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Architecture

Architects West has hired Ryan Johnson as a project architect and Marissa Crosby as a CAD technician. Johnson is licensed in Idaho and Washington and previously owned Element Architecture. Crosby was previously with Element Architecture for two years. In addition, Jared Smith recently completed the Architectural Intern Development Program through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Smith has been with the firm since 2007 as a CAD technician.

Education

The Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) Foundation and STCU have named recipients of the 2015-16 Exceptional Faculty Awards as follows: Sunny Anderson, Dyan Bledsoe, Alanna Crouch, Elodie Goodman, Rosi Guerrero, Bernard Hewey, Pamela Parnell, Colette Wanke, Shawn Wash and Clay Wright. In addition, CCS named Lori Hunt, Angela Merritt and Robert “Bobby” Lee as recipients of the Saling Awards for Excellence. These awards recognize staff members who represent the colleges well and demonstrate commitment to students.

Joshua Neumiller has been appointed to a two-year term on the American Diabetes Association’s Professional Practice Committee. Neumiller is a pharmacotherapy associate professor at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy.

Finance

Stan Hilbert has been named the chief financial officer and treasurer of URM Stores, Inc.

Mountain West Bank Spokane Valley Financial Center has hired Robert Howard as a mortgage loan originator. Howard specializes in construction loans.

Law

Super Lawyers magazine has named Kenneth B. Howard as a 2016 Super Lawyer for the Mountain States region and Elizabeth A. Tellessen as a 2016 Rising Star in Washington. Howard and Tellessen are attorneys with Winston & Cashatt. Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys based on peer recognition and professional achievement.

The founding members of the law firm Piskel Yahne Kovarik, Jason Piskel, Ryan Yahne and Nicholas Kovarik, have been named as 2016 Washington State Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers magazine. Piskel and Yahne were named as Super Lawyers in the construction litigation category. Kovarik was named a Rising Star in general litigation.

Marketing

Kristina Beal has joined American Solutions for Business as a marketing and promotions consultant.

Nonprofit

Juliet Sinisterra has joined the Downtown Spokane Partnership and Business Improvement District as economic development manager. Sinisterra has more than 20 years of experience and was previously the project manager for the Riverfront Park Master Plan 2014.

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library has hired Talley Gaskins as the young adult coordinator. Gaskins was previously with the Meridian Library’s Silverstone branch for two years.

Sustainability

Environmental Leader, an environmental and energy industry publication, has named Ecova as a recipient of the Project of the Year Award. Ecova won the award with Powerhouse Dynamics and Weathermatic and their client, Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc., in recognition of their water meter solution to save more than seven million gallons of water at Arby’s-owned sites.

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