Movers & Shakers 09/04/16
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center welcomed Robin Randich as the new sales and marketing manager. Randich will oversee tour operations, marketing efforts and communications for AWCC. Randich adds a strong business background and diverse skill set to the AWCC team. She holds an MBA degree from Alaska Pacific University and an undergraduate degree from Arizona State University in business and communications. Randich came to the Wildlife Center from NANA Management Services as marketing manager.
Susan Matson was named associate vice president-branch manager at Northrim’s Lake Otis Community Branch. Matson joins Northrim Bank from Cadence in Florida where she was the branch manager for the Sun City Center Office. She has 18 years of experience in banking as well as five years as a realtor.
Anchorage School District teachers Joey Jigliotti of Rogers Park Elementary School, Catherine Walker of Romig Middle School and MaryLee Tung of Sand Lake Elementary received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The 213 awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. The educators will receive their awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 8. The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion, and are invited to Washington for an awards ceremony, as well educational and celebratory events and visits with members of the Administration.
Kodiak Island Borough School District Superintendent Stewart McDonald was named Alaska’s 2017 Superintendent of the Year by the Alaska Superintendents Association. McDonald is in his ninth year as superintendent of the Kodiak Island Borough School District. During these years, Mr. McDonald has provided exceptionally visionary leadership for the district and has contributed to statewide efforts for the good of students and K-12 education. He is knowledgeable and insightful regarding all aspects of K-12 instruction.
Alaska Chamber President and CEO Curtis W. Thayer has been appointed to the United States Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. Thayer is one of 10 newly appointed executives to join this elite group of chamber CEOs to represent the perspectives and needs of chambers and their members to the U.S. Chamber.
Four lawyers from the office of Manley & Brautigam PC have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Peter Brautigam was named as Anchorage “Lawyer of the Year” in Trusts and Estates and Tax Law; Robert Manley-Litigation-Trusts & Estates, Tax Law and Trusts and Estates; and Charles Schuetze-Tax Law. Steve Mahoney was named as Anchorage “Lawyer of the Year” in Oil and Gas Law. He is also included in the practice areas of Energy Law, Tax Law, Litigation & Controversy-Tax Law, Natural Resources Law and Non-Profit/Charities Law.
The University of Alaska Foundation Board of Trustees and University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen announced the appointment of Susan Behlke Foley as president of the University Foundation. Foley, an Anchorage-based attorney, brings substantial executive and non-profit leadership to the position. She will join the Foundation on Sept. 6. Raised in Fairbanks, Foley earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Whitman College and a juris doctor from Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law. She began her law practice in Fairbanks and moved to Anchorage in 1981. Foley succeeds Carla Beam, who retired in December 2015, and Interim UA Foundation President Megan Riebe.
Stephanie Butler has been named executive director of the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. She will also serve as the executive officer for the Alaska Student Loan Corp. Prior to joining the commission, she worked in a variety of higher education roles in government and in higher education institutions. Butler is a Certified Internal Auditor, and her education credentials also include a master’s degree in business administration and management from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Barry University.
Northrim BanCorp Inc. has promoted Michael Martin to serve as chief operating officer of Northrim Bank, effective immediately. Martin assumes the role of COO of Northrim Bank and remains an executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at both the corporate and bank levels. He is taking over the COO role from Joe Schierhorn, who remains the president and CEO of Northrim Bank, and executive vice president and COO of Northrim Bancorp. Martin has been with Northrim Bank since 2011, and has been in the financial industry since 1995. He worked for First National Bank Alaska before joining the Northrim team, serving as a commercial loan officer, commercial loan unit manager, in-house legal counsel and business and community development officer, general counsel and corporate secretary. He has taught many courses through Alaska Pacific University, Pacific Coast Banking School at UW, the American Institute of Banking, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Martin holds a juris doctorate from Ohio Northern University and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School. He is a current board member and past-president of Alaska Public Media as well as the secretary/treasurer of the Alaska Bankers Association.