Networking – September 2021


  • Prosser Memorial Health has hired Steve Peters, a licensed mental health therapist, at its Benton City Clinic. He received his master’s of science in clinical mental health counseling/forensic counseling specialization from Walden University and his bachelor’s in business studies in applied psychology from Regent University. He is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. He began his career at an inpatient state hospital in Oregon, eventually moving on to outpatient and school-based work. He made his way to the Tri-Cities in 2000 after taking a position as a mental health case manager.
  • Cassidy Brown has been hired by Chaplaincy Health Care as its marketing supervisor. Prior to joining Chaplaincy’s team, she was a marketing and communications coordinator at Seattle Children’s. She has a wide range of marketing experience, but is most specialized in content creation, strategy and community outreach.
  • Dann Mead Smith is joining Project 42, a 501(c)4 nonprofit, after 21 years leading the Washington Policy Center as president. Project 42’s goal is to change the course of Washington state to prioritize free markets, personal liberties and the rights of citizens to prosper. Mead Smith leaves the policy center in October.


  • Denver-based Eon, an industry leader in incidental findings software, has accredited Trios Health as an Eon Center of Excellence. Trios received bronze accreditation for its proven achievement in capturing patients with an incidentally identified pulmonary nodule that requires follow-up and adding each patient to a system for care management.


  • Amelia Kittson, a third-generation owner at KIE Supply Corporation in Kennewick, has been promoted to vice president after earning a master’s degree in business administration in supply chain management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kittson spent the past two years working for KIE Supply from Madison, Wisconsin, where she received a fellowship from The Grainger Foundation, including a full-ride scholarship to earn her MBA from the Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management at the Wisconsin School of Business. Kittson has spent the past 10 years working for KIE Supply and will continue to work closely with her father, Gus Kittson, president, on their succession planning. KIE Supply is a family-owned company selling irrigation, plumbing, electrical, decorative lighting and appliance products since 1955.


  • Washington River Protection Solutions, an Amentum-led company, has become the first area business to join the newly formed Kadlec Foundation Corporate Giving Society. WRPS is making a $10,000 gift to the Kadlec Foundation in support of its community health programs. The Corporate Giving Society is designed to build partnerships with area companies to support the Kadlec Foundation’s mission of “elevating community health.”
  • Community Health Plan of Washington donated $50,000 each to Yakima Valley Farm Workers and Tri-Cities Community Health, two federally-qualified community health centers, to fund projects aimed at removing barriers and increasing access to health care services across the state. Fifteen community health centers across the state received a total of $750,000 in grants. Yakima Valley Farm Workers will use the money for enhancing member experiences and access, and Tri-Cities Community Health will use it for chronic conditions management.
  • Gesa Credit Union has partnered with Food Lifeline and Second Harvest for Hunger Action Month. This September, the three organizations are working to raise awareness about food insecurity and mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger in the Northwest. Gesa is the presenting sponsor for both organizations and will donate $25,000 to each. Gesa also will host food drives at each of its branch locations and offer team members volunteer opportunities.
  • The Auction of Washington Wines raised more than $2.2 million to support Seattle Children’s, the WSU Viticulture and Enology program and its own industry grant program through a year-long series of fundraising events. The annual celebration of wine culminated it its 34th annual gala, a hybrid event held Aug. 14 with 375 guests in person and 700 participants online.


  • The Energy Northwest Executive Board has elected new officers. Will Purser of Sequim was elected to serve as board chair; John Saven of Portland will serve as vice chair; Linda Gott of Shelton will continue to serve as board secretary; and Jim Moss of Edgewood will continue to serve as assistant secretary. All will serve two-year terms. The executive board has 11 members; five elected from the agency’s board of directors, three appointed by the board of directors from outside Energy Northwest and the remaining three appointed by the governor. The executive board sets the policies that govern the operations of the organization.


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