Movers & Shakers 1/9/2015

Erik Nelson


Karen Shepherd

Jared FischerRich PoirerWRK Engineers recently announced the hiring of four new employees: Erik Nelson as director of business development; Karen Shepherd as engineering administrator; Jared Fischer as project engineer; and Rich Poirier as design engineer.

Nelson joins Vancouver-based WRK with 17 years of sales and marketing experience. In his new role, he will leverage that experience to develop new and existing client relationships. The firm said, he will help manage a team environment dedicated to uncovering solutions for client’s challenges.

Shepherd’s background includes providing administrative and scheduling coordination in the materials testing industry for more than 17 years. In her new role, she is accountable for providing support to both administrative and marketing endeavors along with human resources.

Fischer brings a background in deep foundations design and management, design build, seismic evaluation and retrofit, real estate development and project management. He specializes in design of deep foundation systems including grouting, ground improvement, earth retention and structural support.

Poirier joins WRK with four years of experience as a design engineer. Along with a background in residential design and light commercial retrofit, he also has construction support experience. Poirier has worked with multiple local private real estate developers and builders.


Angela Elam has been named the new deputy forest supervisor of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Elam comes to the Gifford Pinchot after serving as the district ranger of the Payson Ranger District on the Tonto National Forest in Arizona since June 2011.

“I am extremely pleased to be welcoming Angela to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest,” said Janine Clayton, Gifford Pinchot National Forest supervisor. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for working with the public and caring for the natural resources.”

An Arizona native, Elam has a bachelor’s degree in forest management from Northern Arizona University, and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Arizona.


FISH of Vancouver has announced its 2015 Officers and Board of Directors.

Officers and board members are George Kaufer, president; Dick Kunkle, vice president; Shelly Pierce, secretary; Alice Davies, treasurer; and Merril Firestone, Dr. John Greves, Betty Sue Morris and Kristina Walsh-Daarud.

FISH of Vancouver is West Vancouver’s largest food pantry. The all-volunteer organization distributes more than 600,000 pounds of emergency food to local families and individuals each year. The pantry is located at 551 W 14th Street in Vancouver.


Gerry Dowdy Latshaw, managing principal broker for Windermere Stellar, has received the Star Award from the Children’s Justice Center (CJC).

The Star Award is given to “community members that have proved their commitment and support for CJC’s mission to provide a safe place for child crime victims while promoting healing and justice.”

Dowdy Latshaw has been instrumental in fundraising for the CJC by initiating and organizing Windermere Stellar’s Children’s Justice Center Gala. Real estate brokers, clients and community leaders came together for the event, which raised nearly $117,000 in only its second year (2014), with all proceeds benefiting the CJC.