Appointments, promotions and awards in the business community.

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Automobiles: Michael “Mickey” Monahan was appointed director of finance and insurance and Ward Fleischmann sales manager at Honda of Seattle.

Banking/finance: Ryan Murphy was promoted to branch manager at Banner Bank, Edmonds. Dudley Johnson was hired as a senior vice president in the property casualty division at Kibble & Prentice. Peggy McKasy was hired as a vice president and commercial loan officer at Valley Bank, Puyallup.

Colleges: Alan Spence was selected to be chief financial officer at the Seattle Community Colleges.

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Community services: Tod Leiweke was named to the board of directors at the YMCA of Greater Seattle, and Kristin Grace was named director of the Children’s Crisis Outreach Response System, a program administered by the YMCA.

Consulting: Laura Query was hired as a manager at APCO Worldwide.

Health care: Katherine Newton was named associate director of external research at Group Health Cooperative’s Center for Health Studies.

Hospitality: James Chittenden was hired as general manager at Apulent. Esther Bak was hired as sales manager at Ultimate Journeys.

Investments: Bob Toomey was named senior vice president and chief equity strategist at E.K. Riley Advisors. Aura Davis was hired as marketing specialist at E.K. Riley Investments.

Retirement communities: Diane Masson was hired as marketing director and Marianne Holman as marketing representative at Mirabella, an affiliate of Pacific Retirement Services.


Colleges: William Christopher was named president at Cascadia Community College, Bothell.

Engineering: Stanley Ching was hired as director of transportation for the West district, Tim McDonald as senior construction manager and Shawn Benedict as resident engineer at Earth Tech, Bellevue.

Finance: Raymond Higgins was promoted to division manager of the Bellevue office at Waddell & Reed, Bellevue.

Marketing: Kurt Dicus was appointed vice president of technology at BD&A, Woodinville.

Real estate: Brigitte Pascutoi was named managing broker of the John L. Scott Bellevue North office.

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