Business FYI

  • Friday, November 14, 2008 8:33pm
  • Business


Jean Hales, president and chief executive of the South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce, has been named 2009 president of Washington Chamber of Commerce Executives, a statewide organization that provides professional development and support services to the state’s 200 chambers of commerce, their executives and staff. Hales has led the South Snohomish County Chamber since 2001. Prior to that, she was vice president of the Everett Area Chamber. She has been involved in chamber work and civic leadership since 1990. In addition to her work with the organization, she also serves on the boards for the Economic and Workforce Development Council in Snohomish County and Blueprint Snohomish County.

Dr. Alan Wong of the Everett Clinic has received national recognition for providing quality care to patients with diabetes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the American Diabetes Association. Wong demonstrates strong performance with key diabetes care measures. These measures include eye examinations, blood pressure monitoring, nutrition therapy and patient satisfaction. When diabetics receive quality care outlined by these measures, they are less likely to suffer complications such as heart attacks, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations. Wong joined the Everett Clinic in 2006. He is board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology.

Aparna Venkateswaran has been promoted to manager at the Everett office of partners of Moss Adams. Company officials say she has consistently demonstrated the commitment and leadership needed for her new role.

Alice Neary is retiring from Forest View Transitional Health Care Center after 28 years in long-term care. Neary will continue to serve at Forest View as a consultant to provide continuity of care. She plans to travel, spend time with her family and return to visit with the patients at Forest View.

David Hernandez of Everett recently completed SafeTech Academy, a paid, eight-week course offered by Safelite AutoGlass, the nation’s largest vehicle glass repair and replacement company. The course provides training needed as they start careers as vehicle glass repair and replacement technicians.

Special events

Mike Schwenk, vice president and director of technology deployment and outreach at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will speak at Innovation, Economics and All That Jazz, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Everett Golf and Country Club, 1500 52nd Street SE. Registration is at 7 a.m., and costs $35 for Everett Area Chamber of Commerce, Snohomish Economic Development Council and Puget Sound Regional Council members, or $50. For more information, call 425-257-3222, ext. 0.

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is heading for Snohomish and Lake Stevens. See the rig from on Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at TOP Food and Drug, 1301 Ave. D in Snohomish, and from 2 to 5 p.m. at Haggen Food and Pharmacy, 8915 Market Place NE, Lake Stevens.

Farmer-trainee applicants and the general public are invited to an open house at the new Community Supported Agriculture Office from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Greenbank Farm, Whidbey Island. Anza Muenchow, CSA program coordinator and other program collaborators, will provide a brief presentation about the program supported by the Northwest Agriculture Business Center and the Washington state Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, Refreshments will be served. For application materials, go to, or contact Muenchow at 360-222-3171.

Points and Pathways Holistic Center, 3710 168th St. NE, Suite A101 in Arlington, will hold a wellness open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 22. Here is the schedule of events: Acupuncturist Lynne Budde Sheppard, who specializes in treating acute and chronic pain, women’s health issues, digestive disorders, emotional health and preventative care, provides an introduction to the treatment and offer free treatments at 10 a.m. and noon. Participants must be 18 or older. Betsy Wright Loving, a licensed therapist, specializes in a body-focused approach that balances talk therapy with mindful body awareness, energy work and movement. Her presentations include laughter club, 10 a.m.; focusing work experiential demo, 10:45 a.m.; gratitude journaling for winter (or anytime) blues, 12:45 p.m.; and focused movement for stress management and health, 1:30 p.m. Naturopath Joshua Rubenstein offers physical assessments, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; discusses stress and health, 11:30 a.m.; and covers the anti-inflammatory diet at 12:45 p.m. Seating is limited and all events are on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 360-653-3403 or go to

Business news

Local registered nurse and nurse-midwife, Susan L. Wilson, CNM-ARNP, PLNC, has opened a legal nurse consulting practice focused on assisting attorneys, both those who represent plaintiffs as well as those who represent defendants. Wilson works with attorneys by reviewing cases for merit and assisting throughout the case, even providing testimony, if desired. For more information, call 425-239-4253, e-mail or go to


Got’Cha Referrals Business Networking Group meets from 7:15 to 8:45 a.m. Wednesdays at the Crystal Creek Cafe, 22600 Bothell-Everett Highway. If you would like to join the group, stop by or call 425 775-6295 for more information.

The following continuing education classes are offered in Everett by the Construction Industry Training Council:

Electrical — NEC update, Nov. 22, Dec. 6, $125; RCW/WAC and low voltage, Dec. 13, $135; grounding &bonding, Dec. 14, $135; Electrical trainee — introduction to electrical theory, Dec. 6, $125; Introduction to NEC and RCW/WAC for HVAC, Dec. 6, $130; introduction to the NEC and RCW/WAC Rules, Dec. 13, $130; Plumbing — plumbing code update, Dec. 6, $135; basic hydronics &Ccntrols, Dec. 13, $135; sanitary drainage and water system sizing, Dec. 13, $135. For more information and class locations, call Sarah Lutterloh at 425-285-2332 or e-mail


The Mill Creek Senior Center is looking for volunteer personal computer instructors for its classes. The center offers a variety of classes to seniors in their computer lab at the WSU Extension in south Everett. For more information, call 425 357-6002.


Dr. Amy Norman of Everett has completed a series of studies from LVI Global on comprehensive aesthetic treatment.

Canyon Creek Cabinet Co. of Monroe was recently chosen for a 2008 governor’s award for sustainable practices. The award was based upon the company’s comprehensive efforts to incorporate sustainable practices throughout its operations and years of commitment to the reduction of waste and toxic chemicals. Canyon Creek had previously won the Governor’s Award in 1999. A panel of pollution-prevention experts and representatives from business, labor, governmental groups and academia made the award selection from a group of 31 contenders.

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett is the recipient of the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence, an award given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The award is specifically designated to recognize the nation’s top pediatric, progressive and adult critical care units across a multitude of hospitals. The award represents commitment to high-quality critical care standards, and dedication to the exceptional care of patients and their families.

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