Working in Clark County: Todd Shade, C-Tran coach operator

By Mary Ricks November 24, 2014 6 a.m.

When he was a youngster, Todd Shade rode the bus around Portland with his grandmother. He told her someday he would be driving the bus. He kept his promise and this year his peers awarded him the title C-Tran Operator of the Year. "I enjoy what I do," Shade said. "I like the interaction with the riders and other people at C-Tran."

Working in Clark County: Patrick Gallaher, pharmacist

By Mary Ricks November 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Patrick Gallaher started thinking about a career in pharmacy because he admired his scoutmaster, who was a pharmacist. Now he likes what he does, and he is working on a plan to change the way some patients are treated. When someone does not need medication any more, that is a good thing. "I love having the chance to contribute to someone's success," Gallaher said.

Four advance to rank of Eagle Scout

By Mary Ricks November 12, 2014 6 a.m.

Four Boy Scouts from the Fort Vancouver District have been advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout. They include:

Working in Clark County: Tiona Dumas, hotel catering and events director

By Mary Ricks November 10, 2014 6 a.m.

From the time she was a child, Tiona Dumas wanted to own a hotel. Working in one as an event and catering director is the next best thing. "Where else can you arrange a safari-themed event with a live tiger or schedule fire dancers?" said Dumas, who was recently named "Outstanding Tourism Professional" for 2014 by Visit Vancouver USA. "I like creating experiences," she added.

Fort Vancouver District advances eight to rank of Eagle Scout

By Mary Ricks November 5, 2014 6 a.m.

Eight Boy Scouts from Fort Vancouver District were advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout in August. They include:

Working in Clark County: Kevin Nettleingham, audio engineer

By Mary Ricks November 3, 2014 6 a.m.

From the first time Kevin Nettleingham walked into a recording studio he was fascinated with the process. It wasn't long until he was off to college to learn more about the recording industry. Nettleingham returned to Vancouver, and for 17 years he has run his own studio.

Five generations: DeVito

By Mary Ricks October 29, 2014 6 a.m.

In a photo taken in May to celebrate Mother's Day 2014, Shannon DeVito, 53, of Vancouver, left, is pictured with family members in a five-generation photo. Others, left to right, include DeVito's mother, Juanita Houston, 72, Tacoma; her grandmother, Betty Barnes, 90, Tacoma; her daughter, Elizabeth Johnson, 33, Vancouver; and her granddaughter, Dahlia Johnson, 2, Vancouver. All women are the firstborn of their families.

Working in Clark County: Dan Wolff, alternative fuel specialist

By Mary Ricks October 27, 2014 6 a.m.

While still in high school, Dan Wolff was converting a gas engine to propane. That was the start to his long career. Many conversions later, Wolff started his own business and continues to push to using greener fuels. "We need to take care of Mother Earth and to care about what fuel we put in our vehicles," Wolff says. "We need to learn how to recycle instead dumping everything into a landfill."

Working in Clark County: Laureano Mier, Pearson Field Education Center director

By Mary Ricks October 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Laureano Mier became interested in aviation at age 8. Now 53 years old, Mier is passionate about everything aviation and the historical importance of Fort Vancouver's Pearson Airfield. "The moment I built my first model airplane I knew I had to be involved with aviation," he says. "I want people to know that Pearson is the first airport in the Pacific Northwest and one of the oldest operating air fields in the world."

Clark County Business Briefing

By Mary Ricks October 19, 2014 6 a.m.

People in business

Working in Clark County: Kathryn Kohl, reference librarian

By Mary Ricks October 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Self-described as curious, Kathryn Kohl loves research, especially in the technology field. She thought she was finished with college for good, but when she decided that library school was the right thing for her, Kohl packed up her family and moved cross country to hit the books again. "It was fabulous, I felt like a sponge and was engaged in everything at school. I appreciated it more in my late 30s than I would have earlier in my life," Kohl said.

Working in Clark County: Piano technician Don Mitchell

By Mary Ricks October 6, 2014 6 a.m.

Don Mitchell exudes music. He sings in a trio, plays numerous instruments and teaches music. When Mitchell teaches how to tune, repair and service pianos he said, "I love seeing a beginner grow from being immature and uncertain to a person who is confident with improving self-esteem." Although he doesn't teach anyone to play the piano, they receive some music instruction in order to learn to tune and repair a piano.

Working in Clark County: Chris Baker, airline first officer

By Mary Ricks September 29, 2014 6 a.m.

Chris Baker was about 10 years old when he starting thinking he would like to be a pilot. He continued to think of flying all through high school and beyond. "I graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida," Baker explained, "and was ready to get my career started." Although his job takes him away from home more than most, Baker likes the fact that he doesn't bring any work home with him.

