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Jun 22, 2023

Estate Planning Council of Seattle


The Estate Planning Council of Seattle has appointed a new slate of officers to lead the council for 2023-2024, with Debra Smiley of Seattle-based Laird Norton Wealth Management as president. Joining Smiley is immediate past president Dan Halos, Dabyn Wealth Strategies, Bellevue; president-elect Teresa Byers, Ogden Murphy Wallace, Seattle; treasurer Allison Kollack, King & Oliason CPAs, Seattle; and secretary Sharon Perlin, Whittier Trust, Seattle. The executive committee includes Jeanne Goussev, Northern Trust, Seattle; Elizabeth McGrath, Key Private Bank, Seattle; Sara Berkenwald, Jeppesen Gray Sakai, Bellevue; and Nate Rothbauer, Ascent Private Capital Management, Seattle. Marianna Willey with Baker Tilly US, and Matt Tilghman-Havens with Washington Trust Bank will co-chair the 68th annual Estate Planning Seminar on Nov. 6-7. The new slate of officers will take office on July 1. The Estate Planning Council of Seattle was founded in the early 1940's, and is comprised of King County-based estate planning lawyers, Certified Public Accountants, trust officers, insurance agents, and financial planners. The council aims to promote estate planning services in the Pacific Northwest by developing and improving the capabilities of its members, fostering cooperation among professionals, and by educating the public about estate planning matters.

Ogden Murphy Wallace

Ogden Murphy Wallace added two new members, Janet Gray and Sara Kiviat Berkenwald, to its Trust and Estate Group. Formerly with Jeppesen Gray Sakai, their practices will focus on estate planning, trust administration, probate, taxation, and charitable giving. OMW is a multi-specialty regional law firm, operating in the Pacific Northwest for over 120 years, with offices in Bellevue, Seattle and Wenatchee. Gray has been a member of the Washington State Bar Association for over 40 years. She is a founding member of the Ripple Giving Fund, which supports at risk women and children in India with the goal of ending human trafficking, child marriage and forced labor. Kiviat Berkenwald also volunteers for city commissions, community foundations, and professional legal organizations.

Oregon Tool

Oregon Tool promoted current Chief Operating Officer Elliot Zimmer to CEO. Zimmer will succeed Paul Tonnesen, who is stepping down to care for his elderly parents. Tonnesen will serve as an advisor to the company's board going forward. Zimmer started as Oregon Tool's COO in 2022, and brings more than 20 years of experience working in a variety of leadership roles at Lennox International, Dr. Pepper Snapple, McKinsey & Company, and in the United States Army. He has a BS in Systems Engineering from West Point and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon Tool manufactures precision cutting tools for the forestry, lawn and garden, farming, ranching and agriculture, and concrete cutting and finishing industries.

Jun 21, 2023

City of Seattle


Following a national search, Mayor Bruce Harrell selected Gülgün Kayim to serve as director of the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS). A multi-disciplinary artist and former Stanford Arts Institute Creative Cities Fellow with decades of experience in public art administration, Kayim will begin the new role with the city on July 19th. Coming from the city of Minneapolis, Kayim was the founding director of the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, an office focused on powering Minneapolis’s economic and social growth through arts and cultural expression. Prior to that, she was an assistant director at the Archibald Bush Foundation where she managed the selection of artist fellows and supported the fellowship program. She was also the co-founder and co-artistic director of Skewed Visions, a Minneapolis-based performing arts organization. The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture manages the city’s public art program, cultural partnerships grant programs, ARTS at King Street Station, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, and The Creative Advantage initiative. ARTS provides $3.7 million funding to arts and cultural organizations, artists, and creatives. In addition, the 1% for Art program invests more than $4 million annually in the public realm.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati


Global law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati announced that Curt Blake has joined the firm as senior of counsel in the Seattle office, and that the firm is using the occasion to launch a NewSpace industry group, leveraging the firm's existing experience representing clients in the sector and Blake's expertise. Blake co-founded and was formerly CEO of Spaceflight, a provider of integrated launch services and orbital transfer vehicles for small satellites. During Blake's 12-plus years at Spaceflight, he helped establish its network of launch providers, which included SpaceX, Rocket Lab, Roscosmos, Orbital, JAXA, Arianespace, and NSIL. He also established relationships with key commercial, civilian, and defense-related customers, resulting in more than 470 spacecraft deployed from over 55 different missions. Wilson Sonsini represents a range of NewSpace sector clients in corporate, regulatory, intellectual property, and litigation matters, as well as in technology transactions. The firm's NewSpace sector clients include investors and companies such as Astranis Space Technologies, BlackSky, Lunasonde, Skylo Technologies, and Slingshot Aerospace. Blake was a member of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation Board and is currently a contributor to numerous satellite conferences. Before co-founding Spaceflight, he served in a variety of senior executive and legal roles at software companies, including Microsoft, Aldus, Corbis, and Starwave. Blake earned his J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Washington's Schools of Law and Business, after receiving a B.A. from the same institution.

Barghausen Consulting Engineers








Barghausen Consulting Engineers, Inc. has expanded its team by hiring eight new employees as of April 2023. In Kent the firm has welcomed an administrative assistant, a people and culture administrator, and two people and culture assistants. Additionally, the Roseville, CA location has brought on a new design engineer and a project architect. The Richland, WA location welcomes a project engineer and a senior civil project manager.

Clarice Buchanan started at Barghausen as the people and culture administrator on April 17. She holds a B.A. in business administration with an emphasis on management and HR from Pacific Lutheran University, graduating in 2021. Prior to joining Barghausen, she worked as an Ops/HR Coordinator at WideNet Consulting Group.

