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Don Whitehouse Retires After 38 Years With The WSDOT |

Categories: 1970s | Engineering and Architecture | Professional or career event

Don Whitehouse has been the administrator of the south-central region for nearly 14 years. He will retire from the Washington State Department of Transportation after 38 years. To read more go to: http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/local/retiring-wsdot-administrator-gets-things-moving/article_ef65feec-1c89-11e5-a48e-3b1b021ef8a5.html


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Former EVP of Technology for Visa Joins Ellie Mae’s Board of Directors |

Categories: 1990s | Professional or career event

Ellie Mae® ELLI, +2.69% a leading provider of innovative on-demand software solutions and services for the residential mortgage industry, today announced that Karen Blasing and Rajat Taneja have been appointed to Ellie Mae’s Board of Directors. Karen Blasing brings more than 30 years of experience in creating and implementing corporate strategic plans, executing mergers and acquisitions, and building finance, accounting, legal, and human resource programs and systems. Rajat Taneja brings over 20 years of global technology, innovation and research and development experience.

Ms. Blasing was most recently the Chief Financial Officer of Guidewire Software, a position she held since 2009 through March 2015. Previously she was the CFO for Force 10 Networks, SVP of Finance for Salesforce.com, and CFO for Nuance Communications and Counterpane Internet Security. She also held senior finance roles for Informix (now IBM Informix) and Oracle. Ms. Blasing holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Washington and bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Montana.

Taneja has been Executive Vice President, Technology, for Visa, since November 2013. Previously he was the Chief Technology Officer for Electronic Arts. Prior to Electronic Arts, Mr. Taneja spent 15 years at Microsoft where he last served as Corporate Vice President of the company’s commerce division. Mr. Taneja holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Jadavpur University, India, and an MBA from Washington State University.

“I am pleased to welcome both Karen Blasing and Rajat Taneja to Ellie Mae’s Board of Directors. Karen’s experience as CFO for SaaS and enterprise software leaders and Rajat’s experience in innovation and technology leadership in software, online services, and the financial services industry will bring additional depth to our board,” said Jonathan Corr, president and CEO of Ellie Mae. “Ellie Mae’s Board of Directors and I are looking forward to working together with Karen and Rajat to continue to execute on our growth strategy.”

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Counsyl Names New Chief Financial Officer |

Categories: 1980s | College of Business | Professional or career event

-Counsyl, a health technology company that offers DNA screening for diseases that can impact men, women and their children, today announced that Dan Puckett has joined the company as chief financial officer. With more than 25 years of finance and operations experience, Puckett will be responsible for financial management and strategy at Counsyl.

“Counsyl is at the forefront of bringing breakthrough clinical services to physicians and patients, and Dan’s expertise will help to propel us to the next level.”

“Dan has a unique blend of experience. Not only does he have a proven track record of developing and growing businesses from a financial perspective, but he is also well-versed in the genetics and healthcare industries,” said Ramji Srinivasan, cofounder and chief executive officer of Counsyl. “Counsyl is at the forefront of bringing breakthrough clinical services to physicians and patients, and Dan’s expertise will help to propel us to the next level.”

Prior to Counsyl, Puckett served as chief financial officer for Ariosa Diagnostics (acquired by Roche earlier this year), where he was responsible for leading the finance and human resources functions. Previously, Puckett also served as executive director of operations at Cerexa, a Forest Laboratories subsidiary. In this role, he was part of the leadership team responsible for obtaining FDA approval for the drug Teflaro. Before Cerexa, Puckett held senior finance and operations positions at Affymetrix, AOL, Viad, and BHP Billiton.

“Counsyl is making tremendous strides in furthering the affordability and accessibility of genetic screening, so that everyone can benefit from understanding what specific DNA mutations they carry and how to act on that information,” said Dan Puckett. “I’m excited to be joining Counsyl at such a pivotal time in the industry and look forward to working closely with the team to help deliver on Counsyl’s vision of broadening access to genetic information.”

Puckett received an M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco and a B.A. degree in accounting from Washington State University.

Counsyl offers DNA screenings for key times in people’s lives – for those starting a family, and for those at risk for inherited cancer. For more information on Counsyl, please visit www.counsyl.com.

