In her new role, LeBlanc will provide focused and accurate evaluation of newly-admitted animals, with the ability to assess the mental and physical well-being of shelter animals, especially long-term stays. She will support adoption services and help train staff and volunteers.
“Carmen is a trusted voice in the animal community and one that elevates the credibility of HSSW in the sheltering world,” said Lisa Feder, HSSW director of shelter operations. “An applied animal behaviorist with her qualifications is rarely found in a humane society operation of our size, so this is a big win for HSSW and our community.”
LeBlanc has more than 15 years of experience in the field of companion animal behavior and is only one of 60 who is uniquely qualified as an Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (ACAAB). She has developed and managed animal shelter behavior programs in Washington, Oregon and Illinois, in addition to speaking at conferences and providing animal behavior training.
She is a member of the Animal Behavior Society, Behavior Education Network, Association of Professional Dog Trainers and is an AKC Canine Good Citizen and Puppy STAR evaluator.
The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) has appointed Scott Miller to the organization’s Board of Directors. Miller is senior vice president of marketing for Riverview Community Bank.
As a member of the board, Miller will join other community leaders in helping Northwest Association for Blind Athletes achieving its mission of providing life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired.
“What [NWABA Executive Director] Billy Henry, his volunteers and all of the participants have accomplished is humbling. I’m truly honored to join this team and look forward to assisting the NWABA expand and improve their remarkable programs” said Miller.
AICP Certified planner Theresa Turpin has joined SCJ Alliance, a Wenatchee-based consulting firm with an office in Vancouver specializing in engineering, design, transportation and planning.
“We are thrilled to have Theresa’s expertise and experience on our planning team,” said SCJ Principal Jean Carr. “She has a broad background in permitting and extensive regulatory compliance with SEPA, NEPA, the FHWA and HUD. She has developed innovative solutions to avoid impacts to sensitive resources, including wetlands and shorelines. She’s very talented.”
Turpin has experience working with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and as the project manager for regulatory compliance for the Longview Regional Treatment Plant – Mint Farm Site in Longview. She also assisted with NEPA permitting and public involvement for the SR-400 and Thurston Way transportation project in Vancouver, among other projects.