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May 15, 2024







Architecture firm Mahlum announced the following promotions. In the Portland office, Alyssa Leeviraphan has been promoted to principal and Jason Manson and Jeremy Rear have been elevated to associate principal. In the Seattle office, Jessi Lapano and Nicki Reckziegel have been promoted to associate.

Leeviraphan received a Bachelor of Architecture from Oklahoma State University. She is a registered architect in Oregon and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Leeviraphan has more than 25 years of architectural experience working on numerous educational facilities throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is the leader of Mahlum's Best Practices Group and a leading member of the firm's Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Continuing Education Committee.

She has been with the firm for 22 years and in that time has been involved in all markets. During her early years, she focused primarily on healthcare projects and shifted to education projects in the early 2000s. Leeviraphan has worked with the Forest Grove, Beaverton, Hillsboro, and Eugene School Districts. Her projects include the Grant High School Modernization with Portland Public Schools and the current Portland Public Schools' Cleveland High School Modernization.

Manson graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Architecture and is a registered architect in Oregon and a LEED Accredited Professional. He joined Mahlum in 2010 as a practicing architect.

Over time his role evolved to focus on helping the firm select and use the technology and tools needed to do its work, and eventually to manage all IT at Mahlum. He is responsible for BIM management and implementation, coordinating standards and workflows, and developing content for teams working in Revit. Additionally, he's in charge of technology support and training for Mahlum and orchestrates all areas of digital practice for the firm. He is also a leader in the firm's Best Practices Committee.

Rear holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon. He is a registered architect in Oregon, and former director at the International CPTED Association. He has 27 years of architectural experience and is committed to innovating higher education learning and student living design.

His projects include Taphòytha' Hall at Umpqua Community College. Rear has also worked on projects with Oregon State University and Pacific University. Over his career, he has worked on a variety of project types and his portfolio of work illustrates a wide range of experience. Rear is a proponent of evolving Crime Prevention in Environmental Design (CPTED) practice and collaborates with global partners on progressive research for safe, healthy, and inclusive environments.

Lapano received her Master of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a registered architect in the State of Washington.

Lapano has over 10 years of architectural experience, and designs with healthy materials to support occupant wellness. She is a leader in Mahlum's healthcare market. She is an active member of Mahlum's Project Sustainability Leads, Interiors/Healthy Materials Initiative, and Construction Administration Group and advocates for high sustainability standards throughout her projects.

Lapano played an integral role as project architect for Northwest Kidney Center's largest clinic, the Northwest Kidney Center of Seattle – Yesler Terrace. This new state-of-the-art dialysis facility achieved LEED Gold standards and delivers life-changing care to its patients. Other notable projects include her work with Viewlands Elementary School (Seattle Public Schools), Orcas Island K-12 Campus Renovation, Firgrove Elementary School (Puyallup School District), and the Madrona K-8 School (Edmonds School District).

Reckziegel received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture from McGill University and is the recipient of the 2014 Canada Council Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners. She is a registered architect in the State of Washington.

Reckziegel joined Mahlum two years ago and has ten years of architectural experience, seven of which were spent working in Rwanda. Her work is aimed at engaging stakeholders in an inclusive design process and translating organizations' unique missions into impact-driven designs. Projects include the new French American School of Puget Sound where she draws from her experience as a student of French curriculum across Canada to guide her design leadership.



Sean Ryan has joined Parametrix as a senior construction manager. He has 26 years of experience providing project management services, including design and construction phase management and quality control and inspections.

Ryan comes to Parametrix from Turner & Townsend Heery where he served as a senior project manager. His project experience includes work on K-12 facilities, healthcare facilities, historical renovations, commercial tenant buildouts, condominium buildings, and midrise residential buildings.

He is a LEED Accredited Professional with a Building Design and Construction Specialty. Ryan is a member of the Construction Management Association of America, Association for Learning Environments, and US Green Building Council.

At Parametrix, he joins the firm's community building division which provides project and construction management, owner's representative, survey, and landscape architecture services to public and private clients throughout the Pacific Northwest. He will be based in the firm's Puyallup office.


CalmWave has won the “Health Innovation of the Year” at the 2024 GeekWire Awards. The award showcases health, life science, biotechnology, or medical breakthroughs that illustrate how technology is transforming healthcare and that hold promise for bettering lives or improving healthcare. This is CalmWave's second consecutive GeekWire Award, following last year's award for UX Design of the Year. CalmWave uses a Transparent AI platform to analyze hospital data and minimize alarms in the ICU. The platform ingests the hospital's high-frequency data from diverse sources, including electronic medical record systems, on-network medical devices, and patient vital signs, and distills that data into actionable information. CalmWave went from inception to funding at the AI2 Incubator, a startup incubator at the Allen Institute for AI. Headquartered in Seattle, CalmWave has raised a pre-seed round led by Bonfire Ventures with participation from Tau Ventures, AI2 Incubator, SeaChange Ventures, Hike Ventures, and the co-founders of PagerDuty. Ophir Ronen is the founder and CEO of CalmWave.

