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Urban League hires

Gaston as president

The Urban League of Portland has hired Vanessa Gaston as its president and chief executive officer.

Gaston previously was associate superintendent at Washington Soldiers Home and Colony in Orting, Wash., part of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. She has experience with welfare reform, mental health, alcohol and substance abuse, health care, homeless and housing issues, employment, education and long-term care.

She also serves on various boards of directors, including the Seattle-based Central Area Motivation Program, which serves low-income people.

Gaston holds an undergraduate degree from Evergreen State College, a master's degree in public administration from the University of Washington and a law certificate from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General School in Virginia.

Moonstruck Chocolate

selects Lieberg as COO

Moonstruck Chocolate Co. promoted one executive and hired four others.

Eric Lieberg has been promoted to chief operating officer. His 30 years in finance and banking includes vice president-level positions in corporate finance. Lieberg joined Moonstruck in 2001.

Ron Giusti, who worked most recently at Bonita Pioneer Packaging, was named art director. Anita Danielson, the new director of visual marketing, has 20 years of retail design and merchandising experience.

Sean Luckman, most recently vice president of sales for Computer Stores Northwest Inc., was named director of retail sales and operations. Rod Wilcox is the new director of manufacturing operations; he held similar posts with Nabisco Inc. and Pepperidge Farm.

Port taps Nike

logistics expert

Nathaniel 'Sam' Ruda is taking his experience in large-scale import logistics from Nike, where he was director of global transportation, to the Port of Portland, where he'll lead the marine division.

Bill Wyatt, the port's executive director, says he anticipates logistics will play a larger role in the region's business future.

'As a port serving a smaller population base, supply-chain logistics takes on an even greater importance as we look for efficiencies that will give us an edge in the global market,' Wyatt said.

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca

promotes Joseph Collins

Architect Joseph Collins has been named partner at the Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership.

During Collins' 13 years at ZGF, he has led teams involved in designing the California Science Center in Los Angeles and the 21,000-seat conference center and terraced park for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City.

US Bank hires,

promotes executives

US Bank has hired two executives and promoted a third.

Robert Teach moves up to senior vice president and senior credit manager for the Oregon commercial banking unit's middle market division.

Brett German joins the bank as a senior vice president and commercial banking relationship manager. He'll be responsible for commercial banking portfolios in Portland and Eugene. Previously he was an associate with Scotia Capital.

Tom Corry joins US Bank in Portland as vice president and senior credit manager; he'll lead the bank's branch teams in the Portland area.