Networking — August 2019


Alexandra Mickelsen has joined PS Media Inc. in Kennewick as a digital account executive. She is a graduate of Washington State University and has a degree in strategic communication and a minor in business.

Dave McClure has been named Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s chief audit executive. He has most recently been an auditor on PNNL’s Audit Services team. He has more than 25 years of experience, 17 of those with PNNL, in a variety of finance, accounting and audit positions. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Central Washington University and is a certified fraud examiner. As the chief audit executive, McClure will test that PNNL follows applicable rules and regulations.  

Jhoanna R. Jones has joined Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Associated Brokers of Kennewick as a commercial real estate broker/Realtor. She brings more than 15 years of banking and lending experience within the commercial real estate industry. Originally from Colombia, South America, her business background began when she worked for a technology company in Japan and the U.S. She has a Georgetown University master’s in real estate and is a certified commercial investment member candidate.

Austin Remington has been hired as a multimedia production artist at Focal Point Marketing in Kennewick. He has been in the industry since 2013, serving as a marketing coordinator and a visual communication manager. His skill set ranges from videography and photography, to graphic design and animation.

Patricia Hessler has joined Merrill Lynch in Kennewick. She has been a financial advisor for 12 years and holds a bachelor’s from Whitman College and a master’s in business administration from Washington State University.


Participants in Leadership Tri-Cities Class 25 have been selected for the yearlong program. They are: Ivy Anderson, Kadlec; Jennifer Behrends, Kennewick School District; Deborah Burke, Richland School District; Michelle Coy, CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co.; Ubaldina Creek, Communities in Schools; Michele Crowley, city of Pasco; Jessie Dietrich, Lamb Weston; Danielle Dunigan, Energy Northwest; Keeley Gant, Columbia Basin College; Gretchen Guerrero, Visit Tri-Cities; Elizabeth Hernandez Osorio, Columbia Basin College; Melissa Hess, Benton Franklin Community Action Connections; Tom Kimball, Cisco Systems; Jillian Klym, Green2Go; Neilan McPartland, Numerica Credit Union; Michael Peterson, NE Technical Services; Anneke Rachinski, Columbia Basin College Foundation; Dr. Bradley Sainsbury, Lifetime Dental Care; Eric Smith, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; and Dana Storms, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Pasco, Kennewick and Benton City wastewater treatment plants received outstanding performance awards from the state Department of Ecology. The state evaluated more than 300 plants operating in Washington to determine if they were meeting the state pollution limits and permit requirements, which include: monitoring, reporting, spill prevention planning, pretreatment and operational demands.

Susan Mendenhall, local franchisee of the two IHOP Restaurants in the Tri-Cities, has been named the 2018 IHOP Northwest Franchisee of the Year. Mendenhall has been operating these restaurants since 2001 and became the owner in 2010. Susan, her husband Russ, and their three children have lived in Kennewick since 1994.

Fat Olives restaurant in Richland was included in the August issue of Wine Spectator magazine for being among the best Washington restaurants for wine selections. J.D. Nolan is the owner and wine director.

Knutzen Engineering of Kennewick has been recognized as a top-performing engineering firm for 2019. PSMJ Resources Inc., an advisory services group, highlighted successfully managed firms demonstrating outstanding achievements in areas such as profitability, overhead management, cash flow, productivity, business development, staff growth and turnover. The Circle of Excellence represents the top 20 percent of participants in PSMJ’s annual survey, based on 13 key performance metrics.

John Miller, a supervisor at Lourdes Counseling Center for 25 years, has been recognized as the hospital’s 2019 LifePoint Mercy Award winner for demonstrating compassion and unwavering commitment to help others. The award recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s hospitals who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded.

A&E Towing Plus LLC of Kennewick was honored as one of the largest towing and recovery fleets by American Towman Magazine during a special luncheon at the seventh annual American Towman Showplace-Las Vegas in May. The winners received a custom-crafted commemorative coin featuring original artwork celebrating their Towman 100 status.

Petersen Hastings of Kennewick has been included in the listing of Financial Advisor Magazine’s Top RIA Ranking with $670 million assets under management at the end of 2018. The ranking is based on total discretionary and nondiscretionary assets reported on Form ADV. Petersen Hastings is the only firm in Eastern Washington to be recognized in the survey, according to a news release.


