Business Briefcase for Aug. 4, 2013

Herald staffAugust 3, 2013 

New positions

Tammy P. Taylor has been selected as the chief operating officer for the National Security Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She most recently served as the deputy associate director of the Chemistry, Life, and Earth Sciences Directorate at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she was responsible for leading and managing three divisions — Chemistry, Biosciences, and Earth and Environmental Sciences — with about 1,000 staff members and an annual budget of $280 million.

Darrell Fisher has joined Dade Moeller as a principal medical dosimetrist after a career of almost 35 years at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. There he led the Isotope Sciences Program, a national nuclear technology resource. Fisher will provide senior leadership in Dade Moeller’s medical physics practice, evaluating the internal dosimetry and health effects of exposures to radiological treatments for cancer. He also will support the growth of the company’s new subsidiary, Dade Moeller Health Group, providing dosimetry support for clinical trials of compounds labeled with radioactive elements. He will continue to serve as an affiliate associate professor at University of Washington School of Medicine and adjunct faculty member at Washington State University.

Three new practitioners recently joined James Rasey at Clinical and Wellness Massage in Prosser. Breanna Harting, Stanlyn Nelson and Jacqueline Lyczewski have joined the group. While each of the practitioners will be operating their own business, all four will work in the same office at 705 Seventh St. Rasey is a massage practitioner who specializes in orthopedic massage, sports injuries, myofascial release, lymphatic drainage, nueromuscular therapy and soft tissue restoration. For more information, call 832-1716. Harting is a massage therapist. She offers therapeutic and relaxation massage. For more information, call 786-1417. Nelson is an esthetician. She offers facials, skin treatments and organic skin care products. For more information, call 832-0238. Lyczewski practices reflexology and meridian therapy. For more information, go to jl.iwanta or call 840-2599.

Chris Sanchez has joined Con-over Insurance as an account executive in the commercial lines division. He’ll focus on general commercial accounts, a news release said. A Texas native, Sanchez moved to the Tri-Cities in 2007. He’s licensed in Washington as a property and casualty and a life and disability agent. He’s fluent in English and Spanish, has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and plans to join the United Way’s Young Leaders Society, the news release said. The release also said Sanchez is a member of the Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.


Mark Engelhard, a senior research scientist at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory on the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory campus, has been named a fellow of the AVS Science and Technology Society, formerly known as the American Vacuum Society. Engelhard specializes in the use of surface-sensitive techniques to study surface and interphase chemistry at EMSL’s Interface Spectroscopy and Diffraction Facility. He was recognized by AVS for “sustained creative application and novel adaptation of surface analytical tools to address a wide range of energy and environmental problems.”

Craig Forman of New York Life Insurance Company recently was named Manager of the Year for Washington by the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Forman is the managing partner for the company’s Eastern Washington general office in Kennewick.

Michael Griswold, a Washington State University professor, recently received the Society for the Study of Reproduction’s Carl G. Hartman Award. Griswold, who teaches molecular biosciences at the university, was honored for his research and scholarly activities. He is known for his work in the development and nourishment of Sertoli cells.

Dorothy and Doyle Hunter, owners of Paw’s Natural Pet Emporium stores in Richland and Kennewick, recently were honored at the National Show for Pet Retailers in Las Vegas. They received the Pet Product News International Pet Retailer of the Year award for marketing strategies for 2013-14. While at the show, Dorothy Hunter participated in the Pet Industry Executive Summit, a series of panel discussions. The Tri-City stores also were named Best Overall Independent Pet Store of the Year for 2013 and Independent Pet Store Best Customer Service in the Nation for 2012 by the Global Pet Expo World Pet Association.

Meier Architecture Engineering of Kennewick and Yost Grube Hall Architecture of Portland have been selected by Washington State University to serve as its Tri-City campus architect for the next two years. Projects included under this contract will range from smaller-scale tasks up to larger feasibility studies.

Sam Bryan and Dave Koppenaal of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have been selected as fellows of the American Chemical Society. Bryan is an internationally recognized expert on environmental contamination monitoring processes and controls. His research focuses on the development of methods to identify radioactive and other components in flowing liquids, resulting in the development of new sensors, as well as the adaptation of existing technologies for use in monitoring highly radioactive environments, such as underground waste tanks at Hanford. He also has been recognized for significant educational outreach. Koppenaal is a PNNL fellow and the chief technology officer for the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at PNNL. He is responsible for directing the development and scientific application of new, transformational instruments and tools for EMSL. His research has focused on low-level, ultra-trace detection and analysis of metals and radionuclides for environmental or nonproliferation purposes. He also is active in the new field of metallomics, which details the collective role and function of metal and metalloid species in biological systems.


Lane Savitch, president of Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, has been named to the March of Dimes Washington Chapter’s board of directors. Savitch is one of four new appointees, a news release said.

Expansion HDJ Design Group recently opened an office in Walla Walla. The Tri-City company decided to expand to Walla Walla to better serve clients in the region. Paul Tomkins and Greg Flowers recently joined the company. They will be helping with the expansion to Walla Walla.


SIGN Fracture Care International recently received a donation from UPS. UPS stores in Kennewick and Richland donated shipping boxes, tape and packing peanuts to SIGN. The donation will help SIGN package and ship medical implants to hospitals around the world, according to a release.

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