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Clark County Business Briefing, March 16, 2024

The Columbian
Published: March 16, 2024, 6:00am

People in Business

Vancouver Housing Authority hired John “Bunk” Moren as its chief operating officer in February. As COO, he oversees the agency’s property management, voucher and supportive services departments. He fills the role vacated by Andy Silver when Silver was promoted to CEO in January. Moren has worked in behavioral health since 2004 and became executive director of Community Services Northwest in 2013. He guided the organization through its merger with Sea Mar.

Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle appointed three new commissioners to Vancouver Housing Authority’s six-member Board of Commissioners:

Alishia Topper is Clark County treasurer and serves on the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, having previously advocated for renters during her time on the Vancouver City Council and the city’s affordable housing task force.

Jennifer Rhoads is the executive director of The Firstenburg Foundation and formerly led the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington. A certified financial planner with 25 years of experience in fiduciary activities, she’s also worked at Sterling Bank, First Independent Bank and Wells Fargo Private Client Services.

Duana Ricks-Johnson is a Colville/Lakes Tribes member, disabled U.S. Navy veteran and Vancouver Housing Authority resident. It’s her passion to speak to the housing disparities BIPOC and other marginalized individuals face in Washington.

The commissioners were sworn in at the February board meeting.

Jayson Robinson has been named Vigor’s vice president of fabrication, taking the helm of the complex and marine fabrication divisions with facilities in Clackamas, Portland and Vancouver. Robinson joined Vigor, a Titan company, as the director of quality in 2018 and has been serving as assistant vice president since last fall. He will assume the responsibility of maintaining and growing Vigor’s highly skilled team and positioning the company in its key end markets, including nuclear, aerospace, infrastructure and marine vessels.