David Gaitan EIT, joined Barghausen on April 17 as a design engineer. He graduated from CSU Sacramento in May of 2020 with a B.S. in civil engineering. He previously worked at a geotechnical engineering firm where he helped with technical fieldwork for residential, commercial and industrial projects for three years.

Kerah Iyall joined Barghausen on April 25, as an administrative assistant for the permitting and compliance team. She holds a B.A. from WSU and is currently pursuing a master's degree in library and information science from UW Seattle. Prior to joining Barghausen, she worked as a registrar for the Bethel School district, and completed a fellowship with the Association of Research Libraries during her time at WSU.

Nathan Machiela joined Barghausen on May 1 as a senior civil project manager in Richland, WA. He graduated from Washington State University with a B.S in civil engineering. He started in engineering in 1998, and he worked with Barghausen from 1998-2003. Nathan earned his P.E. in 2002 and has been working in the industry managing and directing projects for over 25 years.

Omar Alfaro joined Barghausen in Roseville, CA, on May 8 as a project architect. Alfaro is a California licensed architect with 30 years of experience after graduating from U.C. Berkeley. He previously worked at Barghausen 14 years ago, and for the last 2 years he had his own practice where he worked on high end residential, retail and office projects.

Hannah Dunham joined Barghausen on May 22 as a people and culture assistant. She graduated from Washington State University in 2022, with her B.A. in social sciences and human development. She comes from a background in customer service, where she previously worked as a customer liaison at California Closets.

Derek Forza joined Barghausen in Richland, WA on May 30, as a project engineer. He graduated from Washington State University in 2015 with a B.S. in civil engineering. He previously worked at Aqtera Engineering and Parametrix, for a combined tenure of eight years. His primary focus includes both design work and field inspection, with an emphasis on utility, pipeline, and site development work.

Iona Waight joined Barghausen on May 30 as a people and culture assistant and will be working at the front desk as a receptionist. She holds a B.S. in psychology from Grand Canyon University and has a background in customer service, having previously worked at Bigfoot Java and Ben Bridge.



Sarah Wortman has joined MG2 as director of marketing. With more than 20 years in the industry, Wortman has developed a winning approach to communications and business development. Based in the Seattle office, Wortman will work closely with senior management and principals to direct the firm's marketing efforts and drive growth.

Prior to joining MG2, Wortman held senior marketing roles at architecture and design firms across the country. Wortman earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a Master of Fine Arts in Radio/TV/Film from Northwestern University. She is active in several AEC organizations including NAIOP; SMPS, where she is a past president of the Chicago chapter; and IFMA, where she is currently President of the Corporate Facilities Council.

Olson Kundig


Olson Kundig announced that Mark Ours has joined the firm as director of project delivery. In this role, Ours will lead the advancement, implementation, and continual optimization of firm-wide best practices and processes with respect to the delivery of Olson Kundig's projects. Working with owners, operational and design/technical directors, project managers, and other firm leaders, he will maintain a diligent awareness of the firm's needs, frictions, and opportunities for refinement and innovation.

Ours brings over 25 years of experience executing high-quality buildings. Prior to joining Olson Kundig, his multidisciplinary career included architecture, construction management, strategy, and management for enterprise-scale clients and stakeholders.





RGI has welcomed three new team members.

Samantha Pletsch is the firm's new marketing specialist. Pletsch has over six years of marketing experience and a bachelor's degree from UW's Foster School of Business.

Kayleigh Lear has joined RGI's administrative team in the Bothell office. Lear brings over seven years' clerical and executive support experience.

Petko Kolachev has joined RGI from Strasser where he spent two years as a project coordinator. Kolachev gained experience with Solidworks in his last role and is eager to expand his drafting skills and knowledge in the field of environmental consulting at RGI.

Otto Rosenau & Associates


Walt Hansen, senior project manager with Otto Rosenau & Associates, has retired after working over 25 years at the company and over 55 years in the construction industry. Hansen was a superintendent before transitioning in 1984 into the special inspection industry, where he applied that knowledge and experience. ORA says Hansen's insight and ability to work with project teams, as well as local building jurisdictions, was instrumental in resolving many challenges ranging from technical and financial issues to communication problems and personnel conflicts on complex projects. At ORA, Hansen estimated and managed thousands of projects for clients such as Boeing, local school districts, public works agencies, fire stations, religious organizations, hospitals, and transportation agencies.

Harbor Freight Tools

Three high school teachers from the Pacific Northwest are in the running for the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. They are among 50 finalists nationwide who are now eligible to win five grand prizes of $100,000 or 20 additional prizes of $50,000. The teachers are Matthew Duerre of Enumclaw High School, Don Willson of Battle Ground High School and Steven Ratzlaff of James T. Hutchison High School in Fairbanks, Alaska. Winners will be announced in October. Over 1,000 applications were received this year for the contest, now in its seventh year. The contest recognizes outstanding instruction in skilled trades in U.S. public high schools that inspires students to learn a trade.

Skanska USA

Skanska USA co-created the newly formed Associated General Contractors of America Task Force on Decarbonization and Carbon Reporting to address the challenges around reporting and reducing carbon emissions in the construction industry. Over the coming year, the task force will help standardize carbon reporting by developing an industry guidebook to help contractors understand how to calculate and report emissions. The task force is part of AGC's climate change initiative, which aims to shape climate change policies that impact the construction industry, while reducing the industry's environmental impact. Other founding task force members are Clark, DPR and Ryan Companies, with additional members now including Granite, Kiewit, Mortenson and Turner. Skanska says the construction industry and the built environment are responsible for nearly 40% of global carbon emissions.

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