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The Spokane Home Builders Association has announced its 2017 board of directors. They are: President Jim Breidenbach of Craftsmen Construction, First Vice President; Nick Barnes of Construction Services, Second Vice President; Melissa Helvey of CrafteD Kitchen Design, Treasurer; Geoff Lee of INB, Secretary; Jeff Miller of Ferguson Enterprises, Past President; Nick Scheel of Arrow Kitchen & Bath, Builder Director; Jason Lawrence of Lawrence Custom Homes, Builder Director; Brian Offield of Gordon Finch Homes, Associate Director; Tim Borg of ProBuild Builders First Source, Associate Director; Chris Hardy of Champion Concrete Pumping, Remodelers Council Builder Director; Bob Wright of Wright Brothers Sunrooms, LLC, Government Affairs Committee Director; Pete Rayner of Beacon Hill, Education Committee Director; Jayson Hunnel of Avista, Membership Committee Director; Deacon Band of Band Construction, Inc., Communications Committee Director; Joelle Chester of Windermere City Group; and Tri-County Chapter President Keith Wilder of Keith Wilder Construction, LLC.


Zak Designs has announced its HydraTrak Straw Tumbler has been awarded a Good Design Award from The Chicago Athenaeum. Good Design is one of the oldest programs for design excellence, and by receiving the award, the HydraTrak tumbler will be a part of The Chicago Athenaeum’s Permanent Design Collection.


Beth Thew has been named chairwoman of the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees. She was appointed to the board in fall 2013 by the governor.


Meulink Stauffenberg, Inc. Engineers has announced two new partners, Aaron S. Donnelly, P.E. and Natalie J. Johnston, P.E. Donnelly focuses on central plant, higher education and health care facilities mechanical systems design and has been with the firm since 2011. Johnston has been with the firm since 2008. Her areas of expertise include industrial, higher education and K-12 school facilities mechanical systems design.

Hayden’s ALLWEST Testing & Engineering has announced three new hires. Stuart Malley has been hired as area manager for the Hayden office and has more than 15 years in technical service roles in the construction materials supply industry. He comes to ALLWEST from Salt Lake City after spending 11 years working in Atlanta. Scott Marshall brings over 28 years experience to ALLWEST as an engineering geologist. He has designed more than 100 stream crossings for fish passage, bridge designs and landslide evaluation. James Thomasson joins ALLWEST after working in Orange County, California for 12 years and three years working in Missoula. He is a senior geotechnical engineer.


Numerica Credit Union has announced the hiring of Kendra Edlin, Chris Simchuk and Katie Hunt. Edlin is the assistant vice president for retail experience. She will oversee seven branches in Spokane and Airway Heights. Simchuk most recently worked at Global Credit Union and will be Numerica’s assistant vice president for retail lending and will oversee underwriters to ensure loan quality, quick turnaround and team development. Hunt has been hired as business development manager and comes to Numerica from Advanced Benefits.

In addition, Laina Walkington has assumed the business development officer position after working at Numerica branches in Spokane Valley, Hayden and Coeur d’Alene. Deanna Ervin is the new manager for Numerica’s Coeur d’Alene branch after managing the Sullivan Branch in Spokane.


Lisa Vogt has received certification from Y-USA as an Organizational Leader, the highest level award for YMCA staff recognizing strategic and visionary leadership. She has been the Executive Director of YMCA Camp Reed since 2002.


Friends of the Centennial Trail, the non-profit organization that assists in maintenance and completion of the Centennial Trail, has named its 2017 board of director officers and members. The Executive Board Members are: Chairperson Jon Jonckers of OutThere Monthly, Vice Chair; Dan Maguire of TransCanada, Secretary; Debbie Pierce of Spokane Mountaineers, Treasurer; Mike Merritt, C.P.A., At-Large Member; Mike Basinger of City of Spokane Valley; and At-Large Member Bill Fitzner of KSPS-TV. Members include Hannahlee Allers of City of Spokane, Amy Condon of Itron, Dean Feldmeier of DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center, Greg Loew of Avista, Becca McConnaughey of Spokane County, Nick Murto of Seven2 and Gair Petrie of Randall Danskin, P.S.


Susan Ashe and Francisco Velazquez have been elected to the board and executive committee of Life Science Washington, the state’s life science trade association. Ashe is the executive director of HSSA of Spokane County and has been elected to the Life Science Washington board. Velazquez has been elected to the group’s 2017 executive committee and is the president and CEO of PAML LLC and PAML Ventures.


Spokane’s Imprezzio has hired Jeff Brown as Executive Vice President of Sales. Brown attended Gonzaga University and has been involved in building sales teams for software for 17 years in San Diego and Spokane.


Kate Hudson has been named Visit Spokane’s Public Relations Manager. Prior to her work at Visit Spokane, Hudson worked primarily as a television news producer. She will focus on media outlets to show Spokane as a regional destination for travel, lifestyle and business.

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