Lattice Semiconductor

Lattice Semiconductor's Lattice Avant FPGA platform was selected as a 2024 SEAL Award winner. Lattice Avant was recognized in the Sustainable Product category for its leadership power efficiency, performance, and small form factor.“Sustainability is a key focus area for Lattice and we are honored to receive this recognition for our Lattice Avant FPGA platform, which continues to extend our low power FPGA leadership across diverse markets like Communications, Computing, Industrial, and Automotive,” said Esam Elashmawi, chief strategy and marketing officer. Lattice Semiconductor is based in Hillsboro, Oregon.

May 14, 2024

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani


Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani added Donell Andre Hicks as a partner in the Construction Practice Group in the firm's Seattle office. Hicks is experienced in handling various disputes in all types of construction cases, including residential, commercial, condominium, and homeowner association claims. In transactional, litigation, mediation, and arbitration, he represents multiple construction industry professionals, including developers, property owners, contractors, subcontractors, architects, and engineers. His construction litigation experience includes disputes involving construction defects, breach of contract and construction delays. Hicks earned this law degree from The George Washington University School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from Cornell University. GRSM has offices in all 50 states, and its Construction Group consists of over 200 lawyers across the U.S., specializing in a broad spectrum of legal services tailored for the construction industry.

Leafly Holdings

Seattle-based Leafly Holdings, an online cannabis discovery marketplace and resource for cannabis consumers, announced that Peter Lee will join Leafly as president and chief operating officer. Lee will lead new monetization efforts, operations and corporate development. He will remain a member of Leafly's Board of Directors. Lee brings more than 25 years of strategic leadership and more than five years of cannabis industry experience, as well as deep knowledge of both public markets and public equities. He served as president, chief financial officer and member of the board of directors of Merida Merger Corp.until it merged with and into Leafly as part of Leafly's go-public transaction in 2022. Lee has been a member of Leafly's Board of Directors ever since. From 2011 to 2018, he co-founded and was a managing partner at Sentinel Rock Capital, a long/short equity-oriented hedge fund. He has held various roles at other long/short equity-oriented hedge funds at Spring Point Capital, Blackstone Kailix, and Tiger Management. Lee started his career as an analyst at Morgan Stanley Capital Partners, the private equity investment fund of Morgan Stanley.

Yoko Miyashita is CEO of Leafly.

May 10, 2024

Ascendent Demolition


Ascendent Demolition hired David Saber as its new safety director. Saber will bolster Ascendent's safety program by creating safety policies, identifying hazards, training employees, encouraging safety through various techniques, and working with others throughout the organization to ensure health and safety principles are always improving.


PitchBook, a financial data and software company, announced that John Gabbert will be stepping down as chief executive officer. Gabbert will work closely with Morningstar CEO Kunal Kapoor over the next several weeks to appoint his successor. In the meantime, Rod Diefendorf, PitchBook chief operating officer, and PitchBook's executive leadership team will assume management responsibilities. Gabbert founded PitchBook in 2007 with a vision for providing transparency into the global private capital markets through data, research and tools. He established proprietary data operations processes to collect and verify hard-to-find financial datasets across private equity, venture capital, and M&A markets. Building on this foundation, PitchBook then introduced news and institutional research as well as a suite of workflow and analysis tools, which today create the PitchBook Platform. In 2016, Morningstar acquired PitchBook, which now operates as an independent subsidiary. Morningstar also acquired LCD in 2022 and integrated it into the PitchBook Platform. PitchBook, with U.S. headquarters in Seattle, operates globally with more than 3,000 team members.

Cyemptive Technologies

Seattle-based Cyemptive Technologies, a provider of cybersecurity solutions for business and government, named former IBM and Hitachi Partner executive Wessel Graatsma as vice president cybersecurity solutions Europe. In his new role, Graatsma will be responsible for business development and directing Cyemptive's business in select European markets. His initial focus will be on developing business and partners in Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg), the Nordic countries (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland) and Spain. Graatsma brings more than 35 years of experience in developing business with channel partners, distributors, service providers, cloud providers and OEM partners. This announcement is the latest in a series of international appointments the company has made in the past six months as it scales up for the next level of growth in Europe.

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