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Dec 19, 2014

Port of Everett


The Port of Everett hired Steve Kirkelie as chief of administrative and legal affairs. He is deputy city attorney for Puyallup and starts at the port Jan. 5. This new position fills the role vacated when Les Reardanz was named executive director/CEO in November. The port is not filling the position of deputy executive director at this time.

Reliant Beverage


Reliant Beverage Co., maker of Reliant Recovery Water, named Bill Germano president. He has more than 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. Reliant says its water is electrokinetically modified to ease joints and muscles, and improve performance. The company is led by the Russell Family and based in Tacoma.


Ecova, a Spokane-based energy and sustainability management company, named Jana Schmidt president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Jeff Heggedahl, Ecova's president and CEO for the past five years, recently announced his resignation. Schmidt has been with Ecova for three years as head of the sales and client management teams, and also led the expense and data management service.

Dec 18, 2014

Moss Adams

Moss Adams LLP, a Seattle-based accounting and business consulting firm, will acquire the regulatory compliance and financial consulting portion of Houston-based telecom company CHR Solutions, effective Jan. 1. CHR's regulatory and financial consulting practice will be part of Moss Adams from hubs in Austin and Dallas, expanding Moss Adams Communications & Media Practice to more than 75 people in 45 states.


Gallina said it is joining practices with public accounting firm Leverich Group in Midvale, Utah, on Jan. 1. Leverich Group will assume the Gallina name and partners Joseph P. Leverich and Steve Scoggan will join Gallina's partner group. Derek Evans will be partner-in-charge of Utah. Leverich was founded in 1977. Gallina focuses on construction, real estate, agribusiness, government and nonprofits in western states and has an office in Bellevue.

Lane Powell

Lane Powell paralegal Heather Feenan passed the Certified E-Discovery Specialists exam. CEDS certification demonstrates training and real world experience in the field.

Dec 17, 2014

Oregon Liquor Control Commission


The Oregon Liquor Control Commission named Tom Burns director of marijuana programs to lead implementation of the marijuana legalization law approved in November. Burns has been director of pharmacy programs at the Oregon Health Authority since 2008 and oversaw the state's medical marijuana program.

Lane Powell


Yesica Hernandez has joined Lane Powell as an attorney in the Litigation Practice Group. She was a summer associate with Lane Powell, an extern for the Honorable Paul L. Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, an intern for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle and studied in Peru as a Fulbright-mtvU fellow.

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority


Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, which operates the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, said Capt. Connie Allen is the new manager of Project SAIL. Allen will upgrade Voyages of Discovery, a maritime history program that serves 8,000 students a year in Washington, Oregon and California. Allen has crewed on tall ships and worked at Los Angeles Maritime Institute and the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

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