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Nov 26, 2014














In Tacoma, GeoEngineers hired Ryan Pearson as a civil engineer in the natural resources group, Chris Newton and Basel Kitmitto as geotechnical engineers and Kate Haney as a project coordinator for SmartMine, the firm's applied technology group. In Seattle, it hired Winston Chen as a senior environmental engineer, John Farleigh as a civil engineer and Johanna Neff as an administrative coordinator. In Redmond, it hired Derek Salinas as a field technician, Kyle Smith as a geotechnical engineer, Tanna DeRuyter as a hydrogeologist, Alexandria Cochrane and Hayley Hinman as geologists, Sharon Paulson as a billing coordinator, David Schwendeman as an accounts payable clerk, Anna Sielski as a recruiter and Jordan Awe as a systems administrator in IT. GeoEngineers is an earth science, engineering and technology consulting firm based in Seattle with 13 U.S. offices.

Trindera Engineering



The Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, office of Trindera Engineering hired Justin Manning as a designer and Wally John Beck as a project engineer. Manning has designed substations and bridges using AutoCAD. He holds an associate's degree in design drafting technology from ITT Technical Institute. Beck has experience in telecom site development and electrical analysis, and most recently was a technical analyst with Wolfe-SBMC in Spokane. He has a bachelor's in electrical engineering from the University of Idaho. Trindera is an electrical and control systems engineering and consulting firm. It has an office in Spokane.

Moffatt & Nichol


Moffatt & Nichol promoted Bruce I. Ostbo as business unit leader in Seattle, replacing Tom McCullough, who will lead major projects in the United States and abroad. Ostbo is a structural engineer and engineer-diver who joined the firm in 2012, bringing more than 30 years of experience in bridge design, marine structures, inspection and rehabilitation for ports, private sector clients and government agencies.

Coffman Engineers

Coffman Engineers hired senior fire protection engineers Bob Libby and Byron Briese and will offer fire protection engineering services globally. Libby and Briese have nearly seven decades of collective experience, and held executive roles at a major fire protection firm. Libby recently managed and developed work in new sectors and opened offices worldwide. Briese recently managed and developed international clients. Coffman provides engineering services including civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, fire protection, process piping, instrumentation and controls, and corrosion control engineering as well as project management, commissioning and land surveying.

Professional Service Industries

Professional Service Industries hired Michael Kath as manager of the Tacoma office. Kath holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Oregon State University. PSI provides environmental, engineering and testing services, and is based in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.

Nov 19, 2014



Keith Walzak joined NBBJ in Seattle as a leader in the urban design and planning practice. Walzak has more than 28 years of design experience. He focuses on multi-modal and green infrastructure, urban redevelopment/regeneration strategies, cultural arts and social equity initiatives. His projects include San Diego Unified Port District's 50-year master plan; Cairo Gate master plan in Egypt; and CityNorth master plan in Phoenix. He won the Colorado Governor's Downtown Excellence Award and the Aesthetics in Public Transit Award from University of Arizona, Tucson.



Kleinfelder named Kerry Ruebelmann Northwest regional manager. She will work on business development and oversee offices in Seattle, Hanford, Portland and Salt Lake City. Ruebelmann is on the board of directors of the global engineering, architecture and science consulting firm. She was previously technical discipline leader for Kleinfelder's compliance and strategic planning disciplines. Ruebelmann is a geologist with over 28 years of experience.














CollinsWoerman appointed Alex Clark, Andy Morison, Candice Clinton, Jay Blackburn, Leif Pearson, Natasha Epstein, Nathan Copley and Scott Rice to associate and Frank Tran, Joe Workman, Sean Coney and Steve Schlenker to senior associate. The Seattle-based architecture, design and planning firm has a 75-person staff.

Elliott Bay Design Group


Elliott Bay Design Group hired Peter Tarabochia as vice president and chief financial officer. Tarabochia worked at Vigor Industrial. He has more than a decade of experience, and has been a financial leader for Fortune 500 enterprises. EBDG is a Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm with offices in New Orleans and Ketchikan, Alaska.

Yost Grube Hall Architecture

Yost Grube Hall Architecture added Jeanne Jameson and Iren Taran to the ownership group. It also granted additional shares to these shareholders: interior designer Liz Bray, sustainability director Lona Rerick, and marketing director and Amy Winterowd. Bray has been with YGH since 1997, Rerick and Winterowd since 2001. Jameson is a project architect who joined YGH in 2007. She has worked on projects for the University of Hawaii, Chemeketa Community College, U.S. General Services Administration and Dow Chemical. Taran, an architect, has been with YGH since 2003. She is focused on international projects, including University of Botswana, American University of Afghanistan and Chevron. YGH provides planning, architecture and interior design.

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