Movers & Shakers 01/03/16

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Lisa Noland to its team as the director of marketing and business development. In this position Noland will work to increase membership and improve marketing programs at the chamber along with working in the area of administration. She joined the Anchorage Chamber in early December from The Arc of Anchorage where she most recently served as chief marketing officer. Prior to The Arc of Anchorage, Noland worked with Community Connections Inc. in Ketchikan, and has owned and managed two successful small businesses. Noland holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Pacific Union College and a masters of public administration with emphasis in non-profit management and leadership from Walden University.

True North Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that Lauren Culp has been selected to attend Crash the GAC by The Cooperative Trust and Credit Union National Association and represent the Alaska Credit Union League. Crash the GAC will bring young credit union professionals together, running a tailored program alongside the main event and allowing for mentor sessions with key individuals; previously from the likes of National Credit Union Foundation, Credit Union National Association, Filene Research Institute and CUNA Mutual Group. All Crashers receive a complimentary registration to attend GAC, from Credit Union National Association.

Bran Pollard, civil engineer at R&M Engineering Inc., has earned his professional engineers license in the state of Alaska by meeting the comity requirements as established by the state’s professional licensing board. Pollard joined the R&M team in August 2014, and has more than 13 years of experience working on public and private civil engineering projects. Pollard is a graduate of San Diego State University and holds a bachelor’s of applied science in civil engineering and has been a licensed P.E. in the state of California since 2010.

The Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. announced that Jacqueline Dailey of Juneau was re-elected president of the board of directors. Dailey, representing the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp, has extensive human resources experience. In addition to the election of Dailey as board president, Ted Angasan of South Naknek representing the Bristol Bay Native Association was reelected vice president, and Margaret Roberts of Kodiak, representing the Kodiak Area Native Association, was reelected secretary/treasurer.

The Arc of Anchorage announced the appointment of Gwendolyn Lee Zaavodnick to serve as interim CEO of The Arc of Anchorage. With decades of experience in social services, Zaavodnick previously served The Arc of Anchorage as the executive director for 12 years. She will provide leadership to the organization until The Arc’s board of directors select a new CEO in 2016. Zaavodnick assumes the role on Jan. 4. She succeeds the previous CEO Dr. Mary Van Haneghan, who served The Arc until December 21, 2015.

Rasmuson Foundation has elected a new member to its board of directors and reorganized its management team, resulting in several promotions and one new hire. Jason Metrokin was elected to the board. Metrokin is president and CEO of Bristol Bay Native Corp. and chairs the ANCSA Regional Association, which represents the presidents and CEOs of the 12 Alaska-based Native regional corporations. Deborah Bitney recently joined the Foundation as vice president and chief administrative officer. Bitney has 30 years of experience as an administrator in a wide range of sectors. Most recently, she was administrative services director for the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., where she worked to establish AGDC as an independent corporation of the State of Alaska. Previously, she was director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend Division. Sammye Pokryfki has been promoted to senior vice president. Program Officer Aleesha Towns-Bain has been promoted to vice president and chief operating officer. Communications Director Cassandra Stalzer has been promoted to vice president of communications.

Updated: 
12/29/2015 - 3:42pm

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