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Banking

Fifteen Spokane-area Banner Bank employees have been selected to receive the Banner’s Best award for surpassing their individual professional goals in 2019, including Oana Norman, Dotti Price, Tim Schartung, Kelly Lillie, Debbie Weber, Jennifer Salmon, Marcy Bennett, Chad Kubik, Michelle Crusenberry, Heidi Hansen, Dustin Balam, Rebecca Carrillo, Amanda Ceniceros, Sasha Tibbetts and Randi Kooyman. Fewer than 4% of all Banner Bank employees receive the award.

Education

Gonzaga University has named Kent Porterfield vice provost of student affairs, effective July 1. He is a senior fellow with the American College Personnel Association and was the vice president for student development at St. Louis University from 2006-2019.

Engineering

DCI Engineers has promoted Erik Fuentes to project manager in the Spokane office’s civil engineering department. He is on the firm’s quality control committee and specializes in mass grading, complex earthwork projects and AutoCad Civil 3D. Fuentes is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and volunteers for OneAEC.

Baker Construction & Development Inc. has hired Eric Staehlin as a project manager. His expertise includes retail and commercial construction, Sage/Timberline, PROCORE and AutoCad. He worked previously for Deacon Construction and Roebbelen Contracting for more than 10 years.

Health

Greg Repetti has been promoted from president of MultiCare Valley Hospital to president of MultiCare Deaconess and Valley hospitals, and Alex Jackson has been promoted from chief operating officer of MultiCare Rockwood Clinic to president and chief operating office of MultiCare Rockwood Clinic. Repetti has more than 30 years of experience in senior leadership and has served as president of MultiCare Valley Hospital since 2014. Jackson previously worked as chief executive of Providence’s Sacred Heart and Holy Family hospitals.

Honors

Hayden Homes has been honored with the 2020 Avid Benchmark Award for excellence in homebuyer satisfaction. Four of the company’s regions including Central Oregon, I-5 Oregon, Inland Northwest and South Idaho were recognized for scoring among the top 25% of Avid’s nationwide databases on its new home move-in experience survey. Community manager Matthew Schoener and project manager James Russell were recognized with service awards for scoring among the top 10% of Avid’s database.

Chase Ronderos is among 137 winners of the 2019 Elijah Watt Sells Award from the American Institute of CPAs honoring the nation’s top performers on the Uniform CPA Examination. He earned a master’s degree in science in taxation from Gonzaga University in 2019. The award requires candidates to obtain a cumulative average score above 95.5% across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination. Ronderos is one of nearly 75,000 individuals who took the CPA Exam in 2019.

Twelve state corrections employees working in Spokane County have received Annual Agency Awards from the Washington State Department of Corrections. Awards received include: registered nurse Justin Gudvagen for leadership, community corrections officer Marjorie Garza for equitable and inclusive workplace, and investigator Joshua Green for excellence in service. Jeffrey Hawkins was named community corrections officer of the year, and Hugo Fernandez Cadena was named correctional officer of the year. Superintendent A James Key, community corrections supervisor Kathryn Lamb, corrections specialist Juline Martin, community corrections officer Dennis Mossburg, associate superintendent Frank Rivera and correctional unit supervisors Michael Rainville and William Stockwell received team excellence awards.

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