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February 02, 2022



Welch Comer, a regional engineering company headquartered in Coeur d’Alene, promoted two employees. Melanie Schmidt, CPA, was promoted to Director of Finance and Operations. Schmidt joined Welch Comer as Controller in May 2018. In her new role, she will continue to develop internal operational processes in the areas of finance and human resources to help the company’s growing workforce optimize the efficiency of the project-based work. Schmidt has over 20 years of accounting experience with a focus on private service-related industries. The Boise State University graduate lives in Post Falls. Project engineer Taylor Tomke, PE, was promoted to assistant manager of the company’s Spokane Valley office. The Carroll College graduate joined Welch Comer in 2015 and has experience in water, wastewater and transportation projects. In his new role, he will continue to manage the design and construction of complex projects and help manage the Spokane Valley office.

The Molina Healthcare Charitable Foundation, in conjunction with Washington’s Molina Healthcare, recently partnered with Operation Warm to provide 400 warm winter coats to children at Mint Valley Elementary in Longview. Following the distribution of the coat, partner organizations provided additional resources to the wider community. Care-A-Van distributed COVID-19 vaccines, while Food Lifeline provided food boxes. The Molina Healthcare Charitable Foundation was established in 2020 by Molina Healthcare to improve the health and well-being of underprivileged populations by funding meaningful, measurable and innovative programs and solutions that improve health, life and life in communities local. Washington’s Molina Healthcare has been providing government-funded healthcare for over 20 years.

Bellevue-based SeekOut, an AI-powered Talent 360 platform, has hired Kristin Scott as the first Chief Revenue Officer. Scott joins SeekOut after nearly a decade working at Appian, a low-code automation platform. As Vice President of North American Sales, Scott led Appian’s customer acquisition, expansion and renewal activities in North America. Prior to joining Appian, Scott held various positions at CEB Gartner, where she advised Fortune 500 executives on best practices and thought leadership. In his new role, Scott will be responsible for developing, implementing and driving SeekOut’s sales strategy and execution as the company evolves beyond a single product, to a multi-product and multi-channel supporting businesses in different segments and industries. SeekOut also named Elissa Fink as a new independent member of the board of directors. For more than a decade, Fink served as chief marketing officer for Tableau Software, where she helped grow the company from a startup with $5 million in annual revenue to a public company with more than one billion dollars in annual revenue. Fink also currently sits on the boards of Qumulo, Dataiku, and Pantheon. Founded in 2017, SeekOut has raised $189 million in funding, is backed by Tiger Global Management, Madrona Venture Group, Mayfield and Founders Circle Capital and is valued at $1.2 billion.

Avangrid Renewables has announced the appointment of Ken Kimmel as Vice President of Development for Offshore Wind. He will lead the company’s offshore wind development team focusing on permitting, stakeholder relations and project development. Kimmell has experience in the private, government and NGO sectors and has devoted most of his 30-year career to energy and environmental issues. He joins Avangrid Renewables from the Union of Concerned Scientists where he served as president, championing federal and state policies to promote clean energy. Previously, Kimmell served as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Avangrid Renewables, headquartered in Portland, is a subsidiary of Avangrid, Inc. and part of the Iberdrola Group.


Welcome to ALSC Architects of Spokane Christian Snell to its staff. Snell graduated in 2021 from Montana State University with a master’s degree in architecture. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design in 2020. Snell has experience using programs such as Revit, Lumion 3D, Enscape, and cove.tool to produce project graphics and documentation. He will join ALSC’s Sports & Recreation Studio.


Portland-based Barney & Worth has been hired Chris Hoffman as a manager in his new Seattle office. Hoffman has 25 years of experience in the A&E and construction industries, providing strategic communications and public engagement services on large, complex projects, including the State Department of Transportation’s Puget Sound Gateway program. Washington and Seattle City Light’s Denny Substation program. He has helped dozens of clients educate and engage the community on transportation, wastewater, stormwater, energy and parks projects in the planning, design and construction phases.





BCRA hired four new employees, Dean DJ, Sufi Arman, Alesha Huson and Marianne Dominguez. Dean, AIA, RA, LEED AP, ENV SP is a senior architect and former principal of KPG who brings over 18 years of experience and leadership to BCRA. He has primarily worked in the public/municipal sector, as well as the private industrial market, and has extensive experience in sustainable design. At BCRA, he will have the opportunity to serve a variety of markets and will be based in the Tacoma office. Sufi is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Architecture Program. He joins BCRA’s Tacoma office and will support the residential/multifamily market.

Huson, LEED GA joins BCRA from KATERRA where she worked as a senior BIM manager for 3 and a half years. She has joined the newly formed Spokane-based team as Associate Architectural Designer and will primarily support the retail and hospitality market. Dominguez graduated from the architecture program at the University of Oregon. She previously worked as an intern at BCRA and will support the residential market. She is based out of the Tacoma office.




SCJ Alliance has hired a senior design engineer and two marketing coordinators. Senior designer Pete Swan works with the civil design group. A computer-aided design graduate, Swan brings 18 years of CAD experience and ten years in civil engineering. Morgan Evans and Neighborhood Avery were both hired as marketing coordinators. Evans and Ward both come from the financial industry. All three work in Lacey’s office.