Movers & Shakers: 4/25/2014

John McKibbin

“We are pleased to engage a nonpartisan leader with the depth of experience and track record to focus the business community on a few key initiatives that will help stimulate our region’s growth and development,” said Scott Milam, board chair of ICC, in a press release.

McKibbin served three terms as a Clark County Commissioner and two terms in the Washington state House of Representatives. He was president and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, operated a government relations consultancy and began his career as a teacher in the Vancouver School District.

“We’ll be developing an agenda that builds upon the work of Identity Clark County’s task forces surrounding infrastructure, leadership and education,” said McKibbin. “We also will revitalize the collaborative spirit among business leaders, organizations and government officials that has been central to our successes in the past.”


Otak Inc., an international engineering, architecture, urban design and planning firm with an office in Vancouver, announced that Jon Yamashita has joined the company as a project surveyor.

Prior to joining Otak, Yamashita spent 22 years at another Vancouver-based private engineering firm. He worked in several positions culminating in serving as the director of surveying where he was responsible for all land surveying activities of a staff of 35 working throughout the western United States.

Yamashita earned his bachelor of science degree in geography from Portland State University, and his associate of arts and sciences degree from Clark Community College. He serves on the Clark County Railroad Advisory Board and has served on the Vancouver City Manager’s Business Leadership Advisory Council, Clark County Employment Zone Code Task Force, and the Leadership Clark County Board of Directors.


The Board of Directors for H-RoC, a non-partisan political action committee focused on the advancement of women leaders in Southwest Washington, recently announced the addition of Nancy Retsinas of Retsinas Law firm.

Retsinas has been a practicing lawyer for nearly 25 years, focusing in the areas of family law, guardianship and probate. A life-long resident of Vancouver, she has served in leadership roles on numerous community boards.

Currently, she is a member of the Judicial Evaluation Committee of the St. Helens Chapter of Washington Women Lawyers, and is a past-president and current member of the board of directors for Children’s Center.

Retsinas earned her law degree at University of Oregon School of Law in 1991 and graduated from University of Portland in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in communications.

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