Movers & Shakers 1/12/2021 | Vancouver Business Journal
CAROL AARON AND RUTH WILLIAMS-BRINKLEY
PeaceHealth has appointed Carol Aaron and Ruth Williams-Brinkley to the system’s board of directors.
With more than 30 years of healthcare experience, Aaron’s deep dedication to community health and her passion for organizational development make a valuable addition to the PeaceHealth Systems Committee.
Aaron returns to PeaceHealth as a member of the Board of Directors. After nine years of service, she retired from her position as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of PeaceHealth in late 2019. As Chief Administrative Officer, she was responsible for human resources, mission services, governance, marketing and communication as well as business integration. She successfully implemented mission, business, and talent strategies to accelerate the transition from PeaceHealth to an integrated health system serving communities in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.
With over 35 years of healthcare experience, Aaron has served as a systems health officer for St. Joseph Health, Sutter Health, and Alexian Brothers in California. She earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in human resources and organizational development from the University of San Francisco. She has also served on the board of the Ministry Leadership Center, a multi-system board dedicated to the development and training of Catholic leaders. Aaron’s deep commitment to people-centered health and wellbeing in the community, as well as her passion for organizational and talent strategies, will be critical to the PeaceHealth Board as we prepare our organization for the next 130 years.
In addition to serving on the Systems Board, Ruth Williams-Brinkley serves as President of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan for the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. In this role, Williams-Brinkley oversees all of Kaiser Permanente’s operations in Washington, DC, in suburbs of Maryland, and Baltimore Northern Virginia. Ruth joined Kaiser Permanente in 2017 and has served as President of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals of the Northwest. She oversaw all of Kaiser Permanente’s care and health plan activities in Oregon, as well as the markets in Vancouver and Longview / Kelso, Washington.
She was previously CEO of KentuckyOne Health. President and CEO of the Carondelet Health Network in Tucson, Arizona; and as President and CEO of Memorial Healthcare System in Chattanooga, Tenn. Williams-Brinkley holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from De Paul University and an honorary doctorate from Spaulding University in Louisville, Ky.
Aaron and Williams-Brinkley will support PeaceHealth’s continued commitment to the highest levels of quality in our communities.
Barrett & Company, PLLC, a leading Washington-certified accounting and management consultancy firm, recently announced Drew Barrett as Managing Partner to succeed Lance Barrett. Regarding the transition, which will take effect immediately, Lance said, “Drew’s leadership and business acumen are tremendous assets that will help fuel the continued success of Barrett & Co.. Drew’s vision for the future of the company is inspiring and we are all very exciting. ”
“We look forward to creating a flexible, innovative company that is truly focused on proactive, value-added customer service, making heavy use of relationships, knowledge and technology,” said Drew. “Barrett & Co is a company with extensive expertise in the construction industry and will continue to strengthen this niche while providing insight and technical expertise to a wide range of industries.”
Drew has 10 years of public accounting experience, having previously worked in the banking industry. He is proficient in strategic business planning, mergers and acquisitions, financial analysis and the integration of tax and insurance services. He has worked extensively with companies with annual sales between $ 2 million and over $ 200 million.
Drew is a certified public accountant in Washington State and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Gonzaga University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the CPA societies in Oregon and Washington.
ED FAULK AND BRYANT ENGE
Coldwell Banker Bain, a leading provider of real estate brokerage services across the Pacific Northwest, recently announced that two brokers at its Coldwell Banker Bain office in Vancouver West have received top honors from the Clark County Association of REALTORS® (CCAR) for 2020.
Broker Ed Faulk, who is currently also President of the CCAR Board of Directors, was named REALTOR® of the year, the highest tribute CCAR pays to any individual. The winners show what is called the “REALTOR® Spirit” – a loyalty to the principles of the REALTOR® organization, to professionalism and to the code of ethics. You are an active professional member and are committed to improving membership overall. They offer outstanding service and contributions to the association and the real estate profession.
Faulk’s nomination included attributes relating to his sense of leadership, the ability to work together, and the growth and adjustment of the organization during a year of significant change. He is also a board member of the Washington Association of REALTORS®, a multi-million dollar producer of Coldwell Banker Bain since 2003, has a GRI (Graduate of the Realtor Institute) award and is a certified global luxury broker.
Bryant Enge, who joined Coldwell Banker Bain from Vancouver West in 2018, received the REALTOR® Horizon Award from CCAR and recognized the outstanding participation as the new REALTOR®. The winners of the Horizon Award show energy and enthusiasm by participating in CCAR activities. They strive to help and demonstrate leadership skills that contribute to the overall success of the club and its membership.
The organization noted that Enge has become a solid leader within his government committee and how he takes the REALTOR® values into account when CCAR works with elected officials and the community. Enge holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Oregon and a BA in Business Administration from Oregon State University.
Vancouver-based nutritional supplement maker Columbia Nutritional has named Brea Viratos as its new chief executive officer. The former Chief Operations Officer of Columbia Nutritional brings over a decade of industry experience and a commitment to quality that will guide the company going forward.
Viratos officially became CEO of Columbia Nutritional on December 1, 2020, replacing interim Chief Restructuring Officer Clyde Hamstreet.
“Brea is absolutely the right leader for this role at Columbia Nutritional,” said Hamstreet. “Their experience, their quality expertise and their vision for the company’s future are exactly what Columbia needs right now.”
Viratos joined the company in 2018, working first as Quality Director and then as Vice President for Quality. Before joining Columbia, she worked for a major nutraceutical contract manufacturer in the quality management department for five years. Before that, she headed a high-throughput food science laboratory at Bayer for six years.
Viratos earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedicine from Southern Oregon University and a Masters of Science degree in Engineering and Technology Management from Portland State University. She also holds a degree in project management from PSU and a Green Belt in Six Sigma.
Viratos passions include fitness, hiking, rafting, mountaineering, continuous improvement and winemaking.
“I am incredibly excited and honored to have this opportunity at Columbia Nutritional,” said Viratos. “This company has a 20 year history of quality and customer satisfaction and I look forward to leading it into the future with a renewed commitment to excellence.”