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PAWS adds several board members

The Progressive Animal Welfare Society of Lynnwood has added four community leaders to its board of directors. They are: Leslie Chandler, a community volunteer; Leila Kirske, chief financial officer of EMC Corporation; Don McGowan, general counsel for The Pokeman Company; and Hanna Tweedy, senior systems analyst for Starbucks. PAWS rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife, shelters, helps people adopt homeless cats and dogs and educates people to make a better world for animals and people. The board has 16 members.

New officers and directors join Soroptimist International of Everett

Soroptimist International of Everett has installed new officers and directors for the 2014-15 year, including President Donna Stringer, Vice President Marina Ball, Recording Secretary Debbie Blodgett and others. The club meets from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Everett Golf &Country Club every second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

New president of the Group Health physicians board

The Group Health Physicians Board of Directors has selected Dr. Steve Tarnoff as president and chief medical executive. Tarnoff succeeds Dr. Michael Soman, who retired in June. Tarnoff will oversees the care of nearly 400,000 patients in Group Health Cooperative’s 25 owned and operated facilities throughout Washington.

New HR director at Canyon Creek Cabinets in Monroe

Canyon Creek Cabinet Company recently appointed Deena Eckroth to be its new HR director. Eckroth has more than 15 years of human resources management experience in the manufacturing environment, providing strategic leadership in the areas of employee recruitment, development and retention.

Partner at Moss Adams takes over specialty taxes group

Accounting and business consulting firm Moss Adams has announced a leadership change to its specialty tax services group. Partner Marke Greene, a 14-year veteran of tax consulting, has taken over as national partner in charge, replacing Keith Palmer, who has been with the firm since 1979 and will retire at the end of the year. Greene will work in Seattle. The firm has an Everett office with close to 100 employees.

New Coastal branch manager to hire team

Coastal Community Bank announced that Terri Stefnik has joined the bank as vice president and branch manager for its newest location in south Everett that is expected to open in the fall. Stefnik, a long-time Everett resident and 25-year banking veteran, will be hiring staff over the next few months.


Bickford Ford wins company’s President’s Award

Bickford Ford was recognized with a 2013 President’s Award by Ford Motor Company. Bickford Ford has earned the award seven times. The award honors dealerships that have excelled in automotive retailing.

Bothell video company recognized

Apollo Video Technology in Bothell has been recognized with a gold award from New Flyer Industries Canada for delivery performance in 2013. The award marks the fourth performance award Apollo Video has received from New Flyer and its third consecutive gold rating. Apollo Video provides New Flyer with the mobile video surveillance systems.

Nursing care facility in Snohomish honored

Snohomish’s Merry Haven Care Center has received a 2014 Bronze Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.

Bothell roofing company recognized for excellence, quality

North Creek Roofing Inc., of Bothell, was recently honored with CertainTeed Corporation’s Select ShingleMaster Tenured Member Status. This credential represents the highest standards of excellence, quality and knowledge in the shingle roofing industry. The program provides contractors with high-level training and tools to improve installation skills, and enhanced roofing product information.

Good deeds

Foundation gives $10,000 to Boys &Girls Clubs

The Boys &Girls Clubs of Snohomish County was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the Opus Community Foundation toward the continued implementation of the SMART Girls program. The Opus Community Foundation provides financial support to nonprofit organizations that make a positive and meaningful impact in their communities.

Boeing employees volunteer at Clothes For Kids

Clothes For Kids welcomed 23 Boeing employees and retired Sno-King Bluebills for the Global Day of Service on July 12. The volunteers set up shelving and clothing racks and helped move coats and shoes from the organization’s storage unit. They also assisted with inventory and set up.


Open house on Lynnwood’s Streetscape Plan

Lynnwood’s City Center Streetscape Plan is the subject of an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the City Hall Council Chambers, 19100 44th Ave. W, Lynnwood. The proposed plan is near completion and the public is invited to comment on elements of the plan, such as sidewalk paving, lighting and street trees.

Savvy Traveler hosts series of travel seminars

The Savvy Traveler in Edmonds is holding a series of upcoming travel seminars. “Packing like a Savvy Traveler — from Cruising to Casual” is to be held at 10 a.m. Aug 23. The fee is $5. Space is limited. Please call 425-744-6076 for reservations. For a complete list of upcoming travel events, go online at

Farmers cooperative, Del Fox Meats host barbecue

The North Cascades Meat Producers Cooperative and Del Fox Meats will present their plans to bring expanded USDA-inspected meat processing to Snohomish, Island, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties at a special barbecue dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Stanwood Camano Community Fairgrounds, 6431 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood. More information can be found at

Classes, workshops and webinars

Revenue Department hosts webinar on business taxes

Washington State Department of Revenue will host a free live webinar for new and small business owners about business taxes and tax reporting. The event is 10 to 11 a.m. July 30. The deadline to register is Friday. To register, send an email to with your name, company name, phone number and e-mail address.

Fall orcharding class planned

The Northwest Agriculture Business Center Fall Orcharding workshop is Sept. 19 at Skagit Valley Gardens. The fee is $95 and includes all class materials, beverages and lunch. Northwest Agriculture Business Center Network members receive a 10 percent discount. For more information, please visit website


NetRiver in Lynnwood bought by Seattle company

Lynnwood data center company NetRiver has been acquired by Seattle’s BYTEGRID Holdings, a company focused on the nationwide acquisition, development and operation of premier multi-tenant data center facilities. The plan is to enhance the service offerings to NetRiver’s existing customers and create room for growth within the current facility.

Essentia Water in Bothell hosts online giveaway

Bothell-headquartered Essentia Water is hosting its Perfect Summer Giveaway promotion through Aug. 31 on the company’s Facebook page. The contest offers fans the chance to win daily hydration prizes and to be rewarded for referrals with $2 VIP retail coupons for Essentia Water. One grand prize winner will take home a Riviera stand-up paddleboard that retails for $1,200.

March of Dimes seeks nomination for nurse of the year

Nominations for the Washington Nurse of the Year Award are being accepted through Sept. 5. Registered nurses working at all staff levels in Washington, in good standing with the Washington State Nursing Commission and a resident of Washington for at least one year, are eligible to be nominated. Nomination forms can be found online at, or call 206-624-1373.

Nominate corporations, businesses for doing good

The Office of Secretary of State is accepting nominations for a 2014 Corporations for Communities Award. The deadline to nominate a company is Aug. 31. Winners for this year’s award will be announced in early October. Nomination forms can be found at on the Secretary of State’s website.

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