People in business
• Kelly Walsh of Vancouver is one of six Washington and Oregon attorneys named shareholders of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. Walsh has worked for the firm since 2005. Her practice focuses on commercial and business litigation, as well as construction law. Prior to joining Schwabe, Walsh served as a deputy district attorney in Deschutes County, Ore.
• Buffy Howard, regional director of operations for Vancouver-based Prestige Care, has been appointed to the Washington State Board of Nursing Home Administrators by Gov. Jay Inslee. The nine-person board assists in regulating the competency and quality of skilled nursing administrators in the state. Prestige operates more than 80 senior-living and skilled nursing care facilities in the western United States.
• Corwin Beverage Company of Ridgefield has promoted Alex Swanson to the position of human resources information systems coordinator. He will be responsible for coordination and maintenance of all internal and external HR information systems. Swanson graduated from Washington State University in Pullman.
• Beth Kutzera, Carol McCaulley and Bill Victor have joined the board of directors at Second Step Housing. Kutzera is a social service supervisor with Department of Children and Family Services. She has been with the department since 1999. McCaulley is a senior vice president, human resource development/legal counsel at Columbia Credit Union. She has more than 20 years of experience serving as a human resource professional and running her own law practice. Victor is an elite trainer and president, Victor Fitness Systems Inc.
• Lindsey Salvestrin has joined Innovative Services NW’s board of directors. She has been with Columbia Credit Union for 14 years, and is senor vice president service delivery — project management.
• Kris de Groot, financial advisor at Morgan Stanley, has been named a 2014 Five Star Wealth Manager. De Groot, a Vancouver resident, is a three-time recipient of the Five Star award, which is featured in the regional publication Portland Monthly. He works with business owners, families and retirees.
• Local businesswoman and Vancouver native Seana Stong has recently purchased the sign and graphics company Signs by Tomorrow, l1720 N.E. 64th Ave. Stong previously worked in interior architecture and facilities management.
New business news
• Vintage Vingette, a new retail store offering new, classic and distressed items for the home, will open April 1 at 7728 N.W. Hazel Dell Ave. Owners are Terry and Ivan Jensen. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Other business news
• Discovery Nursing & Rehabilitation recently earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The rating places the center in the top 20 percent of skilled nursing centers in the United States, and is determined by adherence to quality and safety measures across 180 regulatory standards. A five-star rating is determined by a combination of scores that consider safety, past health inspection results, caregiver and staffing data, as well as quality measures.
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