By Mary Ricks April 21, 2014 6 a.m.
Carmen LeBlanc, once a newspaper reporter, wishes she'd started her second career earlier. After she took her dog to an obedience class, she found herself learning how to teach people to train animals. That made her want to learn more, so LeBlanc went back to school and got a master's degree in animal behavior. "It is most rewarding to bring an animal through the behavior process," she says.Name: Carmen LeBlanc.
By Mary Ricks April 14, 2014 6 a.m.
Constant Lu opened his first office in Hazel Dell shortly after he graduated from dentistry school. “I like the community,” Lu says. “People are friendly, open and there are many ways for people to get involved.” Lu is very involved, donating many hours to providing dental services to those in need through Compassion Connect.
By Mary Ricks April 7, 2014 6 a.m.
Ron Trujillo drove a forklift for many years until the company was sold and he was out of a job. Unsure of what was next, he applied to be a paratransit driver at Golden Chariot Specialty Transport Service. There, Trujillo takes customer service to the highest level. “I like the challenge and responsibility of meeting new people who have challenges in their lives,” he says. “I make it a point to make them feel comfortable and safe.”
By Mary Ricks March 31, 2014 6 a.m.
Peter Dougherty knew early in life he wanted to own a restaurant. He first job after culinary school was in the tropics. After that, Dougherty gained restaurant experience working in Portland. He and his wife, Lisa, opened La Bottega in downtown Vancouver eight years ago, and then opened Charlies Bistro across the street three years later. He was raised in a small town and says he likes Vancouver’s small-town feeling. “I wanted a place in my community,” Dougherty says. “My restaurant is a family endeavor.”
By Mary Ricks March 24, 2014 6 a.m.
Victoria Bradford worked in the banking business but had a passion for design. She went back to school to study interior design.
By Mary Ricks March 17, 2014 6 a.m.
Registered nurse Jodi Stewart didn't apply to be a nursing director at the care center where she worked, because she didn't have any experience as a nursing director. But colleagues urged her to apply and she won the job. As nursing director at Cascade Park Care Center, "the residents are my highest priority," she says.Name: Jodi Stewart.
By Mary Ricks March 12, 2014 6 a.m.
Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America is awarding three local adult volunteers the Silver Beaver Award. The award is presented for distinguished service to young people within a local Boy Scouts of America Council. It is the highest national award that can be presented by a local council.
By Mary Ricks March 10, 2014 6 a.m.
Veterinarian Carrie Burhenn was fresh out of college. She needed a job but first wanted a vacation. While looking for a place to board her cat during her travels, she came upon a clinic that needed another veterinarian. Her career was launched. Now she wants to "keep on doing what I am doing, just get better at it." Name: Carrie Burhenn, veterinarian.
By Mary Ricks March 10, 2014 6 a.m.
The Columbian welcomes submissions about Clark County residents or businesses as well as regional business events. Information must be received by noon Tuesday preceding the intended Monday publication date. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 360-735-4598.
By Mary Ricks March 9, 2014 10:04 p.m.
Surrounded by more than 100 family and friends, Ken Davis celebrated his 100th birthday on March 1 at MacArthur Boulevard Christian Church where he is a charter member. He enjoyed his party, his daughter said, but died six days later. A service will be at 11 a.m. March 12 at MacArthur Boulevard Christian Church.
By Mary Ricks March 3, 2014 6 a.m.
Joe Lanning has always been a person who could fix things. He was tired of having to relocate for his retail job, so he headed off in a new direction. Lanning took classes in diamond setting and jewelry repair and launched his own jewelry business. "I like the customers' reaction when they pick up their jewelry after it's cleaned and repaired. They get the enjoyment of wearing something that belonged to their parents or grandparents," he said.
By Mary Ricks February 24, 2014 5:59 a.m.
Denton Harlan trained as a dance instructor but later became a minister. He worked at a local funeral home at age 22, then left to study for the ministry. Disenchanted with ministry, he returned to the funeral business and has remained a mortician for the past 45 years. Harlan loves music — think Willie Nelson, not Lady Gaga. The most rewarding part of his job: "Helping people when they desperately need help."Name: Denton Harlan.
By Mary Ricks February 17, 2014 6 a.m.
Kevin Gorby was unemployed and living with his in-laws. Money was running out. He and his wife built a puppet for their daughter, and soon they had puppet parts all over the in-laws' living room. Gorby had found a new career. "When I build a puppet for my customer, I don't want it adequate," he says, "I want it to blow their mind. I want it to be the best."Name: Kevin Gorby.
By Mary Ricks February 12, 2014 6 a.m.
Ray E. Wildman, 84, of Vancouver holds his great-great-grandson, Landon Wildman, 3 months, Vancouver, in a five-generations photo taken recently. Others in the photo include, standing from left, Landon's great-grandfather, Ray D. Wildman, 66, Vancouver; Landon's dad, Cole Wildman, 21, Vancouver; and Landon's grandfather, Chris Wildman, 40, of Washougal.
