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July 17, 2016 GMT

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Communications

Jennifer Ferrero, owner of Switch Up Consulting, has achieved accreditation in public relations through the Universal Accreditation Board and Public Relations Society of America.

Education

James Mohr has been named as the vice chancellor of student affairs at Washington State University Spokane. Mohr was previously the dean of student development for three years at Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington.

Finance

DepositAccounts.com, a bank comparison website, named Idaho Independent Bank to its 2016 edition of the Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America. The website evaluated banks in areas such as capitalization and deposit growth.

Health care

Spokane Occupational and Hand Therapy has promoted Jenn Mock to clinic manager at the North Spokane location. Mock has been a staff therapist for 13 years at the clinic’s downtown location. In addition, Kurt Stranberg has become a Certified Hand Therapist. Stranberg also serves as the company’s group director.

Roger Yoder has opened Executive Counseling Services at 422 W. Riverside Ave., Suite 628. Yoder is a veteran of the United States Air Force and a licensed mental health counselor specializing in military and police PTSD, trauma, depression and anxiety.

Seattle Business magazine has named Family Home Care as one of Washington’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2016. This is the fifth year that the company has been recognized as a top employer. Winners of this award are chosen based on employee surveys.

Hospitality

Framework Meetings and Destinations has hired Christina Petit as a meeting and event manager. Petit has more than a decade of experience in the hospitality industry and was previously the director of sales and marketing at the Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn.

Human resources

Associated Industries has hired Amy Valles as a human resources advisor and Hannah Sullivan as a human resources generalist. Previously, Valles worked in human resources in the government sector and Sullivan worked in human resources with Gonzaga University.

Empire Airlines, Inc. has hired Pete Broschet as the director of human resources, effective Aug. 1. Broschet was previously the director of human resources for U.S. operations at International Aerospace Coatings.

Nonprofit

Skils’kin has named Jessica Flaig as the director of employment and Gayle Lawrence as the director of human resources. Previously, Flaig was the vocational rehabilitation specialist for the company’s AbilityOne program. Lawrence was previously the human resources manager at Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region since 2007.

The Rotary Club of Spokane Valley’s Valley Rotary Charitable Association awarded a $3,500 grant to Widows Might, a nonprofit organization which provides assistance to local widows.

Realty

Janet Bell and Don Johnson have joined Exit Real Estate North as agents. Previously, Bell worked in the service industry and Johnson worked in education and construction.

Jenniffer Jackson has joined the Liberty Lake office of Windermere Real Estate as a broker. Previously, Jackson was a supervisor at JC Penney. In addition, Kurt Krauth and Kim Silva have joined Windermere’s Spokane Valley office as brokers. Previously, Krauth was a teacher with the East Valley School District and Silva was with PacWest Machinery.