People in business
• Kelly Schrader has been appointed OnPoint Community Credit Union’s senior vice president, and chief operations and risk officer. Schrader has more than 20 years of credit- and financial-services experience. OnPoint Community Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oregon, and membership is available to those who live or work in Skamania and Clark counties. http://www.onpointcu.com, 800-527-3932.
• Kurt Creager has joined Otak Inc. as its housing and community development director. Otak is an award-winning urban design, architecture, planning and engineering firm specializing in water-natural resources, transportation, infrastructure and landscape architecture. Creager served 15 years as CEO of the Vancouver Housing Authority. http://www.otak.com.
• Tim Cross has joined the Vancouver office of Heritage Bank as its vice president-relationship manager. Cross is tasked with cultivating business relationships in the Vancouver area. He comes to Heritage Bank with 15 years of banking experience, most recently as vice president-community banking manager with First Independent Bank.
• Southwest Washington Contractors Association has appointed Kyle Stevens of Concrete Shop Inc. to its board of directors. Stevens has served on the SWCA’s Builders Exchange committee for the past two years. http://www.swca.org.
• Mary Blanchette, executive director of the Children’s Justice Center in Vancouver, will receive the Soroptimist Ruby Award on March 8 during the Best for Women Awards Reception, sponsored by Soroptimist International Southwest Washington and YWCA Clark County. Blanchette directs a multidisciplinary team of professional responders, who work to hold perpetrators of felony-level child abuse accountable while supporting the needs of child victims and their nonoffending family members. The reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at YWCA Clark County, 3609 Main St., Vancouver. Register: http://www.bestforwomen2012.eventbrite.com.
• City of Camas Public Works Project Manager James Hodges was recently named a national Public Works Leadership fellow. Hodges will mentor public works professionals enrolled in the American Public Works Association’s Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership Excellence through the next year. Hodges has worked for Camas’ engineering department for nearly 22 years. http://apwa.net.
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