Published August 2006

People Watching

Sveinbjorn Gizurarson has joined Bothell-based Kurve Technology Inc., which produces nasal drug delivery devices, on the company’s Scientific Advisory Board. Gizurarson has extensive research and business experience in the development of nasal drug and vaccine delivery systems. He is a professor of pharmacy and clinical therapeutics at the University of Iceland.

Liz Murata, business management instructor at Edmonds Community College, has been awarded the college’s Trustee Award for Excellence in Education. Murata developed courses in management, communications and technology and was one of the first at the college to teach classes online. She retired in June after 21 years of service.

John Lawson has been named Western Washington University’s new vice provost for information technology and chief information officer. Lawson, most recently vice president for information technology and chief information officer at Tulane University in New Orleans, was selected after a nationwide search and will begin his new duties Aug. 15. Lawson succeeds Jerry Boles, who is retiring as vice provost.

Doug Lea has been named school chair for the School of Drafting and Design at ITT Technical Institute’s Everett campus. Lea has 27 years of experience in the electronics industry, with more than 13 years of experience in an executive role with global high-tech companies. His experience in teaching ranges from the university arena to the private sector and includes teaching of design, management, leadership and data management.

Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna of Dream Dinners of Snohomish and Gerald McMorrow of Diagnostic Ultrasound of Bothell are winners of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Pacific Northwest award. The winners were selected by a judging panel composed of leaders in business, academic and civic organizations. Allen and Kuna won in the consumer products division, and McMorrow won in the health services division.

Chuck Dodd has been promoted to vice president and senior loan officer at Prime Pacific Bank of Lynnwood. Debbie Rice has been promoted to vice president. Liz Norsby has been promoted to vice president and operations officer, and Nancy Engel has been promoted to assistant vice president. Also, the board of directors of Prime Pacific Bank’s parent company, Prime Pacific Financial Services Inc., recently announced founding Chairman Harry Truitt had passed the role of chair to Diana Clay, who has been vice chair since the bank’s inception. Truitt will continue to serve on the board and on the same committees on which he currently serves.

Graham Haight, Tony Icasiano, Mike Tsoukalas, Dave Turner and Sandra Waldo have joined the management team at Mountain Pacific Bank in Everett. Haight is the new executive vice president and chief lending officer; Icasiano is the new executive vice president and chief financial officer; Tsoukalas is vice president and commercial loan officer; Turner will serve as vice president and commercial lender; and Waldo is vice president and operations officer. Haight has 30 years of banking experience, with a focus on commercial real estate and construction lending, and was most recently president of The Bank of Washington. Icasiano has more than 20 years of banking experience, previously working for First Mutual and serving as a certified public accountant for 13 years. Tsoukalas, Turner and Waldo all have more than 10 years of banking experience.

Jeff Conwell has earned the title of personal financial representative with Allstate Insurance. Along with auto, home and life insurance products, he now is a registered broker and dealer who can offer investment opportunities. His agency is located at 6132 196th St. SW, Suite A, Lynnwood.

Shawn Schrader has been named manager for Wells Fargo’s Edmonds store. He most recently worked as a personal banker for Wells Fargo in Everett. Schrader, a Lake Stevens resident, served in the U.S. Navy for eight years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Hawaii Pacific University and volunteers with Port of Hope, an outreach project serving military families.

Jim Loneker has joined North County Bank’s team of lending specialists as senior vice president and commercial loan officer. Loneker will be in the Arlington branch, at 16419 Smokey Point Blvd. He has 35 years of commercial lending, branch banking and retail management experience in the Everett and north Snohomish County areas. Also, Koren Smith has been named vice president and branch manager of North County Bank’s new Mill Creek office, located at the intersection of Seattle Hill Road and 132nd Place SE. Smith has worked in community banking in the Silver Lake/Mill Creek area since 1993. She is currently working in the Arlington branch until her new location is completed in September.

Ray Corwin and Michele Skinner have joined the Bank of Everett. Corwin will serve as senior vice president and relationship manager, focusing on banking relationships with local business owners and managers. Skinner will be vice president of private banking, focusing on mortgage lending, small-business banking and customized banking for high net-worth individuals.

Cindy Melland, Mary-Ellen Donnellan and Kathy Rose have been promoted at Frontier Bank. Melland is now senior vice president and manager of the bank’s cash management department. Donnellan is now vice president and manager of the electronic banking department. Rose is senior vice president and security officer. Also, Stephanie Pahlow recently joined Frontier as vice president and real estate loan officer.

Nancy Clark and Scott Wurtz, licensed massage and registered Bowenwork therapists at Bowenwork Health Clinic in Marysville, recently attended an international educational conference for Bowenwork practitioners at Yale University. In addition, Clark completed her advanced training in Bowenwork at the conference.

American Family Insurance recently opened its first Snohomish County office, located in Mill Creek, with four agents: Steven Medalia, Amy Drewel, Faye Cheng and Christopher Madsen. Medalia formerly was in restaurant management, having graduated from Washington State University in hotel and restaurant administration and working in the industry for 18 years. Drewel, a graduate of the University of Washington in speech communications, has experience in human resources and sales. Cheng has more than six years of experience in the insurance industry, and Madsen formerly worked in social services, with 11 years of experience in that arena.

