Movers & Shakers 10/11/15
Penny Gage has joined The Institute of the North as Deputy Director. She was formerly at The Alaska Community Foundation. Gage is originally from Sitka and is a member of Sitka Tribe of Alaska and a Sealaska shareholder. Her prior experience includes work with U.S. Peace Corps in Nicaragua, the Alaska State Legislature, Rasmuson Foundation, a U.S congressional committee, and two international petroleum companies’ Washington, DC offices. She holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Spanish and communication from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a master of science in foreign service degree with a certificate in international business from Georgetown University.
Matt Stone, PE, has advanced to become a principal of PDC Inc. Engineers. He is the youngest person to achieve this status. Stone joined PDC in 2002 and has 17 years of civil engineering and management experience. He has managed the civil department since 2012 and in 2015 he took responsibility for PDC’s business development endeavors. Stone was recognized in 2013 as one of the top 15 professionals, 40-years-old or younger, working in the civil engineering industry in the United States. Craig Knight, PLS, was selected as an associate and is the newest addition to PDC’s leadership team. He is based out of the firm’s Fairbanks office but provides services statewide. Knight has more than 23 years of experience in surveying, engineering, GIS, and he possesses a high degree of technical competence with AutoCad, ArcGIS, and RTK GPS. Prior to joining PDC, Knight owned and operated a 30-person multi-office firm that provided GIS, CAD, and professional surveying services.
YWCA Alaska announced Nancy Martinez as a new dedicated staff member for the Alaska Veterans Organization for Women program. Martinez is an Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who served in the United States Army. Martinez is a Master’s Level Clinical Counselor committed to serving the community and honoring and empowering fellow women veterans. As a new member of YWCA Alaska’s staff, she will be working diligently to connect women veterans to local services, help them navigate government resources, and provide opportunities for Alaska women veterans to meet and support one another.
STEELFAB, Alaska’s largest locally owned steel fabricator, announced that Ron Doshier has accepted the position of strategic business development manager to further develop the company’s expanding client services and focus on fostering new relationships within the Alaska oil and gas, mining, construction and contracting communities. Doshier brings almost 40 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, specializing in field-intervention operations for BP Alaska and Orbis Engineering. Prior to that, Doshier served in Field, District and U.S. Operations and Business Development positions with Baker Hughes divisions.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Pamela Vitt was appointed as the command chief warrant officer for the Alaska Army National Guard effective Sept. 1, bringing with her vast experience and 25 years of military service. Vitt was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in 1990 after graduating from Colorado State University with her bachelor’s degree in natural resource management. During her six years of active-duty service she served as a platoon leader and executive officer for U.S. Army Alaska’s 23rd Aviation Intermediate Maintenance at Ft. Wainwright. Vitt transferred to the Alaska Army National Guard, converting to a chief warrant officer 2 in 1997. She began her National Guard career by flying the UH-1 Huey helicopter as a maintenance pilot, switching to the UH-60 Black Hawk in 1998. Notably, Vitt served as both company and battalion aviation safety officer for the past seven years and deployed to Kosovo in 2003 and 2008 supporting peacekeeping and peace enforcement missions.
The Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute, a leading provider of cardiovascular care in Alaska, recently announced the addition of Dr. Jonathan R. McDonagh, M.D., to its team of cardiovascular physicians. McDonagh comes to the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute after completing two fellowships with the University of Michigan’s Medical Center. McDonagh received his undergraduate degree in chemistry and biochemistry from Middlebury College in 1995. In 2001, he earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He then completed his residency at the University of Washington in 2005. Afterward, he relocated to Alaska, where he practiced in Soldotna for five years before heading to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to complete fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology. With the addition of McDonagh, who will be based in the clinic’s main office in Anchorage, the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute grows to a team of 25 specialty cardiologists at six locations across the state.