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Clark County Business Briefing

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Gov. Jay Inslee recently appointed Alicia Sojourner, the city of Vancouver’s director of diversity, equity and inclusion, to serve on the Washington State LGBTQ Commission, effective Nov. 3. Sojourner, who uses “they/them/theirs” pronouns, is the first member to serve on the commission from Clark County. They are serving a three-year term, expiring on June 30, 2024. A recent transplant from Minneapolis, Minn., Sojourner is the first Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with the city of Vancouver. They are driven by supporting opportunities to capitalize on innovative practices within the city that improve workplace and community culture by addressing some of our most difficult social problems.

Railsback Johnson P.C. has announced that Andrew Cline, CPA, has been promoted to manager. Andrew has been with the firm since July 2017. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of managing his assigned client relationships, as well as, continuing to develop new client relationships. He also directs and reviews work performed by other team members and is responsible for the professional development of those team members.

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes announced recently that Jeff Gray has been appointed to the organization’s Board of Directors. Gray is currently Senior Director, Global Sales, and Customer Success Recruiting at Service Now. Gray will join other community leaders throughout the region in helping Northwest Association for Blind Athletes achieve its mission of providing life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired.

Sarah Wolf recently joined The Columbian newsroom team as a business reporter covering local businesses, economics and transportation. A graduate of The George Washington University, Wolf is a native of Southwest Washington with a passion for how business impacts communities on a widespread scale. Wolf most recently worked as a reporter for Catholic Sentinel prior to joining The Columbian.

The law office of Beaty Hatch P.C. has announced a new addition to the firm. Attorney William Ball joined the firm as an associate on Dec. 1. Ball’s practice focuses mainly on family law. Ball attended University of Oregon graduating with a Bachelor of Philosophy and Political Science Degree in 1997 before going on to attend Suffolk University Law School in Boston Massachusetts where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 2000. After law school he practiced on the East Coast where he has been proficient in litigation cases as well as financial management and trial advocacy.

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 or fax 360-735-4540. Sales awards are not published.