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Mohamed Rashed has been hired by Banner Bank as manager of the Division Street location. Rashed has worked in banking for 10 years, including five as branch head.

Numerica Credit Union has announced a number of personnel moves. Jay Rivera has been hired as a business services relationship officer. He has 23 years of experience in the industry. Kelly Crawley has moved from the Airway Heights branch to the Wandermere branch to serve as branch manager. She has been with Numerica for 14 years. David Gass has been hired as external sales manager. Dustin Masterson joins Numerica as an external home loan officer.


The Eastern Washington University Foundation has announced two newly appointed members. Curtis Griffin, manager and owner of Zip’s Investments, and Stu Steiner, senior lecturer for the computer science program at EWU, have joined the board.

Andre-Denis Girard Wright has been named dean of the Washington State University College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences. Wright is a researcher and director of the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the University of Arizona. Wright has studied nutrient utilization in livestock and has expanded his research into understanding the gut microbiome of animals, including humans. He has a protozoa, Apokeronopsis wrighti, named after him to recognize his contributions to the field.


Kootenai Health Foundation has announced Heidi Rogers has joined its board of directors. Since 2002, Rogers has been the chief executive officer of Northwest Council for Computer Education, a nonprofit organization with more than 4,000 members. She is past president of six nonprofit organizations and an active member of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce Executive Board. Rogers’ three-year term began Jan. 10.


Randi Johnson of Lilac City Law has been recognized as Two Years 10 Best Social, Security and Disability Attorney for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Legal Council, a third-party rating organization. Accolades are based on client and peer nominations, research and AIOLC’s independent evaluation.


Rob Morgan has been named vice president, exploration at New Jersey Mining Co. Morgan has 21 years of exploration experience, including 19 focused on gold and 11 in northern Idaho and Montana. He has experience designing, implementing and managing large programs for gold, silver, base metals and rare earth elements.


The Morning Star Foundation has announced Burke Jackowich as president of the board. Jackowich, vice president and associate general counsel at Washington Trust Bank, previously served as board president for Camp Fire USA and vice chairman for Spokane County Civil Service Commission.

Community-Minded Enterprises has promoted Jill Johnson to communications director. Johnson began at CME in 2008 after working as a producer for KREM 2 News.

Public Relations

The Greater Spokane Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has announced its board of directors for 2018. The board includes: President Jennifer Ferrero of Switch Up Consulting, Past President Lori Maricle of the Washington State University College of Pharmacy, Secretary Tessa Vlaar of Squishy Peanut Marketing, Treasurer Taylor McGill of Corlinc, Sponsorship Chair Tim Osborn of the Washington State University Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Student Relations Chair Katy Wagnon of Washington Trust Bank, Programming Chair Laura Bracken of Design Spike and Communications Chair Elizabeth Giles of Numerica Credit Union.


Itron has been recognized as a leader in Gartner Inc.’s Magic Quadrant for Meter Data Management Products. This is the fifth consecutive year Itron has been recognized.

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