Class Notes Spring 2014

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Worsham Named Deputy Secretary for Public Health Operations

’93 Dennis Worsham,  BA health services administration, will serve as the Washington State Department of Health’s first deputy secretary for Public Health Operations. This newly created position oversees four of the agency’s divisions and the chief of emergency preparedness and response, leads the agency’s planning work on public health informatics and serves as the agency’s chief of health equity.

Worsham lived in Othello, Wash., until graduating from high school in 1983. While at Eastern, he served as the student body president and led an effort to start up student health services.  At the time, EWU was the only university in the state without these services. After graduating, he began his career in public health as the Student Health Services coordinator at EWU before stints in local health in Snohomish and King counties.

Worsham has served two terms as president of the Washington State Public Health Association. He chaired the Washington State Public Health Roundtable, advocating for public health funding to help improve the health of people in Washington.


Sites Receives National Education Award

’03 Brian G. Sites, BA education, a social studies, mathematics and technology educator at Rivers Edge High School in Richland, Wash.,  received the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence, $10,000, and recognition as one of the nation’s top educators at the National Education Association Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Awards Gala on Feb. 7, in Washington, D.C.

The NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence are given annually at the Foundation’s black-tie event – known as the Academy Awards of public education – that attracts more than 800 national leaders from the public education, philanthropic and business sectors.  The awards recognize, reward and promote excellence in teaching and advocacy for the profession.

Parrish, Humboldt General Hospital Named Top 10 in Pre-hospital Care

’83, ’76 Jim Parrish, MBA, BA radio/TV, is the CEO and administrator of Humboldt General Hospital in Winnemucca, Nev. He was officially recognized in February for his innovative work with emergency medical services. He was presented with the prestigious EMS 10 Award, given by the Journal of Medial Services in partnership with Physio-Control, Inc.

Parrish assumed his duty as CEO and administrator of the hospital in 2004. Over the past decade, he has introduced several innovative programs, such as one that allows patients to receive in-home checkups and flu shots at home rather than at the hospital. He has also introduced a Community Para-medicine Program to reduce ER visits, a free ElderCare component, paramedic training programs for both residents and police and use of a portable X-ray – for the hospital’s EMS rescue, serving to increase pre-hospital care for Humboldt County residents.

This is the second time in three years that Humboldt General Hospital has been honored as a leader in pre-hospital care.

Mending God’s Creatures

’70 Jim Roloff, BA biology, has had his first book, Mending God’s Creatures: True Stories of a Small-Town Veterinarian, an anthology of short stories based on his experiences, published by Tate Publishers.

In the book, Roloff takes the reader along with him on farm calls and medical cases. You’ll see firsthand that the life of a veterinarian can be a real adventure.  Roloff worked as a veterinarian for more than 35 years, operating the Medical Lake Veterinary Clinic from 1975 to 2011. He’s on a new path as he shares his stories, writing about man’s best friends.

Roloff grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch near Ritzville, Wash. After earning his undergraduate degree at Eastern, he went on to earn a doctorate of veterinary medicine from Washington State University. He and his wife, Sandy, established the Medical Lake Veterinary Clinic in Medical Lake, Wash. The Roloffs continue to make Medical Lake their home following their retirement. The book is available at and at the EWU University Bookstore.


The Cost of Emotions in the Workplace

’82 Vali Hawkins Mitchell, BA counseling education and developmental psychology, holds a doctorate in health education and a master’s degree in applied psychology. Her new book, The Cost of Emotions in the Workplace,  was recently published by Rothstein Publishing. Mitchell, a mental health professional who has trained or counseled first responders and victims during 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and other major disasters, shows that unmanaged emotional forces in the workplace can leave behind just as much costly desolation and rubble as the physical disaster.

Mitchell is also the author of Emotional Terrors in the Workplace: Protecting Your Bottom Line, Dr. Vali’s Survival Guide: Tips for the Journey, Preparing a Go-Bag, and a number of plays, musicals and children’s titles, she is a performance musician and award winning artist. She is a registered expressive arts therapist and currently has her studio and professional office in Seattle, Wash. For more information:

Class Notes Spring 2014

’13 Phuong Walters, BA accounting, BA management information systems, has been promoted to a staff A accountant at McDirmid, Mikkelsen & Secrest P.S., in Spokane.

’12 Ben Britz, BFA visual communication design, has been hired by 14Four, a Spokane advertising and design company, as a junior front-end developer. Previously, he was a designer at Plese Printing & Marketing.

