Movers & Shakers 12/06/15
Dani Crosby was appointed to the Anchorage Superior Court. Crosby will replace Judge Michael Spaan, who retired at the end of November after serving on the Anchorage Superior Court since 2007. Raised in Sitka, Crosby has practiced law for nearly 20 years, focusing on employment issues, complex business disputes, and family law matters. For the past two years, she has worked as a private practice attorney for Dani Crosby Law Office Inc. Prior to that, Crosby was an attorney at Ashburn & Mason P.C. for 14 years, where she was a leader in the firm’s litigation practice, and worked on complex matters for the State of Alaska, the University of Alaska, and other private clients. In addition to her work as an attorney, Crosby is the President of the Alaska Bar Foundation, a member of the Civil Rules Committee, and a regular volunteer with Alaska Legal Services Corp. She received a bachelor degree in English and comparative literary studies from Occidental College, and a juris doctor from Gonzaga University School of Law.
Dana Pruhs of Pruhs Corporation, Anchorage, was elected president of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska for 2016 at the association’s annual meeting last month. Pruhs will serve for the next calendar year along with the executive board composed of Dan Hall, Knik Construction, Anchorage, vice president; Jim St. George, STG Inc., Anchorage, treasurer; Mike Shaw, Roger Hickel Contracting, Anchorage, secretary; Tony Johansen, Great Northwest, Fairbanks, contractor at large; Traci Johnson, Spenard Builders Supply, Anchorage, associate member; and Meg Nordale, GHEMM Company, Fairbanks, immediate past president.
The Matanuska Electric Association board of directors voted unanimously to hire Tony Izzo as the new general manager. Joe Griffith, current general manager of MEA, is set to retire in January 2016 after many years in the electrical utility industry. Izzo has worked for MEA as the manager of Fuel Supply since April 2012 and brings 34 years of experience in utility operations, leadership, and regulatory relationships, including time as the CEO of ENSTAR Natural Gas.
Mike Bridges is the new First National Bank Alaska property manager. Bridges has spent the last 35 years in the United States National Guard, retiring as a brigadier general. He earned numerous service awards during his military career, including the Army Bronze Star Medal and the Alaska Legion of Merit. Bridges’ primary tasks will focus on leadership of the Property Department team, which oversees statewide bank facilities maintenance, renovations, equipment and services. His leadership extends to relationship management of the broad array of vendor partners who keep the bank’s office buildings and branch locations in good order. With more than 30 properties in both urban and rural areas, the challenges of property ownership will engage Bridges’ statewide facility background gained through his prior experience.
The Alaska Railroad has named Christy Terry as port manager, Seward. Terry fills the position most recently held by Louis Bencardino who will retire in January after 13 years with ARRC. Terry has worked as Seward Dock Operations Manager for ARRC since 2010 and will bring her extensive knowledge of ARRC operations in Seward to her new position. Terry’s duties will include responsibility for the overall on-site administration, management, operations, maintenance and repair, use and marketing of the Alaska Railroad Seward Docks, real estate land and other assets at the Seward Terminal Reserve as well as compliance with all federal, state and local regulations, and ARRC terminal and land use agreements. Terry moved to Alaska from California in 1991 to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks where she received her bachelor’s degree in 1995. Terry is a Certified Port Executive through the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives and worked for the City of Seward from 2006 to 2010 serving as the Community Development Director from 2008 to 2010. She is also a recipient of the 2012 Alaska Journal of Commerce “Top Forty under 40” award.
CRW Engineering Group, LLC, has expanded its IT, Electrical Engineering, and Land Surveying departments. Calli Rabe brings with her over five years of technical experience in computer systems and services to both government agencies and private industry to CRW’s IT Department. A lifelong Alaskan, she graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in literature, then worked as a technical specialist for Department of Natural Resources and in the television industry before joining CRW. Corey Rogers, EIT, brings 16 years of statewide electrical engineering experience to CRW. He has lived in Alaska for over 30 years and has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and applied mathematics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Ben Hron, PLS, graduated from Milwaukee Area Technical College and has 13 years of land surveying experience, including 10 years in Alaska. Bryant Burgin, LSIT, holds a bachelor’s degree in geomatics surveying from UAA, and brings with him five years of surveying experience around the state of Alaska.