Pamela Shields has joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County, a YMCA affiliate, as executive director. Shields will oversee the day-to-day branch operations.
Banner Bank has promoted Diana Ortega to bank-officer-level vice president. She will continue in her capacity as a relationship manager and is based out of Banner's Everett-Colby Commercial Banking Center.
Integrated Rehabilitation Group has hired Brody Kadow as a certified athletic trainer at Arlington Physical Therapy. The Vancouver, Wash., native will spend much of his time at Arlington High School, where he will evaluate and prevent injuries. Kadow graduated with a bachelor's degree in athletic training from Linfield College in Oregon.
Terwedo Financial Services has hired Colette Roberge as operations assistant. Roberge brings with her seven years of bookkeeping and accounting experience and 11 years of customer service experience. And Aaron Terwedo is on board as planning assistant. Terwedo is a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Iraq on three deployments.
Washington Banking Co. has two new board members. Rhoda Altom and Deborah Gavin were also elected to serve on the board of Whidbey Island Bank, a subsidiary. Altom is a real estate investor and manager. Gavin was employed by the Boeing Co. for more than 20 years.
Dan Jaffe, a professor of atmospheric and environmental chemistry in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Washington Bothell, has received a Fulbright Award. Jaffe will spend a quarter as the distinguished chair in environmental sciences at the Parthenope University of Naples, Italy. He is expected to travel to Naples in 2014.
Marysville-based photovoltaic module manufacturer Silicon Energy beat out major competitors in recent durability testing done by the federally funded National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The company's Cascade Series module competed against five of the top PV modules on the market and emerged from the tests with no electrical safety failures or performance degradation.
The City of Everett Planning Department is hosting a developers forum from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday at the Weyerhaeuser Room in Everett Station. It is the second in a series of workshops aimed at city staff planning for accommodating projected population and employment growth over the next 20-plus years.
Mountlake Terrace citizens, business owners and others from the community are invited to join city officials for a cup of coffee and to hear what's happening in the city. This casual event will be from 8 to 9 a.m. on March 13 at the Recreation Pavilion, 5303 228th Street SW. For more information, call 425-744-6206.
Foggy Noggin Brewing is celebrating its third anniversary with the release of 2013 Anniversary Ale on March 16 at the tasting room at 22329 53rd Ave SE, Bothell. Only 38 cases of the beer will be released. Private tasting of all three Foggy Noggin Brewing's Anniversary Ales will occur on March 15. Space will be limited.
A Chocolate Walk to benefit Historic Downtown Snohomish will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 16. There are 17 stops on the walk to collect chocolate goodies. Only 200 advance tickets are available. The $15 tickets can be purchased online through March 12 at www.HistoricDowntownSnohomish.org/Snohomish-chocolate-walk.asp.
The Greater Everett Community Foundation will host the annual breakfast for the Human Services Fund in honor of Bob Drewel at 7:30 a.m. on March 20 at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at Comcast Arena. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is free but you will be asked to make a donation.
The Snohomish County Transition Fair will be held on March 26. The fair's mission is to ensure that young people with developmental disabilities are exposed to all of the resources available to them as they transition out of school as young adults. For more information or to help, go online to www.snoco.org and search for "developmental disabilities."
Communication Resources will hold Snohomish County Builds Hope, all-day training event on March 8 geared to help professionals in the architecture, contractor and engineer industries adjust to the new marketplace. The cost is $250. Visit www.housinghope.org for more information or to secure a spot in this informative session.
The public is invited to attend a free digital forensics seminar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 16 at Edmonds Community College. Participants can learn how data is recovered from hard drives that have been damaged or rendered inoperable. Registration is required. Go to infosec.edcc.edu/freetraining.html.
Everett Community College's Computer Information Systems Department is looking for organizations that need an IT intern. Internships are from 60 to 250 hours and give students a chance to apply academic experience to a real-world project. For more information, contact instructor Greg Jackson at email@example.com or 425-388-9983.
The new location for GROW Washington's Sultan Store opened on March 2 at 403 Main Street. The new storefront was previously the Dutch Cup Restaurant. GROW Washington is a non-profit corporation formed in 2010 to provide training, access to capital and access to markets to product-based entrepreneurs in small cities and rural business communities throughout Washington.
The YMCA of Snohomish County is launching its annual campaign. Financial gifts to the YMCA will help programs and services that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Donate online at ymca-snoco.org/donate.
Home & About Home Care and CareGiver Technical have moved to a new location at 15121 Highway 99 in Lynnwood. The former Penguin Window space has had a makeover. Both companies were developed by Sandy Peterson and have been helping clients in this area since 1999.
Borrowers and lenders of loans backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration will have greater access to capital and less paperwork as a result of a proposed regulation aimed at streamlining the SBA application process. For information on the new rules and their benefits, visit www.sba.gov/content/revised-oca-regulations-504-and-7a-loan-program.
If you export goods or services around the world and have used a federal government program or assistance, you may be eligible to enter the 2013 U.S. Small Business Administration Visa Export Video Contest, open through April 5. For more information, visit exportvideo.challenge.gov.