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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
The Homewood Suites by Hilton, just above the Washington State Convention Center at 1011 Pike St., announced it has finished a major renovation of the 195-room extended-stay hotel. The multimillion-dollar project began last fall. The architect was J. Kattman Associates. of Colorado. The general contractor wasn't announced. The renovation included new lighting, new smart TVs, kitchen upgrades, a refreshed business center and a reconfigured lobby. The property is owned by a REIT, Chesapeake Lodging Trust, and managed by Evolution Hospitality.
Apr 24, 2019
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.
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.
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.
Seattle-based Miller Hayashi Architects promoted architects Ellen Hagen and Tyler Laskowski to associate. Hagen was hired in 2011. Her current work includes the new Kent East Hill YMCA. Laskowski joined Miller Hayashi in 2012. He is working on renovation of the Bellevue College Student Athletics building and a new Integrated Care Center in Edmonds. The firm provides architecture, interiors and master planning.
ZGF Architects appointed Victoria Nichols as a partner in Seattle and Sharron van der Meulen, Solvei Neiger and Vladimir Pajkic as partners in Portland. Nichols is an architect with over 20 years of experience managing the planning, programming and design of health care projects. Her clients have included Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center, Seattle Children's Hospital, and Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, which ZGF said are ranked Nos. 2, 5 and 6 on U.S. News & World Report's list of Best Children's Hospitals. Van der Meulen has 35 years of interior design experience and has been an integral part of winning and executing some of ZGF's most successful projects, including Randall Children's Hospital and corporate headquarters for Stoel Rives and Hanna Andersson. Neiger has three decades of experience on health care and institutional projects, including the Cincinnati Children's Medical Center Critical Care Building, and the soon-to-open Oregon Health & Science University Center for Health and Healing Building 2. Pajkic has international- and U.S.-based experience on high-profile projects, including mixed-use, museum, high-rise, and hospitality, as well as master planning. His current projects include Brandywine Realty Trust in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and Proper Hotel Portland.
In Spokane, NAC Architecture hired Rodrigo Rada as an architect, Tiffany Bronowski as an architectural designer, Angel Meegan as a project accountant, Natalie Curtin as an interior designer, Marci Schreiber as an interior designer and associate, John Vega as a construction administrator, David Sabry as an IT systems administrator and Chris Howard as a desktop support specialist. Rada is working on the Beijing National Day School Changping K-9 School in Beijing and the Beijing National Day School Future Science City K-12 School. He was with SmithGroup in Phoenix. Bronowski is working on Central Valley Horizon Middle School in Spokane Valley and Walla Walla Community College Recreation Center. She was with Russell Page Architects in Spokane. Meegan is a CPA and worked for Moss Adams in Spokane. She holds a master's degree in taxation from Gonzaga University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of North Texas. Curtin is working on the Lewis and Clark High School addition in Spokane and Welch Residence Hall at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. She was with Uptic Studios in Spokane. Schreiber is working on the Walla Walla Community College Recreation Center and Missoula International School in Missoula, Montana. She was with ZBA Architecture in Spokane. Vega is working on Eastmont Elementary School projects in East Wenatchee and the Riverfront Park Pavilion renovation in Spokane. He was a project manager with Palm Springs Unified School District in California. Sabry oversees the technical design, development, installation and maintenance of all technology systems in NAC's offices. He was with Flynn BEC, formerly Cobra BEC, in Spokane. Howard is responsible for day-to-day technical support to employees' systems, software and hardware installations, as well as configuring and troubleshooting. He was with the U.S. Air Force. NAC specializes in planning, design, engineering and capital facilities consulting services.
Issaquah-based Farallon Consulting hired David Teter, Ph.D., in its Oakland office. An engineer, he has over 25 years of experience providing environmental science and engineering services, including litigation support. He also has done environmental due diligence, remedial design and supported construction projects. The environmental consulting firm provides engineering, due diligence, regulatory compliance and permitting, remedial investigations and feasibility studies, sediment services and vapor intrusion investigation and mitigation.