Movers & Shakers: 05/24/2013

Scott Patterson

Patterson, 43, replaces Steve Harvey, who retired last month after nearly 30 years as the organization’s executive director.

Patterson comes to the Council of Governments after a decade as the director of development and public affairs at Clark County’s public transit agency, C-Tran. Prior to that Patterson worked for the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.

“In Scott Patterson, we’ve found someone not only with a deep understanding of the COG, the issues facing our region and solid leadership skills, but someone who can also guide us into the future, working together with all of the COG partners, stakeholders and members,” Humbyrd said. “There was a ‘wow factor’ with Scott that really impressed us during the process. He really wanted the job and did the homework to prove it, and we are excited about him.”


Alicia “Lisa” Lowe, a shareholder and partner in charge in the Vancouver office of Pacific Northwest regional law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, was recently appointed to serve as chair of The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington’s Professional Advisory Council (PAC) Steering Committee.

“We are very pleased that Lisa has accepted the position of PAC Steering Committee chair. She will lead our council with a passion for community philanthropy,” said Jennifer Rhoads, The Community Foundation’s vice president of development and president designate.

The Community Foundation collaborates with a broad cross section of citizens, helping them to target and manage their charitable giving to build stronger communities.

Lowe focuses her practice in all areas of estate planning, including trusts, guardianships and probate.


iQ Credit Union has named Chris Anderson as vice president of mortgage services.

In his new position, Anderson will oversee all mortgage lending operations and develop new mortgage products and strategic initiatives. He will also be instrumental in the design, launch and operations of the company’s new online mortgage center, the credit union said.

Prior to joining iQ, Anderson held a senior position with an Oregon credit union. With 30 years of experience in sales, retail banking and mortgage lending, he has worked in variety of financial institutions in Oregon, California and New Hampshire.

Anderson holds a bachelor of science degree from California Coast University, and is an MBA candidate at the same university. He resides in Oregon.


Jill Kusmirek, VP of wealth management for Columbia Credit Union, has been named Investment Advisor of the Year for 2012 for the local region of Cetera Advisor Networks (CAN).

Kusmirek was chosen from a field of 50 investment advisor representatives serving clients in an area ranging from Tacoma to Medford, Oregon.

According to CAN, Kusmirek’s recognition was based on a variety of factors including outstanding performance in program leadership, program results and individual production results.

Kusmirek holds 32 years of financial services experience and has spent the past 12 with Columbia Credit Union.


Shelly Shaindlin has joined Davidson Insurance of Vancouver as receptionist.

Shaindlin previously worked for the Evergreen School District and the Portland Clinic. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology/social work from Warner Pacific College.



MacKay Sposito, a Vancouver-based consultant in energy, public works and land development, announced the addition of Armine Kalan as a proposal specialist on its business development team.

In her new role, Kalan will develop and produce proposals and will also assist with business development projects.

Armine received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Portland State University.


Robert Yarwood has joined On Line Support of Vancouver as a first level support technician.

Yarwood is a Cisco Certified Network Associate and has an associate in applied science degree for computer network administrator from Clark College.

On Line Support provides computer network, Internet, phone and technology consulting to businesses and individuals in the Northwest. The firm was founded in 1998 by Eric Olmsted and is based at 5500 NE 109th Court, Suite E in Vancouver.


Donna WatersKris Thomas

Donna Waters and Kris Thomas have joined A.L Insurance Group Inc. as sales consultants, the Hazel Dell-based agency recently announced.

Waters began her career as a claims advocate and educator on Medicare, health plan benefits, diabetes management, healthy pregnancy, fit kids and healthy heart programs. According to her new employer, Waters excels in educating clients on Medicare options and assisting them in realizing their retirement and family goals.

Thomas has seven years in the insurance business. In his new role, he will focus on assisting small to medium sized businesses with navigating through risk management requirements.


Carol McCaulleyWendy Smith

Columbia Credit Union recently announced a pair of promotions to its management team: Carol McCaulley as senior vice president, human resource development/legal counsel; and Wendy Smith as vice president, enterprise risk.

In her new role, McCaulley will oversee human resource functions for the credit union, focusing on personnel policy development, performance appraisal programs, employee benefits and more while assisting in advancing in the credit union’s strategic direction. She will also provide advice and counsel on a variety of legal matters, primarily employment law.

As VP of enterprise risk, Smith will coordinate all internal and independent auditors’ efforts related to loss prevention and recovery objectives. In addition, she will oversee the compliance, loss prevention and internal audit departments and will maintain an enterprise risk management program to ensure the credit union’s optimal long‐term performance.


Dr. Cynthia Bye, owner of Vancouver’s Journey to Wellness, recently passed the national American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (ABNO) exam. This certification recognizes Bye as a specialist in complementary oncology.

Bye received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and completed her residency at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa, OK. She has been practicing in Vancouver for more than 10 years with an emphasis on providing complementary oncology services.


Home Innovation Research Labs, a testing and certification firm, named Troy Johns of Vancouver-based Urban Homes NW as one of two builders to hold a position on their national board of directors. Johns will be a representative supporting builders in the Western U.S.

In operation for more than 50 years, Home Innovation Labs (HIL) has established the highest building standards in the U.S., using research methods, testing, certification and verification for government agencies, manufactures, the private sector and the building industry.

As a member of the board, Johns will provide support to home builders and local governments that promote best practices in building.

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