Movers & Shakers for Jan. 1
McCool Carlson Green announced Evelyn Rousso, AIA, LEED AP, as the newest member of the design team. Rousso has nearly 30 years of professional architecture experience including a decade of serving as Principal at Northwind Architects in Juneau. She’s also an active member of the American Institute of Architects and has co-chaired two AIA Alaska conferences.
The Tatitlek Corp. promoted Dean Clowers to the role of president following the resignation of Martin Hanofee, effective as of Jan. 10. Clowers has more than 25 years of industry experience with the company and other Alaska Native corporations, specializing in government services and construction operations. Prior to joining The Tatitlek Corp. in 2015, Clowers served as Afognak Native Corp. and Alutiiq LLC’s executive vice president. Prior to joining Afognak in 2005, Dean was the senior vice president of operations for Chugach Alaska Corp. Hanofee is leaving the company to take a position in the Washington, D.C., area. He will continue with company through mid-January to ensure a smooth transition.
U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan announced that Chere Klein has been hired as their Ketchikan delegation representative. Klein will serve constituents in Ketchikan and other communities in the Southern Southeast region by helping them with specific concerns and problems with federal agencies and offices. Klein replaces Penny Pederson, who served in that role for two years. Klein is a lifelong Alaskan, with deep ties to the communities of Ketchikan, Metlakatla, Wrangell, and throughout Prince of Wales, and as well as experience working across Southeast Alaska. Previously, she served as primary legislative resources aide and constituent liaison for Alaska Rep. Peggy Wilson.
The Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Alaska Humanities Forum announced that Juneau memoirist and poet Ernestine Hayes was selected to be the 2016-18 Alaska State Writer Laureate. Among other well-known works, Hayes wrote “Blonde Indian, An Alaska Native Memoir,” the personal story of returning to her Tlingit home. She was born to the Tlingit Kaagwaantaan clan in Juneau at the end of World War II, moved to California at the age of 15, then returned to Alaska 25 years later. Published in 2006, “Blonde Indian” received an American Book Award and an Honoring Alaska Indigenous Literature award, was named a Native America Calling Book of the Month, and was a finalist for the 2007 Kiriyama Prize and the 2007 PEN Non-fiction Award. It was also selected as the first book for Alaska Reads in 2016 – a project initiated by the current State Writer Laureate, Frank Soos, who developed a statewide series of readings connecting Alaskans through the work of a living Alaskan writer. In 2015 Hayes received the Rasmuson Foundation’s Artist in Residence award to attend the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in California, which enabled her to complete her most recent work, “The Tao of Raven, an Alaska Native Memoir.” In this memoir released this fall by the University of Washington Press, Hayes reflects on the prejudices sill facing Alaska Natives in their own land and recounts her story of attending and completing college in her fifties and becoming a professor and writer.
Four presiding judges were recently appointed: Superior Court Judge Trevor N. Stephens for the First Judicial District; Superior Court Judge Paul A. Roetman for the Second Judicial District; Superior Court Judge William F. Morse for the Third Judicial District; and Superior Court Judge Michael A. MacDonald for the Fourth Judicial District. The chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court appoints a presiding judge for each of the four judicial districts. The appointments are for a one-year term and cover a calendar year period, and incumbents are eligible for reappointment. Judge Stephens was appointed to the superior court in Ketchikan in 2000. Prior to his appointment Judge Stephens worked in private practice, as an assistant public defender, and as an assistant district attorney and district attorney. He received both his undergraduate and law degree from Willamette University College of Law. Judge Roetman was appointed to the superior court in Kotzebue in 2010. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Alaska Anchorage and he received his law degree from Regent University School of Law. Judge Roetman has lived in Alaska over 40 years and was raised in Valdez. Judge Morse was appointed to the superior court in Anchorage in 2002. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his law degree from Lewis and Clark. He worked as an assistant public defender, assistant attorney general, and associate general counsel for the IBEW Local 1547. Judge MacDonald received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1978 and his law degree from University of New Mexico in 1988. He was in private practice in Fairbanks from 1988 until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2007.
Six Alaska nonprofit leaders will take part in the 2017 Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical Program. They are: Stephanie Berglund, thread (Anchorage), has worked for 20 years in the nonprofit sector. With her sabbatical, Berglund plans to road-trip to national and state parks and visit Hawaii with family. Jason Hodges, Anchorage Concert Association, has 23 years in the nonprofit sector. Hodges will spend time in New York City, road-trip through the Lower 48 to check out national parks, and travel around Alaska. During these travels he will fly fish and visit family. Alison Kear, Covenant House (Anchorage), has worked at the nonprofit for more than 20 years. Kear will travel to Greece and spend time with family in the Lower 48. Gerda Kosbruk, Native Village of Port Heiden (Port Heiden), has 23 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. Kosbruk plans to visit family in Hawaii and Las Vegas and travel to Venice, Italy. Jillian Lush, Sprout Family Services (Homer), has spent over sixteen years in the nonprofit sector. Lush will make her first trip to Europe with a month-long walk on the Camino de Santiago, which is an ancient pilgrimage across northern Spain. She will also spend time with family in the United States. Susan Ohmer, Petersburg Mental Health Services (Petersburg), is the longest-tenured Mental Health Services director in Alaska and has over 23 years in the field. Ohmer will take several months to do a road-trip with her husband. Their trip will include national parks, camping, museums, and reconnecting with friends and family.