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Apr 26, 2019


Global health service company Cigna named Ryan Kocher as president of its health care and related benefits plans in the Pacific Northwest market, which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. Kocher will be based in Seattle. He joined Cigna in 2003 and was COO of the company's MidSouth market.

Know Labs

Seattle-based Know Labs formed an advisory board for medical, scientific and regulatory issues. Dr. James (Andy) Anderson, the company's chief medical officer, is board chair. Other board members are Dr. G. Alexander (Zan) Fleming and Dr. David C. Klonoff. Fleming is president and CEO of California biopharmaceutical company Tolerion. Klonoff is medical director of the Dorothy L. and James E. Frank Diabetes Research Institute in California. Know Labs directs structured light or radio waves through substances to capture molecular signatures used for identification, authentication and diagnosis.

Board of Education

Margarita Amezcua, a sophomore at Auburn Riverside High School, is the new western Washington student representative to the Washington State Board of Education. Amezcua is student body president for her class and public relations officer for her high school band. She will begin her two-year term on May 10.

Apr 25, 2019

Leisure Care


Seattle-based Leisure Care appointed Michael Juno to the newly created position of vice president of East Coast operations. The move is part of Leisure Care's ongoing East Coast expansion plan, where the company plans to open eight communities this year. Juno was operations manager for the last 10 years at Leisure Care, one of the largest privately owned operators of senior living communities in the U.S.

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn


In Seattle, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn partner Jeffrey Beaver won the Frohnmayer Award for Public Service from the University of Oregon Law School Alumni Association. Beaver was cited for assisting Sudanese lawyers representing victims of the Darfur conflict, service on the board of Friends of the Children-Seattle and international work with Lawyers Without Borders.

King County

King County Executive Dow Constantine named John Diaz as interim director of the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention. Diaz has been in public service for over 30 years, including a stint as Seattle police chief. The county has been unsuccessful in two national searches for a permanent director. Diaz will assist with the third.

Apr 24, 2019

Lane Powell







Lane Powell has five new attorneys in its Seattle office and one in its Portland office. The Seattle team is associates Joseph D. Adamson, Brynn E. Felix and Reshvin P. Sidhu; counsel to the firm Brett Durbin; and shareholder Sean D. Jackson. In Portland, Eric J. Kodesch is a shareholder. Adamson focuses on antitrust and complex commercial litigation matters. Felix works in the Commercial Litigation and Transportation practices, and was a summer associate with the firm in 2017. Sidhu advises on employment law compliance. Durbin counsels on state and local tax issues. Jackson focuses on employment and transportation matters. Kodesch counsels on tax issues.

Washington Wine Industry

Katie Nelson, Dennis Devitt, Bill Shibley and Eileen Votteler are new board members of Cashmere-based Washington Wine Industry Foundation. Nelson is senior director of winemaking for Columbia Crest. Devitt is statewide viticulturist for Wilbur-Ellis. Shibley is a commercial/agricultural agent at Basin Pacific Insurance. Votteler is director of community relations at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Two board members retired: Mark Wheeler of Saddle Mountain Vineyards and Carol Munro of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Officers for 2019 are: Jerry Judkins-Smith of Inland Desert Nursery, chair; Corina Davis of Merrill Lynch, vice chair; and Jordon McEntire of Bleyhl Co-Op, secretary/treasurer.

Seattle CityClub

Diane Narasaki won the 2019 Civic Leadership Award from Seattle CityClub. Narasaki led Asian Counseling and Referral Services for more than 20 years. The award recognizes those who inspire others to take civic action. It will be presented June 18 at CityClub's annual benefit event.


International Collision Repair of Portland is now a U-Haul neighborhood dealer of trucks, trailers, towing equipment and moving supplies. The company is at 9817 E. Burnside St. John Southwick owns it.

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