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  • HBJ staff
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2013 1:55pm

EVERETT — Everett residents Tom Gaffney and Deborah Wright have been honored as Everett Community College Distinguished Alumni for 2013. Gaffney, a retired accountant, has served on many local boards. Wright works for the city of Everett as an executive administrator in the office of Neighborhoods and Community Services and is active in the Rotary Club of Everett.

SEATTLE — Washington &Alyeska Vocational Services Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Mountlake Terrace resident Bill Munson as executive director of the organization. He will replace executive director Lynn Van Vactor who recently relocated after an eight-year tenure. WVS operates Auntie Anne Pretzel franchises including Auntie Anne Pretzels at Seattle Premium Outlets in Tulalip.

MONROE — Canyon Creek Cabinet Co. has announced several personnel changes. Rick Wissmiller has joined their sales management team. He will be responsible for leading the contractor sales division. For nearly 10 years, Wissmiller has worked in a variety of sales management roles in the kitchen and bath industry. Gordon Reid has joined the company’s sales team in British Columbia. Based in Victoria, Reid will represent Canyon Creek product lines throughout Western Canada. He has more than 15 years of comprehensive experience in the cabinet business — from sales to management — and has also worked in a cabinet manufacturing plant. His diverse background also includes time spent as a professional hockey player and as a police officer. Julie Moss has been hired to head up the operations of the company’s Spokane store and showroom. She has more than 20 years experience in the industry and is recognized for designing one of the HGTV Top 10 Amazing Kitchens, featured in the Spokane 2006 Street of Dreams.

SMOKEY POINT — Art work created by local artists Allene Soshea and Sue Dawson, currently on exhibit at Fogdog Gallery, will be on permanent display at Coastal Community Bank at Smokey Point as an initiative to promote area artists and build city pride. Other art works by these same artists will also soon be showcased at the Snohomish Branch.

MARYSVILLE — The U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2013 Washington State Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year is Marysville resident Giselle Saguid. Previously the program director of the Northwest Washington Women’s Business Center in Everett, she taught entrepreneurial classes as part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and Naval Air Station Everett.

MOUNT VERNON — Coastal Farm &Ranch has promoted Kelley Haynes to manager of its Mount Vernon store. Haynes has been part of the Coastal Farm &Ranch team since 2004, most recently serving as assistant manager of the Auburn Store, and the Yakima store prior to that. Coastal Farm’s Mount Vernon store is located at 2021 Market St.

SEATTLE — Sound Community Bank has welcomed David DeBond as business development officer. DeBond has 14 years of banking experience. Before joining the Sound Community Bank team, he held positions in retail banking including relationship sales and management. DeBond will partner with all five Sound Community Bank branch locations in Seattle, Mountlake Terrace, Tacoma, Port Angeles and Sequim to develop new business relationships while fostering existing relationships.

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — Mike Cooper, former mayor of Edmonds, has been approved by the Mountlake Terrace Senior Center Board as the new executive director for the Center. Cooper has extensive community service experience including over 25 years with the Shoreline Fire Department, four terms in the State House of Representatives and he was elected to the Snohomish County Council.

EVERETT — Two Snohomish Health District staff have been recognized by professional organizations for their career achievements. Public health nurse Barbara Bly received the 2013 Marguerite Cobb Public Health/Community Health Nurse Award from the Washington State Nurses Association. Public health dental hygienist LeeAnn Hoaglin-Cooper received the Community Water Fluoridation Determination Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Campaign for Dental Health.

SMOKEY POINT — Isaac Maldonado has joined Coastal Community Bank in Smokey Point as assistant vice president and commercial loan relationship manager. Maldonado is a longtime resident of Snohomish County, with a background that includes commercial lending and business analytics.

SEATTLE — Moss Adams has named Rhonda Powell as its director of tax. She replaces Dick Fohn, who was elected president and COO in October 2012. Powell will work closely with the firm’s executive and tax committees to manage and strengthen the firm’s tax practice and risk management as well as implement the firm’s strategic tax initiatives.

EDMONDS — RBC Wealth Management has promoted Shane Flock to branch director of its Edmonds office, according to Michael Nielsen, Seattle complex director. Flock brings more than 15 years of financial industry experience to his new position. Prior to joining RBC Wealth Management in 2009, he worked for Merrill Lynch.

MUKILTEO — Windermere Real Estate in Mukilteo has welcomed Romi Hancock as a new agent. An experienced real estate professional, Hancock previously worked at Coldwell Banker in Salt Lake City, and more recently, as a nutritionist and trainer at Gold’s Gym in Mukilteo.

SEATTLE — The Master Builders Association has announced a leadership change. Accomplished executive officer Sam Anderson, whose contract was up this year, has left the position. He served as EO of the association for 16 years. A search for Anderson’s replacement began in January.

MUKILTEO — Cincinnati-based Window Genie has welcomed local resident Pat Braich to their team. Braich will open Window Genie’s newest franchise in Mukilteo. Braich worked for H&R Block as a district manager for seven years prior to joining the Window Genie team.

SEATTLE — Richard Dickman has been promoted to director of survey at WHPacific. He has more than 30 years of experience in land surveying and has been involved in a variety of projects for public and private clients. Dickman will be responsible for WHPacific’s survey department in Seattle and will continue to build relationships with municipalities through on-call projects. He will support the WHPacific Seattle office’s overall growth initiatives by providing coordination with survey teams and leading the growth of the survey department.

STANWOOD — The Stanwood Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards luncheon last week with more than 70 chamber and community members attending to honor the chamber’s nominees. Awards were presented to Woman of the Year Candie Tallquist, Man of the Year Garry Carlson, Business Person of the Year Jason Lenz and Jeanie Ovenell Community Spirit Award winner Dave Eldridge.

BOTHELL — University of Washington President Michael Young and Provost Ana Mari Cauce announced the selection of Bjong Wolf Yeigh, professor and president of the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome, as the next chancellor at the University of Washington-Bothell, effective Sept. 1. The appointment is subject to approval of the UW Board of Regents.

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