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CFA Society Spokane has been named the most outstanding society with fewer than 110 members by the CFA Institute, an association of investment professionals from around the world. The award recognizes the work shown by the Spokane society in serving local members and the profession.


Mike Barsotti has been named chief administration officer for Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, where he also serves as chief medical officer. Barsotti also worked as medical director of Sacred Heart Medical Center’s NICU from 2001-2013 and serves on the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Board.

Rehabilitation Hospital of the Northwest, located in Post Falls, is the first hospital in Idaho to be certified by The Joint Commission for Stroke Rehabilitation. Certification is given after an on-site review of programs, practices and outcomes for patients.


Deanna Willman has joined Witherspoon Brajcich McPhee PLLC as an associate. Willman, a graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law, will focus her practice on civil litigation and appellate work.


Eastern Washington University has announced the winners of its Alumni Awards. Barbara Shields, class of 1992 and retired from Pacific Northwest Bell Co., received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Kathy Covey, class of 1978, received the Alum of Service Award. Covey is chief executive officer at Blue Mountain Action Council. The Inspirational Young Alum Award was given to Rebecca Long, class of 2006 and 2013, a senior QA engineer at RiskLens. Don Nelson, class of 1966, is the recipient of the Exceptional Military Service Award. Nelson is a retired colonel in the Army with 30 years of military service. Hailey Tangen, class of 2008 and 2011, received the Eagle4Life Spirit Award. She is a home health specialist with Kindred Healthcare and EWU Cheer head coach.

Leadership Moscow, a nine-month, hands-on leadership development program designed to develop advocates for Moscow and the surrounding community, has announced 13 graduates. They include: Brandon Allen, branch manager, U.S. Bank; Deann Billing, Realtor, Team Idaho Real Estate; Katherine Carlson, executive director, Family Promise of the Palouse; Andrew Clausen, assistant director of marketing and fan engagement, University of Idaho athletics; Jennie Hall, director of corporate and foundation relations, University of Idaho; Connor Lindstrom, technical administrative specialist, Latah County; Jennifer Meekhof, accounts payable and receivables supervisor, city of Moscow; Rhonda Michelson, front office manager, Fairfield Inn and Suites; Taylor Minshall, permit technician, Latah County; Kellisa Owens, recreation supervisor, city of Moscow; Chloe Rambo, associate director of development, development coordinator, University of Idaho College of Engineering; Shelby Saylors, catering director, Best Western Plus University Inn; and Kylee Strunk, financial concierge, Washington Trust Bank.

Brent Downey of Kaiser Aluminum and Katherine Morgan of Bank of America have graduated in the 2018 class of Leadership Washington, a nine-month leadership development program.