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PeaceHealth hires new Bellingham providers

PeaceHealth Medical Group recently hired ten new providers to Bellingham practices

Samiollah Gholam, MD, joined Peace-Health's Internal Medicine team. Gholan earned a Doctor of Medicine degree at Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and supports the management of chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. He also speaks Farsi.

Lindsay Emerick, MD, joined the OB-GYN team of providers. Emerick earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. In 2017, she received an award for Excellence in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.

Laurilee Reiber, ARNP, joined the Cardiology team of providers. Reiber earned her Master of Science in Nursing at Gonzaga University in Spokane. Previously, she served as a registered nurse on the Progressive Care Unit at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center for 10 years. She speaks Spanish.

Joel Hoekema, MD, joined the Orthopedics and Sports Medicine team of providers. Hoekema began his professional career as a mechanical engineer at Boeing, after graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington. Later, he returned to medical school, and completed his residency at the UW. He has been practicing medicine in Bellingham since 2001.

Dong Xiang, MD, MS, joined the St. Joseph Cancer Center team. Xiang earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at South Medical University in Guangdong, China. He won the prestigious ASCO breast cancer merit award for his breast cancer vaccine research in 2011. He is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin).

Matthew Goddard, PA-C, joined the Cardiology team of providers. Goddard earned his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Texas Pan-American in Edinburg, Texas. He is board-certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, and is in the process of completing an additional board certification with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

June Parker, PA-C, joined the Gastroenterology team. June earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Eastern Virginia School in Norfolk, Virginia. Prior to becoming a physician assistant, Parker was an EMT on Bainbridge Island, for more than 10 years.

Naori Yamashiro, MD, joined the center of Senior Health team of providers. Yamashiro earned a Doctor of Medicine at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan. She is board-certified in both geriatric medicine and family medicine and has a certificate in travel health medicine. She is fluent in Japanese.

Graham Meeks, ARNP, joined the cardiology team. Meeks earned his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Des Moines University in Iowa. He is board-certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. More information about each of these providers can be found using the "Find a Doc" tool at

Trustee appointed to Whatcom Community College board

Governor Jay Inslee appointed Teresa Taylor to the Whatcom Community College Board of Trustees. Taylor is the Lummi Indian Business Council project manager for economic development. Her term on the WCC board runs from October 2018 through September 2023. She is replacing Tim Douglas, who recently completed his term, which began in 2008. Taylor is a graduate of WCC, and also studied project management, business administration and accounting at Western Washington University.

WCC's five trustees are appointed by the governor and serve five-year terms. The boards duties include setting the college's strategic direction, establishing policy, awarding tenure, approving the operating budget, and hiring the college president.

For more information about WCC, visit

New trustee joins Western Washington University board

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed attorney Faith Li Pettis of Seattle to Western Washington University's Board of Trustees.

Pettis' six-year term began on Oct. 22 and ends Sept. 30, 2024.

Pettis is an attorney with Pacifica Law Group in Seattle, and was appointed by that city's mayor to co-chair the city's housing affordability and liveability task force in 2015. Pettis graduated from the University of Washington and earned a law degree from Harvard University.

Peoples Bank makes new hires

Peoples Bank recently announced two new hires. Sergio Colon was appointed vice president and real estate loan manager for King and Snohomish counties. He will be based at the Real Estate Loan Center at the Everett Financial Center, and has more than 10 years of experience in the mortgage industry.

Ryan LeCocq joined Peoples Bank as an assistant vice president and commercial banking officer with the Bellingham Commercial Banking Group. Previously, LeCocq was an analyst in the Asset Management Division of JP Morgan in Seattle. He is the fourth generation of the LeCocq family to join Peoples Bank.

LeCocq has a master's degree from the London School of Economics and a bachelor's degree from Western Washington University.

Heritage Bank hires new Bellingham commercial banking manager

Heritage Bank announced Bruce Clawson is the new senior vice president, commercial banking region manager in Bellingham. Clawson has more than 16 years of commercial banking experience, and more than 23 years in the Bellingham community.

Before entering the commercial banking industry, Clawson earned his CPA and had an 18-year career as a controller, treasurer and CFO at several companies. He currently serves on the Western Washington University Foundation's Strategic Initiatives committee. Clawson will be located at the Heritage Bank location at 265 York St., Bellingham.

First Federal hires new marketing director

First Federal has announced the hiring of Karen Lewis as marketing director.

Previously, Lewis served as senior marketing manager, retail lending, at BMO Harris Bank. Her other career experience includes military service with the Canadian Forces Army Reserve, international experience in Asia, and North American financial services experience across a variety of marketing groups.

Lewis holds an honors bachelor's degree in history from the University of Toronto and a master's degree in communication and culture from York University and Ryerson University.

First Federal is a Washington-chartered, community-based savings bank, primarily serving Western Washington. It has 12 banking locations, including two in Whatcom County.

RE/MAX Whatcom County makes new hires, promotion

Real estate broker Sommer Cronck has been promoted to branch manager of the RE/MAX Whatcom County Sudden Valley office. Cronck is a Sudden Valley resident, and has earned a spot as one of the company's top 15 agents in 2017 and 2018.

In her new role, Cronck will be overseeing weekly meetings and front desk administration, as well as continuing to serve as an agent for clients in Whatcom and Skagit counties.

Joseph Bonanno has joined RE/MAX Whatcom County as a broker. Previously, Bonanno spent four years in the U.S. Coast Guard. New to real estate, Bonanno is focussing on residential real estate.

Bonanno can be reached at 831-241-3497 and

Broker Tammy Lynne McKenzie has joined RE/MAX Whatcom County in the Lake-way office. McKenzie will be focusing on residential real estate. She recently moved to Bellingham from La Conner, and has a history of working with rental properties and residential real estate.

McKenzie can be reached at 360-922-4225 and

Darigold names new COO

Darigold announced that Grant Kadavy has been named chief operating officer. Kadavy held the title of chief commercial officer since joining the company in May 2016. Kadavy is now responsible for strategic development, innovation, supply chain and all day-to-day commercial operations.

Darigold is headquartered in Seattle and is a subsidiary of the Northwest Dairy Association, which is owned by 450 dairy farms in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. For more information, visit
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