Allstate Insurance Co. agent Art Ruben recently received the Agency Hands in the Community award for his commitment to volunteering in the community. With this award comes a $500 grant from the Allstate Foundation for the Northwest Lions Foundation for Sight and Hearing, where Ruben volunteers. Allstate recently recognized agent Rod Ronquillo of Lynnwood for his 20 years of service to the company. As a part of the Allstate Milestone Achievement program, Ronquillo will receive a plaque of recognition honoring his contributions and service. Allstate recently promoted Stacey Roskens to the position of human resource manager of the Northwest region, which is headquartered in Bothell. A Chicago native, Roskens has worked for Allstate for 13 years. She has held a number of different roles within the company’s human resource division, most recently as a human resource staff manager in Allstate’s HR Service Center in South Barrington, Ill. Also, Allstate recently promoted Jim Tax to the position of regional marketing manager of the Northwest region. Tax has worked for Allstate for two years within the marketing communication and corporate relations teams at Allstate’s headquarters in Northbrook, Ill. Prior to joining Allstate, Tax worked for several years for Chicago advertising firms.

Bert Markovich of Mill Creek was recently named a “super lawyer” by Washington Law and Politics magazine. The magazine surveys 16,000 lawyers in the state to determine candidates for the award. Only the top 5 percent of Washington lawyers receive this distinction. Markovich is an attorney with Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt in Seattle.

United Way of Snohomish County recently elected new members and officers to its board of directors, including: Jerry Goodwin, vice president and general manager of C&D Zodiac; Peggy Hain, vice president of operations for Goodrich Aviation Technical Services; Ken Kettler, president and chief operations officer of the Tulalip Casino & Hotel; Ken Konopa, president of Fluke Biomedical; Becky Mackenstadt, CPA, CMA, audit and accounting manager of Vine Dahlen PLLC; Kim Pastega, chief engineer for the Interiors Responsibility Center, the Boeing Co.; and Eddie Tadlock, general manager of the Lynnwood Convention Center.

Charles (Al) Hayden recently was promoted to director of manufacturing of Bridgeways. Hayden joined Bridgeways in April 2004 as the director of manufacturing representative. He has more than 30 years in manufacturing and engineering management using ISO-9000 procedures. Randy Wood recently joined Bridgeways as controller. He has expertise in operational management and financial oversight, with nearly 20 years of experience in the computer systems and avionics industries, most recently being employed by Northern Airborne Technology.  Terry Castle recently joined Bridgeways as production manager. Castle has worked in the aerospace industry for more than 25 years. Mark Marriott recently joined Bridgeways as quality and planning coordinator. He has many years of experience working as a quality assurance inspector for several local companies.

Everett resident Rose Goulet recently was inducted as president of the Rotary Club of Everett. She will serve through the Rotary year, from July 2006 through June 2007. Goulet is director of medical waste/recycling for Rubatino Refuse Removal. Also inducted were: vice president, Tom Gray, Bethany of the Northwest; president-elect, Roy Yates, Frontier Bank; presidential nominee, Larry Byers, Puget Sound Kidney Centers; past president, Lyle Ryan; treasurer, Brad Seltzer, Langabeer, McKernan, Burnett & Co.; historian, Larry O’Donnell, retired; and secretary, Bill Dobler, retired. New to the board of directors, serving from July 2006 through June 2008, will be Betsy Baker, Olympic Physical Therapy; Peter Cattle, ReMax Real Estate; Ron Edlin, Business Insurance Concepts Inc.; and Connie Wittren, Providence Hospice & Home Care. Continuing on the board through June 2007 will be Steve Miller, American Distributing in Marysville; Todd Morrow, Community Transit; Susie Pool Moses, Providence Medical Center; and Jim Schrader, Everett Optometry Clinic.

Sales associate Emily Duran has joined Windermere Real Estate’s Lake Stevens office. Duran formerly was a restaurant manager with Yarrow Bay Grill in Kirkland. Sales associate Suanne Gregory has joined Windermere Real Estate/North Inc.’s Lynnwood office. Gregory had been a high school counselor with the Monroe School District for 18 years. Sales associate Michael Walker has joined Windermere Real Estate/GH LLC’s Mukilteo office.

Mark Caldwell, Tami Collins, Brenda Riggs and Ehrin Clerc have joined ALLPRO Real Estate’s new Everett office at 906 Everett Mall Way.

Joseph Vallner has joined the board of directors at Bothell-based Lumera Corp., which produces nanotechnology such as proprietary molecular structures and polymer compounds for the bioscience and communications and computing industries. Vallner earned his doctorate in pharmaceutics from the University of Wisconsin.

Jessica Wilcox is the new government affairs director at the Snohomish County Public Utility District. Wilcox will serve on behalf of the PUD in its dealings with state, local and federal agencies and lawmakers. She previously worked for the state of Idaho; the city of Portland, Ore.; and the Bonneville Power Administration.

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