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Business Beat


Mountain West Bank has promoted Ann Thomas to commercial lender and vice president of professional banking at the bank’s Coeur d’Alene commercial lending center. Thomas serves on the boards of directors of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, the Excel Foundation and Safe Passage.


Avista Corp. has announced changes to its officer team. Mark Thies has been promoted from senior vice president and chief financial officer to executive vice president and chief financial officer, Heather Rosen has been promoted from vice president of energy delivery to senior vice president of energy delivery, and Kevin Christie has been promoted from vice president of external affairs and chief customer officer to senior vice president of external affairs and chief customer officer.


Whipple Consulting Engineers has hired David Cowell as the professional land surveyor of record. He has more than 15 years of land survey experience and worked previously as a surveyor in Portland.


RBC Wealth Management has hired Brian Norris as a financial adviser at their Spokane office. Norris is a certified financial planner and has more than 30 years of experience in wealth management and private banking.


Spokane Regional Health District’s board of health has selected Amelia Clark as administrative officer for the health district. Clark is currently a consultant for Health Consulting Strategies in Muncie, Indiana, and will begin work for SRHD on Sept. 16.


Spokane’s ABC affiliate KXLY has hired Nia Wong as the evening news anchor. She worked previously as a morning reporter and weekend morning anchor at KLAS in Las Vegas. Wong will make her 4 News Now debut on Monday.


Partnering for Progress has appointed Megan Hershey to its board of directors. She is an associate professor in the political science department at Whitworth University, specializing in international development and African politics. Hershey is proficient in Swahili, the national language of Kenya. The nonprofit sends biannual volunteer teams to rural Kenya to work with local populations to improve health, education, water, sanitation and economic development.