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Aug 29, 2014

Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools named Stacy Howard media relations specialist, replacing Teresa Wippel. Howard worked at Seattle University as media relations specialist, and also handled media and communications in Haiti for the Salvation Army, and was an assignment editor at KOMO TV.


Bellevue-based Atigeo, which describes itself as a “compassionate technology company,” said two tech veterans have joined the executive team: Ellen McDermott, formerly of Microsoft and JPMorgan Chase, is chief information security officer, and Scott Mahan, formerly of Bsquare, is chief financial officer. McDermott has more than 25 years of security experience and led a security team through the JPMorgan-Chase merger. Mahan's background is in software and public accounting.

Helsell Fetterman

Debra Akhbari joined Helsell Fetterman as an associate attorney. She won the firm's Richard S. White Fellowship and was a summer associate in 2013. She works with the litigation practice group.

Aug 28, 2014

Garvey Schubert Barer

Garvey Schubert Barer attorney Sara P. Sandford is vice chair of the American Bar Association Section of International Law. Sandford works with clients doing businesses across borders, particularly in Japan, Canada and Pacific Rim countries. She will supervise section committees and task forces, and help plan events and programs.

Crestbrook Insurance

Crestbrook Insurance Co., an affluent market personal lines carrier based in Scottsdale, Arizona, will expand into Oregon and Washington. It is a Nationwide Insurance subsidiary, and offers products and services designed for affluent homeowners.


Outdoor gear and apparel retailer REI promoted CFO Eric Artz to the additional role of chief operating officer and Susan Viscon from vice president to senior vice president of merchandising. Artz now oversees digital retail and will continue to lead the Finance, Information Technology, Real Estate, Supply Chain and Corporate Strategy divisions. He joined REI in 2012 as CFO. Viscon joined REI in 1997.

Aug 27, 2014

Semiahmoo Resort

Semiahmoo Resort, Golf, & Spa in Blaine hired Mark Andrew as general manager. He will be responsible for the resort as well as Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club, Loomis Trail Golf Club, Pierside Kitchen, Packers Oyster Bar, Great Blue Heron Grill and Loomis Trail Bar & Grille. The property is operated by Coastal Hotels. Andrew has 25 years of senior management experience starting at Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. He was general manager of Westin Bayshore Resort & Marina in Vancouver, B.C., and general manager at Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown.

Seattle BioMed

Seattle BioMed said founder Ken Stuart, Ph.D., won the Award for Impact from the Washington Global Health Alliance for his work on global health issues and local health research. Stuart founded Seattle BioMed more than 35 years ago. It has more than 200 employees focused on drugs, vaccines and diagnostics for infectious diseases.

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