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AIA Spokane, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, has elected its 2020 board of directors. Newly elected officers include President Kathy Russell of ALSC Architects, President-Elect Ryan Zane of Bernardo|Wills Architects, Treasurer Brad Hakala of Integrus Architecture, Secretary Georgia Harter of NAC Architecture and Immediate Past President Becky Blankenship of Hill International. Elected directors include Boyd Lusaretta of MMEC Architecture and Interiors, Michael Cole of NAC Architecture, Brian Piippo of Integrus Architecture, Iren Taran of ALSC Architects and Steven Hewett of HDG Architecture.


RiverBank has appointed Mark Dresback as executive vice president, senior commercial banker. He has 30 years of experience in analyzing and interpreting business financial statements and building relationships with business owners. Dresback is a past board chairman for Union Gospel Mission, Spokane Housing Authority and Downtown Spokane Business Improvement District.

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Greater Spokane Incorporated has hired Tyler Parchem as public affairs coordinator. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington State University, where he served as the undergraduate student body vice president.


Providence Health Care Foundation has appointed Colleen Fox as chief philanthropy officer to direct fundraising for six hospitals in Spokane and Stevens counties. She joined Providence in August 2017 as a philanthropy officer and worked previously with Ronald McDonald House Charities.

The Endocrine Society has elected Carol H. Wysham to serve as the Washington D.C.-based organization’s president for the 2021-2022 term. She is an endocrinologist at Rockwood/MultiCare Health Systems in Spokane and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Washington.


Denver-based Red Lion Hotel Corp. has promoted Harry Sladich to executive vice president of lodging development and franchise operations. Sladich will be based in Spokane.

The Davenport Hotel’s sales team is consolidating after the purchase of Hotel Red Lion at the Park in July 2018. Angela Mercado has been appointed to director of sales to lead the consolidated sales team, comprised of national sales managers Meg Harper, Kamie Gylling and Ginny Whiffen. Harper’s market is the Southeast; Gylling oversees the Midwest and Northeast; and Whiffen’s market is the West


Winston and Cashatt has hired Bethany E. Mikolas as an associate attorney. She previously worked as an editor for the Idaho Law Review. Mikolas will focus her practice primarily on family law.


Insurance Business America has named Jennifer Polignoni Business Insurance Break Out Award Winner and Jennifer Mendenhall Insurance Business America’s 2019 Elite Women Winner. Both are employed by Alliant Insurance Services in Spokane. Polignoni works as an operations manager, and Mendenhall is assistant vice president.

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