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Edward DolleHarrison Medical Center’s newest board member is Edward Dolle, a registered nurse who has 30 years of healthcare experience at agencies throughout the region.

Dolle is currently district education and training director for Extendicare Health Services, Inc., and has held leadership roles at ManorCare in Gig Harbor and the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs at Retsil. Dolle has filled a vacant position to complete Harrison’s 18-member board.

“Mr. Dolle brings a deep and varied background to our board,” said Scott Bosch, president and CEO of Harrison Medical Center. “As an RN, he will help provide perspective in the many ways nurses play a large and important role in the delivery of health care here at Harrison and beyond the hospital setting.” read more »


Steve BoyerKitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer announced Wednesday that he will not run for re-election this fall to a fifth term.

Boyer, who spent 27 years with the Washington State Patrol before he was elected sheriff in 1998, said health concerns factored into his decision to retire from a law enforcement career of more than 42 years.

“Fortunately, medical professionals have ruled out any serious issues affecting my wellbeing,” the longtime sheriff said in a news release announcing his decision. “While another term would be possible, this has prompted me to reflect on the future and consider some new adventures. Although this may slow me down a bit, I consider it yet another challenge.” read more »


Paul BarlockIn advance of the first-quarter 2014 rollout of a new solar energy microinverter by APS, the manufacturer’s YC1000-3 microinverter was recognized by Solar Power World magazine on its Top 100 Solar Products of 2013. The YC1000-3 is the world’s first three-phase, four-panel microinverter for large-scale commercial solar installations.

The new product is a single unit that connects four solar modules (up to 310W STC each) to provide from 208V to 480V three-phase grid voltage. It maximizes power generation for each module to boost efficiency by up to 20 percent. The performance of each module can be individually monitored from a home computer. read more »


Tony CaldwellTony Caldwell, who helped Housing Kitsap through a financial crisis after he was hired as executive director in 2010, has announced his resignation from the agency effective at the end of the month.

Housing Kitsap, formerly known as the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority, has been repaying $44.5 million owed to Kitsap County since 2009, when the county bailed out the struggling agency. The organization’s financial crisis was largely the result of an investment in condominiums built on the downtown Bremerton waterfront.

Caldwell is credited with restoring financial stability to Housing Kitsap, which had reduced the balance still owed on the county loan to $13 million last year. read more »


Business Examiner

Hadley Robbins is the new executive vice president and chief operating officer of Columbia Bank.

The promotion will take effect March 1 for Robbins, who had been serving as the company’s senior vice president and Oregon group manager. He will fill the post vacated by Mark W. Nelson, who retired in September.

In his new position, Robbins will direct the majority of Columbia’s customer-facing business lines, including commercial banking, retail banking and wealth management. According to a statement from the company, he plans to relocate to join the rest of Columbia’s executive management team at the corporate headquarters in Tacoma. read more »

Women In Business

Purpose Boutique recently expanded into a larger space in the building at the corner of Fourth Street and Pacific Avenue in downtown Bremerton. (Amy Burnett photo)Jennifer Wiebusch has spent 35 years in a fitness-related career. The Olympic Fitness instructor and personal trainer loves her job, but knows she wants to slow down a bit and not exercise for a living the rest of her life.

Three years ago, Wiebusch found the answer: personal coaching. It’s a bit different than personal training, but has one thing in common, challenging people to achieve a goal. read more »

Women In Business

Amy Anderson is proprietor of the Axe Handle Café, which opened last summer and is her second business in Kingston. (Tim Kelly photo)Her entrepreneurial success in Kingston is not quite a story of hometown girl makes good, but almost.

Amy Anderson wasn’t born here, but the owner of Cup & Muffin and the Axe Handle Café sure feels like she belongs here now. She and her husband, Mark, were grand marshals for the town’s annual Fourth of July parade last summer.

For several years before that, Anderson participated in the parade by handing out coupons for a free cup of coffee at Cup & Muffin read more »


Shawnee SpencerFirst Federal has announced that Shawnee Spencer has rejoined the bank as a mortgage loan officer for Kitsap County.

She previously worked for First Federal from 1993-2007, doing mortgage and commercial lending during the Port Angeles-based bank’s initial entry into the county.

Spencer had worked as a mortgage loan officer with Umpqua Bank and Wells Fargo before rejoining First Federal. She will be based at the bank’s Poulsbo branch until this summer, when she will move to First Federal’s new Silverdale branch. read more »


Shana BurdenChelsea GuelcherParaissance Realty, originally headquartered in Gig Harbor, has expanded to Kitsap County. Managing broker Chelsea Guelcher and broker Shana Burden head the Paraissance Realty Kitsap Team with an office in Silverdale at 3100 NW Bucklin Hill Road, Suite 113.

They have a combined total of 20 years of experience in the real estate industry. read more »

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