Clark County business briefs



People in business

Paula Siverly has been hired by Columbia Credit Union as a home loan officer. Siverly has more than 20 years of financial industry experience, most recently as a loan consultant for a local mortgage company. She also has worked as assistant branch manager and call center supervisor for local credit unions.

Jamie Howsley has been hired as the government affairs director at the Building Industry Association, effective Jan. 1. Howsley, a land use attorney in the Northwest, has represented numerous homebuilders over the years. Howsley grew up in Clark County.

Cynthia Hilton of Vancouver-based Biggs Insurance Services has received the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Underground Contractors Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington. The award recognizes Hilton’s work on the National Utility Contractors Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington Dividend Insurance Program. Hilton specializes in the construction, retail and manufacturing industries.

Jo Ell Zumwalt has been promoted to manager of the Cascade Park branch of First Independent. She has worked for the bank for more than 22 years. Summer Arbogast will assume the manager position at the Hazel Dell branch. Arbogast, with more than 14 years of banking experience, joined First Independent in 2010. First Independent will be acquired by Sterling Savings Bank of Spokane in early 2012.

Elizabeth Holmes and Kate Dyer-Seeley have launched Broadsheet360, an online perspectives magazine. The magazine will offer three unique perspectives on the same topic each month and will feature seven rotating columns. Holmes, chief strategy officer, has worked in regional land development and public affairs. *

Keith Thomajan is the new president and chief executive officer of the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. Thomajan will take the lead Feb. 6 when he replaces interim president/CEO Jay Bloom. Thomajan has won recognition among his peers as president and CEO of Camp Fire Columbia, where he has served since 2001.

• Vancouver-based Gumshoe Detective Agency Inc. has added its newest licensed investigator, Inna Zagariya. She was born in Yalta and raised in Washington, and is Gumshoe’s first Russian-speaking investigator on staff.

Jessica McConnell, an associate with the Portland law firm Greene & Markley, P.C., has been recognized as an Up & Coming Lawyer Award finalist by The Daily Journal of Commerce. McConnell was one of 24 finalists honored Nov. 17 at a dinner reception at The Nines in downtown Portland. She also was featured in the November issue of DJC Magazine. McConnell lives in Vancouver.

Shirley K. Gross has been named associate director of development/major gifts for the Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. She started in her role in November, joining the Office of Philanthropy with Legacy Health. Previously, Gross worked as the donor and nonprofit services officer at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington.

• The U.S. Forest Service has named Maureen Hyzer one of two deputy regional foresters for the Pacific Northwest Region. Hyzer is presently forest supervisor of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in Virginia and West Virginia. She will begin her new position in February, reporting to the U.S. Forest Service office in Portland. Hyzer’s career spans 30 years. She has held various positions across the country.

Pam Carter has joined HomeStreet Bank as a reverse mortgage loan officer. Carter will be based at the bank’s Vancouver lending center, adjacent to the bank branch at 2100 S.E. 164th Ave.

• Cascade AIDS Project’s board of directors has added three new board members: Nancy Haigwood of OHSU, Robert Goman of Nike and Kurt Beadell, an entrepreneur. Incorporated in 1985, Cascade AIDS Project is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in Oregon and Southwest Washington. A complete list of current board of directors is at

New business

• Victor Fitness Systems, a private training facility, has opened at 5601 E. 18th St., Suite 308. Specialties include weight loss, women’s fitness, and independence of those with disabilities. Hours: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to noon Saturday; and closed Sunday., 360-750-0815.

Other business news

• Touchmark won the Gold Award for its new “The ‘Full’ Life” brochure at the International Council on Active Aging annual conference in Orlando, Fla., in early December. Touchmark at Fairway Village is part of the Touchmark family of retirement communities.

• On Dec. 2, Transformations Spa MD, 650 N. Devine Road, Suite B, received notification from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care that it is qualified to offer laser-assisted liposuction. It were given the maximum three-year certificate of accreditation. 360-567-0393.

• The Heisson Store has changed ownership. Jenell Anderson and her parents, Eric and Gionni Johnson, recently purchased the store at 17510 N.E. 279th St., Battle Ground. There is also a post office in the store. Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. 360-687-2008.