People in business
• Clark County Historical Society and Museum executive director Susan Tissot has been elected to serve a four-year term on the Council of the American Association for State and Local History. Tissot has been the executive director at the museum since the fall of 2003 and has 25 years of experience working in small and medium-sized museums in Washington, Oregon, Hawaii and Wyoming. She is also an adjunct faculty member at WSU Vancouver.
• Four area businesswomen have been appointed to the Clark College Foundation’s board of directors, a nonprofit that supports the college. The new members are: Dr. Marilyn Darr, associate director of clinic operations with Family Medicine of Southwest Washington; Cheree Nygard, business volunteer and treasurer of the Greater Clark County Rotary Club; Lisa Schauer, a partner with MacKay & Sposito engineering firm; and Chris Wamsley, real estate advisor and project manager.
• Dennis Kampe, the director of the Clark County Skills Center, has been named WA-ACTE Outstanding Career and Technical Educator of the Year. Kampe, a graduate of Ridgefield High School and Clark College, helped launch the Skills Center in 1983 as assistant director. He has led the school to multiple national honors.
• At the recently held International Training in Communication convention in Indianapolis, Ind., Christine Janda-Endo was elected to serve on the board of directors as vice president of Division I. She will serve as liaison between the Internationl Board and training chapters in 14 states, including Washington, and Mexico. Winners of the 2011 Annual ITC Writing Contest were announced at the convention. Janda-Endo earned a third place award in the non-fiction category. Judi Malinowski of Amboy took third in the fiction category.
• Joe Storm, who has joined First Independent Bank, will head the expanding Portland commercial- and industrial-lending team. Before joining First Independent, Storm worked for Bank of the West and Bay Bank for the past 11 years. Storm is a graduate of Portland State University and Pacific Coast Banking School.
• iQ Credit Union has added John Hapke as consumer loan manager. Hapke, a Vancouver resident, has 18 years of financial services experience. He will oversee consumer loan underwriting processing, indirect lending and loss prevention.
• Long-time area manager for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Dan Harkenrider, retired Sept. 2. He has been the area manager at the Hood River office for 11 years. During his 33-year Forest Service career, Harkenrider has served in many places. He started his career in 1978 as a district soil scientist on the Siuslaw National Forest in Florence, Ore. Diane Bambe will be the acting area manager for the National Scenic Area until the position is filled permanently.
Other business news
Skamania Lodge was recently named a Best in the West 2011 winner by Meetings Focus West magazine. Based on a survey of meeting planners in the western United States, western Canada and Mexico, Skamania Lodge was selected as one of the region’s most outstanding choices for meetings. The all-season mountain resort and conference center is at 1131 S.W. Skamania Lodge Way, just west of Stevenson. http://www.skamania.com.