care, pediatrics, adult medical care, sports medicine and wellness care. He was with Ironwood Family Practice for 24 years. He serves as a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Idaho Medical Association.


PayneWest Insurance has been named as one of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Insurance by Business Insurance and the Best Companies Group in the medium employer category. Companies are listed based on a high level of employee engagement and satisfaction.


Leadership Spokane has named Scott Morris as a recipient of the King Cole Luminary Award and Gloria Ochoa-Bruck as a recipient of the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award. Morris is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Avista Corporation. He received the award in recognition of his leadership and philanthropy. Ochoa-Bruck is the director of local government and multi-cultural affairs at City of Spokane. She received the award in recognition of her service and commitment to Leadership Spokane, professional success and contributions to the community.

Inland Northwest Partners recently announced the winners of its 2015 Hometown Awards. The town of Fairfield, Washington received the Community Award for an effective community economic development strategy. Palouse Knowledge Corridor received the Partnership Award in recognition of significant economic accomplishments achieved through innovative partnerships. The Jacklin Family received the Hometown Hero Award for their support of local economic development efforts.

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