’12 Ray FitzGerald, BS computer science, has been promoted from the application support group to build engineer of Imprezzio Inc., a software company in Spokane.

’12 David Ittner, MBA, has been promoted to senior vice president for Fairmount Memorial Association and Fairmount Holdings Inc., in Spokane. He has been with Fairmount since 2003, and was previously the general manager of the Fairmount Memorial Association.

’12 Christine Jacobsen, BA English, has joined Rainmaker Creative, a Spokane graphic design and marketing company, as creative coordinator.

’11 Nick Crooks, BA accounting, has been promoted to a staff A accountant for Nicholas Knapton, P.S., in Spokane.

’10, ’04 Lance D. Kissler, MS communications, BA graphic communications, has been promoted to e-business development officer at Spokane Teachers Credit Union. He is also the president of Inland Northwest Business Alliance and teaches interactive journalism and digital marketing as adjunct faculty at Whitworth University.

’10 Viktoriya Malko, BA finance, has been promoted to a senior accountant at Nicholas Knapton, P.S., in Spokane.

’10, ’08 Jennifer Scully, BA accounting, BA finance, has been hired as a staff accountant by Magnuson, McHugh & Company, a Coeur d’Alene accounting, tax and financial firm. She is a member of the Idaho Society of CPAs, an affiliate member of the Washington Society of CPAs and a member of the Kootenai County Young Professionals.

’10 James Wohrle Jr., BA marketing, has been hired as a sales account executive by Lamar Advertising in Spokane. Previously, he worked in sales for Sysco Corporation.

’09 Brandon Betty, MURP, has been named as the vice president for the Inland Northwest Business Alliance.

 ’09 Steven Carrasco, BA psychology, EWU McNair Scholar, is working for the Department of Epidemiology at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), conducting human papillomavirus (HPV) research among men in Los Angeles.

’09 Casey Groh, BA finance, has been awarded the 2013 Hologic Circle of Excellence award in women’s health solutions sales in the areas of gynecologic and prenatal health solutions  sales. The award was given for ranking in the top 5 percent of Hologic diagnostic sales specialists nationwide.

’09 George Stoess, BA business, and his wife, ’03 Gina (Bogath) Stoess, MEd, welcomed their daughter, Natalie Julia, born Nov. 7, 2013.

’07 Alicia Kinne Clawson, BA government, is now organizational improvement specialist at the University of Washington Organizational Effectiveness Initiative.

’06, ’04 Pamela “PJ” Carlson-Hafner, MA, BA history, was named “Emerging Business Leader” by Catalyst magazine. She is the director of administration for Haskins Steel Co., Inc.

’06 Craig Fischer, MA teaching English as a second language, has been hired by SNAP to work in external affairs. He previously served as the advancement officer for the College of Arts, Letters and Education at EWU. He teaches ethics in management as an adjunct instructor at Whitworth University.

’06 Keva Sonderen Humbert, BA business, of Sonderen Packaging, has been named board of directors’ secretary for Executive Women International of Spokane.

’06 Megan McNeal, communication studies, has been hired by 14Four as an interactive producer. Previously, she was the events director at Greater Spokane Incorporated.

’06 Jillian Robison, BA accounting, of McDirmid Mikkelsen & Secrest P.S., has been named assistant treasurer for the board of directors of Executive Women International Spokane.

’05, ’94, ’92  Leanne Donley, MEd, BEd communication studies, BS mass communications, was named one of two educators of the year by the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce. She teaches in the Central Valley School District.

’05, ’01 Ryan Grant, MEd, BEd, has been appointed to the board of the Spokane HOPE School (Hearing-Oral Program of Excellence). He is a teacher at Michael Anderson Elementary and the chair of the Eastern Washington Chapter of the advocacy committee for political education for the Washington Education Association.

’05 Eric Soles, BA marketing, has joined Morgan Stanley’s Wealth Management office in Coeur d’Alene. He is a financial adviser and previously worked at Edward Jones for nine years.

’03, ’98 Karene Garlich-Loman, MS communications, BS communications studies, with Coldwell Banker Tomlinson, has completed training to become residential construction certified and a certified new home specialist. She has 10 years of experience in real estate sales and holds the certified residential specialist designation. She was named to Inland Business Catalysts’ “20 Under 40” in 2012.

’02 Aaron Bell, BA business, has joined Keller Williams Realty Spokane. Previously, he was with Windermere City Group.

