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U.S. Fish & Wildlife names

new regional director

David Allen is the new director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's six-state Pacific region, with headquarters in Portland.

Allen, 55, has been with the fish and wildlife agency for 32 years and most recently was director of the Alaska region. Before that he was deputy regional director for the southeast region in Atlanta and assistant regional director for fishery resources in the northeast region.

He has represented the agency internationally as part of the eight-nation Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna Program and in treaty negotiations with Russia to protect polar bears and with Canada to conserve migratory birds. He also has been director of the National Aquarium in Washington, D.C.

David Wesley, 54, is the Pacific Region's new deputy regional director. He moves from assistant regional director of migratory birds and state programs. Previously, he was assistant regional director for ecological services and deputy assistant regional director for the Northwest Forest Plan office.

Regence Group chooses

new president and COO

Mark Ganz has been selected as the Regence Group's next president and chief operating officer.

Ganz will succeed Jed Pitcher on May 1; Pitcher will continue as a board consultant until he retires at the end of the year.

Ganz has been president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, a Regence Group affiliate, for the last two years. He will hold that post until his successor is named.

Previously, he was senior vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary. He has been with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield system since 1992. A Spokane native, he earned undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University.

Bullivant Houser Bailey

adds two to board

Bullivant Houser Bailey attorney Chrys Martin has been elected to the law firm's board of directors. She succeeds Dianne Dailey, who recently was named the firm's president.

Martin represents employers, insurers and third-party administrators on human resource issues. She served as lead class-action defense counsel in the nation's largest ERISA Ñ Employee Retirement Income Security Act Ñ fraud case.

She graduated cum laude from the Northwestern School of Law, now Lewis & Clark Law School.

Oregon Scientific selects

marketing vice president

David Huffman has joined Oregon Scientific Inc. as its vice president of product marketing for North America.

In addition to overseeing the company's marketing department, he will coordinate with product managers of Oregon Scientific's parent company, IDT International Limited in Hong Kong, to determine marketing strategies and variations in products sold to different countries.

Huffman most recently was vice president of audio products for Sonicblue Inc.

Real estate firm

promotes six executives

Portland real estate firm Norris, Beggs & Simpson has promoted half a dozen executives.

J. Blake Hering Jr., son of J. Clayton Hering, the firm's president, moves from associate vice president to vice president.

Jeff Brown and Martha Tucker have been named associate vice presidents. Cheryl Bennett and Dyann Hamilton have moved up as senior property managers, and John Medak is senior marketing consultant.

Portland lawyer leads

Oregon Bar group

Loren Podwill, a shareholder with Bullivant Houser Bailey PC, has been elected chairman of the Oregon State Bar's business litigation section.

Bullivant's president, Dianne Dailey, said Podwill's selection by the 537-member section 'demonstrates his dedication to the legal community and reflects the respect he has earned from his peers.'

Podwill heads two groups at the Bullivant firm: fidelity and surety, and construction and development.

Oregon Telco hires,

promotes vice presidents

Oregon Telco Community Credit Union has promoted Human Resources Manager Isaac Dixon to vice president of human resources.

The credit union also has hired Linda Merrill as vice president of member services and Paul Kirkbride as vice president of credit services.

Merrill most recently was a vice president at Bank of the Northwest, and Kirkbride was consumer lending manager at the Golden One Credit Union in Sacramento, Calif.

Wells Fargo Insurance

promotes executives

Wells Fargo Insurance, the country's largest bank-affiliated insurance company, has promoted two Portland-based executives.

Theodore Fettig has been moved up to regional insurance sales manager for the northwest region, covering Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Idaho. Store Manager Renee Dunn has been promoted to sales manager for Oregon and southwest Washington.

Nationwide chooses first

Portland sales manager

Nationwide Insurance has hired Mark Dehning as the first sales manager for the Portland area.

Nationwide long has maintained a sales and service center in Portland but until now only sold policies in the area through online access or direct marketing.

Dehning has 15 years in sales and management in the industry. He was most recently an executive vice president with Great Northern Underwriters in Portland.

Levis takes post at

new Umpqua branch

Kay Levis, a former Merrill Lynch assistant vice president, is manager of the newly opened Umpqua Bank Pearl District branch.

She is in charge of customer service, staff and growth opportunities, and efforts to integrate the branch in the community. Her background includes equities marketing and financial advising.

ODS promotes Puffer

to department manager

Peggy Puffer has been promoted to manager of ODS Cos.' health care services department.

Puffer most recently was the insurance company's supervisor of medical review and appeals.