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Jan 27, 2023

PacificSource Health Plans


PacificSource Health Plans appointed John Espinola as the organization's new president and CEO, effective April 3, 2023. In this role, Espinola will provide leadership, strategic guidance, and direction for PacificSource's overall operations and will hold primary responsibility for profit and loss and fulfilling the organization's commitment to its mission, vision and values. Espinola comes to PacificSource with more than 20 years of leadership experience in healthcare. He most recently served in a dual role as executive vice president, chief strategy and product officer with Premera Blue Cross and as CEO of Kinwell Physician Network, a wholly owned subsidiary of Premera. Prior to his 12 years spent with Premera, he served as the national medical director for Essence Healthcare and before that as executive director and medical director of Evercare, a division of UnitedHealth Group. Espinola received his bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross, his medical degree and master of public health from Tufts University School of Medicine, and his master of business administration from the University of Washington. Espinola will replace Ken Provencher, who has served as PacificSource's president and CEO for 21 years. Provencher announced his retirement in late 2022 after a total of 28 years dedicated to PacificSource. He will continue to serve as president and CEO until March 31, 2023. PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource has local offices throughout Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington.

Emerald Heights

Emerald Heights, a Life Plan Community in Redmond, promoted Alexandra Clark to wellness programs manager, a new position in the company. Clark has been working with Emerald Heights for over five years and previously supervised both the trips/events department and the life enrichment activities department for independent living and the Corwin Center. In her new role, Clark will still oversee these two areas of service but she will also be overseeing the fitness program. Prior to joining Emerald Heights, Clark taught theater and Zumba classes to senior living communities. She earned her degree in theater from California State University, Northridge. The fitness department consists of three fitness specialists: current team member Talisa Wibmer and two new hires at Emerald Heights, Katharine Manter and Tanner Bostian. Manter earned her bachelor's degree in physical education with a kinesiology concentration followed by a master's degree in clinical exercise physiology. She is also a certified clinical exercise physiologist by the American College of Sports Medicine. Bostian is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in exercise science from St. John University. Bostian has a personal training certification though the National Strength and Conditioning Association and earned an aging specialist certification though the American Council on Exercise.

Strong Tower Consulting

Strong Tower Consulting, a Bellevue-based management-consulting firm, named Rebeca Dawn as vice president of organization development & change management. Dawn has more than two decades of experience designing and delivering change through strategic business and technology initiatives. Strong Tower's new Organization Development & Change Management practice leverages proprietary change management methodology for organizational transformation and infuses the human element in training programs to create stability and improve effectiveness of employee learning. Prior to joining Strong Tower's leadership team, Dawn developed and executed Prosci-based Change Management training tailored for global teams made up of thousands of client employees. Additionally, she held executive level positions with the city of Seattle's IT Department. Previously, Dawn led global project management for Goldman Sachs. Dawn is a Prosci certified Change Management Professional and is a member of the Association of Change Management Professionals and Organization Development Network.

Jan 26, 2023



LeoStella, a Tukwila-based specialized satellite design and manufacturing company, appointed Tim Kienberger to succeed Mike Hettich as CEO. Kienberger has three decades of aerospace and defense technology experience, leading market strategy, operations management, program execution and business growth in small spacecraft emerging markets at companies including Boeing and L3Harris. Hettich retired after leading the company since 2019. LeoStella is a 50-50 joint venture between Thales Alenia Space, a French-Italian aerospace company, and BlackSky, a provider of real-time geospatial intelligence.

Outbound AI


Health care automation veteran Ryan Greenhaw joined Seattle-based startup Outbound AI as chief revenue officer. In his new role, Greenhaw will guide efforts to transform how the industry tackles administrative burdens, supporting the company's mission of elevating the human work experience in health care. Prior to joining Outbound AI, Greenhaw served in leadership positions at several companies in the revenue cycle management space, including WhiteSpace Health and Recondo Technology, the latter acquired by Waystar during his tenure. Outbound AI's inaugural offering, PayerVA Console, designed to perform phone-based tasks associated with claims work, is live at multiple sites throughout the country. Founded in 2021 as a spinout from Madrona Venture Labs, Outbound AI is Conversation AI built for health care.

