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The North Bay Business Journal is looking for news of promotions, new hires and awards for possible publication in the People section. Send your press releases to the North Bay Business Journal, Attn: Business Register, 427 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401; fax 707-521-5292; e-mail people@busjrnl.com.


Iver Skavdal, based in Santa Rosa, has been named executive director of GHD Group, a leading employee-owned engineering, environmental and construction services company with 130 offices in North America and 70 more globally.

He is a civil engineer with more than 35 years’ experience in multidisciplinary project management, design and construction management.

Skavdal is responsible for the company’s operations in California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Guam and Saipan. He has also led GHD’s recent merger with Omni-Means, an award-winning, engineering business focused on the transportation market.

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Marin Community Clinics, the largest provider of medical and dental care to Marin’s low-income population, recruited 14 new clinicians during the first quarter of 2017.

The new clinicians are Christopher Hogan, M.D., gastroenterologist; Dana Jackson, D.O., pediatrician; Lawrence Posner, M.D., internal medicine; and Maria Webster-Longin, M.D., internal medicine.

Dentists joining the organization are Leslie McGarvey, D.D.S.; Albert Pomerantz, D.D.S.; Maximilian Tsui, D.D.S.; and Samuel Upton, D.D.S.

Other medical care providers are Dena Ito, LA.c, acupuncturist; Audrey Combs, FNP, family nurse practitioner; Carolyn Hwang, C.N.M., certified nurse midwife; Caitlin MacLaurin, N.P., psychiatric nurse practitioner; and Jeffery Vanderheym, D.C., chiropractor.

Cottage Grove Inn has promoted Lindsay Roach to general manager. Roach is a graduate of Chico State University.

Cottage Grove Inn is a boutique inn with 16 individual cottages in a grove of elm trees in Calistoga’s spa district.

Amy Nieva is the new business development manager for Workrite Ergonomics in Petaluma. She is said to have extensive sales experience in the office and furniture supply industry and will work directly with companies and design firms in the South Bay and Silicon Valley.

Brendan Barrett has joined Santa Rosa structural engineering firm MKM & Associates as a structural designer (EIT). According to the company, Barrett obtained his degree in civil engineering at California State University, Chico and is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Green Associate.

Mike Lagoyda has joined the Santa Rosa office of Terra Firma Global Partners. For the last four years he worked as a RE/MAX agent in Beverly Hills, Bel-Air and most of the San Fernando Valley, and earlier served as a RE/MAX office administrator there and with Village Properties in Montecito.

The Agricultural Sustainability Institute at University of California at Davis plans to honor alumnus David Lewis with its Eric Bradford and Charlie Rominger Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award at a ceremony April 19 at U.C. Davis’ International House.

Lewis is the Marin County farm adviser and the U.C. Cooperative Extension director for Marin County. He has led the Novato-based office since 2009.

The Bradford Rominger award honors individuals who exhibit the leadership, work ethic and integrity epitomized by the late Eric Bradford, a livestock geneticist who gave 50 years of service to U.C. Davis, and the late Charlie Rominger, a fifth-generation Yolo County farmer and land preservationist.

The cooperative stated Lewis’ accomplishments include helping to reduce the dairy pollution hurting the oyster beds of Tomales Bay and helping ranchers reduce erosion on their property, letting them play a key role in conserving critical coho salmon habitat and protecting the water quality of North Coast rivers.

Dane Moler, a Primary Residential Mortgage loan officer, has received recognition as a top loan officer in the country by Mortgage Executive Magazine, a publication for the mortgage lending profession.

The North Bay Business Journal is looking for news of promotions, new hires and awards for possible publication in the People section. Send your press releases to the North Bay Business Journal, Attn: Business Register, 427 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401; fax 707-521-5292; e-mail people@busjrnl.com.

According to PRM, Mortgage Executive Magazine’s minimum eligibility criteria were a total personal production of at least $30 million in home loans for 2015. The firm stated that Moler has 14 of years in the mortgage industry and specializes mainly in local home loans.

William Silver, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University, was awarded the 2017 Giving Back Leadership Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, a diversity and inclusion monthly and website in higher education with a readership of 300,000.

The university stated that Silver was recognized in the publication’s April issue for “outstanding demonstration of social responsibility; involvement with students, faculty, staff, and the community; and commitment to serving underrepresented populations.” The award is the only national honor for college and university administrators for their commitment to diversity through leadership, and for giving back to their campus and community.

Lara Brecher is the new manager of the Redwood Credit Union’s San Francisco branch at 1390 Market St. The credit union stated Brecher served as business development area manager at Technology Credit Union, business development officer at San Francisco Credit Union, and partner relations account manager at BALANCE Financial Fitness. She is a graduate of University of California San Diego, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in political science.