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Theresa MacLennan has been named the executive director of the Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center in Post Falls. MacLennan most recently served in the same capacity for The Centennial Trail Foundation and has over 25 years of marketing, management, fund-raising and development experience, mostly for non-profits.


The Downtown Spokane Partnership has named its 2017 board of directors. The executive committee is comprised of Chair Susan Horton of Wheatland Bank, Vice Chair Cory Barbieri of Goodale & Barbieri Co., Past Chair Brendan Wiechert of STCU, Secretary/Legal Mike Currin of Witherspoon Kelley, Treasurer Dan Clark of Washington Trust Bank, At Large member Betsy Cowles of Cowles Company, and At Large member Jim Sloane of Festival of Speed.

The Partnership’s new board members for 2017 are Brady Cass of Asuris Northwest Health, Stephanie Curran of Spokane Public Facilities District, Sharon Fairchild of Providence Health Care and Dan Zimmerer of the Davenport Hotel Collection.

The Business Improvement District have announced the 2017 Ratepayer Advisory Board. The executive committee is Chair Stephanie Curran of Spokane Public Facilities District, Vice Chair Thomas Hix of Black Realty Management, Inc., Past Chair Dana Harbaugh of NAC Architecture, Treasurer Amy Roberts of BDO USA, LLP, Secretary Mark Dailey of Integrus Architecture and Attorney Representative Michael Paukert of Paukert & Troppmann, PLLC.

New board members for the District for 2017 include Jonathan Mallahan of the City of Spokane, Elizabeth Mills of River Park Square, Bailee Neyland of Spokane Hoopfest, Fawn Schott of Volunteers of America and Marybeth Smith of Lewis & Clark High School.


Washington State University has named Phil Weiler vice president for marketing and communication. Weiler comes to WSU with more than 26 years of experience and will supervise the Office of University of Communications. He comes to WSU from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he is the senior executive director of marketing and brand management.


Jessica Mathie has been named Sales Director for SpringHill Suites Coeur d’Alene. Mathis relocated to Coeur d’Alene from Rexburg, Idaho, where she held the same position.


Douglas, Eden, Phillips, DeRuyter & Stanyer, PS. have announced Erik Kukuk has become a principal in the firm. Kukuk focuses primarily in real estate, corporate transactions and securities.


Vanessa Strange has won the Public Library Association’s Gordon M. Conable Award, earned by demonstrating a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights. Strange, a Spokane County Library District librarian, will receive the award at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago in June.


Coeur d’Alene’s JEBCommerce has been ranked by Entrepreneur as the 19th best small-sized company office culture in America. JEBCommerce joins two other Pacific Northwest companies on the list, both based in Seattle.


Veronica Hopwood has been hired by Pullman Regional Hospital as the new Wellness Coordinator. Hopwood is a doctoral student studying Prevention Science at Washington State University with a particular interest in emotional regulation and obesity prevention.


Hecla Mining Company’s president and CEO, Philips S. Baker, Jr., has been presented with the Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration’s William Lawrence Saunders Gold Medal Award, recognizing his leadership and contributions to the mining industry.


Linda Prado has been announced as the new public relations and developments specialist for Lilac Services for the Blind. She previously worked for the Lincoln County Conservation District as a marketing and outreach assistant.

Real Estate

Jessica Rukke and Elaine Brazell have been hired by Windermere as brokers. Rukke previously worked with Capstone Construction in Spokane and will be working at the Valley/Liberty Lake office. Brazell, who will work from Windermere’s North Spokane office, previously worked with Cobblestone Real Estate and Arda Realty in Sacramento, California.

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