Clark County Business Briefing – The Columbian

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Paul Burgess has been named the new executive director of Fourth Plain Forward, effective January 5. Burgess has extensive experience in the international development sector, having recently founded a social enterprise specializing in pro bono capacity building programs for marginalized nonprofit organizations in the Global South. . Burgess is thrilled to join the Fourth Plain Forward team and continue the impressive development and growth that Vancouver’s international business district is experiencing. Burgess has lived in Vancouver since 2018 and is married to a local high school teacher. Burgess brings over 20 years of professional experience, working internationally for the past 15 years in the education sector and the international development sector.

PeaceHealth recently announced that Sarah Ness is its new Executive Vice President of People and Culture. An accomplished executive with more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare field, Ness has devoted most of her professional career to PeaceHealth. With a deep understanding of PeaceHealth’s mission, she has successfully served in several key leadership positions, including Chief of Staff, Vice President of Marketing and Consumer Analytics System, and Director of Strategic Communications and ‘commitment.

By providing oversight of human resources, patient experience, marketing and communications, and governance, Ness will foster greater connectivity between these critical functions as PeaceHealth strives to be a people-centric organization. person-centred and community-centred, providing greater value for people and health justice for communities. .

The Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce, established in 2018, promotes and connects the Ridgefield business community in the development of goals, programs, and education that promote growth and prosperity. The Chamber has named the following members to its 2022 volunteer Board of Directors. Leaders include: Past President Jim Holder of NWCPA, President Dawn Bell of Evergreen Home Loans, Vice President Rachel Coker of Corwin Beverage/City of Ridgefield, Secretary Darcy Alitzer of Matrix Roof + Home and Treasurer Scott Flury of Latte da Coffeehouse and Wine Bar. The directors are: John Rose of Rose Real Estate, Kelli Montei of First Citizens Bank, Neil Daly of State Farm Insurance, Kristeen Millett of Sprout Digital/The Columbian/The Blue Crew, Steve Dronen of Ridgefield Craft Brewing and Eric Husemoen, a Resident of Ridgefield. “The Chamber is excited to welcome 2022 and support existing and new businesses moving to Ridgefield. We are proud of the economic development that is happening in the community. On behalf of our members, we want to make sure we keep our economy thriving and our community healthy,” Bell said in a press release.


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