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August 31, 2022


Claire Hoffman joined Parametrix as a Senior Scientist based in Seattle. She has over 20 years of experience as a biologist and environmental planner in Washington State. Hoffman comes to Parametrix from Environmental Science Associates where she worked as a project scientist. She was previously at Parametrix from 2008 to 2014. She specializes in conservation, wetland ecosystems and environmental planning. Hoffman is a professional wetland scientist and holds a master’s degree in environmental science with a major in ecology and evolution. His project experience includes work for Sound Transit, Washington State Department of Ecology, Washington State Department of Transportation, King County, Tulalip Tribes, and western cities. from Washington.

At Parametrix, she joins Seattle’s environmental planning and compliance team, supporting environmental compliance and permits for agencies in the Puget Sound area.


Melissa Frey joined BCRA’s marketing department as communications coordinator. Her work experience is in non-profit senior housing and home improvement businesses. She will bring her skills as an author, editor and writing coach to BCRA’s internal and external communications and marketing efforts. She is based out of the Tacoma office.



Elcon Associates, Inc. promoted Dean Ralph director. Ralphs joined Elcon in 2001 and serves as project manager, senior electrical engineer and office manager in the company’s Tukwila office. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and is licensed in Washington, Oregon, and 10 other states as a Professional Electrical Engineer. He serves as the Electrical Project Manager for Elcon’s on-call contracts with Seattle Tacoma International Airport, King County, and more. Ralphs provides electrical and lighting design services for municipal and international airports, as well as transit, water/wastewater, university and marine facilities.

The company also promoted Travis Arnzen to the main. Arnzen is a project manager and senior electrical engineer at Elcon’s office in Beaverton, Oregon. He joined Elcon in 2010 and served as project manager for Elcon’s electrical engineering contracts with TriMet, Oregon Metro, City of Portland and Portland Port. As an electrical engineer, Arnzen provided the power distribution design for Sound Transit’s 4-mile twin-bore Northgate Link tunnel with two underground stations at University District and Roosevelt and an elevated station at Northgate. Travis is licensed in Oregon, Washington and three other states.



Herrera hosted the environmental planner, Katie Jerauld at his office in Seattle. Jerauld is a recent graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a minor in Environmental Science. His expertise is in solid waste management and policy analysis, having worked with several clients in Washington State. As part of Herrera’s sustainability team, she will participate in planning and engineering services for waste management that span the spectrum, from prevention to diversion and disposal, with the development solid waste plans and zero waste plans tailored to our customers’ unique infrastructure. and communities.

Herrera also hosted Rachel Johnson to the team as an engineer based in the company’s Seattle office. Johnson brings over 5 years of experience in environmental science, policy and engineering, in addition to expertise in project management, technical communication, planning and field data collection. She was most recently responsible for the resilience program at NOAA. Johnson holds two master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in biological systems engineering and water resources management. In her new role at Herrera, she will support green infrastructure and water quality initiatives in the Pacific Northwest.




Makers architecture and urban design recently hired three employees in its Seattle office. Paco AlfaroZierten joined Makers as an installation planner. He recently earned a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and has been involved with several student planning and design organizations. At Makers, he supports the Federal Installations Planning team that provides services to clients of the Department of Defense and other Federal agencies.

Grace Arsenault is a planner on the facilities planning team. She holds a bachelor’s degree in community, environment, and planning from the University of Washington, with a focus on stormwater green infrastructure. Prior to Makers, she worked as an airport facilities planner on aerospace projects around the world.

Marcus Johnson joined Makers as an urban planner/designer and provides graphic and planning support to the urban design and community planning team. He holds a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Washington and in environmental science and policy from the University of South Florida. His academic background includes studio work with the City of Seattle on its Comprehensive Plan and work with the Nehemiah Initiative to develop housing projects for black churches in Seattle.


Osborn Consulting Inc. announced the promotion of Liz Brownin, PLA, ASLA, will lead his landscape architecture and urban design practice. Browning brings extensive experience in managing and designing projects in the public realm, from parks and educational campuses to streetscapes and pedestrian facilities. She has served as a lecturer and studio instructor for the University of Washington’s Department of Landscape Architecture and has completed numerous award-winning projects throughout the Puget Sound region. Browning stepped into the practice leadership role previously held by Kas Kinkead, PLA, FASLA, who is now Director Emeritus of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at OCI. Kinkead will serve as a mentor and provide high-level design guidance to the team in their new role. It has served the greater community of cities, counties, tribes, and school districts of Puget Sound for more than 30 years, leaving a lasting impact on our public schools, pedestrian spaces, playgrounds, athletic fields, etc

Brian Thomashead of Summit Bank’s commercial banking team, announced that Jackie Costello was hired as Vice President, Commercial Client Advisor for Summit Bank’s Portland/Southwest Washington market. Costello comes to Summit with more than 30 years of banking experience serving commercial and private clients in the Portland and Washington area, most recently as a lender for another community bank. She was also a team leader for a regional fiduciary bank. Costello serves on the board of Candlelighters for Children with Cancer. Costello will help manage Summit Bank’s customer portfolio and help grow Summit’s loan and deposit portfolio. Summit Bank has offices in Eugene, central Oregon and downtown Portland. In 2021, the bank was named a Top Small Business Administration Community Bank Lender in the State of Oregon and in 2022, was named one of Oregon Business magazine’s 100 Best Places to Work.

The Masonry Institute of Washington is accepting nominations for the 2023 Masonry Design Excellence Awards, celebrating the best masonry designs in Washington State. Masonry materials include: brick, CMU, stone, tile, marble and terrazzo. These projects represent the highest standards in masonry design, innovation, structural performance, and overall masonry integration with the client and surrounding community. In keeping with tradition and celebrating over 40 years of Northwest Masonry projects, the 2023 projects will be judged by out-of-state A/E/C industry members and the banquet will include a presentation and ceremony . The MIW Excellence Awards in Masonry will have an awards banquet on February 23, 2023. Architects, contractors and building owners are encouraged to submit their projects for the competition. Submission guidelines are available at For more information, contact [email protected]

Portland-based Standard Insurance (The Standard) promoted Nathan Whiteley the Assistant Vice President of Short Term Disability, Absence Management and Return to Work Services. Whiteley joined The Standard in 2005 and has been a member of The Standard’s complaints team for 17 years. Most recently, he was Senior Director of Disability Benefits where he led the company’s Group LTD teams since 2018. Whiteley received a Bachelor of Business Administration and Management from Oregon State University. The Standard, in business since 1906, is a provider of financial protection products and services for employers and individuals.

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