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People on the move: New hires, promotions and awards

Mar 25, 2016 - 04:29 PM

The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation (GTCF) is pleased to announce Mohammad Mousa as the organization’s new Controller and Kellie Richardson as the new Executive Assistant.  

Mousa brings more than 20 years of experience in financial management at fast-growth startups and large corporations. For the past nine years Mousa was the Controller for a Seattle venture capital firm with over $2 billion under management across eight private investment funds. He is a Certified Public Accountant, (CPA) and has his MBA in Accountancy from Kansas State University. A former professional soccer player, Mousa now coaches local area youth teams and is founder of a youth leadership/mentoring program. In addition to providing administrative support to the President & CEO, Richardson will provide support to the GTCF’s Board of Directors as well as performs human resource functions for foundation staff.

The first in her family to attend college, Richardson received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Washington State University.  She found great reward in working in higher education to provide first generation students with guidance and support to access and complete college.   After completing her Master’s in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington she shifted her work to the nonprofit realm. Richardson took on leadership positions at Northwest Leadership and College Success Foundations, as well as taught multicultural education and writing at Pacific Lutheran University.  Richardson is also a published poet and performs pieces locally.

Kitsap Bank recently announced the promotions of Sue Besselievre and Kathy Flynn.

Sue Besselievre has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Enterprise Security. In that role, she will oversee security for all internal Kitsap Bank systems and applications. She will provide strategic direction as it relates to user access levels, application controls, and security definitions. Besselievre joined Kitsap Bank fifteen years ago, and has most recently served as Vice President of Customer Support during her tenure.
Promoted to Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager II is Kathy Flynn. Flynn has served as the Gig Harbor Branch Manager for five years.  She was hired in 2006 as an Operations Supervisor. For the past five years, Flynn has led the Gig Harbor Kitsap Bank team as a Branch Manager.  She is a lifelong resident of Gig Harbor, and an active volunteer with the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Movies in the Park, National Night Out, Relay for Life, and Harbor Hounds.
“Sue and Kathy have each made significant contributions to the organization. They are strong leaders, and well-deserving of this advancement in their careers,” commented Tony George, President and Chief Operating Officer. “Each will play a critical role in leading Kitsap Bank into the future.”

Thomas Tomasevic will join Gig Harbor-based LaborWorks in a newly created position of Vice President of Operations.  

Prior to joining the LaborWorks team, Thomas was the Principal of T2 Team LLC where he worked with companies such as Talking Rain Beverage to achieve phenomenal success.  In addition, Thomas has held management positions in several companies including Microsoft and Hewlett Packard.  Thomas received his undergraduate degree from San Jose State University and his MBA from SJSU/Stanford. 

As Vice President of Operations, Thomas will be responsible for insuring LaborWorks' continued cohesion, growth, and financial success of our field branch offices.  His direct reports will be our four District Managers — Holly Corley (Washington), Mike Zahniser (Oregon), Geoff Howell (Mountain West), and Josh Howard (North Texas).  Thomas will also be responsible for developing efficiencies within LaborWorks' systems to allow continued efficient aggressive expansion into target markets across the Western United States.

Caitlin Back, Umpqua Bank VP Compliance Manager and Tacoma resident, was named one of Umpqua Bank’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year finalists.

Thanks to Umpqua Bank’s Connect Volunteer Program, which provides full time associates with 40 hours of paid time off to volunteer, Caitlin is empowered to volunteer her time teaching a 13-week cooking class at a local elementary school and local organization Rebuilding Together South Sound. Her contributions have improved the lives of local citizens including children, seniors and disable community members.

University of Puget Sound President Ronald R. Thomas will receive an honorary doctorate from University of Portland in recognition of his lifetime achievements in public service as an academic leader and his extraordinary contributions to higher education nationally and regionally.

Thomas will be presented with the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from University of Portland President the Rev. Mark L. Poorman at the Oregon institution’s 2016 Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 1. The honor attests to Thomas’s leadership as president of Puget Sound; his innovative outreach to the community as a senior administrator at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.; his award-winning teaching and scholarship in English literature; and his local, regional, and national public service. 

“We are delighted to confer an honorary doctorate on Ron Thomas,” said Poorman. “He has done an extraordinary job over 13 years as president at University of Puget Sound. I am particularly awed by the number of Peace Corps volunteers and Fulbright scholars Puget Sound has produced under his leadership, which says something deep and true about the university’s communal and intellectual energy.


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