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Clark County Business Briefing

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Local financial planning, investment management and tax advisory firm Johnson Bixby, 1201 Main St., hired Rachel Gorretta as its first marketing and communications director. In the new role, Gorretta will be responsible for developing and executing communications and marketing strategies for the brand. She’ll also handle brand development for two other businesses, including Integrated Tax Services, an accounting and tax preparation business, and a Lake Oswego, Ore., clothing boutique called The Difference. Previously, Gorretta was employed by Banfield Pet Hospital in its corporate communications and marketing departments for 11 years. Most recently, she worked at AHA, a local brand strategy and creative agency. Find out more at johnsonbixby.com or call 360-695-1795.

Dr. Jane Namkung was hired by Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery, 13712 N.E. 10th Ave., as its newest surgeon. Namkung, board certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, grew up in Tacoma and received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from University of Washington in 2001. She attended New York Medical College, graduating in 2006. After residencies at University of California Davis and Indiana University, where she studied aesthetic, reconstructive, microsurgery and hand surgery, she was an associate at a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, visit salmoncreekps.com or call 360-823-0860.

Workforce Southwest Washington appointed two new board officers and added three new members to its volunteer board of directors. New board officers include Board Chair Bill Skidmore, a senior account executive at General Sheet Metal; Vice Chair Paige Spratt, an attorney at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt; and retaining his role as treasurer is Jim Lucey, controller at Analog Devices. New board members include Mara Kieval, nurse representative with Washington State Nurses Association, representing Clark County labor; Max Ault, interim president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council, representing Clark County economic development; and Robert Jungers, owner of Elochoman Millwork, representing Wahkiakum County’s private sector. Clark County Councilor Eileen Quiring joined Workforce Southwest Washington’s board of commissioners earlier this year. The workforce board includes representatives of private businesses, education, organized labor, local governments, community-based and nonprofit organizations, state agencies and economic development councils. Visit workforcesw.org for more information.

Megan Collins was hired as West Columbia River Gorge Humane Society’s new director of operations. She is most recently from Georgia, where she was employed by the Humane Society of Greater Savannah. She developed a low-cost community spay and neuter clinic for the community, among other achievements. A native of the Asheville, N.C., area, Collins also worked at the Asheville Humane Society, where she developed a pet retention program. West Columbia Gorge Humane Society is a nonprofit organization, 2675 Index St., Washougal. Last year, it placed 481 cats and dogs into homes. Find out more at wcghs.org or call 360-835-3464.

Barbe West was hired as the executive director of Southwest Washington Accountable Community of Health, 2404 E. Mill Plain Boulevard, a nonprofit organization and part of the statewide Healthier Washington initiative, serving Clark, Klickitat and Skamania counties. She was previously employed for nine years as the executive director of the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington. Before that, West was executive director of Community Choices, and president of the Northwest region for Kaiser Permanente. She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from San Diego State University and a master’s degree from National University. West starts in the new role on Aug. 20. Learn more at southwestach.org.

Two new real estate brokers, Korey Brusseau and Brandon Toney, will start at the Columbia Tech Center Branch of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate. The company offers residential and commercial real estate services and in-house mortgage lending. It has 26 offices in the Portland and Seattle metro areas, as well as Southwest Washington, Central Oregon and elsewhere. The Columbia Tech Center branch is located at 1498 S.E. Tech Center Place. Find out more at ctc.bhhsnw.com or call 360-256-0088.


The Columbian welcomes submissions about Clark County residents or businesses, as well as regional business events. Information must be received by noon of the Tuesday preceding the intended Sunday publication date. Send to lyndsey.hewitt@columbian.com or fax 360-735-4540. Sales awards are not published.

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