Dorsey & Whitney


International law firm Dorsey & Whitney added Steve Hardesty to its Boise office as a partner in the firm's corporate and M&A practice. Hardesty is a veteran attorney in the Boise market with over 35 years of experience across a wide spectrum of corporate transactional work. He represents private equity and venture capital funds and their portfolio companies in a full range of mergers, acquisitions, financings, growth transactions, and general corporate matters. He also represents emerging growth companies and specialty finance lenders on a national basis, including corporate aircraft finance and commercial real estate finance. Hardesty joins Boise colleagues Nick Taylor, office head, and Richard Hall, leading mining partner, who established the Dorsey & Whitney Boise office earlier this month. Hardesty comes from Perkins Coie's Boise office. Dorsey has locations across the U.S., and in Canada, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

State of Washington

The state Department of Veterans Affairs appointed Dan Smith as the administrator of Washington Soldiers Home in Orting. Smith assumed responsibility of the facility last month. He is pursuing a master's degree in public health at Pennsylvania State University. Smith served as a nurse in the U.S. Army Reserve for 12 years. As a civilian, he worked in a federal VA-accredited longterm care facility for more than 20 years. Washington Soldiers Home is on 174 acres in the Puyallup Valley. Established in 1891, this was the first of four homes built for Washington state veterans.

Jan 25, 2023


IonQ announced plans to open the first known dedicated quantum computing manufacturing facility in the United States in Bothell. The new facility will house IonQ's growing R&D and manufacturing teams. With public support from U.S. Senator Patty Murray and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, U.S. representative from Washington's 1st congressional district, the announcement is part of IonQ's broader intent to invest $1 billion through expansion in the Pacific Northwest over the next 10 years. The 65,000 square foot facility will house IonQ's second quantum data center and be the primary production engineering location for IonQ in North America. IonQ hopes to add thousands of new jobs and opportunities to the region over the coming years. IonQ Vice President of Product Engineering Dave Mehuys, who joined IonQ in March 2022 from a senior leadership role at Psiquantum, will oversee the build out of the new facility. With over two decades of experience managing systems hardware engineering, module component engineering, customer service, and manufacturing operations, Mehuys will play an integral part of IonQ's growth in the region. IonQ was founded in 2015 by Christopher Monroe and Jungsang Kim based on 25 years of research.

The Matthews Group

UBS Private Wealth Management announced that The Matthews Group, an advisor team in the firm's Bellevue branch office, has been ranked the top team in Washington on the Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Management Teams list for 2023. The team was also named to the Forbes America's Top Wealth Management Teams, Private Wealth list for 2022, as the only advisor team in Washington to be named to the list. The 19-member team, led by partners Michael Matthews, Tyler Matthews and Melanie Matthews, is responsible for managing $2 billion in investable client assets. Together, they bring a multi-disciplinary approach to delivering advice to ultra-high net worth individuals, business owners, entrepreneurs and multi-generational families. UBS has offices in more than 50 regions and locations around the world.

The Production Network

The Production Network (TPN) and Evia announced their merger as Evia joins TPN to create a production agency with more than 63 years of combined experience. The transaction is effective immediately. TPN has roots in experiential design and production along with creating interactive immersive experiences in Unreal Engine 5. Evia brings 360-digital content strategy and production expertise with a focus on the remote audience journey — from promotion and registration through the event experience and on-demand content. Together, the agency will offer digital strategies to build solutions for clients across the globe. All members of the TPN and Evia executive teams will remain in leadership positions with Allison DeLeone serving as chief executive officer and Hilary Laney as chief revenue officer. TPN, based in Seattle, was founded over 30 years ago by John Vadino. With three decades of expertise is digital media, Evia offers scalable services to support onsite, hybrid, and virtual events.

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