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Jul 31, 2015

Washington State University

Randy Bolerjack joined Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett as director of communications and public relations. He directed communications and public relations for Mercer Island School District.

Jordan Ramis

Portland-based law firm Jordan Ramis said shareholder Scott S. Anders has been elected president of the Rotary Club of Vancouver. The Vancouver club's major fundraising initiative is The Festival of Trees, which uses proceeds to support Small Children Need Big Friends, NW Harvest South, The Rotary District 5100 Dictionary Project and other causes. Anders is also a member of Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and the city of Vancouver's Fire and Building Code Commission.

Jul 30, 2015

Lane Powell


Makiko Coffland has joined Lane Powell as an attorney in the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group. She focuses on patent, trademark, copyright and contractual matters, including negotiation, enforcement and defense. Coffland is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has experience in bio-tech, software and electronics industries.

Cairncross & Hempelmann


Cairncross & Hempelmann said Susan Wright Geiger has joined the Corporate Finance & Business Transactions group. She has extensive experience in structuring and negotiating commercial agreements, as well as in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and litigation, and will focus on technology and intellectual property transactions. She left the firm in 2007 to pursue other interests, and most recently worked as a technology, software and software services attorney at Snodgrass Annand PLLC.

University of Alaska

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents has named a new university president after a monthslong search for the right candidate.

The university announced that Jim Johnsen would replace retiring University of Alaska President Pat Gamble. Johnsen, who serves as senior vice president of Alaska Communications, will take over as president on Sept. 1.

Johnsen was selected as the sole candidate for the university's top position in June. The board spent a month meeting with various groups across the state as they accepted public comment on Johnsen.

Jul 29, 2015

OneEnergy Renewables

OneEnergy Renewables, a developer of distributed, utility-scale renewable energy projects, named Arlo Corwin chief development officer. He joined the firm after it acquired the development portfolio of Advance Energy, which was founded by Corwin and focused on utility-scale solar, wind and transmission projects. Corwin was president of Power Network New Mexico, a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners. OneEnergy’s Purpose-Built Solar enables commercial and institutional customers to procure power from large-scale offsite solar projects and to integrate these purchases into their broader electricity procurement strategy.

Oregon Seed Association

The Oregon Seed Association said executive director Angie Blacker has been appointed to the Board of the American Trade Seed Association. OSA is a nonprofit agricultural trade association representing the interests of the state’s seed industry. Blacker has worked with OSA since 2011 and served as its executive director since 2013

Jul 28, 2015

University of Alaska Southeast

The University of Alaska Southeast has announced Priscilla Schulte as interim provost, while the search for a permanent provost is expected to begin in August. The Juneau Empire reportsthat Schulte, who is director of the university's Ketchikan campus, is expected to serve as interim provost until the beginning of summer 2016, when a permanent provost is to be named. Schulte holds a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. According to her UAS biography, some of her specializations include multicultural education, Alaska Native culture and sociocultural change.

Artist Trust

Artist Trust announced the Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award, unrestricted award of $10,000 that will go to a state literary artist engaged in storytelling through various disciplines. The discipline focus for 2015 will be fiction. Future awards will focus on storytelling through other artistic disciplines. Artist Trust is partnering with Gar LaSalle in the new award.

U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank named Mike Katz market president and head of commercial banking for the Puget Sound region, effective Aug. 1. Katz succeeds Chris Heman, who is moving out of the market. Katz has been with U.S. Bank for 13 years, most recently leading banking relationship managers in Denver. He also worked at CH2M Hill and Wells Fargo. U.S. Bank has 91 branches in this market.

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