STCU credit union has expanded its senior leadership team from seven positions to 11. The new senior leaders are: Robyn Galtieri has been promoted to vice president of retail services. Hired in 1998, she became director of the credit union’s Contact Center and operations in 2016. Brian Scott has been promoted to vice president of accounting and finance. He came to STCU in 2003 and was promoted to director of accounting and finance in 2015. Rich Lentz has been promoted to vice president of consumer lending. He joined STCU in 2005 and was promoted to director of consumer lending in 2015. Scott Rabe has been promoted to vice president of digital development. Hired in 1993, he was promoted to director of project management and software development in 2012. Four vice presidents have been promoted to new positions within the senior leadership team:  Patricia Baughman’s new title is chief development officer. She came to STCU in 2018 as vice president of organizational strategy and product development, bringing 20-plus years of senior leadership experience. Tammy Fleiger’s new title is senior vice president of operations. Hired in 1990, she was promoted to vice president of operations in 2011. Laura Wood’s new title is senior vice president of human resources. Hired in 1998, she was promoted to vice president of human resources in 2016. Patricia Kelly’s new title is senior vice president of information technology. Hired in 2000, she was promoted to vice president of information technology in 2016.

Alma Carrillo of Focal Point Marketing has been promoted to media and finance director. She has been with the Kennewick business for more than two years. She began her career as a media specialist and quickly moved into the media buyer position. For the past nine months, she has worked closely with outgoing Focal Point Marketing founder Theresa Long. Carrillo grew up in the Tri-Cities and lives in Pasco with her family.

Jill Adcock of Richland was recently promoted to director of compliance, privacy and quality at Chaplaincy Health Care in Richland. She also recently earned a certification in health care compliance, or CHC, through the Health Care Compliance Association. Last year she earned a certification in health care privacy compliance, or CHPC, also through the association. She’s worked at the nonprofit for more than 14 years.

 Billie Williams, former chief operating officer and human resources director at The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center in Walla Walla, has been promoted to general manager. She has replaced Dan Leeper, who left the company at the beginning of July to pursue other outside interests. She joined The Marcus Whitman hotel team in 2003.


McCurley Subaru donated gifts of blankets, arts and crafts kits and cards of encouragement to benefit cancer patients at Kadlec Clinic Hematology and Oncology in Kennewick on July 18 as part of a partnership with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Piton Wealth of Kennewick raised $5,005 for Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanities during its third annual Kennewoodstock backyard benefit concert featuring singer-songwriter James Lanman. More than 100 people attended. Piton Wealth matched all ticket sales from the concert.

Dutch Bros Pasco and Richland raised $3,726 for the Allergy and Asthma Network in honor of Colby Prince, a Dutch Bros employee who died in June following complications related to asthma. Pasco and Richland Dutch Bros locations donated $1 from each drink sold on July 8.


 United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties awarded grants totaling $42,448 to three agencies focused on services to improve parenting skills, provide support therapy for autistic children and prevent youth violence. Previously, the funding was awarded to programs administered by Lourdes Counseling Services. The original two-year grant was through June 30, 2020. When Lourdes was bought last year by for-profit Life Point Health, the program became ineligible to receive the rest of grant. United Way and its board of directors requested proposals from local nonprofits offering mental and behavioral health services. The grants will support the following programs:

Parent Child Interaction Therapy: $16,448. Catholic Charities Serving Central Washington will buy audio equipment and supplies for use in real-time coaching of parents of young children with behavioral problems. A therapist observes parent and child interactions through a one-way mirror and provides recommendations and strategies to the parent through a connected earpiece.

Child Developmental Training for Parents of Autistic Children: $15,000. The Children’s Developmental Center will use this funding to provide individualized treatment plans and therapies to address the needs of autistic children and provide training for parents to work with their child at home.

Youth Violence Prevention Project: $11,000. Domestic Violence Services of Benton & Franklin Counties will provide weekly interactive education groups for at-risk youth, ages 10-18. The groups focus on helping participants make thoughtful decisions, improve self-confidence, and navigate peer pressure and conflict to prevent violence, victimization, depression, and anxiety.


Eric Pearson, president and chief executive officer of Community First Bank in Kennewick, was named to the Washington Bankers Association board of directors for the 2019-20 year. The board sets policy for the WBA and manages its resources. Board officers are nominated by their peers. Pearson was one of seven bankers from across the state who received an appointment at the association’s annual convention July 10-12 at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum. He is one of two members on the board from Eastern Washington.

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