Working in Clark County: Teacher Paul Baldwin

By Mary Ricks September 15, 2014 6 a.m.

Paul Baldwin discovered his passion for teaching after subbing at the Washington State School for the Blind. He has been teaching visually impaired students since 1997 and loves it. "I certainly want the students to get an education, but I really want to see them develop into a complete individual. They can be successful in whatever endeavor they want to pursue," Baldwin said.

Working in Clark County: Carolene Carroll, grounds maintenance

By Mary Ricks September 8, 2014 6 a.m.

Carolene Carroll worked several jobs before she found a job that she loves. When she finishes her work making the area around the county buildings look nice, chances are Carroll is off to help a relative or a friend with cleaning their house or working in their yard. "I especially like working outside, and when I finish work, I go home and work in my yard," Carroll said.

Five generations: Becker

By Mary Ricks September 3, 2014 6 a.m.

Great-great-grandmother Mildred Becker, 91, of Vancouver, left, is shown in a five-generation photo taken recently. Other family members, from her left, include Becker's son, Lonnie Becker, 68, of Ridgefield; her granddaughter, Lonna Robertson, 44, of Vancouver; and her great-granddaughter, Ashley Keller, 22, of Vancouver holding son Hunter Keller, 5 months.

Working in Clark County: Jeremy Hubbard, bail bondsman

By Mary Ricks September 1, 2014 6 a.m.

Jeremy Hubbard feels he got lucky. After his Army service, he applied to work as a bail bondsman and got the job. Fourteen years later he still likes what he is doing. "More than 85 percent of my clients have never needed me before. They are good people that made a mistake," Hubbard says.

Eagle Scouts

By Mary Ricks August 27, 2014 6 a.m.

Two Boy Scouts from the Ft. Vancouver District successfully passed their Eagle Scout board of review during the month of July and have been advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout.

Working in Clark County: Mark Sauser, prosthetist and orthotist

By Mary Ricks August 25, 2014 6 a.m.

Working with people who are missing limbs, Mark Sauser always faces a problem he hasn't seen before. But he doesn't like to say "We can't do anything," so he usually finds a solution. The reward is great. When a person who's been confined to a wheelchair can walk with a new leg, "they are an entirely different person. … They are so proud."

Woman's family will gather to celebrate 100th birthday

By Mary Ricks August 20, 2014 6 a.m.

In honor of Helen Louise Herrera's 100th birthday Thursday, family and friends from around the country are gathering at her home in Vancouver for a family reunion.

Working in Clark County: Nick Marcelja, blacksmith

By Mary Ricks August 18, 2014 6 a.m.

After burning out in the computer science industry, Nick Marcelja turned his blacksmithing hobby into his business. "I had been doing historical creations for the Society for Creative Anachronism," Marcelja said. "It took me about six months to get my business running. When someone says they want to buy what you have made it is rewarding. Although I don't make a lot of money, I am happy."

Working in Clark County: Crystal Payne, bridal consultant

By Mary Ricks August 11, 2014 10 a.m.

I worked for Hilton Reservations Worldwide in Vancouver. I liked my job, but they closed the call center and I was unemployed. I started working as a bridal consultant at The Hostess House/Bridal Arts Building 10 years ago. I have learned a lot from the brides and from my mistakes, but I have a job I love.

Working in Clark County: Mar Meyerhoefer, wine cellar owner

By Mary Ricks July 28, 2014 6 a.m.

Mar Meyerhoefer was born in Madrid, Spain, but lived and traveled in the United States growing up. She and her husband began dreaming of owning a vineyard and introducing people to Spanish wines and culture — when they retired. They moved the timetable up and launched their wine venture even while holding their day jobs. Mar wanted to share her love of travel, culture and food over a glass of wine. Emanar Cellars was launched.

Clark County business calendar

By Mary Ricks July 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Today

Working in Clark County: Troy Lucas, fine arts conservator

By Mary Ricks July 21, 2014 6 a.m.

"I examine each painting like a doctor examining a patient," Troy Lucas said as he explained his work as one of only five conservators in the Portland-Clark County metro area. "The process is like unraveling a puzzle."

Robert Cassidy celebrates 100th birthday

By Mary Ricks July 16, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Fisher's Landing: Friends and family helped Robert Kimball Cassidy celebrate his 100th birthday at an open house July 12 at Emeritus in Fisher's Landing. He was born July 13, 1914, in Grand Forks, N.D., and moved to Vancouver with his mother and sister in 1918.

Clark County Business Calendar

By Mary Ricks July 14, 2014 6 a.m.

This week's business-related events in Clark County.