’01 Leah J. Mow, BA art history, has been hired as creative services manager at Desautel Hege Communications. Previously, she was the associate director of Alumni Relations at EWU.

’00 Drew Buchkoski, BA journalism, has been hired as the head strength and conditioning coach for the Spokane Shock Arena Football team. Since 2007, Buchkoski has served as the performance enhancement programming director for APX Strength, working with notable athletes such as Matt Kemp (MLB, Dodgers), Jeremy Affeldt (MLB, Giants), Adrian Wilson (NFL, Cardinals) and Calvin Pace (NFL, Jets), among others.

’00 Belinda Caillouet, BS computer information systems, has been named chief operations and information officer for STCU. She was previously the vice president of information technology and has been with STCU since 1986.

’97 Beth Thew, BA liberal studies, has been named to a five-year term on the Community Colleges of Spokane’s board of trustees. Thew is secretary-treasurer for the Spokane Regional Labor Council. She is a member and past vice chair of the Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board and a commissioner with the Washington State Economic Development Commission. She also serves on the Community Colleges of Spokane’s Worker Retraining Advisory Committee, the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council and the board of directors for United Way of Spokane County.

’96 Jeanette Radmer, BA recreation management, has been named a “Credit Union Rock Star” by Credit Union Magazine, published by the Credit Union National Association, for her work as a business development manager for Numerica Credit Union.

’91 Shannon Cartier, BS mass communications, has joined Rainmaker Creative in Spokane as a copywriter.

’90 Gina Mauro-Campbell, BA communication studies, has been promoted to director of industry and training at Visit Spokane. Previously, she was director of visitor services at the Visitor Information Center and led training for the certified tourism ambassador program in Spokane.

’88 Barbara Folden, BA counseling, education and development psychology, has been promoted from mental health evaluator to mental health court manager for Spokane County. Folden is a licensed mental health counselor and a board-certified forensic mental health evaluator.

’87 Landie Chappell, BA finance, of Prime Lending, has been named treasurer for the board of directors of Executive Women International Spokane.

’87 Jess Walter, BA journalism, is a winner in this year’s Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Awards. Walter won for his first collection of short stories, We Live in Water, which was published in 2013 by Harper Perennial. Walter was a National Book Award finalist in 2006, for his novel The Zero. His latest novel, Beautiful Ruins, was a New York Times bestseller in 2012.

’86 Anne Hanenburg, BA theatre, has been promoted to associate with SPVV Landscape Architects. She has been with the firm since 2005, and is a licensed landscape architect and a board member of the Spokane Arts Commission.

’80 Kathy Amistoso, BA home economics, with RE/MAX of Spokane, has completed a luxury home marketing training course offered by The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing through RE/MAX University.

’79 Randy C. Cameron, BA history, has been re-elected to a third term as park board president for the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department. He was appointed to the Spokane Park Board in 2008, and is the chief operating officer at Baker Construction in Spokane.

’79 Delories S. “De” Martin, MA, BA communications disorders, has joined the King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., as director of international student recruitment.

’78 Sarah Hoyt, BA general studies, was named second-vice chair of the board of directors for the Inland Northwest chapter of the National Association of Credit Management. Hoyt is employed at Jubilant HollisterStier LLC.

’79 Bette Zerba, BA marketing, with RE/MAX of Spokane, has completed a luxury home marketing training course offered by The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing through RE/MAX University at RE/MAX Spokane.

’78 William “Bill” Simer, BA accounting, has been appointed as a director for the Spokane accounting firm McDirmid, Mikkelsen & Secrest, P.S. Simer is a board member of the Inland Northwest Community Foundation and the Spokane Symphony Endowment Board. He chairs the EWU Foundation and serves as a board member and officer of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants.

’73 Gordon Schuster, MA music, BA health education, has been named as New York Life Insurance’s top agent in eastern Washington for 2013. Schuster has been an agent for the company for 15 years. He also earned the 2013 Guaranteed Life Income Award, one of the company’s top sales honors. He and his wife, Kathy, have lived in Wenatchee since 1984 and have four children.

’69 Walter H. Lingren, BA English, and ’67 Janice (Potter) Green, BA and BEd home economics, married on Dec. 27, 2013, in a family ceremony at their home in Spokane. Janice works part time, January through April, as a tax professional for H & R Block. Walt writes part time for e-zines and other Web publishers.


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