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Banking

Bankcda has hired Mark Beardsley as vice president and commercial loan officer. He has more than 15 years of commercial banking experience in Oregon and Southern California.

Education

Washington State University has changed name of the College of Pharmacy to the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The university said the name change represents the college’s mission, which includes both pharmaceutical sciences research and pharmacy education. The name change was approved by WSU’s Board of Regents in November 2017.

Hospitality

The Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn has received the Best Western Chairman’s Award. The award is the chain’s recognition of the top 5 percent of its 2,100 hotels in quality standards based on cleanliness and maintenance inspections. Hotels also must meet initial requirements for design and high customer service scores.

Law

Carl Hueber has been named a 2018 Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine. Kenneth Howard has been named a Super Lawyer for the Mountain States region. Both are attorneys with Winston & Cashatt.

Manufacturing

Charmaine Cook has been named vice president of human resources at Litehouse Inc. Before arriving at the Sandpoint salad dressing manufacturer, Cook served as vice president of human resources with the Lake Success, New York-based Hain Celestial Group, overseeing 5,000 employees. She has owned and operated an HR consulting business in Denver since 2016.

Miscellaneous

Ponderay Newsprint Co. in Usk, Washington, has been commended by Gannett Supply Corp. as its 2017 Supplier of the Year. Gannett Supply, which sources ink, plates and other materials used by Gannett Co. Inc. in its publishing operations, rates its suppliers on quality, delivery, service and trustworthiness in its selection. This is the second award honor Ponderay has recently received. Ponderay Newsprint was recognized in October with the Environmental Excellence Award from the Northwest Pulp and Paper Association, recognizing a reduction in carbon emissions, improving energy efficiency and lowering water consumption.

Rockwood Retirement Communitieshas appointed Gregg Sealey, Jonell Block and Andrew DeMott to its board of trustees. Block is a doctor of audiology and the owner of Audiology Northwest. DeMott served in the Navy with the Office of the Secretary of the Navy and as military legislative assistant in the U.S. House Representatives for Rep. Norm Dicks. He is retired. Sealey is the district superintendent of the United Methodist Church and a professional life coach.

Additionally, Rockwood Retirement Communities has received two awards at the annual LeadingAge Washington Conference. The Social Media Gold Award recognizes Rockwood’s resident spotlight video highlighting the story of Carla over the course of six months. The community’s relationship with Lincoln Heights Elementary School earned Rockwood the Social Accountability/Community Outreach Event Gold Award. Residents have teamed up with two local businesses to support 90 students as reading buddies and classroom helpers.

The Innovia Foundation, formerly Inland Northwest Community Foundation, has named three directors to its board. They are: Robert Larson, managing director-private wealth senior consultant at Merrill Lynch; Geraldine Lewis, a community volunteer in Sandpoint; and Betsy Wilkerson, owner of Moore’s Assisted Living. In other board moves, Robert Bishopp has been elected president. He is a retired wealth management adviser at Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. LLC. Meg Miller has been elected vice president. She is the executive director of resort operations at Northern Quest Resort & Casino. Robert Blume, managing director and senior vice president of wealth management and advisory services at Washington Trust Bank, has been elected secretary/treasurer.

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