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Magnuson, McHugh and Co.announced Nicole Potter has joined the firm as a CPA in the small business services team. She has 12 years of experience and is a graduate of Gonzaga University.


Bouten Construction Co. has announced two new hires. Patrick Taylor has been hired as project manager. He most recently managed health care construction projects for Aldrich & Associates. Christian McCuen has been hired as a project engineer and comes to Bouten from a construction firm in Seattle. Both Taylor and McCuen have bachelor’s degrees in construction management from the University of Washington.


Washington State University College of Nursing has announced several personnel changes. Lisa Day will lead a review and update to undergraduate curriculum at the college as vice dean for educational innovation. She most recently was an associate professor at the Duke University College of Nursing. Sandy Carollo, associate dean for academic affairs, will oversee educational policy and academic programs in an interim capacity through the end of the academic year in May. She is also the associate dean for central Washington and clinical associate professor in Yakima for WSU. Celestina Barbosa-Leiker has been named associate dean for research. She is an associate professor whose research focuses on “testing sex differences in opioid withdrawal and dependence, women’s health and birth satisfaction and assembling the transition from pregnancy to parenthood while using substances … or in substance use treatment,” according to a release. Julie Postma, who researches asthma and environmental health, has been named assistant dean for research. She recently was honored with a Public Health Leadership Award from the Washington State Public Health Association.


Joshua Neumiller has been named chair of the Professional Practice Committee for the American Diabetes Association. He is currently editor-in-chief of the journal Diabetes Spectrum, serves on the ADA’s Standards of Care Committee and is an associate professor and vice chair for the Department of Pharmacotherapy at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy.

Richard McLandress, a longtime family physician and director of Kootenai Clinic Family Medicine Coeur d’Alene Residency, has been recognized with the WWAMI Alumni Award for excellence in mentoring teaching, leadership and patient care. The WWAMI Medical Education Program is a partnership with the University of Washington School of Medicine to provide medical education to students across the West, particularly in Idaho, Alaska, Montana and Wyoming, all states with no medical school.


Two employees of HUB International, Melissa Koontz, senior employee benefits consultant, and Matt Gilroy, employee benefits consultant, have been named Rising Stars in Advising by the Employer Benefit Advisor editorial committee. Rising Stars are individuals 35 and younger nominated for their background, achievements and book of business. The two have worked together for five years and are among 20 selected finalists from across the nation.


Timothy Westerhaus, director of choirs and vocal studies at Gonzaga University, has been chosen president-elect by the Northwest Division of the American Choral Directors Association. He will take over the position July 1, begin a two-year term as president in July 2020 and will become vice president effective in July 2022. Westerhaus has served as music director of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist since 2014, presents clinics for student and community choirs in the region and sings as a tenor with the Oregon Bach Festival and Helmuth Rilling in Germany.


YWCA Spokane has announced its board of directors for 2018. The executive officers are: Board Chair Nancy Norbury-Harter, Vice Chair Catherine Kashork, Treasurer Laura Vickers, Secretary Laura McAloon and Past Board Chair Susan Ashe. Board members are: April Anderson, Christina Balkenbush, Amy Biviano, Lisa Brown, Kate Burke, Camille Christiansen, Marlene Feist, Mireya Fitzloff, Erica Hallock, Shannon Kapek, Vange Ocasio Hochheimer, Kiana McKenna, Tracie Meidl, Shantel Nydegger, Julie Schaffer, Julie Schmidt, Leanne Scott, Ashley Steward, Paula Tarbert-Gumm and Debbie Zimmerman.

Real Estate

Carley Lyon has joined Windermere Real Estate/Cornerstone as a broker. Lyon most recently worked at Top Gold Realty.


Jim Brunner, of Chapman Moving and Storage Inc., has been honored with the Masters Club Award from United Van Lines, recognizing exceptional sales achievement for United’s agency sales representatives. Brunner has received the award 14 times.

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