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Welch Comer, a regional engineering company, has promoted two senior engineers to vice president.

Necia maiani has worked with Welch Comer for 21 years, specializing in water treatment, wells, distribution systems, water rights and wastewater treatment and collection.

Maiani will now be responsible for streamlining the operations and administration of the company. She is also the manager of the company’s Spokane office which opened earlier this fall. She is a graduate of the University of Idaho and serves the Kootenai County Aquifer Protection District.

Matt gillis has 22 years of experience as a Transportation Engineer and has been leading the Welch Comer Transportation Group since 2006.

He has helped clients and staff navigate complex projects involving multiple jurisdictions, utilities, funding and public participation. Gillis will now lead the business development and market expansion efforts for the company. He graduated from the University of Idaho.


The YMCA of Inland Northwest has announced several staff changes. Carly Garras was hired as the executive director of Camp Reed. Garras attended Camp Reed and later became a Staff Summer Advisor in 2007.

In 2020, Garras joined the Camp Reed Advisory Board and was a key partner in Camp Reed Pedal for a Purpose fundraising campaigns and the annual Camp Reed auction.

Philippe Helene was hired as Director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Helean returns to work for the YMCA after working as Senior Director of Day Camps, Youth Sports, and Teen Programs between 1988 and 2005. Spokane County RSVP promotes volunteer opportunities for older community members 55 years and over.

Jeff Polello was promoted to the executive branch of the YMCA of North Spokane. During his 28-year career with the YMCA of Inland Northwest, he has held a variety of positions, from Aquatic Director to Assistant Branch Manager.

The Spokane Valley Performing Arts Center (SVPAC) has announced three new hires for its new facility to be built in Spokane Valley.

Yvonne ak johnson was hired as executive artistic director. Johnson founded Spokane Valley Summer Theater in 2016, which will become a year-round theater organization when SVPAC opens.

She has over 30 years of production and directing experience, having facilitated over 250 productions for schools, universities, community and professional theaters. Johnson holds an MA in Contemporary Theater Practice from the University of Essex in Colchester, England, and an MA in Directing from Minnesota State University.

Anne “Marnie” Rorholm was hired as director of development and general manager. Rorholm graduated from Gonzaga University School of Leadership 2020 with an MBA-Ph.D.

She previously worked for the City of Spokane in Business and Developer Services and was Director of the Mayor’s Office. She has also worked in higher education and is a Screen Actor’s Guild eligible actress who has managed and performed in community theater.

Lorna walsh was hired as a fundraising campaign manager and has over 20 years of fundraising experience.

Walsh’s work at Spokane includes fundraising for the Fox Theater and director of development positions with Washington State University, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Center for Justice.

The Hagadone Marine Group, based in Coeur d’Alene, has appointed Bob holloway as sales manager.

Holloway was previously the Sales Manager for MarineMax Dallas and has 30 years of experience in the boating industry. He will now oversee sales operations including the achievement of sales targets, customer relationships and cost assessments.


The Grand Hotel Davenport won the 2021 Smart Meetings Platinum Choice award, awarded by hotel industry publisher Smart Meetings.

The award recognizes top-ranked hotels, places and destinations that have demonstrated their commitment to high standards of global excellence. Smart Meetings is a monthly hospitality industry magazine and appointments are made by hospitality industry professionals.



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