SWMC names clinical informatics director
Van Hardison is the new director of clinical informatics at Vancouver-based Southwest Washington Medical Center. In the position, he will coordinate the organization’s clinical information systems with a focus on workflow optimization.
Hardison worked previously at Kansas City, Mo.-based Cerner Corp., where he directed clinical and financial design and implementations for six years. He previously held application and clinical informatics director positions at two health systems in the southeastern United States.
Hardison holds a doctorate and master’s degree in health care administration, and is a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Hardison also is certified in health care information and management systems.
Helen Devery, John White
Leadership shifts at local Berger/Abam office
Helen Devery has been promoted to branch manager of the Vancouver office of Federal Way-based Berger/Abam Engineers Inc., and John White has taken over as the firm’s regional client development director.
In 1976, White founded the JD White Co. in Vancouver, which Berger/Abam acquired in 2006. White has since acted as the vice president and branch manager.
Devery worked for company for more than 14 years, most recently as the firm’s planning manager, and sits on the Columbia River Economic Development Council board.
Former Nautilus VP founds PR firm
Ron Arp founded Brush Prairie-based Amplify Group Inc., which provides communications consulting to businesses and nonprofits. Arp was previously senior vice president of communications for Vancouver-based Nautilus Inc. Arp has worked in communications for 25 years, including 16 years at St. Louis-based Fleishman-Hillard, a global communications firm. Before that, he was a radio broadcaster in Oregon and Nebraska. Arp’s work has been recognized with seven U.S. Silver Anvil public relations awards.
Farmers market names master
Christie Stagg is has been named market master of the Vancouver Farmers Market. She has 14 years of retail management experience, including work for Gap Inc., Guess and bebe Stores Inc. in Hawaii, Los Angeles and Portland.
The market’s 18th season opens April 5.
Thomas F. Meyer
National board elects local veterinarian
Thomas F. Meyer of Vancouver has been elected as a district representative for the American Veterinary Medical Association. Meyer ran unchallenged for the executive board seat and will represent the district that includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming and Alaska until 2014. Meyer co-owns Mt. View Veterinary Hospital with his wife, Jean Meyer. He established the Vancouver-based mixed-animal hospital in 1979.
Todd A. Mitchell
Shareholder appointed to law firm board
Todd A. Mitchell, a shareholder at the Vancouver office of Bullivant, Houser, Bailey PC, has been elected to the law firm’s board of directors. The Portland-based firm’s board includes five other shareholders. Mitchell acts as general counsel to businesses in Southwest Washington and Oregon, and is president of Southwest Washington Independent Forward Thrust (SWIFT), a nonprofit granting organization. Mitchell was named one of the VBJ’s 40 Under 40 recipients in 2003, and holds a law degree from Salem, Ore.-based Willamette University.
Debbie Bahr, Anna Sands
Free Clinic names managers
The Vancouver-based Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has hired two managers.
Debbie Bahr is program manager for Project Access Clark County, a program of the Free Clinic that coordinates access to donated specialty care for uninsured and low-income families. Bahr has worked in project management for more than 16 years and has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Portland.
Anna Sands is the new volunteer and community relations manager. She has worked for more than nine years in nonprofit and government programs, most recently as program manager for San Diego-based Words Alive. Sands graduated from the University of Oregon.
GVCC appoints Schauer to committee
Tim Schuaer, vice president of Vancouver-based MacKay and Sposito Inc., has been appointed to the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce’s public affairs committee. His community involvement includes Clark County’s Engineering Advisory Board, Wetlands Ordinance Rewrite Committee and Bicycle Advisory Committee.
Bill Annen, Ed Morrison, Jackie Chung
PBS expands in Vancouver
The Vancouver office of PBS Engineering has added three employees.
Bill Annen was named a senior civil engineer. He has worked for more than 20 years in environmental, civil and construction engineering, most recently as an environmental services contractor for Portland-based NRC Environmental.
Ed Morrison is a geotechnical technician. He was previously a field technician for Portland-based GeoDesign Inc.
Jackie Chung is a civil designer. She was previously a student intern at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service in Olympia.