Movers & Shakers 04/17/16
Three First National Bank Alaska banking experts were recently promoted. Wasilla Loan Officer Chris Longacre was named vice president. Anchorage lending unit team leaders Chad Steadman and Stacy Tomuro were named regional unit managers. Longacre is a lifelong Alaskan who joined First National in 2005 and an avid mountain climber who has reached the summit of the highest peak on each of all seven continents. Steadman holds a degree from Utah State University in finance with minors in financial planning and economics. He has a diploma from the Graduate School of Banking at LSU and was commercial banker of the year for his organization in 2008. He was raised in Soldotna and lives in Anchorage with his wife and four children. Tomuro was one of the 229 banking professionals from 31 states to graduate from the prestigious Pacific Coast Banking School in 2015. A West Anchorage High School graduate who first called Alaska home in 1977, he began working in the financial industry nearly 30 years ago and joined First National in 2001.
Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot announced that Jennifer C. Alexander and Adam W. Cook have become shareholders and Mara E. Michaletz has become a member. Alexander is a fourth-generation Alaskan, and has been associated with Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot since 2000. Alexander is a member of BHBC’s employment and municipal law groups and her practice includes representation of union and non-union employers in all areas of labor and employment law. Alexander also provides counseling to employers on day-to-day personnel matters. Cook joined the firm in 2007. Originally from Anchorage, Cook worked for the Alaska State Legislature and as a clerk for Alaska Superior Court Judge Patrick McKay before joining the firm. Cook’s litigation practice includes construction law, federal contracting, contract disputes, bid protests, municipal law, and general litigation. Michaletz joined the firm in 2013. Michaletz serves the firm’s clients in a wide variety of fields including commercial litigation, construction law, personal injury, and administrative law. In addition, she counsels clients on compliance with state and federal health care law, and her advocacy has enabled clients to achieve successful results in Medicaid audits and certificate of need litigation. Michaletz first came to Alaska to clerk for Superior Court Judge Peter Michalski after graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School, and joined the firm after having practiced as a trial and supervising attorney at the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office for six years.
Anchorage architecture, master planning and interior design firm Kumin has added Eileen Elento to their design team as CAD Drafter. Elento’s education includes coursework at the Art Institute of Seattle, majoring in interior design. She intends to continue pursuit of a bachelor’s degree at UAA this fall, while continuing her position with Kumin. She also holds an associate of applied science in architectural & engineering technology from UAA. Her work experience includes serving as AutoCAD/Revit technician for UAA; draftsperson for Dimond Center Holdings, LLC, where she worked closely with architectural staff; and design intern for Brandt Design Group in Seattle, with a focus on residential projects.
Tiffany Jackson, a member of the Aleutians East Borough School Board, won election as a director of the National School Boards Association. Jackson is the first Alaska Native/American Indian to win a seat on the national organization’s governing body. Jackson will serve a two-year term on the NSBA board as a representative from the Pacific Region, replacing Frank C. Pugh of California, who was named secretary-treasurer. She was also elected as president-elect of the American Indian/Alaska Native caucus of the national organization. Jackson is president of the Association of Alaska School Boards and is president of her local board. She resides in Sand Point. She was elected at the opening session of the NSBA 2016 Annual Conference in Boston.
Bering Straits Native Corp. announced two promotions within the company’s senior management team. Richard Foster was promoted to executive vice president and Laura Edmondson was promoted to senior vice president/chief financial officer. Foster formerly served as senior vice president of Government Services and Edmondson served as chief financial officer. Foster joined BSNC as vice president of Business Development in 2004 following a 28-year career in the U.S. Air Force. Foster served as Command Chief (Senior Enlisted Advisor) for the 3rd Wing Commander at Elmendorf Air Force Base prior to joining BSNC. Edmondson joined BSNC in 2013. She provides strategic and technical financial advice to the company and is responsible for planning, implementing, managing and reporting all financial-related activities for the company. Edmondson has more than 20 years of financial, operations and risk management experience. Prior to joining BSNC, Edmondson worked for another regional corporation for 10 years in several executive capacities, including chief financial officer and vice president of operations.
Northern Air Cargo Inc. recently named Gideon Garcia as the newly selected general manager for the Anchorage based, all-cargo airline. Gideon joins NAC bringing over 22 years of Alaska travel trade and business operations experience. He has previously served as regional manager for Holland America Tours; and, most recently and more notably as chief operating officer of CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. where he managed a portfolio of five business units in Southcentral Alaska. Gideon holds a general management MBA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from The Evergreen State College. From 1988 to 1989, Gideon served with HHC, 119th Military Intelligence Brigade in Ft. Lewis Wash. Gideon is currently president of Anchorage East Rotary Club and Anchorage Downtown Partnership, and board member of Resource Development Council.