Movers & Shakers:11/23/2012

Rasmussen Bobbie

In her new role, Rasmussen will have responsibility for the development and execution of marketing programs, promotions and materials. She has worked for Corwin Beverage for nearly three years, most recently in a marketing coordination position.

“Bobbie is a wonderful asset to our marketing team,” said Courtney Barker, Corwin Beverage vice president of marketing and communications. “She understands today’s consumers and how Corwin must adjust our marketing plan to position our brand in the marketplace. Bobbie’s new role will allow her to take our marketing efforts to the next level.”

Rasmussen is a native of Alaska and a resident of Hazel Dell.


Maggie Traverso, a trust officer for Riverview Asset Management & Trust Company, has joined the Children’s Center Board of Directors.

As a member of the board, Traverso will work with eleven other community leaders to form the policy-making body of Children’s Center, which has ultimate authority for the governance and management of the nonprofit’s direction and finances.

Traverso specializes in investment management and financial analysis and has been with Riverview since October 2001. She attained Certified Financial Planner designation in 2009 after completing a post-baccalaureate certificate in financial planning through the University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business. She also holds the Accredited Fiduciary Investment Manager designation.


Britt Pedlar, a chef and culinary program manager for the Northwest Culinary Institute in Vancouver, recently took first place in the 2012 Annual SE Works (Worksource) Soup Cook-Off & Auction.

Pedlar’s Curry Butternut Squash soup with Dave’s Killer Bread croutons was honored as the winner among 25 entries in the competition. The event, which benefits the SE Works Youth Center, was held at the Melody Ballroom in Portland.

In his role at the Northwest Culinary Institute, Pedlar routinely works with Worksource to get newcomers interested in the cooking industry. He graduated from Northwest Culinary Institute in 2009, and became one of the school’s recruiters in 2011.


The general members of the Washington Association of Sewer & Water Districts (WASWD) recently elected Norm Harker, Commissioner at Clark Regional Wastewater District, to serve as their next vice president.

Harker currently serves as a sewer district representative and has previously served as WASWD board secretary.

Founded in 1996, WASWD represents Washington state’s special purpose sewer and water districts. The association’s role is to provide education and assistance for elected district commissioners and continuing education classes for general managers as well as certified water and wastewater treatment plant operators.


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Ridgefield resident Steven Gaspar has been elected president of the Meals on Wheels People Board of Directors.

Gaspar, who joined the board of directors in 2007, previously served as the board’s chair of strategic planning, as well as vice president.

He is senior VP and chief actuarial officer of the Regence Group and holds both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Michigan.


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Joe Plucinak has been hired by Bank of America to serve as a small business banker in Vancouver.

Plucinak comes to Bank of America from U.S. Bank and brings seven years experience in the financial services industry including four years working with small businesses.

He was raised in the Pacific Northwest and graduated from Oregon State University.


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Vancouver’s Downtown Association (VDA) has elected a new slate of officers that will take on their new roles
in January.

President elect is Casey Wyckoff, LSW Architects. Wyckoff was recently honored as an “Accomplished and Under 40” class member by the Vancouver Business Journal. Vice presidential duties will be assumed by Josh Oliva, Hi-School Pharmacy Real Estate.

Continuing in their roles as secretary and treasurer are Charlene Dahlen of Community Housing Resource Center, and Linda McLain of Currie-McLain, PS Certified Public Accountants.

“Our board has great depth, talent, and passion to create positive change in our downtown,” said VDA retiring president Linda Glover. “This new group of leaders will do an excellent job of continuing our mission.”


Alpine Mortgage Planning has welcomed Stacy Martinez as a production manager at the company’s east Vancouver branch.

Martinez previously worked for Guild Mortgage Company as a loan officer assistant. She has 11 years of experience in the field.


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