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After seven years, Sarri Gilman is resigning as executive director of Leadership Snohomish County at the close of this program year. Gilman also founded Cocoon House in Everett and served as its executive director for 10 years. In the future, she plans to see people in private practice as a therapist, will offer workshops and is publishing a book.

Tamaryn Mount, has joined RE/MAX Direct Realty at 110 4th Ave. in Edmonds. Mount brings a wealth of experience and sales expertise to the real estate industry and is looking forward to serving her clientele. She has a background in sales, customer service, administrative support, advocacy, and business ownership.

Everett Community College has two new health sciences leaders. Jason Smith is the new dean of Health Sciences and Public Safety and Kathleen Watson is the new associate dean of nursing. Both previously worked for the University of Washington, Smith as the UW’s Evans School of Public Affairs assistant dean of Student Affairs and Watson as the director of the Adults and Elders program at UW’s Center on Human Development and Disability.

After serving a decade as president of Bastyr University, Daniel K. Church has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2015. Since 2005, the university has seen unprecedented growth under his leadership. The search for a new president will begin immediately and will be conducted by the university’s Board of Trustees.


The Everett Clinic has won the “Best Medium-Small Healthcare Provider, Western United States” Award in the 2014 Privacy Excellence Awards from FairWarning, a patient privacy monitoring company. The Everett Clinic was selected from among their peers by an independent panel of privacy experts.

Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics in Arlington has received a perfect score of zero undesirable incidents in nine out of the 10 care categories from the Partnership for Patients Initiative coordinated by the Washington State Hospital Association. This was during the most recently reported period, third quarter 2013.

Canyon Creek Cabinet Company was recently presented with a Best of Houzz award for customer satisfaction from The award is given in two categories — customer satisfaction and design. According to Houzz, only the top 2 to 3 percent of its PRO+ members receive the customer satisfaction award.

KeyBank’s Washington region has been named the 2013 Region of the Year among KeyBank National Association’s nine regions in 12 states nationwide. The award recognizes the highest ranking region based on overall financial performance, service to clients and commitment to community.

Good deeds

Machinists Union Local 751-C members raised more than $12,000 for charity at the third “All In for Guide Dogs Hold ‘Em Tournament” on Feb. 15 at the Tulalip Resort Casino. This year’s tournament drew 125 players. All proceeds go to Guide Dogs of America. Last year, District 751 volunteers raised a record $384,000 for Guide Dogs of America.

Parkview Services in Shoreline was recently awarded a $40,000 grant from the Boeing Employees Community Fund, to be used for replacing failing roofs and gutters on five properties in its Affordable Housing Program. Boeing Employees Community Fund has been a longtime contributor to The Parkview Affordable Housing Program.

Boeing Employees Community Fund recently awarded the Boys &Girls Clubs of Snohomish County $40,000 to provide vans for the South Everett/Mukilteo and Everett Clubs. This grant will allow the two clubs to increase the number of van pick-ups they make per day, increasing the number of youth they can serve.


Sterling Gurney, a local Edward Jones financial adviser, plans to host his monthly coffee club gathering at 9 a.m. March 6 at the Edward Jones office located at 602 Second St., Suite C, in Snohomish. The public is invited to this courtesy event. Gurney hosts a coffee club meeting on the first Thursday of every month.

Classes, workshops and webinars

Many small landowners want to preserve their family lands and businesses, but don’t know how to involve a next generation in ownership and operation. Ties to the Land, a succession planning workshop, will take place over two evenings: March 6 and 13. Dinner is provided. Register at Brown Paper Tickets: or contact Holly Thompson at 425-357-6022 or

The next free WorkStrides seminar is March 18-20 in Arlington. WorkStrides seminars are primarily aimed at adults who have a medical barrier or other hindrance to securing employment. Participants must commit to attending all three days. For more information or to sign up, contact Jean Simpson at or 425-220-1963.


The city of Everett is accepting Hotel Motel Tax Fund applications until 5 p.m. March 7. Public and nonprofit agencies can apply for the grants for projects that support tourism development and promotion. Applications are available through the Everett City Council office at 2930 Wetmore Ave., Suite 9A in downtown Everett. The application is also available at:

Everett-based Coastal Financial Corp., the holding company for Coastal Community Bank, announced a 43 percent improvement in earnings for the fourth quarter that ended Dec. 31. Year-over-year growth of $64 million in loans and $28 million in non-interest bearing deposits drove the gains. Coastal Community Bank has 10 branches throughout north Puget Sound.

Emeritus Senior Living, the parent company of Emeritus at Lynnwood, and Brookdale Senior Living have announced a merger. Anticipated to be completed in third quarter this year, the merger is not expected to have direct impact on daily operations at Emeritus at Lynnwood. In the future, residents may have access to a greater range of services due to the partnership.

Scott and Renee Comey, owners of RE/MAX Elite in Everett, recently opened a new RE/MAX Elite office directly across from Alderwood Mall at 3400 188th St. SW, No. 190 in Lynnwood. With homes now selling faster, the Comeys decided to open the second office to better serve Snohomish County consumers. The company’s agents are able to utilize either office.

Canyon Creek Cabinet Company in Monroe recently displayed its products at the inaugural combined Kitchen &Bath Industry Show and International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. The show, part of Design &Construction Week, featured more than 1,700 exhibitors and was attended by more than 75,000 industry professionals.

The annual Small Business Day took place in Olympia on Feb. 26. Top legislative leaders and representatives from the state Department of Commerce and the state Department of Labor &Industries addressed small-business owners and heard their concerns. Small businesses represent 98.1 percent of all employers and employ 53.7 percent of the private-sector labor force.

People who earn a bachelor’s degree earn 20 percent more in the first two years after graduation compared to those who do not pursue a college degree, according to a recent study by Washington State’s Education Research and Data Center. Recent findings from the Pew Research Center found a 62 percent premium for attending college using national data.

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