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Monetate Names Michael Wasyluka as Vice President of Sales and Marketing |

Categories: 1990s | College of Business | Professional or career event

Monetate, the leading provider of multichannel personalization to the world’s best brands, today announced that Michael Wasyluka, formerly of Salesforce, has been named executive vice president of sales and marketing.

With more than two decades of experience as a sales and marketing leader, Wasyluka will leverage his industry expertise and network to lead and coordinate Monetate’s global sales and marketing functions. Additional responsibilities include the development and execution of Monetate’s go-to-market strategy. Starting immediately, Wasyluka will be based out of Seattle and report directly to Monetate CEO Lucinda Duncalfe.

“Customer expectations for personalized experiences that are seamless across channels have never been higher. The brands that embrace personalization strategies and solutions such as Monetate, will run circles around their competitors that aren’t,” said Wasyluka. “I’m extremely excited by the tremendous opportunity facing Monetate today. We provide exactly what the market is craving – a comprehensive, easy to use personalization solution focused on helping brands build better relationships with their customers – one experience at a time.”

In his previous role, Wasyluka was senior vice president, strategic enterprise sales at Salesforce, a global cloud computing company, where he consistently outpaced expectations through revenue growth and customer satisfaction. In this role, he was responsible for defining, developing and executing the go-to-market strategy for the Marketing Cloud’s most strategic customers. Prior to his work at Salesforce, Wasyluka was vice president of strategic accounts for Webtrends Inc., a leader in cloud-based software for digital marketing, where he was responsible for all aspects of major account management. Wasyluka has also held senior leadership positions at Hitachi Consulting, and Arthur Andersen.

“We are very happy to welcome Michael to the Monetate family during this exciting time in our company’s growth,” said Lucinda Duncalfe, CEO, Monetate. “Michael’s deep industry expertise and strategic vision for Monetate will be a tremendous asset to the company as we continue to expand the Monetate brand here in the United States and abroad.”

Wasyluka attended college at Washington State University where he earned a B.A. Business Administration and double majored in Finance and Accounting. He lives in Seattle with his wife and three children.

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Perishing Gold Corporation Board of Directors Gains Another |

Categories: 1980s | College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences | Professional or career event

Pershing Gold Corporation (OTCQB:PGLC) (“Pershing Gold” or the “Company”), an emerging Nevada gold producer, today announced that it has appointed Alan Branham (“Branham”) and Ed Karr (“Karr”) to its Board of Directors.

Mr. Branham has more than 30 years of exploration and mine development experience. This has produced several gold discoveries totaling over 10 million ounces of gold. He is a Certified Professional Geologist with the American Institute of Professional Geologists. He has a B.S. in Geology from Stanford University and a M.Sc. In Economic Geology from Washington State University.

Mr. Branham was a founder of American Vanadium Corp., which developed new techniques for recovering vanadium. He has over 20 years’ experience exploring and developing mines in the Americas with Newmont Mining. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Midway Gold Corp. from 2004 to 2009. Currently, Mr. Branham runs American Innovative Minerals, a private exploration group developing mines in Montana and Nevada. Mr. Branham has served with a non-profit group installing deep water wells in Tanzania, to help alleviate poverty.

Mr. Karr is based in Geneva, Switzerland and has more than 20 years of capital markets experience as a financial analyst, money manager and investor. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of three private Swiss financial management companies; Strategic Asset Management SA, Strategic Swiss Advisors Sarl and Rampartners SA. His former capital markets experience includes positions at Parthian Securities, SA, Prudential Securities Inc., and Rauscher Pierce Refsnes, Inc.

“We are excited by the addition of Alan and Ed to our Board of Directors,” commented Stephen D. Alfers, Pershing Gold CEO and Executive Chairman. “Alan’s extensive Nevada geologic experience will prove invaluable as the Company proceeds with the planned re-opening of the Relief Canyon Mine and its transition into a profitable gold producer. Ed’s extensive capital markets experience and his being based in Geneva, Switzerland puts Pershing in an ideal location to communicate with our growing European and international shareholder base.”

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