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Banking

Mountain West Bank’s digital learning initiatives have been honored with the Financial Capability Innovation Award by EVERFI Inc., an education technology innovator. Mountain West’s web-based course features programming on a range of financial topics while tracking student performance. EVERFI’s criteria for the award includes the scale, reach and duration of the initiative, in addition to employee volunteer supplements to the program.

Construction

Joshua Goudge has been hired by Bouten Construction Co. as project manager. Goudge is a graduate of Washington State University and comes to Bouten from GYL Construction in Seattle, where he worked as a project manager for 10 years.

Education

Naomi Bender has been hired as the Native American Health Sciences Program director at Washington State University Spokane. Bender comes to WSU from the University of North Dakota, where she worked as senior program coordinator in the School of Medicine and Health Science’s Center for Rural Health. In the role, she developed and managed the Native American health and allied health science programs, including the Indians Into Medicine program and the Seven Generations Center of Excellence.

Beth Thew has been reappointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to a second five-year term on the Community Colleges of Spokane’s Board of Trustees. Thew currently serves as chairwoman of the governing board and is the retired secretary-treasurer for the Spokane Regional Labor Council, AFL-CIO. She also serves on the Washington state Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board as a commissioner for the state Economic Development Commission and on the United Way of Spokane County board of directors.

Health

Dennis McGaughy has been awarded the Sister Peter Claver Humanitarian Award by Providence Health Care, recognizing compassion and commitment to the poor. McGaughy recently retired from Lutheran Community Services, where he served as chief operating officer. In his 47-year career, he has had a role in the Spokane Crime Victim Service Center, innovating Spokane’s foster care programs and expanding access to behavioral health for youths.

Miscellaneous

Matt Cortez has joined DeVries Moving Packing Storage as general manager. He comes to DeVries, an Atlas Van Lines agent, from Lile International, where he served as branch manager.

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