Movers & Shakers 05/29/16
Carven Scott has been named director of the NOAA National Weather Service’s Alaska Region in Anchorage. He started his new assignment on May 15. Beginning in December 2007, Carven served as chief of the environmental and scientific services division at the regional headquarters, successfully recasting and developing the division and enabling Alaska Region to meet current, emerging, and evolving mission requirements. In December 2015, he was selected as acting director of the region. Scott has been a National Weather Service employee for over 35 years. He served as science and operations officer at the weather forecast office in Anchorage from 1993 to 2007. He has received numerous awards throughout his career, including a Department of Commerce Gold Medal in January 2015 for his work on synthetic aperture radar for ocean applications leading to operational implementation of the first automated SAR product in NOAA. In addition to his civil service with the NWS, Scott served in the military for more than 30 years, retiring as a captain in the Navy Reserve in March 2014. During his last tour he served as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Reserve Headquarters Unit.
Tana Smith, a mechanical EIT and NANA shareholder in WHPacific’s Anchorage office, has passed the American Petroleum Institute’s 570 Piping Inspector Exam. This exam is provided by the API through their Individual Certification Programs, which have provided the petroleum and petrochemical industry with a solid way to evaluate the knowledge of inspection personnel. Their certified inspectors are recognized all over the world as professionals that are fully capable of performing in congruence with industry acceptable standards and practices. David Robbins, a mechanical engineer in WHPacific’s Anchorage office, has just earned his Professional Engineer license in the state of Alaska. Robbins already has a P.E. license in Colorado. He has thorough design and operational experience with some of the most challenging and unique water and wastewater treatment, distribution, and collection systems from northern Alaska to New Mexico and the Marshall Islands. Robbins has worked for WHPacific for the last six years mainly on North Slope Borough, as a project manager and mechanical engineer.
AECOM announced several leadership changes within its Alaska operations. Laura Young assumed the role of technical services manager. In this new role, Young will oversee engineering, geographic information system and computer-aided drafting disciplines. Young will also continue to serve as the federal business development lead for Alaska. Young joined AECOM, through legacy Dames & Moore, in 1995. Elizabeth Bella, Ph.D., was named planning group manager. In this new position, Bella will continue to manage projects and will also serve as strategic and business development lead for the planning group. Bella has 15 years of applied ecology and regulatory experience, and she joined AECOM in 2015. Joy Wakefield-Gonzalez was named business manager. In this new role, Wakefield-Gonzalez will be responsible for project management improvement, business management and financial planning. Wakefield-Gonzalez joined AECOM, through legacy firm Tryck Nyman Hayes, in 2008.
MUSE Restaurant at the Anchorage Museum recently welcomed Brad Harris to its kitchen as executive chef. Harris was formally trained in traditional French cuisine at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and specializes in modern American and Italian cuisines. Harris began his career as a sous chef on an international cruise line, which allowed him to travel to dozens of countries and savor foods from all over the world. After serving in executive chef roles in various states throughout the U.S., Harris pursued his love for adventure to Alaska, where he joined the Nenana View Bar & Grille near Denali National Park and Preserve as chef de cuisine. Most recently, Harris served as executive chef at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, where he designed menus featuring locally sourced farm products in a fine-dining atmosphere.
Chugach Electric Association members re-elected Bruce Dougherty and Susan Reeves to the utility’s Board of Directors. Dougherty, Reeves, and Ron Stafford ran for the two board seats to be filled for this year’s election. Dougherty and Reeves will serve four-year terms. Reeves is an attorney and Dougherty is a retired health program manager for the State of Alaska. Just over 9 percent of Chugach’s 68,937 members voted in the election. Of the votes cast, roughly 58 percent were by mail and 41 percent were cast electronically via the internet or telephone. Following the meeting, the board met to elect officers to serve for the next year. All officers were re-elected as follows: Janet Reiser, board chair; Reeves, vice-chair; Sisi Cooper, treasurer; and Dougherty, secretary.
The Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank recently made two additions to its staff. Zac Hays, a lifelong Alaskan with over 15 years of commercial lending experience in Alaska, has joined CFAB’s staff as a vice president commercial loan officer. Aliesha Richards was appointed assistant vice president and will be responsible for managing accounting and human resources. Richards recently spent 15 years in similar positions in various departments within the Municipality of Anchorage.