Biz Bits: People and businesses in the news


Karen Petersen-Devier recently joined LeaderOne Financial in Everett as a senior mortgage banker. Previously, she spent eight years as a home mortgage consultant. Petersen-Devier specializes in assisting first-time home buyers, investors and self-employed borrowers.

Sean Koenig has joined People’s Bank as a business services representative. Koenig will work with clients to develop cash management solutions for small and medium-sized firms. He will also provide merchant bankcard processing.

Banner Bank has hired Dale Peterson as its newest real estate loan officer. He will be working from the bank’s Alderwood branch in Lynnwood. Peterson has more than 30 years of experience in mortgage lending and retail banking.

Lovsted Worthington has made Steven Colson a principal partner. He joined Lovsted Worthington in 2006. As a commercial producer, Colson’s clientele includes law firms, private foundations, for-profit and non-profit firms, social service, arts organizations, private schools, industry associations, housing foundations and CPA firms.

Tilth Producers of Washington has named veteran sustainable-agriculture leader Michele Catalano executive director. Catalano is chairwoman of the state Department of Agriculture’s Organic Advisory Board. Most recently, she worked as director of sales and community relations for Full Circle Farm.

John Pennington, Snohomish County’s Department of Emergency Management director, has completed the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He is a former Federal Emergency Management Agency regional director and current adjunct faculty member for FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute.

Snohomish County Public Works Director Steven Thomsen has been selected as chair for the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Regional Project Evaluation Committee, which prioritizes Puget Sound transportation projects for federal funding. Thomsen was the committee’s vice chair prior to this appointment.

Dakota Williams of Marysville has become a new junior member of the American Angus Association. Junior members are eligible to register cattle in the association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events.


The City of Mountlake Terrace was recently awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. This is the sixth year in a row that the Government Finance Officers Association has recognized the city.

Good deeds

Klein Honda raised $16,900 for the Snohomish County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Throughout February, the dealership donated to the organization $100 for every vehicle sold.


The Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce general membership luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the Medallion Hotel in Smokey Point. The topic is the 25th anniversary of the Great Stilly Duck Dash. Speakers are Linda Byrnes and Cindy Huleatt. More information is at the chamber website.

Join Economic Alliance Snohomish County and Charter College for snacks and networking at Business After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Charter College in Lynnwood. Tickets are complimentary but an RSVP is requested. Go to for more information.

Mountlake Terrace citizens, business owners and others from the community are invited to join city officials for a cup of coffee and to hear first-hand what’s happening in the city. This casual event will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. on Wednesday at the Recreation Pavilion, 5303 228th St. SW. For more information call 425-744-6206.

The Puget Sound Partnership’s Science Panel will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the NOAA Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to address questions or comments about the regional effort to restore and protect Puget Sound. The agenda, materials and directions are available at

Economic Alliance Snohomish County’s 2013 Economic Forecast, presented by Moss Adams, will be unveiled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 26 at the Tulalip Resort Casino. Cost is $25 for EASC investors and $35 for non-investors. The event offers an economic overview from keynote speaker Michael Parks. Registration and more information are available at

Classes, workshops, webinars

Tilth Producers of Washington and the Washington State University Small Farms Team present the first farm walk of the 2013 Season from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Blue Heron Farm in Rockport. Farm Walks is a farmer-to-farmer educational series. Register online at

Sno-Isle Libraries and WorkSource Snohomish County are teaming up to offer free workshops during March and April to help job seekers prepare for interviews. The next workshop is from 2 to 4 p.m. next Monday at the Marysville Library. April workshops are at the Monroe library on April 9 and Lynnwood library on April 11.

April 1 is the application deadline for bachelor’s or master’s degree programs from the University Center of North Puget Sound on Everett Community College’s Everett campus. Learn more about degree options, upcoming information sessions and how to apply at or call 425-259-8900.


The Bonneville Power Administration is looking for research partners to help advance the electric industry and develop technologies that improve the operation of the Northwest electric power system. BPA’s Technology Innovation Office is accepting proposals for 2014 research and development until March 29. To share your research idea for phase one, go to

Harris Ford Lincoln and Meadowdale High School are partnering to help raise up to $6,000 in support of various students activities as part of Ford Motor Co.’s Drive 4 UR School program. For every person who test-drives a new Ford vehicle at Meadowdale High School on Saturday, Ford Motor Company and Harris Ford Lincoln will donate $20, up to $6,000 total.

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has opened a branch inside Haggen Food &Drug on 88th Street NE in Marysville. The new branch offers a full range of credit union services, including a night deposit, 24-hour ATM, and a self-service center. Alaska USA now operates four Snohomish County branches, including locations in Edmonds, Everett and Bothell.

Economic Alliance Snohomish County will be giving out two community awards at the May meeting. Nominations are now being accepted for Henry M. Jackson Citizen of the Year and the John M. Fluke Senior Service awards. Nominations are due by March 29. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit

The City of Mill Creek is seeking a volunteer for a mid-term vacancy on the Design Review Board. Board members are from the professions of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning or similar disciplines and need not be residents. If interested in volunteering, send a letter to City Hall no later than March 29.

The Puget Sound Regional Council is encouraging people to comment on Everett Transit’s Preventive Maintenance for Vehicle Fleet, which is seeking $455,188 in PSRC funds. PSRC’s executive board is scheduled to approve the projects on March 28. E-mail comments to

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