Movers & Shakers 10/04/15
Jon Zufelt, Ph.D., P.E., a senior hydraulic engineer in HDR’s Anchorage office, has received the American Society of Civil Engineers 2015 Harold R. Peyton Award for Cold Regions Engineering. Zufelt received the award during the 16th International Conference on Cold Regions Engineering recently held in Salt Lake City, Utah. ASCE presented the award to Zufelt for his 32 years of contributions to cold regions engineering through research, publications and design on hydrology, hydraulics, ice engineering and climate change in cold regions and his participation through ASCE and numerous other organizations. Zufelt spent 30 years with the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory at Hanover, N.H., and Fort Richardson, Alaska. He served as research hydraulic engineer, civil engineer, branch chief and technical director in charge of business development in the business areas of environmental quality and infrastructure. He also served for two years as the U.S. Army Alaska Science advisor. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage and serves as the editor of the ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering.
Christina Magill, M.D. is now serving patients of all ages in the Kenai/Soldotna area at the new Alyeska Center for Facial Plastic Surgery and ENT office located in the Katmai Oncology Clinic at 247 North Fireweed St., Suite B in Soldotna. Magill will be available to see patients monthly, and appointments are now being accepted for the first clinic, which will be held Oct. 9. A limited number of appointments are available, and interested patients are encouraged to schedule early by calling 907.561.1421. Dr. Magill provides specialist care for all areas of the head, neck and face, utilizing the most advanced, state-of-the-art treatments. She offers comprehensive ear, nose and throat evaluation and treatment in addition to head and neck surgery. She also performs nose, ear, eyelid and sinus procedures. Magill is a double board-certified surgeon in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), head and neck surgery, and facial plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. She attained her medical degree from the University of Washington, and completed her surgical subspecialty residency at Washington University in St. Louis. She has completed fellowships in regenerative medicine and microsurgery, as well as facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Wells Fargo has named Elaine Kroll as senior treasury specialist for its Alaska Commercial Banking Group. Kroll will provide Alaska’s largest business customers with treasury management solutions and guidance to meet their short-term and long-term financial needs. Kroll is a 20-year Wells Fargo veteran, most recently serving as Anchorage community banking district manager. She is a recent graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School where she was honored with a citation for her dissertation on employee retention. Kroll holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from State University of New York Fredonia College. Nate Stogsdill has been named senior commercial real estate industry specialist for Wells Fargo. He will focus on meeting the specialized financial needs of Alaska developers and contractors. Stogsdill has 14 years of financial services industry experience, including seven years with Wells Fargo in Alaska.
The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the 58th annual Gold Pan Awards gala on Sept. 18. The winners are: Ryan Cropper (Able Body Shop), Distinguished Community Service by an Individual, Organization or Small Business; CRW Engineering, Distinguished Community Service by a Large Business or Organization; DOWL, Business Excellence; Katie Inman (Anchorage Yoga), Entrepreneurial Excellence; Lennel White, Volunteer of the Year Award.
Linda Winters of Alaska USA Mortgage Company has been promoted to assistant vice president of the Eagle River office. Winters has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry in Alaska, including seven years as a senior mortgage loan originator at Alaska USA Mortgage Company in Anchorage. Winters holds a degree in business administration from the University of Puget Sound.
Fairweather LLC and Edison Chouest Offshore announced the appointment of Linda Leary as the new president of Fairweather LLC and the Deadhorse Aviation Center LLC. A long-time Alaskan, Leary brings more than 30 years of logistics and sales experience, formerly serving as the president of Carlile Transportation Systems and senior vice president of Alaska Communications. Leary is active in several leadership roles throughout Alaska. She currently chairs the Alaska Railroad board of directors and serves on the Rasmuson Foundation board of directors. Leary holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and a master’s degree in global supply chain management from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
First National Bank Alaska announced vice presidents Luke Fanning and Stacy Tomuro as two of the most-recent graduates of the Pacific Coast Banking School. Part of a graduating class of 229 banking professionals from 31 states, Fanning and Tomuro first started the rigorous program at “the Premier National Graduate School of Banking” in August 2013. PCBS has partnered with the University of Washington for 77 years. In the three-year program, graduates attended a two-week resident session each August on campus, completed seven inter-session written assignments and authored an original management thesis. Fanning is based in Juneau as First National’s Southeast Regional Manager. Tomuro works at Anchorage’s Dimond Branch. He’s a team leader in the bank’s Corporate Lending Division. Last month, First National bankers Karl Heinz and Jenny Mahlen started the PCBS program.
The MTA board of directors announced the hiring of Michael C. Burke as MTA’s new CEO at their board meeting on Sept. 23. Burke had been serving as MTA’s interim CEO since the retirement departure of Greg Berberich in July of this year. Burke, a local Alaskan, brings to the company more than 31 years of professional consulting and senior management experience with telecommunications and other utility companies. Burke served on the Alaska Exchange Carriers Association Board of Directors, Alaska Exchange Carrier Association Tariff and Rate Development Committee, and was the Alaska Broadband Task Force Peer Reviewer. Burke attended Seattle University where he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration specializing in accounting and is an Alaskan CPA.