Movers & Shakers 01/24/16
Alaska USA Mortgage Company Senior Mortgage Loan Originator Catherine Donaldson has been recognized as Affiliate of the Year by the Greater Fairbanks Board of Realtors. The board annually recognizes one affiliate member who has provided outstanding contributions to the board and the Fairbanks real estate community. Donaldson has been a resident of Fairbanks since 1983. She started her career in the financial industry more than 28 years ago and has experience managing all aspects of the mortgage loan process including originating, processing, underwriting and closing.
Wells Fargo has named Jess Sarsfield as a business relationship manager serving customers in Homer and the southern Kenai Peninsula. He will focus on meeting the unique financial needs of business owners and managers in the southern Kenai Peninsula and helping their businesses succeed financially. Sarsfield joined Wells Fargo three years ago as an assistant store manager in Denver, Colo. He has spent the past two years serving as a store manager in Juneau and Craig on Prince of Wales Island. Sarsfield earned a bachelor’s degree in international business management from Brigham Young University in Hawaii. Sarsfield originally hails from England, and he is a certified scuba dive instructor.
University of Alaska Fairbanks atmospheric chemistry professor Catherine Cahill is the new director of the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration. Cahill has worked with unmanned aircraft at UAF since 2006. She has extensive experience developing payloads and conducting remote sensing, wildlife monitoring and emergency response activities. Cahill recently returned from Washington, D.C., where she worked for 19 months as a congressional fellow for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. She received the 2013 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Service Award for helping the public and government officials understand air pollution across Alaska, especially in Fairbanks. One of Cahill’s first actions was to move ACAUSI’s offices to the Akasofu Building onto the Fairbanks campus, to facilitate collaborations with UAF researchers, natural hazard experts and emergency responders. Cahill replaces Marty Rogers, who will continue to serve as ACUASI’s business director. The center will also have a new director of its Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex: John Nevadomsky. He replaces Ro Bailey, who retired this month. ACUASI is part the UAF Geophysical Institute.
Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. announced the hiring of Jamie Boring as the new executive director. As executive director, Boring directs the actions of ADP staff and board to support and strengthen the organizations purpose of assuring a vibrant downtown. Additionally, Boring leads ADP’s multiple facets of operations including maintenance, security, membership, events, public policy and marketing for Downtown. Boring is a lifelong Alaskan who is passionate about the success of downtown. Having been a business owner in the Downtown Improvement District and board member of ADP, he is aware of the challenges and unique opportunities that face downtown. Boring has a strong background in all facets of construction, development and finance and served in the United States Marine Corps.