Business Briefs

New owners Paul and Brianne Zeman are now serving up great coffee and fresh, homemade food and pastries at Caffe Cocina. The cafe is also now combining forces with salon Ciao Bella. The two are located on Finn Hill in Poulsbo.


New owners Paul and Brianne Zeman are now serving up great coffee and fresh, homemade food and pastries at Caffe Cocina. The cafe is also now combining forces with salon Ciao Bella. The two are located on Finn Hill in Poulsbo.


Wendy Johnson, vice president of the Bainbridge Island-based public relations agency Quinn/Brein, has been appointed to manage and oversee a service grant for Taproot Foundation. This nonprofit group matches working business professionals with local nonprofits to help with marketing, public relations, human resources and information technology projects.

The project Johnson has been selected to lead is for Northwest SEED, a local organization that helps communities establish use of renewable energy resources. As account director, Johnson will appoint and direct a marketing team consisting of hand-picked professionals from four other Northwest agencies. The project involves conceiving, designing and creating key collateral materials for Northwest SEED.

“I’m honored to have been given this opportunity. Taproot’s philosophy of bringing people together for a common goal resonates with me. This project is all the more dear to me because of Northwest SEED — a group that really is trying to build a brighter future through a healthier planet,” said Johnson.


Peninsula Credit Union is accepting applications for its 2008 scholarship program. The program includes three scholarship opportunities. A total of $4,500 will be awarded.

Students pursuing academic or vocational education within PCU’s membership area are eligible to apply. Applicants must be a PCU member or a dependent of a member before submitting their application. Employees, volunteers and the dependents of Peninsula Credit Union are not eligible. The Peninsula Credit Union board of directors will decide upon the recipients of the Sel Vander Wegen, Sandy Latham Community Service and Peninsula Credit Union Scholarship. Applications and additional information are available at


Cia Mooney, formerly vice president of product development and launch at Brayton International, has joined Watson Furniture Group as vice president of product development. Mooney adds a wealth of experience, insight, and recognition to her new company.

In her previous position, Mooney directed Brayton’s new product initiatives in the contract and health care furniture markets, collaborating with distinguished architects and designers including Laurinda Spear, Pearson Lloyd, Alison Spear and EOOS. During her time there, Brayton received 18 industry design awards.

Prior to joining Brayton, Mooney worked as an industrial designer on projects ranging from aircraft interiors and consumer products to museum planning and exhibition design. In 1993, after working in the Milan studios of Ettore Sottsass and Aldo Cibic, she established her own studio in Miami.

Mooney received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and Milan’s Domus Academy, respectively. She has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and Miami’s Design and Architecture Senior High School. She currently serves on the Design Advisory Board for the Savannah College of Art and Design.


Paul A. Uhlig, chief operating and compliance officer of Liberty Bank of Washington, recently completed the American Bankers Association National Compliance School in Miami.

“The commitment to professional training by the senior staff and the board of directors at Liberty Bank is uncompromising,” Uhlig said. “The level of our commitment to compliance and knowledge of regulations is a direct reflection on the security our clients will have in banking with us.”

The ABA National Compliance School is the leading educational forum for bank regulatory compliance professionals. It is a professional program that develops technical skills and strategies for success in the regulatory compliance arena.

“Paul’s completion of this highly regarded program brings Liberty Bank of Washington one step closer to serving the Kitsap community the way we envision,” said Bill Fogarty, CEO of the bank-in-organization. Scheduled to open to the public in early summer of 2008, Liberty Bank’s application as a new community bank is currently under review by the FDIC and the state of Washington.