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Wim Geurden

WSUV announces tech director

Wim Geurden has been named director of information technology at Washington State University Vancouver. In the new position, Geurden will focus on integrating new technology into the university’s existing systems, which were previously managed by

the university’s department of Library and Information Services.

Geurden stepped into the position April 15 after working as chief of IT architecture for retail financial services at JPMorgan Chase in Columbus, Ohio.

He has worked as a senior executive in Accenture’s financial services practice and as a partner with the company’s Strategic Information Technology Effectiveness group. Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company.

Geurden also worked at Microsoft Corp. as a senior technology strategist for banking.

Paul Cline

Port of Woodland names commissioner

Paul Cline was appointed District 3 commissioner for the Port of Woodland. He has lived in the Woodland area for more than 30 years and recently retired after 29 years as a music teacher for the Woodland School District.

Cline is a part owner of Cougar Crest Water and GPM Water Systems, both in Ariel, Wash., and is a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician for Cowlitz-Skamania Fire District 7.

Dick Perkins, Marla Michael

Bank appoints chief officer, manager

Vancouver-based First Independent has named two new leaders.

Dick Perkins was promoted to director of commercial banking and chief lending officer. He previously was senior vice president and head of commercial real estate lending. Perkins joined the bank in January 2003 and built its commercial real estate department. He holds a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University.

Marla Michael was named branch team leader at First Independent’s Hazel Dell branch. She is a Vancouver resident with a background in retail banking and consumer lending.

Tracey Malone

Schlecht manager marks 10 years

Tracey Malone, office manager at Schlecht Construction’s Vancouver branch, celebrated 10 years with the Kelso-based company. She started at Schlecht as a receptionist and now specializes in commercial and industrial projects. Malone is property manager for Schlecht’s Heritage Centre in Woodland and is secretary of the Woodland Industrial Stormwater Association.

James P. Swanger

Local judge named educator of the year

Clark County District Court Judge James Swanger was a co-recipient of the 2008 educator of the year award from Street Law, a Silver Spring, Md.-based program of Georgetown University Law School. Swanger was recognized for his work with youth in weekly law and justice classes at Hudson’s Bay High School, and for starting Street Law classes at two other high schools. He also trained and gave technical assistance to new local judges and teachers in 2006 and 2007.

Richard Hauan

Gregoire appoints head of school for deaf

Richard “Rick” Hauan has been appointed as superintendent of the Vancouver-based Washington School for the Deaf by Gov. Chris Gregoire. Hauan served as interim superintendent at the 122-year-old school since September and was assistant superintendent since July 2004. He was director of special programs for the Anacortes School District, director of special education for the Oak Harbor School District, where he was also a special education teacher. Hauan holds school administration certification from Western Washington University, a Master of Science in Education degree from Western Oregon University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and secondary education from Augustana College in South Dakota.

Vernon E. Stoner

Former city manager picked for state post

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler named former Vancouver city manager Vernon E. Stoner his chief deputy. Stoner has worked for more than 25 years in the public sector, including posts as deputy director for operations at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, deputy chief executive officer for the Regional Transit Authority and city manager of Lacey, Wash., and Saginaw, Mich.

He also was commissioner of employment security for two Washington governors. Stoner replaced Mike Watson, who retired at the end of April.

Darrel Resleff

Allstate agent’s career honored

Allstate Insurance Co. agent Darrel Resleff was recognized for 40 years of service to the company. Resleff owns Vancouver-based Resleff Insurance Agency, where has been an exclusive Allstate agent his entire career, selling all lines of insurance.  

Marie Bartley

HomeStreet Bank gains loan officer

Marie Bartley has joined the Vancouver branch of Seattle-based HomeStreet Bank as a loan officer. Bartley has worked in the industry locally for more than 16 years, at Canada-based RBC Mortgage, Portland-based Owners Choice Mortgage and Bank of America. In 2001, she co-founded the Three-Club Challenge, an annual golf tournament at Camas Meadows Golf Club that benefits Cancer Care Resources, a Portland-based nonprofit organization.

BOCC promotes four

Vancouver-based Bank of Clark County has made four staff promotions.

Michael G. Cochran will head commercial lending and has worked in financial services for more than 35 years. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington and is a Pacific Coast Banking School graduate.

BethAnn Bock is vice president and mortgage lending manager for real estate lending. She has worked in banking for 15 years and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Idaho.

Justus Poling is assistant vice president and assistant loan officer for commercial and industrial lending. He has been an assistant loan officer since 2006. Poling holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oregon State University.

Cirith Anderson-Sebree is assistant vice president and project analyst for finance after working as the bank’s project analyst. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Willamette University.

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