Southwest Washington Contractors Association has named Ellen Rogers its new Master of Advocacy & Brand Experience. From 2001-03, Rogers was the marketing, communications and grant writing manager at the Port of Ridgefield, where she helped to redevelop the Lake River Boat Launch. Since then, she’s been adjunct faculty at Clark College and Washington State University Vancouver. At WSUV, most recently, Rogers has served as the Acting Director of the Initiative for Public Deliberation.
Rogers’ community service has included service on multiple boards and fundraising committees. In its early years, Rogers chaired the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Birdfest. She also has volunteered for Seated in Gardner Creativity Program, Northwest Battle Buddies and the Clark County Food Bank. Rogers makes her home in Ridgefield, with her husband, son, two dogs and too many cows, chickens and bunnies to count. In her spare time she enjoys farming and climbing on rock walls.
Patti Westby, Kelsey Castrey, Beth Ernst, Alicia Hovanas, Taylor Rost
Vancouver-based Westby Associates, Inc., a regional fundraising consulting firm, is expanding and restructuring in response to regional business opportunities and growth. Patti Westby, will move from vice president to president of the 20-year old company. Prior to her two decades of fund development experience, Patti Westby had a successful career in finance as a CPA in California, Oregon and Washington at firms such as Deloitte Touche, where she focused on new business development. She has acted as CFO, and VP of client relations and project management during her time at Westby Associates. She received her BA from Sonoma State University and completed her post-graduate work and CPA studies at UCLA.
Kelsey Castrey, was promoted from junior associate to associate. Castrey has been with Westby for nearly six years and will continue her current primary focus on special event coordination and management, although she will be taking on other client duties in her new role. Castrey is a 2012 graduate of Western Oregon University.
Beth Ernst, has been promoted from executive administrative assistant to junior associate. Ernst has been with Westby for a little more than a year. She is a 2005 graduate of Sonoma State University.
Alicia Hovanas joins Westby Associates as an associate. The Kelso native comes to Westby from Multnomah University in Portland where she was director of advancement operations. Prior to that she served as director of advancement services. The Vancouver resident is also a graduate of Multnomah.
Taylor Rost has been hired as an executive administrative assistant. Rost is a 2018 graduate of the University of Montana, where she was Summa Cum Laude in pursuit of degrees in political science (international studies) and Spanish. While relatively new to the post-graduate workforce, the Polson, Mont., native has extensive student employment experience both on and off the University of Montana campus as an assistant events manager, and a senate legislative page.
Davidson & Associates Insurance Agency is pleased to welcome Angela Carpenter to the agency as a Business Insurance Account Manager. Angela has been in the commercial insurance industry for over five years and also has 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Angela is a mother of two, daughter Briana, 19, and son Steven, 16, as well as cares for her whole family of rescue animals including three dogs, two cats, two sugar gliders and four betta fish! Angela and her family enjoy the trees, rain and all things PNW including the Vancouver/Portland vegan food scene, as well as hiking and enjoying day trips to the beach.