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Ted Austin

US Bank chooses regional leader

Ted Austin is US Bank Wealth Management Group’s new market leader for Southwest Washington and Oregon.

He previously was vice president and managing director for the Minneapolis-based company and has worked for US Bank’s Private Client Group in bank wealth management for 15 years. Austin is on the board of directors for the Estate Planning Council of Portland and is an adjunct professor at the University Of Portland School of Business. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon and is a graduate of the Cannon Trust School. Austin is a certified trust and financial adviser and a certified financial planner professional.


Gary Kaiser

Georgia-Pacific names Camas vice president

Gary Kaiser is the new vice president and manager of Georgia-Pacific’s Camas paper mill.

Kaiser will handle operations of the mill, where 524 workers make white business paper and towel and tissue products. He has worked for Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific for 16 years, including three years at the Camas site.

Kaiser holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University and previously worked for Green Bay, Wisc.-based Fort Howard Corp.

The Camas site’s previous manager, Mike Tompkins, is now Georgia-Pacific’s vice president of manufacturing in Wauna, Ore.


Dr. William Pritchard

Orthodontist celebrates anniversary

The orthodontic practice of William Pritchard reached its 18th anniversary this year. Pritchard opened Pritchard Orthodontics in 1990 in Vancouver and a second office in 2004 in Battle Ground. The company now has 11 employees. Pritchard earned a doctorate and master’s degree in dental science from Loma Linda University and is a member of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors.


Joseph Leyda

PBS Vancouver gains wetland scientist

Joseph Leyda is a new senior wetland scientist at the Vancouver office of PBS Engineering and Environmental. Leyda is a certified professional wetland scientist with more than eight years of experience including wetland restoration, mitigation planning, code review and lobbying for wetland policy reform. Leyda also has worked in wildlife studies, endangered species monitoring and hydraulic project approvals. He holds a Master of Arts degree in biology from the College of William and Mary and a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from the University of New Orleans.


Dr. Allen Gabriel

PSS adds plastic surgeon

Plastic surgeon Allen Gabriel has joined Vancouver-based Pacific Surgical Specialists. Gabriel’s expertise includes breast reconstruction and reversionary surgery. He graduated from the University of Nevada School of Medicine and completed an integrated plastic surgery residency at Loma Linda University. Gabriel completed research fellowships at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland and the University Of Nevada School Of Medicine.


Leah Higgins

Prudential chooses agent

Leah Higgins joined Portland-based Prudential Northwest Properties’ Clark County Northwest office in Vancouver, where she will work as a real estate agent. Higgins previously worked as a real estate agent at Ridgefield-based Pacific Northwest Realty. She is an accredited buyer’s representative and volunteers for the Clark County Housing Resource Center.


Deb Garrett

Photographer earns top certification

Deb Garrett has been certified by the Professional Photographers of America. The certification is held by less than 3 percent of photographers in the United States, according to Garrett, who is principal photographer at Vancouver-based 1Studio. She is a member of the PPA and the Professional Photographers of Washington.


Ann Williamson, Sarah Flohr, Ted Sprague

Hospice board adds to committee

Longview-based Community Home Health and Hospice’s board of directors has added Ann Williamson, Sarah Flohr and Ted Sprague to its foundation committee. Williamson has worked for more than 20 years in the early childhood education program of Lower Columbia College. Flohr is a senior trust officer for Longview-based Cowlitz Bank Trust Services. Sprague has served as president of the Cowlitz Economic Development Council since 2000 and is a member of the Washington Economic Development Association’s board of directors and the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council.

Alisa Pyszka

City selects business development manager

Alisa Pyszka is the new business development manager for the city of Vancouver’s economic development department. She has worked in land development for more than 12 years. Most recently she was a senior project manager for Portland-based WRG Design Inc., where her work included managing the redevelopment of the Evergreen Airport in East Vancouver. Pyszka has a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and English from Miami University. She is accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.

Southwest Washington Human Resources Management Association

HR professionals earn certification

Three members of the Southwest Washington Human Resources Management Association have passed exams for the Human Resource Certification Institute. Newly certified as senior professionals in human resources are Sheryl Johnson of Camas-based Sharp Laboratories and Brenda Wallace of Vancouver-based Nutter Corp. Kimberly Lynch of Vancouver Eye Care was certified as a professional in human resources.


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