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Zia Bhatti

CCU chooses branch manager

Zia Bhatti was named manager of Columbia Credit Union’s Washougal branch, which opened in April.

Bhatti will be involved with the Vancouver-based credit union’s growth and development in Washougal and its business development plan.

He has worked in banking for more than 15 years, most recently as vice president and branch manager in Vancouver for The Dalles-based Columbia River Bank. He previously was an assistant vice president and branch manager for Seattle-based HomeStreet Bank in Vancouver and held three management positions at U.S. Bank in the Vancouver-Portland metro area.

Bhatti holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Gordon College in Pakistan. He serves on the boards of directors for YWCA Clark County and Vancouver-based Affordable Community Environments.


Jim West, Kevin Wingate-Pearse

Brokerage adds two sales representatives

Jim West and Kevin Wingate-Pearse have joined the sales team of Vancouver-based Coldwell Banker Commercial Jenkins-Bernhardt Assoc.

West came to the brokerage after 10 years of providing consulting and other services to local investors. Prior to that, he worked in finance and operations for regional and national chain restaurants and was a principal partner and financial planner for City Financial Group in Vancouver. West holds a degree economics from Willamette University.

Wingate-Pearse worked previously in commercial real estate at Vancouver-based Sheldon Co. and Portland-based Western Equities. Wingate-Pearse was a private investor in the Portland residential market for five years and is a member of the National Council of Exchangers.


Cory Kratovil

Otak gains engineering designer

Cory Kratovil has joined the Vancouver staff of Lake Oswego-based Otak as an engineering designer. He completed an internship at the architecture, engineering and landscape design firm in the fall of 2007. Kratovil is working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering at Washington State University and his experience includes field surveys and inspection on public roadway projects.


Stacy J. Frost

HDJ manager wins regional seat

Stacy J. Frost was elected as a regional governor of the American Society of Civil Engineers in August. He will serve a three-year term representing ASCE members from Washington, Oregon and six other Western states. Frost was most recently president of the ASCE Oregon Section, which includes Southwest Washington, and was first involved with ASCE as president of its student chapter at Oregon State University. Frost works as a project manager at Vancouver-based HDJ Design Group. 


Jennifer Rilatos

Port chooses assistant

Jennifer Rialtos is the Port of Camas-Washougal’s new office assistant. She worked previously at Fisher’s Landing Physical Therapy as an administrative assistant and at Providence Medical Center in Portland as a member of the hospital’s intravenous team. She volunteers at the Vancouver-based Samaritan House for women’s substance abuse recovery.


Gregoire chooses local leaders

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire chose three Clark County residents for state service.

Michael Ciraulo was appointed to the state’s Fire Protection Policy Board, representing Washington cities and towns in the three-year term. He is mayor of the city of Battle Ground and division chief for Clark County Fire and Rescue. He has worked in fire service for 22 years and served on Battle Ground’s city council for six years.

Leann Johnson was reappointed to the state Arts Commission for three years. She is director for equity and diversity at Clark College and was a member of the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. Johnson also served on the board of directors for the YWCA of Clark County and is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Jesse Magana of Vancouver was reappointed to a three-year term on the Home Care Quality Authority. Magana is a board member for the Vancouver-based Disability Resource Center and was a member of the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment.


Credit union elects board members

Columbia Credit Union added three to its board of directors and renewed the term of supervisory committee member Donald W. Harris.

New to the board of directors are Lisa Schauer, Michael R. England and Jeffrey Z. Smith.

Schauer is the business development manager and an associate of Vancouver-based MacKay and Sposito Inc. England is vice president of finance at Camas-based Columbia Ultimate Business Systems. Smith is president and chief executive officer of Vancouver-based Smith-Root Inc.

Harris has volunteered with CCU since 2006 and is a retired supervisor of Reno-based Fortifiber.


Murdock Trust chooses director

Dana Miller will join the Vancouver-based M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust this month as senior program director for grant programs. Previously, he worked for 11 years as chief advancement officer at George Fox University. There, he worked in senior leadership for three of the university’s presidents, helping to raise more than $4.3 million annually for scholarships and campus programs. Miller has worked for 21 years in higher education administration and fundraising, and replaces retiring John Van Zytveld. Miller is a graduate of a graduate of Kansas-based Friends University and Kent State University.


Broker joins Parks & Rec commission

Adrian E. Cortes has been named to the Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission. Cortes is principal broker for Cortes Financial, a Vancouver-based commercial and mortgage brokerage firm. He is a member of Battle Ground’s planning commission and water reclamation facility committee.


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