Ridgefield resident Dr. Heidi Houchen was named president of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association through 2022. She graduated with a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine from Washington State University’s veterinary school in 1992. She also is the director of the Northwest Veterinary Specialists Critical Care Food Bank.
Dr. Doug Koekkoek was hired as chief physician executive at PeaceHealth. His goal is to help unify physicians and clinical care practices across the health system. Koekkoek was most recently employed as the system chief medical officer at Providence Health and Services’s Physician Enterprise, which encompasses more than 900 clinics and 9,000 physicians.
Mackenzie “Kensie” Broom-Peterson was hired by the no-kill nonprofit cat shelter Furry Friends as its lead medical director. Working part time, Broom-Peterson is the organization’s first paid employee; in operation for 22 years, it has been entirely run by volunteers. Having worked as a veterinary nurse for eight years, Broom-Peterson will oversee the health care of cats and coordinate with the organization’s medical team.
Mike Reardon was promoted as executive director of The Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities of Southwest Washington, a public agency that provides programming and resources to older adults, adults with disabilities and their caregivers. Reardon was promoted from his role as community services manager, succeeding David Kelly, who retired last year. His goal is to expand the public’s awareness of the agency. Visit www.HelpingElders.org or call 1-888-637-6060 to learn more.