By Mary Ricks February 12, 2014 6 a.m.
Tyler Beardsley, 23, of Vancouver holds his 1-year-old son, Nathan Beardsley, in a five-generations photo taken in October. Other family members pictured, from left, are Nathan's grandfather, Richard Beardsley Jr., 44, Woodland; his great-grandmother, Pat Crawford, 65, Vancouver; and his great-great-grandfather, Warren Townsend, 86, of Camas.
By Mary Ricks February 10, 2014 6 a.m.
Kate Singh, facing burnout after a 35-year nursing career, was ready for a change. She went back to college and studied graphic design and launched an award-winning photography career. "I take the time to make the best photos. I like letting people see they are special and look alright."Name: Kate Singh.
By Mary Ricks February 3, 2014 6 a.m.
Jan Asai, a dancer all the way through college, is passionate about the arts community in Vancouver. She worked as an accountant, then helped launched a nonprofit dance studio in retirement. With the support of her husband, Winston, she has been able to devote herself to volunteer activities. "At the end of the day," Asai says, "I feel so blessed."Name: Jan Asai, 360-737-1922.
By Mary Ricks January 27, 2014 6 a.m.
Jason Hutcheson thrives on changes to his work schedule and working long hours helping customers at Clark Public Utilities. He is happy when he can help senior citizens or people in need pay their bills using one of several assistance programs offered by the utility. "It's a great place to work," Hutcheson says. "I love this job."
By Mary Ricks January 20, 2014 6 a.m.
Nikki White has taken a spirited and energetic approach to her career in her 14 years as a Realtor. White has made time to get involved in helping others, and in 2013 she was honored with the Citizen Award from the Clark County Association of Realtors in 2013 for her "selfless and thoughtful" contributions to her community. "I like helping families fulfill their dreams," she says.Name: Nikki White, 360-921-7270.
By Mary Ricks January 15, 2014 6 a.m.
Two Boy Scouts from the Fort Vancouver District successfully passed their Eagle Scout board of review during the month of November and have been advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout.
By Mary Ricks January 13, 2014 6 a.m.
Casey Wyckoff and his firm, LSW Architects, have helped shape Clark County with their designs of major public facilities including Clark College's Gaiser Hall, numerous public schools, and the Luke Jensen Sports Park. "It is so rewarding. … I absolutely love what I do," says Wyckoff, who started as an intern at LSW Architects 18 years ago and is now president. These days, Wycoff is investing his time and energy in pursuit of making a vibrant core in downtown, with even more restaurants and shopping.
By Mary Ricks January 8, 2014 5:59 a.m.
Greater Brush Prairie: The doctor told Jean Lacey's mother that her premature baby would not live through the night. That was Jan. 13, 1914. She lived through many more nights and will celebrate her 100th birthday on Monday.
By Mary Ricks January 6, 2014 6 a.m.
David Seth knew he didn't want to fight fires or sit in the back of an ambulance as a career. He had always been interested in shooting and firearms as a hobby. Seth started working on friends' guns and was soon selling his services to many people on eBay. A new career was born.
By Mary Ricks November 25, 2013 6 a.m.
Bruce Holt said his company distributes products worldwide with full sales and marketing support provided by Shimano American Corporation of Irvine, Calif. Loomis works with promotional anglers, fishing guides and numerous types of news advertising media, including magazines, websites, radio and television. The company has two sales representative groups that serve their dealer business across the entire United States. Loomis also has five international sales groups that sell and promote products outside of the U.S.
By Mary Ricks November 11, 2013 6 a.m.
Vancouver Woodworks sells quality wood furniture and accessories including tables, chairs, bedroom furniture, desks, bookcases, television stands, futons, kids furniture, lamps and artwork.
By Mary Ricks October 21, 2013 6 a.m.
Sam Braden, general manager, said United Natural Foods is the largest wholesale distributor of natural/organic foods in the nation. The independent distributor also provides marketing and promotional tools, merchandising, category management and store support services for its customers.
By Mary Ricks October 7, 2013 6 a.m.
Allweather Wood/Humboldt Redwood is a manufacturer and distributor of pressure-treated lumber and redwood products. Today, the inventory features pressure-treated and redwood lumber products for building decks, fences and landscaping projects. In addition the company carries pressure-treated lumber that can be used in applications for docks, bridges and pole-type buildings.
By Mary Ricks September 16, 2013 6 a.m.
Dresscode, formerly known as The Scrub Shop, caters to local medical, restaurant and spa professionals who wear uniforms. Dresscode assists clinics of all sizes to ensure the proper fit, fashion and function. And Dresscode goes to its customers. The company takes uniforms to hospitals and clinics to make it convenient for employees to shop.