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Spokane Federal Credit Union has announced three promotions. Jon Maroni has been promoted to business development officer from consumer/real estate loan officer. Shelly Roberts, who has been with the credit union since 1987, has been promoted to member service analyst from operations supervisor. Ed Bedell has been promoted to member experience supervisor from business development officer. He was hired in 2013.


The National Science Foundation has recognized two University of Idaho faculty members with Faculty Early Career Development awards as well as a combined $1.7 million in research funding. Christine Parent is an assistant professor of biological sciences whose research focuses on the evolutionary processes of land snails that shape the snails’ physical and functional variations throughout the Galapagos Islands. Eric Mittelstaedt, an assistant professor in geology and geophysics, focuses his research on ridge jumps, or shifts between oceanic plate boundaries.

The University of Washington School of Medicine and Gonzaga University Regional Health Partnership has been recognized with the Group on Regional Medical Campuses Star of Educational Innovation Award for its promotion of humanistic skills and professional conduct in physicians by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Cicely White, a clinical assistant professor with the UW School of Medicine in Spokane, has been recognized with the Washington Permanente Teaching Excellence Award. White is also a pediatrician in Spokane Valley. Tobe Harberd, a clinical assistant professor at the UWSOM, received the John Anderson Award for Outstanding Rural Health Practitioner. John McCarthy has received the UW School of Medicine Alumni Service Award. He is assistant dean, Office of Rural Programs. Bruce Abbotts, Clint Hauxwell, Tim Chestnut, Zach Gallaher and Paula Silha, all UWSOM-GU Regional Health Partnership Faculty and Spokane-area doctors, are recipients of the WWAMI Pro Awards, a recognition of moments of professionalism from students.


    McKinstry has announced two promotions in its Spokane office. Dale Silha has been promoted to vice president, energy and technical services for Pacific Northwest regions. Silha has been with McKinstry since 2010. Patrick Roberts has been prompted to business unit manager of Inland Northwest mechanical construction. Roberts will focus on expanding mechanical construction business, especially in the Spokane and Tri-Cities areas.

    J-U-B Engineers has hired Kevin Smith as transportation engineer with the transportation group in the company’s Coeur d’Alene office. He has nine years of experience and is currently working on roadway projects for the city of Post Falls, the Worley Highway District and the Idaho Department of Transportation.


Providence Epilepsy Center has again been accredited as a level 3 epilepsy center through 2019 by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Level 3 centers provide the highest-level of medical evaluation and treatment for epilepsy. Providence Epilepsy Center is the only level 3 center in the region.


Chrisdee Imthurn and Renee Sande have been appointed to the board of directors of Partnering for Progress. Imthurn works as an accounting specialist for the city of Coeur d’Alene and Sande is a freelance writer and a leasing professional for Greystar Management. Partnering for Progress is a local nonprofit that sends teams to rural Kenya to help improve health, education, economic development, water and sanitation.