Movers & Shakers 1/25/2019


Clark County Food Bank recently announced the promotion of Matt Edmonds to the newly created position: Director of Communications.

As the Director of Communications, Edmonds will oversee the expansion of the food bank’s marketing team and he will lead the implementation of the food bank’s direct marketing and communications strategy. This effort will allow Clark County Food Bank to raise greater awareness and support for those who struggle with food insecurity.

Edmonds is a Clark County native and a 15-year veteran in the nonprofit sector. Since joining the team at Clark County Food Bank in 2015, he has helped develop and shape the food bank’s community outreach program, digital media strategy, special events and direct marketing fundraising.

“Matt is a gifted leader, communicator and storyteller. And Clark County Food Bank is rich with life-changing stories to tell. Every day, we see clients receiving help, donors supporting the mission, and volunteers rolling up their sleeves to help,” said Alan Hamilton, President of Clark County Food Bank. “With Matt Edmonds leading our communications team, we will be able to share those stories, celebrate those wins, and inspire our community in a more compelling way.”

Samantha Ballard


Davidson & Associates Insurance Agency of Vancouver recently welcomed Samantha Ballard as a Life and Disability Account Manager. Ballard, a Vancouver native, recently graduated from Washington State University with a degree in marketing and sales.

Ballard is an avid baker, enjoys spending time with her six nieces and nephews and frequently does crafting projects.

Davidson & Associates Insurance has served local businesses and individuals since 1990. The firm is located at 610 Esther St., Suite 101, in Vancouver. For more information call (360) 514-9550 or visit the website

Ann Wheelock


The Board of Directors of the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has appointed Ann Wheelock as Executive Director. In this role, Wheelock will serve as the senior leader of the Free Clinic and represent the organization in the broader community. Since September, she has served as interim executive director.

“Ann stepped in during a time of transition and has successfully navigated through quite a bit of change in that short amount of time,” said Dawn Tolotti, President of the Free Clinic Board of Directors. “The clinic is blossoming under her leadership and we are thrilled that she has agreed to carry on in this important leadership role”  

A well-respected and highly regarded leader in the local community, Wheelock has held previous positions as CEO of the Columbia United Providers, a local Medicaid Health Plan and CFO of The Vancouver Clinic. She has a strong interest in helping underserved populations receive access to health care.

Her knowledge of the Free Clinic is extensive, as she has been involved with the organization for many years serving on the Board of Directors, Finance Committee, and as Board Treasurer.
“I have a much greater appreciation for how well run and efficient the clinic is after spending each day here over the last few months,” Wheelock said. “We have a wonderful group of staff and volunteers who do a lot with very limited resources. I am excited to help out.”

TJ Griggs


Gibbs & Olson has hired T.J. Griggs as a project engineer. Griggs graduated from Washington State University’s civil engineering program and holds an engineer-in-training certification. He is currently working on road, site, sanitary sewer, and water design project elements, as well as the analysis and design of stormwater detention and treatment systems.

Gibbs & Olson is a Longview-based civil engineering and land surveying firm that provides services to public and private sector clients throughout Washington and Oregon. More information about the firm can be found at

Terassa Wren


Heidi Johnson Bixby recently named Terassa Wren as her executive assistant helping to manage her responsibilities and engagements across Johnson Bixby, Integrated Tax Services and The Difference, all companies where Johnson Bixby serves as CEO and President.

In addition to Wren keeping activities and schedules organized and streamlined, she’ll also provide overall support to Global Sojourns Giving Circle, H-RoC and Columbia Springs, all organizations Johnson Bixby has board member responsibilities.

“Terassa is a highly motivated, trustworthy partner,” Johnson Bixby said. “I’m excited to have her onboard to help streamline and coordinate the important efforts we’re achieving across the companies and community organizations.”

Wren became adept at managing in a high volume, fast-paced environment when she spent five years working in the United States Congress as an Executive and Staff Assistant. She also served in Executive Assistant roles at Nike and BVOH, an Accounting & Finance search and consulting firm.

Johnson Bixby is a locally-based financial planning, investment management and tax advisory firm who provides customized financial planning to Pacific Northwesterners. Read more at



Joanna Yorke is the managing editor of the Vancouver Business Journal. She has worked in the journalism field since 2010 after graduating from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. Yorke worked at The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground for six years and then worked at and helped start