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Anna Keller has joined Festival Dance Academy as head instructor. Keller has extensive teaching experience in ballet, modern dance, jazz and musical theater for all ages. She holds a master of fine arts in dance from the University of Arizona.

Washington State University College of Nursing has hired Demetrius Abshire as an assistant professor. Abshire recently earned his doctorate in nursing from the University of Kentucky. His research focuses on cardiovascular health.


Inland Northwest Bank has announced members of its restructured senior management team as follows: Russell Lee, president and chief executive officer; Mark Dresback, executive vice president and chief credit officer; Jason Miller, senior vice president and marketing director; Jennifer Nelson, senior vice president and director of human resources; Chad Burchard, senior vice president and chief lending officer; Liz Herndon, senior vice president and chief retail banking officer; David Hockett, senior vice president and chief risk officer; Holly Poquette, executive vice president and chief financial officer. In addition, Randall Fewel, former president and chief executive officer, and Scott Southwick, former executive vice president and chief credit officer, will serve the bank until their retirement in summer 2016.

Health care

Life Care Centers of America has named Bryan Lindsay as a recipient of one of the two President’s Awards for its Northwest Division. Lindsay is the senior executive director at Life Care Center of Post Falls. He was recognized for his dedicated service in a long-term health care management role, including his work in team building, cooperation and volunteerism.

Rachae Bell, an upper cervical specialist chiropractor with Clear Chiropractic, has earned a Diplomate in Chiropractic Craniocervical Junction Procedures from the International Chiropractors Association Council on Upper Cervical Care. This postgraduate program helps improve clinical knowledge and skills in upper cervical chiropractic care.

Rockwood Retirement Communities, including Rockwood Hawthorne and Rockwood South Hill, have met more than 800 quality standards to receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, an independent accrediting organization of health and human services, and the Educational Assessment Guidelines Leading toward Excellence, a faith-based accrediting organization.


Keller W. Allen has been recognized in the field of Litigation - Labor and Employment in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Allen has practiced employment and labor law for 25 years.


Design Spike has hired Pete Chichester as chief operating officer and Derek Landers as art director. Chichester has more than 20 years of experience in advertising, design and marketing. Previously, he was president and creative director at SavorWeb. Landers has more than 18 years of experience in print design, branding, Web design, and photography and film production. He was previously a graphic design instructor for North Idaho College.


Gordon Jackson has joined the board of directors for Partnering for Progress. Jackson recently retired from Whitworth University.


Jon Biron has joined RE/MAX Inland Empire as a broker on the sales team.


Tim Turner, owner of the local Fish Window Cleaning, was recognized for top sales at the annual Fish Window Cleaning Convention in St. Louis. Turner was also named a recipient of the Navigator Award for his work with prospective franchisees.


Empire Airlines has named Scott Marikis as vice president and chief operating officer, Randy Lanfell as vice president of operations and Tom Strom as vice president of maintenance. Marikis has been with the company for more than eight years and was previously vice president and chief financial officer. He has more than 20 years of senior-level general management and finance experience. Lanfell was previously the director of operations for 15 years. He has extensive experience in the regional airline industry. Strom was previously the director of maintenance since 2004. He has been with the company for 28 years.

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