Movers & Shakers 06/26/16

Keni Lynn Campbell has been appointed public information officer for the University of Alaska Southeast effective June 17. Campbell replaces Katie Bausler, who will be leaving UAS due to a reorganization of marketing and public relations functions to reduce costs. In addition, Campbell will continue in her role as special assistant to the chancellor.

DCI Engineers, a civil and structural consulting engineering firm, has added staff in its Anchorage office. Jeremy Ryan, P.E., joined the firm as a new associate at the Anchorage office. He brings more than 10 years of structural engineering experience in technical design, construction administration, and project management. His past experience includes commercial, residential, parking, educational, government, and industrial building projects. He is a licensed civil and structural engineer in both Alaska and California. Sava White, EIT, joined DCI as a structural project engineer. Originally from Homer, White has experience in the commercial and residential sectors, and in environmental remediation engineering. Upon joining the firm, he was assigned to the Kloosterboer Dock Extension project, as well as residential and commercial projects in Anchorage. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Dr. Michael Johnson has been appointed commissioner of the Department of Education and Early Development, effective July 1. Johnson has served in the Copper River School District as superintendent, school principal, district curriculum and staff development director, elementary teacher, and special education program assistant. During his tenure as its principal, Glennallen Elementary School was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Johnson also is a recipient of the prestigious Milken Educator Award. Johnson holds a bachelor of arts degree and a master of arts in teaching degree in elementary education from Columbia International University, and a doctorate of philosophy in education and intercultural studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Kelly Cates and Charlotte Regula-Whitefield, graduate students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will head to Washington, D.C., next year as 2017 Knauss Marine Policy Fellows. Cates, a master’s degree student in fisheries at the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, has been studying humpback whales to create baseline data for future management decisions. Regula-Whitefield, also a fisheries student at SFOS, said her doctoral research relates to the concerns of coastal communities. Cates and Regula-Whitefield will join other fellows in the capital in November 2016 for interviews and placement in the executive or legislative branch of the federal government, and will begin their fellowships in February 2017.

Huna Totem Corp. shareholder and Board of Directors Chair Russell Dick will become CEO on Oct. 1. A member of the Tlingit Kaagwaantaan clan and Eagle moiety, Dick was elected to the Huna Totem board of directors in 2002 and has served as board chair since 2008. Dick has served as CEO of Alaskan Dream Cruises, a private, Tlingit-owned small ship cruise line, and as the president and CEO of Haa Aaní, LLC, a subsidiary of Sealaska Corp. He’s served as the vice chair of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority board since 2013. He holds a master’s of science in management from Stanford Graduate School of Business; a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University; and a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting from the University of Phoenix.

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