Movers and Shakers for Dec. 18
Jim Jeffords Jr. assumed responsibility as chief of the Engineering, Construction and Operations Division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District in August. In his new position, Jeffords oversees the organization’s engineering, construction and operations activities across Alaska and the Pacific Rim. He also serves on the district’s corporate board and is a member of the Corps’ Pacific Ocean Division Regional Management Board. Jeffords has served with the Corps for about 27 years. He was formerly the chief of the Operations Division for the Corps’ Jacksonville District in Jacksonville, Fla. He also served as staff supervisor for the district’s operations and maintenance program, which included water control and management; recreation; invasive species management; hydrographic surveys; government plant and hired labor; and operation and maintenance of government facilities, including locks and dams, recreation sites, flood control structures, maintenance dredging, snagging work and wreck removal. He began his career with the Corps’ Vicksburg District in Vicksburg, Miss., where he served as chief of the River Operations Branch, Operations Division. Jeffords is a native of Greenwood, Miss., and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1988 from Mississippi State University.
Dr. Julie Conyers, MD, has joined PeaceHealth Medical Group-General Surgery at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center in Ketchikan. A general surgeon with more than 20 years of experience, her practice encompasses a wide range of procedures but she has particular expertise in advanced laparoscopic procedures for breast cancer surgery. Conyers most recently served as vice chief of staff for Tahoe Forest Multispecialty Clinic in Truckee, Calif. She was also in private practice in California, Idaho, and Colorado, and was chief of surgery at Saint Luke’s McCall Hospital in McCall, Idaho. Conyers received her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University in Fort Collins and her medical degree from the University of Colorado, School of Medicine in Denver. She also completed her residency in Denver at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital where she was named Most Outstanding Intern. In addition to her medical training, Dr. Conyers has also received a physician executive MBA in healthcare, having completed her MBA with honors at the University of Tennessee.
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski announced several changes within her Washington, D.C., and Anchorage offices, including the retirement of long-time office manager Debbie Kapanoske, who is retiring from the U.S. Senate after 38 years of service. She worked as office manager in Murkowski’s office for 14 years. She previously worked in Sen. Frank Murkowski’s office, from 1993-2002, serving as the correspondence director and office manager. Kapanoske got her start on Capitol Hill working at the Library of Congress as an editorial assistant in 1973 where she worked until making the move to work as a data processor in the U.S. Senate and then later worked as a correspondence director in Sen. Bob Kasten’s office from 1981-93. Murkowski also announced that Angelina Burney will be transitioning from state scheduler in the Anchorage office to the role of office manager in the Washington, D.C., office. Murkowski also welcomed the new hire of Kennis Brady, who is taking over as state scheduler in Anchorage. Burney began working for Murkowski in January 2013 as the state scheduler and administration manager. Previously she had public service jobs in the State of Alaska in the Governor’s Office, Department of Commerce, and Alaska State Legislature. She has lived in Alaska for 21 years in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau. Burney was recognized as a “Top Forty Under 40” in 2002 by the Alaska Journal of Commerce and is the co-founder of the Hispanic Affairs Council of Alaska. Brady, a life-long Alaskan, has a masters in public administration from University of Alaska Anchorage with an emphasis in healthcare. Brady concurrently serves as the Council Director for Girls on the Run Southcentral, and on the board of Team Alaska for the Arctic Winter Games.
AECOM announced that it has made a leadership change within its Alaska operations by appointing Laura Young as operations manager, effective immediately. In this new role, Young will oversee AECOM’s operational team in Alaska, focusing on maximizing assets to complete current projects and developing new business opportunities. Young will also continue to oversee the engineering and technical services practice groups, while serving as the federal business development lead for Alaska as well. Young has been with AECOM since 1995.
Alaska Travel Adventures Inc. announced that President and Chief Financial Officer Kelli Grummett has parted from the company to expand her real estate company, K Properties LLC. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Chris Meier has been appointed to succeed Grummett as president and CFO. Meier is a 23-year veteran of ATA; he has served as vice president and COO since March 2009.