Appointments, promotions and awards in the business community.

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Accounting: Mike Heffernan was appointed chief financial officer at Two Degrees.

Engineering: Joe Llona and Alexandra Ramsden were hired at Rushing.

Health care: Nancy Rinker joined Park West Care Center in West Seattle as community-relations director. Dr. J. Frederick Brodsky joined The Polyclinic as an internist. Dr. Richard Baxter, of Baxter Plastic Surgery and Calidora, was appointed to the Emerging Trends Committee of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and to the Editorial Advisory Board of Advances for Healthy Aging magazine. Sunny Diaz was hired as deputy director of International Community Health Services.

Law: Fraser Mendel was named a shareholder at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. Elizabeth Leary was hired as an associate attorney at McKinley Irvin. Brian Bodine was appointed managing partner and Brian Haslam was hired as a patent agent at Merchant & Gould. Jeff Frank, of Foster Pepper, was appointed chairman of the Defense Research Institute’s Judicial Task Force. Scott Collins, Mark Dean and Chris Matheson joined Forsberg & Umlauf.

Nonprofit: Michelle Harmon was named senior vice president of human resources at the American Heart Association — Pacific/Mountain Affiliate.

Retirement communities: Dave Johnson was hired as human-resources director and Chris Masson promoted to marketing director at Mirabella Seattle.

Technology: Jerry Goade was named chief financial officer at Avalara, Bainbridge Island. John Higgie was named chief financial officer at Speakeasy. Brett Keenan joined Lighthouse Document Technologies as technical project manager.


Consulting: Tom McDowell was named a senior associate at CFO Selections, Bellevue. Jeramy Leaper joined Covestic, Kirkland.

Technology: Nate Douglas was hired as an account executive, fire-safety services, at Siemens Building Technologies, Issaquah.

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