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Jan 22, 2020

Northwest Seaport Alliance


The Northwest Seaport Alliance hired Dana Henderson as general counsel. Henderson has over 20 years of experience in both public and private law practice, and previously served over six years as general counsel for Pierce Transit. She worked as a litigator and maritime law practitioner earlier in her career. The alliance is a marine cargo partnership of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.

Life Science Washington

Life Science Washington, the state's life science trade association, has three new board members and new leadership on its executive committee. Dr. Margaret McCormick, executive director and COO of Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason and vice president of Research for Virginia Mason Medical Center, is the new board chair. McCormick succeeds Caitlin Cameron, chair and CEO of OtoNexus Medical Technologies, who continues on the executive committee. New board members are: Jan Beck, head of R&D operations at Lyell Immunopharma; Lauren Hackett, COO at the Allen Institute; and Amanda Rose, partner at Fenwick & West. New members of the executive committee are: Richard Fabian, president and COO of FujiFilm SonoSite; and Dr. Teresa Foy, senior vice president of immunology-oncology and cellular therapy at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

City of Tacoma

The Tacoma City Council has five openings on its Citizen Police Advisory Committee. The openings are for one youth position and one position each for residents of council districts 1, 2, 4 and 5. The committee provides recommendations about Tacoma Police Department policy to the City Council. Applications are due by Jan. 27 at http://www.cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication or contact Michelle Emery at (253) 591-5178.


Orbridge, a Bainbridge Island tour operator specializing in educational travel, said it will plant 100,000 trees this year to help forest recovery, halt soil erosion, provide habitat and improve air quality. Trees will be planted in government-owned forests.

Jan 17, 2020

City of Kenmore

The Kenmore City Council reelected David Baker as mayor and Nigel Herbig as deputy mayor. It also swore in two new council members (Melanie O'Cain and Corina Pfeil) and two reelected council members (David Baker and Milton Curtis). O'Cain is an accounting records and administration manager at the Port of Seattle, and Pfeil is a behavioral and social health services undergraduate at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Council members serve staggered four-year terms, and the council selects one of its members to serve as mayor and a second as deputy mayor for two-year terms.

Family Law Casa

In Seattle, Family Law Casa selected Deidre McCormack Martin as executive director. McCormack Martin has over 20 years of experience with nonprofits. She previously was executive director of Summer Search's Seattle office, a national youth development organization, and interim executive director at the Washington Association for Infant Mental Health. She starts Tuesday at Family Law Casa, which advocates for local children in high-risk custody cases.


Portland vacation rental management company Vacasa promoted Jeff Flitton to chief technology officer. Flitton replaces Tim Goodwin, who relocated to California to become CTO of TigerConnect, a health care communication platform. Flitton joined Vacasa in 2017 as director of software development and was promoted to vice president of engineering the following year.

National Payment Systems

In Portland, payment processing company National Payment Systems expanded its executive team and rebranded as Boom Commerce. Its expanded executive team is led by new CEO Sabin Burrell, founder of BlueSquare Resolutions. Other new leaders are senior vice president Greg Forte and vice president Kayla Jantz. Forte comes from Fiserv Global Business Solutions and Jantz worked with Burrell at BlueSquare. Boom recently got a capital infusion from Acrewood Holdings and is pursuing acquisitions and other strategic investments.

Swenson Healthcare

In Tacoma, Swenson Healthcare joined Comagine Health's Partnership to Reimagine Health Care, a five-year program that seeks to improve care for people with Medicare while reducing provider burden. The program started last year and is open to health care organizations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. Swenson is a clinical practice group serving patients in a post-acute care setting.

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