Working in Clark County: Ben Moore, videographer  

By Mary Ricks July 7, 2014 6 a.m.

When Ben Moore graduated from high school, there weren't a lot of classes in video production. He studied electronics in college and worked in the industry for the next 15 years. He filmed his first wedding in 2004.

Working in Clark County: Rick Clapp, pyrotechnician

By Mary Ricks June 30, 2014 6 a.m.

"I always have liked fireworks and was probably more involved than I should have been. My dad let me be creative. I like setting off fireworks because it makes people happy."

Working in Clark County: Beverage Salesman Dustin Meyer

By Mary Ricks June 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Dustin Meyer worked a variety of jobs after high school. Since being hired at Corwin Beverage Company he seems to have hit his stride and is doing well as a salesman. “I am friendly and like people. Getting to know store managers where I sell my products makes my job much easier,” Meyer said.

Clark County Business Calendar

By Mary Ricks June 16, 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 mary.ricks@columbian.com or fax 360-735-4598.

Working in Clark County: Chris Wilson: Farrier  

By Mary Ricks June 9, 2014 6 a.m.

“I always knew I wanted to do what my grandpa did,” says Chris Wilson, a Ridgefield High School graduate who has spent 10 years as a farrier. “From the time I was very little I watched him work and never left his side. I learned the trade from him.”

Clark County Business Briefing

By Mary Ricks June 8, 2014 6 a.m.

People in business and new business news

Eagle Scouts

By Mary Ricks June 4, 2014 6 a.m.

Seven Boy Scouts from the Fort Vancouver District passed their Eagle Scout board of review during April and have been advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout.

Working in Clark County: Meagan Huff, museum technician

By Mary Ricks June 2, 2014 6 a.m.

Maybe it was destiny that Meagan Huff would have a career with the National Park Service. Her parents were both park rangers. After college studies and museum work, Huff returned to her hometown’s Fort Vancouver, excited to share her knowledge. “I was happy to come back because I knew I didn’t want to move away from the Northwest,” she says.

Working in Clark County: Dave Montei: Tire Store Owner

By Mary Ricks May 26, 2014 6 a.m.

Dave Montei was a tire store manager but he wanted to own the company. By age 28 he was the owner but didn’t know much about running a business. “I made tremendous mistakes, financial mistakes … Probably the single biggest mistake I have made was not accepting an invitation to become part of a regional dealership.”

Business Calendar

By Mary Ricks May 26, 2014 6 a.m.

Wednesday

Working in Clark County: Jennifer Powell, yarn store owner

By Mary Ricks May 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Jennifer Powell was hooked as soon as she picked up the knitting needles.

Working in Clark County: Rick Futrell: Paramedic

By Mary Ricks May 5, 2014 6 a.m.

Rick Futrell is often in the middle of chaos and tragedy. Given the nickname “Iceman” because of his calm demeanor, he likes having a part in helping the sick and injured. He has worked as a police officer, firefighter and paramedic. “It’s not the money.” Futrell adds, “I feel like I am accomplishing something in life.”

Clark County business calendar

By Mary Ricks May 5, 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 mary.ricks@columbian.com or fax 360-735-4598.

Working in Clark County: Mark Moreland: Violin maker

By Mary Ricks April 28, 2014 6 a.m.

Mark Moreland was 15 years old when he knew he wanted to make violins. Not knowing if he would get accepted for an apprenticeship, he started college to pursue a career as a violinist. An apprenticeship came through, and Moreland spent years training in a shop in Portland. He's worked on many expensive instruments, but now, at his shop in Battle Ground, "I don't see myself as making instruments for superstars but making them for serious students and for amateur players that are professional people," Moreland says.

Eagle Scouts

By Mary Ricks April 22, 2014 6 a.m.

Three Boy Scouts from the Fort Vancouver District successfully passed their Eagle Scout board of review in March and have been advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout.

Working in Clark County: Animal Behaviorist Carmen LeBlanc

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.

Woman will celebrate 100th birthday Saturday

By Mary Ricks April 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Andresen: Virginia Rose Rouse was born April 21, 1914 in Nevada, Iowa. She will celebrate her 100th birthday with family and friends from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Jake's Bar and Grill, 4602 N.E. St. Johns Road.

Working in Clark County: Dentist Constant Lu

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.

Working in Clark County: Ron Trujillo, paratransit driver

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.”

Religion calendar

By Mary Ricks April 5, 2014 6 a.m.

Events and services at Clark County churches

Working in Clark County: Peter Dougherty, chef/restaurant owner

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.”

Clark County business calendar

By Mary Ricks March 31, 2014 6 a.m.

Tuesday

Religion calendar

By Mary Ricks March 29, 2014 6 a.m.

Events and services at Clark County churches