Movers & Shakers: 2/7/2014

Dana Baker

Baker works in the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at WSU Vancouver. She will be presented with the award during a banquet on March 28 in Pullman.

The Faculty Diversity Award recognizes distinctive and outstanding teaching, research, creative work, service or outreach by WSU faculty that advances diversity in the university and the communities it serves.

Since graduating from the University of Texas-Austin in 2001, Baker has published 23 articles and book chapters about disability policy. She authored a peer-reviewed book published in 2011 that explores policy addressing neurological differences. She is also working on a book that addresses incorporating individuals with neurological differences into formal educational settings.

In 2005, Baker developed a new course, “Disability, Aging and Public Policy,” which she continues to teach. In the fall she unveiled another new class, “The Sociology of Disability.”

Baker currently serves on WSU Vancouver’s Diversity Council and has chaired the Clark County Mental Health Advisory Board.


Webfor has hired Jason Wright as a project manager.

Wright has more than a decade of customer service experience and more than six years of experience in team building. He has worked in almost all areas of the web industry including development, design, management, sales and marketing.

“There are so many facets to managing web design and marketing projects and Jason’s organization, knowledge and attention to detail have proven to be extremely helpful,” said Kevin Getch, Webfor president. “Jason’s addition to the team has already helped improve the results we deliver to our clients.”

Wright holds a graphic communications and a web design and development degree from Clark Community College.


Jordan Ramis PC recently announced the addition of real estate attorney Robert G. Koury II.

Koury joined Jordan Ramis as a shareholder and chair of its real estate practice. He is experienced in a variety of a real estate matters – including transactional, financing, leasing and development – guiding clients through acquisition, construction, leasing, financing, refinancing and the restructuring of loans.

“We’re excited to welcome Robert to Jordan Ramis,” said managing shareholder Steve Shropshire in a press release. “Robert is a highly respected real estate lawyer, and his arrival at our firm further strengthens the capabilities of our Dirt Law practice group. His leadership and talents will be a great asset to our real estate clients throughout the Pacific Northwest.”

Koury is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association, the Oregon State Bar and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He also serves as a board member for the Oregon Children’s Theater.


Fort Vancouver Convalescent Center has hired Andrea Gano as its new director of nursing services.

A registered nurse, Gano is certified as a Case Manager (CCM), Wound Care Associate (CWCA) and Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC).

She comes to Fort Vancouver Convalescent Center with experience in hospital and home health settings, and as an educator in skilled nursing facilities.


HDJ Design Group PLLC has hired Kevin W. Barney as a senior civil engineer and associate principal. He will work out of the Vancouver-based company’s Pasco office.

Barney brings more than 24 years of advanced civil engineering and design experience to the firm. Recently, he worked on numerous federal and military projects for the United States Army Corp of Engineers, United States Air Force, United States Navy and United States Coast Guard.

His civil engineering expertise includes planning and design for commercial, residential and industrial developments as well as municipal infrastructure improvements, with an emphasis on Low Impact Development.


Karl AnderbergJane Van-Dyke

EOCF (Educational Opportunities for Children and Families) recently added Karl Anderberg and Jane Van Dyke to its board of directors.

As board members, Anderberg and Van Dyke will provide governing leadership to the Vancouver nonprofit’s 260-member staff in delivering educational programs to children of low incomes or with disabilities, age birth-to-five.

Anderberg, a professional accountant, is in a business partnership that provides accounting and tax service for small businesses in Vancouver. Van Dyke is an attorney who lives in Vancouver and currently serves as executive director of the Columbia Slough Watershed Council in Portland.

“We are excited to welcome Jane and Karl to our board,” said Carol Foster, EOCF executive director. “They are strong advocates for children and families and early learning, and they bring a wealth of knowledge to EOCF.”


Brittany GosselinJason Hudson

The Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW) has hired Brittany Gosselin as its new development director.

Gosselin has more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, most recently for the Hearing and Speech Institute and Donate Life Northwest – both in Portland. From 2002 to 2006, she served as development director for HSSW, and prior to that, she served as the organization’s community education coordinator.

In her new role, Gosselin will support the strategic goals of HSSW through fundraising efforts and donor cultivation programs.

Gosselin is a Certified Fundraising Executive through the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Gonzaga University.

Additionally, HSSW has appointed Jason Hudson to its Board of Directors.

Hudson serves as division vice president for the Southwest Washington division of Waste Connections Inc. He is the third executive-level leader on the board to come from Waste Connections Inc.

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